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  • #GamerGate Is The Future Of Troll Politics

    #GamerGate Is The Future Of Troll Politics

    I’ve refrained from talking about GamerGate because the entire thing has been so baffling. The hysteria and name-calling seemed counter-productive and, as a veteran of many flame wars (see BlackBerry, Notion Ink, and Palm) I saw all the signs of a tempest in a teapot that was run through forums and IRC channels and dedicated to putting down dissenting views in favor of… Read More

  • Autonomous Boats Are Helping The Navy Swarm On Threats

    Autonomous Boats Are Helping The Navy Swarm On Threats

    I rarely like to focus on military robots but this video is fascinating. It talks about the SWARM program, a system for controlling multiple boats in a body of water and ensuring they don’t crash into each other and can easily swarm on another ship as needed. These boats, which are connected via software called Control Architecture for Robotic Agent Command and Sensing, can be armed but… Read More

  • MilkzUpBottle Is Yo For When You’re Out Of Milk

    MilkzUpBottle Is Yo For When You’re Out Of Milk

    I’m not great at being an adult. If I’m lucky enough to have milk in the fridge for my cereal, it’s normally gone bad. Luckily, a hack at yesterday’s Disrupt EU Hackathon can tell you everything you need to know about your milk situation. It’s called MilkzupBottle and it’s a combination of a plastic bottle, a USB connector, an LED light, and a basic… Read More

  • iMac With Retina 5K Display First Impressions: A Screen In Which To Lose Oneself

    iMac With Retina 5K Display First Impressions: A Screen In Which To Lose Oneself

    Apple’s new iMac boasts a screen with an almost preposterous resolution of 5180×2880 pixels, which makes it the world’s highest resolution display. The screen is the key ingredient here, despite changes under the hood, and after a couple of days of use, it’s still the screen that (stating the obvious here) catches my eye. Amid the flurry and elbow-throwing of the… Read More

  • Convergence In The Internet Of Things Is Priming The Tech World For A Major Cultural Shift

    Convergence In The Internet Of Things Is Priming The Tech World For A Major Cultural Shift

    To anyone who is tuned into the tech world, it should not come as earth shattering news that machine-to-machine (M2M) technology and the Internet of Things have hit a major convergence point in the tech industry. What is fairly new however is that the two have become so closely intertwined with each other that you can no longer think about one without thinking of the other. Read More

  • Bag Week: The Pad & Quill Attache

    Bag Week: The Pad & Quill Attache

    If life was like Toy Story, and when we fell asleep, all of our inanimate objects suddenly came to life, the Pad & Quill Attache bag would be some super combo of both Woody and Buzz Lightyear. Socially, this bag would be the head honcho. With a beautiful, hand-crafted (and signed by that hand) leather exterior, the Attache laptop bag feels slightly Old-World. It’s a classic… Read More

  • Bag Week: Herschel Little America Mid-Volume Select Backpack

    Bag Week: Herschel Little America Mid-Volume Select Backpack

    The new Herschel fall lineup includes the Heritage we reviewed earlier in bag week, but there are also new looks for the Little America. The smaller mid-volume version of this bag, in a Select color and material finish combination, might be more the speed of those with smaller backs, or who just don’t need a massive amount of storage space, and the signature Little America… Read More

  • Watch These Tiny Robots As They Fly Well With Others

    Watch These Tiny Robots As They Fly Well With Others

    The quadccopters at the University of Pennsylvania GRASP Lab are truly trained to follow the golden robot rule: fly with others as you’d fly with yourself. Thanks to researchers Yash Mulgaonkar, Gareth Cross and Vijay Kumar, we can see how close these little flying robots are to their noble goal. Read More

  • Apple Begins Taking Pre-Orders For iPad Air 2 And Mini 3

    Apple Begins Taking Pre-Orders For iPad Air 2 And Mini 3

    Apple revealed new iPad models on Thursday, and they all go on sale starting today via Apple’s online store. Today is just the beginning of pre-sales, with iPads officially shipping to pre-order customers and arriving in stores sometime “late next week,” according to Apple. Pricing for the new iPad mini, which is essentially the same as the existing model with Touch ID added… Read More

  • MasterCard Will Borrow A Touch ID Trick For Fingerprint Scanning Credit Card

    MasterCard Will Borrow A Touch ID Trick For Fingerprint Scanning Credit Card

    Apple isn’t the only company using biometrics to authenticate payments and purchases – Apple Pay partner MasterCard wants to make fingerprint scanning something even people without an iOS device can use to digitally ‘sign’ for contactless transactions. The credit card company is launching the “world’s first” fingerprint-enabled credit card with… Read More

