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  • Withings Vision for a Smarthome

    This Is Withings’ Vision For The Future Of The Home

    Slowly but surely, Withings has been building up its product portfolio to provide a truly holistic approach to gadgets and digital services. Recently, the French company brought over its latest products, outfitted a snazzy New York city hotel room, and gave us a sweet little tour of what the perfectly connected Withings home looks like. Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Tesla, Amazon Fire 7, And Withings Home Monitoring

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Tesla, Amazon Fire 7, And Withings Home Monitoring

    Tesla just announced new “D” versions of the Model S and Matt can’t shut up about it. Meanwhile, Amazon announced a new Fire HD 7 tablet that John reviewed and found to be quite the solid little reader. He argues, however, that it isn’t a tablet. We also take a look at the newest stuff from Withings, including the Home monitoring system, as well as rumors around… Read More

  • Monsieur, The Drink Robot, Raises $2 Million

    Monsieur, The Drink Robot, Raises $2 Million

    A robotic bartender named Monsieur and his human partners have raised $2 million in seed investment from BIP Capital with Base Ventures, Paul Judge, TechSquare Labs, NFL star Derrick Morgan, and NBA star Glen Davis. The funding will go towards building more Monsieur drink robots for bars, restaurants, and my bedroom. Read More

  • Get Your Gearbox Out Of The Rear With Efneo

    Get Your Gearbox Out Of The Rear With Efneo

    We don’t usually put mechanical bike stuff up here, but I suspect many bike lovers will consider Efneo the Yo or Clinkle of bike improvements. It’s a front gearing system that has one gear and three internal switches. The gearing changes just like a regular front derailleur system but it uses a planetary gearing system to handle the changes. Why is this important? First it’s… Read More

  • Watch This Tesla Drive Itself At The Press Of A Button

    Watch This Tesla Drive Itself At The Press Of A Button

    Last night, Tesla unveiled its latest wonder, the Model S “with a D”. There are three new models that come with dual-motor functionality (all-wheel drive), most notably the P85D which is built for high-end performance. The P85D can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.2 seconds, and comes with an auto-pilot feature that uses sensors to detect the road ahead, street signs, lights… Read More

  • Nvidia Shield Tablet Review: A Great Android Tablet, With Big Bonuses For Gamers

    Nvidia Shield Tablet Review: A Great Android Tablet, With Big Bonuses For Gamers

    Nvidia is deepening its bench in terms of gaming devices, and the new Shield Tablet is an impressive new addition to the roster. While you’ll note some trade-offs in terms of the size and weight of the device versus the trend towards ever-slimmer, lighter gadgets, it’s a powerful tablet, and a powerful value proposition, even if gaming isn’t your central… Read More

  • Amazon’s Fire HD 7 Is A Low-Priced Tablet For The Avid Reader

    Amazon’s Fire HD 7 Is A Low-Priced Tablet For The Avid Reader

    The Fire HD 7 is the latest in the long-running Fire line of LCD ereaders. Amazon has taken great pains to make this new model lighter, smaller, and more robust and, for my money, I’d say that this $139 reader is the best dedicated reader on the market, barring the e-ink Kindle line. Let’s look under the hood. Basics 7 inch 216 ppi 1280×800 pixel display 11.9 ounces Up to… Read More

  • Microsoft Promises Its Surface Project Is Here To Stay

    Microsoft Promises Its Surface Project Is Here To Stay

    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made the pitch this morning that his company’s Surface project is here to stay, hoping to convince potential business customers that investing in the tablet-hybrids won’t leave them in the lurch. Out this morning from Microsoft’s chief is a quote calling the Surface Pro 3 an “enterprise-class device,” saying that the company is… Read More

  • One In Three U.K. Children Now Owns A Tablet — Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp Use Also Rising

    One In Three U.K. Children Now Owns A Tablet — Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp Use Also Rising

    Last October research put out by the UK’s telecoms regulator, Ofcom, highlighted rising usage of tablets among kids. Unsurprisingly that trend has continued, with Ofcom’s 2014 annual report exploring parents’ and children’s media use finding that tablet ownership by children in the U.K. has now risen as high as one in three. Read More

  • SoundFocus Wants To Make The iPhone Case For Audiophiles

    SoundFocus Wants To Make The iPhone Case For Audiophiles

    The Amp is many things to many people. The iPhone-compatible device clicks over your device and offers a backup batter, dual speakers, and, for the audiophile out there, a noise reducing pre-amp that can make your tinny MP3s sound like a live orchestra (your results may vary.) Created by Alex Selig and Varun Srinivasan, the product is designed to improve iPhone audio exponentially. Using… Read More

