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  • PureWrist Puts Contactless Payments Inside A Bracelet

    PureWrist Puts Contactless Payments Inside A Bracelet

    Launched on Indiegogo last week, PureWrist is a fashionable silicone bracelet that contains an embedded NFC payment chip that lets you go through life without Apple Pay. The chip inside the bracelet is powered by the same technology found in Apple Pay and NFC-enabled credit cards. This allows PureWrist to be used to as a form of payment anywhere that accepts contactless payments… Read More

  • Oculus Is Working On Transporting You Fully Into VR, Down To The Last Fingernail

    Oculus Is Working On Transporting You Fully Into VR, Down To The Last Fingernail

    Oculus may be focused on this generation of hardware with today’s big Rift VR headset unveiling, but it’s also keeping an eye to future generations. We caught up with Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe after the special event today, as he fielded questions from a gaggle of reporters, TechCrunch included. Read More

  • In The U.S. Smart Home Market, Don’t Rule Out China Crunch Network

    In The U.S. Smart Home Market, Don’t Rule Out China

    It’s no secret that the smart home is a hot industry generating big-time buzz from VCs and large technology companies alike. The dream of a fully automated and connected home, where control of every device is at its owner’s fingertips, has attracted leading innovators. Read More

  • Oculus Previews “Oculus Touch” Handheld Motion-Tracking Haptic Controllers

    Oculus Previews “Oculus Touch” Handheld Motion-Tracking Haptic Controllers

    Oculus wants to go beyond the Xbox One controller shipping with the Rift, so today it showed off the prototype of Oculus Touch, a set of handheld motion controllers that let you see your hands in virtual reality. Known as the “Half Moon” prototype, they’ll let you pick up objects, fire a gun, or point at things. They include integrated inertial and 360-degree movement… Read More

  • Oculus Unveils Consumer Rift Headset With Xbox One Controller

    Oculus Unveils Consumer Rift Headset With Xbox One Controller

    This is no developer kit. Oculus today gave the world the first look at its Rift consumer virtual reality headset which will ship with a wireless Xbox One controller. It also comes with a small, table-top camera on a stand that watches a constellation of LED markers on the Rift to track your head movement. The partnership with Microsoft will also see the Rift work “natively”… Read More

  • Oculus Rift Special Event Live Blog

    Oculus Rift Special Event Live Blog

    We’ll be at Dogpatch Studios in SF to check out the latest from Oculus, which is most likely going to share some details regarding its upcoming consumer Rift headset launch (set for early 2016). Hopefully we’ll get a lot more specific on release timeline and price, as well as final hardware design. Stay tuned as we reveal all below!   Read More

  • Watch Oculus VR’s Special Rift Event Live Here At 10 AM PT

    Watch Oculus VR’s Special Rift Event Live Here At 10 AM PT

    Oculus is hosting a special, pre-E3 press event today in San Francisco, and the festivities kick off at 10 AM PT. The stream above will provide live video from the show so you can follow along with all the announcements. This is probably going to be the day Oculus takes a lot of the remaining mystery out of its much-anticipated consumer launch, which is happening early in 2016. We could get… Read More

  • Apple Watch Is About To Become A Perfect Podcast Machine

    Apple Watch Is About To Become A Perfect Podcast Machine

    The Apple Watch is set to become almost an entirely new device with the introduction of watchOS 2 this fall, but the changes set to arrive with the update seem like they’ll have extreme benefits for one group in particular: podcast aficionados, and podcasters themselves. How does watchOS 2 achieve this? Two ways: support for local, long-form audio playback, and support for audio… Read More

  • Android Game Console Maker Ouya In Talks To Be Acquired By Razer

    Android Game Console Maker Ouya In Talks To Be Acquired By Razer

    We’re hearing that Razer, which creates laptops and other gaming hardware, is in the process of acquiring Kickstarter-backed Android console maker Ouya. TechCrunch couldn’t learn the terms of the deal, which we’ve heard are still in flux, but the acquisition would bring to a close the tale of a very early first-mover in the market of set-top gaming consoles outside of… Read More

  • Sony’s Compact RX-100 IV And RX-10 II Cameras Pack A Big Punch

    Sony’s Compact RX-100 IV And RX-10 II Cameras Pack A Big Punch

    Sony has a couple of new cameras it revealed today, including the RX-100 IV and the RX-10 II. The new compact cameras offer powerful sensors in small packages, continuing Sony’s long tradition of shaking up the consumer and prosumer photography categories. New to the cameras is a special sensor, the “first stacked 1.0 type CMOS sensor with a DRAM chip,” according to Sony… Read More

