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If you’re looking to trick out your bike, Magura’s eLECT might be the electronic suspension system you crave — if you’re willing to sacrifice optimal reaction time. Using a 3D accelerometer, the eLECT analyzes terrain with a 0.2 second window to adjust to how bumpy or smooth your ride is. At first glance, 0.2 seconds seems impressive, but it equates to a distance of 3.6 feet when traveling at 12.4MPH. Indeed, on challenging trails, a lot can happen in 3.6 feet, and eLect’s reaction time might be a touch on the slow side. While the system isn’t quite perfect, it does offer some sweet options. For example, cyclists can toggle between automatic and manual control of the compression damper using the accompanying Bluetooth remote. Magura’s eLECT isn’t the first of its kind — RockShox and Fox both have their own e-suspension systems — but it’s one of the lightest; the combined weight of the damper and remote is a mere 0.2 pound. There’s no word yet on availability or pricing, but you can check out the results of Bike Radar’s test ride at the source.
Source: Bike Radar
For a while, it looked like ASUS’ Transformer Book would turn out to be vaporware: after debuting to much fanfare a year ago, it encountered numerous delays, and even missed the crucial holiday shopping season. Now it’s finally here, priced at $ 1,499 with a Core i7 processor, a 13.3-inch (1080p) screen and a detachable keyboard dock housing both a spare battery and a 500GB hard drive. The problem is the timing: Intel is about to launch its new Haswell chips, and here’s the Transformer Book, arriving on the scene with a lofty price and a year-old CPU.
It’d be easy enough to tell you just wait for a refresh, which is how we’ve been ending all of our PC reviews in the weeks leading up to this year’s Computex. But it’s still worth investigating whether the Transformer Book (aka the TX300) is a compelling idea. Though we’ve seen many tablet hybrids (the Surface Pro, etc.), they’ve mostly had smaller 11-inch screens. So what happens when you take that form factor and stretch it to accommodate a bigger screen — and a more spacious keyboard? And how does it compare to all those convertible options out there, like the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 or the Dell XPS 12? Let’s have a look.
Gallery: ASUS Transformer Book review
Gallery: ASUS Transformer Book review
Just like it has newspapers, magazines, and television, digital technology is poised to change the way people consume movies. The Netflix-ization of your favorite films means that more and more, you can stream what movies you want, when you want, straight to whatever device you want.
A physics wunderkind, Taylor Wilson became the youngest person to ever create fusion at age 14. And since graduating from high school last year, he’s devoted himself to finding innovative solutions to the world’s biggest problems.
mask.of.sanity writes “While Hollywood often fails to portray hacking, one researcher has made the art of exploitation look more like the big screen. Kinectasploit is hacking in the form of a first-person shooter that melds Microsoft’s Kinect controls with 20 hacking tools including Metasploit, Snort, Nessus, John the Ripper and Ettercap. The work in progress can be downloaded from github.”
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An anonymous reader writes “Here’s an Interesting idea of how to use a Raspberry Pi and a few other inexpensive items to make a low cost detection system. From the article: ‘The Drone Shield would combine a Raspberry Pi, a signal processor, a microphone, and analysis software to scan for specific audio signatures and compare them against what known drones sound like. (Because obviously a Predator drone is going to sound very different than a small quadcopter.) Once a match is found, the Drone Shield then sends an e-mail or SMS to its owner…’”
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It’s only been about six hours since our Disrupt NY Hackathon officially began, and we’re starting to see our intrepid hackers hit their stride. Granted, some of them are a little farther along than others — Darrell found one guy who made an Arduino-powered robot for physically testing apps and devices — but there’s still plenty of time to bring some of these wild-eyed designs to fruition. Let’s take a peek at what everyone else is working on, shall we?
The newly designed $ 100 bill showcases a slew of new anti-counterfeiting features including 3D security ribbons and threads, color-shifting numbers, hidden microprint text and subtle watermark images.
In the surrounding hills of Silicon Valley stands the impressive Tah.Mah.Lah, the “Greenest house in America.” The home is also the brainchild and abode of Foundation Capital partner and longtime VC Paul Holland and his wife, Linda Yates. We were lucky enough to be invited into their home to hear about why and how they built the most sustainable home in the country.
So what makes the “Greenest” house in America? First, every aspect of the house, whose name draw origins from the Native American Ohlone word for puma or mountain lion, has been built to have minimal environmental impact. Second, the house has the highest LEED certification, which is the defacto third-party verification of green buildings.
Tastebuds, the London-based startup that matches people based on their musical tastes, has been kicking around for a while now. Now the company looks like it’s finally set to step on the gas. Today it’s announcing a $ 600,000 seed round from Black Ocean, which will be used to launch mobile apps, grow its developer team, as well as formally launching in the U.S.
Who will save humanity from the biggest peril our planet has ever faced, a dark, intergalactic force from the sky that threatens life on Earth?
It’s big, it’s hairy, and it’s venomous. The newest spider to give arachnophobes the willies, a tarantula named Poecilotheria rajaei has been discovered on the island nation of Sri Lanka.
There are Twitter accounts for almost everything these days. Some people I know have accounts set up for their pets, then there are toasters, beds, drones and so on. The company itself has a fun account called @Twisitor, which was a project built during one of Twitter’s quarterly hackweeks. There’s a camera in the lobby of Twitter’s new San Francisco office and it will snap a photo of anyone who stands in front of it. Once it does that, guess what’s next? You guessed it, a tweet goes out from the Twisitor account. It’s a great representation of the culture at Twitter, where its employees eat its own dogfood, or in this case…birdfood. Its first tweet was from January 11th, so it’s still relatively new. I’ve been to quite a few tech startup offices and each has its own bit of style and flair. When you go to Facebook, there’s always a video of someone on the team talking about the company, at Google there’s usually some comfy couches to sit on with free WiFi to use but Twitter takes the cake with Twisitor. Here are a few sample tweets from those who have visited the flock: There’s even an account that follows Twisitor, called TwisitorCameo, which points out all of the people that were unnamed in the background of photos. It’s interesting to see internal culture showcased publicly on the service that these employees work really hard on building. The hacked project was built by Mo Kudeki, an International Engineer at Twitter, along with @nick, @wyz, @marcelduran and a few other folks. The neat part about hackweek, I’m told, is that teams are comprised of employees all over the company. I’ve been hot on Twisitor’s tracks for some time, but this tweet from her filled in some color as to where the camera is in the lobby, nestled inside of a birdhouse, where people stand to get their picture taken: If you’d like to see tweets from other parts of Twitter’s office, you can follow Twoffice and Lawrence T. Bird.
More than 2,500 miles from Silicon Valley, in a small home office with a dog bed under the desk, sits a man on the cutting edge of the apps boom.
If you are based in the U.S. or Europe, there’s a good chance that you haven’t yet heard of Cubie Messenger. Here in Asia, however, the free mobile messaging app, which lets users exchange text, stickers, videos, and their own drawings, is gaining plenty of traction. Since launching in March 2012, Cubie has been downloaded 5.5 million times, with most users based in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. The Taipei, Taiwan-based company joined 500 Startups back in October and is currently learning how to market the app’s particularly Asian brand of fun and humor to American users. Founders Cjin Cheng and Yenwen Feng started Cubie in September 2011, originally intending it to be a side project to tap into the mobile app market. This is Feng’s third startup since 2004: the first one was a mobile stock trading app for Java phones called willmobile that was acquired in 2007, and the second is social gaming company Gamelet.com. Cubie sets itself apart by giving users lots of options to generate their own content from a single screen, including drawings, voice messages, and animated stickers that they can purchase from Cubie’s in-app store. A future update will allow users to search YouTube from within the chat window, one feature that has been frequently requested. Animated stickers include sets based on characters from popular anime series, like Tokyo Romance, while others feature Cubie’s own quirky characters, such as Unicorn Bob. More artistically-inclined users can publish their drawings to a public forum within the app called Cubie Space. “We saw that many users have drawn incredibly detailed and interesting pictures as well as silly scribbles. This in turn led us to add the latest features, such as text bubbles and using our animated stickers as decorations, to make it even easier for people to get creative,” Cubie International Messenger James Hill tells me. Cubie users often share drawings on social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, which has been particularly useful for generating viral growth particularly in Southeast Asia, one of Cubie’s main target markets, says Hill. “We noticed early on that [Southeast Asia users] were more open to sharing their contact information (Cubie ID) on social media, and inviting users that they may know through their Twitter and Instagram, but not necessarily in person,” says Hill. “What we’ve also realized is that Southeast Asia is not one homogeneous market, there are vast
Decades of increasing vehicle weight may be coming to an end as cars get more lightweight materials.
