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  • Apple’s Home App For HomeKit Said To Include Virtual Rooms, Apple TV Hub

    Apple’s Home App For HomeKit Said To Include Virtual Rooms, Apple TV Hub

    Apple is thought to be gearing up to launch HomeKit soon, likely in time for WWDC next month. The software feature for iOS devices would allow control of connected home accessories that fit Apple’s posted requirements and use its developer tools through a central app potentially called “Home,” according to a new report from 9to5Mac. This is the first we’ve heard any kind… Read More

  • Brain-Powered Prosthetics Get Closer To Becoming An Everyday Reality

    Brain-Powered Prosthetics Get Closer To Becoming An Everyday Reality

    A friend growing up had a combination of prosthetic legs that replaced the limbs he’d been born without pretty admirably, using a combination of hydraulics and mechanical joints, but without any real smarts and so with considerably limitations (he drove using steering wheel-mounted controls rather than foot pedals, for instance). The prosthetic market has changed quite a bit in the… Read More

  • Xbox One Over-The-Air TV Tuner Now Available

    Xbox One Over-The-Air TV Tuner Now Available

    Microsoft is now offering an Xbox One Digital TV Tuner designed for the console, thought a partnership with TV tuner manufacturer Hauppage. The arrival of the dedicated hardware marks the wider launch of over-the-air TV support for Xbox One owners across the U.S. and Canada, following a preview launch of the software features via the Xbox beta program. The OTA TV support for Xbox One means you… Read More

  • Mophie’s Watch Dock For Apple Watch Has Plenty Of Supporting Character

    Mophie’s Watch Dock For Apple Watch Has Plenty Of Supporting Character

    The leading edge of Apple Watch accessories is starting to flood in, and to prove that fact, I recently had not one, but two Watch docks arrive on my doorstep in the same day. One of those was the Mophie Watch Dock, a stand accessory from the well-respected external battery and charging case maker. There seem to be almost as many Watch stands as there are Apple Watch model and strap variants… Read More

  • Oculus Sends Out Invites For Special Rift Event June 11

    Oculus Sends Out Invites For Special Rift Event June 11

    Oculus is inviting press to a special event on June 11 in San Francisco. The company provided the image above along with the invite (which also accompanied news consumer pre-orders would start later this year, which bears the tagline “Step into the Rift,” as well, suggesting we’ll probably get more information about the consumer Rift headset launch, including possibly more… Read More

  • Google Adds Tweets To Its Mobile Search Results

    Google Adds Tweets To Its Mobile Search Results

    Google has added Tweets to its search results on mobile, via the official Android and iOS Google apps, as well as on mobile browsers. The search results can be triggered by “Twitter” keyword searches for specific accounts and hashtags, but also surface Tweets for any standard search, too. In its official blog post detailing the news, Google says this is an attempt to put… Read More

  • Instagram’s Layout Comes To Android

    Instagram’s Layout Comes To Android

    Instagram’s own photo collage creator Layout is now available on Android, after launching on iOS only back in March. The app allows users to combine multiple pictures from their camera roll (or direct from the camera itself) to create a single composite image with a square aspect ratio suitable for sharing on Instagram. The app allow you to customize the layout, using a number of… Read More

  • Voltus Gives The 12-Inch MacBook A Battery Boost, Two New USB Ports

    Voltus Gives The 12-Inch MacBook A Battery Boost, Two New USB Ports

    The new 12-inch MacBook from Apple is packed with cool tech, and its USB-C port is a prime example. The port allows for charging as well as data connectivity, meaning you can draw power from things like USB power banks, which are traditionally designed for phones and tablets. The Voltus, a new project launching today on Kickstarter, will charge your MacBook at the same rate as if you were… Read More

  • The First Apple Watch OS Update Is Now Available

    The First Apple Watch OS Update Is Now Available

    Apple is rolling out its first software update for the Apple Watch, which brings the Watch OS to version 1.0.1. This update is designed to provide general bug fixes and performance improvements, and also adds display support for the new Emoji characters added to both iOS and OS X in recent updates. To get the new software on your Watch, you can follow the simple process detailed in… Read More

  • Nomad’s Stand For Apple Watch Is Nice And Simple

    Nomad’s Stand For Apple Watch Is Nice And Simple

    The Apple Watch’s charging puck is, in itself, pretty versatile and fool-proof when it comes to connecting your smartwatch to power over night. But there’s always room for improvement, and the Nomad Stand offers that, with a minimal approach that’s optimal for bedside or desktop use. Nomad’s approach to a charging accessory for Apple Watch is beautifully basic… Read More

