Padfone X is a 5-inch full HD smartphone that activates a 9-inch full HD tablet when the phone is docked. It runs Android KitKat 4.4 and contains 16 GB memory and 2 GB RAM, plus a MicroSD card slot (up to 64 GB). The phone has a front 2-megapixel and rear 13-megapixel camera, while the pad has a front 1-megapixel camera. The phone has up to 20 hours of talk time; the phone plus docking station offer up to 54 hours of talk time. The unit has Bluetooth 4.0 and can serve as a mobile hot spot for up to five devices.
announced the ZX-Tower (a.k.a., ZX-T), an eight-target, hard drive wiper, which operates at 24 GB per minute and can wipe eight drives simultaneously. To ensure that sensitive data is completely removed, the tower provides a Secure Erase mode, a custom pass setting or a powerful seven-pass Department of Defense wipe mode. ZX-T offers built-in support for SAS and SATA hard drives. The ZX-T also supports USB enclosures with four USB 3.0 ports available. Optional adapters are also available to support other drive interfaces.
Soofa, from MIT Media Lab spinoff Changing Environments Inc.
, is a solar-powered bench that offers people free outdoor charging and location-based information, like air quality and noise level, by uploading environmental sensor data to soofa.co. The bench contains a solar panel, a battery and two USB slots. Users must supply a USB cord, but the company plans to introduce an inductive-charging version of the Soofa, so people can place their device on the Soofa surface to charge up. The company has begun placing Soofas around Boston and Cambridge, Mass.