I first spotted Josh Ray's Urban Fidelity Kickstarter project on the Stereophile Web site, and it looked really interesting. The speaker is less than an inch thick and uses a made in the U.S.A. 8-inch driver. Completed speakers will sell for $399 a pair! The Urban Fidelity speaker is an "open baffle" design that uses sound from the front and back of the 8-inch driver. The speaker panel is made with formaldehyde-free wood sourced from North American forests and manufactured in Los Angeles, and the paints and inks are water-based and free of harmful chemicals. … Read more
Researchers at the University of Southern Mississippi have developed a new kind of self-repairing plastic that could lead to impenetrable cell phones, laptops, and cars -- or the next Terminator.
Team lead professor Marek W. Urban presented the results of the research at the National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society in San Diego this week, revealing a type of plastic that mimics human skin.
You wouldn't normally consider keeping a beehive on the second floor of your loft apartment in the middle of the concrete jungle, but Philips' urban beehive concept just might change your mind.
The urban beehive consists of an outside flower pot with a bee entryway above it. A glass container full of honeycomb frames sits on the inside to tempt the little buzzers into making a home.
A pull on the bottom of the hive is a smoke actuator that lets you calm the bees down before you pop off the cover or collect honey. Bees are incredible creatures, but you don't want to piss them off.
The beehive sports a sleek look that will fit right in with your modern sense of style. Philips touts the benefits of pollination, a fresh honey supply, and the educational interest of having a hive at your fingertips.… Read more
Mobile notifications provider Urban Airship has raised $15 million in a Series C round led by strategic investors Verizon and Salesforce.com.
The company, which provides companies with push notifications for mobile apps, said it recently served up its 7 billionth notification and is averaging 1 billion notifications a month.
The Portland, Ore.-based company recently acquired geolocation startup SimpleGeo in an all-stock deal rumored to be worth about $3.5 million.
"With 20,000 customers on our platform, close to 30,000 apps across iOS, Android and BlackBerry we've seen a 1,000% increase in traffic to … Read more
Mobile notifications provider Urban Airship has agreed to acquire geolocation startup SimpleGeo, the companies confirmed today.
The all-stock deal is estimated to be worth $3.5 million, according to Uncrunched, which first reported the acquisition.
"Companies should not have to rely on a fragmented and unwieldy mix of tools that only deliver part of what is needed to understand how people are interacting with their brand on mobile," Urban Airship CEO Scott Kveton said in a statement. "We've been working with SimpleGeo for months now and knew that putting the two companies together would create a … Read more
A hands-on demo with Windows 8 running on a touch-screen computer is a fitting way to close out the Digital City's nearly three-year run.
But don't worry, Dan, Joseph, Julie, and Scott will be back next week in the brand-new CNET Labscast. That suspiciously similar show airs live every Monday at 2 p.m. ET (an hour earlier than Digital City), and we'll be working in a lot more hands-on time with the gadgets we test in the CNET Labs, from benchmark scores to tips and tweaks.
This week, we offer a hands-on demo of the new glasses-free 3D laptop from Toshiba; figure out why NFL streaming on the PS3 doesn't work; and take a poll of who is buying the new Star Wars Blu-ray box set.
This week: With HP's sudden shift away from the PC business, we look at what the future of that company's laptop and desktop products might be; a handy FAQ answers your pressing TouchPad questions, and Joe and Julie try some tech trivia.
This episode, the Google/Motorola deal is the big news of the day, but we also delve into the murky world of Intel's Ultrabook concept, as well as some MIA Samsung laptops. Also--a quick rundown of the biggest, baddest 18-inch gaming laptop ever, and a chance to pick up a sweet Call of Duty T-shirt, just by commenting on our Facebook page.