  • Apple Patent On The NFC Mechanics Of Apple Pay Details Its Inner Workings

    Apple Patent On The NFC Mechanics Of Apple Pay Details Its Inner Workings

    Apple has applied for a patent (via AppleInsider) related to its new Apple Pay mobile payment system, and within the document, it goes into detail about how the near field communication between the phone and the payment terminal at participating stores works. Essentially, it explains in more technical and specific terms what Apple talked about on stage at its iPhone 6 event in September… Read More

  • The Manual For Verizon’s Next Flagship Droid Phone Just Leaked

    The Manual For Verizon’s Next Flagship Droid Phone Just Leaked

    Word around the ol’ phonegeek rumor mill was that Verizon and Motorola were prepping to release a new high-end Android phone to freshen up the Droid lineup — and whatdya know? The entire manual for just such a phone has leaked. Read More

  • Chromecast Now Lets You Use Your Own Photos As Its Wallpaper

    Chromecast Now Lets You Use Your Own Photos As Its Wallpaper

    Remember back in April when hidden code spotted in the Chromecast implied that things like custom wallpapers and weather forecasts were coming soon? Sure enough: Google has just pushed an update to its iOS and Android Chromecast apps, and these things (and more!) are now live. Read More

  • Please Stop, HTC. Please.

    Please Stop, HTC. Please.

    Have a new phone? Better use fashion models to show them off. Because real people wear outfits that look like monochrome jellyfish and never smile and they want… no, need… your products. That’s just what HTC did today in an industry that is plagued with gender inequality and “booth babe” marketing. They had models of both sexes strut around with phones designed… Read More

  • HTC Just Launched RE, A Flip Camera For Your Smartphone

    HTC Just Launched RE, A Flip Camera For Your Smartphone

    HTC is indeed launching a camera, as the rumors suggested. The new RE (just RE) resembles a tiny periscope, and it’s not quite a GoPro, but it’s not quite a Flip camera, either (but it really seems like one). Instead, it’s designed to be a solution not unlike a mobile smartphone camera, albeit without the screen attached. HTC CEO said that today marks a “new milestone… Read More

  • HTC’s Desire Eye Puts Selfie And Back Cameras On Equal Footing

    HTC’s Desire Eye Puts Selfie And Back Cameras On Equal Footing

    HTC’s new Desire Eye is a brand new camera that includes two 13 megapixel cameras, with the same capabilities front and back. Each has a dual color LED flash, similar to that found on the iPhone, and they come in two-color plastic unibody designs. It has IPX67 waterproofing, (which is the same as that found in the Samsung Galaxy S5) and is good for quick submersion in shallow water… Read More

  • Belkin Explains Why Its Routers Stopped Working

    Belkin Explains Why Its Routers Stopped Working

    Yesterday morning, Belkin routers stopped allowing users from accessing the Internet. In a statement provided to TechCrunch Belkin identified and outlined steps it will take to prevent it from happening again. “One of our cloud services associated with maintaining router operations was negatively impacted by a change made in our data center that caused a false denial of service. Read More

  • Watch HTC’s ‘Double Exposure’ Phone (And Camera?) Event Live Right Here

    Watch HTC’s ‘Double Exposure’ Phone (And Camera?) Event Live Right Here

    HTC has an event today, kicking off at 4 PM ET, and it’s called “Double Exposure,” which has led everyone to logically conclude that it’s camera-related. The rumor mill has been actively trying to anticipate what’s coming, and it seems highly probable we’ll witness the introduction of new selfie-specific smartphones based on the HTC One M8, and the… Read More

  • Apple Sends Out Invites For October 16 iPad And Mac Event

    Apple Sends Out Invites For October 16 iPad And Mac Event

    Apple has just made official the event many were anticipating for October, at which it will likely debut new iPads and Macs, as well as launch the public version of OS X Yosemite, the latest update to its desktop operating system. It’ll happen October 16, and we’ll be there to bring you all the news as it happens. The event will be taking place at Apple’s own Town Hall theater… Read More

  • Apple TV Could Become A Home For HomeKit Smart Devices

    Apple TV Could Become A Home For HomeKit Smart Devices

    Apple’s HomeKit is still in its earliest days, with the connected home framework technically shipping with iOS 8 but not offering up any consumer endpoints to explore just yet. The latest beta of the Apple TV operating software shows (via AppleInsider) we could be nearing more visible HomeKit feature debuts, however, as it sets up the streaming set-top box to become a smart home hub… Read More

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