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The Postybell uses a GSM module to alert users to a delivery wherever they are

Last year we took a look at Postifier, a device that sits in a mailbox patiently awaiting any deliveries and alerting users on their smartphone when something arrives. Because Postifier relied on Bluetooth technology, range was limited to around 100 ft (30 m), but a new product called Postybell extends range to "any distance" by relying on GSM technology.  Read More

The X-47B on its first night flight carried out at Naval Air Station Patuxent River on Apr...

After taking to the air for the first time in early 2011, the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System has been ticking off a series of firsts, including being the first unmanned aircraft to launch and recovery from a modern aircraft carrier. Another box has now been ticked with the aircraft completing its first night flights.  Read More

The SwannSecure system consists of a seven-inch viewing monitor, a 720p camera and iOS and... Swann Security has announced an all-in-one, Wi-Fi-enabled monitoring system featuring a 720p day and night camera, a 7-inch monitor and a companion app for both iOS and Android devices.  Read More

Google is planning to release its Project Ara modular smartphone in January 2015 (Image: G...

At the first Project Ara developer conference this week, project leader Paul Eremenko revealed that Google's modular smartphone is set for a January 2015 release. To come in drab gray so as to encourage personal customization, the device will start at a price of around US$50.  Read More

Climb Up! has constructed a test boulder that is 16 feet high (5 m) high

You no longer need a mountain or sheer cliff face to enjoy the thrill and challenge of technical climbing. Rock gyms have sprouted up across cities and suburbs around the world, providing a climbing option for those that don't have access to mountains. These gyms don't usually look anything like real rock, but a German company has a plan to construct climbing "mountains" out of an artificial material that it says looks and feels like the real thing.  Read More

Patrick Priebe's electromagnetic webshooter

In honor of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opening tomorrow in Germany (among other places), German laser weapons hobbyist Patrick Priebe has just filled us in on his latest creation – it's a Spider-Man-inspired electromagnetic webshooter, that actually fires a harpoon-tipped length of fishing line into styrofoam targets.  Read More

A microscope image of some of the regenerated esophageal tissue

Ordinarily, when patients require a total or partial replacement of their esophagus, tissue from their own stomach or intestine is used. This doesn't always result in a fully-functioning organ, plus it also involves the surgical removal of the needed material. Now, however, scientists have come a step closer to being able to grow a new esophagus from the patient's own stem cells, and in fact have already done so – with rats.  Read More

The Bugatti Noun ceramic glass toaster

Before you get too excited, it's not that Bugatti. Nonetheless, the Bugatti appliance company's transparent Noun toaster does sport some quite remarkable features, including the ability to very precisely cook foods other than toast – and at a price of a thousand bucks, you'd expect it to.  Read More

The Pentax 645Z is the latest medium-format camera to use a CMOS sensor

Just a few months ago, there were no medium-format cameras with CMOS sensors. Now, it feels like you can't turn around in a camera store without bumping into one. Following hot on the heels of the Hasselblad H5D-50c and Phase One IQ250 is the Pentax 645Z, from Ricoh Imaging. An update to the Pentax 645D, the new US$8,500 medium-format DSLR features a 51.4-megapixel CMOS sensor, a wide sensitivity range, and Full HD video recording.  Read More

Here's a look at some Fire TV features that you might not know about

Amazon recently released its streaming set-top box, Fire TV, that competes with Apple TV and Roku. Using it is straight-forward for basic tasks, but there are other features you can use to get more from the experience. Here's a look at some Fire TV features that aren't immediately apparent.  Read More

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