QNAP TS-253Be-4G 2-Bay NAS Server

QNAP TS-253Be-4G

QNAP has recently introduced their latest 2-bay NAS server, the TS-253Be-4G. Aimed at SMB and SOHO users, this 2-bay NAS server is configured with a 1.5GHz Intel Celeron J3455 quad-core processor, an Intel HD Graphics 500, a 4GB DDR3 RAM and 2x 2.5-/3.5-inch SATA HDD/SSD bays.

Supporting dual-channel 4K H.264/H.265 hardware decoding and real-time transcoding, the TS-253Be-4G comes equipped with a Kensington Security slot, 5x USB 3.0 Type-A ports, 1x PCIe 2.0 x2 slot, 2x HDMI 1.4b output ports, 2x RJ45 Gigabit LAN ports and a built-in 70mm cooling fan, and runs on QTS 4.3.4 (embedded Linux) operating system.

The QNAP TS-253Be-4G is available now. [Product Page]

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I-O Data LCD-GCQ241XDB 23.8-Inch WQHD Gaming Monitor

I-O Data LCD-GCQ241XDB

I-O Data is pleased to announce their latest 23.8-inch WQHD gaming monitor, the LCD-GCQ241XDB. As part of the GigaCrysta series, this new 23.8-inch ADS LED-backlight monitor supports a native resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and provides 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 14ms response time and 178/178 degree viewing angles.

Equipped with unique features such as ‘Super Resolution’ technology, ‘Night Clear Vision’, ‘Flicker-Free’ technology and ‘Blue Light Reduction’ function, the LCD-GCQ241XDB comes with built-in stereo speakers (2Wx2) and provides 3x HDMI and 1x DisplayPort input ports.

The I-O Data LCD-GCQ241XDB will start shipping from the end of February for 39,800 Yen / $374 (remote control included). [Product Page]

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Lenovo IdeaPad 81CW0000US 14-Inch Touchscreen Laptop

Lenovo IdeaPad 81CW0000US

If you’re in the market for a new touchscreen laptop, I recommend you to check out Lenovo’s IdeaPad 81CW0000US. Priced at just $399.99, this 2-in-1 laptop sports a 14-inch 1366 x 768 HD LED-backlight multi-touch display, a 2.3GHz Intel Pentium 4415U processor, an Intel HD Graphics 610, a 4GB DDR4 RAM and a 500GB 5400rpm hard drive.

Not just that, the system also has a built-in HD webcam w/ two microphones, a media card reader, 1x USB Type-C port, 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x HDMI output port, a 2-cell lithium-ion battery and built-in stereo speakers w/ JBL audio technology.

Running on Windows 10 64-bit OS, the IdeaPad 81CW0000US provides WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth for connectivity. Grab yours now! [Product Page]

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SpaceX delays its satellite internet launch to February 21st

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Turning a Car Into a Computer Mouse: Double-honk to Run

Simone Giertz is known for building some not so great robots. When not building crappy robots, she likes to do other weird and wonderful things. Take, for example, her latest project, in which she teamed up with William Osman to modify her tiny electric Citicar, aka Cheese Louise. She didn’t turn it into a crappy robot though.

The duo turned this tiny car into a computer mouse – one that can draw a picture on a computer screen just by driving the car, and mashing on the horn to click. Just so you know, Giertz only recently got her driver’s license, and the car is around 30 years old. Despite these things, the project was (mostly) a success, and the video is pretty fun to watch.

I also included Osman’s video about the project, since it’s longer and goes into more detail about how they did it. It doesn’t draw very well, but the idea is cool.

It’s pretty impressive stuff, but now I expect them to do bigger projects together. Also, I’m hoping that they eventually are able to drive around in this tiny car and play Rocket League in real time. I’d settle for Mario Kart though if that’s too tough.

[via Neatorama]

Water purification could be the key to more electric cars

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