Did these crazy Russians catch a lightning bolt, make one, or wtf?

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. I think here they are trying to emulate Benjamin Franklin catching a lightning with a kite, but I'm not sure what the hell is going on. » 11/12/14 9:26pm 11/12/14 9:26pm

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. » 11/11/14 10:03am 11/11/14 10:03am

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… » 11/03/14 5:00pm 11/03/14 5:00pm

Just Add Water and This Tiny Emergency Flashlight Glows For 72 Hours

Because batteries have a limited shelf life, that flashlight you've been saving for an emergency might not actually work when you need it to. So instead of stocking up on candles, grab a couple of these tiny emergency lights from Eton that simply need you to add water to keep them lit for three full days. » 10/02/14 10:46am 10/02/14 10:46am

A Festive Lightning Charging Cable With Built-in Christmas Lights

Deck the halls, deck your desk, and charge your iPhone or iPad this holiday season with a USB Lightning cable featuring festive LED bulbs along its length—even if Christmas is months away. It's the easiest and most useful way to bring holiday cheer wherever you go, even if those ten power-sipping LEDs mean your device… » 9/16/14 5:00pm 9/16/14 5:00pm

Philips' New Headphones Connect Digitally To an iPhone's Lightning Port

It was widely assumed that when Apple bought Beats a few months ago we'd soon see a set of Apple-branded headphones that connected directly to the iPhone or iPad's digital Lightning port, instead of the analog headphone jack. But it seems like Philips has actually beaten Apple to the punch with its new … » 9/10/14 9:20am 9/10/14 9:20am

Amazing photo shows lightning striking an airliner flying in a rainbow

Stunning photo of a lightning striking an Boeing 777 that seems to be in the middle of a perfect rainbow, taken by German photographer Birk Möbius. The image was captured yesterday from an aerodrome in Taucha, Germany. Check out the zoomed image to see the plane being hit by the lightning. » 8/28/14 9:22pm 8/28/14 9:22pm

A Small Danish Suburb Is a Lab for the World's Smartest Streetlights

If you happen to drive through Albertslund, Denmark starting next month, you could become part of a massive experiment on the future of street lighting. The Copenhagen suburb is getting hundreds of smart lamps connected to all sorts of sensors. It makes sense this would happen in Albertlunds—a suburb already known for… » 8/11/14 4:29pm 8/11/14 4:29pm

Lightning can be heard halfway around the world via radio

Lightning, as we know, is an awesome burst of energy. When lightning strikes, some of that energy can be converted into radio waves that then zip through space along Earth's magnetic field, so that lightning in Alaska can be heard as "whistlers" on a radio receiver all the way in New Zealand. » 7/25/14 5:57pm 7/25/14 5:57pm

A Mesmerizing 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… » 6/23/14 12:40pm 6/23/14 12:40pm

A Carabiner Charging Cable Is Always Where You Last Clipped It

There's a new weapon in the war on lost—or escaped—charging cables. Nomad Goods, who've already come up with a clever way to keep a charging cable on you at all times, has just revealed its new NomadClip which is, in a way, like a handcuff preventing your Lightning or microUSB charging cable from going missing. » 6/16/14 1:20pm 6/16/14 1:20pm