Automakers are putting some of their best-selling vehicles on a diet in a race to meet strict new fuel-efficiency regulations that will kick in by the middle of the next decade.
Ride-sharing is becoming increasingly popular, and more widely available, as San Francisco-based startups Lyft and SideCar have both begun expansion into new cities. But what if I told you there’s a ride-sharing company that already operates in all the cities that those companies are just now starting to enter? The company is Tickengo, and it claims thousands of drivers in more than 900 cities.
Lonely? Wish you had someone to geek out with about the weird stuff you’re into? Sodisco wants to find you a play date. It’s the soon-to-launch startup from Christian Taylor, ex-CEO of Facebook e-commerce platform Payvment that just got bought by Intuit. Taylor called me up to reveal what Sodisco’s all about: analyzing your interests and introducing you to your nearest clones.
The back office is an unglamorous but crucial part of any venture firm. At Y Combinator, which has grown its seed-stage fund and incubator quickly in recent years, it also has to move at the pace of a young startup.
The person who has made that happen is Kirsty Nathoo, a UK transplant with an accounting background. She joined a few years ago and has shepherded hundreds of companies from entry through incorporation, fundraising, and now even product development.
Stanford’s student startup accelerator, StartX, had its eighth demo day tonight in Palo Alto, showing off the latest class of 11 companies* to go through the program. The accelerator, which just raised another $ 400,000, has already had about 100 startups go through, raising $ 100 million along the way between them. This next batch is hoping to follow that lead.
Bad news for would-be hackers targeting Americans: There’s a new cybersheriff in town. And he’s taking an offensive approach to security, by using the hacker’s own techniques against them.
Ignore all the noise at CES and just get a Double, a Telepresence robot with an iPad for a face. Pay someone to turn it on at CES and enjoy all the sights and sounds from the comfort of your home. Sounds like paradise to me.
In fact, just for a lark, that’s what John Biggs did one cool CES morning. Instead of slumming it on the CES showfloor with Jordan and Greg, John joined the live streaming crew without leaving our CES both.
Meet Mike Rothenberg, The 28-Year-Old Whose Seed Fund Could Be The Best Bang For Your Cap Table Buck
When you’re a rookie, you’ve got to hustle, and Mike Rothenberg is ready to bring some sweat to venture. Today he unveils his seed fund Rothenberg Ventures. With up to $ 5 million to invest, it’s already backed eight startups including SpaceX and just led Chat Sports’ $ 1 million seed round. Rothenberg’s lean firm hopes to add big value with intros and advice for a chance to make small investments.
After starting amid the smoldering ruins of AT&T and T-Mobile USA's failed merger, 2012 ended as a big year for mobile carrier deals in the U.S., and possibly a final changing of the guard for a long time.
Apple today said that the iPhone 5 will reach retail in South Korea on Dec. 7 and another 54 countries later this month.
The chief European and U.S. antitrust regulators will meet on Monday in Brussels, and the probes both have into Google's market domination is likely to be high on their agenda.
Google CEO Larry Page met with officials from the FTC this week in an attempt to convince regulators that the company hasn’t broken antitrust laws, reports say.
When it comes to holding the party down on an iPad or iPhone, djay by Algoriddim‘s been a front-runner ever since it came out. Then came vjay for video spinning iPad owners. Now, that video follow-up is ready for the main arena, as it’s just been release for iPhone / iPod touch. Now you can mash-up your favorite videos right on your phone, add soundtracks to your existing clips, and throw down some effects for good measure. If you kinda dig what you create, you can — of course — share it with the world, or throw it up on the big screen. Not sure your cat clips will cut the mustard? Worry not, as there’s purpose-made bundled content thrown in with the deal. And at just $ 0.99, it won’t hurt the pocket it was built for, either.
