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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 »

4-Inch iPhone With Apple Pay May Be Coming Soon

The new iPhone model will have an A9 processor — the same processor found in the latest iPhone models — and a metal casing offered in several colors, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities said, MacRumors reported last week. The unit also will have 2.5D cover glass with curved edges — like the iPhone 6s — and 8 megapixel rear-facing ... Read More »

Wii U at Long Last to Share Minecraft Gold

Mojang on Monday announced that Minecraft finally is headed for the Wii U, with touchdown scheduled for Dec. 17. The lack of Minecraft availability long has been a legitimate reason to skip the Wii U in favor of another console. Although Minecraft is just the type of family-forward experience Nintendo pushes, it’s surprising how long it took the LEGO-like sandbox ... Read More »

Apple’s Pricey New iPhone Battery Case Gets Very Little Love

Apple on Tuesday unveiled its own battery case for the iPhone 6s. Offered in white and charcoal gray, it has a silicone exterior and a microfiber lining. In addition to offering protection, it increases iPhone usage times. The intelligent battery status is displayed on the iPhone Lock screen and in Notification Center. Priced at US$99, the case supports Lightning accessories, ... Read More »

Microsoft to Open Source Chakra JavaScript Engine

Microsoft last week revealed that it will release the core components of its Chakra JavaScript engine to open source as ChakraCore. It will be available next month on GitHub under the MIT license. ChakraCore offers best-in-class JavaScript execution with the broadest set of ES2015 feature coverage and dependable performance, reliability and scalability, Microsoft said. It will target cloud-based services, the ... Read More »