Tag - Crowdfunding
Most of us have our iPhones with us every single day, and they can lead exciting lives beyond just "cellular phone." Your phone can be a calculator, a GPS, a cookbook, an MP3 player, a TV, and so much more. We found a crowdfunding project that aims to give your phone another job to help you in your daily life: a lamp. Today, we check out the UpLamp Kickstarter.
It's that time again, when we take a look at a crowdfunding project and assess how cool or useful it is. Fortunately, today, we've got something that is both cool and useful, a speaker designed to immerse you -- and only you -- in a cloud of sound. Today, we're checking out some seriously cool future-tech known as the Soundlazer VR.
If you're anything like I am, your iPhone becomes a catch-all for your busy life. It hoards music, pictures, apps you'll never use but don't want to delete because you paid for them. The issue is that iPhones, or at least mine, don't boast infinite storage. That's where this next startup has decided to help, with a device designed to help you manage the storage on your smartphone or tablet. Today, Crowdfunding Critic takes aim at Driwe.
How many of you still pay with cash when you go anywhere? We're willing to bet that it's a pretty small number -- and if you're like most people, chances are you've got more than a few cards in your wallet, taking up space. If you're looking for a way to pare down what you take along, allow me to introduce you to your new best friend: Spendwallet.
If you've got a kid and a smartphone, chances are you spend a fair amount of the day negotiating with your kid about when, where, and how long they can use it. If you've got a little kid, you might spend a fair amount of your time trying to reason with them as to why they don't need your smartphone -- and they probably have other ideas. What if there was something that they could use? What if they could have a phone of their own that allowed them to text, video chat, and make calls to family and friends, and no one else? That's exactly what Kickstarter project Ily is hoping to do.
By this point, you've already heard all the hype over 3D printing, and I concur, it is exciting. It's a fantastic innovation that makes all kinds of things possible that weren't possible (or at the very least, plausible) a few years ago. And yes -- it's exciting because this technology is now available to the general public. However, there are still some severe limitations with 3D printing that keeps it out of reach for many people. That's why Mayku has Kickstarted the ultimate solution to that problem: The FormBox.
I'm back again with another Crowdfunding Critic, this time with a topic very near and dear to my heart: "smart" products. I've tested more smart devices than I can count at this point, and now there's a company out there that is ready to make all my efforts worth it: the Klug Home, a device of "context."
When you think "critical turning points in computer gaming history," chances are you might not think about the Mac at all. Richard Moss, a freelance writer, ludologist (gaming researcher), and gaming enthusiast, is going to try to change that. He's writing a book called The Secret History of Mac Gaming, and attempting to crowdfund its production.
I suppose it's fitting that I was asked to write the Crowdfunding Critic today, seeing as I'm currently heading into my senior year of a conservation and sustainability degree -- and this product is designed to be, well, geared toward conservation and sustainability. This week, our crowdfunding column takes a look at a new project on IndieGoGo for a heavy-but-totable portable generator -- a solar-capable battery that promises to give you both mobility and security. Today, I dissect the ideas behind the Lycan Powerbox.
Data reportedly acquired from a security breach of continuous crowdfunding service Patreon has leaked online. The data, weighing in at close to 15GB, is said to consist of files from Patreon's servers acquired by hackers late last month, with the data including a 13.7-gigabyte database that includes 2.3 million email addresses and other encrypted information that may pose a security risk to the service's user base if it is decrypted.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE