Polaroid Mint Instant – Print your Selfies!

#WhatsInTheBox – Polaroid Mint Instant

The Polaroid Mint Instant is a traditional camera which has been turned on its head! With this fantastic little device, which has been vertically designed, especially for Polaroid pictures. You can print your selfies. Instantly! All in 60 seconds!

Posted by How To Kill an Hour on Thursday, 16 January 2020

 

This little device is incredible, listen up all you selfie lovers, this piece of tech is just for you! The Polaroid Mint Instant is a traditional camera which has been turned on its head! With this fantastic little device, which has been vertically designed, especially for Polaroid pictures. You can print your selfies. Instantly! All in 60 seconds!

Not only that but the paper that you print your selfies on instantly become a sticker! This device will become your go to holiday snaps camera. Take a picture and print them in less than a minute. In a world that’s fast becoming digital, it’s refreshing to see a piece of tech that’s bringing back tangible photos.

The Camera

The photos that this camera takes are on a 16 megapixel lens too, so the photos that you’re going to be taken are going to be of a very high quality. The printer has no toner in it either. The zinc cartridges that it takes combine the paper and the ink. Plus you can buy the paper in packs of 20,30 or 50 sheets.

Furthermore the vertical orientation design of the Polaroid Mint Instant whilst mimicking the classic polaroid photo, they are taken upright, just like a smartphone. There’s a bunch of different modes too. Such as vibrant color, black and white or vintage.

You can also use the Polaroid Mint app for iOS and Android to add things like borders and filters!

(Polaroid)

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8 Interesting Pieces of Tech from CES 2020

CES 2020 is upon us and there’s some pretty interesting pieces of tech being shown off. We took a look at some of them and picked out 8 of our favourites!

Moxie Alexa Shower Head

Bathroom specialist Kohler are showing off it’s Moxie shower head. This isn’t just any shower head it’s an Alexa enabled speaker and microphone. Listen to your favourite music and podcasts simply by asking it. Plus it’s smart enough to hear your voice over the sound of the water. It may get a few odd looks, but this piece of tech is simply bringing the shower radio to 2020!

Taint Plaster

CES 2020 is getting more adult and allowing risque tech into the show floor. This year includes a taint plaster from Morari Medical. It’s designed to go onto the taint are of a man. A man who is experiencing premature ejaculation issues. It’s an early prototype designed to tackle men who have this problem. It’s discreet and unrecognisable so no worries there. It works by “inhibiting the nerves of the penis, thereby delaying an ejaculation.”

Charmin

Charmin are having some interesting tech ideas at this year’s CES 2020!

First up is the Rollbot from Charmin, a robot toilet roll holder. The little robot which you can summon to you using bluetooth, it uses infrared sensors to help navigate it’s way to you.

The SmellSense is even better. Say someone in the house has dropped a deuce in the toilet before you go in there to clean your teeth in the morning. Well this nifty product uses an electronic sensor which detects the carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulphide found in the air after we take a dump.  It will then notify users via a Go/No Go display. Charmin, saving noses a day at a time.

Smartypans

This one from CES 2020 is for all you cooking fans out there! The Smartypans will check the weight and temperature of ingredients. Before guiding you through whatever you are cooking via it’s app. How cool is that! This is how smart tech should be used!

 

Inirv Smart Cooker Knobs

The Inirv Smart Cooker Knobs which are being shown off at CES 2020 this year look really cool! Inirv are hoping that you’ll swap out your dumb cooker knobs for their smart ones. They let owners turn up the heat via voice command. While also automatically turning off the stove if it is left unattended for too long. No more worrying when you go out!

PantryOn

The PantryOn is a piece of smart tech that aims to make grocery shopping a little bit easier. Especially for the busy family! It’s aim is to automate food shopping lists via smart shelves. As they will monitor when a family’s favourite groceries run low. While this looks cool, current prototypes look a bit bulky. Which means there’s less storage space. Also, we have a question, what if you just forget to put the groceries on the shelf?

Bright Lock

The Bright Lock will unlock your front door by detecting a pattern of light pulses. These lightpulses will be fired from your smartphone’s flash. The idea for this interesting piece of tech? Well you can easily share the light based code with other people. So friends, family or tradesmen who are working on your home may need temporary access. So you share your lightcode with them!

TowNew

This nifty little device will alleviate the trouble of tieing up bin bags. No more heaving at the smell when tieing them up before throwing them outside in the outside bin.  The smart bin will self seal the sacks at the touch of a button! However you’ll need to buy the manufacturers own bin liners. We think that’s a perfect trade off if you ask us!

