Apple accidentally confirms the existence of an unreleased product, AirTags

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-04-02 17:45:00 Source: techcrunch

Whoops! Apple inadvertently revealed the existence of an unreleased product, AirTags, in a support video uploaded to its YouTube account today. The video, “How to erase your iPhone,” offers a tutorial about resetting an iPhone to factory settings. Around the 1:43 mark, it instructs users to turn off “Find my iPhone” as part of the […]

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Estimote launches wearables for workplace-level contact tracing for COVID-19

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-04-02 13:15:01 Source: techcrunch

Bluetooth location beacon startup Estimote has adapted its technological expertise to develop a new product designed specifically at curbing the spread of COVID-19. The company created a new range of wearable devices that co-founder Steve Cheney believes can enhance workplace safety for those who have to be colocated at a physical workplace even while social […]

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This adorable tiny record maker lets you cut your own 5-inch vinyl singles

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-04-01 18:00:00 Source: techcrunch

Vinyl has been coming back for the last few years, but unlike MP3s, CDs, or even cassette tapes (also coming back), records aren’t easy to record on your own. This tiny toy record maker makes it easy, though you probably shouldn’t expect that famous vinyl sound quality. The Easy Record Maker was created by designer […]

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Philter Labs nets additional funding in quest to build a better portable smoking filter

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-04-01 12:45:01 Source: techcrunch

Philter Labs aims to reduce the stigma associated with vaping tobacco and cannabis. The company’s product is simple enough: It’s a portable filter that, to my surprise, eliminates nearly all secondhand smoke and vapor. The company today is announcing an additional $1 million in funding from a private equity firm that invests in the cannabis […]

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We’ve come full rectangle: Polaroid is reborn out of The Impossible Project

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-03-27 16:45:00 Source: techcrunch

More than a decade after announcing that it would keep Polaroid's abandoned instant film alive, The Impossible Project has done the... improbable: It has officially become the brand it set out to save. And to commemorate the occasion there's a new camera, the Polaroid Now.

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NYU makes face shield design for healthcare workers that can be built in under a minute available to all

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-03-27 14:00:02 Source: techcrunch

New York University is among the many academic, private and public institutions doing what it can to address the need for personal protective equipment (PPE) among healthcare workers across the world. The school worked quickly to develop an open-source face-shield design, and is now offering that design freely to any and all in order to […]

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Prisma Health develops FDA-authorized 3D-printed device that lets a single ventilator treat four patients

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-03-26 17:15:00 Source: techcrunch

The impending shortage of ventilators for U.S. hospitals is likely already a crisis, but will become even more dire as the number of patients with COVID-19 that are suffering from severe symptoms and require hospitalization grows. That’s why a simple piece of hardware newly approved by the FDA for emergency use – and available free […]

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Dyson and Gtech answer UK call for ventilator design and production to support COVID-19 response

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-03-26 13:00:01 Source: techcrunch

Companies around the world are shifting production lines and business models to address the needs of governments and healthcare agencies in their efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Two companies answering that call are Dyson and Gtech, both of which are working on ventilator hardware, leveraging their experience building vacuums and other motor-driven airflow […]

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Huawei announces the P40 and tries to stay relevant without Google

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-03-26 09:44:58 Source: techcrunch

Huawei has unveiled new flagship phones today, the P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro+. These are beautiful phones with great specs. But it would only take you a few minutes to realize that there’s something odd with them. There is no Gmail, no Google Maps and no Google Play Store. Last year, the U.S. government […]

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Flexport, Arnold Schwarzenegger and others launch a fund to get supplies to front-line responders

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-03-24 14:30:01 Source: techcrunch

There’s a global shortage of available protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies for use by front-line responders working to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus, and the Frontline Responders Fund wants to channel donations to help address that shortage. The fund, which is seeking public donations via GoFundMe, will use all proceeds to cover […]

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Flexport, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and others launch a fund to get supplies to frontline responders

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-03-24 13:45:01 Source: techcrunch

There’s a global shortage of available protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies for use by frontline responders working to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus, and the Frontline Responders Fund wants to channel donations to help address that shortage. The fund, which is seeking public donations via GoFundMe, will use all proceeds to cover […]

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Mesa Biotech gains emergency FDA approval for rapid, point-of-care COVID-19 test

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-03-24 08:29:58 Source: techcrunch

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is making use of its Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) powers to expand the pool of available COVID-19 testing resources in the U.S., and now you can add another rapid test that delivers results in just 30 minutes to the list. Mesa’s test is also small enough to be […]

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Oura partners with UCSF to determine if its smart ring can help detect COVID-19 early

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-03-23 19:15:00 Source: techcrunch

Startups continue to find new ways to contribute to ongoing efforts to fight the global spread of COVID-19 during the current global coronavirus pandemic, and personal health hardware-maker Oura is no exception. The smart ring startup is working with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) on a new study to see if its device […]

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Kinsa’s fever map could show just how crucial it is to stay home to stop COVID-19 spread

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-03-23 17:30:00 Source: techcrunch

Smart thermometer maker Kinsa has been working on building, accurate, predictive models of how seasonal illnesses like the flu travel in and among communities – and its fever map is finding new utility as the novel coronavirus pandemic grows globally. While Kinsa’s US Health Weather Map has no way of tracking spread of COVID-19 specifically, […]

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Vaping additive blamed for outbreak produces ‘exceptionally toxic’ byproducts

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-03-19 14:45:05 Source: techcrunch

The threat of vape lung seems to have receded to the distant past now that we are all facing the coronavirus, but new research has shed light on the nature of that much more limited epidemic. It turns out vitamin E acetate, the vape fluid additive until now merely associated with lung damage, converts into a toxic chemical cocktail when heated.

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Open-source project spins up 3D-printed ventilator validation prototype in just one week

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-03-19 09:44:58 Source: techcrunch

In a great example of what can happen when smart, technically-oriented people come together in a time of need, an open-source hardware project started by a group including Irish entrepreneur Colin Keogh and Breeze Automation CEO and co-founder Gui Calavanti has produced a prototype ventilator using 3D-printed parts and readily available, inexpensive material. The ventilator […]

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Apple updates Mac Mini with more storage options

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-03-18 17:15:00 Source: techcrunch

Apple today announced the Mac Mini will ship with more standard storage space. Starting at $799, the base model Mac Mini now ships with a 256GB SSD, up from 128GB previously. The CPU, GPU and system memory remains the same from the previous model. This refresh is a slight but welcomed bump to Apple’s least […]

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Watch Sony unveil the PlayStation 5 live right here

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-03-18 17:15:00 Source: techcrunch

A couple of days after Microsoft unveiled a ton of info about the Xbox Series X, Sony is about to do the exact same thing in a live video. Sony is hosting a live broadcast about the PlayStation 5 today at 9 AM PT, 12 PM ET, 4 PM GMT. Lead system architect Mark Cerny […]

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Oura raises $28 million for its health and sleep tracking ring

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-03-17 11:45:01 Source: techcrunch

Smart rings are still a relatively young category in the wearable hardware world, but the Oura Ring seems to be a standout in terms of early success. The Oura Ring hardware is sleek and packed with sensors, allowing it to measure a user’s sleep patterns, take your body temperature and track activity, and now Oura […]

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ReMarkable’s redesigned e-paper tablet is more powerful and more papery

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-03-17 09:14:58 Source: techcrunch

It's no secret I'm a fan of the reMarkable, a tablet with a paper-like display that's focused on text and sketching rather than rich media and games. The sequel to the original, announced today, looks to make a good thing even better.

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