Silenced Shotgun Video

Ever wondered what a suppressed shotgun sounds like? I didn’t even know they existed until this video was sent to me. Quite impressive how much quieter a shotgun (12ga) is with a silencer is…

Shotgun silencer video after the break.

Kenu Airframe Review

When I typically think about Smartphone mounts that use the cars air vent as the mounting point… I think of cheap mounts that rattle, vibrate, and often fall off. Most of the vent mounts suck… bad. I was hoping for something different with the KENU Airframe Portable Car Mount ($24.95). Lucky for me, the KENU Airframe performs superbly! Read on for details.

Posted on Jul 22 2014 - 10:40am by Robby S.
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Denon HEOS 7 Speaker Review

The folks at Sonos have had a good run, a run that was mostly unchallenged… until now. Denon, no stranger to home audio, is getting into the wireless internet speaker game with the HEOS line. Read on for a review of the Denon Heos 7.

BioCasa 82 LEED Platinum House

LEED Platinum homes are still pretty rare as the certification is a tough one to achieve.  The home has to be incredibly efficient and energy friendly.  The BioCasa 82 is Europe’s first LEED Platinum home.  The BioCasa 82 looks small in the picture but it has over 5,000 sqft.  The home was designed by Rosario Picciotto Architechts and build by Welldom builders.  This LEED Platinum home gets 55 percent of its energy from renewable sources.

RickMote Controller Hacks Chromecast

This is a clever hack that exploits a Google bug in Chromecast and allows the Chromecast to be hijacked.  By “hijacked” I mean you can take control of the Chromecast dongle and play whatever movie/video you want on your neighbors TV. Fun right?  Read on for more details of the RickMote Controller for Chromecast hacking.

BMW ABS Pro Brakes

When it comes to advanced ABS braking systems for motorcycles, BMW is the clear leader. The BMW motorcycle ABS made it so riders could use their brakes, rather aggressively, in wet or bumpy surfaces. This tech is pretty cool and no doubt saves lives along the way… but it still wasn’t perfect for braking during corners. Until now.

BMW has released their ABS Pro system which incorporates lean angle sensors for safer breaking in corners.  Read on for details of the ABS Pro.

Quad Ski Amphibian

I want! We originally saw the Quad Ski in 2010 but it was still not in production. Looks like things have changed. You can now buy a Gibbs Quad Ski ($40,000) if you have that kind of money to throw around.

The Quad Ski will do 45mph on land and/or water. The Quad Ski is powered by a 4 cylinder 1300cc 16 valve DOHC engine that powers the rear tires and a jet drive. Video of the QuadSki in action after the break.

Elephant Steady For iPhone

Another day, another stabilized video option for your iPhone. There are passive stabilizers that use balanced weighting, 3-axis stabilizers that use brushless motors, and now an iPhone stabilizer that uses the phones gyro to stay level.

This stabilizer which currently lives on KickStarter is from a Japanese company, Adplus, and is named the Elephant Steady. Read on for details about this innovative approach to smoothing out your iPhone videos.

Kinsa Smartphone Thermometer

The Kinsa Smartphone Thermometer ($24.99) does what you think it would. It connects to your smartphone, via the headphone jack, and takes temperature readings. The temperature is displayed on the  smartphone screen and can be used to track temp/symptom history. The Kinsa Smartphone Thermometer can be used orally, rectally, or via the underarm.

Kinsa Smartphone Thermometer

Microsoft Building

The rumored layoffs from Microsoft are finally becoming a reality. A big reality. Microsoft will be reducing its workforce by about 18,000 employees, 12,500 of which will come from the Nokia acquisition. This bad news came from a company memo from Satya Nadella, Microsofts CEO.

The layoffs are said to be announced to the unlucky individuals in the next six months and will effect both professional and factory employees.  On a positive note, Microsoft has the money and morals to do this cut in a nice way, offering both severance and job transition assistance.

Oh Microsoft. What went wrong? On many fronts this question is easy to answer, but I won’t go there.