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  • New Apple Patent Covers Hovering Gestures For iPhone Displays

    New Apple Patent Covers Hovering Gestures For iPhone Displays

    3D Touch was just a first step. AppleInsider has spotted a new patent that would add a proximity sensor layer into your iPhone display. It would open up a brand new field of interactions for your phone with new hovering gestures. Read More

  • Apple Beefs Up Its Security Team By Hiring Security Expert Team

    Apple Beefs Up Its Security Team By Hiring Security Expert Team

    Remember Thunderstrike 2? Last summer, Xeno Kovah and Trammell Hudson unveiled several known vulnerabilities affecting the Mac firmware and letting malware creators update the firmware without any way to reset it to its factory status — you’d need to reflash the firmware chip. And it looks like Apple didn’t just fix the vulnerability — it has also hired LegbaCore… Read More

  • This Semi-Automatic Gun Is “95 Percent” 3D Printed

    This Semi-Automatic Gun Is “95 Percent” 3D Printed

    Another day, another 3D-printed gun. This one comes to us from a carpenter from West Virginia who calls himself Derwood. His gun is “95 percent” 3D printed which means the important bits – springs, firing pins, etc. – are handmade or repurposed (the barrel comes from a Glock) while the stock, magazine, and upper and lower receivers are printed on a Fusion F306 3D… Read More

  • Amazon Brings Its Virtual Assistant Alexa To Older Fire TV Devices

    Amazon Brings Its Virtual Assistant Alexa To Older Fire TV Devices

    When Amazon rolled out the next generation of its set-top box, the Fire TV, last year, one of the standout features was the addition of Amazon Alexa to the platform. Today, the voice assistant is making its way to owners of Amazon’s original Fire TV and Fire TV Sticks, the company announced this morning, thanks to an over-the-air update arriving shortly. Read More

  • Square’s Latest Reader Available At Apple

    Square’s Latest Reader Available At Apple

    Square’s latest payments reader is coming to an Apple store near you, the company tells TechCrunch. The devices will retail for $49 and be available online and in-store throughout the U.S. Launched last fall, Square’s new contraption is NFC-enabled and works with Apple Pay. Now the standard in many countries, it accepts EMV chip cards, which are more secure than credit cards… Read More

  • Fitbit Announces The Alta, A $130 Customizable Fitness Band

    Fitbit Announces The Alta, A $130 Customizable Fitness Band

    Meet the new face of Fitbit. Called Alta, this new $130 fitness tracker is set to invigorate the company’s aging product line — if it’s not too late. The Alta is packed with the standard array of Fitbit abilities, lacking only heart rate monitoring. Inside the band is activity tracking, sleep tracking, move reminders, a clock and smartphone notifications. The Alta even has… Read More

  • Review: Doppler Labs AR Listening System Signals The Future Is Here

    Review: Doppler Labs AR Listening System Signals The Future Is Here

    For years now, we’ve though of Augmented Reality in the context of our vision — Google Glass started the trend, and the Microsoft HoloLens enforced it. But the folks at Doppler Labs believe the future of augmented reality starts with the ears. It’s Here. The Doppler Labs Here buds, live in-ear audio tuners that let you tune and tweak your own hearing experience, have… Read More

  • Petcube Scoops Up $2.6 Million So You Can Entertain Your Pet From Anywhere

    Petcube, which is part of Y Combinator’s Winter 2016 class, is a young startup that wants to bring together pet care and the connected home to improve the lives of our pets. To do this, the company has raised $2.6 million for their first product, the Petcube Camera. Read More

  • Das Keyboard Releases New Gaming Hardware For AWSD Jockeys

    Das Keyboard Releases New Gaming Hardware For AWSD Jockeys

    Das Keyboard, makers of super-clicky, super-heavy keyboards for hacker ninja warriors has announced a new line of keyboards and mice for the gaming set. Called Division Zero, the new X40 keyboard has a metal top panel, LED-lit keys, and new gold-plated switch contacts. The top panel is removable and replaceable and n-key rollover for maximum badassery. They’ve also launched an M50 mouse… Read More

  • This Roving Robot Makes Its Own Martian Landing Pad

    This Roving Robot Makes Its Own Martian Landing Pad

    Robots will soon be heading into space before us in order to feel things out, prepare living spaces, and set up booze delivery services. But first we have to land on the planet in question which is where PISCES Helelani shines. This rover is designed to land on a planet and prepare a surface for future rockets to alight. The rover, which includes a shovel and robotic arm, can clear a patch of… Read More

