Illegal "Warranty Void If Removed" still ubiquitous: they're on the Xbox One S


The tamper-evident "Warrant Void If Removed" stickers violate the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975, which allows device owners to take their gadgets for service at independent depots without voiding their warranties. Read the rest

A horn-shaped Viking mug for your coffee


Goat Story's 16 oz horn mug is designed to bring a little Viking to your morning cup, with a spillproof lid and a cross-body carry-strap that converts to a stand to allow you to balance your horn of plenty on your desk between swigs. Read the rest

1 billion computer monitors vulnerable to undetectable firmware attacks


A team led by Ang Cui (previously) -- the guy who showed how he could take over your LAN by sending a print-job to your printer -- have presented research at Defcon, showing that malware on your computer can poison your monitor's firmware, creating nearly undetectable malware implants that can trick users by displaying fake information, and spy on the information being sent to the screen. Read the rest

Web companies can track you -- and price-gouge you -- based on your battery life


In Online tracking: A 1-million-site measurement and analysis, eminent Princeton security researchers Steven Englehardt and Arvind Narayanan document the use of device battery levels -- accessible both through mobile platform APIs and HTML5 calls -- to track and identify users who are blocking cookies and other methods of tracking. Read the rest

Walking Tables: a strandbeest for your dining room

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Wouter Scheublin's 2006 design for a Walking Table echoes Theo Jansen's iconic Strandbeest: the complex mechanical linkages on the legs allow the table to walk when it's given a moderately firm shove. Read the rest

Kickstarting a levitating Nixie clock

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Edinburgh's Tony "Lasermad" Adams is kickstarting a levitating Nixie clock -- featuring vintage Soviet deadstock Nixie tubes -- that draws power wirelessly from its base, as it hovers magically in midair on a cushion of mysterious magnetism, displaying the time and date. Read the rest

Card Caddy: a card-game box that's also a discard pile

Card Caddy is a cool invention: a $6 snap-lock case that holds your card-game cards securely in your bag, but unsnaps and reconnects to form its own discard pile; a hole in the case lets you tell at a glance which game you have in it. Read the rest

Datamancer steampunk keyboards: Richard Nagy's legacy lives on


Though Richard "Datamancer" Nagy died unexpectedly in 2013, his business partner and family continue to fabricate the extraordinary steampunk designs he pioneered. Read the rest

iPhone flash drive with Lightning Connector gives you an extra 32GB


I have a 64GB iPhone, but I don't like using iTunes to transfer videos to it because it is a hassle. I have this little $30 USB/Lighting flash drive that holds 32GB of files, including videos, photos, and songs. I plug it into my computer, copy over a bunch of card magic instruction videos, and I can zone out on the plane for hours. There's a free app that I downloaded on my phone that plays the videos. This is a solid gadget that has performed flawlessly for me. Read the rest

Advances in transparent, brain-revealing skull-windows


Researchers at UC Riverside and Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada have published a paper describing their ongoing success in setting a "transparent nanocrystalline yttria-stabilized-zirconia" into patients' skulls, which reveal the patients' brains so that the patients' brains can be zapped with therapeutic lasers. Read the rest

Rollaboard luggage trailer-hitch for your butt


A pilot invented this $18 plastic hook for your belt/waistband that can tow a 25lb rollaboard around the airport behind you, leaving you hands-free as you maneuver the concourse. Read the rest

Motorola's snap-fit magnetic puzzle-phone looks promising


The Moto Z phone uses a system of magnetically aligned components that snap on and off to add functionality, from high-quality speakers to extra batteries to a projector. Read the rest

This pocket synthesizer will break your heart


You saw the thumbnail and you came to the post, so here's the cold truth: it's just a rendering. Zont Sound's beautiful little pocket synth will have an AMOLED display, softly-backlit matte-touch controls, wireless and USB-C connections, and 3.5mm out. There's a dock that adds MIDI, writes Sean O'Kane, and at least a year of dreaming ahead of us. [h/t daneel]

Unfortunately, it seems that it will be a long time before anyone gets a chance to play with the Zont synth: the official website says it won’t be available until the fall of 2017. And while the designer behind the project, Pavel Golovkin, claims to have industrial design experience at Nooka (a company known for its wild wristwatches), this appears to be his first attempt at making his own hardware. That’s not always a promising proposition, though Teenage Engineering pulled it off with their own (admittedly low-budget) pocket synthesizers. (In fact, Zont's already drawing comparisons to Teenage Engineering's synth.) Golovkin will start up a crowdfunding campaign for the Zont synth later this year. Here’s hoping he befriends some audio engineers in the meantime.

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Are the latest stick computers good enough to be your "main PC"?

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Stick computers plug straight into a display's HDMI plug, like a giant USB thumbdrive, and Intel's made the most powerful one yet. At $390, the Intel Compute Stick Core m3 is by far the most expensive in its class, too. Read the rest

For 90 years, lightbulbs were designed to burn out. Now that's coming to LED bulbs.


In 1924, representatives of the world's leading lightbulb manufacturers formed Phoebus, a cartel that fixed the average life of an incandescent bulb at 1,000 hours, ensuring that people would have to regularly buy bulbs and keep the manufacturers in business. Read the rest

To hell with the Trolley Problem: here's a much more interesting list of self-driving car weirdnesses


Jan Chipchase has assembled a provocative, imaginative, excellent list of "driver behaviors in a world of autonomous mobility" that go far beyond the lazy exercise of porting the "trolley problem" to self-driving cars and other autonomous vehicles, including flying drones. Read the rest

Paper: an upright printer/scanner that uses a continuous roll of paper

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Stuttgart-based industrial designer created "Paper," a novel concept for a printer/scanner/copier, as part of diploma thesis in UX- and Interaction-Design at the State Academy of Arts and Design. Read the rest

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