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  • Nintendo To Launch Super Smash Bros. For Wii U And Its Amiibo Interactive Toys Nov. 21

    Nintendo To Launch Super Smash Bros. For Wii U And Its Amiibo Interactive Toys Nov. 21

    Nintendo’s entry into the ‘toys-to-life’ market is nearly upon us; the company announced today that it would release its first set of 12 NFC-enabled Amiibo will be available from November 21, along with Super Smash Bros for Wii U, the first game to support the toys. Nintendo’s initial lineup of Amiibo toys reflects its strong roster of characters to draw from in order… Read More

  • Apple Patents Flexible Display Input Methods

    Apple Patents Flexible Display Input Methods

    Apple has patented a way for a computing device to pick up input when a flexible display is bent or reshaped in some way, according to a new filing published by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider). The patent details a process by which new flexible displays can receive input triggers via bending, allowing it to send an MMS message specifically upon receiving a bending cue. Read More

  • Ambi Climate Gives Any Air Conditioner Nest-Like Powers

    Ambi Climate Gives Any Air Conditioner Nest-Like Powers

    Ambi Climate wants to democratize smart home climate control with a device that brings learning climate management to standalone window air conditioner units, central air systems, freestanding systems or the single room machines more common in Europe and Asia, so long as the existing system can work with an IR-based blaster or remote. It originally launched in July on Asia-specific… Read More

  • Alleged iPhone 6 Prototype Fetching Over $100,000 On eBay

    Alleged iPhone 6 Prototype Fetching Over $100,000 On eBay

    How much would you pay for an iPhone prototype? $1,000? $10,000? How about $100,000? A 64 GB iPhone 6 said to be a prototype model is currently commanding more than $100,000 on eBay. The seller claims that Verizon shipped him the device by mistake. iOS is not installed on the device. Instead, the interface shows a proprietary developer’s mode. He claims (and his pictures show) that… Read More

  • The Washington Post Is Now Free On Amazon Kindles

    The Washington Post Is Now Free On Amazon Kindles

    The Washington Post is now available as a free app on Amazon Kindle Fire tablets, according to a report in Bloomberg Businessweek. The announcement comes a little more than a year after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos purchased the the newspaper. The app, developed by a group inside the Post called Project Rainbow, will offer a curated selection of news and photographs. It will initially be free on… Read More

  • Microsoft’s FlexSense Project Is A Thin Sensor Layer To Make Your Tablet Awesome

    Microsoft’s FlexSense Project Is A Thin Sensor Layer To Make Your Tablet Awesome

    The merry band of scientists over at Microsoft Research — who apparently get paid to have fun and speak with fixed tones over videos — have put together something called FlexSense, a flat piece of bendable material loaded with sensors. You torque it, and it accepts the “deformation” input. That means it can tell how you are bending it and translates that information for… Read More

  • London Hardware Alley Registrations End This Week! Hurry!

    London Hardware Alley Registrations End This Week! Hurry!

    It’s Hardware Alley time again and we want to see you at Disrupt London! The alley, which runs during the last day of Disrupt, features all of my favorite startups – the hardware ones – in glorious Technicolor. What is Hardware Alley? It’s a celebration of hardware startups (and other cool gear makers) that features everything from robotic drones to 3D printers. We try… Read More

  • Apple Sapphire Supplier GT Advanced Technologies Files For Bankruptcy

    Apple Sapphire Supplier GT Advanced Technologies Files For Bankruptcy

    GT Advanced Technologies, which has a supply relationship with Apple after an agreement struck late last year, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company will continue to operate as normal despite the filing, which is designed to protect its assets and operating budget from debt while it restructures and re-finances its obligations. Apple’s relationship with GT… Read More

  • SmartMat Is A Connected, Pressure-Sensitive Mat For Quantifying Yoga Practice

    SmartMat Is A Connected, Pressure-Sensitive Mat For Quantifying Yoga Practice

    Can sensing technology improve and quantify yoga practice? The makers of a prototype device called the SmartMat, a yoga mat with embedded sensor technology, reckon it can. At the time of writing they’ve raised almost $175,000 (and counting) on the Indiegogo crowdfunding website, with the aim of shipping a finished product plus its companion app next July. Read More

  • HP To Become Two Companies As Consumer PC And Printer Business Splits From Corporate Services

    HP To Become Two Companies As Consumer PC And Printer Business Splits From Corporate Services

    HP will indeed split itself into two companies, with its corporate hardware and services division becoming Hewlett-Packard Enterprise under CEO Meg Whitman, and HP Inc. becoming the PC and printing brand, with new initiatives like 3D printing spinning up, under Dion Weisler (Whitman remains as Chairman of the board for the consumer company, too). The company’s decision to split is part… Read More

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