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Quadsaw Cuts Square Holes

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You’re elbow deep into your home renovations and now’s the time to start cutting some holes into the drywall so you can fit a bunch of electric outlets. Well, have fun. You’re going to have to get the reciprocating saw out and do your best to cut in a straight line. Or, you could just get the Quadsaw adapter, which would allow you to cut a rectangular hole in one go, in as little as 30 seconds. It connects to a drill, which powers the four reciprocating blades simultaneously. We don’t know the exact size of the hole it makes, but we’re really hoping there’s a standard for electric outlet hardware which this device matches. The blades, incidentally, can also be repositioned to cut a perfect square, but once again we don’t know which size and their website doesn’t seem to specify it. It’s also really not cheap, at £199 (~$250 USD), but if you’re an electrician, construction worker, or just a really prolific DIYer, it might be a worthwhile investment.

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SanDisk Working on a 1TB SD Card

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When you realize that your SD card has more storage than the average laptop, you can’t help but feel that Moore’s law is still alive and well at least in one segment of the industry. SanDisk, a Western Digital brand, is reportedly working on a 1TB SDXC card. It has a working prototype that it is currently showing off at Photokina, in Cologne. This doubles the capacity of the record-breaking 512GB SanDisk Extreme PRO® SDXC UHS-I Memory Card that it demonstrated at Photokina 2014, and makes it an appealing product to any 4K or 8K video-recording enthusiasts. It’s just a prototype at the moment, so we don’t have any key specs like read/write speeds or even price, but don’t expect this to be cheap.

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Turn It Off And On Again? This Little Gadget Will Do It For You

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Internet went out again? You probably know the easiest way to get that fixed is to walk to your router, unplug the darn thing and wait for things to fix themselves. Most of the time it works all the time. But it’s still annoying to have to get up off your couch, so the ResetPlug does it for you. Just plug your router into it, and then the device itself into your wall socket. It’ll connect to your WiFi network after being configured, and will periodically monitor your Internet connection; when it sees it went out, it’ll just cut power to your router, wait a bit, and power back up. It’ll keep doing this until your connection is restored. If you want to monitor more than one device, say a modem and a router, just use a power strip and voila! It’s great not only to save you the hassle of getting up, but if you have any home appliances or devices that rely on a working connection, like security cameras or smart appliances, the ResetPlug will make sure they keep on keeping on even when you’re away from home. It’s $60.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Now This Is A Flustercuck: CERN Has To Untangle 9,000 Cables Before The Next LHC Upgrade

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If the sight of the spaghetti tangle of cables behind your desktop gives you anxiety, consider yourself lucky you’re not one of the CERN engineers tasked to remove old cabling at the Large Hadron Collider before its next big equipment upgrade. Over the years of upgrades and maintenance, the particle accelerator has grown in complexity, and has left colossal piles of cables crisscrossing in a surprisingly disorganized manner. Now a team of 60 engineers is being tasked with figuring out which cable does what before it can be unplugged, lest the entire system lose data or go into failsafe mode and stop working. All 9,000 of them. And these are only the ones associated with the Proton Synchrotron Booster (PS Booster), the Proton Synchrotron (PS), and the Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS). So far the team has identified “2,700 of the 9,000 obsolete cables that are believed to exist in the three instruments. Evrard believes they will be able to find 8,000 of them before the LHC comes back online, which should make it feasible to get all the cables out of the way when the time comes for installing new cables in 2019 and 2020.”

It’s an interesting bit of news that might put our mundane hardware woes into perspective.

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Bevy Aims To Be Your Central Image Storage Solution

You’ve been taking pics on your smartphone for years, and more recently you’ve started with the iPad, and maybe even your good old point-and-shoot… The point is you likely have a collection in the thousands, which is taking up a bunch of space on every device. Bevy wants to help you store and organize all that, while freeing up space on your mobile device. It sets up in seconds, only requires an app and a quick initial setup, and the whole family can start dumping their pics the minute they come home. It’s not limited to mobile devices: SD cards and USB drives can also be plugged in. Bevy automatically organizes everything by “creation time, by the time they were added to your Bevy, and by the user who added them. You and your family members can also mark Favorites and create Albums, and Bevy will keep track of it all.” You can set it to auto-upload everything, or manually dump what you want. You can even connect Bevy to the cloud so you can access your pics while you’re away. It comes in 1TB and 2TB sizes, for $299 and $349 respectively.