  • Apple Now Sells A Lightning Dock For Your iPhone

    Apple Now Sells A Lightning Dock For Your iPhone

    Apple has finally done what many had long hoped it would – released an official dock for Lightning-sporting iPhones, ranging from the 5 all the way up to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The new design should work with devices going forward, too, unlike previous Apple docks, because it features a freestanding Lightning connector that doesn’t require your device to fit the dimensions of a… Read More

  • Oru Seeks Adventure With The Coast Folding Expedition Kayak

    Oru Seeks Adventure With The Coast Folding Expedition Kayak

    A company that brought you the world’s first origami-inspired folding kayak is back again with a new model – the 16-foot Coast (and Coast+), which is a longer, expedition-style kayak designed for multi-day trips and choppier waters. The Coast offers some neat improvements over Oru‘s original 12-foot folding kayak, but retains the remarkably simple fold-out design that makes… Read More

  • Apple Debuts New 15-Inch MacBook Pro With Force Touch And $1,999 27-Inch Retina iMac

    Apple Debuts New 15-Inch MacBook Pro With Force Touch And $1,999 27-Inch Retina iMac

    Apple has updated both the 15-inch MacBook Pro With Retina Display, and the 27-inch iMac, with new specs that include Intel Core processors, as well as a new Force Touch trackpad for the MacBook, which provides opportunities for unique input via a secondary, deeper click, as well as Apple’s trademark “taptic” feedback, which makes it feel like the trackpad is physically… Read More

  • TC AppleCast 15: Stealing Time And WWDC Predictions

    TC AppleCast 15: Stealing Time And WWDC Predictions

    On this week’s AppleCast, we discuss the overblown reaction to the news (gasp!) that people might steal your Apple Watch. There’s also more news coming in about potential Apple TV features, and the rumor mill in general is heating up ahead of WWDC, so we make some predictions about what we’ll see there, in terms of Apple TV, WatchKit and other potential… Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Gadgets Podcast: Verizon On The Horizon

    This Week On The TechCrunch Gadgets Podcast: Verizon On The Horizon

    Can you hear me now? Hopefully you can after a month of silence out of the TC Gadgets Podcast team. But freshly acquired by Verizon, we’re back and ready to chat. The deal, which is still subject to regulatory approval, is valued at $4.4 billion. I don’t want to ruin the surprise of the podcast, so I’ll just ask you to direct your attention to the player below. Check out… Read More

  • Oculus Details Rift’s Recommended PC Specs, ‘Pauses’ Mac Development

    Oculus Details Rift’s Recommended PC Specs, ‘Pauses’ Mac Development

    We’re still a little while off from the Oculus Rift’s official consumer launch – pre-orders are starting later this year, the company revealed recently, with shipping beginning early next year. But the company has now revealed the recommended specifications for PC rigs powering the Oculus Rift headset, which gives potential buyers a good idea of what kind of system they need… Read More

  • Samsung’s Iron Man Galaxy S6 Edge Is Coming – Will Robert Downey Jr. Be Inside?

    Samsung’s Iron Man Galaxy S6 Edge Is Coming – Will Robert Downey Jr. Be Inside?

    Samsung is indeed making a special Iron Man-themed edition of its Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone, as The Korea Times reported in April. The mobile maker posted a teaser image to its official Twitter account today, depicting what looks like a special edition box wherein the phone is likely to be housed. What will said phone look like? If I have to guess, I’m thinking it’ll sport red and… Read More

  • Lyft Raises An Additional $150M, Including $100M From Carl Icahn

    Lyft Raises An Additional $150M, Including $100M From Carl Icahn

    It may not have the mega-valuation of rival Uber, but ridesharing startup Lyft’s new $150 million extension to its $530 million round from March certainly puts it in the upper stratosphere of startups in terms of perceived value. The new $150 million extension is led by Carl C. Icahn’s Icahn Enterprises, which put up $100 million of the total. It’s an unusual move by Icahn… Read More

  • Apple Says First HomeKit-Enabled Devices Land Next Month

    Apple Says First HomeKit-Enabled Devices Land Next Month

    Apple has been relatively quiet on HomeKit, the protocol it announced at its Worldwide Developers Conference last year for connecting its devices to third-party smart home gadgets and accessories. But that changed today. The company provided the following statement to TechCrunch confirming that HomeKit-enabled devices will come to market starting next month, meaning users won’t have to… Read More

  • Amazon Echo Can Now Do Some Of Your Shopping For You, Prime Members

    Amazon Echo Can Now Do Some Of Your Shopping For You, Prime Members

    Amazon’s Echo speaker/intelligent tube/listening pal revealed a bit more of its true nature today: It can now field voice-powered buying requests, translating your spoken desire for more paper towels into more actual paper towels, for instance. The catch is that it’s restricted to Prime members, it only works with Prime-eligible goods, and you need both a U.S. billing address and… Read More