Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • OtterBox’s new case offers a battery, speakers, Square reader and other swappable functionality

    OtterBox’s new case offers a battery, speakers, Square reader and other swappable functionality

    I spotted an OtterBox case on the train ride in this morning that more or less confirmed my feelings about the company’s products: big, bulky and protective. Swaddling one’s phone in an OtterBox case for a New York City subway ride is the smartphone equivalent to wearing a bulletproof vest in public. It’s kind of uncomfortable and slightly awkward, but hey, you never know… Read More

  • The new MacBook Pro could feature a Touch ID sensor and an OLED mini screen

    The new MacBook Pro could feature a Touch ID sensor and an OLED mini screen

    Rumor has it that Apple is about to update the MacBook Pro with a retina display in the coming months. And according to well-informed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities and 9to5mac, it should be much more than a specification bump. The company wants to keep two screen sizes with a 13-inch model and a somewhat more powerful 15-inch model. But these laptops s Read More

  • Tim Cook admits ‘prices are high’ for iPhones in India

    Tim Cook admits ‘prices are high’ for iPhones in India

    Apple CEO Tim Cook made an uncharacteristic admission today in an interview with Indian news channel NDTV — that iPhones are too expensive. He immediately qualified it, and the context really is important, but it’s just one of those things you don’t hear very often. Read More

  • ZModo’s Pivot gives you 24/7 monitoring on the cheap Crunch Network

    ZModo’s Pivot gives you 24/7 monitoring on the cheap

    We’ve come a long way from the days of pale beige IP webcams with wonky interfaces and limited recording times. Today’s webcams, like the ZModo Pivot, are motion-sensing, low-light seeing, and notification-rich cylinders that hide out in secret places and store video for days at a time. In essence webcams have morphed from wonky toys to actual tools and, in the process, have gone… Read More

  • Get ready for the Xiaomi drone

    Get ready for the Xiaomi drone

    On Wednesday, Xiaomi is going to unveil a new product. While details are still thin, it looks like the electronics company is about to announce a drone. Xiaomi is a well-known phone manufacturer. But the company now also manufactures all sorts of devices, from Android TV set-top boxes to smart rice cookers. And then, there’s Read More

  • E3 launches new side event to stay relevant and avoid dying

    E3 launches new side event to stay relevant and avoid dying

    It’s hard to compete with PAX. While E3 is still considered as the most important gaming event of the year, video game publishers are slowly but surely spending less time and money for the Los Angeles event. The Entertainment Software Association wants to reverse this trend with a new side event called E3 Live< Read More

  • The crazy dream of modular smartphones

    The crazy dream of modular smartphones

    File it under ‘it seemed great on paper’… but Google’s project Ara modular smartphone concept is — for all intents and purposes — dead. If you want to be a little more generous, you can say Google has pivoted away from attempting to engineer the impossible — i.e. total smartphone modularity — to strip it back to a few swappable units that will… Read More

  • New subscription service Circle Go lets parents manage kids’ devices outside the home

    New subscription service Circle Go lets parents manage kids’ devices outside the home

    The company behind a device that helps parents enforce their home’s internet rules and restrictions, Circle with Disney, launched last winter in partnership with Disney for its included media content, will now allow parents to manage children’s devices outside the home. The company announced this morning the launch of a subscription-based companion service called Circle Go… Read More

  • Ziro is a nifty hand-controlled robotics kit for kids

    Ziro is a nifty hand-controlled robotics kit for kids

    Meet Ziro, a robotics kit that lets you build all sorts of vehicles using a few motors, a smartphone, a glove and your imagination. Ziro’s default kit comes with four wireless motors and enough pieces to build a small car. You can now back this project on Indiegogo. I’ve talked with ZeroUI, the company behind Ziro a few weeks ago. Their prototype was already working Read More