Belkin’s NetCam WiFi Camera with Night Vision keeps an eye out for ghosts while you’re out, hooks up with iOS / Android

Belkin's NetCam WiFi camera keeps an eye out for ghosts while you're out, hooks up with iOS  Android

Out of town for Halloween and worried that your empty house is getting filled with ethereal catburglars? You can’t even see what they’re taking! Belkin‘s got a solution for you with its new Wi-Fi NetCam, feeding your iOS or Android device (iOS 4.2 and up; Android 2.2 and up) a streaming video of, well, anywhere you decide to puts its NetCam. Belkin thankfully doesn’t expect you to leave on your house lights while out of town, which is why the NetCam comes equipped with night vision, “for clear viewing even in low or no light;” also — as Ghost Hunters tell us — for spotting apparitions on the spectral plane. And great for catching your 14-year-old before he walks out at midnight with a carton of eggs!

The Belkin Wi-Fi NetCam is available now for online order directly from Belkin or via Amazon at $130, and arrives at US retailers in the coming months — the NetCam app is already available on the iOS App Store and Google Play. We can’t help but think it’d be a great pairing with Belkin’s WeMo Switch, especially considering it’ll take you one step closer to the Back to the Future 2 future we were all promised.

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West Point, Kentucky Fire Erupts At Chemical Train Derailment Site

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Flames from a derailed train car sent people rushing out of neighborhoods and an entire town near Louisville on Wednesday while firefighters tried to douse the chemical blaze that left three workers badly burned.

Some people forced from their homes faced a long night on cots in shelters set up after the blaze – sparked by a cutting torch that ignited leaking vapors – broke out shortly after 1 p.m. EDT.

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Lakers Fall To Trail Blazers 116-106: Steve Nash Leaves Game With Knee Injury (VIDEO)

PORTLAND, Ore. — Dwight Howard’s 33 points and 14 rebounds were not enough for the Los Angeles Lakers in a 116-106 loss to the inspired Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

Nicolas Batum had 26 points and the Blazers led by as many as 19 in handing the Lakers their second straight loss to open the season. Damian Lillard, the sixth overall pick in the June draft, had 22 points and 11 assists in his NBA debut for Portland.

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Pentagon will continue to use BlackBerry phones

In spite of an era that is dominated by iPhone 5s, Galaxy smartphones, and Nexus devices, Research In Motion continues to prove its reliability in terms of security, at least to the Pentagon. The Pentagon, the heart of America’s security and defense, said today that it will continue to use and support BlackBerry phones. This is definitely a good news for the struggling BlackBerry maker, considering that the U.S. military has plans of using other devices such as the iPhone from Apple.

Last week, the U.S. Defense Department asked a couple of companies to submit their own bids for software applications that can monitor and manage security on devices made by Apple and Google. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency has previously announced that it will end its contract with Research In Motion to make way for the iPhone.

Fortunately for RIM, the Pentagon made it clear today by announcing that it will continue to use BlackBerry phones since it has so far met its tough security requirements. For now, RIM can breathe in relief that it still has the favor of the Pentagon. This also means that RIM has to seriously step up in order to keep up with the competition.

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Subways, Tunnels Resume Partial Operation Following Hurricane Sandy Closures

Several New York City subway lines will resume partial operations Thursday morning at 6 a.m. EDT and vehicle access to Manhattan will largely be restricted to cars carrying three or more people, city officials announced Wednesday, as authorities attempt to assuage the epic street gridlock and limited public transportation that have nearly paralyzed the city in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York City transportation officials made the list of hurricane-related transit reforms clear Wednesday evening: Forced carpooling will complement limited subway service and buses running across the city. Metropolitan Transit Authority Chairman Joseph Lhota said fees will be waived on buses and subways through the end of the week.

“I know it is inconvenient for a lot of people but bottom line is the city can only handle so much,” Bloomberg said. “I suggest picking up people who will be standing by the bridges. You are their solution and you theirs.”

