Rylo’s shoot first, frame later camera is ideal for casual adventure-seekers

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-03-19 10:44:57 Source: techcrunch

Action cameras are a gadget that mostly cater to a person’s wish to see themselves in a certain way: Most people aren’t skiing off mountains or cliff diving most of the time, but they aspire to. The issue with most action cameras, though, is that even when you actually do something cool, you still have […]

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What it’s like using the Owl car security camera

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-03-18 16:00:01 Source: techcrunch

When you get a new car, and you’re feeling like a star, the first thing you’re probably going to do is ghost ride it. This is where the Owl camera can come in. I’ve been testing Owl, an always-on, two-way camera that records everything that’s happening inside and outside of your car all day, every day for […]

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The next frontier for robotics? Jazz marimba

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-03-16 14:45:00 Source: techcrunch

Watch out all you well-paid, fat-and-sassy jazz marimba players: Shimon, the marimba playing robot is after your jobs. Shimon is the brainchild of the Robotic Musicianship Group at Georgia Tech and I’ve been following his career for a few years now. In this video, taken at the Ferst Center Presents as part of Atlanta Science […]

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Anker’s Nebula Capsule portable projector is a pocket powerhouse

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-03-16 13:15:01 Source: techcrunch

Anker is a devie maker that’s rapidly become a go-to brand for affordable, quality accessories include cables, chargers and backup batteries. More recently, it’s started to branch out into additional areas, including projectors through its Nebula brand. The Nebula Capsule is the latest product from that line, a super portable projector with an Android-based OS, […]

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Tokyoflash has created a radar watch that scans the skies (or your wrist)

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-03-16 12:30:02 Source: techcrunch

Tokyoflashis one of my favorite watchmakers. Unabashedly analog, the watches pay homage giant robots and old tech, looking like a cross between something that you could find in the hatch in Lost and a Shinjuku fever dream. Now the company has launched the Radar LED watch, a clever piece that shows the time with sweeping […]

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Alexa’s new ‘Brief Mode’ replaces verbal confirmations with chimes

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-03-16 10:29:57 Source: techcrunch

Alexa is rolling out an optional “Brief Mode” that lets users configure their Echo devices to use chimes and sounds for confirmations, instead of having Alexa respond with her voice. For example, if you ask Alexa to turn on your lights today, she will respond “okay” as she does so. But with Brief Mode enabled, […]

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Intel announces hardware fixes for Spectre and Meltdown on upcoming chips

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-03-15 18:15:00 Source: techcrunch

When the Spectre and Meltdown bugs hit, it became clear that they wouldn't be fixed with a few quick patches — the problem runs deeper than that. Fortunately, Intel has had plenty of time to work on it, and new chips coming out later this year will include improvements at the hardware/architecture level that protect against the flaws. Well, two out of three, anyway.

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Don’t foul this free-throwing Toyota basketball robot

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-03-15 11:15:01 Source: techcrunch

Because if it gets to the free-throw line, it sinks the shot – every. single. time. This robot (via The Verge) is the project of a group of Toyota engineers using their spare time, to build a robot inspired by the manga Slam Dunk, which is about a Japanese high school basketball team. The engineers […]

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John Chen to stay on as BlackBerry CEO through 2023

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-03-15 08:59:58 Source: techcrunch

BlackBerry today announced it reached an agreement to keep CEO John Chen in his current position through 2023. Chen joined the company in 2013 and is responsible for leading the company’s recovery as it left smartphones and embraced services. When Chen took over the company, the company was struggling on all fronts. Its time as […]

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Nest’s video doorbell is now shipping

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-03-15 02:14:58 Source: techcrunch

Back in September of last year, Nest announced its first smart doorbell. When it would actually ship, however, was left sort of up in the air; all the company said at the time was to expect it sometime in Q1 of 2018. Turns out, that means today. The Nest doorbell — or the Nest Hello, […]

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Insta360 teases new ‘FlowState’ stabilization tech for 360 cameras

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-03-14 11:15:01 Source: techcrunch

