About 20 percent of the world's population still lacks access to electricity, according to the World Bank. Those who use kerosene as a source of light at night face the danger of fumes and fire.
Lighting startup Nokero has launched what it calls the world's most affordable solar bulb, the N180-Start, which sells for $6 on its Web site.
The bulb has a 5-lumen LED that can shine for about four hours on a full charge after hanging outside in the sun. … Read more
T-Mobile on Wednesday announced pricing and availability for a number of new products, including three smartphones and a mobile hot spot.
Starting today, T-Mobile customers can purchase the entry-level Alcatel One Touch Evolve at T-Mobile stores and retail partners. Priced at $27.99 down with 24 monthly device payments of $3, the net cost of the phone is $99. Powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the Evolve features a 4-inch display and 5-megapixel back camera with fixed focus. Powered by a single-core 1GHz processor, the smartphone received low marks in the CNET review.
Also available today, the Samsung LTE … Read more
With the original Ostrich Pillow, design, fashion, and functionality collided in a tangled mess we couldn't take our eyes off. Truly, the head-engulfing travel sleep pillow caused a rift in the universe. Some people thought it was brilliant. Some people thought it looked like your head was being sucked into the body of a voracious octopus.
Nonetheless, the Ostrich Pillow was a raging Kickstarter success. Now, its little cousin, the Ostrich Pillow Light, is raising funds to go into production. It has the same gray looks as the original, but scales down the overall effect into something more akin to a small stack of tires.… Read more
Consumers looking for additional reasons to switch their lights over to LEDs will want to take a look at what Cree is offering with its new 13.5-watt, 60-watt replacement TW Series bulb, available exclusively at Home Depot for $19.97 (a 40-watt replacement TW Series LED is also available for $17.97).Hailing its LEDs as "the biggest thing since the light bulb," Cree already has a certified winner under its belt with the original household LED, a 9.5-watt 60-watt replacement that recently earned Energy Star qualification, knocking its already attractive $10 price tag down below $… Read more
LIFX is a Wi-Fi-enabled LED bulb that you can control on your Android or iOS device. Much like the Philips Hue and fellow crowd-funded lighting project Ilumi, LIFX bulbs boast functionality way beyond that of incandescent lights or even other LEDs.
LIFX began on Kickstarter with a $100,000 goal, and ended up with pledges totaling $1,314,542 by the end of its campaign. Though the funding period is over, you can still preorder a LIFX bulb on the Web site for $89. That $89 will net you a highly customizable, energy efficient LED light that claims to last … Read more
When Congress passed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), the incandescent bulb's days officially became numbered. The law mandated strict new energy standards for lighting designed to kick-start a new era of greener, longer-lasting, more cost-efficient light bulbs -- and this meant kicking outdated, inefficient bulbs to the curb. The rising standards have already rendered 100- and 75-watt incandescents obsolete, and on January 1, 2014, their 60- and 40-watt cousins will meet the same fate.
Like it or not, the arrival of this new era means that replacing your lights will never be quite the same. … Read more
Have you ever felt like your Flag Day lights were missing something? Perhaps your kickoff-timed lighting display still needs that fourth color from your team's second alternate European road trip jersey?
Rather than expanding into the galaxy of home automation component devices, Philips is taking a focused approach with its Friends of Hue product line. Hue, of course, is Philips' connected LED light bulb line that debuted last year. The Friends of Hue, at the moment comprising two accessory products, so far stay rooted in the world of LED illumination.
Among Hue's new Friends are the Bloom LED … Read more
Apple may have been a pioneer in playing up the humanizing aspects of video chatting, using heartstring-tugging ads to show how communicating through a screen with its FaceTime app could be a magical experience. But Net Power & Light (NPL), the company behind a new video platform, aims to take that very idea and amplify it, from both a design and functionality standpoint.
Spin, which launched Tuesday on iOS, is the company's solution for a more fun, colorful, and potentially immersive communication experience. The goal is to be more functional than FaceTime, Skype, and Google Hangouts and less selectively … Read more
Camera360 Ultimate for iOS is a photo editor with tons of fun and unique tools, but the interface can be confusing, and it lacks features for sharing the finished product. You can save your completed projects to your photo library and share from there, but it would be much better if it had the options found in other photo editors (more on this later).
Tons of interesting photo features Camera360 is not your run-of-the-mill photo-editing app. It does have common features like rotate, crop, brightness, and contrast, but where it truly diverges from the rest of the pack is in … Read more