SmartPower's configurable hibernation rules can turn even home servers into green machines. Ignatu's free utility lets you create rules that wake your computer from hibernation at specific times, such as scheduled downloads or updates. Otherwise, SmartPower keeps the machine in power-saving hibernation mode. It's ideally suited for computers that would normally run 24-7 but really only need to be up and running at certain hours, such as your work PC or home server. SmartPower is compact and works as a Windows service in the background. Better yet, SmartPower is freeware, so it saves you money at both … Read more
Next up for the square-shaped bar codes called QR codes: your baby's diapers?
Pixie Scientific has created a "Smart Diaper" that tests a baby's urine. Parents can then scan the QR code on the diaper and receive information about their child's health.
The device claims to track changes in a baby's urine, potentially showing signs of a urinary tract infection, prolonged dehydration, or risk for kidney problems. When a baby pees, test strips surrounding the QR code will pick up the waste and start the testing process.
Parents are asked to scan the QR code located on the back of the Smart Diaper once a day with their smartphones. The app's algorithms will instantly analyze the contents, according to the makers. Scanning the diaper daily can provide a picture of any changes that may signal health problems, claims Pixie Scientific, which is currently raising funds for the product on Indiegogo.… Read more
Smart SWF Player solves the problem of playing Flash files on Android, but doesn't do it better than a Flash browser. Its layout is just too clunky and it doesn't play them as smoothly as other options on Android.
This download automatically kicks in if it detects a downloaded Flash file or a site running Flash. It takes a little while to load once it finds the file, though. The app doesn't offer any advanced features. Plus, it forces you to use the root file browsing system if you want to find your Flash files. Smart SWF … Read more
The 55-inch UN55F9000 and 65-inch UN65F9000 will be available for preorder by U.S. customers starting July 21, shipping in early August. They'll cost $5,499 and $7,499 respectively. That's about $500 more than Sony's 4K X900 series, which is shipping now. LG, for its part, showed smaller 4K TVs at CES, but hasn't shipped any to the U.S. yet. Update 7/15: LG's smaller 4K TVs are shipping now too.… Read more
GarageBand offers a mobile version of Apple's powerful iWork music creation tool, with only a handful of drawbacks to what is otherwise a powerful, intuitive tool. More powerful than many beginner tools but not nearly as powerful as some of the most robust tools on the market, GarageBand is a perfect entry-level tool for someone interested in multi-track recording or digital composition on a mobile device.
GarageBand offers numerous options when first starting. From keyboards to drums, to sampling and a number of presets that make it easy to create fun effects without having to play with the controls … Read more
If you're cranking your AC to beat the heat, you probably don't care too much about standby, or vampire, power. That's the juice electronics suck when they're off or in standby mode.
While it's slight, it adds up to huge national figures. Household modems and routers in nearly 90 million U.S. homes, for instance, are estimated to eat up about $1 billion in electricity annually as they're idling.
That's why smart home appliances like Valta make sense. It's a Canadian concept for an energy management system that's sensitive enough to show when devices aren't in use to cut electricity waste. … Read more
Windows 8.1 users will eventually start seeing ads along with their usual search results.
Microsoft will begin to incorporate thumbnail images of the Web pages of Bing advertisers as part of the Windows 8.1 Smart Search, David Pann, general manager of Microsoft's Advertising Search Group, revealed in a blog post Tuesday.
The Windows 8.1 Smart Search improves on the search feature found in Windows 8. Smart Search can dig up results across a variety of sources, including your PC or tablet, your apps, your SkyDrive cloud storage, and the Web. Your results are also grouped together, … Read more
SHANGHAI, China -- Fancy a portable projector that you can bring anywhere in your pocket? SK Telecoms' Smart Beam projector may be just the device you are looking for.
Measuring 4.5cm (1.77 inches), the wide, cube-shaped beamer fit nicely in my palm. Weighing just 126g (4.4 ounces), it's as light as most mobile phones. The Smart Beam supports the MHL connectivity interface, and you can use any smartphone that supports this standard to connect to the pico projector.
Other key specifications include a battery life of 120 minutes, VGA native resolution, and 35 lumens of brightness … Read more
Sony's rumored next-generation SmartWatch is real, and it will offer some notable feature upgrades to the company's current wearable tech offering, a source has confirmed to CNET.
The news of a new SmartWatch is not surprising, given that Sony's Xperia Twitter account has all but confirmed a wristwatch-related announcement at next week's Mobile Asia Expo 2013 trade show that runs from June 26 to 28. The new model will be a successor to the Sony SmartWatch MN2SW, which is currently available for around $100.
But our source -- who has provided accurate information on unannounced Sony products in the past -- has indicated some specific features said to be available on the new watch.… Read more