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  • You Can Now Use Your Cellphone As A 3D Modeling Tool

    You Can Now Use Your Cellphone As A 3D Modeling Tool

    Researchers have created a new technology that uses the camera and accelerometers in an average cellphone to measure real objects in 3D space. Created at Carnegie Mellon University, you can use the system to build “3D models of the world” just by waving your phone around an object or scene. The accelerometers, called inertial measurement units, roughly tell the phone’s… Read More

  • The Neobase Is Your Own Private Social Network In A Box

    The Neobase Is Your Own Private Social Network In A Box

    With the growing number of large-scale hacks and revelations of government surveillance still fresh on people’s minds, a company called Neone is introducing a way for families and friends to more privately share content, including files, photos, videos and more, with one another without having to rely on the cloud. Instead, with a piece of hardware it’s calling the Neobase… Read More

  • Trickey Is A Dinky Hardware Keyboard For Just Your Favorite Shortcuts

    Trickey Is A Dinky Hardware Keyboard For Just Your Favorite Shortcuts

    Ever felt like there are too many keys on your full size keyboard when all you need to do for the next hour is press Ctrl Z? Of course you have. Trickey is a nifty little hardware project that’s aiming to fix that by letting you replace a full size USB keyboard with a dinky unit that consists of whatever keys you happen to need for that game or graphics package — in whatever… Read More

  • UberBlox Is Metal Building Block Kits For Makers

    UberBlox Is Metal Building Block Kits For Makers

    UberBlox is a modular construction system consisting of discrete, standardized parts for making reusable metal skeletons to house your hardware project. So basically metal Lego for makers. Read More

  • The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Is The New Hotness

    The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Is The New Hotness

    The smartphone to beat this season is the Galaxy S6 Edge. It’s slim, stylish, and powerful, a mashup between the previous Galaxy S series with the original iPod Touch. It’s well-made and unique, a combination rarely found in cellphones these days and it is as far from the Galaxy S5 as the T-1000 was from the original Terminator. In short, it’s pretty cool and probably the only… Read More

  • Hisense And Haier Launch $149 Chromebooks

    Hisense And Haier Launch $149 Chromebooks

    A few weeks ago Google made headlines with the launch of the new Chromebook Pixel, the highest-end Chromebook on the market (and with a price to show for it). Today, the Chrome OS laptop ecosystem is launching two products that are the exact opposite: the Haier Chromebook 11 (now available online at Amazon) and the Hisense Chromebook (now available at Walmart). Both of these 11.6-inch… Read More

  • Tile Launches Sharing, Allowing Others To Help You Find Your Lost Items

    Tile Launches Sharing, Allowing Others To Help You Find Your Lost Items

    Tile, the lost item tracker that you can attach to purses, keys, luggage, bikes or anything else that tends to go missing at times, is today rolling out a new feature designed to make it easier for people to get help finding their items. In an update to the company’s iOS and Android applications, users will now be able to share their Tiles with others, including friends, family… Read More

  • Alcatel OneTouch’s Cross-Platform Smartwatch Opens Pre-Orders For $150

    Alcatel OneTouch’s Cross-Platform Smartwatch Opens Pre-Orders For $150

    The Alcatel OneTouch Watch, which got its debut at CES this year, is officially going on sale today with pre-orders starting at $149.99 directly from the company’s U.S. website. The smartwatch is unique among those from larger OEMs in that it works with both iOS and Android smartphones, packing in support for health monitoring features, phone notifications and music controls on both kinds… Read More

  • Securifi Adds Serious Home Automation To Its Almond Routers

    Securifi Adds Serious Home Automation To Its Almond Routers

    Own an Almond router? It’s about to get a dose of home automation thanks to new firmware from Securifi. The company behind the clever (and attractive) routers just announced a new set of features that will better position its product in the marketplace. These home automation features are a natural fit for Almond routers since Securifi designed the router to be showcased in a home rather… Read More

  • Microsoft Announces Surface 3, A Cheaper, Thinner, Slower Surface Pro 3

    Microsoft Announces Surface 3, A Cheaper, Thinner, Slower Surface Pro 3

    Microsoft announced the Surface 3 today, a new edition to its Surface lineup of tablet-hybrids. The Surface 3 is best described as a  thinner, smaller, lighter, and less-powerful Surface Pro 3. The Surface 3 also costs less, starting at $499, sports a smaller, 10.8 inch screen, a claimed 10 hours of video playback on a single charge, and runs a full build of Windows that comes with a… Read More

