This big, ugly gadget is the LifePlayer, and it can change people’s lives. It’s a solar-powered five-band radio and MP3 player designed to be used as a teaching aid in the developing world. Currently, the units are being tested in Rwanda where the government has decided to switch the nation’s language from French to English. [...]
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In theory, metamaterials are all kinds of awesome — they can boost antenna strength, focus lasers, and create invisibility cloaks. But, they’ve been limited to
day dreams lab experiments because producing the light-interfering materials in any practical quantity has been difficult and time consuming. John Rogers, a professor at the University of Illinois has figured out a way to print a layered, nano-scale mesh that bends near-infrared light in much larger amounts than previously possible. The new method, based around a plastic stamp, has been used to create sheets of metamaterial measuring a few square inches, but Rogers is confident he can scale it up to several feet. Who knows, by the time the second installment of The Deathly Hallows hits theaters in July you could get the best Harry Potter costume — one that lets you sneak in without shelling out $13.
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Metamaterial printing method inches us closer to invisibility cloaks originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 13 Jun 2011 19:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Atten-shun, Senators and Congresspeeps and everyone else with a bundle of loving meat hanging between their legs: Here’s an extremely useful flowchart that will help you decide if it’s ok to tweet a your dick pic or not. More »
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As several of you noted in the comments to our post asking for cross-platform iOS/Android games, Words With Friends for Android does not provide the smoothest gaming experience… and that’s being rather charitable.
You might be happy to hear that a couple of days ago Zynga released an update which promises to solve many of the Android-specific issues, such as notifications not popping up.
Sadly, installing the update is not a smooth experience; you have to manually uninstall the previous version, and then go to the Android Market and install it. What’s nice is that it doesn’t lose your saved games – this screenshot shows a game I’ve started before the update and continued after updating.
How’s the new update working out for you? Let us know in the comments!
Words With Friends for Android updated, promises “smoother game experience” originally appeared on Download Squad on Fri, 04 Mar 2011 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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If you wander out into a gaggle of fellow humans in total darkness, chances are you’re going to bump into one or two. Such is not the case for bats, which do much of their hunting after the sun sets. Boston University‘s Intelligent Mechatronics Lab launched operation Batcopter to better understand how bats can fly in clusters large enough to be detected by radar without colliding. Equipped with a GoPro 3D HD camera, GPS, and OpenPilot’s CopterControl system, the 1.8-pound quadcopter UAV joined Brazilian free-tailed bats in the skies of South Texas, capturing some pretty cool footage along the way. A trio of high-speed infrared cameras positioned on the ground photographed the aircraft’s interactions with the flying mammals, which seemed to maneuver around the man-made intruder without incident, until a rotor failure resulted in a Batcopter inversion and subsequent ground collision. Even so, the craft still managed to take to the skies. Jump past the break to see the crippled UAV in action, and hit up the source link for some awesome infrared footage and stills.
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Batcopter UAV observes anti-collision bat behavior, crashes into ground (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 14 Jun 2011 10:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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The WWDC keynote has come and gone, but strangely enough, Apple gave us no new toys to go out and buy. There were no new iObjects gracing the stage this time around at the opening of its developer conference — guess iPhone 5 will just have to wait until fall. But WWDC is technically a software conference, and there was a lot Apple wanted to talk about in that category.
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IBM researchers have demonstrated a graphene circuit which integrates all circuit components onto a single wafer made of silicon carbide. Graphene is a mesh of carbon atoms that’s one atom thick. Integrating it monolithically — meaning in one unit — with other materials is a problem researchers have been grappling with since 2004, when the material’s properties were first demonstrated.
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Julie told us back in February about three new HP webOS devices, including a tablet. HP has announced that the TouchPad tablet will be available for pre-orders starting June 19. They are offering a 16GB device for $499.99 and a 32GB device for $599.99. The TouchPad will include productivity products that will allow you to [...]
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Here are some stories from the past week on CrunchGear: The Cansole: A Pong Console In A Can DIY Collapsable Ninja Star Is Great For Collapsable Ninjas Your Nightmares Have Arrived: Kinect-Driven Powerpoint LusionBloom: A Magnetic Vase For Your Next Weird Cocktail Party A Watch Created In 1969 Could Sense Heart Attacks? But Wait, There?s [...]
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Mozy is one of the most popular cloud backup services around, with more than one million users storing around 70 petabytes of data. Its popularity apparently put it on the acquisition radar of VMware — which has now made Mozy part of its virtualization empire.
VMware’s official blog post makes it clear that the company wasn’t so much interested in Mozy as a consumer offering. Rather, it’s the inner workings of Mozy which piqued VMware’s curiosity. CTO Steve Herrod says, “Over the past 5 years, Mozy has built one of the best examples of a globally distributed, large-scale cloud offering.” He adds that the move will allow VMware to “further ramp our own cloud-related learning and accelerate new IP, scale, and capabilities” of its existing offerings.
Existing Mozy customers don’t need to worry, of course. VMware has pledged to continue running Mozy’s service without interruption.
VMware adds Mozy to its cloud and virtualization empire originally appeared on Download Squad on Tue, 05 Apr 2011 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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