Monday, October 20, 2014

Good News For Coffee Lovers

While there's something to be said -- a lot to be said, really -- for cowboy coffee, a fine espresso is a wonder unto itself. And Minipresso looks like it's the solution to espresso on the go that we never knew we needed: compact like a vacuum flask, yet able to deliver a freshly made, hot cup of joe.
"Doesn't matter if you're going away for few hours or a fortnight, space and weight are major factors when you select your travel equipment," the description reads. "Minipresso has been designed to be the smallest, lightest and most versatile handheld espresso machine. It's also the first of its kind to integrate an espresso cup."
Its secret is a semi-automatic piston, which the user pumps by hand. Packed inside the flask's casing is a water reservoir; a filter at one end, where you place either a Caffitaly capsule or coffee grounds using a special adapter; a pump; and a cup, which fits as a cap on the top of the flask.
To extract espresso machine-quality coffee, you pump the piston by hand a few times to build up extraction pressure; then continuing to pump extracts the coffee -- in the video, it has a lovely crema on top. For a ristretto, you pump 13 times; for an espresso, 18 times; and for a double espresso, 28 times.
The standard size is 6.95 inches (17.6cm) tall, weighing just 0.8 pounds (363g), with a tank that can hold 2.35 ounces (69.5ml) of water, and is available to preorder for just $39. At some point in the future, the company plans to release a 4.6-ounce (136ml) tank that can be used with your existing Minipresso.

credit card that can hold all your cards

Just under a year ago, Coin was announced: a card shaped just like a normal credit card, but with a big difference. Users, the eponymous company promised, would be able to load all of the bank and loyalty cards on to Coin, swapping them with the press of a discreet button, then swiping the card through a magnetic reader.
It sounds very convenient, if a little behind the times in terms of technology in days when chip, PIN and NFC are on the rise. More so because the product, which costs customers $50, was delayed: it was due out by the end of August 2014, but the launch has been postponed until 2015.
The timing seems a little too perfect for a competitor to arrive, especially a competitor like Plastc. Like Coin, it purports to store multiple credit and bank card information in a single card, but Plastc takes it further, also supporting Google Wallet, Apple Pay, PayPal and others, for up to 20 cards (compared to Coin's eight).
It does this by expanding beyond that single, ageing magnetic strip and adding support for NFC, RFID and Chip and PIN -- so even in locations where NFC is not yet widely in use (Australia springs to mind), the card is still using both existing and future technologies -- and, since Chip and PIN is expected to roll out across the US in the coming years, it goes both ways.
Plastc's screen is also an improvement on Coin's offering: instead of a small LCD, Plastc has an E Ink strip along the bottom half of the front of the card. This means that full credit card numbers can be displayed, and it uses touchscreen technology so that you can perform a number of tasks: cycle through your cards; lock the card with a PIN; even generate QR codes and barcodes.
For an added layer of security, the company boasts a proximity alert that pairs your card with your smartphone; when the card gets too far from the phone, an alert will let you know that you may have left your card behind, giving you the option to set the card to "return me" mode or wipe it remotely.
Each Plastc comes with a wireless charging pad and is software upgradeable, too, ensuring longevity -- at least until the next payment system comes along. It's currently available for preorder for $155 on its official website, where you can also read more about what it can do. It's slated to arrive by Q3 of next year.

Monday, July 14, 2014

With Hoverball, you’d be better at footie than Ronaldo

Here’s one ball you won’t have trouble playing keepy-uppy with – because it can fly. HoverBall’s unusual talent comes courtesy of a 90mm-wide quadcopter inside, which enables it to fly for up to five minutes at a time.

This US$75,000 Mercier-Jones Supercraft would make Batman proud

Is that a car? A boat? 
Neither; this is the Mercier-Jones Supercraft, a hovercraft for multi-millionaires that’s inspired by supercars like the Bugatti Veyron. But unlike a supercar, you can drive it across a lake.

Soon you will play xbox 360 like never before!

Many a gamer cried out in tearful rage at the lack of backwards compatibility for both the Xbox One and PS4, but now it looks like Microsoft will bring last-gen gaming to the table. Eventually.
The news comes straight from the mouth of Microsoft‘s Partner Development Lead Frank Savage who confirmed that plans for Xbox 360 emulation are on the way.

Apple's 5.5-inch iPhone 6 to come out in 2015

The larger, phablet-like version of the rumored iPhone 6 is facing production problems serious enough to delay its arrival till 2015 or to limit initial availability, a high-profile Apple analyst claims.

Airbus A330 upgraded to Neo status

New jets get a lot of attention at the Farnborough airshow, but Airbus believes there's demand for an older plane revamped with new, more efficient engines.