Tag Archives: Gadget Reviews

Acer is making an air quality monitor

Acer’s next project is a different type of monitor than you might expect from the company. It’s an air quality monitor, actually. No, wait; where are you going? “The Acer Air Monitor features a sleek and simple design, the device allows real-time monitoring of key air quality indicators through a dedicated app for smartphones, and by the changing colors of a breathing LED light embedded on the chassis,” the company said in a press release. It all sounds very exciting.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/02/23/acer-is-making-an-air-quality-monitor/

How to get banned from Disney’s Club Penguin in under 30 seconds

But, it could actually be done much more quickly. As Kevin writes in the comments on YouTube, if there were a way for him to bypass email activation, which is needed for chat and thus banning, he could’ve cut the time down to an expedient 20.1 seconds. If you want to try and best his time for yourself, Kevin has uploaded what you’ll need to GitHub. Be quick, though — Club Penguin shuts down March 29th.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/02/23/how-to-get-banned-from-disneys-club-penguin-in-under-30-seconds/

Google’s ride-sharing platform is expanding beyond the Bay Area

While Waze’s carpool service is likely to take a chunk of Uber’s business (which Alphabet is also invested in through it’s venture capital arm Google Ventures), the Waze approach to ride-sharing is a little more casual. As Waze CEO Noam Bardin told the Wall Street Journal, “can we get the average person on his way to work to pick someone up and drop them off once in a while? That’s the biggest challenge.”

Because riders are technically only reimbursing the driver for mileage, trips in the Bay Area are much cheaper than a comparable Lyft or Uber ride: $4.50 to get from Oakland to downtown San Francisco for Waze versus $10-12 minimum for the competition, according to the Journal. The downside is that Waze rides need to be booked further in advance and the service has a less consistent base of drivers. At the moment, riders only pay 54 cents per mile, all of which goes directly to the driver, but the company says it is planning to charge riders an extra 15 percent fee if the service catches on.

Although Waze has not yet announced which cities will be adding the service, any congested city with a large commuter population is a likely target. The service is already available in Tel Aviv, where Waze was originally based, but the Journal hints that further global expansion could come to São Paulo, Brazil and the service could eventually factor into Alphabet’s self-driving Waymo project as well.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/02/22/google-waze-ride-sharing-expansion/

Crowdfunded ‘MST3K’ revival hits Netflix April 14th

Tonight, after a “Red Carpet Kickstarter Screening” of the first new Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode, Netflix announced the revived series will launch April 14th. In a message to backers of the biggest crowdfunded video project, creator Joel Hodgson promised that backers with rewards including new episodes or a live screening of the new episodes will “have them by April 14.” Netflix didn’t have anything to share other than the cast photo above, but at least fans can mark their calendars.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/02/22/crowdfunded-mst3k-revival-hits-netflix-april-14th/

Milo Yiannopoulos has resigned from Breitbart News

Editor for Breitbart News, Milo Yiannopoulos, announced that he is resigning his position at the news network effective immediately. The move comes amid a firestorm of criticism after a video recently surfaced in which he advocated for adults to be able to have sex with minors.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/02/21/milo-yiannopoulos-has-resigned-from-breitbart-news/

Images and retail listing of Sonos ‘Playbase’ leak out

Judging by the pictures (the side is shown above and other views below) it has an optical and ethernet port, just like the Playbar (still no HDMI, it appears). Like other Sonos speakers, it will likely support connectivity with your other Sonos speakers and voice control via Alexa at some point this year, provided you have an Echo or Fire TV device. There have been rumors that Sonos will build Alexa functionality into future devices (the Play:5 has a microphone that’s currently not used), so that’s a possibility too.

So far, all of this is just a leak and rumor, though there’s copious evidence, including an FCC listing that mentions the name “Playbase.” Sonos also deleted several posts on its forum about the product, as Dave Zatz points out. If the BH listing is to be believed, it should be arriving in March for $699.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/02/21/images-and-retail-listing-of-sonos-playbase-leak-out/