  • The Current State Of The Apple SIM, And Its Possible Future

    The Current State Of The Apple SIM, And Its Possible Future

    Apple unveiled new gadgets on stage today, but they didn’t discuss one of its most interesting new innovations – the Apple SIM. As detailed earlier by TechCrunch, the new SIM card lets you switch between participating carriers, which include AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint in the U.S., and EE in the U.K. So far, those are the only carriers who have signed on, but Apple is likely… Read More

  • Alpine’s Slick New Headphones Make You Feel Your Beats

    Alpine’s Slick New Headphones Make You Feel Your Beats

    I’ve spent the better part of today playing with the new Alpine Headphones, a $299 pair of cans that promise to make you feel your music with the company’s “Full Frequency Immersion” technology. An Alpine spokesperson told me that the product is “targeted to millennials,” which I assume means that they’re designed to give the “oh my god my… Read More

  • iPad Air 2 and Mini 3 Hands On

    Video: Up Close And Personal With The New Retina iMac And New iPads

    Apple’s new iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 and 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display were all unveiled today at a special event in Cupertino, and we had the chance to spend some time with them, albeit just a little for now. The new hardware impressed, and we’ve got all the details on their specs and availability. Check out the new iPads above, and the new iMac below. We’ve also… Read More

  • MVP (The Show): HBO To Cut The Cord, Nexus 6 & 9, Skype Qik And More

    MVP (The Show): HBO To Cut The Cord, Nexus 6 & 9, Skype Qik And More

    I assume you hang out at TechCrunch because, like me, you love technology products. My old friend Peter Rojas and I have made all kinds of things online over the last 10 years, and we’ve had the pleasure of playing with a zillion products along the way. Read More

  • Apple Announces Too Many iPads

    Apple Announces Too Many iPads

    If you’re in the market to buy a new iPad, your choices just became dizzying. As expected, Apple announced new iPads this morning at its news conference in Cupertino, but it didn’t retire some of its older products to make way for the additions. How many iPad models can you choose from now? Five? And that’s not even counting the fact that each flavor comes with various… Read More

  • Hands On With The New iMac With Retina 5K Display

    Hands On With The New iMac With Retina 5K Display

    Apple’s newest iMac has a Retina 5K display, which Apple says is the highest resolution display on the planet. The new screen is, as you might expect, gorgeous at first sight, and prolonged exposure only heightens the experience. And even as someone who’s used to using a Retina MacBook Pro as his main machine, it’s a big step up. The screen shows full resolution photos… Read More

  • Apple Built A SIM Card That Lets You Switch Between AT&T, Sprint, And T-Mobile

    Apple Built A SIM Card That Lets You Switch Between AT&T, Sprint, And T-Mobile

    Whoaaa — here’s an interesting bit that went unmentioned in today’s Apple announcement: Apple has seemingly built a SIM card that lets you swap between AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile without having to swap it out (or, more likely, track down/purchase a new SIM card when you want to switch carriers). Read More

  • Hands On With The iPad Air 2

    Hands On With The iPad Air 2

    The new iPad Air feels a lot like the old iPad Air, and that’s a good thing, But it’s amazing the difference that shaving just a little more off of the thickness of the device can do, in terms of its overall presence in the hand. This iPad Air definitely feels more portable, and I’d imagine will be a lot more comfortable to hold over longer periods, thanks to the additional… Read More

  • Apple Introduces A New Mac Mini, Drops The Base Price To $499

    Apple Introduces A New Mac Mini, Drops The Base Price To $499

    Surprise! We all knew new iPads and Macs were coming, but Apple snuck in one more little bit of news at the tail-end of today’s announcement: new Mac Minis. So what’s new? The most obvious change is the price, which is dropping from $599 to $499 for the base model. That’s a price cut of nearly 20% from generation to generation. Read More

  • Apple Announces The iMac With Retina Display

    Apple Announces The iMac With Retina Display

    In addition to showing off updates to the iPad lineup, Apple today announced this year’s new iMac, the first Apple desktop to receive a Retina display. Packaged in a thin body like the last few iMacs, this new all-in-one packs a Retina 5K display with 14.7 million pixels (67 percent more than even 4K) and will come with Mac OS X Yosemite, the operating system Apple debuted at WWDC back… Read More

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