Tuesday, May 14, 2013
In a letter addressed to Defense Distributed – the gun’s designer – the United States government demanded that designs for the 3D-printed hand gun be removed online after the blueprints were downloaded for more than 100,000 times. In the same letter, the US State Department suggested that publishing the designs online may be a breach of arms-control regulations.
Although the blueprints are no longer in the company’s Defcad website, company founder Cody Wilsons aid that the genie was out of the bottle: “Once people heard what happened, Pirate Bay has exploded… I’m seeing downloads go up and up.”
The US Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance demanded through email for the designs to be “removed from public access” until Wilson could prove he and his company had not violated any laws governing shipping weapons overseas by putting the files online and letting people outside the US download them.
However, Wilson maintained that his company had complied with the rules of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). He believed the project was exempt as Defense Distributed had been set up specifically to meet requirements that exempted it from ITAR. “Our gun operations were registered with ITAR,” continued Wilson.
Although the plans are no longer available in the Defcad site, nobody knows if all existing copies online have been removed as well. It’s always a thrill to sit and wait in front of your computer for the next jaw-dropping discovery… why not keep track of things here at Gadgetepoint?
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
This striking one-liner headlines the current campaign of Unicef’s Swedish division – one that, as many say, reprimands so-called ‘slacktivists’.
Slacktivists are those who fail to be as generous with their money as they are with clicking the ‘Like’ button on Facebook pages.
This new campaign that encourages supporters to donate in the form of cold hard cash features three advertisements. One is a TV commercial featuring a boy and his little brother in their dilapidated shelter, who says, “Sometimes I worry that I will get sick, like my mum got sick. But I think everything will be all right. Today, Unicef Sweden has 177,000 likes on Facebook.” Another ad, produced by the agency Forsman and Bodenfors, features a well-dressed man who tried to pay his share of the restaurant bill with Facebook ‘likes’.
Unicef Sweden further explains the issue by saying that they have nothing against likes, but vaccine costs money. “Please buy polio vaccine at unicef.se. It will only cost you £4, but will save the lives of 12 children.”
This fresh – not to mention, arresting – campaign has certainly hit the target with slacktivists inside and outside of Sweden. The brains at Unicef Sweden have clearly found a way to get their message across the globe.
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
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Remember that teacher who kept telling you that energy can neither be created nor destroyed? That it’s just transformed from one kind to another? Maybe you thought he was just bluffing, but lo and behold at this creation from architect Michael Strain that can do just that.
This innovative bicycle called Levitation turns the kinetic energy of pedaling into a potential energy that could power your iPhones after you drain it. It also doubles as an unlimited wifi hotspot.
This cool bike is invented for the annual 2013 Hi-Macs Annual Design Contest and though it looks like a sculpture, it’s packed with a generator that actually proves that your high school teacher wasn’t just pulling your leg. As you pedal on the bicycle, the generator stores your kinetic energy and transforms it into potential energy that can be tapped to charge small gadgets via USB or power small electrical appliances at your home.
Though it looks minimalist from this view, the bike has a built in LED display between the handlebars that indicates the power storage and WiFi capabilities. Come to think about it, Levitation will not only give you a work out, it can also save you money with the electric bills.
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Tuesday, May 7, 2013
In its latest report, Internet giant Google revealed that the British government and police demanded the company to remove 124 YouTube videos in the previous year. The same report states that, excluding court orders for defamation and copyright infringement, the UK government and police made 124 specific requests to take out videos and advertisements on Google’s Adword platform.
Most of these ‘request’ pertained to the removal of YouTube videos deemed by the government to ‘infringe national security and hate speech laws’. More than half of these appeals were rejected by Google.
Google has always taken pride at being a company that stands up for the rights of its users even against powerful governments. The company brings to light a number of cases where they repudiated orders to remove content or hand over data. One among these is a YouTube video that allegedly showed the racist behaviour of a local police force in the UK earlier this year.
Google also reported that in the first two quarters of 2012, the number of such requests had increased by 98% compared with the same period in the previous year.
It’s nice to know that Google has our better interests in mind. What about your other interests in the coolest gadgets? For that one, Gadgetepoint has your back.
Monday, May 6, 2013
A Dutch scientist recently came up with a LED light that produces multicolored shadows and it is up for grabs for the incredibly low price of 95 euros. We’re just wondering where to use it though.
Knowing the property of white light being comprised of the seven colors of the rainbow, Dutch designer Dennis Parren came up with the idea of inventing a CMYK bulb that dissects these components into their combination colors to make shadow puppets play more enjoyable. The led light produces cyan, magenta and yellow shadows face up.
“It’s the first lightbulb that creates colored shadows, which also can be very wonderful with existing shades,” Parren revealed on site.
The lightbulb looks like an inverted tulip and Parren is proud of it. He said: “I chose this shape because the light sparkles through the little holes like a real diamond,” Parren said. “The cheapest diamond ever made.”
These innovation will look cool as the centerpiece of your new home while you’re enjoying a cup of tea or nursing a headache. It may also be able to help you’re canoodling with your significant other more sensual.
