Ember
Ember

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

Ember
Ember

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]

nextArticle.image_alt|e
iStock
Attention Business Travelers: These Are the Countries With the Fastest Internet
iStock
iStock

Whether you travel for business or pleasure, high-speed internet seems like a necessity when you’re trying to connect with colleagues or loved ones back home. Of course, the quality of that connection largely depends on what part of the world you’re in—and if you want the best internet on earth, you’ll have to head to Asia.

Singapore might be smaller than New York City, but it has the fastest internet of any country, Travel + Leisure reports. The city-state received the highest rating from the World Broadband Speed League, an annual ranking conducted by UK analyst Cable. For the report, Cable tracked broadband speeds in 200 countries over several 12-month periods to get an average.

Three Scandinavian countries—Sweden, Denmark, and Norway—followed closely behind Singapore. And while the U.S. has the fastest broadband in North America, it comes in 20th place for internet speed globally, falling behind Asian territories like Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, as well as European countries like Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Spain. On the bright side, though, the U.S. is up one place from last year’s ranking.

In the case of Singapore, the country’s small size works to its advantage. As a financial hub in Asia, it depends heavily on its digital infrastructure, and as a result, “there is economic necessity, coupled with the relative ease of delivering high-speed connections across a small area,” Cable notes in its report. Within Singapore, 82 percent of residents have internet access.

Sweden, Denmark, and Norway, on the other hand, have all focused on FTTP (Fiber to the Premises) connections, and this has boosted internet speeds.

Overall, global broadband speeds are rising, and they improved by 23 percent from 2017 to 2018. However, much of this progress is seen in countries that are already developed, while underdeveloped countries still lag far behind.

“Europe, the United States, and thriving economic centers in the Asia-Pacific region (Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong) are leading the world when it comes to the provision of fast, reliable broadband, which suggests a relationship between available bandwidth and economic health,” Dan Howdle, Cable’s consumer telecoms analyst, said in a statement. “Those countries leading the world should be congratulated, but we should also be conscious of those that are being left further and further behind."

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

nextArticle.image_alt|e
iStock
Samsung Is Making a Phone You Can Fold in Half
iStock
iStock

The iPhone vs. Galaxy war just intensified. Samsung is pulling out all the stops and developing a foldable phone dubbed Galaxy X, which it plans to release next year, according to The Wall Street Journal.

It would seem the rumors surrounding a mythical phone that can fold over like a wallet are true. The phone, which has been given the in-house code name “Winner,” will have a 7-inch screen and be a little smaller than a tablet but thicker than most other smartphones.

Details are scant and subject to change at this point, but the phone is expected to have a smaller screen on the front that will remain visible when the device is folded. Business Insider published Samsung patents back in May showing a phone that can be folded into thirds, but the business news site noted that patents often change, and some are scrapped altogether.

The Galaxy Note 9 is also likely to be unveiled soon, as is a $300 Samsung speaker that's set to rival the Apple HomePod.

The Galaxy X will certainly be a nifty new invention, but it won’t come cheap. The Wall Street Journal reports the phone will set you back about $1500, which is around $540 more than Samsung’s current most expensive offering, the Galaxy Note 8.

[h/t Business Insider]

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER