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  • With Windows 10, The OS Becomes A Service Instead Of A Series Of Major Releases

    With Windows 10, The OS Becomes A Service Instead Of A Series Of Major Releases

    Microsoft is moving to a different kind of software model with Windows 10. A developer evangelist noted that Windows 10 would be the “last version of Windows” during the company’s Ignite conference this week, and a follow-up confirmation from an official Microsoft spokesperson revealed (via the Telegraph) that, indeed, updates to Windows after that release would follow an… Read More

  • Withings Activite | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Withings Activité

    With the Apple Watch dominating the news cycle, it’s easy to forget about the smart(ish) watches that have come before it. But while intelligent time pieces will come and go, I’m still deeply attached to my Withings Activité. The Activité is perhaps the only attractive smart watch. Apple Watch fans will blast me in the comments, but I maintain my stance: the Activité is a… Read More

  • TC AppleCast 14: Apple Watch, Bands And Streaming Music Service

    TC AppleCast 14: Apple Watch, Bands And Streaming Music Service

    This week we’re happy to have survived TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2015 intact, so we talked a bit about how the Apple Watch seemed to make that process a lot easier to handle. The device lets you focus on what’s happening around you, without missing things that aren’t, which is pretty much ideal for conference-going. We also discuss the ‘Made for Apple Watch’… Read More

  • Samsung Gear VR For Galaxy S6 Now On Sale For $200

    Samsung Gear VR For Galaxy S6 Now On Sale For $200

    If you’d like to dip your toe into the virtual world ahead of the coming consumer launches of Gear VR, Valve and HTC’s Vive, and the Oculus Rift, the Gear VR Innovator Edition for Galaxy S6 is available today. You still need $200, and either a Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, and a willingness to forgive bumps with a product designed specifically for techie early adopters, but it’s… Read More

  • Watch These Drones Dance Merrily ‘Round The Maypole

    Watch These Drones Dance Merrily ‘Round The Maypole

    Under the guise of “high-g quadcopter training” the folks at ETH Zurich have tethered multiple drones to a central pole and are teaching them to do 50 km/h accelerations of up to 13 gs. In short, these guys are going really fast and not hitting each other, which is amazing. From the release: The testbed allows the characterization of the flight behavior of quadrocopters at… Read More

  • Dog Lovers Can Now Print These Amazing Open-Source Doggy Wheels

    Dog Lovers Can Now Print These Amazing Open-Source Doggy Wheels

    Dog carts are common but clunky. These little carts, attached to disabled dogs via straps and webbing, are often expensive and rarely cool. Now, however, you can get your disabled dog some sweet open-source wheels for the price of a quick 3D print and some rubber. The Adaptable Wheelchair For Handicapped Dogs costs about $150 to build and can be resized for your pooch. The first recipient, a… Read More

  • Amazon’s Delivery Drones Could Find You Wherever You Are

    Amazon’s Delivery Drones Could Find You Wherever You Are

    Amazon’s delivery drone plans may have seemed more like a media stunt than a concrete vision back when it launched, but with active testing taking place in Canada and now, new details showing up in a patent application, things are getting real. The new proposed patent for an “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Delivery System” (via BBC) contains some impressive revelations about… Read More

  • Tesla Buys A Company In A State Where It’s Barred From Selling Cars

    Tesla Buys A Company In A State Where It’s Barred From Selling Cars

    Tesla Motors has acquired Michigan-based Riviera Tool, Tesla confirms. This purchase marks Tesla’s first presence in Michigan, a state where the auto maker is not allowed to sell its vehicles. Read More

  • The Apple Watch Is A Great Event Assistant

    The Apple Watch Is A Great Event Assistant

    This past week’s Disrupt NY 2015 conference was my first opportunity to use the Apple Watch at a multi-day event, and considering Disrupt is always essentially a non-stop workfest for us here at TC, from morning well into night, it’d be hard to find a better real-world test case to see how the Apple Watch performs in this type of setting. In short, events throw into bas-relief… Read More

  • Fitbit Files For $100M IPO

    Fitbit Files For $100M IPO

    Fitbit just filed an S-1 declaring its plans to go public. The filing states that the fitness-tracking company aims to raise $100 million in its initial public offering (that number could be a placeholder that will change). It also says the company will list on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FIT”. Read More

  • How Thieves Stole The Most Expensive Watch In The World: An Excerpt From Marie Antoinette’s Watch

    How Thieves Stole The Most Expensive Watch In The World: An Excerpt From Marie Antoinette’s Watch

    The following is a long excerpt from my new book, Marie Antoinette’s Watch: Adultery, Larceny, & Perpetual Motion that I wanted to share with you here on the site. It details a 1983 break-in at the L.A. Mayer Museum in Jerusalem where some of the rarest, most expensive, and most striking watches ever built were on display. The rarest of all – the Marie Antoinette by… Read More

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