Archive for the 'hardware' Category

Linux-based Tor gadget protects IP identity

December 11, 2013
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Pogoplug announced a $49, Linux-based security device called the Safeplug that taps into the Tor network to hide your IP information when using the web.

R.I.P. LinuxDevices… Long live LinuxGizmos!

March 9, 2013
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In 2012, the embedded Linux market lost a valued resource when became a collateral casualty of QuinStreet’s acquisition of a group of websites from Ziff Davis Enterprise. Unfortunately the new owner has no interest in supporting the site, so LinuxDevices has lain dormant for over a year.

Review: Lenovo S2110 10-inch Android tablet

November 14, 2012
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Although Samsung’s thin, lightweight Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets have dominated the 10-inch Android tablet market for the past year-and-a-half, they’re about to face some stiff competition from new devices from Lenovo and Google.

World’s first Arduino flashlight ships soon

September 28, 2012
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Following a highly successful Kickstarter project and over a year of development, HexBright, billed by its creator as the “world’s first open source Arduino flashlight,” is now in production with initial shipments planned for December.

Startup gives birth to telepresence robot

September 25, 2012
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Suitable Technologies today unveiled a telepresence robot based on “Texai” technology from Willow Garage, a robotics research lab. “Beam” (as in “Beam me up, Scotty” — no, really!) implements a video chat function on a computer you can remotely drive around via Internet-based control.

Pioneering “embedded PC” standard turns 20

September 3, 2012
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This year marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of the PC/104 specification, which introduced a standardized way to build PC-compatible functions into a wide range of instruments, devices, and applications.

Will Intel acquire Roku?

January 3, 2012
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According to rumors, Intel may be thinking about acquiring Roku, maker of the popular, low-cost, multimedia streaming device that competes aggressively with the Google TV, and Apple TV, and Boxee Box devices.

Free ebook celebrates 10 years of Mini-ITX

November 30, 2011
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Via Technologies has published a free ebook celebrating 10 years of the compact, Mini-ITX motherboard form-factor. “Small is Beautiful: 10 Years of Mini-ITX” is available as a free download in ePub and PDF format.

Android smartwatch smackdown!

October 27, 2011
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Two startups are about to go “chrono y chrono” with competing Android smartwatch gizmos. The “I’m Watch” exclusively targets smartwatch applications, whereas the “WIMM Platform” is meant to create “a new market of connected wearable devices that deliver timely, relevant information at a glance” — of which smartwatches are but one example.

In-depth review: Sonos Play:3 music-streamer

October 7, 2011
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Sonos has added a new member to its wireless music-streaming device family. “Play:3″ lowers the bar on size, power consumption, and cost, and is intended for kitchens, bedrooms, and other small- to mid-sized rooms.

Boxee Box price drops to $180

September 4, 2011
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D-Link appears to have reduced the suggested retail price of the Boxee Box from $200 to $180, possibly due to pressure from Roku’s sub-$100 device and Logitech’s price-slashed ($99) Google TV player.

Android 3.1 coming to Google TV boxes soon

August 16, 2011
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Notwithstanding the Logitech Revue Google TV system’s drastic price reduction to $99, all new and existing devices will soon be updated to Google TV version 2, based on Android 3.1 (“Honeycomb”).