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What Can I Do with a Smartwatch and Should I Get One?

David Smothers June 18, 2013

Dear Lifehacker, I keep seeing new “smartwatches” show up on gadget sites, but they all seem pretty different. What is a smartwatch, exactly, and should I consider buying one? Sincerely, Watching Watches Dear WW, Just as a smartphone did with the telephone, a smartwatch provides live access to certain kinds of information and intelligent features… Continue Reading »

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Automatic Connected Car System Delayed Until August

David Smothers June 2, 2013

Automatic introduced its Automatic Link connected car system in March of this year, promising to ship out the app and the Bluetooth adapter beginning in May. The system includes a plug-in adapter that is designed to read data from a car’s onboard diagnostics, turning nearly any car manufactured after 1996 into a connected car. The… Continue Reading »

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A Drone That Follows You Around Is Way Less Messy Than Puppy

David Smothers May 28, 2013

  After leaving his uninspiring job at a bank, Sameer Parekh started his own company called Falkor Systems to further develop the concept of autonomous flying drones that don’t require a pilot. His first creation is a modified Parrot AR.Drone designed to follow someone around a room like an incredibly loyal—but noisy—puppy, but he also has more practical applications… Continue Reading »

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5 Wearable Concepts Worth Taking a Chance On

David Smothers May 10, 2013

Wearable gadgets are everywhere, and it’s not just the big boys who are looking to get in on the action. A handful of smaller and, in some instances, unique takes on the burgeoning trend are popping up on crowdfunding sites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter. Here are five of the most promising activity trackers of the… Continue Reading »

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Cyber Warriors Will Be Embedded in Military Commands

David Smothers February 28, 2013

Troops fighting in the growing combat area of cyberspace will operate from keyboards situated within each geographic military command, Cyber Command officials said. The 900-member Maryland-based organization that is subordinate to the Nebraska-headquartered Strategic Command could mushroom from 900 to 4,900 cybersecurity professionals, sequester permitting. While the locations of the personnel have been decided, the… Continue Reading »

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It Could Be Years Before Dreamliners Are Back in the Air

David Smothers February 2, 2013

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner just can’t catch a break. After all of the planes were groundedfollowing some seriously troubling melting batteries, the FAA has been taking a look into what exactly went wrong. They’ll take their time though; it could be years before the birds are back in the sky. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told reporters that the… Continue Reading »

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‘Flying Wing’ Uses Half the Fuel of a Standard Airplane

David Smothers January 24, 2013

  Aerospace engineers have long known that ditching a conventional tubular fuselage in favor of a manta-ray-like “hybrid wing” shape could dramatically reduce fuel consumption. A team at NASA has now demonstrated a manufacturing method that promises to make the design practical. Combined with an extremely efficient type of engine, called an ultra-high bypass ratio… Continue Reading »

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