6 Worst Wearable Tech Gadgets That Failed

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Nowadays, when you hear the term “wearables”, you probably think of smartwatches like the Apple Watch, fitness trackers, and VR headsets like the Oculus Rift. However, these gadgets didn’t just appear out of the ether. Several other devices had to crash and burn so modern wearables could flourish. While the 2010s was the first decade where wearables really took off, these devices actually have a long, storied history. They date all the way back to 17th century China, when scholars invented a tiny wearable abacus—or you know, the world’s first smart ring. Since then, there’s been a lot of trial and error in creating wearable technology that the average person would actually use. But we’re not here to talk about the successes. Some devices just had unlucky timing—revolutionary technologies that were simply ahead of their time. Others...

Nest Update Will Make Google’s Smart Home Work With Matter

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Matter will unify all your Google Nest devices and compatible accessories under one roof. Image: GoogleGoogle is going all in with Matter, the new smart home standard the company has backed alongside Amazon, Apple, and other gadget makers, starting with its Nest devices.Nest devices that already have Google’s Thread technology built in, including Nest Wifi, Nest Hub Max and the second-gen Nest Hub, will act as Matter connection points, similar to a mesh network. Other Google Nest devices, including older Nest displays and speakers, will be automatically updated to control Matter devices. And the new Nest Thermostat will receive an update to become compatible with the Matter protocol.Android will also have built-in support for Matter so that you can quickly set up devices and link up any compatible Android apps. You can then control Matter...

IT News Online – Vertiv Introduces New Plug-and-Play Micro Data Center System for Edge Computing in Europe, Middle East and Africa

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Vertiv (www.Vertiv.com/en-emea) (NYSE: VRT), a global provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions, today introduced the Vertiv™ VRC-S (https://bit.ly/2SXnbAi), a fully factory-assembled micro data center designed for fast, easy installation at the edge of the network and other small IT sites. Available now in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), the Vertiv VRC-S incorporates a rack power distribution unit (rPDU), the Energy Star 2.0 certified Vertiv™ Liebert® GXT5 uninterruptible power supply (https://bit.ly/3wgINpM) (UPS), monitoring sensors and software, and the latest Vertiv™ VRC rack cooling system (https://bit.ly/3yjizV8) in a highly-efficient, all-in-one IT rack. “Choosing and deploying a micro data center has never been faster or easier, and it can even be experienced virtually with our new augmented...

The Best Gadgets to 420 Blaze It

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Photo: Catie Keck/GizmodoApril 20 is going to feel a little different this year.With weed legalization slowly picking up steam across the country—a hearty congrats, New York!—and with little need to keep your smoking devices tucked away in cabinets, closets, or drawers anymore like a teen trying to hide your piece from your parents, there’s no better time to treat yourself to the smoking device of your dreams. After all, is it so much to ask that our glass look as grown up as a nice bottle of wine waiting to be uncorked on the kitchen countertop?Whether that dream device be a premium gravity bong or the perfect vape pen for on the go, Gizmodo has spent the last several months tracking down the best gadgets to 4/20 blaze it. For this list, we looked at a mix of both premium and budget-friendly picks, with a specific focus on design and user...

Edge computing may hold the key to a faster, cheaper, more sustainable internet

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Most of the time, storing data in the cloud—whether that's our own personal photos, or Netflix's stockpile of videos—gives us what feels like instant access to digital information. But a developing approach promises a faster, more environmentally sustainable means to managing our ever expanding digital data.  Blesson Varghese is a senior lecturer and Principal Investigator at the Edge Computing Hub at Queen's University Belfast. He explains that with edge computing, some services of an application are not processed in the cloud, but on the "edge of the network," which could mean, say, your home router, or small, dispersed "micro-data centres", or even on the device itself. Varghese spoke with Spark host Nora Young about the future of edge computing, and the role it can play in the Internet of Things. Here is part of their conversation. ...