Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Logitech K480 Wants To Be The One And Only Keyboard For All Your Devices

If one, you own multiple devices (and actively use them); two, you are a serious multitasker; and three, you think keyboard is an indispensable tool even for your mobile devices, then we think theLogitech K480 Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard would probably be a God-send peripheral.

It is a Bluetooth keyboard, which is not a secret, and which also means it is completely wireless up to 30 feet or 10 meters. As the product name suggests, it can pair with multiple devices, or in this instant, up to three devices, and it has a brilliant design that lets you switch between the three connected devices without going through the layers of menu. All it takes to switch from typing on a smartphone to creating notes on a tablet or computer is a twist of a knob.

It even comes with a friendly cradle to prop up your smartphone or tablet in landscape, or both in portrait, so you can get down to business all at one go. It is powered by a pair of AAA batteries that lasts up to two years and has a battery life indicator light to keep in the know of the status.

The Logitech K480 Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard is compatible with PC, Mac, iOS and Android devices and also works with Chrome OS and features a keyboard layout with all the shortcut keys that you are familiar with. Available now in a choice of black or white for $49.99.

This 3D Printed Bump Key Can Unlock Any Lock

How many of you know about the skeleton key? It’s the kind that we read about or see in movies – the key that can unlock any lock. As is with many things that were limited to movies only, this idea has been brought to life by two engineers who have come up with a way to create a 3D printed ‘bump key’ that can achieve the same goal as that of a skeleton key. The 3D printed key is capable of unlocking the conventional locks without having the need to have a real key with you.

LockCon 2014 will be taking place later this month and that’s where the German engineer Christian Holler along with Jos Weyers will present their design for the bump key. The software used for this is Photobump and the procedure requires only a picture of the lock that you want to unlock in order to come up with a key that works like a charm, with a little application of force of course.
According to Holler; ‘While there are locks on the market, that are immune to bumping, a large quantity of locks in use is theoretically vulnerable.’ The bump key technique involves the ‘bumping’ – hence the constant mention of a little force – a particular key into a position in the lock. The grooves that are cut into the bump key allow them to unlock the lock. The bump key is made from blank keys; the flattened keys with no cuts at all.

The technique for making bump keys isn’t new here, but the approach to making it via 3D printing sure is. Holler says; ‘If you have the right software, getting a blank is easy. Basically, I take a photo [from the front], then I manually edit it in Photoshop or Gimp (it’s really easy) to give me a black/white silhouette of the profile. Once I have that, I import it into my software, specify the key length (that would also be guessed from the brand) and from that, I already get a 3D model that I can order from any online 3D printing service.’

However, he added that making a bump key can prove to be more difficult since the knowledge of precise pin distances and height is crucial. He makes use of a professional printing service to print these. The process could take days and upon being asked if a burglar would use this he responded with; ‘If he has enough criminal energy, then I guess, yes.’

He further contemplated about burglars and bump keys by saying; ‘One of the main reasons is probably that there are easier, destructive entry methods, and a burglar is not interested in non-destructive opening. At least here in Germany, only something below 0.2 per cent of all burglar attacks target the lock cylinder.’

He suggests that you should opt for locks that are immune to bumping if you feel that your security isn’t as good as it should be. However, he said; ‘The practical relevance of bumping (for burglars) seems to be overall low, so there is no reason to panic about this. People also haven’t panicked the last 10 years, although bumping was a well-known technique.’

Neon Color Pop: Gucci Fall 2014 Sneaker Collection

Come fall/winter days you are better off wearing luminous colors, so every driver on the road can see you. Road safety is however not the reason Gucci created their latest exclusive collection of sneakers in neon colors of yellow, green and orange for men and yellow, green and hot pink for women. The limited edition collection is made of a soft leather upper, a white rubber sole embossed with Gucci logo and also features a Gucci script detail tag. The sleek and simple design of the collection is in contrast to what most others offer in design such as high-tops, shiny hardware and hidden wedges.

Made in Italy, fashionable sneakers are available online at Gucci.com. A women’s pair costs $640 while a men’s pair come with a price tag of $690.

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Nicolas Ghesquiere’s First Bag For Louis Vuitton Costs $54k

Here’s something to buy with that $50k lying around your house, the Dora PM Crocodile from the House of Louis Vuitton. The French label announced last year that they are going for higher price points to distance themselves from other luxury brands easily available at affordable prices for the rich and not-so-rich alike. Priced at $54,500 and made from exotic crocodile skin, Nicolas Ghesquière introduced it during his debut collection for the brand’s Fall 2014 fashion show.

The Dora PM Crocodile measures 12.6” x 8.3” x 5.5” and arrives in a color combination of burgundy and black. From the single image available we can’t say anything about the interiors, but exteriors feature a name tag also made from crocodile leather with LV logo on it.

Don’t expect this pricey arm candy to be available in Louis Vuitton boutiques around the world or at their online store. This is probably made as a one-off item or an ultra-limited edition. If you want to get your hands on one you’ll have to contact Louis Vuitton’s sales department.

Asprey Private Collection Handbags

Asprey’s Private Collection this year comprise of just 12 unique colorful crocodile handbags. The ultra-exclusive collection from Asprey feature hardware made from 18 karat rose, silver or yellow gold and gemstones such as tanzanite, sapphire, garnet, cognac, and pink and yellow diamonds. Available only by invitation, the collection is a collaboration between Asprey and renowned handbag designer Katie Hillier. Hillier is the founder of the Hillier luxury jewelry line in addition to being the creative director of Marc by Marc Jacobs.

Each handbag is a one-off creation and their designs are based on Asprey designs, the 167, the Morgan Day bag and the ultra-classic 1781. Each bejeweled bag feature a crocodile zip purse, a crocodile-trimmed sterling silver mirror and plaque engraved with its unique number. Additionally they come with a velvet-lined, calf leather case complete with a customized kid suede pillow to maintain the handbag’s shape when not in use.

Available in mini and large sizes, budding fashionable divas must be ready to fork out between £38,500 to £150,000 ($64,000- $248,500) to have ownership of a bag. Asprey Private Room, which was unveiled recently put on display seven of the bags from the collection, other five bags of the collection will be available by September end.

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