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Nixie Wearable Drone Takes Your Pics, Is Worn On Your Wrist

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Imagine this scenario. You go outdoors to do some cool outdoorsy activity, all by yourself. Suddenly you realize you’re doing something awesome and you’d like to immortalize it, so you unclip your fancy wristband… which immediately turns into a fully functional quadcopter drone with a camera. It flies out, takes a few pics or video, then flies right back to you. And just like that, you took a third person selfie, from angles that would normally be impossible. If that sounds too science-fiction for you, be aware that it’s a real product in development. It’s called the Nixie Drone, and the project literally just got wings: it recently won $500,000 through a design competition held by Intel.

That’s right, Intel was holding a MakeItWearable Challenge, aiming to further invigorate the wearables market. Nixie recently got the top prize, giving it enough cash to take the rough prototype much closer to becoming a product you can buy. We’re not sure how far away they are from being able to ship it, but the technology presumably exists to make something like this. So keep an eye out on this space.

Early Prototype

Early Prototype

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Teen Designs Device That Has the Potential to Charge Up Phones in Seconds

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Sometimes I find myself hanging around the charger while everyone else starts trooping out the door because my phone is running low on power and wouldn’t last the night if I unplugged it then and there. But who knew you could charge up your phone in just 30 seconds with the right device?

Eighteen-year-old Eesha Khare designed a supercapacitor that has the potential to charge phones in about half a minute. The superconductor is designed to fit inside the battery, which, aside from the rapid charging, also lasts ten times longer than other existing devices. Eesha’s paper, entitled “Design and Synthesis of Hydrogenated TiO2-Polyaniline Nanorods for Flexible High-Performance Supercapacitors”, can be found here.

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Future Intel-Powered Ultrabooks To Include Behind The Scenes Access To Devicescape WiFi

By David Ponce

So it’s possible that future Ultrabooks (and perhaps other Intel-powered computing machines) will come pre-loaded with software from Devicescape, which would make it possible for the machines to seamlessly access over 8 million WiFi Hotspots worldwide. Devicescape has a “Curated Virtual Network” (CVN) of hotspots and the idea is that whenever you’d be in range of one, even if your laptop is in your bag with the lid closed, it would still be able to connect and update some software. It’d be all done silently, with no user interaction. That way you’d be online and up to date (think stock quotes, Twitter, email, etc.) as soon as you actually turn the machine on. There’s no word of course on whether this will affect the price of the machines, or even if it’ll diminish battery life. Windows 8 does have Connected Standby, so if that works correctly when the time comes, this whole setup might happen at a minimal impact on battery. Whenever it is and for whatever price, any option that makes it easier to get connected is welcome by us.

VIA [ TheVerge ]

Intel Now Offers Overclocker’s Warranty

By David Ponce

That image is another editor’s idea of you jizzing in your pants at the thought of being able to overclock your processor with the manufacturer’s blessings. It’s an apt metaphor, as overclocking has usually been done at your own risks. To have this condoned, well… that’s pretty awesome. Of course, Intel will charge you for these blessings, but it’s not a huge sum. As you can see from the image, anywhere from $20 to $35 will get you extra coverage should your frenzied gaming needs result in a melted chip, from select models of course:

The Performance Tuning Protection Plan being offered by Intel is a chance for you to experiment with the overclocking features of your processor without the worries of what will happen if you push the procesor too far. The Plan allows you a single processor replacement, hassle-free, from our customer support. This is in addtion to your standard 3 year warranty. In other words, if it fails under normal usage, we will replace it under the standard warranty; if it fails while running outside of Intel’s specifications, we will replace it under the Performance Tuning Protection Plan.

So what we are saying is this: Go ahead and push it, we’ve got your back.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Technabob ]

Kingston Offers SSD Upgrade Kit for DIY PC Owners

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By Shane McGlaun

I have yet to jump on the SSD bandwagon and most consumers are probably the same way. I have tested netbooks with SSDs inside and while the performance gains installing applications and booting the systems are noticeable, they aren’t enough to justify the extra cost in my book.

The price of SSDs is coming down, albeit slowly. Kingston has a new SSD upgrade kit that is now available called the SSDNow M Series that comes with all the gear you need to install an SSD inside your desktop computer or notebook.

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Intel Announces New Atom CPUs

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By Shane McGlaun

Intel has announced new Atom processors to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the launch of the Atom line. It’s hard to believe with the Atom processor now inside so many netbooks that it has only been a year since the processor launched.

The new processors are aimed at MIDs and include the Z550 and Z515. The Z515 processor runs at 1.2GHz and uses Intel Burst Performance technology for small and sleek MIDs. The Z550 processor runs at 2GHz and features Intel Hyper Threading technology.

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HP Unleashes Z Series Workstations

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by Shane McGlaun

In your office, odds are your boss buys the cheapest computers that can be found. That $300 eMachine might work just great for the receptionist whose most taxing application is Solitaire and spends most of her time entering names into a mailing list. However, if you work in a demanding field like medical imaging or at a design firm, that cheap computer is worth less than the box it came in.

For the worker needing a really powerful workstation HP has announced its new Z series line including the Z800, Z600, and Z400 workstations. The new systems use the recently announced Intel Xeon 5500 series processors featuring Intel Turbo Boost technology and integrated memory controllers.

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