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  • Canon Launches A DSLR Built For Speed And A Competitor For Sony’s RX-100

    Canon Launches A DSLR Built For Speed And A Competitor For Sony’s RX-100

    Canon has a slew of new gear out launching today, but among those the most noteworthy are its new 1-inch sensor compact camera, which will go head-to-head with Sony’s RX-100 series, and the new 7D Mark II, a worthy successor to Canon’s top-end crop sensor DSLR. Canon GX 7 Sony has managed to keep its own spot atop the heap of compact sensor cameras thanks to the extremely… Read More

  • Apple Sells 4M iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Pre-Orders In Opening 24 Hours

    Apple Sells 4M iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Pre-Orders In Opening 24 Hours

    Apple has sold a record number of iPhones during its initial pre-order weekend sales, topping the charts with 4 million units moved between when it kicked off pre-sales early Friday morning and the end of the same day. The store experienced some technical problems owing to volume, but that didn’t stop the 6 Plus from selling out quickly, followed by the iPhone 6 later in the morning. Read More

  • Up Close With The Tissot T-Touch Solar Expert,  The Perennial Hiking Watch For Geeks

    Up Close With The Tissot T-Touch Solar Expert, The Perennial Hiking Watch For Geeks

    For years the Tissot T-Touch line has been Switzerland’s unique answer to the quartz hiking watch. While other manufacturers offered analog quartz pieces, Tissot has been the only company that has tried to take on the altimeter-barometer-thermometer uber watches made by Casio, Seiko and Citizen. And they’ve done a great job so far. The latest model is the Tissot T-Touch Solar Expert. Read More

  • Seed Is Creating A Truly Idiot-Proof Internet Of Things

    Seed Is Creating A Truly Idiot-Proof Internet Of Things

    In the vast panoply of potential home networking protocols, there are only a few worth worrying about. Wi-Fi works well but it can go down and ZigBee and the like are sparsely supported. But Bluetooth Smart is local, secure, and easy to use. And that’s what Seed Labs is using to connect our lamps, our blinds, and even our tea kettles. This Polish startup has built a small chip –… Read More

  • Microsoft Promises More Surface Pro 3 Inventory Amid Tight International Supply

    Microsoft Promises More Surface Pro 3 Inventory Amid Tight International Supply

    I really need to learn how to bet. Today in a blog post, Microsoft’s Brian Hall promised that Microsoft will get more Surface Pro 3 inventory to the parts of the world where supply of the device is hard to find. The company noted Germany, China, Australia, and Korea as places where it might be difficult to snag one of the devices. What is going on? Microsoft didn’t ship enough of… Read More

  • The Gold Apple Watch Could Cost As Much As $1,200

    The Gold Apple Watch Could Cost As Much As $1,200

    A jewelry contact familiar with the matter told TechCrunch that the gold, 18-karat version of the Apple Watch could cost around $1,200 retail when it launches in January. This has been corroborated, based on size and weight, by jewelers familiar with the material Apple is using to make its Apple Watch Edition pieces. It should be noted that this is an estimate and the piece could come in… Read More

  • Come To The TechCrunch Virtual Reality Meetup In LA On Sept 18th

    Come To The TechCrunch Virtual Reality Meetup In LA On Sept 18th

    The night before the Oculus Connect conference, TechCrunch is bringing together the virtual reality community for an evening of cool demos, free drinks, and a chance to meet TechCrunch’s writers and VR startups in the space. Register here for the TechCrunch Virtual Reality Meetup. From 6:30pm to 9:30pm at the The Mondrian Hotel’s beautiful Skybar in West Hollywood, come mingle… Read More

  • The Apple Watch Is Most Interesting At The High-End

    The Apple Watch Is Most Interesting At The High-End

    While we got to see a number of features and a ton of variations of the Apple Watch at this week’s event in Cupertino, there was also quite a bit of info Apple chose not to divulge despite the presence of hundreds of interested techies. The most important was probably pricing: we know that the Apple Watch will start at $349, but we have no idea how high prices will go for the… Read More

  • Chromebook Lending Library Offers Students At 12 U.S. Colleges A Free Laptop To Borrow

    Chromebook Lending Library Offers Students At 12 U.S. Colleges A Free Laptop To Borrow

    Google is teaming up with a dozen college campuses across the U.S. to provide access to free Chromebook notebooks to any student who wants one, in a system that lets them temporarily check out the laptops for late-night cram sessions or just finding the best animal GIFs on Imgur. The Google program features fun-colored café-style installations like the one pictured above, which will tour the… Read More

  • Kobo Aura H2O Review: Weather Resistance And A Great Screen Combine For Ultimate E-Reading

