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  • MB&F Mixes Up Sci-Fi Canon With A New High-Tech Music Box

    MB&F Mixes Up Sci-Fi Canon With A New High-Tech Music Box

    Watchmaker MB&F aka Maximilian Büsser & Friends is well known for its dedication to the sci-fi cause. Many of the watches – some costing over $100,000 – are reminiscent of robots, steampunk engines, and alien heads. Now, however, you and yours can own a handmade music box that looks like a weird USS Enterprise and plays, oddly enough, the Superman theme. Read More

  • Apple May Reveal A Wearable Alongside New iPhones In September

    Apple May Reveal A Wearable Alongside New iPhones In September

    Apple should have a very busy schedule for its (yet-to-be-confirmed) event on September 9: Re/code is now reporting that it will show off its wearable device on that day alongside new iPhone hardware. The report from John Paczkowski says that Apple’s wearable will incorporate HealthKit, the upcoming software found in iOS 8 that adds fitness and health tracking features to its mobile… Read More

  • Standalone Kinect For Xbox One Will Go On Sale October 7 For $149.99

    Standalone Kinect For Xbox One Will Go On Sale October 7 For $149.99

    Starting October 7, consumers who opted to buy an Xbox One without a Kinect will be able to snag one for $149.99. Microsoft unbundled the Kinect device from the Xbox One in a bid to lower the price of its current-generation console. Since then, according to the company, Xbox One sales have increased by more than 100 percent. The Xbox One is part of Microsoft’s larger Windows strategy… Read More

  • Kobo’s Aura H20 Makes The High-Res E-Reader Waterproof – Your Move, Amazon

    Kobo’s Aura H20 Makes The High-Res E-Reader Waterproof – Your Move, Amazon

    Kobo has a new e-reader out that actually could shake up the market, since it offers waterproofing as a standard factory feature on a $179.99 e-reader, with a high-res, 265 DPI 6.8-inch e-ink display. The Kobo Aura H20 basically takes the already-impressive Aura HD, makes the design thinner and lighter, and adds IP67 environmental resistance, which is a tough package to beat. The e-reader… Read More

  • Disney Files Patents To Use Drones In Park Shows

    Disney Files Patents To Use Drones In Park Shows

    If Disney isn’t already the most magical place on earth, it soon will be. The mega-amusement park has filed three patents to use drones within the park, first spotted by MarketWatch. Within the patents, Disney lists a few different use cases for the drones. The first is that they could carry marionette-version Disney characters, with patent drawings showing something similar to… Read More

  • A Fancy Cooler Has Stolen The Title Of Most-Funded Kickstarter Project From Pebble

    A Fancy Cooler Has Stolen The Title Of Most-Funded Kickstarter Project From Pebble

    Arguably, Pebble and its record-breaking Kickstarter project woke the slumbering giant that is the smartwatch device category. It should follow, then, that by this time next year we’ll be seeing Android-powered smart coolers from Samsung, LG and every OEM under the sun flooding the market, given that the Coolest Cooler has now knocked the Pebble from its vaunted pedestal, with over… Read More

  • Smart Plug Startup Zuli Raises $1.65M And Kicks Off New Pre-Orders

    Smart Plug Startup Zuli Raises $1.65M And Kicks Off New Pre-Orders

    Smart home automation startup Zuli has just raised $1.65 million in venture funding following a successful Kickstarter campaign. The company has created the Zuli Smartplug, a connected outlet that plugs into your existing ones and gains Bluetooth LE powers. A single outlet provides basic smart features, including in-home control of lights and appliances plugged into them, but when you get three… Read More

  • Microsoft Promises Fix For Surface Pro 3 Overheating Issue

    Microsoft Promises Fix For Surface Pro 3 Overheating Issue

    The issue that is causing some Surface Pro 3 devices to restart and tell users that they are overheating is an error, according to Microsoft. The company has promised a fix in short order. Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 tablet hybrid has an Intel Core i7 processor option; Microsoft says the chip requires “[its] fan to spin more regularly and at higher speeds – and for the unit to… Read More

  • Bublcam 360 Degree Spherical Camera

    Hands-On With Bublcam’s Spherical Video Camera

    We had Bublcam CEO Sean Ramsay stop by the office to show off the current version of the device, which is available for preorder for $579. In our demo, we used the Bublcam to stream a live video, take a selfie, and record footage from around the office. Operating the camera with one button is easy once you know how long you need to press it for each function, and the color-changing LEDs let… Read More

  • A 12.9″ iPad Could Make 2015 The Year iOS Breaks The Mobile Mold

    A 12.9″ iPad Could Make 2015 The Year iOS Breaks The Mobile Mold

    A new Apple iPad is in development, according to Bloomberg, with a 12.9-inch display that adds around 3 inches to the size of the iPad Air in terms of diagonal screen dimensions. Such a device would be a lot larger than Apple’s current top tablet overall, and is apparently already gearing up for a production run starting in the first quarter of 2015. We’ve long heard rumors about… Read More

