Cloud-Compatible Pen-and-Paper Notebook Can be Reused After Microwaving

Have you ever had to compromise between traditional pen-and-paper work and digital organisation? Do you find yourself having to scan documents in order to store them alongside computer records, or just have an ever-increasing stack of notepads? Thankfully, a new cloud-compatible pen-and-paper notebook is aiming to bridge the gap between traditional paperwork and digital storage.

The Rocketbook Wave looks like a normal notebook, with the only unusual addition being a series of symbols at the bottom of each page. Once you’ve filled in a page – writing, drawing, or doodling – using a Pilot FriXion pen, you can use the Rocketbook phone app (available for Android and iOS) to scan and upload the page through the built-in camera to your desired cloud storage service, which includes Dropbox, Evernote, OneNote, Google Docs, and e-mail.

The symbols at the base of each page can be assigned to different services, so all you need to do is put a cross over the symbol that represents the service you’d like to use; for example, if you’ve assigned the diamond symbol to upload to your Evernote account, then a cross over the diamond will upload your document direct to Evernote.

The Rocketbook app uses your smartphone’s camera to detect, crop, and enhance every image that is scanned before it is uploaded, so there is no need to post-processing of scanned images.

But what happens once you’ve filled your Rocketbook Wave? Well, thanks to the thermochromic ink used by Pilot FriXion pens, the whole book can be erased by exposure to microwaves. Simply pop your Rocketbook Wave in the microwave until the logo on the front turns white, and the book is fresh for use again.

The Rocketbook Wave Kickstarter has already demolished its $20,000 goal, raising $144,436 in pledges with 52 days remaining.

USA Freedom Act, the NSA Reform Bill, Blocked by US Senate

The USA Freedom Act, designed to restrict NSA powers to collect user data, has been blocked by US Senate Republicans in a vote on Tuesday. The bill, supported by tech business coalition Reform Government Surveillance, did not achieve the 60 votes required to become legislation, losing out by two votes, 58 to 42 for consideration. Only four Republicans voted for the bill to be considered.

The group Reform Government Surveillance – comprised of Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Aol, Evernote, Dropbox, Linkedin, and Twitter – strongly supported the bill and implored the US Senate to make it law earlier this week. One of the bill’s more outspoken opponents was Senator Mitch McConnell, who argued that the move would hamper the NSA’s capacity to fight terrorism. Before the vote, he said “This is the worst possible time to be tying our hands behind our backs.”

The Vermont Democrat who drafted the bill, Senator Patrick J. Leahy, accused opponents of fearmongering to defeat the bill, saying, “Fomenting fear stifles serious debate and constructive solutions. This nation deserves more than that.”

Source: New York Times

Facebook, Google, and Apple Support USA Freedom Act

A coalition of nine tech groups – comprised of Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Aol, Evernote, Dropbox, Linkedin, and Twitter – under the banner Reform Government Surveillance, have petitioned the US Senate to adopt the USA Freedom Act, designed to restrict the NSA’s power to collect user data.

In an open letter to the Senate on their blog, Reform Government Surveillance had this to say about the USA Freedom Act: “The legislation prevents the bulk collection of Internet metadata under various authorities. The bill also allows for transparency about government demands for user information from technology companies and assures that the appropriate oversight and accountability mechanisms are in place.”

A statement from the White House affirms its strong support for the USA Freedom Act. The US Senate could vote on the bill later this week.

Source: TNW

DDoS Attack on Evernote Causing Disruption to Users

DDoS attacks are quickly becoming a common occurrence across the internet and the number of businesses that are suffering to torture that they can cause is also sadly on the rise. following an announcement on their service and support pages, Evernote have admitted that they are the latest service to fall victim.

Earlier today Evernote made a statement saying “The Evernote.com service is currently unreachable; our Operations team is investigating the issue. We will provide updates as we learn more.” A later statement came to light detailing that they have found the source of the problem to be a DDoS attack and that they were working to resolve the situation and restore service to at least some of their users who are reporting issues with Syncing data between their devices.

At this moment in time it is not known how bad the attack has been nor where the source of it is, but if it is anything like the punishing attacks that we have seen over recent months, including the 400 Gbps record attack that was discovered earlier this year. Additionally Evernote are keen to stress that no user data has been compromised which is not associated with DDoS attacks, where the network is hammered with packets of data instead to cripple the network adaptors on the servers and switching fabric instead.

Source: CNET

Three New ZTE Dual-Core Handsets Announced

ZTE has announced three new devices, Blade Q Mini, Blade Q and Blade Q Maxi in the Blade series for European market. The Blade Q Mini has a 4-inch capacitive touch screen display with a 480 x 800 pixels resolution, Blade Q has a 4.5-inch capacitive touch screen display with a 480 x 854 pixels resolution display and the Blade Q Maxi has a 5-inch capacitive touch screen display with a 480 x 854 pixels resolution.

The trio phones are powered by a 1.3 GHz dual-core MediaTek MT6572 processor with Mali 400 GPU and run on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. They pack 1GB of RAM, 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and come with 21 MB/s 3G HSPA+ connectivity. AO Wen, General Manager of ZTE Handset European Operation Office had this to say about these new Blade Q series phones:

At ZTE we believe that smartphone technology should be accessible for everyone. The popularity of the Blade series across Europe proves that there is real consumer appetite for high performance smartphones at a great price. The features available across the Blade handsets redefine ‘value for money’ in the smartphone market, and we’re confident that the ZTE Blade Q range will continue to grow ZTE’s position in Europe.


In terms of software, the handsets come pre-loaded with Evernote, Dropbox and Office Suite. There has not been any word of availability or pricing at the moment, but time will reveal everything.

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