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  • The UE Roll 2 speakers bring rugged Bluetooth audio poolside

    The UE Roll 2 speakers bring rugged Bluetooth audio poolside

    The UE Roll 2 is fun. How do I know it’s fun? Look at all of the press images on the side of the box. It’s gone skiing, bike riding, mountain climbing and rolling around in the mud with a bunch of attractive product models. Even more telling, the product ships with its very own miniature inner tube, which is a pretty fun thing to do. Also inside the box is a bright yellow USB cable… Read More

  • This algorithm could make DNA origami as simple as 3D printing

    This algorithm could make DNA origami as simple as 3D printing

    If you want to print something a few inches tall, extruded plastic is a good medium. But when you need something at the nanometer scale, DNA is a better bet — but who has the time to design and assemble it base by base? New research lets would-be DNA origami masters design the shape — while an algorithm determines where to put our friends A, T, G, and C. Read More

  • ForcePhone adds pressure sensitivity to any phone using ultrasonics

    ForcePhone adds pressure sensitivity to any phone using ultrasonics

    Force touch may be a feature exclusive to the latest iPhones, but something like it is now possible on pretty much any phone out there, thanks to research from engineers at the University of Michigan. Read More

  • The circle is complete: Minecraft is getting a deathmatch mode

    The circle is complete: Minecraft is getting a deathmatch mode

    Minecraft, a game that skyrocketed to unprecedented levels of popularity among all ages because of its open-ended gameplay, infinite worlds, and limitless possibilities for creation and collaboration, is getting a deathmatch mode. Read More

  • Microsoft could introduce not one, but two new Xbox One consoles

    Microsoft could introduce not one, but two new Xbox One consoles

    Microsoft is playing catch up when it comes to console sales. But it looks like the company doesn’t want to give up on dedicated gaming consoles. According to multiple reports, Microsoft is about to announce a new, slimmer Xbox One around E3 in June, and a more powerful Xbox One next year. In April 2016, FCC filings showed that Microsoft was Read More

  • How ready is the Internet for IoT? Crunch Network

    How ready is the Internet for IoT?

    We’re currently witnessing rapidly expanding product launches and sky-high elevated expectations from the emerging deployment of the Internet of Things in both personal and commercial domains. Stakeholders — ranging from hardware manufacturers and service providers to cloud platforms — are vigorously weighing in to position their offerings in anticipation of windfall rewards… Read More

  • Netatmo launches new platform to make smart objects talk to each other

    Netatmo launches new platform to make smart objects talk to each other

    French startup Netatmo just introduced a new developer platform called Netatmo Connect so that developers can build software and hardware integrations with Netatmo products. Netatmo sells weather stations, thermostats, indoor and outdoor cameras. The startup raised $32 million in November 2015. It's interesting Read More

  • Dish ships the HopperGo, a tiny little cloud player for TV on the run Crunch Network

    Dish ships the HopperGo, a tiny little cloud player for TV on the run

    Originally announced at CES in January, the minuscule HopperGo is a 64GB USB drive with a built in wireless access point. The little device connects to your Dish Hopper 3 or Hopper 2 – essentially Dish’s DVR – and sucks down up to 100 hours of TV. You can then unplug the little bugger and watch for four hours on one charge through the Dish Anywhere app. When I first pulled… Read More

  • Nuheara’s IQbuds are somewhere between wireless headphones and a hearing aid

    Nuheara’s IQbuds are somewhere between wireless headphones and a hearing aid

    I went into the Nuheara demo not knowing what to expect. Not in the sense of, “How good will these be?” so much as, “I’m not exactly sure what these things do.” Like, are they headphones? Are they hearing aids? The answer, interestingly enough, is a little bit of both. The IQbuds are, ostensibly, Bluetooth earbuds. That they’re completely wireless is enough… Read More

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