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FBI Can Activate Android Microphones, Record Secretly
August 3, 2013 | 12:34 pm

FBIIt’s no big secret that the U.S. government can use some extreme methods in order to maintain justice and security for the nation by gathering information on suspects. Even before Snowden leaked all the NSA data, most of us had a pretty decent idea that the U.S. government has always been keeping a watchful eye over everyone. The shock from the leaks likely came from the scope and depth of all the information-gathering and spying. If you think the government couldn’t possibly dig even deeper, guess again. Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the FBI uses custom-designed hacker tools to spy...

Acer Debuts Industry’s First 8-Inch Windows 8 Tablet
June 8, 2013 | 3:08 pm

Acer IconiaAcer just unveiled the Acer Iconia W3, the industry’s first full-featured 8.1-inch tablet running Windows 8, bringing entertainment and full PC capabilities into a single hand. To sweeten the deal, Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 is pre-installed at no additional expense. The Iconia W3 design is compact enough to use comfortably in one hand while having a screen large enough for entertainment and desktop applications. The slim and sleek device weighs only 1.10 pounds and measures only 0.45 inches thin, making it easy to take anywhere. “With the Iconia W3, Acer is giving those who create, read, work and play in the Windows...

Earl Is the Outdoor Enthusiast’s Dream Survival Tablet
May 17, 2013 | 11:19 am

EarlThe best thing about portable digital devices like smartphones and tablets is how they provide such information right at our fingertips. While they excel in cities and urban areas, they don’t always perform the best in extreme outdoor situations. Designed with the outdoor enthusiast in mind, the creator of Earl has engineered a tablet that’s meant to work where normal smartphones and tablets won’t. A laminated solar panel provides up to 20 hours of uptime. The 3000mAh battery charges in five hours in direct sunlight using high efficiency 18 percent mono crystalline solar cells. Style meets efficiency with intuitive design, fusing Android 4.1...

Siva Cycle Atom is Pedal Power for Your Gadgets
April 26, 2013 | 3:15 pm

Siva Cycle AtomThis Kickstarter project has funded pretty quickly over the past couple of days, and I certainly expect it to overfund significantly before the campaign is over. The concept behind the Siva Cycle Atom is using a bicycle as a generator to power a battery pack, which can be used to charge electronic devices via USB. The Siva Cycle Atom is designed with top of the line magnetic rotors and powerful lithium batteries. As you ride, it harnesses the kinetic energy to directly charge a device or store the energy in a battery. The Atom is for the modern commuter cyclist, the urban biker, the...

LifeProof Offers Optional Water Protection Insurance for iPhone
April 6, 2013 | 12:22 pm

LifeproofLifeProof announced this past Tuesday that they're offering a Total Water Protection Program for the Apple iPhone and iPad to anyone who purchases a LifeProof case from their website. This optional program takes the protection of these devices to an entirely new level by offering a one-time repair or replacement of the device if it sustains accidental water damage while in one of their cases. LifeProof cases are advertised as being waterproof, submerged down to 6.6 feet deep, as well as being dirt proof, snow proof and shock proof. The Total Water Protection Program will offer consumers even greater peace of mind. Available as of Tuesday,...

White House Ready to Legalize Phone Unlocking
March 5, 2013 | 10:12 pm

Phone UnlockingThe White House is supporting the consumers' right to unlock their cellphones once they have fulfilled the terms of their contract. In response to a petition on WhiteHouse.gov, the executive branch has stated that “The White House agrees with the 114,000+ of you who believe that consumers should be able to unlock their cell phones without risking criminal or other penalties. In fact, we believe the same principle should also apply to tablets, which are increasingly similar to smart phones. And if you have paid for your mobile device, and aren’t bound by a service agreement or other obligation, you should be...

eBook Plus Wants to Connect Readers to Authors, End Piracy
February 15, 2013 | 2:47 pm

eBook Plus logoeBook sales have been skyrocketing since 2011, and the publishing market, of course, has been revolutionized as a result. But as the volume of available e-books grows, so does the consumer piracy of e-books. eBook Plus has been launched with the intention of improving the system. As a platform that connects readers, authors, publishers and advertisers, eBook Plus' claim is that it will correct the piracy problem by allowing readers to legally read e-books for free, while at the same time providing advertising opportunities for businesses. Publishers and authors, in other, will presumably have thousands of people reading their books for free, and...