The Populele makes it fun/easy to learn the “devil’s guitar”

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-17 11:30:01 Source: techcrunch

 As a staunch believer in non-existent superstitions I feel that the ukulele is a very dangerous, sensual instrument that could lead to the ruination of our young people and rend the very fabric of society. That said, I can now play Stand By Me on the Populele, a feat that was rendered possible by the melding of LEDs, Bluetooth, and a clever app. The Populele by Popuband is a $159 Ukelele with…

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Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL reaffirm Google’s top spot among smartphone cameras

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-17 09:14:58 Source: techcrunch

 Google’s changes to the Pixel cameras are mostly on the software side, but they gain some excellent additional abilities, including a new Portrait mode, as well as optical image stabilization to compliment Google’s digital anti-shake for photos and video. Google spent a lot of time during its presentation crowing about the Pixel 2 (and Pixel 2 XL, since their cameras are the…

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Two sizes really do fit all with Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-17 09:14:58 Source: techcrunch

 Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have a number of strengths to recommend them, but what makes them really unique is that they offer two versions of phone that finally, for Android, will provide everything anyone really needs in a smartphone. Other device makers have realized that different sizes appeal to different customers, but Google’s Pixel lineup offers a true choice, instead of…

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Microsoft appeals to power users with the Surface Precision Mouse

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-17 09:14:58 Source: techcrunch

 Once upon a time, Microsoft had a whole line of gaming hardware under the Sidewinder brand, and while they never really put a dent in Razer or Logitech, they put out some decent mice (the X3 “might serve as a good introduction to multiple DPI settings for your mom or dad,” I wrote in 2010). I’m glad to see they’re returning to that advanced-mousing heritage with the…

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Let’s talk about that Pixel 2 contrast color button though

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-17 09:14:58 Source: techcrunch

 The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have one of the best features introduced on a smartphone in recent memory: That button. Admittedly, it’s just a superficial design decision, but it’s actually one of the most interesting, and most bold design decisions make in smartphones by a major consumer hardware company in a long time. Maybe that’s a depressing commentary on the state of…

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Alphabet’s Project Wing now delivers burritos by drone in southeastern Australia

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-16 18:59:59 Source: techcrunch

 It’s been a while since we last heard from Project Wing, X’s moonshot drone delivery project. But after a few fallow months, the team posted an update today and it looks like the project has made quite some progress. Alphabet’s X unit is now testing the Project Wing drones in southeastern Australia, where its flying machines are making deliveries right to its testers’…

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Astro’s Luna Display will turn your iPad’s front camera into a clever button

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-16 11:45:01 Source: techcrunch

 Astro’s Luna Display hardware dongle is a dream for anyone who wants their iPad to act as a second screen for their Mac – wirelessly. Now, the company has revealed a clever update that turns the front-facing camera of your iPad into a neat, contextual button that gives you access to a range of features without cluttering up your user interface. In case you missed it, Luna Display is…

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Sorry SNES Classic: Analogue’s Super Nt is the ultimate Super Nintendo

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-16 11:15:01 Source: techcrunch

 You may or may not have scored an SNES Classic from Nintendo, but either way, you don’t have the true retro gaming fan’s SNES reboot – yet. That’s because it’s not out yet, and it’s not even made by Nintendo: It’s the Super Nt, the next reference quality console recreation from Analogue, the same gadget maker that created the Nt Mini to play NES games…

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Citing ‘a few’ malfunctions, Google nukes touch function from Home Mini

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-16 09:59:57 Source: techcrunch

 Google is permanently axing all “top touch” functionality from its new Home Mini device after a nasty bug was documented yesterday that essentially recorded everything around the gadget and sent it to Google. These things happen! Either the company couldn’t be sure it could fix it or it couldn’t be sure people would trust that it did — so they made the choice to…

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DJI’s new interchangeable-lens drone camera takes aim at filmmakers

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-16 09:59:57 Source: techcrunch

 DJI just introduced a new camera designed to work with drones, and in particular its Inspire 2 flyer. The camera is a “world first” in that it’s a super 35 digital film camera tailored for aerial cinematography — in other words, if you’re a filmmaker, documentarian or professional cinematographer, you are probably going to want one of these.

