Compact Fitness

It’s that time of year!

Resolutions are being broken faster than you can make them, and every other TV commercial is for some workout contraption promising to transform your body in 30 minutes. If only there were fitness gadgets that really worked— and didn’t require an entire room.

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Powerful Little Backups

An Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) provides protection against blackouts and brownouts. In this age of tablets and laptops the modern office seldom comes equipped with a battery backup device. Most of us are lucky to get a power strip with a surge protector.

The need for a UPS still exists. Small power supplies to protect modems, routers, NAS devices and DVRs are now available. These devices have a low current draw so they don’t need those large bricks like a CPU require.

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Clever Ideas, 2017 Edition

Fast Company magazine offered their top ten of 2017’s most clever tech ideas. From smarter photo sharing to the ongoing AI wars— there was a lot going this year.

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For all the tech industry’s talk of changing the world, sometimes the best innovations aren’t particularly dramatic. They’re ideas that are small—but so clever that they seem obvious in hindsight. They improve the products we already use in ways we can immediately appreciate.

Big breakthroughs and splashy new products tend to get all the attention; for once, here’s a tribute to the small-scale innovations that are just as important.
The 10 Cleverest Tech Ideas Of 2017

What are your favorite tech innovations of 2017?

Ooma Eyes Home Security

Ooma beefs up its home security offering with a clever smartcam.

Ooma, the company that’s probably still best known for its VoIP platform, today announced that it has acquired Butterfleye, an AI-powered video camera and security platform that produces a smart security camera for home and business use. Ooma plans to integrate Butterfleye’s camera into its Ooma Home security solution, but the company will also continue to…

via Ooma acquires AI-powered video camera platform Butterfleye for its home security service — TechCrunch

The Kindle Turns 10

Amazon’s venerable e-reader was released ten years ago today. Techcrunch takes a look back at the Amazon Kindle.

Ten years ago this week, Amazon released the first Kindle. It was big and clunky and kind of ugly, with an awkward physical keyboard and 250 MB of on-board storage. It sold out in less than six hours and would remain that way until the following April. Amazon, it seemed, was really onto something. Read More

via A decade of Amazon Kindle — TechCrunch