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Amanda Chatel: That Awkward Moment When You Run Into An Ex At A Wedding Unexpectedly

It was on that afternoon that I figured out exactly how to avoid an ex like the plague at a mutual friend’s wedding. Why? Because I had no choice.
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Samsung Smart Dock revealed, works great with Galaxy Note 2

Smartphones these days do come with far more accessories compared to the vanilla handsets of yesteryears. This time around, we have the Samsung Smart Dock which is said to function best with the (what else but the) Samsung Galaxy Note 2. This is a rather interesting accessory, where it allows your spanking new Galaxy Note 2 to function somewhat like a computer. The Smart Dock itself will feature a slate of different bunch of ports for your Galaxy Note 2 to make full use of.

We are talking about a full size HDMI port here, letting you hook it up to a compatible external monitor or an HDTV. Apart from that, there is the usual slew of USB ports so that you can connect a standard USB keyboard and a mouse for easier use, alongside a 3.5mm speaker line-out and a microUSB to juice up the accessory. Right now, the Samsung Smart Dock remains unavailable, but it will retail for $99.99 when it finally hits retail store shelves. I clearly remember one of the older Sony Ericsson phones that could slide-out came with a Bluetooth dongle to connect a keyboard, while you hook up the handset itself to the HDTV via a micro HDMI port for on-the-spot Android computing.

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AMP-Foot 2.0 prosthesis gives the power of real feet, keeps a light step (video)

AMPFoot 20 prosthesis gives all the power of real feet, keeps a light step video

It was five years ago that prosthetics took a very literal step forward when Arizona State University’s SPARKy foot offered a more natural walk, capturing the inherent kinetic energy that previously needed a big motor to replicate. Belgium’s Vrije Universiteit Brussel may well carry the torch for the next wave of artificial limbs. Its second-generation Ankle Mimicking Prosthetic Foot (AMP-Foot 2.0) uses a pair of force sensors to determine the leg’s relative position and let an actuator build energy when the foot bends, locking the power away to use only when the owner pushes off. The efficiency produces all the torque needed to let a 165-pound person walk, but with just a 30W to 60W motor versus SPARKy’s 150W — a big help to battery life that also reduces the AMP-Foot 2.0’s weight to that of the fleshy kind. We don’t know how likely it is the Belgian prosthesis goes beyond the prototype phase; if we had our way, it would move just as quickly as future wearers undoubtedly will.

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Hurricane Sandy Utility Outages May Be Worsened By Underinvestment, Lack Of Planning

NEW YORK — Two days after Hurricane Sandy walloped the East Coast, electrical utility companies warned hundreds of thousands of customers from Long Island to New Jersey that they may be left in the dark for more than 10 days.

Critics said cost-cutting was holding back recovery efforts, and long-term planning around climate change and extreme weather is lacking. The the industry pointed to downed trees, knocked-out facilities and the devastating reach of the storm to explain the duration of outages.

“You cannot make infrastructure hurricane-proof. We had a nine-foot storm surge on top of high tide. You cannot protect your infrastructure against that sort of damage,” said Chris Eck, spokesman for Jersey Central Power & Light, which had 940,000 customers without power Wednesday.

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Major carriers in the U.S. to launch database for stolen smartphones

In a desperate attempt to counter the growing number of smartphone thefts in the U.S., carriers are now working together to introduce databases that will prevent stolen phones from functioning on their networks. It is reported that in 2011 alone, roughly 38 percent of all robberies recorded in Washington were actually smartphone thefts. The condition is much more worse in New York, where more than 40 percent of accounted robberies are considered to be smartphone related.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission together with a few police chiefs in the U.S. are seeking the assistance of carriers to battle the problem. Chris Guttman-McCabe, the CTIA Vice President for Regulatory Affairs, told the IDG News Service that AT&T and T-Mobile will be offering a joint database since they are using similar a technology on their network. On the other hand, Verizon and Sprint, who both have a different network setup, will be offering their own databases. (more…)

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