Figment VR: The Pocket Sized VR Experience

From time to time we take a break from the heavy work in the office to take a look at the future of technology. Not by checking out the specifications of the Apple iPhone 7 or Samsung Gear 3, but what backstreet innovators around the world think needs to be created. Kickstarter is a perfect place to have a look and the newest project looks simply amazing.

Today I happened to stumble across something that will make VR accessible (and stylish) for everyone. Figment is a mobile phone case with VR goggles attached.

VR started out on Kickstarter a few years ago with the Oculus Rift, this isn’t exactly a mobile option though and designed to work with high-powered computers. Google then released Cardboard which tapped into the power of mobile devices, but the box was bulky to carry around and likely to break.

Kickstarter backer pledges seem pretty reasonable with an Early Bird $49 offer but now has increased to $55 with over 300 left so be quick to grab this offer. For that price, you get a stylish phone case with VR and AR capabilities and not only that, it has a kickstand for your phone too.

The campaign has already hit the original production goal of $75,000, but you can still donate here. This is currently only available to iPhone 6 users, but there are plans on the way to release versions for popular Android and Windows Phone users.

See How Many Popular Apps Failed to Protect Your Password

When using an app developed by a big company, you might think that it is trustworthy and ensures your security and privacy. Well, a recent test proved how easy and vulnerable a lot of popular iOS and Android apps are to crack and have your passwords nabbed.

According to security firm AppBugs, a huge number of popular apps are allowing users to make a large number of login attempts without any type of restrictions. Why is this so important? Well, hackers may as well try to guess your passwords this way. There are a lot of methods involving apps that can randomly generate and test passwords, and since we are talking about mobile devices, I don’t think people will use something they can barely remember, yet alone type, as their passwords.

AppBugs found that out of 100 apps, 53 were found vulnerable. Apps such as Songza, Pocket, Wunderlist, iHeartRadio, WatchESPN, Expedia, Dictionary, CNN, Domino’s Pizza USA, Zillow, AutoCAD 360, Slack, SoundCloud, Kobo and Walmart are just a few of the one found. The security firm gave the developers 30 days to fix the issues, but only a couple of the latter mentioned apps were actually patched. The full list of vulnerable apps will be revealed on the 30th of July, according to AppBugs.

If you wish to protect your data further, users are encouraged to start considering using apps that manage all your stored passwords if you forget them, or even activate 2-factor authentication in apps, if it’s available.

Thank you 9to5mac for providing us with this information

Sprite – The Drone That Fits in Your Pocket

In this day and age drones are in the news almost every day, from their use in the military to their use delivering your parcels. Drones are going to become a part of the future, and more and more low-end models are becoming available for use by everyday homeowners. So how about one you can put in your rucksack for capturing those beautiful landscape shots during your walks?

Using either its autopilot or an android app (you can even use a conventional flight controller, but you will have to pay for the R/C transmitter), you can control where the Sprite goes, from orbiting objects or points or interests to following you and focusing while you go up that hill in the countryside.

Designed to be rugged and tightly packed, the Sprite favours several features which may make it more attractive to the bugging rural landscape photographer. The low noise and 2 axis stabilised 1080P camera with a waterproof sealed case means even if you’re taking pictures of your local pond or the seaside if it comes down your safe in knowing that your pictures are going to fine when you swim out to grab them.

With a durable frame the Sprite is designed to land wherever you need it to, being able to quickly retract the blades in less than 0.5 second, your emergency landings will be okay be it in the field or on the mountainside.

With an amazing array of features, I would be interested in seeing how well the Sprite works, but with a price tag of $799 (£515 approximately) its something that I fear is not available to everyone immediately. However if you are interested in it check out their Kickstarter here.

The Tiny Intel Compute Stick Is Now Available

The tiny and pocket-sized Intel Compute Stick, based on an Intel atom quad-core processor, is available now. The tiny computer plugs directly into your HDMI port and the current version is running Windows 8.1 with Bing, although Linux versions are planned as well. The pocket computer can now be bought from authorized dealers in most of the world, and best of all, it doesn’t even cost that much.

The Intel Compute stick can transform any HDMI display into an entire computer capable of working with productivity apps such as office or simple image editing, but it’s also perfectly suited for light gaming and streaming content, driving basic digital signage or enabling thin clients. It supports Wireless technology for its connection and you can hook it up to your existing Wireless 802.11 b/g/n network.

You’ll also get 2GB of memory and 32GB onboard flash storage and the Compute stick’s storage can be extended by the use of microSD cards and also comes with a USB port. Wireless devices can also be connected to the stick through Bluetooth 4.0

The Windows version is available now at e-tailers such as Amazon and NewEgg and Intel is also going to release a Ubuntu version later that only comes with 1 GB memory and 8 GB of onboard storage. The Windows version will cost you $149 while the smaller Linux model is expected to cost just $110.

