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Seek's Smartphone Thermal Camera Can Now Zoom In On Your Target

Just a few weeks ago at CES FLIR announced an updated version of its FLIR ONE thermal camera for smartphones with a compact new form factor similar to the Seek Thermal. And to keep the smartphone thermal camera arms race going, Seek Thermal has now returned fire with its new Seek XR that introduces an optical zoom feature letting you spot targets up to 600m away.


A Smaller Ceiling Light-Fan Combo Can Squeeze Into The Tiniest Of Rooms

Because you don’t necessarily want to put up with the droning sound of your air conditioner all summer long, a ceiling fan can be almost as effective at cooling your home by keeping air circulating. But for those rooms where the blades of a ceiling fan just won’t fit, or where you think they just look downright garish, these pendant light fans from Kichler are a brilliant alternative.


This Curvy Flash Drive Hides Behind Your iPhone So It's Less Intrusive

If you’re regretting your decision to save a few hundred bucks on your iPhone or iPad by opting for the smaller 16GB model, there are ways to boost your smartphone’s storage capacity. But because swapping in a larger microSD card just isn’t an option in the Apple world, you’ll have to settle for an external storage solution. And while there are lots of Lightning-friendly flash drives already on the market, the iBridge from Leef features a clever curvy design that wraps around behind your device in an attempt to be less intrusive.


Gamma-Ray Bursts Are More Common On Earth Than We Thought

Gamma ray bursts — powerful burst of electromagnetic radiation — are more common on Earth than previously realised. Scientists have discovered that they’re generated as many as 1100 times a day in the storms that occur on the surface of our planet.


Climate Change Could Mean A Lot More Lightning Strikes 

Add lightning to the list of dangers climate change will likely magnify. A new study projects that a warmer climate could mean 50 per cent more lightning strikes in the US in the coming decades.


I Wish This iPhone Flash Drive Worked Better

I have no idea why Apple still sells iPhones and iPads that have only 16GB of storage. But wouldn’t it be great if you could just plug in a flash drive that added more? The SanDisk iXpand wants to be that drive. Sadly, it’s not.


Holy Crap, Watch These Crazy Russians Catch A Lightning Bolt

Video: Not having enough with hanging from buildings and just driving through their Mad Max roads, the crazy Russians now spend their days playing with high voltage electricity. Here you have them emulating Benjamin Franklin and catching a lightning with a kite, filmed in slow motion.


Smartphone Charging Cables Don't Get Much More Portable Than This

Thin smartphones also mean thin batteries, and carrying a charging cable so your phone can last the day is basically a fact of life now. To make the situation a little more convenient there have been countless keychain-friendly solutions for charging your smartphone, but none as perfectly tiny as the inCharge.


That Charging Cable With A Built-in Alarm Just Got Even More Useful

Remember the ChargerLeash? It was a replacement USB charging cable for your smartphone that featured a built-in audible alarm so that when it was unplugged, there was little chance you’d forget it and leave it behind. Now there’s a new ‘Pro’ version with a simple silencer so you can also use the cable at home, without the alarm constantly going off.


A Mesmerising Site That Tracks And Displays Real-Time Lightning Strikes

Did you know that a lightning strike emits a broadband pulse of radio waves that can be detected thousands of miles away? It’s that phenomenon which allows a website called Blitzortung to show lightning strikes as they happen all around the world, in real-time. If you thought it was hard to tear your eyes away from the World Cup, this is somehow even more entertaining to watch.