 

 

The bin self-seals sacks at the touch of a button, but requires you to be locked into buying the manufacturer’s bin liner refills.

(BBC, Gizmodo, Gizmodo)

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Powerbeats Pro

Powerbeats Pro

The new Beats earphones Powerbeats Pro are built specifically for those who love to workout and are always active. They have zero wires for a start so there’s no holding you back!  Powerbeats Pro delivers powerful, balanced sound with dynamic range and noise isolation for a very cool and enjoyable listen.

They are wireless (obviously!) but also have a really strong connection to your device, with fewer dropouts included! You are going to get sweaty using these right? Well they have a reinforced design for sweat and water resistance! Not only that the adjustable, secure fit ear hooks keep them locked in to your ears. So, you can keep locked into the music.

While you get a total of 9 hours of listening time the charging case will give you an additional 24hrs of playback! If you need a charge, Fast Fuel for 5mins gives you an additional 1.5hrs of playback! Hands Free controls via “Hey Siri” on iOS devices and  and voice capability with a push of the “b” button on a variety of compatible devices!

There’s also volume and track controls on each earbud so you can play both earbuds or one at a time. Not only that there’s also sensors in the buds which will detect when you are wearing them and start/stop playing accordingly.

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Flip Grip For Nintendo Switch

The Flip Grip is a fantastic piece of kit that we LOVED using. We never thought about playing the switch in vertical mode before. But boy does it make a difference! The Flip Grip is the perfect gaming accessory for all those vertical mode games on the Switch.

Such as a variety of classic games such as Donkey Kong Jnr, Centipede, Pac Man or up to date games too such as Pinball on Panic Flip or Star Wars Pinball.

Simply attach a pair of Joy Cons on the rails either side of the flip grip will allow you to flip the Switch 90 degrees. Voila! It’s a simple as that. Vertical handheld gaming action.

Plus you don’t even lose a pixel of gaming real-estate on the screen.

The Flip Grip is a collaboration between video game historian and Retronauts founder Jeremy Parish, engineer and designer Mike Choi, and Fangamer. – Fan Gamer

To find out which games work vertically, there’s two great lists one is from Retronauts and the other is from imore.com

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Polaroid Mint Pocket + Print and take your photos wirelessly!

This little device is incredible, listen up all you selfie lovers, this piece of tech is just for you! The Polaroid Mint Pocket will turn your selfie game on it’s head! With this fantastic little device, which has been vertically designed, especially for Polaroid pictures. You can print your selfies. Instantly! All in 60 seconds!

Not only that but the paper that you print your selfies on instantly become a sticker! The Polaroid Mint Pocket will become your go to holiday snaps camera. Take a picture and print them in less than a minute. In a world that’s fast becoming digital, it’s refreshing to see a piece of tech that’s bringing back tangible photos.

You can also use the Polaroid Mint app for iOS and Android to add things like borders and filters!

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Buzz Lightyear Controller Holder

Are you a Buzz Lightyear or Toy Story Fan? Are you a gamer or tech lover? Have plenty of controllers or a smartphone that you wish you could display in all its glory? Well the Exquisite Gaming Buzz Lightyear controller hodler  is just for you!

Buzz holds his hands out to be able to hold and display all over your favourite pieces of tech! Furthermore it even charges your control pads for you too! So it looks good and is practical as well!

Features

  • x1 Cable Guy Styled on “Buzz Lightyear” from Toy Story 4 franchise.
  • X1 6ft (2m) Micro USB & Type C adaptor charging Cable
  • Compatible with most PlayStation, X-Box, Switch & retro console controllers
  • Holds all mobile phone devices
  • Includes 2m (6ft) micro USB charging cable
  • Styled on “Buzz” from the Toy Story franchise
  • Official licensed merchandise

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Charge and Store – Nintendo Switch

You have a Nintendo Switch. With plenty of games, a pro controller, joy cons and a Poke Ball. But how do you store them all? Can’t have them lying about and causing a mess or getting dusty. Or even worse, lost or broken! Therefore you need a storage solution! We have been trying out the Charge and Store by Venom for the Nintendo Switch. It’s fantastic!

Not only can you store up to six games safely. You can also charge your pro controller and joycons all at once! How convenient is that?! Especially if you keep your Switch docked and play on the big screen a lot. There’s no need to constantly be removing and plugging in your joy cons. They can stay charged nearer to you and never get lost!

There’s separate charge points for a Pro Controller, 2 Joy Con controllers and a Poke Ball. Better yet, there’s an LED charge indicator for when the controllers are fully powered. Furthermore it’s USB powered so you can either charge via a mans socket or USB powered device!