OWC Released the Thumb-Sized Envoy Pro Mini USB 3.0 SSD

OWC released a new mini SSD drive in their Envoy line of storage drives, the new Envoy Pro Mini. The Envoy Pro Mini is a full-fledged SSD drive packed into a tiny thumb-sized aluminium stick that you can connect directly to a USB 3.0 port.

Taking a lot of data with you on the road doesn’t need to take a long time nor take up much space. The Envoy Pro Mini can perform sequential speeds up to 433MB/s and it comes with the choice of 120GB or 240GB capacity. Aggressive data management keeps the Envoy Pro Mini working at maximum potential even when full. Hardware error correction yields superior data retention and drive health, and gold-standard compression and data distribution maximizes write performance and drive endurance. Inside the drive is an ASMedia 1153e USB 3.0 controller.

“This isn’t your average thumb drive,” said Larry O’Connor, Founder and CEO, Other World Computing. “The pocket-sized Envoy Pro mini delivers full-sized, desktop-class SSD performance and doesn’t slow down with use like competing SSDs. And because it’s both lightweight and rugged, it’s the ultimate go-anywhere storage companion for anyone on the move.”

The new pocket-sized USB 3.0 Envoy Pro Mini SSDs are available now and backed by a 3-year limited warranty The 120GB is set to $119 and the 240GB is set to $199, that is about $1 per GB and that’s a nice price considering what we get.

QNAP Updates Mobile NAS QGenie with File Station Lite and FTP Server

QNAP’s QGenie pocket NAS and power bank is an awesome little device and now it just got better with the latest firmware for it, version 3.2.0. It adds File Station Lite and support for FTP servers.

“We are pleased to introduce File Station Lite for QGenie. It provides a simple way for users to upload, download, and share a large number of files to and from their QGenie,” said Hanz Sung, product manager of QNAP, adding “File Station Lite is a great utility for easily managing the files on a QGenie from a web browser, and by adding this new feature we hope that every QGenie user can take full advantage of its file management to enhance their digital life.”

FTP transfers were one of the few things missing from this little device so far, and that has also been added – making it even easier to transfer files to your PCs and other devices.

QGeneie Firmware 3.2.0 can be downloaded from the official support site.

Thanks to QNAP for providing us with this information

New App Gives College Students Food For Not Using Their Phone

A new app, called Pocket Points, is offering free food and other prizes to students who defer from using their phones in lectures. The app measures the amount of time the phone is unlocked and offers points in return for prizes.

A number of US colleges have utilised the app which aims to increase concentration amongst students and prevent distractions. Every 20 minutes the app is running and while the phone is unlocked, a point is provided to such students. One such university using the app, Penn State, offers students a 15% discount on goods in its own store.

The app, which was developed by a student at California State University, Chico, has been praised by students and tutors alike, but it hasn’t been without criticism. Some say that it’s counterproductive by offering bribes to students who should really be responsible for their own academic success.

What do you think? Are you a student? Would this be good for you?

Source: The Verge

Zotac Will Show off New Mini PCs during CES

During CES 2015, Zotac will be presenting their expanded ZBOX pico lineup, new E-series gaming, new passive C-series and quad display ready ZBOX mini-PCs. Looks like Zotac has a new miniPC lined up for every occasion.

“We launched major new ZBOX mini-PCs in 2014 with the passive C-series nano, gaming capable E-series and the pocketable pico series. This year we’re refining the successful formula to add more features and performance while maintaining the award-winning form factors,” says Tony Wong, CEO, ZOTAC International.

The ZBOX CI321 nano is the latest passive cooled nano-PC that comes with a dual-core Intel processor, dual Gigabit LAN, AC WiFi, and dual-channel memory support. The next-generation ZBOX E-series gaming mini-PC will add G-SYNC support, multiple display support for surround view, and 4K @ 60Hz all in one small box. The second generation of Zotac’s pico series of pocket PCs will be showcased as well, including dual display support, Gigabit LAN and USB 3.0.

There will also be a prototype ZOTAC ZBOX mini-PC on display, capable of driving four displays at once and a preview on a ZBOX mini-PC capable of accommodating up to two 2.5-inch SATA and a pair of custom modified ZBOX Sphere OI520s.

Thanks to Zotac for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Zotac

iBend – New iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Reportedly Bending in Pockets.

If you’ve just picked up one of Apple’s hot new smartphones, we’ve got some very bad news. Reports are swirling that the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models have a major design flaw – the framework of the phone seems to be able to bend with extreme ease; permanently altering and damaging the devices shape and stature. Hundreds of people have taken to Twitter to post about their experiences with their bent iPhone, with many claiming their device became bent simply by storing it for long periods of time in their front jeans pocket.

MacRumours highlighted one particular forum board post that stated:

Yesterday, I left at 10am with the iPhone in my left FRONT pocket of my suit pants. I drove 4 hours to a wedding, which also involved a lot of sitting during dinner etc but also 2-3 hours of dancing. I left at 2am and went to bed, driving home 4 hours back.

