Archive for August, 2011

RC Monster Truck Controlled by iPhone

Monday, August 29th, 2011

The AppSpeed Monster Truck is a new breed of RC vehicle – it’s controlled by an iPhone running the free AppSpeed app.  Just plug the RF dongle into the dock connector and then control the speed and steer this toy truck using any iOS Apple device with the app installed.  You can also tilt your device forwards, backwards, left or right to control the truck in gravity sensor mode. 

Three presets allow you to ZigZag, Dance or Spin your truck in time to music.  You can also use the multiplayer mode that lets you race your little truck with your friends.  Find out more about this app-controlled RC truck on the Dexim website.

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ASUS Dual-Core Netbook

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

School will soon be in session and college students will be looking for a laptop that can easily travel between home and school.  Many students are opting for a netbook as a low-cost alternative to a more expensive laptop.  If you really just need a basic computer for note-taking, writing essays and using the Internet, check out the ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM netbook.  This 10-inch ASUS netbook features an Intel Atom N550 dual-core processor for multitasking and LED-backlit technology supports brighter visuals.  The ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM netbook provides up to 13 hours of battery life (double the life of other netbooks). 

Find out more about this ASUS netbook on Amazon.com.

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Amazon’s Bezos Patents Smartphone Airbag

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Most of us have dropped a smartphone and held our breath as it hit the floor. Apparently Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos decided to do something about the sinking feeling you get when your smartphone drops. It was recently revealed that Bezos has filed a patent application for a smartphone system that would use the phone’s camera and gyroscope to detect motion and the proximity of other objects. If the phone decides that it’s falling, protective measures will spring into action. Possible ideas for the phone protection include a mini airbag or deployable springs.

Read more about Bezo’s patent on the Popular Science website.

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MTV Explains the Internet

Wednesday, August 03rd, 2011

Just a few short years ago, despite having 10 million users, the Internet was thought by many to be some kind of passing fad. In 1995, MTV News devoted a quick 4-minute segment to the World Wide Web, comparing it to the CB radio craze of the 1970s. The segment includes commentary from Sandra Bullock (who starred in a movie called The Net), Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Matthews and Moby. You can take a walk down memory lane by checking out the vintage video on YouTube.

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