  • DroneDeploy Snags $9M As Its Drone Control Platform Soars Out Of Beta

    DroneDeploy Snags $9M As Its Drone Control Platform Soars Out Of Beta

    DroneDeploy is on a mission to make drones accessible to industrial users who have a business need for conducting outdoor landscape mapping and monitoring. So, in other words, it wants drones to be put to work by people other than enthusiastic dorks with a gadget habit — doing tasks like helping farmers spot crop damage and disease. Read More

  • This Easy Cheese 3D Printer Offers Sweet, Golden Disruption

    This Easy Cheese 3D Printer Offers Sweet, Golden Disruption

    We toss the word “disruption” around far too frivolously here but I think we’ve finally found a product that deserves to be called amazing, magical, game-changing, and – dare I say it? – disruptive. It is an Easy Cheese 3D printer, four words that have never been brought together in the English language yet that are so important to the future of mankind. Read More

  • The End Of Hardware Alley Registrations Is Nigh!

    The End Of Hardware Alley Registrations Is Nigh!

    It’s almost April and Hardware Alley, our annual celebration of all things hardware, is nearly full. You need to sign up ASAP and let me know you’re coming because I want to see you and your bright, shining, robotic amazingness on our show floor. Disrupt runs from May 4-6 and will be held at the Manhattan Center in New York City. It’s an amazing event and you can check it… Read More

  • Phhhoto Tops 1 Million Users

    Phhhoto Tops 1 Million Users

    Phhhoto, perhaps the only social network to have first launched as a physical party product aimed at the enterprise, has topped 1 million registered users over the course of the past nine months. Users have posted upwards of 10 million Phhhotos to the platform. Phhhoto started back at SXSW in 2013 with an iPad-based photobooth, but instead of capturing the usual strip of four photos, the iPad… Read More

  • Apple’s Trade-In Program Now Includes Non-Apple Smartphones And PCs

    Apple’s Trade-In Program Now Includes Non-Apple Smartphones And PCs

    Apple has expanded its trade-in program, which offers credit towards new device purchases in exchange for older hardware, to non-Apple smartphones and PCs (via 9to5Mac). News of the program expansion comes from changed language on Apple Store pages describing the reuse and recycle initiative on Apple’s U.S., UK, Canada and some other European store sites. The trade-in program is operated… Read More

  • The HTC One M9 Is Trying Hard To Stand Out In The Android Crowd

    The HTC One M9 Is Trying Hard To Stand Out In The Android Crowd

    Repetition, it’s been said, is a sign of persistence and dedication. It’s also a sign of insanity. That’s where HTC is right now and, while it would be a fine place to be if there was no strong competition in the smartphone market (just ask Samsung), it’s not a great position for a company facing Xiaomi and other smartphone players on the prowl. And repetition is what… Read More

  • Canada Proves Fertile Ground For Amazon Drone Delivery Tests

    Canada Proves Fertile Ground For Amazon Drone Delivery Tests

    After being rebuffed by U.S. regulator reticence, Amazon is now engaged in testing its drone delivery services in British Columbia, just north of the U.S. border in Canada, on a piece of land dotted with oak trees and firs, the Guardian reports. The ecommerce company is using the test field to trial drones weighing under 55 lbs carrying packages ranging up to 5 lbs, flying through airspace… Read More

  • Pebble Time’s $20M Kickstarter Campaign By The Numbers

    Pebble Time’s $20M Kickstarter Campaign By The Numbers

    Pebble went back to crowdfunding site Kickstarter to help fund the Pebble Time, its second major hardware iteration. The company likely could’ve gone with a more traditional product launch, with a brief pre-order window or direct to market availability, but the campaign did break Kickstarter’s all-time records, netting over $20 million ($20,338,986 to be exact) from 78,741… Read More

  • TC AppleCast 11: If You Had To Choose Just One – Apple Hardware Or Apple Software?

    TC AppleCast 11: If You Had To Choose Just One – Apple Hardware Or Apple Software?

    On this week’s episode, we discuss both a lengthy profile of Tim Cook, as well as a full biography of Steve Jobs. We also cover some concrete announcements, including the open-sourcing of React, Facebook’s (potentially better than UIKit) UIKit alternative, and the acquisition of database company FoundationDB by Apple, and what that might mean. But wait, that’s not all! We… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Smartphone Stuff And Smart Home Stuff

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Smartphone Stuff And Smart Home Stuff

    It was a big week for phones and homes. John Biggs has been reviewing the new Galaxy S6 Edge from Samsung, while the HTC One M9 recently went on sale in certain markets. And speaking of things that just went on sale, Indiegogo darling Canary recently went live in retail stores like Best Buy and Verizon Wireless, as well as on Amazon. Meanwhile, August Lock raised a huge round of funding to… Read More

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