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  • Apple Announces The iMac With Retina Display

    Apple Announces The iMac With Retina Display

    In addition to showing off updates to the iPad lineup, Apple today announced this year’s new iMac, the first Apple desktop to receive a Retina display. Packaged in a thin body like the last few iMacs, this new all-in-one packs a Retina 5K display with 14.7 million pixels (67 percent more than even 4K) and will come with Mac OS X Yosemite, the operating system Apple debuted at WWDC back… Read More

  • The New iPad Mini 3 Gets Touch ID, Keeps Last Year’s A7

    The New iPad Mini 3 Gets Touch ID, Keeps Last Year’s A7

    This year’s small form-factor tablet from Apple is called the iPad mini 3, dropping the distinction between the original iPad mini and last year’s mini with Retina. Read More

  • Bag Week: The Nomadic WT-18 Wise-Walker Toto

    Bag Week: The Nomadic WT-18 Wise-Walker Toto

    Can true bag pleasure be had for $81? I think so. I’ve fallen in love with Nomadic brand bags over the years and I would like to tell you about the Nomadic WT-18 Wise Walker Toto, a Japanese bag sold by JetPens that is just about amazing. I’ve used many Nomadic bags over the years and this is the second time I’ve featured Nomadic in bag week. This bag I actually received as… Read More

  • iOS 8.1 Out Monday Brings Apple Pay, iCloud Photo Library … And The Return Of The Camera Roll

    iOS 8.1 Out Monday Brings Apple Pay, iCloud Photo Library … And The Return Of The Camera Roll

    At the Apple event being held today in the Town Hall auditorium at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters, Craig Federighi, SVP Software Engineering, briefly detailed iOS 8.1’s upcoming features, namely support for Apple Pay and iCloud Photo Library. The software is coming out on Monday. Federighi also briefly went through 8.1’s support for iCloud Photo Library, including… Read More

  • The Zortrax M200 Is The Underdog 3D Printer That Could Make It To The Big Leagues

    The Zortrax M200 Is The Underdog 3D Printer That Could Make It To The Big Leagues

    We’ve been following Zortrax for years. This small Polish upstart gathered some interesting PR when they first launched and they’ve built a few solid 3D printers after creating a burgeoning 3D printer part business in Central Europe. Now, however, it seems they’re all grown up. Basics Prints in ABS 7.87 x 7.87 x 7.28 ” build area Includes software Wi-Fi… Read More

  • Live From Apple’s iPad, Mac And OS X Event

    Live From Apple’s iPad, Mac And OS X Event

    Today’s the day for Apple’s special October event, at which we’ll most likely see the launch of new iPads, new Macs and OS X Yosemite, the latest version of Apple’s Mac operating system. The event is happening live from Apple’s own Cupertino HQ, in their Town Hall Theater, and it all starts at 10 AM PT/1PM ET. We’ll be live blogging all the news as it… Read More

  • The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Is A Nearly Perfect Mini Tablet

    The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Is A Nearly Perfect Mini Tablet

    Like the great zeppelins of old, nobody expected the Galaxy Note to fly. The phones were too big, the embedded stylus too silly. I reminded us all of the bad old days when PIMs were black and white and bulky. But Samsung persevered and Apple followed suit and now we enter the era of the phablet, a time of strange portents and weird UIs. A time where a phone that makes all other phones seem… Read More

  • Gaming Company Razer Is Now Valued At $1B+

    Gaming Company Razer Is Now Valued At $1B+

    Razer, the San Diego-based high-end gaming tech company, is on a roll. In the wake of the latest models of its thin Blade gaming laptops, a partnership with Tencent in China, and preparing for the sale of a new wearable, it has recently closed a round of funding with Intel on at least a $1 billion valuation. The details come by way of a leaked internal memo to staff that was passed… Read More

  • Bag Week: Hex Onyx Origin Laptop Bag

    Bag Week: Hex Onyx Origin Laptop Bag

    You might say, “It’s a bag! How much can someone say about a single bag?” A lot, it turns out, because the Hex Onyx Origin isn’t just any bag. As a staunch backpack fan (not shoulder bags or briefcases), this is the only backpack I’ve ever worn that made me feel like a grownup. It comes in a black canvas color with leather trim, and has a structured design so… Read More

  • The $99 Nexus Player Is Google’s Answer To The Apple TV

    The $99 Nexus Player Is Google’s Answer To The Apple TV

    Remember Google TV? It’s gone. Now there is Android TV and it promises to do everything Google TV couldn’t including play games for just $99. Google partnered with Asus for the first device. Called, Nexus Player, the set top box is reminiscent of the Fire TV and runs Android TV with the help of a quad-core 1.8GHz Intel Atom processor with PowerVR Series 6 graphics, 1GB of RAM and… Read More

