Airobotics makes autonomous drones in a box

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-07-16 12:45:03 Source: techcrunch

Not far from Tel Aviv a drone flies low over a gritty landscape of warehouses and broken pavement. It slowly approaches its home – a refrigerator-sized box inside a mesh fence, and hovers, preparing to dock. It descends like some giant bug, whining all the way, and disappears into its base where it will be […]

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When In Rome is the first Alexa-powered board game

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-07-16 12:30:01 Source: techcrunch

Years ago, in the heyday of home video, I played a boardgames that used VHS tapes and electronic parts to help spur the action along. From Candy Land VCR to Captain Power, game makers were doing the best they could with a new technology. Now, thanks to Alexa, they can try something even cooler – […]

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Living with the new 15-inch MacBook Pro

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-07-16 10:14:57 Source: techcrunch

When reviewing hardware, it’s important to integrate it into your life as much as possible. If you can, swap it in for your existing devices for a few days or a week, to really get an idea of what it’s like to use it day to day. There are certain nuances you can only discover […]

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Roku unveils $200 wireless speakers made for Roku TV

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-07-16 09:14:58 Source: techcrunch

Roku is getting into the speaker business with today’s announcement of Roku TV Wireless Speakers. Mark Ely, the company’s vice president of product management, said Roku is trying to address a growing consumer problem — the fact that as TVs get thinner, you end up buying “this beautiful TV, but it sounds bad.” To address […]

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iFixit finds dust covers in latest MacBook Pro keyboard

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-07-14 12:15:01 Source: techcrunch

Apple released a refreshed MacBook Pro this week and top among the new features is a tweaked keyboard. Apple says its quieter than the last version and in our tests, we agree. But iFixit found something else: thin, silicone barriers that could improve the keyboard’s reliability. This is big news. Users have long reported the […]

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Apple announces clean energy fund in China

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-07-13 12:15:01 Source: techcrunch

Apple has announced a new investment fund to foster clean energy usage in China. The company isn’t just trying to switch its own offices and facilities. Apple is also working with its suppliers to expand the use of clean energy across the board. For this fund in particular, Apple and 10 suppliers will invest $300 […]

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Sales of PCs just grew for the first time in six years

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-07-13 11:15:01 Source: techcrunch

Don’t look now, but the PC might not be dead. According to Gartner, collector of marketshare and industry metrics, worldwide shipments of personal computers just experienced the first year-over-year growth since 2012. Shipments totaled 62.1 million units, which is a 1.4 percent increase from the same time period in 2017. The report states “experienced some […]

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The Rising STAR robot can run, flip, and crawl

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-07-13 10:44:57 Source: techcrunch

A clever little robot made by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev can roll around, flip itself over, and even crawl like a turtle through rough terrain. The robot uses wheels, a set of star-shaped rollers, and cleverly articulated arms to ride along at various speeds. The robot, called Rising STAR, uses wheels and […]

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Blue Origin could charge $200k-$300k for a trip to space

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-07-13 10:44:57 Source: techcrunch

How much would you pay to leave our dumpster fire of a world for just a few minutes? Blue Origin is considering charging $200,000 to $300,000 according to a Reuters report. For that price, passengers would get a seat on Blue Origin’s New Shepard, the commercial space vehicle from Jeff Bezos’ rocket company. The rocket […]

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You can now stream to your Sonos devices via AirPlay 2

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-07-11 10:44:57 Source: techcrunch

Newer Sonos devices and “rooms” now appear as AirPlay 2-compatible devices, allowing you to stream audio to them via Apple devices. The solution is a long time coming for Sonos which promised AirPlay 2 support in October. You can stream to Sonos One, Sonos Beam, Playbase, and Play:5 speakers and ask Siri to play music […]

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Court victory legalizes 3D-printable gun blueprints

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-07-10 19:30:00 Source: techcrunch

A multi-year legal battle over the ability to distribute computer models of gun parts and replicate them in 3D printers has ended in defeat for government authorities who sought to prevent the practice. Cody Wilson, the gunmaker and free speech advocate behind the lawsuit, now intends to expand his operations, providing printable gun blueprints to all who desire them.

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Nerf updates laser tag with smartphone AR

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-07-10 18:30:00 Source: techcrunch

There’s nothing like a great new toy to make you mourn the ghost of bygone youth. I don’t have the opportunity to try many out at this job, but when I do, there’s an invariable pang of jealousy for kids today who have much broader access to sophisticated playthings than we did in our day. […]

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My favorite summer toy is the GDP XD emulator

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-07-10 14:45:01 Source: techcrunch

People ask me all the time about my favorite gadgets and I rarely have any answers. I’ve been playing with stuff since 2004 and I’m pretty gadget-ed out. But this year I’ve finally found something that I really enjoy: the GPD XD, an Android-based gaming handheld that lets you play multiple emulators including an endless […]

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Canon and Nikon are reportedly both planning full-frame mirrorless cameras this year

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-07-09 20:14:59 Source: techcrunch

It's going to be an exciting year for photographers — finally — as both Canon and Nikon are reportedly planning full-frame mirrorless cameras for debut before the end of 2018. It's good news for consumers, because it means that both companies have been investing heavily in the next phase of digital photography, and that competition in the mirrorless world is about to heat up.

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BigClapper does away with tedious clapping, happiness

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-07-09 12:15:01 Source: techcrunch

“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a robot clapping over a human face, forever,” wrote George Orwell and his dire prediction has finally come to pass. This product – a year old device that I have never seen before but now love – is called BigClapper and it is basically an orb […]

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Digging deeper into smart speakers reveals two clear paths

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-07-09 12:00:01 Source: techcrunch

In a truly fascinating exploration into two smart speakers – the Sonos One and the Amazon Echo – BoltVC’s Ben Einstein has found some interesting differences in the way a traditional speaker company and an infrastructure juggernaut look at their flagship devices. The post is well worth a a full read but the gist is […]

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Apple releases new iPad, FaceID ads

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-07-09 10:29:57 Source: techcrunch

Apple has released a handful of new ads promoting the iPad’s portability and convenience over both laptops and traditional paper solutions. The 15-second ads focus on how the iPad can make even the most tedious things — travel, notes, paperwork, and ‘stuff’ — just a bit easier. Three out of the four spots show the […]

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Your next summer DIY project is an AI-powered doodle camera

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-07-06 13:15:00 Source: techcrunch

With long summer evenings comes the perfect opportunity to dust off your old boxes of circuits and wires and start to build something. If you’re short on inspiration, you might be interested in artist and engineer Dan Macnish’s how-to guide on building an AI-powered doodle camera using a thermal printer, Raspberry pi, a dash of […]

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Buckyballs are back

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-07-06 13:00:01 Source: techcrunch

Years ago – six years ago, to be exact – a toy called Buckyballs came under attack by government officials intent on destroying fun. The Consumer Product Safety Commission banned the toys, which we noted were tiny rare earth magnets that were good for play but bad for a snack, because a few overzealous children […]

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Sonos files to raise up to $100M in IPO

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-07-06 10:29:58 Source: techcrunch

Smart speaker maker Sonos has filed to go public. In the filing, the company says it’s aiming to raise up to $100 million in the IPO. However, that number may simply be a placeholder, or it could change as the IPO approaches. Sonos says that as of March 31, it’s sold a total of 19 […]

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