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  • Here’s How To Use Siri Commands On iOS Devices With HomeKit Accessories

    Here’s How To Use Siri Commands On iOS Devices With HomeKit Accessories

    The first HomeKit accessories launched earlier this month, just ahead of Apple’s WWDC event (at which Apple also announced new HomeKit features coming in iOS 9). Now, additions to Apple’s HomeKit support page tell users how to use Siri, the voice-powered assistant included on iOS devices, to control their HomeKit devices, including thermostats, smart outlets, lights and… Read More

  • Matterport Raises $30M For Mobile VR

    Matterport Captures $30M To Scan Rooms Into Virtual Reality

    This $4500 camera turns the real world into the virtual one. Today, Matterport’s hardware is a hit with real estate agents. But fueled by the $30 million Series C it just raised, Matterport’s software and partnership with Google’s Project Tango could let you wave your phone around to create VR tours of anywhere you want. For example, here’s Matterport’s VR version… Read More

  • Apple Researching Geofencing Tech That Could Make Errands Easier

    Apple Researching Geofencing Tech That Could Make Errands Easier

    Apple has a new patent application (via AppleInsider) that could make it easier to manage shared household tasks like picking up groceries or remembering to grab a bottle of wine on the way home. The patent request describes a way in which one user can grant access to their location data to another, sort of like how they currently can in Find My Friends, but with additional features that can… Read More

  • Now They’ve Gone And Stuck Android Onto A Graphing Calculator

    Now They’ve Gone And Stuck Android Onto A Graphing Calculator

    Today in our ongoing series of people putting one thing into another thing, we present Android running on a Texas Instruments TI-Nspire CX, a robust graphing calculator popular with the pre-calc set. The calculator has about 100MB of storage and 64MB of RAM but has enough power to run Android 1.6 aka Donut. Obviously you’re not going to make very many calls using your graphing calculator… Read More

  • Amazon Echo Proves The Viability Of Voice-Based Home Computing

    Amazon Echo Proves The Viability Of Voice-Based Home Computing

    Voice-powered interfaces are the way forward. For me to make such a pronouncement is kind of ridiculous, as I’ve been an incredibly slow adopter of features like Google Now and Siri, based on the belief that using any kind of voice-powered computing platform in public is downright awkward even when speech recognition and natural language processing actually works. But after about a… Read More

  • ByeBuy Offers Alternative To Gadget Ownership With On-Demand, Pay-As-You-Go Model

    ByeBuy Offers Alternative To Gadget Ownership With On-Demand, Pay-As-You-Go Model

    If there is one product category that is arguably crying out for a bit of so-called collaborative consumption, it’s the latest gadgets. If only to slow down the rate of landfill or save us from the time-consuming and painful process of ‘recycling’ last year’s tech purchases on eBay. Enter German startup ByeBuy. Read More

  • Astro Launches Its First Smart Home Product For Apartment Dwellers

    Astro Launches Its First Smart Home Product For Apartment Dwellers

    Astro, a newcomer to the connected home space, is launching its first product today for apartment dwellers and renters in big cities. Twist is a wirelessly-controlled LED light bulb, with a built-in speaker, that can screw into any existing lamp. The bulbs, which are controlled by a dimmer, are programmed to change from white light to yellow light depending on the time of day, location… Read More

  • Google Maps Now Lets You Scale Yosemite’s El Capitan Mountain

    Google Maps Now Lets You Scale Yosemite’s El Capitan Mountain

    El Capitan is already something I associate almost by default with Mac OS X, but it was a real mountain before that – millions of years before Apple previewed OS X 10.11, in fact, though it only got its name in 1851. Anyways, it’s the real mountain, not the Apple operating system, that Google now lets you virtually climb in Google Maps with its first ever vertical Street View… Read More

  • Lexus Teases A Real, Liquid Nitrogen-Cooled Hoverboard

    Lexus Teases A Real, Liquid Nitrogen-Cooled Hoverboard

    Everyone’s now racing to make a hoverboard because we decided some time in the last couple of years that proving Back To The Future II prescient was the best way to highlight technological achievement. Lexus is the latest to throw its hat into the ring, posting a teaser for its own hoverboard technology with the promise of a long, drawn-out staged reveal. To its credit, Lexus has… Read More

  • Bowling Central Will Turn Your Apple Watch Into A Wii Remote For Apple TV

    Bowling Central Will Turn Your Apple Watch Into A Wii Remote For Apple TV

    The upcoming Apple Watch software update gives third-party developers access to the hardware’s accelerometer data, and that’s the feature one company is using to add Wii-like motion controls to their Apple TV gaming title. Rolocule Games is already testing a working version of an update for Bowling Central, one of its games designed with AirPlay streaming from an iPad or iPhone to… Read More