We think the Charge and Store is a fantastic little device and we think that ALL Nintendo Switch users should have one. You won’t be disappointed.

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Shure MV88+, THE tool for vloggers

We’ve been testing the Shure MV88 microphone for a while now and have used it on a number of projects. We recently got a chance to give it’s big brother a spin. The MV88+. An upgrade on the MV88 as the + has a whole host of kit which is perfect for the vlogger!

It’s a portable audio and video recording kit, which is just the right size and weight for all vloggers. It gives you all the tools you need right out of the box. Including a really sturdy and easy to hold tripod. The Manfrotto Pixi Tripood. A phone clamp and mount to securely hold your smartphone. iOS and USB-C cables for compatibility and connectivity. It really is as simple as plug and play. Plus, we cannot forget the incredible MV88+ microphone! You’ll be capturing content as quickly as we were!

We’re not kidding when we say that the audio on this device is incredible. It really is. Creates high quality crisp audio and it’s all connected to a smartphone! Furthermore the Shure Motiv Video App, allows you to change video settings right from within the app. You can also check and monitor your audio right in front of you on the app!

Shure MV88+ Features:

  • Includes industry leading Manfrotto PIXI mini tripod, phone clamp & shoe-mount, USB-C & lightning cables
  • Includes neoprene roll-up bag to keep all your accessories in one place
  • Built-In Headphone Output for real-time monitoring
  • Pristine audio for multiple set ups
  • Included phone mount is also compatible with any tripod with a ¼” connector
  • All metal construction
  • Detailed stereo capture, five DSP preset modes
  • Shure MOTIV Audio App for pro-level recording
  • Shure MOTIV Video for onscreen control
  • Allows for phone charging while mic is in use (requires USB-A cable and Apple USB3 camera adapter)- iOS users only

Download:

Motiv Video App – Apple / Android

Motiv Audio App – Apple / Android

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The Testicuzzi!

This little device is designed for a gentleman’s intimate area. The balls to be specific. As the name would imply, it’s a jacuzzi for your nuts. It’s called the Testicuzzi. A Hot Tub for your nuts is the way the guys from Testicuzzi call it.

It comes in a two different of colours too! Black or White. Also, you can even get a gift set which comes complete with bath bombs and essential oils: Cedar Wood for your wood. (Furthermore, there’s a 24 Karat gold version one too worth $10K if you so fancy)

While, it may look like a gag gift, but you can actually use this one!

What is the Testicuzzi exactly?

This is how they describe it on their site:

Testicuzzi is a personal hot tub for your testicles. Testicle health is very important. Making sure your testicles are happy is even more important. The Testicuzzi ( testicle hot tub) is a great way to show your testicles that they are loved. Measuring 3.5 inches wide, 3.5 inches tall and 5 inches from front to back, the Testicuzzi is ergonomically designed for the greatest testicle comfort. This hot tub for your testicles is battery powered and produces and wonderful, gently bubbling massage. Water is added by the user of the Testicuzzi and is pre-heated by the user to the desired temperature. Some like it hot. Some like it cold. It’s really a matter of what testicle hot tub experience you are in the mood for. 

So, how do you use it?

Using the Testicuzzi is quite simple. Once you have received your Testicuzzi simply heat some water to the desired temperature for your testicle bath, and fill the Testicuzzi to the desired level. Flip the switch and get those bubble going. Dip your testicles into the bath and let them soak up the pleasure for however long you desire. Also, The soothing bubbles from your new testicle hot tub will have you relaxing in just moments. There is nothing like the soothing releif you feel from a nice soak of the family jewels. It is unlike anything else you’ve experienced. Some have called the feeling of the Testicuzzi as “Magical!”, “Out of this world!”, “Refreshing!”……

 

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Jackpotting = Free Cash!? Malware + Hackers

Malware called “Cutlet Maker” is designed to make ATM’s eject all of the money inside them according to a law enforcement official. Thi is called Jackpotting.

“Ho-ho-ho! Let’s make some cutlets today!”

Curlet Maker’s control panel reads the above. It shows cartoon images of a chef and a cheering piece of meat. This means in Russian, a cut of meat. However it also can bean a bundle of cash.

Jackpotting

A joint investigation between our friends over at Motherboard and the German broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) looking into “jackpotting”

A spate of attacks on ATM’s in Germany in 2017 saw thieves make off with more than 1M Euros.

Jackpotting is where cybercriminals use malware or hardware to trick ATM’s into ejecting all of the money inside of them. No need to use a credit card either. They’ll install the malware onto an ATM by prying open a panel and loading it on using a USB stick and USB port.