  • Fujifilm’s New X30 Compact Camera Gains A Real Time Viewfinder, Second Lens Control Ring

    Fujifilm’s New X30 Compact Camera Gains A Real Time Viewfinder, Second Lens Control Ring

    The new Fujifilm X30 revealed today extends the company’s premium compact with new features that include a brand new electronic viewfinder that can provide real-time feeds of what you’ll capture when you hit the shutter, including exposure previews. There’s also a new tilting 3.0 LCD display on the back, and a longer lasting battery that’s good for 470 shots per… Read More

  • Tactus iPad Mini Keyboard Case Demo

    Apple Patents Flexible Display Tech That Turns Screens Into Buttons, Microphones And More

    Apple has a new patent granted by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider) that describes various control mechanisms that could be used with flexible displays, to replace components such as physical buttons with more durable and resilient alternatives, and to create alternate means for detecting sound output, providing haptic feedback and even performing other tricks like making it easier to open… Read More

  • PawTrack Is A GPS Tracker Just For Cats

    PawTrack Is A GPS Tracker Just For Cats

    With so many GPS pet trackers out there, is there room for yet more? The pet products industry is estimated to be worth $58.5 billion and there are more than 170 million pet dogs and cats in the U.S. alone, and as long as pets keep getting lost, companies will keep figuring out ways to help frantic owners find them. One of them is Pawtrack, which makes a GPS collar specifically for cats. Read More

  • Microsoft Cuts The Price Of The Surface 2 By $100

    Microsoft Cuts The Price Of The Surface 2 By $100

    Microsoft has cut the price of its Surface 2 tablet hybrid by $100, leaving the consumer-facing device with a price tag as low as $349. That price, however, doesn’t include a keyboard attachment that is generally viewed as mandatory to use any Surface tablet. Other Surface 2 models, including the LTE-powered, higher-storage SKU have also received price reductions. The timing, as some… Read More

  • Fetch Gives Your Dog A Comfortable Way To Lifelog With A GoPro

    Fetch Gives Your Dog A Comfortable Way To Lifelog With A GoPro

    People are already strapping GoPro action cameras to animals of all furs and feathers using various means, but a new mount called the Fetch from GoPro itself is designed to given them a comfortable, collar- and water-friendly harness to hold the camera, with adjustable fit for dogs of any size from 15 all the way up to 120 pounds. The $59.99 accessory includes two mounting locations, including… Read More

  • Jawbone Looks At UP Data To See How Many Were Woken Up By The Napa Earthquake

    Jawbone Looks At UP Data To See How Many Were Woken Up By The Napa Earthquake

    Jawbone has shown one of the more interesting ways data gathered on its platform might be used for large-scale population studies: The fitness tracker company looked at its cumulative UP data to find out where wearers of its fitness bands were woken up by the South Napa earthquake that happened yesterday morning, and where people slept through the ground shaking. Jawbone found that… Read More

  • LG Is Already Launching A New Smartwatch – And This Time It’s Round

    LG Is Already Launching A New Smartwatch – And This Time It’s Round

    Android Wear isn’t even a year old, but LG is already ramping up the hype cycle for its second smartwatch based on Google’s wearable software platform. The design for the new device centers around a circular face, a trick that Motorola is pioneering with its Moto 360 smartwatch, which should ship in early September, but which is one of two default screen configurations for Android… Read More

  • BiiSafe Buddy Is A Bluetooth Keyfob For Item-Tracking And Location Alerts

    BiiSafe Buddy Is A Bluetooth Keyfob For Item-Tracking And Location Alerts

    Finnish made BiiSafe Buddy, which was crowdfunded on Indiegogo, offers item tracking via Bluetooth and a location-sharing alerts feature geared towards families by turning the gizmo into a physical button to quickly share your location on a map with a chosen circle of loved ones. I gave it a road test for a few days to see whether the concept lives up to the promise. Read More

  • Apple Opens Battery Replacement Program For Affected iPhone 5 Units

    Apple Opens Battery Replacement Program For Affected iPhone 5 Units

    Apple has created an iPhone 5 battery replacement program after it released a statement saying that it had discovered a “very small percentage” of units “may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently.” This iPhone 5 battery replacement program is the second to arrive. Late last year, Apple had a replacement program for iPhone 5s… Read More

  • This New Card Skimmer Is Almost As Thin As A Credit Card

    This New Card Skimmer Is Almost As Thin As A Credit Card

    Good old Brian Krebs has the scoop on a new card skimmer found in Europe. How is it different? It literally fits right into the card slot of any ATM, essentially allowing unfettered access to cards as they slide through. Add in a tiny camera and you’ve got a complete card cloning system. The skimmer is powered by a simple watch battery and uses a very small PCB and magnetic strip reader… Read More