360-degree camera maker Insta360 just released a video that shows off a new feature it’s calling “FlowState,” which stabilizes a ‘flat,’ traditional HD video frame by extracting it from a 360 capture. This might be a familiar technique if you’ve followed what GoPro and Rylo are doing with their own 360 cameras, but Insta360’s take […]

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Broadcom gives up and drops Qualcomm bid

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-03-14 09:14:57 Source: techcrunch

It was already a complicated deal, but it now looks like Broadcom’s plans to take over Qualcomm are done. The company announced that it would respect Donald Trump’s block and drop its Qualcomm bid. “Although we are disappointed with this outcome, Broadcom will comply with the order,” Broadcom said in a statement. At one point, […]

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Raspberry Pi Model B+ arrives just in time for Pi Day 2018

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-03-14 05:44:58 Source: techcrunch

It’s March 14, which means it’s Pi Day for math appreciators everywhere (I appreciate math, I just don’t understand it). To mark the occasion, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has a brand new version of its diminutive, affordable computer for DIY computing enthusiasts, the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+. This latest iteration has the same […]

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Google Assistant multi-step routines are now live in the U.S.

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-03-13 20:15:00 Source: techcrunch

 Google Assistant is about to start doing more without quite as much talking on your part. Long-awaited multi-step routines are just today starting to roll out to users in the U.S., as first spotted by Android Police. In the case of “Good Morning,” which seems to be the first of the multi-step routines to go live, you can get Assistant to do stuff like turn on your lights, tell…

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Security researchers find flaws in AMD chips but raise eyebrows with rushed disclosure

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-03-13 16:15:01 Source: techcrunch

 A newly discovered set of vulnerabilities in AMD chips is making waves not because of the scale of the flaws, but rather the rushed, market-ready way they were disclosed by the researchers. When was the last time a bug had its own professionally shot video and PR rep, yet the company was only alerted 24 hours ahead of time? The flaws may be real, but the precedent set here is an unsavory one.

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Ecobee’s new voice-powered light switch moves closer to whole-home Alexa

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-03-13 13:30:01 Source: techcrunch

 Alexa is already everywhere in a lot of homes, thanks to the affordability and ease of installation/setup of the Echo Dot. But Alexa could become even more seamlessly integrated into your home, if you think about it. And Canadian smart home tech maker ecobee did think about it, which is how they came up with the ecobee Switch+. Ecobee is probably most known for their connected thermostats,…

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Samsung turns to Harman to further SmartThings development

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-03-13 08:59:58 Source: techcrunch

 Harman and Samsung have entered into a strategic association that will have Harman taking up the SmartThings’ standard and carrying it forward against other Internet of Things products. Announced today, Samsung SmartThings R&D team and HARMAN Connected Services (HCS), a division of HARMAN International, will collaborate on the platform with HCS developing and supporting the…

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The Wave is a ring that controls sound as if by magic

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-03-12 18:00:00 Source: techcrunch

 Out in the desolate wastes of deepest Iceland, magic blooms. The Icelandic sagas tell of fairy houses to magical rings that control the world and now one of those, the Wave, has landed on the Internet. The Wave is a ring that controls sound. It is essentially a wearable MIDI controller which lets you play and modify sounds as its made, allowing you to play music in thin air. It’s a…

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Philips releases outdoor connected Hue lighting

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-03-12 09:14:58 Source: techcrunch

 Philips Hue products are going outside. Available for purchase this summer in the U.S., the lighting company has a range of new outdoor lighting products extending the world of Internet of Things to the great outdoors. These products mark an important change for the Internet of Things world. As WiFi range and consumer demand increases, products such as these will become more available. Soon…

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This robo-bug can improvise its walk like a real insect

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-03-09 20:30:00 Source: techcrunch

 There are plenty of projects out there attempting to replicate the locomotion of insects, but one thing that computers and logic aren’t so good at is improvising and adapting the way even the smallest, simplest bugs do. This project from Tokyo Tech is a step in that direction, producing gaits on the fly that the researchers never programmed in.

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