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Friday, October 21, 2016

New Atlas

Kodak may have a new claim to the term "camera-phone." The company has drawn heavily from its history and announced the Ektra, a photo-focused phone with a 21 MP camera, a range of manual modes for setting up a shot, and a detailed editing app for fiddling in post.   Read more
During our time with the Memento Smart Frame we’ve had to re-evaluate our view of digital photo frames. We’ve gone from thinking they are obsolete tech, to being of the opinion that every living room should have one. Read on to find out why.  Read more
As the most trail-capable of the Renegade models, the 2016 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk contains the fun styling and well-wrought interior of its siblings, but adds offroad goodies like beefier tires and a better suspension.   Read more
The long-speculated Switch (formerly NX) now revealed, it looks like Nintendo has finally learned some lessons from its previous gaffes. While we didn’t get too much info from the trailer, so far the Switch looks like the console that may let Ninty do its quirky dance without tripping over.   Read more
Along with the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car​, Toyota has invested in fueling stations and infrastructure to make sure fuel cell vehicles aren't an under-supported flash in the pan, experience that will pay off when sales of its 77-seater Fuel Cell Bus start early next year.   Read more
Will virtual reality ever kill off TV the way MP3 players and music streaming did CDs? This week our One Big Question series asks "The New Normal" conference host Frank Radice that very question.   Read more
Just as production cars competed in "reliability trials" to demonstrate their durability and speed to the public, the E-Rally Monte Carlo performs the same purpose for zero emission production vehicles. Toyota's Mirai FCV took victory from two Renault Zoe ZEs, a BMW I3 and a Kia Soul.   Read more
According to researchers at Ben-Gurion University (BGU), a new type of cyber warfare whereby saboteurs can fool 3D printers into creating self-destructing parts that are indistinguishable from the real thing.  Read more
Imagine you’re trying to find your car in a crowded parking lot. Simply say “locate car” and a tiny drone on your shoulder flies off and guides you to it. Amazon has been awarded a patent for such a drone, which may also be used by emergency personnel to locate missing children or spot fires.   Read more
Taking inspiration from 1930s-era classic Beemers, Roland Sands has had another crack at overhauling BMW's massively successful retro roadster. The RSD R NineT Classic is a distinctive looker that goes as hard as any of Sands' customs.   Read more
Researchers from Caltech claim that the previously unexplained tilt of the Sun appears to be a direct result of the gravitational influence of Planet Nine, a massive, but yet-to-be-observed, planet orbiting at an angle to the rest of Solar System   Read more
A traffic accident in Norway, involving a Model S with Autopilot engaged, two other vehicles, and a motorcycle, has prompted questions as to whether testing of Tesla's Autopilot system sufficiently took into account two-wheeled vehicles.   Read more
​ESA's Schiaparelli lander module remains out of contact. Data from the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) mothership suggests Schiaparelli may have suffered a parachute malfunction during atmospheric entry and crashed on the surface of the Red Planet.  Read more
​The more that farmers know about the exact state of their crops, the less they have to indiscriminately apply fertilizer, pesticide or even water. That's part of the thinking behind the Thorvald agricultural robotic platform, which is now being made into even more of a farmer's helper.   Read more
Whether selfies are your game or you're shooting for drone racing fame, our selection of the year's best drones has something for everybody looking to take their aerial exploits to the next level.   Read more
The Misfit Phase smartwatch offers the feel of an analog timepiece that discreetly packs activity tracking, vibration alerts, smart control, and more.​   Read more
Researchers have made a breakthrough in identifying the way cells send up flags to the body's immune system – a discovery that could have a significant impact on how we develop vaccines or treat autoimmune diseases.​   Read more
​Given that the battery life of most multicopter drones typically doesn't exceed 30 minutes of flight time per charge, there are many tasks that they simply can't perform. That's why scientists are developing an alternative – they're wirelessly transferring power to a drone as it's flying.  Read more
Nintendo has given the world its first look at the Nintendo Switch, the company's long-awaited successor to the Wii U. As rumored, it blends handheld and console gaming in a device you can take anywhere you go.  Read more
We've seen world records awarded for a caravan and a Millennium Falcon built out of Lego, but this latest construction makes them both look tiny. The Institution of Civil Engineers has been awarded a Guinness World Record for a Lego replica of the UK's Severn Bridge measuring 31-m long and 3-m tall.   Read more
Having paid for a brand-new Macbook Pro, the thought of dropping and damaging it may well be ​enough to make you cry. There are many ways to protect a precious Apple laptop, but the team at Zenlet is hoping that its new all-in-one Lift and Go solution will prove a real crowd-pleaser.   Read more
Need to accomplish something foolish? Here’s a lighthearted look at apps that are the opposite of productive. You’ll either bemoan their very existence or learn a thing or two about how to waste your time.  Read more
Integrate your work with HYFY, the high-quality video screen capture extension for Google Chrome. Just click record and start talking, and when you're done, share your videos directly to Slack, JIRA, HipChat, or just paste your video URL anywhere you want. HYFY is an outstanding tool for QA, Development, and Support teams who work on bugs and incident reports, teachers or trainers who want to record lesson libraries, or anybody who needs to communicate effectively with a team.   Read more