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  • Apple Patents New Liquidmetal Techniques For Manufacturing

    Apple Patents New Liquidmetal Techniques For Manufacturing

    Liquidmetal, as you’ll recall, is a bulk metallic glass – BMG – that can be cast into shapes and then hardens into a metal. It’s popular in watchmaking and was recently taken up by Apple in their iPhone manufacturing process. Today’s patent, however, addresses the process of casting multiple metals or BMGs, allowing manufacturers to surround alloys in other… Read More

  • Defusing The Internet Of Things Time Bomb Crunch Network

    Defusing The Internet Of Things Time Bomb

    They’re coming, and we won’t be able to stop them. But will they be friends or foes? What are we talking about? Internet of Things (IoT) devices. And, as with most things, the answer will depend on the details. Gartner predicts there will be approximately 5 billion such devices in use this year, growing to 25 billion (more than half of them consumer-focused) by 2020. Read More

  • Govberg’s OnTime App Lets You Keep A Virtual Watch Box On Your Phone

    Govberg’s OnTime App Lets You Keep A Virtual Watch Box On Your Phone

    Watch collectors are weird. Sometimes they plan meetups where they get together with their entire watch collections and fondle each others’ timepieces, breathless with excitement. If you ever see a bunch of grown men looking at Seikos from the 1970s while hyperventilating… run. For the rest of us – or, actually, for the true watch obsessive who doesn’t want to go to… Read More

  • Apple Addresses Bendgate Complaints With Sturdier iPhone 6s Shell

    Apple Addresses Bendgate Complaints With Sturdier iPhone 6s Shell

    Supply chain leaks have indicated that Apple is working on an iPhone 6s, and details of the new device have been surfacing one at a time for the past few weeks. Unbox Therapy has obtained the rear casing of the 6s and meticulously compared it with the iPhone 6. Apple is reinforcing some weak points with this year’s new iteration, and the company is also switching to lighter, stronger… Read More

  • A $30 Dongle Can Unlock Your Car And Garage Remotely

    A $30 Dongle Can Unlock Your Car And Garage Remotely

    Hacker Samy Kamkar has created a clever system for capturing and playing back the radio signals that can open your garage door and car. It costs $30 and could spell the end of the laughably insecure systems now in place that protect our rakes and Land Rovers. Read More

  • HTC Is Now Essentially Worthless (And Insecure)

    HTC Is Now Essentially Worthless (And Insecure)

    Internet hyperbole (and financial analysis) have rendered HTC, a once high-flying mobile brand, essentially valueless. In short, the company is trading below cash on hand. So if you bought all HTC stock, the company would have to pay you, the buyer, to take it over. This means the company’s factories, stock and brand are worth nothing, at least on Wall Street. Read More

  • Fitbit Founder James Park Will Speak At Disrupt SF 2015

    Fitbit Founder James Park Will Speak At Disrupt SF 2015

    James Park is on a roll. Best known as the co-founder and CEO of Fitbit, his company went public on June 18 — and things couldn’t have gone more smoothly. Fitbit is now worth $9 billion despite facing tough competition. It seems like nothing can stop the company’s fitness-tracking devices. When Fitbit announced that it would go public, the company planned to raise around… Read More

  • Hardware Incubators Are Critical To The Future Of Making Things Crunch Network

    Hardware Incubators Are Critical To The Future Of Making Things

    Hardware is hot — and poised to get hotter. Venture capital investment in connected device hardware startups reached approximately $1.48 billion in 2014, more than triple the amount of two years earlier. Meanwhile, the “fairy tale” acquisitions of Dropcam, Nest, Beats and Oculus — and the IPOs of Fitbit and GoPro — fuel public interest and momentum for new startups… Read More

  • Smartwatches Decimated Traditional Watch Sales Last Month

    Smartwatches Decimated Traditional Watch Sales Last Month

    An NPD survey is suggesting that the Apple Watch has pushed watch sales to the lowest point since 2008. NPD has found that watchmakers sold $375 million worth of watches in July, down 11 percent from last year. This decline is the largest since a similar decline in 2008 due to the financial crisis. Read More

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