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Solar energy still has a ways to go for widespread adoption, despite its 'green' nature. It doesn't have a high power density, meaning that a large area of solar panels, intense sunlight, or both, is required for optimal energy generation. Plus, the panels are expensive. Reston, VA-based Gomadic Corp supplies the former Kickstarter project SunVolt Solar Charger, in an attempt to make solar charging available to the masses, at least for portable devices. Electronista checks to see if the SunVolt has worked around common issues with solar panels.
The average technophile can find herself carrying an array of gadgets on the average day out: smartphone, tablet, digital camera, and so forth. Even with advances in battery technology, it's not uncommon to find one's power indicator creeping into the red during a day of normal use, or to see those vibrant, high-resolution screens we love so well go blank late into a day of heavy use. Plugging in may be no problem if you're near a power outlet, but what if you're off in the woods? What if you're looking to lower your carbon footprint but still want to keep in touch on Facebook or snap pictures on the go? Gomadic, a Virginia-based accessory maker, is looking to solve the power problem with the SunVolt, an eco-friendly option that allows users to "charge responsibly."
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View-Master VR device in Apple Store
Apple has started to sell a Google Cardboard-style VR headset modeled on a classic Mattel toy. Initially launched early last year, the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack for $30 is designed to use an iPhone as a display, with a Preview Reel and lever system mimicking the toy's switching between images to take users between different VR apps and scenes. http://bit.ly/1RhJW8y
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Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh