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A Dumb Watch Dock, a Smart VR Phone Case, and a Fantastic Fireball Thrower

Hello, and welcome to a fresh-out-the-oven edition of Gadget Dreams and Nightmares. the column that determines whether the latest gadget announcements are ready to serve or have to bake a little longer. Cooling on the window this week are an official Apple Watch dock, a mesh router system, a virtual reality smartphone case, and a wristband that can shoot fireballs. ... Read More »

New Tech Targets Enterprise Ransomware

Ransomware has been a scourge not only for consumers, but for the enterprise, too. The malicious software can be particularly nettlesome for enterprises because they have to protect so many endpoints — phones, tablets, laptops, desktops and servers. The company, which gained some notoriety when Netflix said it was ditching its antivirus software for SentinelOne’s Endpoint Protection Platform, has a ... Read More »

Fitbit Amps Up Tracking Features

Fitbit on Monday announced the addition of PurePulse heart rate tracking and SmartTrack automatic exercise recognition to its Charge HR and Surge devices. The PurePulse monitoring will be activated whenever the devices are used in Exercise Mode, providing users with continuous, automatic tracking of heart rate trends over time without the need for a chest strap. SmartTrack will recognize select ... Read More »

Is This VR’s Mainstream Moment?

Samsung last week began fulfilling orders for its Oculus-power Gear VR headset, giving U.S. consumers their first taste of Oculus VR’s brand of virtual reality. International preorders have opened and have been expanding. It won’t be until early next year that Oculus VR begins shipping its full-featured Oculus Rift headset, but as a Gear VR collaborator, it has been touting ... Read More »

Gadget Ogling: Zippy 3D Printing, Custom-Molded Earphones, and Fast-Food Buttons

Welcome to Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that mines the week’s gadget announcements for the more intriguing nuggets while wondering just how to survive the Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping orgy with financial solvency. In our flyer this week are a rapid 3D printer, a set of custom-molded earbuds, a low-cost smart bulb, and a single button for ordering pizza. ... Read More »

Losing Headphone Jack Would Allow Thinner, More Functional iPhone 7

The jack will be dropped from the iPhone 7, according to a Google translation of the blog post, which was published at Macotakara. Labeled “Rumor,” the post cited what it called a reliable source. Dumping the headphone jack would allow Apple to shave a millimeter off the thickness of the unit, 9to5Mac reported. Without it, headphones would have to be ... Read More »

At $60K, Nokia’s Ozo VR Camera Is Priced Right for Pro Filmmakers

Nokia this week revealed its Ozo virtual reality camera system. Priced at US$60,000, it will ship in the first quarter of 2016. Nokia is clearly targeting a market a tier or two higher than the segmentYouTube and GoPro have set their sights on with the Jump VR platform, which is about a fourth of Ozo’s launch price. Priced for Pros ... Read More »

Porsche Is on an All-Electric Mission

Porsche on Friday revealed plans to produce its first 100 percent electrically powered sports car under its Mission E project by the end of the decade. The Mission E concept car debuted at the Frankfurt International Motor Show earlier this year. The four-door vehicle utilizes a system power output that exceeds 440 kW and can accelerate from 0 to 100 ... Read More »

Gadget Ogling: Custom Kicks, Heartbeat Tricks, and Office Picks

Welcome, one and all, to Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that probes the latest gadget announcements through the lens of slightly too much eggnog. Yes, even this early in December. In our sleigh this week are sneakers with a customizable display, a paper recycling system, a way for distant lovers to feel closer to each other, and a different ... Read More »

Hot New BunsenLabs Linux Eases Pain of CrunchBang Loss

  Developer Philip Newborough retired the popular minimalist distro earlier this year. In a world of feature-packed operating systems and bloated Linux distros, he felt his CrunchBang alternative served no further purpose. BunsenLabs is one of three CrunchBang replacements that mimic the lightweight but highly functional OS. CrunchBang++ and CrunchBang-Monara are the other two. BunsenLabs Linux is based on Debian ... Read More »