How ‘The Mandalorian’ and ILM invisibly reinvented film and TV production

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-02-20 16:15:01 Source: techcrunch

“The Mandalorian” was a pretty good show. On that most people seem to agree. But while a successful live-action Star Wars TV series is important in its own right, the way this particular show was made represents a far greater change, perhaps the most important since the green screen. The cutting edge tech (literally) behind […]

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Ring slightly overhauls security and privacy, but it’s still not enough

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-02-18 11:15:01 Source: techcrunch

Security camera maker Ring is updating its service to improve account security and give more control when it comes to privacy. Once again, this is yet another update that makes the overall experience slightly better but the Amazon-owned company is still not doing enough to protect its users. First, Ring is reversing its stance when […]

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Why your next TV needs ‘filmmaker mode’

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-02-08 12:15:01 Source: techcrunch

TVs this year will ship with a new feature called "filmmaker mode," but unlike the last dozen things the display industry has tried to foist on consumers, this one actually matters. It doesn't magically turn your living room into a movie theater, but it's an important step in that direction.

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Brilliant makes your smart home more manageable

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-02-07 10:14:57 Source: techcrunch

Controlling your smart home gadgets from your phone or by voice isn’t exactly a chore, but after setting up a bunch of smart lights, a Wi-Fi lock, thermostat and a few more smart devices, I came to miss the ability to control at least some of them with a physical switch. Add to that the […]

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Fujifilm’s X100V strengthens the case for owning a compact camera

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

The cameras on our phones are getting good enough that it's becoming hard to justify having a dedicated picture-taking device. Fujifilm's X100 series has always made one of the strongest cases for it, however, and the latest iteration makes it more convincing than ever.

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BlackBerry and TCL will end their handset partnership in August 2020

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-02-03 10:14:57 Source: techcrunch

Big changes ahead for BlackBerry and TCL at a time when the smartphone market continues to see slowing growth. The two announced today that they would end their four-year brand licensing and tech support partnership in August 2020, with TCL ceasing to make new models of BlackBerry handsets after then, but continuing to support models that […]

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Ring’s new security ‘control center’ isn’t nearly enough

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-01-30 15:30:01 Source: techcrunch

On the same day that a Mississippi family is suing Amazon -owned smart camera maker Ring for not doing enough to prevent hackers from spying on their kids, the company has rolled out its previously announced “control center,” which it hopes will make you forget about its verifiably “awful” security practices. In a blog post […]

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Google Nest begins testing HVAC alerts, partners with Handy for booking service calls

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-01-29 14:30:01 Source: techcrunch

Google’s Nest is testing a new feature that will alert you to potential HVAC issues and even help you book an HVAC professional to fix it, thanks to a partnership with Handy. The company says the HVAC alerts are only available in select cities during the testing period. If you’re in one of the supported […]

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The better everyday camera — Pixel 4 or iPhone 11 Pro?

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-01-28 13:15:00 Source: techcrunch

I need a new phone.                               A big chunk of my time on the iPhone was spent taking pictures, so I’m heavily basing the next smartphone on its camera capabilities. After playing around with the Pixel 4 for Brian’s review, I’m […]

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Sonos clarifies how unsupported devices will be treated

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-01-24 10:00:07 Source: techcrunch

Smart speaker manufacturer Sonos clarified its stance when it comes to old devices that are no longer supported. The company faced some criticisms after its original announcement. Sonos now says that you’ll be able to create two separate Sonos systems so that your newer devices stay up to date. If you use a Zone Player, […]

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This ultrasonic gripper could let robots hold things without touching them

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-01-22 19:45:00 Source: techcrunch

If robots are to help out in places like hospitals and phone repair shops, they're going to need a light touch. And what's lighter than not touching at all? Researchers have created a gripper that uses ultrasonics to suspend an object in midair, potentially making it suitable for the most delicate tasks.

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Your Sonos system will stop receiving updates if you have an old device

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-01-22 06:44:58 Source: techcrunch

Smart speaker manufacturer Sonos has announced that the company is going to drop support for some of its products. Sonos stopped selling these devices a few years ago. While nothing lasts forever, dropping support is going to have a lot of implications and shows once again that the connected home isn’t as future-proof as expected. […]

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Formlabs CEO on the state of 3D printing and its remaining challenges

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-01-15 13:30:01 Source: techcrunch

3D printing isn’t the buzzy, hype-tastic topic it was just a few years ago — at least not with consumers. 3D printing news out of CES last week seemed considerably quieter than years prior; the physical booths for many 3D printing companies I saw took up fractions of the footprints they did just last year. […]

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The robot homecoming is upon us

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-01-14 10:14:57 Source: techcrunch

Robots were everywhere at CES, as has been the case for at least a decade. But there’s a different tenor to the robots shown off at the recent annual consumer tech event: they’re designed for home use, and they’re shipping products, not just concepts intended strictly for trade show glam. Home robots have already had […]

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Sony Interactive will skip E3 again this year

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-01-13 23:44:59 Source: techcrunch

Sony Interactive Entertainment will skip E3 again this year and participate instead in “hundreds of consumer events across the globe,” the company told today. The company, which is preparing to launch the PlayStation 5 before this holiday season, missed the show for the first time last year, after two decades of being one of […]

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Kids with lazy eye can be treated just by letting them watch TV on this special screen

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-01-13 19:30:00 Source: techcrunch

Amblyopia, commonly called lazy eye, is a medical condition that adversely affects the eyesight of millions, but if caught early can be cured altogether — unfortunately this usually means months of wearing an eyepatch. NovaSight claims successful treatment with nothing more than an hour a day in front of its special display.

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At CES, companies slowly start to realize that privacy matters

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-01-11 11:15:01 Source: techcrunch

Every year, Consumer Electronics Show attendees receive a branded backpack, but this year’s edition was special; made out of transparent plastic, the bag’s contents were visible without the wearer needing to unzip. It isn’t just a fashion decision. Over the years, security has become more intense and cumbersome, but attendees with transparent backpacks didn’t have […]

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Cherry goes downmarket with its new Viola mechanical keyboard switches

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-01-10 09:14:57 Source: techcrunch

Cherry has long been the de facto standard for mechanical keyboard switches. Since mechanical keyboards are, almost by default, significantly more expensive than membrane or dome-switch keyboards, that has kept the company out a large part of the market. Now, on the last day of CES 2020, the company is launching its new Viola switch, […]

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How Ring is rethinking privacy and security

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-01-09 17:30:00 Source: techcrunch

Ring is now a major player when it comes to consumer video doorbells, security cameras — and privacy protection. Amazon acquired the company and promotes its devices heavily on its e-commerce websites. Ring has even become a cultural phenomenon with viral videos being shared on social networks and the RingTV section on the company’s website. […]

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August Home ditches the bridge, and Yale launches a smart lock in Europe

Gadgets - Posted On:2020-01-09 14:30:01 Source: techcrunch

Assa Abloy, the world’s largest lock maker and the parent company of August Home and Yale, announced some new products at CES this week. The company didn’t talk about doorbell cameras at all — it could be related to recent Ring’s controversies. As a well-known brand when it comes to smart lock in the U.S., […]

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