Although a European non profit said that Jackpotting attacks have decreased, multiple sources tell Motherboard that attacks in other parts of the world have gone up. Such as the US, Latin America and Southeast Asia. Impacting both the banks and ATM manufacturers.

“The U.S. is quite popular,” a source familiar with ATM attacks told Motherboard.

(Motherboard and BR granted multiple sources, including law enforcement officials, anonymity to speak more candidly about sensitive hacking incidents.)

Showing off…

During an annual Black Hat cybersecurity conference in 2010. Late researcher even demonstrated live on stage his own strain of ATM malware. His malware displayed JACKPOT on the ATM as it threw out the cash in a steady stream.

Christoph Hebbecker, a prosecuting attorney for the German state of North Rhine-Westphaila told Motherboard that his office is investigating 10 incidents between February and November 2017. Hackers stole 1.4M Euros, Hebbecker said. He continued that because of the similar nature of all the attacks. He believes that they could be linked to the same criminal gang.

Multiple sources told Motherboard that the attacks in 2017 impacted Santander; two sources said they specifically involved the Wincor 2000xe model of ATM, made by the ATM manufacturer Diebold Nixdorf.

A Santander spokesperson said in an emailed statement to Motherboard,

“Protecting our customers’ information and the integrity of our physical network is at the core of what we do. Our experts are involved at every stage of product development and operations to protect customers and the bank from fraud and cyber threats. This focus on protecting our data and operations prevents us from commenting on specific security issues.”

Furthermore, officials in Berlin, said they had seen at least 36 jackpotting cases since Spring 2018. With 1000’s of Euro’s stolen. Across Germany over the past several years 82 attacks have occured, according to police spokespeople. While not all of them were successful cash outs.

Aging ATM’s

ATM Jackpotting isn’t limited just to a single bank or ATM manufacturer. “You will see this across all vendors; this is not dedicated towards a specific machine, nor towards a specific brand, and definitely not a region,” Redecker said.

A reason for the security issue is that ATM’s, for many of them, are aged Windows computers.

“These are very old, slow machines,” the source familiar with ATM attacks informed Motherboard.

While many ATM manufacturers have made improvements to their devices, it doesn’t mean that all ATM’s will be up to the same standard, Redecker from Diebold Nixdorf stressed.

Furthermore responsibility on securing access to the ATM’s is the banks responsibility too.

“In order to execute a jackpotting attack, you have to have access to the internal components of the ATM. So, preventing that first physical attack on the ATM goes a long way toward preventing the jackpotting attack,” David N. Tente, executive director of USA, Canada & Americas at the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA), said in an email to Motherboard.

Redecker said he’s been witnessing Jackpotting attacks across the globe since 2012. Germany suffered it’s first Jackpotting in Berlin in 2014.

Cheap Software

In 2017, around the same time as the attacks, researchers at Kaspersky, a cybersecurity firm. published research showing Cutlet Maker for sale on hacking forums. It seemed like anyone with the money could buy the software and try Jackpotting for themselves.

“The bad guys are selling these developments [malware] to just anybody….That has enabled smaller outfits or enterprising criminals to start targeting ATMs..Potentially this can affect any country in the world,” David Sancho, senior threat researcher at cybersecurity firm Trend Micro, and who works with Europol on jackpotting research, said to Motherboard.

Motherboard spoke to one cybercriminal claiming to sell the Cutlet Maker malware.

“Yes I’m selling. It costs $1000,” they wrote in an email, adding that they can offer support on how to use the tool as well. The seller provided screenshots of an instruction manual in Russian and English, which steps potential users through how to empty an ATM. Sections of the manual include how to check how many banknotes are inside the ATM, and installing the malware itself.

The European Association for Secure Transactions (EAST), a non-profit that tracks financial fraud, said jackpotting attacks decreased 43 percent over the previous year, in a report published this month. But it’s worth stressing that EAST’s report only covers Europe.

“It happens in parts of the world where they don’t have to tell anybody about it,” the source familiar with ATM attacks added. “It’s increasing, but, again, the biggest problem we’ve got is that nobody wants to report this.”

Heading to the US?

Such a lower barrier of entry into ATM malware, you could argue as being the reason as to why there’s a rise in Jackpotting attacks. While in January of 2018, the secret service began warning financial institutions of potential Jackpotting attacks in the US.
Although those used a different piece of ATM malware called Ploutus.D.

“Globally, our 2019 survey indicates that jackpotting attacks are increasing,” Tente from ATMIA wrote in an email to Motherboard.

As the source familiar with ATM attacks said, “There are attacks happening, but a lot of the time it’s not publicized.”

(VICE)F

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