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WPA2 shown to be vulnerable to key reinstallation attacks

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-16 09:59:57 Source: techcrunch

 A key reinstallation attack vulnerability in the WPA2 wi-fi protocol has been made public today. Security researcher Mathy Vanhoef has identified what he dubs a “serious weakness” in the wireless protocol.

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DxO One camera for Android on the way, new accessories debut

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-16 09:59:57 Source: techcrunch

 The best compact camera smartphone attachment you can buy is getting an Android version, and a heap of updates for the existing iPhone model that make it even better (and it’s already excellent). The DxO One, DxO’s first camera hardware, gets a free software update this morning that adds Facebook Live multi-camera streaming, time-lapse an more, and customers can sign up to find…

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A messed up Google Home Mini recorded a tech reporter 24/7

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-10 20:15:00 Source: techcrunch

 The idea of inviting an always-on recording device into our bedrooms would have once seemed beyond creepy but now most consumers hardly give it a second thought. As Android Police reports, a small number of Google Home Mini review units given to tech reviewers malfunctioned, persistently recording audio in the background without being activated by a hotword. The Home Mini units gave no…

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A chat with the creators of Arduino

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-10 18:59:59 Source: techcrunch

 On this week’s Technotopia I talked to Massimo Banzi and Fabio Violante, the co-creators of Arduino. This pair of Italian artists saw their little single-board computers as a gateway to high-tech art but they’ve essentially created a world in which anyone – from an 11-year-old hacker to a huge corporation – can make amazing hardware in a few hours. The pair recently…

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The SpiderMAV does whatever a spider can, spins a web, any size

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-10 18:59:59 Source: techcrunch

 Researchers at the Imperial College London’s Aerial Robotics Laboratory have created the SpiderMAV – a robot that stabilizes itself by shooting out multiple strands of rope that can stick to magnetic surfaces. The drone, which is a standard quadcopter, has a built-in rope gun that blasts out little connectors. The drone then pulls against the ropes, stabilizing itself in flight.…

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Intel moves towards production quantum computing with new 17-qubit chip

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-10 18:59:59 Source: techcrunch

 Intel’s quantum computing efforts have yielded a new 17-qubit chip, which the company has just delivered to its partner in that field, QuTech. It’s not a major advance in the actual computing power or applications — those are still in very early days — but it’s a step toward production systems that can be ordered and delivered to spec rather than experimental…

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A batch of SNES Classic Editions goes on sale tomorrow

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-10 18:59:59 Source: techcrunch

 If you’ve had bad luck so far in trying to nab an SNES Classic Edition, you’ll have a fresh chance tomorrow. Two major retailers have announced they have stock in hand and will be selling it starting October 11.

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Nintendo’s mini SNES has already been hacked to run more games

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-09 10:29:57 Source: techcrunch

 Nintendo SNES Classic owners should be glad to learn that more games aren’t out of your reach. Cluster, the Russian coder who originally cracked the NES Classic Edition, has now figured out how to side-load more games to the SNES CE through his Hakchi tool. With the release of Hakchi v2.20, users can expand their options on the little SNES, which comes with only 21 games pre-installed.…

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BlackBerry ditches the keyboard in latest handset

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-09 10:14:59 Source: techcrunch

 Yesterday at GITEX Technology Week in Dubai, BlackBerry announced the Motion, an all-screen smartphone with a massive battery. Made by TCL under the BlackBerry Mobile brand, the Motion packs a 5.5-inch screen and running on a Snapdragon 625 SoC platform. The phone will be initially available in Middle Eastern markets for around $460 USD. North American availability was not announced. The…

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This is not a drill: Microsoft admits Windows Phone is dead for real

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-09 10:14:59 Source: techcrunch

 It’s time to say goodbye for real this time. Windows Phone’s death has been slow and painful, but, as CNET spotted, the head of Microsoft’s Windows division finally admitted you shouldn’t expect anything more when it comes to Windows Phone. Microsoft doesn’t plan to let existing Windows Phone users down — there will be security updates. But don’t…

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