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If you have wanted to start tinkering with the tiny Raspberry Pi mini computers, this kit will make things easier and much neater. This tiny briefcase comes loaded with a 7-inch touchscreen, a camera, power circuit, vibration motor, matrix LED, buzzer, sound sensor, ultrasonic sensor, tilt sensor, servo interface, RFID module, and tons of other bits and pieces. More details and video of the Elecrow SES14004K Crowpi Advanced Kit after the break. (more…)

Ever wanted to be alerted when motion is detected in your home, office, or garage without having a traditional alarm system? I have, and surprisingly there aren’t many options without subscription based services. I don’t want to add another camera or a costly alarm system. I just want to know when someone is in my garage for example. The only decent option that tends to come up is the D-Link DCH-S150 Wi-Fi Motion Sensor ($29). The DCH-S150 plugs...

Hard to tell from these pictures, but this hardline liquid cooled gaming PC is just 6 x 4 x 12-inches in size. Digital Storm Spark specs include advanced liquid cooling, an Intel Core i7-8700K at 3.7GHz (can be overclocked to 4GHz+), an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 card, a 6Gb/s SATA port, 3000MHz DDR4 RAM (up to 32GB’s), and three SSD slots. The Digital Storm Spark should be shipping by Q2 2018 with prices starting at $1,300. This is the first time, in a long time,...

Posted on Jan 9 2018 - 9:42am by Russ
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We use keyless “smart” locks on several doors and love the convenience. None of them are perfect, today, but they are getting better with each new iteration. We also use Nest products in our home, so we are hopeful the latest Yale/Nest mashup is a good one. Fingers crossed. The Next X Yale Lock works...

Just when I started looking at the Google WiFi System I bumped into the Portal WiFi Router. Both have the ability to use mesh networking for expanding out to dead spots. The main difference, is that Portal uses something called FastLanes which enables your WiFi network to operate in a special portion of the 5GHz spectrum that was originally reserved for weather radio systems....

Finally a simple router that will eliminate Wi-Fi dead spots. The Ubiquiti Labs Amplifi Router ($150) utilizes multiple self-configuring radios and an advanced antenna technology to get better wireless range. Setup is easy, built-in diagnostics and tracking, and even smartphone app for management. That alone is great, but where this router really shines is with the easy to use wireless boosters that simply plug-in to any wall power outlet. Wherever you have a weak signal you just pop...

Bluetooth 5.0 is coming to a gadget near you in late 2016 or early 2017. So what is new with Bluetooth 5.0? Worth caring about? I think so… ...

Every now and then your modem and/or router gets unhappy and needs a power reboot. While it is inconvenient it isn’t the end of the world, unless of course you aren’t home to do this power reset. This means your wireless security cameras, thermostats, computers, security alarm,  etc… are offline until you return and give them a reboot. Well someone saw the problem and invented a fix, the Wifi...

Most of the US is blanketed in fast internet and subsequently WiFi. We expect it to work all of the time just like the light switch. And someday that might be reality. But today, wifi still struggles with imperfections. There are plenty of wireless routers trying to solve this problem. Check out the

Apple announced a few new items yesterday including the iPad Pro, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and a totally redesigned Apple TV. The new unit is called “The New Apple TV”. Really? Apple, if you are listening, clear out the old model and just call the new one “Apple TV”. Things are starting to get confusing over there. I digress. The new Apple TV is a pretty large leap for an already good product. You now get a new remote with a glass touchpad, integrated Siri voice control, 6-buttons (no more left, right, up, down),...