GADGETS AND TECHNOLOGY NEWS

by menarate
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Fitbit Inc., the fitness band maker, has recently acquired software assets and intellectual property from California based Pebble Technology Corp. First launched in 2012 on Kickstarter and gained fame for being a wildly successful crowdfunded project, Pebble produced utilitarian smartwatches, with their “e-paper” displays and relatively long battery life. They say the deal makes obvious that Fitbit is going to totally immerse into the smartwatch market, extend its leadership position in the wearables category and compete with Apple smartwatches.

by Paulite
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You can’t stop gazing at the luminous full moon—you need to share this with Instagram. So you pull out your phone, aim at the heavens, and capture...a fuzzy white blob. The firmament is one of the hardest targets to snap on a phone. Why? A smartphone’s camera lens is wide, and it automatically sets the exposure to capture the dark sky instead of the bright objects in it. To up your phone game, try adding some additional technology. These tips will help you photograph celestial bodies near and far.

Shoot the Moon

Before you adjust the settings on your phone, fix the setting around it. Go to a dark area to avoid light pollution, clean the camera lens with a soft cloth to remove any smudges that might produce a glow effect, and use a tripod and a remote trigger to stabilize the phone. (Did you know you can use your headphone remote to take a photo?) On an iPhone, focus on the moon by tapping on it, and then swipe down to reduce brightness.

Trace Star Trails

As Earth spins on its axis, the stars overhead appear to move in curves. The paths they follow are called star trails. Apps that let you customize your camera settings can take long exposures that will reveal them. The NightCap Pro app is particularly easy to set up because it has “star trails” as a preset mode. As you do for moon photos, minimize light pollution, keep the lens clean, and stabilize the camera.

Capture a Planet

To nab bright planets such as Saturn and Jupiter, snap them on the eyepiece of a telescope and reveal details with stacking software. First, use an app like ProShot or Manual to take multiple photos in RAW format. Then combine the images with a computer program such as Deep Sky Stacker. This works best if you have a mount that holds your smartphone to the scope. Or hack one together with wood, a hose clamp, and some rubber bands.

 

In a world where people are busier than they’ve ever been, keeping track of all the credit cards you may have can be rather inconvenient. And if you’ve ever found yourself fishing through your wallet for a specific card, or digging through your bag at the cash register of the grocery store with a long line behind you, you know just how frustrating locating this simple piece of plastic can sometimes be. Fortunately, new technology is making the process of using and managing your credit cards faster, easier, and more satisfying. Here are three time-saving credit card technologies to lower your stress levels.

India is becoming a bigger, more important market every day, and now it's getting its own trade show from the brains behind Mobile World Congress.

by Ahmed Dubai
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It’s hard enough being tied to your cell phone without having to worry about getting the “Low Battery Icon of Death” right in the middle of an important task – and charging up via wall outlets takes forever. Eesha Khare of Saratoga, California has invented a device that could wipe away battery bothers with a supercapacitor that can charge your phone in 20 seconds. Her research won her a $50,000 prize in 

by Paulite
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Like CES, the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona also now attracts its fair share of car makers. Ford was an early adopter a few years ago, and now others are joining the fray, too. I sat down with Dieter May, BMW’s senior vice president of Digital Services and Business Models (in an i3, of course).

by Ahmed Dubai
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There are a number of companies in existence developing cutting-edge exoskeletons that will help us perform feats of strength or endurance beyond what our bodies can otherwise manage.

by Smartmon
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Among the more interesting tidbits to be found in Fitbit’s disappointing new financial filing is the fact that it apparently picked up Pebble’s assets for a relative song. While the company didn’t reveal the actual numbers when the acquisition was announced late last year, reports pegged it at upwards of $40 million.

There has been no scarcity on iPhone leaks, and the latest points out that Apple may ditch Touch ID to replace it with a 3D facial recognition feature. Another report separately hints that Apple may give wireless charging a miss this year, and the iPhone models in 2018 may come with wireless charging support.

There’s a massive offshore wind turbine in Østerild, Denmark breaking energy generation records left and right.