New fuel cell based kraftwerk charger promises freedom from the grid

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A project on Kickstarter by eZelleron Inc. is trying to raise funds for production of a mobile electronics energy charger that uses gas instead of electricity to recharge itself. The kraftwerk power generator will enable users to be freed from the power grid by relying on fuel cell technology that converts chemical energy into electrical energy. The device can be refilled using standard camping gas or lighter gas, both of which should be readily available almost anywhere in the world. The kraftwerk also has the advantage of being refilled in mere seconds – 3 according to the project’s description – and will support the equivalent of 11 iPhone charges.
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Toshiba announces memory card with preview functionality thanks to built-in NFC

TOSHIBA_NFC_SDHCcard_150106Toshiba announced an SDHC memory card today that comes with a built-in NFC chip. Starting in February, consumers will be able to purchase said memory card in 8, 16 and 32GB capacities. Toshiba used CES to show off these new cards. The cards use NFC to exchange data with just a touch. With help from the Memory Card Preview app, the memory cards give you a heads up as to the amount of storage the card has available plus up to 16 thumbnails of photos stored on the card. This way, you don’t have to pop the card into your computer in order to figure out whats on it.

Other than that it’s a pretty standard SD card with all the functionality that encompasses said card. As far as pricing is concerned, it’s unknown but we’ll update you when we know more. We have the presser after the break and be sure to check out our full coverage of CES.


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Chrome OS to get a new file manager with Material Design

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The file manager in Chrome OS is functional, but it’s a little boring. The good news is that it’s going to get a little Material Design love pretty soon.

A number of screenshots are in Google’s official Material Design documentation shows the file manager with a new look. The images could be just examples or they could be for Google Drive, but we can only assume that Google make add some Material Design flare to the file manager since everything will get it eventually and a bug report reveals they are working on it. The new Files icon appears to be ready for Chrome version 42, so Material Design might show up alongside it.


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The RE Camera can stream live to YouTube, starting tomorrow

htc_re_camera_450For those who may have received or purchased an HTC RE Camera over the holidays, your new GoPro-esque camera is about to get even more functionality. Starting tomorrow (Jan. 9) an update for the RE app will hit the Play Store allowing users to live stream video from the RE to YouTube. Those of you with iOS will have to wait a bit longer as an update won’t hit the App Store until later in the first quarter. The live stream option will give users the ability to share moments such as piano recitals or plays with family and friends that can’t be at these events in person.

All you have to do is invite people to watch your broadcast via SMS or through social media. Should they not be able to watch the live stream, the video will be there after the end of broadcast so they can watch it at their earlier convenience. So those of you with a RE Camera should be on the look out for an update for the RE app starting tomorrow. We have the full presser for you after the break.


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Snapdragon 810 delay rumors continue to swirl

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A little over a month ago, it was reported that the Snapdragon 810 was suffering from overheating issues and could force a delay with both the Galaxy S 6 and the LG G4. Shortly after, Qualcomm negated any issues, but now there is a new report suggesting that Qualcomm is stopping massive production.

This time around, we have reports from both the Korea Times and J.P. Morgan analysts confirming the same overheating issues that were reported in December. Apparently, it’s the Cortex-A57 cores that are the culprit. Analysts, Gokul Hariharan, Rahul Chadha and JJ Park, believe that production will be pushed back by as much as three months.


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Is Motorola about to bring MotoMaker to wearables?

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When Motorola rebooted itself a few years back, it brought customization to the forefront of its smartphones. From colored backplates on the Moto G to customizing almost everything on the Moto X in terms of design via MotoMaker, having your smartphone reflect your tastes is a big selling point for Motorola and it appears that the Lenovo company is looking to add that functionality to wearables.


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Audi’s Q7 comes equipped with a fully integrated tablet

audi Q7 tabletNot only will you be able to pick up a smartwatch designed specifically for an Audi vehicle, but the company is also including an integrated tablet into this year’s Audi Q7. The tablet sports a 10.1-inch screen and a Tegra 4 processor, so it’s fairly well equipped for a tablet in 2015. The coolest features aren’t in the internal hardware, though.

The Audi tablet has a matted display that was specifically designed to resist vibrations from a moving vehicle, and the screen won’t shatter if the car is in an accident. The tablet is designed to function as an entertainment hub for passengers in the backseat, but it can also let backseat drivers change up waypoints on a map and send them to the main console for the driver, and it has full control of music and media that’s playing.
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