  • 5 Great Things Apple Watch Apps Will Be Able To Do In watchOS 2

    5 Great Things Apple Watch Apps Will Be Able To Do In watchOS 2

    The Apple Watch is set to get a lot more powerful thanks to the all-new watchOS 2, the first major platform update for the wearable. Apple’s next watch software is due to launch this fall, but here’s a look at just some of the new things Watch app developers will be able to offer with their native software on the platform – over and above basics like running apps on the… Read More

  • Leica Announces The Q, A Fixed-Focus Camera For The Posh Photographer

    Leica Announces The Q, A Fixed-Focus Camera For The Posh Photographer

    Leica has just announced the Leica Q, a fixed-focus camera aimed at street photography and folks who don’t want to carry lenses around. The camera, which has a non-removable Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH lens, is striking in its simplicity and power but, I suspect the $4,250 price tag will have many pro-am photographers chortling into their camera bags. Unlike previous “special… Read More

  • Holus Is A Tabletop Device That Turns Digital Media Into A 3D Hologram

    Holus Is A Tabletop Device That Turns Digital Media Into A 3D Hologram

    Launched on Kickstarter this morning, Holus is a tabletop device that converts digital content into a 3D hologram. Created by H+ Technologies out of Vancouver, the campaign has nearly doubled its goal of $40,000 in its first 2 hours. Don’t expect to use this to summon Obiwan with a seven-inch image of Princess Leia. Objects aren’t 3D in any sense we’re used to. Instead… Read More

  • Apple’s iPad Multitasking Powers Hint At iPad Pro And Beyond

    Apple’s iPad Multitasking Powers Hint At iPad Pro And Beyond

    Apple is encouraging developers to stop thinking about their user interfaces in terms of specific devices and orientation, and to start thinking in terms of different view types, in the interest of building interfaces that work with the multitasking mode introduced for using apps side-by-side on iPad in iOS 9. The changes reflect the best example of Apple’s tendency to… Read More

  • Pax Labs Heats Up With $46.7 Million In Series C Funding

    Pax Labs Heats Up With $46.7 Million In Series C Funding

    Pax Labs, the folks responsible for the Pax botanical vaporizer, have today announced a massive round of funding. The company is receiving $46.7 million in Series C financing led by existing investors, including Tao Capital and Sand Hill Angels, with participation from Fidelity Management & Research Company, Sivia Capital, and many more. The company plans to use the funding to expand… Read More

  • Microsoft’s 7 Foot Surface Hub Wall-Computer Will Set You Back A Cool $19,999

    Microsoft’s 7 Foot Surface Hub Wall-Computer Will Set You Back A Cool $19,999

    Microsoft will start accepting pre-orders of its Surface Hub device on July 1 in 24 markets. The devices will commence shipping in September. The larger device, weighing in at 84 inches, will cost $19,999. The smaller 55-inch option is a far-cheaper $6,999. In case you are behind, the Surface Hub is a massive touch screen, built on the tech that Microsoft acquired by buying Perceptive Pixel (PPI). Read More

  • Nanometer-Sized Robots Can Now Take Colon Biopsies

    Nanometer-Sized Robots Can Now Take Colon Biopsies

    Researchers have invented a non-invasive way for thousands of nanometer-sized robots to perform tissue biopsies. Developed by Professor David Gracias at Johns Hopkins University, these starfish-shaped robots are able to enter the body, collect a minuscule tissue sample, then be extracted by a doctor. Read More

  • New Xbox One Matte Black Console Offers 1TB Of Storage

    New Xbox One Matte Black Console Offers 1TB Of Storage

    Microsoft isn’t waiting for next week’s E3 show to start showing off new things – the company revealed a new version of its Xbox One console today, with a matte black paint job and a larger 1TB hard drive built in. This revamped console also allows you to plug in an external USB 3.0 hard drive for even more local storage for games and media content. The new iteration of the… Read More

  • June, A Countertop Smart Oven, Launches With A $1,495 Price Tag

    June, A Countertop Smart Oven, Launches With A $1,495 Price Tag

    What happens when you put a bunch of people who have worked at Apple, GoPro, Path, Google, and so on, in a room and ask them to design an oven? The answer, apparently, is June: a countertop smart oven that will cost around $1,495 and ship next spring. It’s about the size of a microwave and designed to operate more like a smart device than a typical oven. It sits on your counter and… Read More

  • Inside GoPro’s Ambitious Plan To Connect Their Cameras To The Cloud

    Inside GoPro’s Ambitious Plan To Connect Their Cameras To The Cloud

    GoPro doesn’t want to be known just as a camera company. Instead, as I learned from GoPro’s CEO and Founder Nick Woodman, GoPro wants to be a lifestyle media company. To that end, the company is looking to cloud services to give owners an easier way to share all that rad action footage and build a new business based on content, not hardware. Read More

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