Don’t keep cell phones next to your body, California Health Department warns

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-15 15:15:00 Source: techcrunch

 The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a warning against the hazards of cellphone radiation this week. Yes, the thing we are all addicted to and can’t seem to put down is leaking electromagnetic radiation and now California has some guidance to safeguard the public. The CDPH asks people to decrease their use of these devices and suggests keeping your distance when…

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Apple’s iMac Pro is a love letter to developers

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-15 11:45:01 Source: techcrunch

 he iMac Pro exists because it turns out that there is a lot of air underneath the aging Mac Pro and above the incredibly popular MacBook Pro. A single-digit percentage of Mac customers buy the Mac Pro and, in recent years, Apple had been seeing a major rise in “pro” customers of all shades purchasing iMacs because of their incredible screens, all-in-one form factor and overall ease…

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A week on the wrist with the Alpina Startimer

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-14 11:15:01 Source: techcrunch

 It’s refreshing to wear a mechanical watch. The soft sweep of the seconds hand reminds us of the fleeting nature of time while the endless ticking in a dark room is a comfort and a spur to action. Add in a little limited edition provenance with big face and crown and you’ve got a stew going. This particular stew is called the Alpina Startimer. It is a pilot’s watch, a watch…

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Google Assistant is coming to older Android phones and tablets

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-13 13:45:01 Source: techcrunch

 The Google Assistant, Google’s take on Siri, Cortana and Alexa without the approachable name, has long been available on most modern phones and tablets. But given the fragmentation of the Android ecosystem, many older devices will never get the newer versions of Android that actually feature built-in support for the Assistant. Now, however, Google is bringing support for its…

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Mario Bear has come to save 2017

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-13 12:15:01 Source: techcrunch

 It’s been a long year – it feels like it actually spanned about 50, in fact. But now, at the end, some relief: Mario Bear. Yes, it’s just a bear from Build-A-Bear Workshop. And a ‘brand collaboration,’ that horrific thing that usually just means some executives get a larger Christmas bonus and more people are convinced to part with their hard-earned money on…

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Apple invests $390 million in TrueDepth component maker Finisar

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-13 07:29:58 Source: techcrunch

 Apple announced a substantial investment in Finisar. Apple is giving Finisar $390 million to build a new 700,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Sherman, Texas. Finisar is going to hire 500 people to work on the laser sensor in the TrueDepth camera in the iPhone X. Today’s investment is part of Apple’s commitment to invest $1 billion in U.S.-based companies with its Advanced…

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Review: Shinola Canfield headphones are an overpriced mess

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-12 10:44:57 Source: techcrunch

 The Shinola Canfield headphones cost $600 and does not ship with a 1/2-inch stereo adapter. That should tell you everything you need to know. But if not, keep reading and let me explain why these fashion headphones are not worth their price.

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Clap on! Clap off! It’s Clapboss!

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-12 10:14:57 Source: techcrunch

 Sure Alexa can sing you a song but can you clap back at her? A new product by the makers of the Freewrite lets you do just that. Called Clapboss, this smiling dongle lets you clap up to four times to activate various things around your house. Clap twice to turn off your lights! Three times to turn off the TV! Four times to be reminded that you are now a slave to emotionless technologies!…

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Some HP laptops are hiding a deactivated keylogger

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-11 16:45:00 Source: techcrunch

 Researcher Michael Myng found a deactivated keylogger in a piece of software found on over 460 HP laptop models. A full list of affected laptops is here. The keylogger is deactivated by default but could represent a privacy concern if an attacker has physical access to the computer. “Some time ago someone asked me if I can figure out how to control HP’s laptop keyboard…

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MakeX announces the first 3D-printing backpack

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-11 16:45:00 Source: techcrunch

 In the year 2020, when the Earth is overrun by aliens, it will be mandated by the Galactic Council of Extraterrestrial Life that all children must walk around with 3D-printing backpacks. Why not get a head start with the MakeX Migo backpack that lets you carry your ultra-small 3D printer anywhere you need to go? This wild, see-through backpack is designed to hold a Migo 3D Printer (the thing…

