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  • Apple Looking Into Built-In Telephoto iPhone Camera Lenses

    Apple Looking Into Built-In Telephoto iPhone Camera Lenses

    Apple’s iPhone is just about the best smartphone camera you can get, but a new patent application provides a good indication of how it could get even better. The patent is for a “small form factor telephoto camera (via AppleInsider) and describes how the company might make a camera with a narrower field of view, but a much higher magnification factor, as well as how such a camera… Read More

  • Micro Tug Robots Can Pull Objects 2,000 Times Their Own Weight

    Micro Tug Robots Can Pull Objects 2,000 Times Their Own Weight

    Like the noble ant or the sassy-yet-lovable tugboat, Micro Tugs can pull more than their own weight. The robots, which come from Stanford’s Biomimetics and Dextrous Manipulation Lab, use a “controllable adhesive” plate that sticks to surfaces only when shear pressure is applied. In one case a 12 gram robot was able to pull objects 2,000 times its own weight. Read More

  • Apple Watch Review

    Apple Watch Review

    The Apple Watch is now on the wrists of members of the general public for the first time, and opinions about its usefulness are flying fast and furious. Here at TechCrunch, we’ve been sharing our thoughts in an ongoing diary, featuring daily entries describing what it’s like to use the Watch as we become more familiar with the new gadget. Read More

  • Taptic Component Bottleneck Blamed In Part For Apple Watch Supply Shortage

    Taptic Component Bottleneck Blamed In Part For Apple Watch Supply Shortage

    The Apple Watch is rolling out to customers, but it’s taking longer to get into user hands than some might like. A new report out today by The Wall Street Journal puts the blame for the slow rollout primarily on a shortage of Apple Watch Taptic Engine components, caused by issues found in the parts supplied by one supplier in particular. The WSJ author who penned the piece clarified… Read More

  • Microsoft Has “Hundreds” Of HoloLens Devices For Devs To Test At Build

    Microsoft Has “Hundreds” Of HoloLens Devices For Devs To Test At Build

    Microsoft’s HoloLens has been in development for a few years, and Microsoft’s Alex Kipman said on stage at Build today that during that time, the hardware has improved by a couple of orders of magnitude due to advances in mobile processing, sensor and computer power and affordability. Read More

  • Microsoft Announces Continuum, Turning Windows 10 Phones Into Desktops

    Microsoft Announces Continuum, Turning Windows 10 Phones Into Desktops

    Microsoft just demonstrated one of the intriguing possibilities from its single platform/multiple form factors approach for Windows 10: the ability to use your phone as your desktop computer. In contrast to Apple’s “Continuity,” which aims to make moving between phone, tablet and desktop seamless, Microsoft’s Continuum instead has the phone you’re using adapt… Read More

  • GoPro Drops 4% After Reporting Better Than Expected Q1 Profit And Revenue

    GoPro Drops 4% After Reporting Better Than Expected Q1 Profit And Revenue

    GoPro made money last quarter, beat on revenue and is still down after hours. The company reported $363.1 million in first-quarter revenue, and net income of $16.75 million, is off 4 percent after regular trading pushed its shares up by the same percentage. Why is it trading down? It isn’t wildly clear, to be frank. The market expected that the company would generate less revenue… Read More

  • Watch A Drone Fall In Love In Pomplamoose’s New Video

    Watch A Drone Fall In Love In Pomplamoose’s New Video

    Friends of TC, Pomplamoose, just posted a new video that features a lady, a drone and a single rose. The song, Madonna’s Like A Prayer redone in a decidedly jaunty style, is great but the video storyline is greater. You see, in the year 2022 a drone becomes sentient and falls in love with a woman who lives in what looks like a fashionable SF bunker. The drone knows that his/her love flies… Read More

  • This Is The LG G4

    This Is The LG G4

    The LG G4 is here, and as previewed, it does indeed feature a leather back, designed for comfort and durability according to the company. The smartphone has some serious bona fides when it comes to hardware specs, including a quad HD (1440 x 2560) 5.5-inch screen which uses new “quantum display” tech for better color reproduction, a completely redesigned camera with a larger… Read More

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