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This Ceramic 'Smart' Mug Is Designed to Always Keep Your Beverage at the Perfect Temperature

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A good cup of coffee or tea deserves to be savored. Sip it too slowly, however, and it grows cold. To ensure your brew is hot down to the last drop, Co. Design reports that Los Angeles-based startup Ember has created a ceramic smart mug that’s temperature-controlled.

The Ember ceramic mug looks like an ordinary drinking vessel you’d see in a coffee shop. But beneath the sleek coating, it’s made of stainless steel and has four tiny sensors that monitor liquid temperature. The cup connects to your phone via Bluetooth, and an app lets you choose your drink’s temperature all the way up to a toasty 145°F.

Once you’ve set your ideal warmth, the smart mug’s sensors will send updates to a microprocessor hidden in the cup’s base whenever your beverage dips below or rises above your pre-selected heat preference. The processor then tells the interior heating element to crank the temp up or down. (For safety purposes, the cup goes into “sleep” mode if it hasn’t been moved for two hours.) Post-caffeine session, simply hand-wash the mug (its fancy tech isn’t suited for dishwashers, not to mention microwaves) and place it on its accompanying conductive coaster to juice up its built-in rechargeable battery, according to CNET.

Ember’s ceramic mug sells for $80 and is available for purchase at Starbucks and on Ember’s website. And for those who prefer to drink their tea or joe on the go, the company has also created a $150 travel version of the product that can heat or cool your drink.

[h/t Co. Design]

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Getting Calls From Your Own Phone Number? Don't Answer!
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There’s a new phone scam that could affect you, according to Washington’s KIRO 7 News. In addition to keeping your eyes open for calls that come from area codes like 473 or involve people claiming to be Equifax representatives, you now have to watch out for your own phone number.

Scammers are manipulating your phone’s caller ID to make it look like you’re getting a call from your own phone number, then posing as someone from a wireless carrier like AT&T or Verizon. They tell whoever answers the phone that their account has been flagged for security reasons, then ask for the last four digits of that person’s Social Security number. The FCC has been aware of these scams for at least two years, but they seem to be ramping up once again.

In general, you shouldn’t give out any part of your Social Security number over the phone on an incoming call. If you’re suspicious, you can always call your carrier back using the official customer service phone number on their website or on your bill. But it’s best not to pick up at all. If you receive a call from your own number, don’t answer or press any buttons. Instead, file a complaint with the FCC.

[h/t KIRO 7 News]

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Samsung’s Star Wars Vacuums Offer Everything You Want in a Droid
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Hate housecleaning but love Star Wars? Samsung’s got the solution. In anticipation of December’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the newest film in the Star Wars saga, Samsung has transformed a limited number of its VR7000 POWERbot robot vacuum cleaners into two familiar faces from George Lucas’s legendary space opera: a Stormtrooper and Darth Vader (which comes with Wi-Fi connectivity and a remote control).

In order to create a unique device that would truly thrill Star Wars aficionados, Samsung consulted with fans of the film throughout each stage of the process. The result is a pair of custom-crafted robo-vacuums that fill your home with the sounds of a galaxy far, far away as they clean (when you turn Darth Vader on, for example, you'll hear his iconic breathing).

“We are very pleased to be part of the excitement leading up to the release of The Last Jedi and to be launching our limited edition POWERbot in partnership with Star Wars fans,” B.S. Suh, Samsung’s executive vice president, said in a press statement. “From its industry-leading suction power, slim design, and smart features, to the wonderful character-themed voice feedback and sound effects, we are confident the Star Wars limited edition of the VR7000 will be a big hit.”

Be warned that this kind of power suction doesn’t come cheap: while the Stormtrooper POWERbot will set you back $696, the Darth Vader vacuum retails for $798. Who knew the Dark Side was so sparkling clean?


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