TAG: Smartphones

These 3 Handy Tools Let You Be A Food Scientist

These 3 Handy Tools Let You Be A Food Scientist

Keeping track of everything in the food supply is nearly impossible. While label reading and careful consumption certainly helps, we all know what an extra effort it can be to try and uncover the potentially harmful and amplify the beneficial. The following resources are a few clever tools that are helpful and simple to use. Though no one wants yet another gadget to have to carry around, there is one on the table that promises to put you in the know regarding ingredients. The SCiO is a handheld molecular sensor available for preorder that can analyze nearly every component it comes… read more

The UNICEF Tap Project Turns 10 Minutes Into Water

The UNICEF Tap Project Turns 10 Minutes Into Water

The United Nations Children’s Fund, or UNICEF, is an organization that began in 1946 in order to assist women and children in receiving basic nutritional and humanitarian services. There are a reported 768 million people worldwide who do not have enough water, according to UNICEF statistics. On a daily basis, 1,400 children lose their lives from diseases that are tied to a lack of clean water. UNICEF’s presence can be seen in countries all over the globe, where the organization has helped to provide sterile water and sanitation services. The UNICEF Tap Project is a nationwide fundraising event held by… read more

App Uses Smartphone for Science Research While You Sleep

App Uses Smartphone for Science Research While You Sleep

Many of us have a remarkable piece of technology in our pockets, a mini computer that has more processing power than most of us know what to do with, in the form of a smartphone. And while these smartphones get a lot of use from us during the day, they tend to sit idle while we’re sleeping, except for maybe serving as our alarm clock. Why not use that idle processing power during the night to help move scientific knowledge forward? That’s the idea behind Power Sleep, an Android app that lets users donate the services of their mobile device… read more

How Graphene Will Change Everything

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Happy Valentines Day! If you’ve got nothing to do this evening, why not learn about graphene? You’ve probably heard quite a bit about graphene in the past year or so, and you’ll certainly be hearing more about it in the coming decade. Graphene has the potential to completely revolutionize the world of energy, batteries, solar power, automobiles, and more. It’s a magical element with mindblowing capabilities, and we’ve only scratched the surface on what graphene can actually do for us. We can use it to charge our cellphones in mere seconds, or put it to use creating an efficient solar… read more

Microsoft & Apple Among Top 10 Eco Companies

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2014 has begun quite well thus far, although Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s unexpected death has slightly diminished its awesomeness. Nonetheless, the EPA has released their rankings for the top 30 companies with outstanding ecological focuses. Among them are Apple, Microsoft, and Google — three of the top competitors in the mobile and computing world. We’ve listed the top ten below. You can click the above link to view the rest. 1. Intel Corporation Intel makes computer chips, which in turn make the world go ’round. They’re noted for their use of biogass, biomass, small-hydro, solar, and wind. 2. Microsoft Corporation Microsoft… read more

A Food Scanner From The Future

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It seems like life resembles science fiction more and more each day. Films like Star Trek, Star Wars, Blade Runner, and others have no doubt influenced the technology we use in the house today (See: Anything that has to do with 3-D printing). However, bringing these gadgets to life is arguably more exciting than watching them on-screen. A company has recently developed a scanner that connects to your smartphone and allows you to see what’s inside your food. It calculates calories, fats, gluten, etc. On top of that, this video will give you an idea of where kitchen technology is… read more

Hotel Chain Switching To Smartphone Locks

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Starwood, a hotel chain with over 1,000 worldwide locations, has begun switching to a new keyless system of room locks — your smartphone. The chain offers customers a free downloadable app with which they can check into their room wirelessly, and lock/unlock the room using their phones. Check it out: As one of the commenters on Youtube stated, this idea is very hackable at the moment. The chain will need to introduce some serious security measures before this idea can have any sort of mainstream success. For now, we can appreciate that somebody is working on getting rid of those… read more

Play It Again

Play It Again

If you had one of these as a kid, then you were able to rock with mobility. If you didn’t have one as a kid, then you may not fully understand what this large piece of equipment is, or the profound effect it had on outdoor gatherings, parties or replaying that favorite cassette over and over. That’s a rewind. Here’s a fast forward. After the nostalgia wears off, there is not much place for the large bulky blaster and old radios that some of us used to love. Outdated technology, now playing mostly only memories. That is, until Carl Godfrey of… read more

Smarter Driving App Maximizes Fuel Efficiency

Smarter Driving App Maximizes Fuel Efficiency

A little inexpensive piece of hardware for your vehicle, coupled with an app on your smartphone, could yield better fuel-efficiency, and take some of the mystery out of your car’s performance with real time diagnostics, right on your phone. The Dash system, which uses a small device that plugs right into the stock ODB port in a vehicle, allows drivers to gather data on their car’s performance and their own driving habits, as well as find the cheapest gas prices nearby and shop for deals on auto repairs. Dash also adds a social component to driving, by allowing users to… read more

Free eBook Apps for Readers

Free Apps And Material for Digital Readers

It’s easy to get lost in the swarm of free reading material available for digital readers and smartphones. Some apps and websites can make it easier to sift through the selections and find what you want to read, but not necessarily pay for. In addition to the more widely known choices here are a few more to check out to find eBooks. Goodreads has an app for the iPhone and iPad that allows users to connect with other readers and share reviews and information. The app has a barcode scanner so you can create a cataloged library of your books…. read more