Chinese space station Tiangong-2 is about to burn up over the Pacific

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-07-18 21:00:00 Source: techcrunch

The final hours for China's Tiangong-2 space station are at hand, as the 8-ton piece of hardware will fall to earth, or rather sea, some time in the next 20 hours or so in a controlled deorbit manuever.  But unlike with its predecessor, it isn't a mystery where this particular piece of space debris is going to fall.

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Nintendo introduces a Switch model refresh with better battery life

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-07-17 08:59:58 Source: techcrunch

Nintendo already announced an entirely new Switch console this month, the Switch Lite, and now it’s bumping some of the specs on the existing Switch with a slightly updated version, spotted by The Verge. This update improves the hardware right where it counts when it comes to Switch portable playing power. The new model will […]

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Sony’s new A7R IV camera is a 61 MP full-frame mirrorless beast

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-07-16 10:59:57 Source: techcrunch

Sony unveiled the latest in its line of interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras on Tuesday, debuting the A7R IV, its top-of-the-line full-frame digital shooter aimed at pros. The new camera packs a walloping 61-megapixel sensor, and will retail for $3,500 when it goes on sale this September. The camera’s image resolution is a “world first” for […]

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Petcube’s Bites 2 and Play 2 amuse pets and humans alike with Alexa built-in

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-07-15 08:59:58 Source: techcrunch

Petcube’s original Bites smart treat dispenser and Play pet camera with a built-in laser pointer were great for pet parents who couldn’t always be around to hang out with their furry charges, but the new Bites 2 and Play 2 come with one big new upgrade that make them far more versatile than the original: […]

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Archinaut snags $73 million in NASA funding to 3D-print giant spacecraft parts in orbit

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-07-12 19:30:00 Source: techcrunch

A project to 3-D print bulky components in space rather than bring them up there has collected a $73.7 million contract from NASA to demonstrate the technique in space. Archinaut, a mission now several years in development from Made In Space, could launch as soon as 2022.

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Amazon said to be launching new Echo speaker with premium sound next year

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-07-12 11:45:01 Source: techcrunch

Amazon is reportedly looking to offer an Echo that more directly competes with high-end speakers like the Sonos line of devices or Apple’s HomePod, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The speaker should be released sometime next year, according to the sources cited in the report, and will be somewhat wider than the existing […]

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Amazon reportedly ramps development on Alexa-powered home robot on wheels

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-07-12 09:14:58 Source: techcrunch

Bloomberg reported last April that Amazon was working on a home robot codenamed ‘Vesta’ (after the Roman goddess of the hearth and home) last year, and now the publication says that development on the project continues. Plus, the report includes new details about the specifics of the robot, including that it will indeed support Alexa […]

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Amazon said to be launch new Echo speaker with premium sound next year

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-07-12 08:44:58 Source: techcrunch

Amazon is reportedly looking to offer an Echo that more directly competes with high-end speakers like the Sonos line of device of Apple’s HomePod, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The speaker should be released sometime next year, according to the sources cited in the report, and will be somewhat wider than the existing […]

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Nintendo Switch Lite’s trade-off of whimsy for practicality is a good one

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-07-10 09:44:58 Source: techcrunch

Nintendo revealed a new Switch Lite version of its current-generation console today, which attaches the controllers permanently, shrinks the hardware a bit, and adds a touch more battery life – but it also takes away the ‘Switch’ part of the equation, because you can only use it handheld, instead of attached to a TV or […]

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Nintendo announces a handheld Nintendo Switch Lite for $199

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-07-10 08:59:58 Source: techcrunch

Nintendo has unveiled a new Nintendo Switch called the Nintendo Switch Lite. As the name suggests, this console is a bit cheaper than the original Nintendo Switch, but it comes with a few drawbacks. The biggest difference between the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo Switch Light is that you can’t connect the Switch Light to […]

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Apple stops selling the 12-inch MacBook, a computer you either loved or were confused by

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-07-09 10:29:57 Source: techcrunch

Apple officially stopped selling the 12-inch MacBook today, a computer that hasn’t had an update since June 2017 and that is also maybe one of the most contentious Macs in Apple’s lineup. The 12-inch MacBook at one time seemed like Apple’s path forward (plenty of Apple fans and analysts saw it as a sign of […]

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Mario creator Miyamoto counters cloud gaming hype (but don’t count Nintendo out)

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-07-05 20:30:00 Source: techcrunch

Cloud gaming — however a company chooses to define that — is shaping up to be a big part of the next generation of consoles and other platforms. But Mario creator and Nintendo veteran Shigeru Miyamoto says his company won't be so quick to jump on the bandwagon.

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This drone swarm spray painted a jumbo-size graffiti mural

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-07-05 18:00:01 Source: techcrunch

It's Friday, so why not watch some good old-fashioned drone-powered graffiti? A design firm in Italy has put together a lovely little show that collected sketches from the art community and put them all together in a giant mural, painted over 12 hours by a team of drones.

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This solar array expands itself at the right temperature

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-07-04 14:00:01 Source: techcrunch

Wouldn't it be nice to have a solar panel that's only there when the sun shines on it? That's the idea behind this research project, which uses shape-shifting materials to make a solar panel grow from a compressed state to an expanded one with nothing more than a change in temperature.

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Twelve South’s HiRise Wireless is a super versatile wireless smartphone charger

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-07-04 12:30:01 Source: techcrunch

Wireless charging has been a wonderful addition to mainstream flagship smartphones including the iPhone, Samsung’s Galaxy lineup and Google’s Pixel phones. But there hasn’t been a really great option for bringing the benefits of wireless charging with you on the road, while keeping your desktop setup tidy until now, with TwelveSouth’s recently released HiRise Wireless. […]

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Apple reportedly shifting to new keyboard design in 2019/2020 MacBooks

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-07-04 10:59:57 Source: techcrunch

Apple is set to replace the technology underlying the keyboards found in its MacBook Air and MacBook Pro computers, according to a new report from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via 9to5Mac). Kuo is frequently accurate in his predictions, which are sourced from within Apple’s supply chain and tend to provide an early indication of forthcoming […]

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GPS on the Moon? NASA’s working on it

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-07-03 15:45:00 Source: techcrunch

If you're driving your car from Portland to Merced, you probably rely on GPS to see where you are. But what if you're driving your Moon rover from Oceanus Procellarum to the Sea of Tranquility? Actually, GPS should be fine — if this NASA research pans out.

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NASA picks a dozen science and tech projects to bring to the surface of the Moon

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-07-02 15:15:00 Source: techcrunch

With the Artemis mission scheduled to put boots on lunar regolith as soon as 2024, NASA has a lot of launching to do — and you can be sure none of those launches will go to waste. The agency just announced 12 new science and technology projects to send to the Moon's surface, including a new rover.

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Security flaws in a popular smart home hub let hackers unlock front doors

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-07-02 10:14:58 Source: techcrunch

When is a smart home not so smart? When it can be hacked. That’s exactly what security researchers Chase Dardaman and Jason Wheeler did with one of the Zipato smart hubs. In new research published Tuesday and shared with TechCrunch, Dardaman and Wheeler found three security flaws which when chained together could be abused to […]

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Team studies drone strikes on airplanes by firing them into a wall at 500 MPH

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-07-01 18:00:00 Source: techcrunch

Bird strikes are a very real danger to planes in flight, and consequently aircraft are required to undergo bird strike testing — but what about drones? With UAV interference at airports on the rise, drone strike testing may soon be likewise mandatory, and if it's anything like what these German researchers are doing, it'll involve shooting the craft out of air cannons at high speed.

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