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Ben Coxworth

Mobile Technology

Magnetyze smartphone charger swaps cords for magnets

Phone chargers may not be way up there on peoples’ lists of troublesome devices, but if the things can be made simpler ... hey, why not? BuQu Tech’s new Magnetyze system attempts to do just that, with a magnetic case/charger combo. Users just place their Magentyze case-clad smartphone near the slab-like desktop charging platform, and it will be magnetically sucked into place and charged up – no cords need to be plugged in. Read More

Mobile Technology

snappgrip makes your smartphone more like a real camera

There’s a reason that so many digital cameras have a hand grip built into their bodies – it makes them easier to hold onto when taking pictures. Unfortunately for people whose smartphone doubles as their camera, phones lack such a feature. London-based product designer Lee Harris decided to address that shortcoming, with his snappgrip case for iPhones 4 and 5, and Samsung Galaxy S3.Read More

Health & Wellbeing

Synthetic poop created to treat gastrointestinal infections

If the clostridium difficile bacterium becomes over-abundant in a person’s colon, the results can include gastrointestinal problems such as severe diarrhea. Ordinarily, c. difficile populations are kept in check by the usually-present beneficial gut bacteria. If those “good” bacteria are killed off as a side effect of taking antibiotics, however, the nasties can take over. The treatment? Well ... it often involves having another person’s stool implanted in your gut via enema. Yikes. Fortunately, a less icky treatment is in the works, that involves the use of a “synthetic poop” known as RePOOPulate. Read More

Sports

Cruise Control app changes songs' tempo to match runners' cadence

If you listen to music while you run, chances are there a few songs that you particularly like, as their tempo perfectly matches your preferred running speed. Wouldn’t it be neat if your whole music library consisted of songs like that? Well, that’s the idea – or one of them, at least – behind the Cruise Control app. Without changing the pitch of the music, it automatically alters a song’s tempo to turn it into a motivational running soundtrack.Read More

Flower Power gives your plants a voice

When it comes to plants, do you have a brown thumb? If so, you might be interested in Parrot’s new Flower Power device. Revealed at CES, it’s intended to be stuck in the soil of a plant pot, where it measures parameters that are essential to the health of that particular type of plant. When things are out of whack, it notifies you via your mobile device.Read More

Computers

Transporter backs up your files off-site, on other peoples' hard drives

When it comes to backing up your files, there are generally two approaches ... you can put them on a physical device such as a hard drive, or you can upload them to the cloud. Hard drives can be lost or destroyed, however, while cloud-based services usually charge monthly fees for larger amounts of data – plus, not everyone feels comfortable trusting their files to faceless corporations. Well, that’s where the Transporter comes in. It allows you to store your files off-site, on the hard drives of people whom you know and trust.Read More

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