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Friday, May 3, 2013
Ever loved someone secretly but is just to chicken to tell them personally? Well, this might be your chance to profess your undying admiration for this goddess with a haiku that they can marvel at… if they decide to go to Mars.
Though Mars is still the god of war, the scientist gods at NASA are encouraging everyone to send their love haikus or whatever three line creativity you can conjure up to their new Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft. That’s right, write a beautiful three line piècede résistance and NASA might just include it in their “Going to Mars” project where they select the most inspiring ones to send out to space.
Start sending your heart’s desires to their addresses because even if you don’t make it to the top 3 that will rocket to outerspace, they will still include all the names of the entrants into their special DVD.
You can pour in your haikus at the Going to Mars website after registering and confirming that you are of legal age. The spacecraft MAVEN is a pioneer ship customized to explore Mars’ upper atmosphere in the hopes of learning where to find an0ther planet to migrate to after Mother Earth gives up on us.
What are you waiting for? We, at Gadgetepoint have already sent in our masterpiece!
Friday, May 3, 2013
If you’re fed up with your mother telling you what to do, you would enjoy this new app by Jawbone UP that tells you what you did. And maybe kindly tells you to do something better.
The wristband is equipped with a UP™ is a system that according to their website “takes a holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle. The wristband tracks your movement and sleep in the background. The app displays your data, lets you add things like meals and mood, and delivers insights that keep you moving forward.”
Simply put, it’s an activity tracker much like the Nike Fuelband but gives you more than just a pedometer and a calorie counter. The Jawbone UP also reminds its users to cheer up by logging their mood for the day and other useful tips in life.
This activity tracker can be connected to an iPhone or an Android phone so you can see what proportion of the day you used up sulking and idling around. It’s battery life is also a wonder since it needs 10 days before it warrants a charge making it slightly more superior than the Nike Fuelband in this category.
And unlike the new Jawbone UP, we can’t tell you what you just did, but we really can encourage you to check out other hotstuffs here at Gadgetepoint.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
By the 11th of next month, the very first incarnation of Apple’s iconic smartphone line will become obsolete – sources say.
The original iPhone was launched in 2007 in the UK, reaching about 6.1 million units sold worldwide. Selling was discontinued when the iPhone 3G was introduced in 2008. Now – six years after its very first release– the revolutionary smartphone that started it all will no longer be serviced. It has also been reported that replacement parts will no longer be produced for the phone.
Owners of the first iPhone who live in California would rather have their iPhones classified as “vintage” instead of obsolete. Lucky for them, they may still order parts for their units within the next two years due to a quirk of US customs law. Everyone else, though, would have to rely on independent stores instead of Apple’s own engineers for service repairs.
Although a bit disheartening, this comes as no surprise to anyone at all… what with the incredible speed with which advancements in gadgets and technology hit our lives. The good thing is that always seem to get better with time. What’s left to do then? Seek out what’s brand-spanking new and where best to start than at Gadgetepoint?
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Everyone knows Sean Parker: he’s the guy portrayed by Justin Timberlake in the Facebook film The Social Network in 2010. Parker, who’s the very first president of Facebook – is reportedly planning to spend up to £6.6 million ($10 million) on a Lord of the Rings-themed wedding with fiancée Alexandra Lenas on June 1.
The Independent has made reports saying that the celebration just might rival a full-scale Hollywood production: coming complete with intricate sets and backdrops… not to mention getting the Oscar-winning costume designer from Lord of the Rings, Ngila Dickson, on board to create outfits for all of the wedding guests.
The big day is set to be celebrated at the Ventana Inn in Big Sur, on the Californian coast. Parker plans to transform the exclusive resort into a fantasy world. It has been revealed that landscapers have been hired to install waterfalls, bridges, fake ruins, and even a gated cottage in the forestry around the resort.
Parker has tried to dispel such rumors through his post on Facebook saying: “This will not be a theme wedding and there will be nothing ‘medieval’ about it.”
Ngila Dickson created a series of outfits that are based on modern suits and dresses with some elements of Victorian flair.”
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Monday, April 29, 2013
The Galaxy Tab 3 from the Korean technology leader improves on Tab 2… a little bit. This new gadget which will be made available from June this year, sports a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and a 3G model. Compared to the Tab 2, the screen resolution has not increased but the weight has decreased, down from 345 g to just over 300 g. Battery capacity has remained the same at 4,000 mAh, but this new model enjoys the addition of a microSD slot.
However, the Tab 3’s winning point over its predecessors and competitors appears to be video calling, something that manufacturers seem to accept with greater enthusiasm than the consumers. A Wi-Fi-only option for the Tab 3 will be available the following month.
The comparatively low screen resolution of the Galaxy Tab 3 has somehow led others to expect that Google and Samsung will soon be announcing an update to the Nexus 10… one with LTE connectivity and an octo-core – something unprecedented for tablets.
No pricing information has been released yet, but rumour has it that Samsung will probably try to undercut the Nexus 7 and iPad Mini. Now, that’s another thing that’s got it going for the new Tab 3.
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