Showing posts with label Tech News. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tech News. Show all posts

Friday, May 1, 2015

Best Tech-Based Superheroes: By Jason Edelman


Superheros are all the rage. There are no shortage of comics, TV shows, and films related to superheroes, from the Avengers to The Flash.  Many superheroes are deeply ingrained in the world of tech.  Here are a few of the most tech-focused superheroes, who wouldn’t be fighting crime anywhere near as well, without the use of technology.

Cliff Secord, is a WWII-era aviator, who comes across a jetpack (designed by Howard Hughes no less), and uses it to fight crime. It may sound hokey, but that’s kind of the point--the whole thing is an homage to the 1930s serial characters. The art-deco style is a blast for moviegoers and readers of the original comic book Cliff might only have one piece of “tech,” but it is so much fun. That helmet is kind of awesome as well.

Natasha Romanoff, the Marvel Comics superspy, made famous by the ever-excellent Scarlett Johansson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Black Widow, is essentially  the female, Russian version of James Bond. Natasha has her skills, and a bevy of slick gadgets, such as her Widow’s Bite gauntlets at her disposal. One of the toughest, and coolest characters in the Marvel universe, Natasha always relies on her skills and her trusty tech to get the job done.

The name kind of says it all. Victor ‘Vic’ Stone was a football star, before a fateful accident left him horribly injured. His father, prominent scientist Silas Stone, saved his son’s life by fusing his body with technological prototypes of his own creation. Vic used his new tech-based abilities as a superhero, and was a founding member of the Justice League, a team that includes  Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and The Flash. Cyborg is always receiving updates and his gadget-filled body always has the right tool for every situation.  

“I am Iron Man.” Tony Stark revealed to the world at the end of the first Iron Man film. A few films, comics, and billions of dollars in box office gross later, it’s hard to imagine anyone not knowing who Iron Man was. Brilliant inventor/industrialist Tony Stark, saves his own life by building a suit of armor and escaping his captors, using the suit’s capabilities. Tony is always creating new suits of armor for unique situations (fighting the Hulk, space travel) and each one has cooler toys. Robert Downey Jr. might be the star of the Iron Man film series, but really, what would it be without those awesome feats of engineering, his suits of armor?

Because no one personifies the dark brooding hero better than the Dark Knight. Batman happens to have on superpowers of his own, and relies on his strength, intelligence and trusty gadgets to fight crime. What would Batman be without all those “wonderful toys,” as the Joker once queried. From the Batarang to the Batmobile, Batman will always be known for his sheer awesomeness and his cool tech. Just stay off the roads in Gotham City if you hear the Batmobile coming your way.

Some images courtesy of Tumblr.

The Peel is the Only iPhone Case You’ll Ever Need by Daniel Ors


Apple has roared through the market in a big way this year, with a string of solid releases culminating in the incredibly successful iPhone 6. Even though Android still commands a majority of the smartphone market, it is important to remember that Google's operating system functions on a plethora of devices, spreading the sale numbers for individual devices over hundreds of models. iOS, however, works on only one phone, which is why iPhones have become ubiquitous additions to everyday life. And, with one device responsible for so much of our lives and entertainment, safety has become a major concern. While big, bulky cases do promise security, many of them sacrifice accessibility, requiring users to take them apart in order to access USB or headphone ports. Enter Peel’s iPhone case.


Peel earns its name as it is so thin that in order to take it off, you literally have to peel the case apart from the body of the phone. The thickness of the case is a miniscule 0.35 mm. It is easily the thinnest case available, and, unlike many sleek and stylish designs, it doesn't sacrifice accessibility. Ports are kept unblocked while the Peel is on. The Peel was designed to accentuate the iPhones thin design, a thinness that is perhaps most evident on the new iPhone 6, which is the sleekest design yet. Those who love the thin and comfortable feel of the naked iPhone will hate to transform it into a blocky behemoth for the sake of safety. That's where the peel comes in. The Peel comes in a number of colors to match different iPhone models, and reviewers note the pleasant texture and finish of the case. Another major draw for consumers is that the Peel is completely free of branding. Thus, the Peel owner doesn't need to feel like they're being turned into a medium for promoting the case manufacturer’s brand visibility.

The Peel case is designed with style in mind, but it doesn't quite perform like a blocky case when it comes to safety. Peel is meant to protect the phone from minor falls and scratches, which, for the average iPhone owner, are the greatest threat to the integrity of the phone. However, for those who are prone to clumsiness, or those who try to bring their phone on rugged adventures, the Peel is not recommended. Typically, in this instance the owner must face reality and choose safety over feel.

Peel is now well-established within the iPhone case markets, so there are now many different models and choices for the consumer. The Peel case can be found for the iPhone 5C, the iPhone 5/S, the iPhone 6 Plus, as well as the iPhone 6. Older cases can also be found for the iPhone 4. Colors include black, gold, and white. Black is solid, but with a gold and silver case, a bit of the Apple logo shows through the translucent case. It's a discreet option for those looking to protect their phone from minor accidents without sacrificing on style and identity.