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The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • The Modbook Pro X Turns Your Retina MacBook Pro Into A Graphics Tablet

    The Modbook Pro X Turns Your Retina MacBook Pro Into A Graphics Tablet

    Modbook has been making tablets out of Mac portables for years, combining the Apple computers with Wacom digitizers to let digital artists have all-in-one graphics-creating powerhouses that run full OS X software and come with ample pressure sensitivity. Now, the company’s latest effort incorporates the Retina MacBook Pro, and it’s turning to Kickstarter to fund this effort that… Read More

  • Xiaomi’s One More Thing

    Xiaomi’s One More Thing

    The young electronics company Xiaomi is exploding in China and seems posed to take over the world. In the four short years since its founding, Xiaomi has become the electronics brand to watch in the most populous nation on earth. Xiaomi is the now the real deal — thanks in part to its unabashed appropriation of design cues from companies like Apple. Read More

  • The Vocca Light Switch Is A Modern-Day Clapper

    The Vocca Light Switch Is A Modern-Day Clapper

    Smart bulbs, like the ones that come with the Philips Hue lighting system, are pretty cool… until you realize that physically flipping the switch is sometimes faster than unlocking your phone, opening the right app, and controlling the light through your mobile device. But what if you could achieve the same connectivity-based cool factor with the speed and ease of simply flipping a switch? Read More

  • The SBrick Expands Your Lego Universe

    The SBrick Expands Your Lego Universe

    Lego (or, if you’re pedantic, LEGO) is lots of fun. Lego Mindstorms is more fun. But what if you want to go to maximum fun? That’s where the Brick comes in. This $70 brick works with regular Lego and allows you to add unique features to your models including motor controls and light handling. The device is very similar to the actual Mindstorms brain but won’t take up most of… Read More

  • Sony RX-100 Mark III Review: The Best Compact Camera Gets A Lot Better

    Sony RX-100 Mark III Review: The Best Compact Camera Gets A Lot Better

    Sony built the best compact camera in the world with the original RX-100 – now it’s on the third-generation, and it isn’t resting on its laurels. The latest edition has a pop-up electronic viewfinder, a vastly improved lens, sensor improvements and more, and the result is a camera that, even at $800, delivers amazing value for the price. Basics 20.1 megapixel 1-inch… Read More

  • Square Reveals A Reader For Chip Payment Cards Ahead Of Coming U.S. Launch

    Square Reveals A Reader For Chip Payment Cards Ahead Of Coming U.S. Launch

    Square is set to bring its payment card reader for mobile devices in line with modern tech used most places in the world outside of the U.S. – today it revealed its upcoming EMV and chip-compatible dongle, which will be available soon for pre-order with an estimated ship date of sometime in 2015. The new reader looks very similar to the existing one, but it’s designed to read… Read More

  • Nintendo Posts A Loss Despite Wii U Sales Tripling During The Quarter

    Nintendo Posts A Loss Despite Wii U Sales Tripling During The Quarter

    Nintendo’s quarterly results are out (via WSJ), and the company saw disappointing sales of both its hardware platforms, with the Wii U managing to triple sales but still only achieving 510,000 units shipped overall, and the Nintendo 3DS dropping below a million units moved with a 41 percent decline in sales year-over-year. The release of Mario Kart 8 still managed to buoy the… Read More

  • Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, Which Will Greatly Expand Cortana’s Footprint

    Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, Which Will Greatly Expand Cortana’s Footprint

    Fresh on the heels of the announcement and partial release of Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft has a new dose of code for users of its smartphone platform: Update 1. Akin to Update 1 for Windows 8.1, Update 1 for Windows Phone 8.1 contains a welcome mix of quality of life and feature upgrades. I haven’t had any hands-on time with the code, so consider this post a preliminary look at what… Read More

  • Atheer Labs Releases A First Enterprise Developer Kit For Its 3D, Wearable Glasses

    Atheer Labs Releases A First Enterprise Developer Kit For Its 3D, Wearable Glasses

    There is a pretty wide spectrum between wearables like Google Glass, which you take around with you in your everyday life, and fully immersive virtual reality experiences like the Oculus Rift, which take you out of the real world and are experienced in a stationary environment. Atheer Labs, a Mountain View-based startup, is building a set of wearable glasses that’s somewhere in… Read More

  • EA Launches A $30 Per Year Netflix For Games On Xbox One

    EA Launches A $30 Per Year Netflix For Games On Xbox One

    I’d play a lot more games if they weren’t $70 a pop, and it looks like EA suspects that might be true of a lot of gamers. The game publisher just announced a new subscription service called ‘EA Access‘ for Xbox One users that will give subscribers all the games they can play (from a limited catalog) for $4.99 per month. What games, you say? Well, there’s Madden 25… Read More