A group of us TechCrunchers bundled up and headed to the Great White North last week to kick off our three-city Northern Meetup tour with a stop in Toronto.
While we were in town, we visited the MaRS Discovery District, a non-profit entity focused on tech innovation and entrepreneurship headquartered in a massive building right across the street from the University of Toronto.
In the conference call discussing Zynga’s latest earnings report, CEO Mark Pincus acknowledged that the company has not met its own goals for growth, something he blamed on two things — “game execution” and the growth of mobile.
On execution, Pincus said Zynga had struggled to “maintain the historical level of engagement” in its Ville franchise of games: “We didn’t create enough new heat for our players by innovating on content and features.” He added that the company also failed to release enough new games to offset those declines.
Like technologies deployed in a corporate environment, those used in healthcare are meant to improve services and productivity. On its new clinical management system (CMS 3), the Hospital Authority aims to create new modules to meet patient needs and reduce risk in patient care.
another random user writes “Apple. Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung and others tech firms met with regulators and patent officials in Geneva to discuss changes to intellectual property laws The event follows a flurry of lawsuits involving smartphone makers. It is set to focus on how to ensure license rights to critical technologies are offered on “reasonable” terms. Companies are split over whether they should be allowed to ban rivals’ devices if they do not agree a fee. The talks have been organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UN agency responsible for ensuring phone-makers agree standards so that their devices can interact with each other.”
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Discussions about ethics and technology are perennial Slashdot staples. But if you want to frequent a site that is about ethics and technology and almost nothing else, with a strong science fiction bent to it, you might want to check out the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET.org) website. Here to introduce us to IEET and tell us what it’s about, we have IEET Managing Director Hank Pellissier in a remote video interview we made through Skype.
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A startup uses 3-D cameras to keep track of hands and fingers, enabling more complex gesture control.
Microsoft’s Kinect, a 3-D camera and software for gaming, has made a big impact since its launch in 2010. Eight million devices were sold in the product’s first two months on the market as people clamored to play video games with their entire bodies in lieu of handheld controllers. But while Kinect is great for full-body gaming, it isn’t useful as an interface for personal computing, in part because its algorithms can’t quickly and accurately detect hand and finger movements.
As the clock winds down to Dec. 21, experts on the Mayan calendar have been racing to convince people that the Mayas didn’t predict an apocalypse for the end of this year.
A few days ago, the Swiss Federal Railway service (SBB) accused Apple of copying one of its iconic clock designs that shows up in the Clock app in iOS 6. Today, the two companies announced that they will be meeting with one another to settle the dispute, and apparently there’s no intention of suing for
A number of companies are working on more flexible, more adaptive, and more human robots for the workplace.
The robots really are coming.
Online dating is a huge business, but most dating sites are still stuck in the 90s. They don’t take advantage of developments in video and social networking, and they don’t have good mobile experiences.
Meet The Disrupt SF 2012 Hackathon Winners: Livebolt Takes Grand Prize, Auctopus And HeatData Are Runners Up
The night has been a long one for our intrepid crew of hackers, and all their arduous, caffeine-fueled work has led to this moment. A stunning 147 teams have taken the stage here at Disrupt SF to deliver their fast and furious one-minute pitches — that’s more than we’ve ever had before. Still, only three teams will get the chance to demo their projects on-stage once Disrupt kicks off proper, and only one will claim the $ 5,000 grand prize.
Well without further ado, here is your Disrupt Hackathon winner and the two runner-ups!
Every Disrupt we like to walk around the hall and meet with the uber-cool hackers who have dedicated their lives to making cool stuff in less than a day. We cornered five hackers and asked them what they were working on, what their biggest problem has been so far, and who would they consider a hacker hero. Their answers appear below, uncensored, unadulterated, and completely candid.