  • Jolla Confirms The Sailfish Tablet Is Dead

    Jolla Confirms The Sailfish Tablet Is Dead

    Hardware is always hard. But if you’re playing at the margins of a mobile ecosystem dominated by Android and iOS, well, it’s best described as a bloodbath. To wit: Finland’s Jolla, which makes its own mobile OS Sailfish and — previously — its own mobile devices too, has confirmed that its crowdfunded tablet is being canned. Read More

  • Harvard Report Debunks Claim Surveillance Is “Going Dark”

    Harvard Report Debunks Claim Surveillance Is “Going Dark”

    Since the 2013 Snowden disclosures revealed the extent of government surveillance programs it’s been a standard claim by intelligence agencies, seeking to justify their push for more powers, that their ability to track suspects using new technologies is under threat because of growing use of end-to-end encryption by technology companies. Read More

  • Apple Is Reportedly Developing Long Distance Wireless Charging For iPads And iPhones

    Apple Is Reportedly Developing Long Distance Wireless Charging For iPads And iPhones

    Apple is reportedly developing technology that would allow iPhone and iPad users to charge their device without needing to plug it into the wall or place it on a charging mat. That’s according to a report from Bloomberg which claims the wireless charging tech could work over unspecified long distances. Read More

  • Apple Recalls Two-Prong Plugs Over “Very Rare” Shock Risk

    Apple Recalls Two-Prong Plugs Over “Very Rare” Shock Risk

    A rare Apple product recall — the company has announced a voluntary recall of AC wall plug adapters made for certain regions because of what it says is a “very rare” risk of the two-prong adapters breaking and potentially giving the user an electric shock. Read More

  • Apple Tumbles 6.5% After Growth Flattens

    Apple Tumbles 6.5% After Growth Flattens

    Normally, a 6 percent drop in a stock price is somewhat significant but probably wouldn’t be considered a huge deal. But it’s a different story for Apple, where a 6 percent drop erases tens of billions of dollars in value. That’s exactly what happened during trading today following the company’s earnings report last night, which signaled the company’s first… Read More

  • The iPhone 7 Might Get A Dual-Camera System To Take Better Photos

    The iPhone 7 Might Get A Dual-Camera System To Take Better Photos

    Apple will likely unveil the iPhone 7 in September 2016, and a new rumor has surfaced about the camera. According to Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities, the iPhone 7 Plus will come with a dual-lens system option and leverage LinX’s technology. As a reminder, Apple acquired LinX in April 2015, a camera module maker working on multi-lens systems. Read More

  • IoT Security Turned Into An ‘I Spy’ Educational Book For Kids

    IoT Security Turned Into An ‘I Spy’ Educational Book For Kids

    Security can be a very dry and impenetrable topic. But if the steady creep of connected devices into people’s homes and day-to-day routines continues there’s arguably going to need to be a very broad effort to widen awareness of potential privacy risks. Read More

  • Starry Internet Is Aereo Founder Chet Kanojia’s Latest Salvo In The War On ISPs

    Starry Internet Is Aereo Founder Chet Kanojia’s Latest Salvo In The War On ISPs

    With all the startups using the internet to transform traditional industries, it’s a bit of a wonder why no one has taken on the internet itself. Broadband service is an expensive business to run, with steadily increasing rates thanks to our growing need for binge-worthy video content. Pardon the cliché, but nothing has ever sounded more ripe for disruption. Enter Starry… Read More

  • Apple TV And Apple Watch (Probably) Had A Big Quarter

    Apple posted its quarterly earnings after the bell on Tuesday, showcasing record profits of $18.4 billion. While the release made it easy to determine that 74.8 million iPhones were sold, in line with analyst estimates, Apple’s “other” category makes it difficult to assess how many Apple Watches and TVs were purchased. Read More

  • Apple Reports 1 Billion “Active” Devices

    Apple Reports 1 Billion “Active” Devices

    In Apple’s Q1 ’16 “Earnings Supplemental Material” – documentation added to today’s earnings primarily to highlight how foreign exchange rates are impacting revenue – there was another notable figure revealed: Apple says now its “active” install base has reached 1 billion devices. (Actually, it has surpassed it, says CEO Tim Cook.) That… Read More