  • Google Debuts The HTC-Made Nexus 9 Android Tablet

    Google Debuts The HTC-Made Nexus 9 Android Tablet

    Google has a new Nexus tablet, and it’s a 9-inch slate, built by HTC — a company that’s an unusual choice, given the ample field of OEMs available. The Taiwanese gadget-maker got out of the tablet game a few years ago, but now it’s back with a 9-inch Nexus special that looks kind of like an oversized Nexus 5, albeit with an brushed-metal aluminum rim in place of the… Read More

  • Google’s Nexus 6 Is A ‘Big’ Change For The Nexus Line, Ships In November

    Google’s Nexus 6 Is A ‘Big’ Change For The Nexus Line, Ships In November

    Google has done what many predicted it would, and ventured into phablet territory with the Nexus 6, its latest Android reference smartphone. The Motorola-made gadget has a 5.9-inch display, and 1440×2560 resolution, resulting in what should be an eye-popping 496 ppi pixel density. As Darrell has previously said, that seems like it could make the gadget fairly unwieldy, but Google… Read More

  • Bag Week: Venque DSLR CamPro Backpack

    Bag Week: Venque DSLR CamPro Backpack

    The bag industry has some heavyweights, but it’s also shown repeatedly that strong upstarts can make a splash and carve out a niche for themselves. Toronto’s Venque is a new company that is building bags using their experience in the fabric industry to create unique designs with quality materials. The bags have retro flair, but with a very modern aesthetic, and they’re built… Read More

  • Qualcomm Makes $2.5B Bid For U.K. Chip Designer CSR To Tool Up For The Internet Of Everything

    Qualcomm Makes $2.5B Bid For U.K. Chip Designer CSR To Tool Up For The Internet Of Everything

    Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm has agreed to acquire Cambridge, U.K.-based CSR for £1.56 billion. The latter rejected an earlier offer from Microchip Technology, back in August, but the FT notes that Microchip now has until 5pm today U.K. time to put in an increased offer to challenge Qualcomm’s all-cash bid. Read More

  • Bag Week: Herschel Heritage BackPack Plus

    Bag Week: Herschel Heritage BackPack Plus

    Chances are, you’ve seen someone wearing a Herschel backpack. They have signature leather elements including zipper pulls and straps, depending on the series, and they always bear the company’s old-timey logo in a small white patch somewhere you can reasonably expect it to get seen. The Heritage backpack is one of the company’s standards, as it likes to work with a limited… Read More

  • Ubooly Acquired As It Rebrands To Focus On Building Smarts Directly Into Toys

    Ubooly Acquired As It Rebrands To Focus On Building Smarts Directly Into Toys

    Ubooly is demoing on stage at Disney’s Accelerator Demo Day, but it’s not the company it was when it entered the program. The startup has renamed itself to “Smart Toy,” which better encompasses its vision of interactive toys with computing intelligence beyond just its initial product, which was also called Ubooly. But it’s also no longer a startup – or at… Read More

  • Welcome To Bag Week 2014

    Welcome To Bag Week 2014

    It has been a tradition at TechCrunch to dedicate an entire week (or, in this case, a truncated week) to bags. Big bags. Small bags. Little bags. Tall bags. All bags, (almost) all the time. With that in mind, we present to you Bag Week 2014, our annual celebration of things that hold things. We understand that you, as a tech professional, love to put your computers into things. Therefore… Read More

  • The Sonos Boost Expands Your Musical Reach

    The Sonos Boost Expands Your Musical Reach

    Wireless music player maker, Sonos, has released the Boost, an add-on to their system that allows Sonos devices to work up to 50% further than the standard Wi-Fi range – 90 feet as compared to about 60 feet for the average Wi-Fi hotspot. The Boost device also improves signal intensity and, more important, creates a dedicated network for Sonos devices, protecting from the vagaries of… Read More

  • The Pi-Top, A Raspberry Pi-Powered Laptop, Is Hitting The Crowdfunding Trail

    The Pi-Top, A Raspberry Pi-Powered Laptop, Is Hitting The Crowdfunding Trail

    Yee-haw! Saddle up and roll ‘em out because the Pi-Top Raspberry Pi laptop is ready to ride! We last met this laptop when it was still a gleam in a group of students’ eye. Now it’s a fully operational crowdfunding project and they’re looking for $80,000 to begin shipping the devices. The kit itself costs $249 with a motherboard or $200 without. You can also simply… Read More

  • Withings Aura Review: Easy, Advanced Sleep Tracking, But Leaves You Wanting More

    Withings Aura Review: Easy, Advanced Sleep Tracking, But Leaves You Wanting More

    French personal health tech company Withings already tracks your sleep and activity using its wearable monitors, but they do so with less than stellar accuracy. A new addition to the Withings lineup, The Withings Aura, provides a finely tuned sensor for sleep tracking that you don’t have to remember to wear to bed or activate, as well as a nightstand companion that provides power, but… Read More

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