    Kobo Aura H2O Review: Weather Resistance And A Great Screen Combine For Ultimate E-Reading

    Kobo has introduced a new e-reader, and the device offers all your typical generational improvements, including faster page turning and a high-resolution display for crisp text. But it also brings a degree of waterproofing to the device, which means it’s better able to handle a trip to the beach, or a surprise rainstorm. All improvements taken together make the Kobo Aura H2O my… Read More

  • “It’s Just So Big”

    “It’s Just So Big”

    As soon as Apple announced the new, larger iPhones, cries went up, prompted by the sheer size of the new devices. Will it fit in the pocket of my skinny jeans? How will it sit in my small hands? Can it double as a cheeseboard? These valid questions are hard to answer without a tangible representation with which to test. Read More

  • Apple’s Big-Ass iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Now Available For Pre-Order

    Apple’s Big-Ass iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Now Available For Pre-Order

    Apple’s newest and largest pair of iPhones, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, are now available for pre-order in a number of countries, including the U.S. and the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. The phones are due to ship to buyers on September 19. Pre-orders don’t appear to have opened up yet in China, Asia’s dominant market, despite the Far East being the driving force behind… Read More

  • Samsung Attacks Apple’s Keynote With “It Doesn’t Take A Genius” Ads

    Samsung Attacks Apple’s Keynote With “It Doesn’t Take A Genius” Ads

    Samsung has released a series of videos lampooning this week’s Apple announcement, a move that is at once familiar and not unexpected. There are six of them in total, including one on screen size, in a series called “It Doesn’t Take A Genius.” Collect them all. After years of cringey, tone-deaf commercials, the company has finally grown a few claws and even made fun… Read More

  • Apple Just Uploaded A U2 Album To Your iPhone And iPad — And Seriously, WTF

    Apple Just Uploaded A U2 Album To Your iPhone And iPad — And Seriously, WTF

    Seriously. Go look. Depending on your iCloud setting, U2’s latest album might be sitting in the Music app, ready to play. Otherwise, the album is most likely still shown, available to download from iCloud from your iPhone, iPad, or iTunes app. Worse yet, it’s rather difficult to rid your phone and iTunes account of the album. Read More

  • Canviz Lets You Put Animated GIFs On Your Wall

    Canviz Lets You Put Animated GIFs On Your Wall

    Boring old pictures are, without a doubt, boring. That’s why there’s Canviz. Designed by artists to allow them to share animated photographs and graphics, Canviz is a “museum grade” screen for your wall. Writes the creator, MM Waters: This project began with an idea my wife had. She wanted to create living portraits of ourselves, places we go, things we do… Read More

  • Up Close And Personal With The iPhone 6 And 6 Plus On Video

    Up Close And Personal With The iPhone 6 And 6 Plus On Video

    Apple’s new iPhones are now a known quantity, but perhaps you haven’t yet had a chance to get a more intimate look at them. We had an opportunity to try them out in person, and to run through all of the new hardware features and software functions they offer. Both the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus offer unique advantages and disadvantages with respect to one another, but ultimately… Read More

  • FOVE Uses Eye Tracking To Make Virtual Reality More Immersive

    FOVE Uses Eye Tracking To Make Virtual Reality More Immersive

    FOVE wants to ramp up by the virtual reality experience by creating the world’s first consumer-oriented headmount display to use eye tracking. The Tokyo-based startup was founded by CEO Yuka Kojima and CTO Lochlainn Wilson and is launching today on the Disrupt SF stage. Read More

  • Correction: Switzerland Now Has An Incredible Competitor

    Correction: Switzerland Now Has An Incredible Competitor

    So here we are, in the hours after the official launch of the Apple Watch, and we need to address just what the watch means for Switzerland. When I first saw the watch I literally thought that Jony Ive was right in regards to how – ahem – ruined the Swiss watch industry was. However, as I thought about what the Apple Watch was (and wasn’t) I’ve come to a more… Read More

  • Here’s Apple Pay In Action

    Here’s Apple Pay In Action

    Apple has revealed its mobile payments play, and it features NFC and Touch ID, as many expected. The system works as fast as they joked it did on stage – which is why in our demo we ran through a number of different payment scenarios. Read More

  • Hands On With The Apple Watch

    Hands On With The Apple Watch

    Apple’s wearable strategy is out there, and the way they’re looking to distance themselves from the crowd is by introducing a smooth, highly usable interface with unique control mechanisms, and creating a device that embraces apps and features beyond notifications, but in a way that makes sense for a small-screened device. The Apple Watch also cozies up to mobile payments, with NFC… Read More