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Researchers train robots to see into the future

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-09 11:30:01 Source: techcrunch

 Robots usually react in real time: something happens, they respond. Now researchers University of California, Berkeley are working on a system that lets robots “imagine the future of their actions” so that they can interact with things they’ve never seen before. The technology is called visual foresight and it allows “robots to predict what their cameras will see if…

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Holography-based 3D printing produces objects in seconds instead of hours

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-09 11:30:01 Source: techcrunch

 3D printers are useful devices for all kinds of reasons, but most have a critical weakness: they simply take a long time to actually make anything. That’s because additive manufacturing generally works by putting down an object one microscopic layer at a time. But a new holographic printing technique makes it possible to create the entire thing at once — in as little as a second…

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Zelda expansion, Death Stranding and other titles hyped at The Game Awards

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-08 06:14:58 Source: techcrunch

 The Game Awards, an event that’s exactly what it sounds like, took place shortly ago and, like any gaming event, it was shot through with trailers and announcements. What’s the biggest announcement, you ask? It’s probably a tie between the sudden release of a new expansion for Zelda: Breath of the Wild and a teaser for the next project from From, the creators of Dark Souls…

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Amazon Prime Video finally lands on Apple TV

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-06 14:30:01 Source: techcrunch

 Tim Cook said six months ago Amazon Prime Video was coming to Apple TV sometime before the end of the year. And here it is: the long-awaited app is finally available on Apple TV and the iOS flavor was updated to support the iPhone X. The native tvOS versions is compatible with Apple TV 3rd generation devices or later. If the app isn’t visible yet, try searching for Amazon Prime Video on…

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Gomer is a soft robot that can bother your cat

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-06 14:30:01 Source: techcrunch

 If there’s any sort of trend in robotics this year it’s soft hands. Robots with soft pincers are quite useful in picking up – and not breaking – objects and now you can enjoy a soft-handed robot at home. The robot is called Gomer and it’s available now on Indiegogo. The little robot had an expressive face and a big claw on top. You can play games with Gomer –…

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Lytro’s ‘living pictures’ cease to live

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-06 14:30:01 Source: techcrunch

 As part of its move away from consumer gear towards professional cinema hardware, Lytro has killed off the site that once hosted “living pictures,” still photos taken with its cameras that could be refocused after the fact. This will turn a handful of those pictures, where they had been embedded on the web over the past few years, into empty frames.

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Nvidia’s Shield TV offers Wii and GameCube games in HD in China

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-05 08:59:58 Source: techcrunch

 Nvidia just rolled out a very interesting selection of software for its over-the-top Shield TV box in China – Wii games, running in 1080p resolution, including New Super Mario Bros. Wii, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Prince’s, and PUNCH-OUT!!. It’s only in China, where Shield TV is launching for the first time, but it’s an official tie-up between Nvidia and Nintendo,…

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Kinin puts aromatherapy in your mouth

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-04 13:00:00 Source: techcrunch

 Kinin is a new portable aromatherapy vaporizer that, in theory, offers a refreshing break from THC and nicotine based vapes. Multi-use products let you inhale the strange fragrances of “Narrow leaf eucalyptus,” “Polynesian kava kava,” and “nootropics.” The product is part of the new trend toward healthier vaping and is aimed at yoga lovers and other…

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Notch can record your body movements

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-04 06:14:58 Source: techcrunch

 Notch creators Eszter Ozsvald and Stepan Boltalin have been working on their project since 2013 and are finally ready to unveil their final product on the Disrupt Berlin stage. The company, which received funding through SOSVentures and Hax Accelerator, allows users to scan their bodies in motion, allowing for powerful analytics on golf swings, gymnastics, routines and everyday activities.…

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Lia is launching the first-ever flushable pregnancy test

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-04 05:44:59 Source: techcrunch

 The traditional pregnancy test hasn’t seen any innovation in over 30 years, with the exception of adding a digital component. Lia Diagnostics, launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin, wants to change that. The Lia pregnancy test will be the first-ever flushable test to hit the market, offering a more sustainable, disposable, convenient and private way for women to find out if…

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