Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Apple Said To Be Bringing Transit Directions To iOS 9

    Apple Said To Be Bringing Transit Directions To iOS 9

    Apple is said to be planning to bring built-in transit directions to its native Maps app in iOS 9. Transit directions were left out when Apple replaced Google Maps with its own offering as the default navigation app in iOS 6 back in 2012. The native transit directions offering is actually a feature that was held over from an intended release last year with iOS 8, according to 9to5Mac… Read More

  • Apple’s Mobile Hotspot Patent Application Could Connect Apple Watch Anywhere

    Apple’s Mobile Hotspot Patent Application Could Connect Apple Watch Anywhere

    Apple has a new patent application for a mobile hotspot (via AppleInsider), which might surprise people since it hardly seems like the type of accessory the iPhone maker would go out of its way to create. It becomes interesting, however, when you think about how a dedicated mobile hotspot might provide a way to connect the Apple Watch to cellular networks on the go, with a package much… Read More

  • Apple Researching Combined 2D/3D Glassesless Displays

    Apple Researching Combined 2D/3D Glassesless Displays

    Apple is looking into a way to provide both 3D and 2D images from the same display, without requiring any special ocular equipment like 3D glasses, according to a new patent application (via AppleInsider). The display would use gaze-tracking to serve specific images to viewers, and would be able to actually provide different images to multiple viewers at the same time. The display tech would… Read More

  • Chromebook Sales Predicted To Grow 27% This Year, To 7.3M Units

    Chromebook Sales Predicted To Grow 27% This Year, To 7.3M Units

    Google’s cloud-based Chromebooks continue carving a niche for themselves predominantly in the education sector, as a less expensive alternative for this group of users than the iPad, but also making inroads in the U.S. consumer market. Read More

  • Google Launches Special Cases For Android Phones With Skrillex And His Dog

    Google Launches Special Cases For Android Phones With Skrillex And His Dog

    Google has introduced a new limited run of Android device accessories called ‘Edition’ cases. These cases, which come in sizes compatible with Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 4, also come with a live wallpaper to match which displays satellite-captured images of Earth by night and constellation pics from the night sky of your current location by night. Read More

  • Apple’s Home App For HomeKit Said To Include Virtual Rooms, Apple TV Hub

    Apple’s Home App For HomeKit Said To Include Virtual Rooms, Apple TV Hub

    Apple is thought to be gearing up to launch HomeKit soon, likely in time for WWDC next month. The software feature for iOS devices would allow control of connected home accessories that fit Apple’s posted requirements and use its developer tools through a central app potentially called “Home,” according to a new report from 9to5Mac. This is the first we’ve heard any kind… Read More

  • Radio Shack Still Owes Makers Money

    Radio Shack Still Owes Makers Money

    After a brief – but energetic – flirtation with hardware startups, Radio Shack went bankrupt, leaving many creditors in the cold. The hardest hit? Those same hardware startups. According to an open database of creditors, Radio Shack owes the likes of Afinia, Parallax, and LittleBits thousands of dollars. Seeed Studio is owed the most: $806,051.63
    Maker Media (MAKE Magazine) is owed… Read More

  • Rumor Has It That Pebble Is On The Rocks Even With $18 Million In The Bank

    Rumor Has It That Pebble Is On The Rocks Even With $18 Million In The Bank

    Smartwatch maker Pebble seems to be in some trouble. According to sources close to the company, the company is having trouble maintaining its growth and has turned to a Silicon Valley bank for a $5 million loan and $5 million line of credit. Valley VCs have been turning down the company’s requests for new capital. Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky offered no comment. The company, which… Read More

  • Brain-Powered Prosthetics Get Closer To Becoming An Everyday Reality

    Brain-Powered Prosthetics Get Closer To Becoming An Everyday Reality

    A friend growing up had a combination of prosthetic legs that replaced the limbs he’d been born without pretty admirably, using a combination of hydraulics and mechanical joints, but without any real smarts and so with considerably limitations (he drove using steering wheel-mounted controls rather than foot pedals, for instance). The prosthetic market has changed quite a bit in the… Read More

  • Seattle’s Glowforge Is Building A Maker Machine To Challenge Amazon Prime

    Seattle’s Glowforge Is Building A Maker Machine To Challenge Amazon Prime

    Former Googler, programmer and entrepreneur, Dan Shapiro, is building a new type of 3D printer. Which actually isn’t a printer at all; it’s a laser cutting machine called Glowforge… Read More

