Trek’s Commuter+ 7 is a beautiful – if pricey – electric bike

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-05-24 07:59:58 Source: techcrunch

At $3,700, Trek’s Commuter+ 7 is a hard sell in a world of commodity e-bikes. But, thankfully, Trek has added superior components, great styling, and surprising durability to the package, making this pedal-assist ebike one of the best I’ve ridden. The bike has a matte black finish, fenders, and a motor guard to keep your […]

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Tempow raises $4 million to improve Bluetooth

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-05-23 09:59:59 Source: techcrunch

French startup Tempow has raised a $4 million funding round. Balderton Capital led the round, with C4 Ventures also participating. The company has been working on improving the Bluetooth protocol to make it more versatile. Smartphones, speakers and connected devices all use Bluetooth in one way or another. There are only a handful of Bluetooth […]

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FBI reportedly overestimated inaccessible encrypted phones by thousands

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-05-22 20:59:59 Source: techcrunch

The FBI seems to have been caught fibbing again on the topic of encrypted phones. FBI director Christopher Wray estimated in December that it had almost 7,800 phones that investigators were unable to access from 2017 alone. The real number is likely less than a quarter of that.

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Alexa gets smarter about calendar appointments

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-05-22 16:00:01 Source: techcrunch

As digital assistants improve, we’re learning new things to expect from them, but the tasks that a real-life assistant may have handled before can still be a bit of a challenge to home assistants. Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant is gaining functionality to help it get smarter about working with your calendar. The new abilities will […]

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Comcast is (update: was) leaking the names and passwords of customers’ wireless routers

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-05-22 10:59:57 Source: techcrunch

Comcast has just been caught in a major security snafu: revealing the passwords of its customers' Xfinity-provided wireless routers in plaintext on the web. Anyone with a subscriber's account number and street number will be served up the wi-fi name and password via the company's Xfinity internet activation service.

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Comcast’s mesh Wi-Fi system, xFi Pods, launches nationwide

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-05-21 21:45:00 Source: techcrunch

Comcast today is officially launching its own Wi-Fi extender devices called xFi Pods that help to address problems with weak Wi-Fi signals in parts of a customer’s home due to things like the use of building materials that disrupt signals, or even just the home’s design. The launch follows Comcast’s announcement last year that it […]

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Comcast is leaking the names and passwords of customers’ wireless routers

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-05-21 19:45:00 Source: techcrunch

Comcast has just been caught in a major security snafu: revealing the passwords of its customers' Xfinity-provided wireless routers in plaintext on the web. Anyone with a subscriber's account number and street number will be served up the wi-fi name and password via the company's Xfinity internet activation service.

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Sony shrinks its Digital Paper tablet down to a more manageable 10 inches

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-05-21 15:00:01 Source: techcrunch

I had a great time last year with Sony's catchily-named DPT-RP1, an e-paper tablet that's perfect for reading PDFs and other big documents, but one of my main issues was simply how big the thing is. Light and thin but 13 inches across, the tablet was just unwieldy. Heeding (I assume) my advice, Sony is putting out a smaller version and I can't wait to try it out.

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zGlue launches a configurable system-on-a-chip to help developers implement customized chipsets

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-05-18 16:15:01 Source: techcrunch

The complexity and cost of packing an array of sensors and power inside a small amount of space has opened the door to a wider and wider variety of use cases for internet-connected devices beyond just smart thermostats or cameras — and also exposed a hole for getting those ideas into an actual piece of […]

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BeerBox Is A Vending Machine That Opens Your Beer For You

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-05-18 16:15:01 Source: techcrunch

When you hear about beer vending machine BeerBox, you might wonder: Why don’t we have machines like this already? Founder Robert Gaafar explained that there are actually several reasons why beer vending machines haven’t made sense in the past. For one thing, there’s the obvious legal necessity of ensuring that people are 21 years or […]

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Bell & Ross releases a new watch for travelers

