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  • Japanese Hobbyists Build A Working Transformer

    Japanese Hobbyists Build A Working Transformer

    Eee-urrk-urrk-urrk-urk! A pair of Japanese hobbyists have built a transforming robot that can walk or, when in sports car form, drive around autonomously. It’s called the J-deite Quarter and is four feet tall. The goal, apparently, is to make a full-sized transformer… just because they can. The team consists of Kenji Ishida and Wataru Yoshizaki of Brave Robotics and Asratec. The… Read More

  • Nintendo’s Extended Amiibo Video Is Weird And Long But Good

    Nintendo’s Extended Amiibo Video Is Weird And Long But Good

    Nintendo has a new online ad for its Amiibo ‘toys-to-life’ mobile figures, and the spot depicts the lengthy journey of one young player looking to upgrade his collectible character in order to win over the favours of one of his older brother’s friends. The story arc and acting are weird and generally not good, but the video is mostly fun, and it gives you a decent look at… Read More

  • Amazon Rewards Visa Cards Now Compatible With Apple Pay

    Amazon Rewards Visa Cards Now Compatible With Apple Pay

    Amazon said it would be making its Rewards Visa from Chase compatible with the new Apple Pay system earlier this week, and the integration is already out the door. Amazon had said it would support it sometime, though they didn’t specify an exact timeline, so seeing it roll out this quickly is likely a pleasant surprise for card owners. We’ve received direct reports of customers… Read More

  • Amazon Fire Phone Flops

    Amazon Fire Phone Flops

    Given that Amazon was tanking the price of the Fire Phone down to 99 cents two months after launch (leading to many a “Fire sale!” joke), this probably won’t come as much of a surprise: the Fire Phone isn’t a success. On the Amazon earnings call today, Amazon noted that the company was taking a $170 million dollar writedown “primarily related” to… Read More

  • Researchers Want To Send Us To The Moon Using Robots And Oculus Rift

    Researchers Want To Send Us To The Moon Using Robots And Oculus Rift

    A researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, Daniel Shafrir, and his team want to do something incredible: they want to send a rover to the moon and then let us, the Earthlings, control it and look out of its stereoscopic cameras as it tumbles around that barren alien rock. The researchers are working to win a $30 million prize from Google to beam video back from the moon. The team, called… Read More

  • Android Wear Update Adds Offline Music, Bluetooth Headphone And GPS Support

    Android Wear Update Adds Offline Music, Bluetooth Headphone And GPS Support

    Android Wear is getting its first big update, with features that make smartwatches using Google’s wearable operating system more standalone devices, including music syncing and GPS location support. That means if you leave your watch at home while you go out for a jog, you’ve still got access to sweet jams, and your watch can still tell you where you are, and how to get home. The… Read More

  • Hardware Alley Pt. 3

    A Random Walk Through Hardware Alley

    Where else in the world can you see a 3D printer named after a simian, a 2000-core super chip, and an inexpensive hearing test in the same room? Hardware Alley at Disrupt London, that’s where. I love visiting the hardware booths at Disrupt and this event was no exception. Everyone had some amazing hardware that worked in amazing ways and I was able to visit nearly all of the companies on… Read More

  • GT Advanced Technologies To End Sapphire Business And Settle Debt With Apple

    GT Advanced Technologies To End Sapphire Business And Settle Debt With Apple

    GT Advanced Technologies, the company Apple had entered into a deal with worth $578 million last year for the advance purchase of sapphire components, has reached an agreement with the iPhone maker to settle its outstanding debt. As part of the deal, GT Advanced Technologies will exit the sapphire business altogether, and shut down its Mesa, Arizona and Salem, Massachusetts factories, according… Read More

  • Fitness Tracker Moov Raises $3 Million For Its Wearable A.I. Coach

    Fitness Tracker Moov Raises $3 Million For Its Wearable A.I. Coach

    The crowdfunded fitness tracker Moov, built by former Apple engineer and HALO game designer Nikola Hu, Microsoft Research vets Meng Li (now Moov CEO) and Tony Yuan, has raised $3 million in new funding in a Series A round led by Banyan Capital. The additional capital follows Moov’s earlier raise of $1 million via a crowdfunding page on its own website. There was early buzz around… Read More

  • iPad Air 2 Review: The Best Tablet Available, Now More Portable And Powerful

    iPad Air 2 Review: The Best Tablet Available, Now More Portable And Powerful

    Apple’s latest iPad update includes a redesigned iPad Air, just one year after the device was first introduced. Typically, Apple keeps the outside case design on mobile gadgets around for two years before switching things up, so the new slimmer Air is a remarkable feat in terms of hardware engineering. The new iPad also now comes in a gold color option, and packs a better camera… Read More

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