Give Your Thin Laptop Extra USB Ports, Plus Ethernet, For $20

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Today’s ultra-thin laptops have largely dispatched with ethernet ports, and possibly don’t have as many USB ports as you’d like. Luckily, this attractive and affordable hub will give you both, when you need them. [Inateck Unibody Aluminum 3 Ports USB 3.0 Hub with Driver-Free Gigabit Ethernet Adapter, $20 with code 3RJ8B8SH]

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Sony’s New ‘Light’ Wants To Be the Brain Behind Your Smart Home

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Sony's New 'Light' Wants To Be the Brain Behind Your Smart Home

Calling Sony’s new smart light a “light” is doing this weird gizmo a disservice—it’s much more than that.

Unappealingly named a “Multifunctional Light,” this ceiling gadget has temperature, humidity, and luminance sensors and can even detect when you’re home, turn on the TV, control the AC, and play music. Oh, it’s also a light.

The teaser video is a little conceptually out there, or set in some strange sci-fi alternate reality. Via Sony.

All this tech wizardry is controlled and customized with a smartphone, and the fixture itself comes in solid white or transparent. If Sony’s super light works as advertised, it would definitely be the most fully featured smart bulb we’ve ever seen. It’s kind of like a Nest and Amazon Echo rolled into… a light.

Bad news is so far the light is destined for Japan in the first half of 2016. We also have no idea how much something like this would cost. But if you ever wondered how crazy smart bulbs were willing to go, I think you have your answer—for now, at least.

[Sony via Engadget]


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WOW Air’s $199 flights from California to Europe are now on sale

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What you’ve heard is true: $199 flights from California to Europe are now a reality. Well, sort of.

That $199 price tag that set social media ablaze this week covers the departing flight, not the cost of the roundtrip airfare. And like other budget European airlines, the Iceland-based WOW Air charges passengers extra fees for carry on and checked luggage, reserving seats and other services.

Still, excitement over the airline’s low fares has persisted since it announced its expansion into California in November, touting $99 flights from San Francisco International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport to Iceland. WOW Air will also offer service from Europe to LAX four days a week, and to SFO five days a week, beginning this summer. Read more…

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Magician reveals the tiny secret to making a coin disappear

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So, that’s how they do it.

Though most magicians prefer not to share the secrets of their trade, T R Stillson of @stillsonmagic revealed the teeny detail we’re sure you’ve missed in the past

Ever wonder how a Magician makes a coin disappear? Well watch closely and you’ll see exactly how it’s done!

A video posted by T R Stillson (@stillsonmagic) on

Give this dude a tiny round of applause

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U.S. Pilots Forget How to Fly Manually, Says Department of Transportation

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U.S. Pilots Forget How to Fly Manually, Says Department of Transportation

Don’t read this if you’re about to board an airplane. A new report by the Department of Transportation warns that U.S. pilot training no longer maintains their ability to fly commercial flights manually, because of the surfeit of autonomous technology inside the cockpit.

The organization’s report explains that in cases where technical issues have required pilots to take manual control of their craft, some worrying trends in a lack of ability are evident. From the report:

Advances in aircraft automation have significantly contributed to safety and changed the way airline pilots perform their duties…

While airlines have long used automation safely to improve efficiency and reduce pilot workload, several recent accidents, including the July 2013 crash of Asiana Airlines flight 214, have shown that pilots who typically fly with automation can make errors when confronted with an unexpected event or transitioning to manual flying.

As a result, reliance on automation is a growing concern among industry experts, who have also questioned whether pilots are provided enough training and experience to maintain manual flying proficiency.

The report adds that that the Federal Aviation Administration “does not have a process to ensure that air carrier pilots are trained to use and monitor automation systems while also maintaining proficiency in manual flight operations.”

It suggests that the Administration should develop new ways to monitor and evaluate pilots in order to assess their manual flying abilities, as well as creating checks to be sure that thorough training is provided to them. Which sound like a great idea.

You can read the full report here.

[Department of Transportation via The Hill via Engadget]

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The Wildlife Photography Bag

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The Wildlife Photography Bag

Fancy an excursion into the wilderness to hunt for some choice photos of animals and nature? Reader Zachary Esni shares his bag for doing just that.

The bag is a National Geographic Walkabout messenger bag. Here’s what’s inside:

If you have a great go bag with a useful organization scheme and great features, let us know! You can share your bag by posting it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag featured bag or adding it to our Lifehacker Go Bag Show and Tell Flickr pool. Photos must be at least at least 800×450. Please include information about your bag, what you put in it, and any relevant details about how you made it awesome. If yours catches our eye, we might just feature it!

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