Sunday, August 31, 2014

gadgets

The TechCrunch Gadgets Podcast: Smartwatches, Apple On The Defensive, And The Nook HD+

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We’re back! After a long hiatus, we’ve started up the TechCrunch Gadgets Podcast, our weekly review of everything hardware. We’ll be talking about hardware startups, flagship gadgets, and the wild and wooly worlds of Apple, Samsung, HTC, and all the rest. Read more »

Jawbone Releases Android UP App, Makes Wristband Available In European Apple Stores

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Jawbone announced today that its app for UP, the company’s movement-tracking wristband, is now available as a free download for Android on Google Play. The $129 UP was previously only compatible with iOS. Read more »

Bowers & Wilkins Intros The Zeppelin Air And Z2 Wireless Speakers With iPhone 5 Owners In Mind

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Bowers & Wilkin’s Zeppelin speaker is one of its best products, but as times evolve, so does the company and its products. Read more »

iPhone Still Ranks Far Above Samsung Galaxy Line In Mobile Ads, Says Velti

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A lot of headlines have focused on the new Galaxy S4 as a potential iPhone challenger in terms of hype and mindshare, but mobile ad firm Velti offers a different perspective in its February summary of global exchange data from its network. Read more »

Smartwatch Developers Rejoice! Pebble Will Release Proof-Of-Concept Watchface SDK In Early April

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After much fanfare the Pebble smartwatch made the leap from fanciful concept to full-fledged product earlier this year, but now that units have started to ship and people have started to wear them, what’s Pebble’s next step? Read more »

New Google/Motorola X Phone Rumors Point To Multiple Models And Aggressive Price Tags

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Now that Sony, LG, HTC, and Samsung have all pulled back the curtains on their flagship Android smartphones, the rumor mill can churn with renewed focus on yet another nebulous device — Motorola’s secretive X Phone. Read more »

Check It Out Lifeloggers: First Memoto Camera Prototype Photos Show Impressive Image Quality

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The Memoto is a tiny camera that you wear which takes a photo every 30 seconds and automatically uploads it to an online service. It’s a dedicated lifelogger’s dream, if there is such a being out there. Read more »

Acer Ups The C7 Chromebook's RAM, Battery Life And, Sadly, Price

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The Acer C7 Chromebook is now a bit more powerful. With the RAM doubled to 4GB, the latest flavor of Acer’s inexpensive but still tasty Chromebook should be able to handle a few more simultaneous tasks. Read more »

The Gigabot 3D Lets You Print Things That Are Bigger Than A Few Breadboxes

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Austin-based re:3D just started a Kickstarter campaign for the Gigabot, a large-format 3D printer designed to build things on a 24x24x24 inch built envelope, allowing you to make much larger objects than you can with similar printers like the Read more »

Sprint To Get A ‘Version 2.0′ Of The All-Touch Z10 Later In 2013, Reports Claim

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It was something of a black eye for BlackBerry when it came out that Sprint wouldn’t be carrying the all-touch Z10 BB10 smartphone. A huge relaunch, integral to the company’s future success, and one of the four major U.S. carriers was taking a pass on the first hardware. Read more »

LovePalz, The Real-Time Virtual Sex Toy For Long-Distance Couples, Will Launch On March 29

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LovePalz, the virtual sex gadget designed for long-distance couples, has finally set a launch date for both its products and Web-based control center. Read more »

SXSW Keynote Speaker Olivier Bau Talks About Creating Invisible Objects Using Electricity

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Electrostatic interfaces – systems that make your fingers “feel” textures on a smooth metal plate – have been around for a long time. They haven’t quite caught on because the sensation is a little creepy and it’s not quite foolproof. However, a researcher at Disney Research in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Olivier Bau, has created a unique system that creates these sensations on any surface using a special wearable system that actually controls the electricity sent to nerves in your skin. Read more »

Forget Google Glass, Google Debuts ‘Talking Shoe' Concept At SXSWi, Wants More Social, Motivational Everyday Objects

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Meet Google’s “talking shoe,” which aims to translate movement data in witty messages to users and their friends. Read more »

MakerBot Announces Its First Easy-To-Use Desktop 3D Scanner, The Digitizer

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Bre Pettis, founder of 3D-printer manufacturer MakerBot, announced their first desktop 3D scanner, the Digitizer, at a SXSWi keynote today. Pettis was coy about availability or final design but instead was focused on making a splash at the event. Read more »

More Data Showing iOS, Especially The iPhone, Still Killing It In The Enterprise, At Android’s Expense

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Apple’s iOS is consolidating its grip on the enterprise market and taking share from Android, according to customer data from enterprise file sharing and hybrid cloud storage company Egnyte, which offers cloud back-up and storage services for a  Read more »

The Lumio Lamp Looks Like The Most Beautiful Book You’ve Never Read

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Sometimes the best Kickstarter projects are the simplest ones. Lumio is a lamp masquerading as a beautiful hardcover book with a wooden finish. To turn the lamp on, you open it up. To turn it off, you close. It’s equal parts simplicity and ingenuity. Read more »

Prepare Your Pockets, Samsung’s Next Galaxy Note Phablet Could Sport A 5.9-Inch Screen

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Samsung’s Galaxy S IV hasn’t even been revealed yet and news of another top-tier Samsung smartphone is already threatening to steal some of its spotlight. Read more »

Reminder: Register For Disrupt Hardware Alley

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I love hardware. That’s why I want you guys to bring some of the coolest hardware projects imaginable to Disrupt NY this year. That’s why I want you guys in our Hardware Alley. Read more »

LifeBeam Brings Fighter Pilot Heart-Monitoring Technology To Your Bicycle Helmet

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LifeBeam is kicking off an Indiegogo campaign for a new smart cycling helmet that uses smart sensors to track your heart rate. Read more »

Apple’s Growth Outpaces Samsung’s In Most Recent comScore U.S. Smartphone Share Report

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Apple’s iPhone made up some ground in the most recent comScore smartphone OEM market share numbers, covering the three-month period ending in January 2013. Read more »

Samsung Stays Secretive With Its First Galaxy S IV Teaser Video

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Now that Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S IV will be re Read more »

Wacom Teases Mobile Tablet With Pro Pressure Sensitivity, Multi-Touch And HD Display Coming This Summer

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Wacom, the leading player when it comes to pressure-sensitive input devices aimed at photo and digital art professionals, has teased an upcoming mobile tablet product on its Facebook account. Read more »

Sony Xperia C670X Specs Leak, Suggesting A New Android Flagship To Take On The HTC One

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We didn’t see a new phone from Sony at MWC this year, though it did take the opportunity to show off the Xperia Z (pictured) it demoed early this year at CES, but a new rumor suggests we’ll see a mid-year upgrade in a few months time that packs Android 4.2, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset with 1.8GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. Read more »

Happy Birthday, Raspberry Pi! A Chat With Creators Eben And Liz Upton, Pi-Friend Limor Fried

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The Raspberry Pi project is one year old today, having launched on February 29, 2012 (they’re going to have a rager of a party in 2016.) I sat down with the Pi-parents themselves, E Read more »

This Could Be The World’s First 3D-Printed Car

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With 3D printing on the verge of going mainstream, you can manufacture almost Read more »