Eric Mack has been covering technology and the world since the late 1990s. As well as being a Gizmag regular, he currently contributes to CNET, NPR and other outlets.
For years now, we've been promised miraculous new flexible touchscreen displays
, but the deployment of such technology in big consumer products, like say the LG G Flex
, hasn't started any revolutions just yet. That could soon change thanks to a team of computer scientists from Germany's Saarland University who have developed a technique that could allow anyone to literally print their own custom touchscreen displays.
Kyocera likes to position itself as a maker of smartphones that can go anywhere, with ruggedized, waterproof devices like the Bear Grylls-endorsed Brigadier
. Building on that reputation, the company is showing a new solar-powered prototype that can also charge anywhere, so long as it's not too dark or cloudy.
We're really beginning to like singing (or arguing with out favorite podcasts) in the shower, thanks to the Splash Tunes Pro waterproof shower speaker from FresheTech. This small, unassuming suction cup-mounted Bluetooth speaker delivers a surprising amount of sound in a speaker that costs US$70.
Astronomers have discovered a distant, massive and ancient black hole that calls into question current models for the early expansion of the universe. A team of scientists from China and Arizona spotted the brightest quasar from the early universe, named SDSS J0100+2802, centered on a black hole 12.8 billion light years away and as bright as 420 trillion suns.
The wearable the world has been waiting for is nearly here. Apple has announced a "spring forward" event for March 9 that will most likely center around the release of the Apple Watch
Elon Musk's Hyperloop
is going to become a reality, but not quite on the grand scale it was originally conceived for just yet. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) has reached an agreement to build a 5-mile (8-km) passenger track for Quay Valley, a proposed "sustainable model town for the 21st century" in California's central valley.
The OnePlus One was the sleeper smartphone of 2014 that very few people were able to get their hands on, which is a shame, because several months later we've found that it's still among the best devices out there despite a few big flaws.
Motorola is continuing its push to provide Android phones with great hardware and little bloatware for all budgets with a big update to its lower-end Moto E that adds a 4G LTE option and runs Android Lollipop
in a phone that costs just US$150 off contract.
The past year has been a mixed bag for the commercial space industry, with successful launches from the likes of SpaceX
, but also a few mishaps
, including a tragic Virgin Galactic crash
that claimed the life of one pilot. That last incident in particular has led some politicians in New Mexico to question the future of Spaceport America
, where Virgin is an anchor tenant, and to even call for the US$200 million facility to be put up for sale.
Sling Television is the new "over-the-top" live streaming service in the United States from Dish that's taking aim at the cable companies' tight control of access to network programming. Gizmag has been testing it since launch and we can now report that it looks to have scored a direct hit.