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-05-18 12:15:01 Source: techcrunch

In my endless quest to get geeks interested in watches I present to you the Bell & Ross BR V2-93 GMT 24H, a new GMT watch from one of my favorite manufacturers that is a great departure from the company’s traditional designs. The watch is a 41mm round GMT which means it has three hands […]

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Microsoft’s Xbox Adaptive Controller is an inspiring example of inclusive design

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-05-17 15:00:01 Source: techcrunch

Every gamer with a disability faces a unique challenge for many reasons, one of which is the relative dearth of accessibility-focused peripherals for consoles. Microsoft is taking a big step towards fixing this with its Xbox Adaptive Controller, a device created to address the needs of gamers for whom ordinary gamepads aren't an option.

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I’m in love with Astell&Kern’s crooked, beautiful, ridiculously expensive MP3 player

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-05-16 20:15:00 Source: techcrunch

It may be old-fashioned, but I find dedicated MP3 players wonderful little devices. I've used tons over the years (the Zune HD is still the best) and I'm glad to see they live on in some fashion, even if it's as an objet d'art jammed with audiophile knick-knacks a $700 price tag: Astell&Kern's A&norma SR15.

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This jolly little robot gets goosebumps

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-05-16 18:45:00 Source: techcrunch

Cornell researchers have made a little robot that can express its emotions through touch, sending out little spikes when its scared or even getting goosebumps to express delight or excitement. The prototype, a cute smiling creature with rubber skin, is designed to test touch as an I/O system for robotic projects. The robot mimics the […]

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Watch a laser-powered RoboFly flap its tiny wings

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-05-15 21:14:59 Source: techcrunch

Making something fly involves a lot of tradeoffs. Bigger stuff can hold more fuel or batteries, but too big and the lift required is too much. Small stuff takes less lift to fly but might not hold enough energy to do so. Insect-size drones have had that problem in the past — but now this RoboFly is taking its first flaps into the air, thanks to the power of lasers.

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First CubeSats to travel the solar system snap ‘Pale Blue Dot’ homage

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-05-15 18:15:00 Source: techcrunch

The Insight launch earlier this month had a couple stowaways: a pair of tiny CubeSats that are already the farthest such tiny satellites have ever been from Earth by a long shot. And one of them got a chance to snap a picture of their home planet as an homage to the Voyager mission's famous "Pale Blue Dot."

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Tushy is the simple bidet for every toilet

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-05-15 16:45:00 Source: techcrunch

If there’s one thing I envy in the global spirit and character its the appreciation of a fine bidet. Hygiene being close to godliness, one can imagine the huddled scientists at CERN and KAUST and Tokyo University creating scientific marvels, secure in the knowledge that their posteriors were as clean and crisp as their lines […]

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Microsoft announces the Surface Hub 2

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-05-15 10:29:57 Source: techcrunch

Do you remember the Surface Hub? Chances are you forgot it even existed. And yet, Microsoft just announced a second version of the Surface Hub. The company hasn’t shared any specifications or price, but it won’t be available before 2019 — selected customers will test the Surface Hub 2 starting this year. The Surface Hub […]

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First launch of SpaceX’s revamped Falcon 9 carries Bangladesh’s space ambitions

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-05-11 16:15:01 Source: techcrunch

Today brings historic firsts for both SpaceX and Bangladesh: the former is sending up the final, highly updated revision of its Falcon 9 rocket for the first time, and the latter is launching its first satellite. It’s a preview of the democratized space economy to come this century. You can watch the launch below: Although […]

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This three-axis tourbillon movement is a 3D printed marvel

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-05-11 10:44:57 Source: techcrunch

The three-axis tourbillon is one of the most complex watch complications in the world. Originally based on a design by watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet, this type of tourbillon – literally “whirlwind” – rotates the balance wheel of a watch in order to ensure that gravity doesn’t adversely affect any part of the watch. It’s a clever, […]

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