So in total, the 6 Plus was about 18 hours in my pocket while sitting mostly.

As I lay it on the coffee table and sat down on the couch to relax from the drive (yes, sitting again ), I saw the reflection of the window in the iPhones slightly distorted.

A popular YouTuber ‘Unbox Therapy‘ also posted a fairly in-depth look at the strength and build of the iPhone 6 Plus. The video is available below for viewing. The reports of iPhone 6’s and 6 Plus’ bending so easily and drastically has the potential to lead to an unprecedented level of recalls for Apple’s iPhone device – and to be honest we’re extremely surprised to see a fault as major as this this slipping through Apple’s renowned build quality, engineering and testing procedures. One thing is for certain however – Cupertino looks like it might be in for a very rough set of months ahead, and it will be extremely interesting to see how the company reacts to the shocking reports. At the time of writing we don’t have any iPhone 6’s on us to test the construction out – and even if we did, we’d be very weary breaking such an expensive piece of technology. For those of you who have picked up Apple’s latest iPhone – handle with care.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znK652H6yQM[/youtube]

Thanks to DailyDot for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Twitter Users @nelsoncardoz and @FlorianP123

Small Device Tells if Your Drink has been Injected with a Noxious Solution

A device that tells if your drink has been injected with a noxious device, or spiked for short, has appeared on Indiegogo, aiming to rise about $100,000. Its name is pd.id (Personal Drink ID) and is said to have the size of a pack of gum, blinking red in just a few seconds if dipped into a drink which has a contaminant.

Its creator, J. Davids Wilson, said that the hardware uses the same tech as the US DEA, but shrunk down to a smaller than usual size. It works by analysing the sample taken from the drink, its density, resistance and temperature in order to determine if a foreign agent is present in it, such as rohypnol.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4dkZbIUVjU[/youtube]

Once (and if most likely) the crowdfunding sum of $100,000 is raised, the team is said to bring the gear to the market in just six months. The starting price for the pd.id is said to be set at $75 per unit and yes, the device is reusable, so you won’t have to pay that sum after sampling every drink. The device, ridiculous as it may be, should be a nice addition to have when going on a night out in the club or parties. After drinking a few, you never know everyone’s thoughts around you. Just be sure not to lose the device in a drink.

Thank you Endgadget for providing us with this information
Image and video courtesy of Endgadget

Transcend Unveils its ESD400 Portable Solid State Drives Featuring Up To 1TB Capacity

Transcend has announced its SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Portable Solid State Drive, featuring up to 1 TB capacity, high transfer speeds of up to 410 MB/s read and 380 MB/s write, as well as an extra durable and compact design.

The company states that the mentioned external SSD solution is suitable for all types of data, including high-resolution multimedia files and applications, photos, documents and so on, thanks to its large storage capacity, ranging from 120 GB up to 1 TB. Also, the UASP support is said to provide significantly faster performance along with the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology.

The absence of moving parts is said to also enhance the ESD400, having it run cooler and withstand grater shock and vibrations compared to other conventional portable hard disk solutions. Measuring in at 92 x 62 x 10.5 mm and weighing in at 56g, the ESD400 could fit in a pocket, having a small and light construction while also providing durability and reliability. Transcend has even stated to provide a hang travel pouch in order to protect the drive’s case during transportation.

In addition to the latter, Transcend is said to include a free download of the exclusive Transcend Elite data management tool, providing an easy way to perform incremental backups, secure confidential information and much more. The company also added the One Touch auto-backup button to the ESD400, enabling customers to instantly backup and synchronise data from a notebook or desktop.

Transcend is said to provide the ESD400 in capacities of 128 GB and up to 1 TB, having stated a recommended price for each of them based on capacity. The 128 GB version is stated to come with a price tag of $109, while 256 GB version has been given a price of $189, followed by the 512 GB at $349 and finally the 1TB version at $699, all coming with a 3-year limited warranty.

Nokia Guru To Be An iPod Shuffle Competitor

Nokia is known for cool accessories, and the new batch of phones and tablets about to be unveiled soon from the Finns is likely to be no exception. A new gadget called Nokia Guru has appeared, and it has every bearing of a music-related accessory.

The matchbox-like cyan Guru in the picture has a volume rocker and a play button, as well as a pair of in-ear headphones matching its color. There is a microUSB port in there as well, suggesting the device might carry its own battery and/or storage. There is an NFC tag, and some are suggesting it is Bluetooth equipped, too, so what exactly is the goal here, remains to be seen.

It could be a player and a Bluetooth headset in one to help keep the huge Lumia 1520 in your pocket. And if it is, Nokia’s first phablet could have a cyan version. Who knows? We’ve also heard that the new Lumia 525 about to be shown will be a music-centric phone, so the Guru could be meant for it. All is likely to be revealed sooner than expected, more specifically when Nokia World is taking place, so let’s hope for something amazing.

Thank you PhoneArena for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of PhoneArena.