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Brightest Flashlight LED review

Brightest Flashlight LED turns your smartphone into a bright torch that comes in handy whenever you need an intense source of light for a brief time. The LED light works with the screen either blacked out or in viewfinder mode, which effectively acts as a zoom-in tool.

Pros

Instant access: Once you put the Brightest Flashlight LED app icon on your home screen, you can switch on the LED by just running the app, without menus, without needless steps. The LED can be toggled on or off whether the screen is in black or viewfinder mode.

Works as advertised: Whether … Read more

Flashlight review

Flashlight makes use of lights on both sides of your device, so you can always see exactly what you need, the way you want to. With a bunch of options for screen and light customization, this app puts your own private light show right in the palm of your hand.

Pros

Magnification plus light: One of the best features of this app is the magnification screen, which lets you view items at up to 4X magnification on your iPhone screen. It uses the camera to create the image, and you can have the flashlight next to the camera on or … Read more

The quickest way to turn off the iPhone's flashlight

Control Center on iOS 7 added a convenient method to use the flash on an iPhone as a flashlight. From any screen, including the lock screen, iOS 7 users are able to bring up Control Center and turn on the flashlight with just a tap. It was a welcome addition to the platform, albeit a small one, and eliminated the need for a third-party app to be installed on the device.

Often I have found myself using the flashlight long enough for my iPhone's screen to turn off. The process to turn the flashlight back off is the same … Read more

The 404 1,397: Where we keep you in the dark (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Hey look, a real-life "Serendipity" story!

- Forget about ordering pizza delivery -- now you can 3D-print a pie at home.

- NASA funds attempt at 3D food printer for pizza.

- Brightest Flashlight Android app slammed for lying to users.

- Yes, those free health apps are sharing your data with other companies.

- Want to text and walk? New cell phone says no.

- CBS Films nabs "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark".… Read more

Review: Flashlight from iHandy Inc. offers a number of free light tools for iOS

Flashlight is a free app that allows you to use the flash setting on your phone as a flashlight. It's easy to use and offers a number of other options, as well, including strobe lights, glow sticks, candles, neon lights, and more. While some of these lighting options are more useful than others, they are all nice additions to an otherwise bland and fairly straightforward style of app.

When you open Flashlight you are instructed to swipe the screen at any time to access the actual flashlight. The home screen consists of a dozen or so alternative lights as … Read more

Battery-free flashlight among Google Science Fair winners

How many times have you tried to switch on a flashlight, only to find the batteries are dead? Well, here's one that works simply with the heat of your hand. All you need is to be alive -- and warm.

The Hollow Flashlight is the invention of 15-year-old Ann Makosinski of Victoria, Canada, whom we wrote about in July. Her flashlight is one of four winning creations in the annual Google Science Fair.

With more than a thousand submissions, the event highlights teen innovation around the world. The grand prize of a $50,000 scholarship went to San Diego's Eric Chen for his use of computer modeling to discover new flu medicines. … Read more

Getting to know Control Center on iOS 7

The simple act of enabling Bluetooth, or disabling Wi-Fi on an iOS device has never been truly simple. The process required way too many taps to navigate to a switch buried deep within the Settings app.

With iOS 7 the process to control things such as Wi-Fi, orientation lock, music, brightness, airplane mode, and Do Not Disturb has been streamlined into a convenient panel. Selecting any of the respective buttons for a service at the top of the panel, such as Bluetooth, will toggle the status of said service.

In addition to quick access to the controls mentioned above, you'… Read more

Teen builds flashlight powered by body warmth

Ann Makosinski is a 15-year-old with a flashlight obsession. She won a bronze award for a piezoelectric flashlight at the Canada-Wide Science Fair last year. This year, her battery-free Hollow Flashlight has taken her all the way to the top-15 finalists of the Google Science Fair.

Makosinski was inspired by the idea that the human body is like a walking 100-watt lightbulb with untapped thermal energy potential. She decided to build a flashlight powered only by the warmth of a hand.

The basis for the Hollow Flashlight is Peltier tiles, tiles that produce electricity when one side is heated and the other side cooled.… Read more

The 404 1,276: Where we follow Justin into the darkness (podcast)

We're taking a different approach to the show today with a story from Memorial Day that takes the entire episode, but trust us--it's worth it. It's a tale of survival, of tech failure and success, the power of nature, and a tightrope walk above surefire doom. What's the closest you've ever come to the end? This is mine.

After you're done with the story, this is the Fenix LED flashlight that got me through the night and this is the SLX Extreme Snow Lizard case that kept me safe.… Read more

Crave Ep. 120: Be careful where you leave your DNA

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An artist combs public places for gum, hair, and cigarette butts, and then 3D-prints portraits of the unsuspecting people who've left their DNA behind. Plus, we take a look at a laser-powered flashlight, and get our heads chopped off in an app for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display. … Read more