  • Lenovo Announces A $130 Windows PC In A Stick

    Lenovo Announces A $130 Windows PC In A Stick

    If you’ve ever wanted to plug a Windows machine into your TV for a little hot and heavy Excel slinging, you’re in luck. Lenovo has just announced a $130 stick, the Ideacenter Stick 300, that connects to any display via HDMI. These single-stick computers are nothing new but this one has an Intel Baytrail Z3735F CPU, 2GB of RAM, and up to 32GB of storage. It also has a built-in… Read More

  • Watch Mac OS 7.5.5 Running On An Apple Watch

    Watch Mac OS 7.5.5 Running On An Apple Watch

    Nick Lee, a dedicated programmer with access to WatchOS 2.0, has ported Mac OS 7.5.5 to his wrist. That’s right: the OS you used in the 1990s to make your ‘zine can now boot – albeit slowly – on your Apple Watch. He used Mini VMac, an “early Mac emulator,” and recompiled it for the Watch. Can the Watch actually run these sorts of programs well? Sure. The… Read More

  • The LightFreq Square2 Lets You Rock Out With Your Lights On

    The LightFreq Square2 Lets You Rock Out With Your Lights On

    Your speaker is in my lightbulb! No, your lightbulb is in my speaker! Thanks to the new LightFreq Square2, we’re both right. The Square2 is a lightbulb with built-in speaker and intercom. To use it you simply unscrew your current lightbulbs and screw in the Square2. Then, via the app, you can stream music to each lightbulb separately or all of them simultaneously and even talk to other… Read More

  • Google’s New Health Wearable Delivers Constant Patient Monitoring

    Google’s New Health Wearable Delivers Constant Patient Monitoring

    Often when we think of the wearable tech category, we imagine consumer-focused general purpose devices like Fitbit’s range or the Apple Watch. Google has unveiled a new niche device that’s designed to do serious work in a specific setting, however, with a health-focused wristband that provides constant patient information for participants in medical studies and clinical field… Read More

  • Dropbox Redesigns Its Android App

    Dropbox Redesigns Its Android App

    Dropbox today released a redesign for its Android application designed to streamline the process of sharing files and uploading folders. The new Android app, which will roll out in the next couple of days, is a redesign of the user interface that’s a little more seamless compared to its previous versions. The new app also includes a new spot for the company’s search function… Read More

  • How Clifford Stoll Sells Klein Bottles From Under His House

    How Clifford Stoll Sells Klein Bottles From Under His House

    Clifford Stoll wrote one of my favorite books, The Cuckoo’s Egg, and then went a little goofy about the future of the Internet. But that’s OK because Cliff now sells Klein Bottles, “a one-sided surface which, if traveled upon, could be followed back to the point of origin while flipping the traveler upside down,” from his home. The most interesting thing, however, is… Read More

  • Amazon Echo Connected Speaker Goes Up For U.S.-Wide Pre-Order, For $180

    Amazon Echo Connected Speaker Goes Up For U.S.-Wide Pre-Order, For $180

    Amazon has opened up U.S. availability of its connected speaker-cum-virtual-assistant, the Echo. Previously it was limiting who could buy it to invite-only. It’s now put the speaker on general pre-order release, for $180, with a shipping date of July 14. The Echo is still only available in the U.S. Read More

  • Ily Is A Modern Family Phone To Stay Connected With Your Family

    Ily Is A Modern Family Phone To Stay Connected With Your Family

    Meet Ily, a brand new take on personal communication between family members. Ily is a new connected device for your home as well as a smartphone app. Developed by New York-based startup Insensi, Ily doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel. This all-in-one communication box does a few things really well, and makes sense for all family members, from kids to grandparents. “When I was working… Read More

  • Kinova Robotics | TechCrunch Makers

    TC Makers: Kinova Robotics Gives The Disabled A Helping Hand

    Montreal-based Kinova Robotics was founded in part because of one man – the founder’s uncle, Jaco, a disabled inventor who created a manipulator for his wheelchair out of a hot dog pincher, some microswitches, and some complex electronics. This early attempt, while primitive, was the basis for a whole series of amazing – and amazingly useful – robotic… Read More

  • Chevrolet’s First CarPlay-Enabled Cars Are Rolling Off The Production Line

    Chevrolet’s First CarPlay-Enabled Cars Are Rolling Off The Production Line

    Chevy announced earlier this year it would be bringing Apple’s CarPlay to production vehicles this year, and now those first cars with the infotainment feature from Apple are rolling off the line and going out to dealerships and consumers. The very first production Chevrolet with CarPlay installed was the silver, 650-HP Corvette Z06 pictured above and below, the company tells… Read More

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