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Luma WiFi Router Will Get Rid Of Dead Spots, is The Last Router You’ll Ever Need

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You know how it is: your Internet works just fine from the bedroom, but step into the bathroom for, uh, some quality reading and suddenly your signal drops out. It’s a reality of using a single Wifi router in a larger home, since dead spots will appear in the strangest and most unpredictable of places. But Luma does things differently. It’s a router that uses several repeaters placed around the house in order to automatically create a mesh network that gives you consistent access from any part of your home. Luma will tell you where to place the units for best coverage, after analyzing signal strength in different rooms. Additionally, you get tons of app-controlled options, like the ability to pause the Internet, schedule time-off periods, grant or deny access to single devices with a swipe, set up a firewall and restrict access to chosen devices, and monitor and track different devices’ usage. It’s a brilliant system, and since it’s on pre-sale, you can get three Lumas for $249, a 50% reduction on its expected retail price.

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Torch Router Helps Parents Manage Their Kids’ Browsing Habits

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With the multitude of devices in most homes these days, it’s a bit of a hassle keeping track of who does what online. But the Torch Router can help conscientious parents keep tabs on their kids habits, as well as limit what they do online.

It’s easy-to-use interface lets you see what sites every device on your network is visiting, how much data they’re using, and how much time they’re spending online. You can set limits on each device’s usage, suspend their ability to connect to the Internet (without affecting the other devices on your network), and block specific sites on a per-device basis

Other features include the ability to pause the Internet altogether during dinner time or bedtime, and is compatible with most home gizmos and gadgets such as iPad, Xbox, Roku, Apple TV, Sonos, and Nest. A detailed report can break time spent online into categories such as social media, education and gaming, so you have a better grasp of your children’s browsing habits. And since this is all done at the router level, you know they won’t be able to erase their history before you get to it.

It’ll cost $200 once it hits retail, but the Kickstarter early-birds can get it for half that price… if the campaign funds. Expect a March 2016 delivery if that happens.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ PRNewsWire ]

The Tempescope Will Recreate Tomorrow’s Forecast For You In A Plexiglass Cube

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If you want to know whether you’ll be needing your umbrella tomorrow, you could just fire up a weather app on your smartphone and check. But it’s a lot more fun if you use the Tempescope to get that information. It’s a plexiglass cube that doesn’t tell you the weather: it recreates it. The device is able to generate microclimates within its transparent enclosure, and it’s currently able to do rain, clouds, and lightning. The company is working on making it snow, but we imagine that’s quite the engineering challenge. It goes online and is able to retrieve the forecast for your city, or any place you designate, allowing you to share your current weather with your loved ones, for example.

The IndieGogo campaign launches on September 30th and the first 2,000 unit run will be offered to anyone willing to pledge $200 for it.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

DeepCool’s New Case Looks Like That Star Wars Ship

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It’s quite rare that we’ll discuss straight PC hardware on OhGizmo!, simply because there’s not a whole lot of actually interesting innovation in the field. It’s all about marginal increases in miniaturization, speed, or some other interesting-to-some-but-not-us metric. But DeepCool’s TriStellar S PC case, while not technically innovative, does stand out from the crop. For one, it looks like the Evil Emperor’s private shuttle from Return of the Jedi. And despite the creative chassis, functionality hasn’t been sacrificed:

It is split into three separate compartments that can accommodate mini-ITX motherboards, a 120 mm liquid cooler, full-length graphics cards and power supplies, an optical drive and two 3.5-inch drives.

The TriStellar S case is a limited edition model, with only 50 being sold worldwide. And it costs a whopping $599! That’s the budget some people put down on a whole PC build, but hey, when you’ve got the disposable income, luxuries can be afforded. That said, this particular case is almost identical to the TriStellar (no ‘S’), which is $399 itself; DeepCool simply added a window to see the garphics’ compartment, some lights, and Bill Owen’s signature on the side (with whom this was apparently co-designed). If you’re on the slightly more mature side of custom PC-building (because, let’s face it, you’re still considering the purchase of a PC case that looks like a Star Wars ship), you might want to save yourself the $200.

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