  • Xbox One Over-The-Air TV Tuner Now Available

    Xbox One Over-The-Air TV Tuner Now Available

    Microsoft is now offering an Xbox One Digital TV Tuner designed for the console, thought a partnership with TV tuner manufacturer Hauppage. The arrival of the dedicated hardware marks the wider launch of over-the-air TV support for Xbox One owners across the U.S. and Canada, following a preview launch of the software features via the Xbox beta program. The OTA TV support for Xbox One means you… Read More

  • Mophie’s Watch Dock For Apple Watch Has Plenty Of Supporting Character

    Mophie’s Watch Dock For Apple Watch Has Plenty Of Supporting Character

    The leading edge of Apple Watch accessories is starting to flood in, and to prove that fact, I recently had not one, but two Watch docks arrive on my doorstep in the same day. One of those was the Mophie Watch Dock, a stand accessory from the well-respected external battery and charging case maker. There seem to be almost as many Watch stands as there are Apple Watch model and strap variants… Read More

  • FOVE, The Virtual Reality Headset Controlled By Eye Movements, Launches On Kickstarter

    FOVE, The Virtual Reality Headset Controlled By Eye Movements, Launches On Kickstarter

    FOVE, the virtual reality headset that you can control with just your eyes, is now available for pre-order on Kickstarter. The Tokyo-based startup, which launched at Disrupt SF last year as a Battlefield finalist, has already raised more than two-thirds of its $250,000 goal, with 44 days left to go. Read More

  • The Internet Of (Some) Things

    The Internet Of (Some) Things

    In 2015, a modern-day gold rush has taken the technology sector by storm. A recent study discovered that 75 percent of executives surveyed said that Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives are currently underway within their organizations. That said, there’s still one question many companies have failed to answer — is more data always a good thing? Read More

  • ‘Things’ Are People, Too

    ‘Things’ Are People, Too

    If you’re thinking this article is about creating a historical record that our future robot overlords may read and reward me for, you’re not entirely right. To keep this particular writing distanced from Terminator-induced concerns, I will constrain the definition of “things” to devices that empower us and our loved ones with light, comfort, safety and security, as well… Read More

  • Oculus Sends Out Invites For Special Rift Event June 11

    Oculus Sends Out Invites For Special Rift Event June 11

    Oculus is inviting press to a special event on June 11 in San Francisco. The company provided the image above along with the invite (which also accompanied news consumer pre-orders would start later this year, which bears the tagline “Step into the Rift,” as well, suggesting we’ll probably get more information about the consumer Rift headset launch, including possibly more… Read More

  • Voltus Gives The 12-Inch MacBook A Battery Boost, Two New USB Ports

    Voltus Gives The 12-Inch MacBook A Battery Boost, Two New USB Ports

    The new 12-inch MacBook from Apple is packed with cool tech, and its USB-C port is a prime example. The port allows for charging as well as data connectivity, meaning you can draw power from things like USB power banks, which are traditionally designed for phones and tablets. The Voltus, a new project launching today on Kickstarter, will charge your MacBook at the same rate as if you were… Read More

  • The First Apple Watch OS Update Is Now Available

    The First Apple Watch OS Update Is Now Available

    Apple is rolling out its first software update for the Apple Watch, which brings the Watch OS to version 1.0.1. This update is designed to provide general bug fixes and performance improvements, and also adds display support for the new Emoji characters added to both iOS and OS X in recent updates. To get the new software on your Watch, you can follow the simple process detailed in… Read More

  • Nomad’s Stand For Apple Watch Is Nice And Simple

    Nomad’s Stand For Apple Watch Is Nice And Simple

    The Apple Watch’s charging puck is, in itself, pretty versatile and fool-proof when it comes to connecting your smartwatch to power over night. But there’s always room for improvement, and the Nomad Stand offers that, with a minimal approach that’s optimal for bedside or desktop use. Nomad’s approach to a charging accessory for Apple Watch is beautifully basic… Read More

  • Basis Launches A Limited Edition Titanium Peak, Updates Bands And App

    Basis Launches A Limited Edition Titanium Peak, Updates Bands And App

    Basis, the Intel subsidiary that builds watches for tracking your health and sleep habits, is today dropping a lighter, classier version of its Peak tracker made from titanium. It’s also launching a new series of leather bands for people who already have the aluminum Peak models, and it’s updating its app and firmware. Read More

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. ...