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  • Bag Week: Herschel Heritage BackPack Plus

    Bag Week: Herschel Heritage BackPack Plus

    Chances are, you’ve seen someone wearing a Herschel backpack. They have signature leather elements including zipper pulls and straps, depending on the series, and they always bear the company’s old-timey logo in a small white patch somewhere you can reasonably expect it to get seen. The Heritage backpack is one of the company’s standards, as it likes to work with a limited… Read More

  • Ubooly Acquired As It Rebrands To Focus On Building Smarts Directly Into Toys

    Ubooly Acquired As It Rebrands To Focus On Building Smarts Directly Into Toys

    Ubooly is demoing on stage at Disney’s Accelerator Demo Day, but it’s not the company it was when it entered the program. The startup has renamed itself to “Smart Toy,” which better encompasses its vision of interactive toys with computing intelligence beyond just its initial product, which was also called Ubooly. But it’s also no longer a startup – or at… Read More

  • Welcome To Bag Week 2014

    Welcome To Bag Week 2014

    It has been a tradition at TechCrunch to dedicate an entire week (or, in this case, a truncated week) to bags. Big bags. Small bags. Little bags. Tall bags. All bags, (almost) all the time. With that in mind, we present to you Bag Week 2014, our annual celebration of things that hold things. We understand that you, as a tech professional, love to put your computers into things. Therefore… Read More

  • The Sonos Boost Expands Your Musical Reach

    The Sonos Boost Expands Your Musical Reach

    Wireless music player maker, Sonos, has released the Boost, an add-on to their system that allows Sonos devices to work up to 50% further than the standard Wi-Fi range – 90 feet as compared to about 60 feet for the average Wi-Fi hotspot. The Boost device also improves signal intensity and, more important, creates a dedicated network for Sonos devices, protecting from the vagaries of… Read More

  • The Pi-Top, A Raspberry Pi-Powered Laptop, Is Hitting The Crowdfunding Trail

    The Pi-Top, A Raspberry Pi-Powered Laptop, Is Hitting The Crowdfunding Trail

    Yee-haw! Saddle up and roll ‘em out because the Pi-Top Raspberry Pi laptop is ready to ride! We last met this laptop when it was still a gleam in a group of students’ eye. Now it’s a fully operational crowdfunding project and they’re looking for $80,000 to begin shipping the devices. The kit itself costs $249 with a motherboard or $200 without. You can also simply… Read More

  • Withings Aura Review: Easy, Advanced Sleep Tracking, But Leaves You Wanting More

    Withings Aura Review: Easy, Advanced Sleep Tracking, But Leaves You Wanting More

    French personal health tech company Withings already tracks your sleep and activity using its wearable monitors, but they do so with less than stellar accuracy. A new addition to the Withings lineup, The Withings Aura, provides a finely tuned sensor for sleep tracking that you don’t have to remember to wear to bed or activate, as well as a nightstand companion that provides power, but… Read More

  • Breathometer Introduces Breeze, A $100 Bluetooth-Powered Breathalyzer

    Breathometer Introduces Breeze, A $100 Bluetooth-Powered Breathalyzer

    The first Breathometer device plugged into a user’s cell phone jack when gauging their blood alcohol level via mobile app. It launched on Indiegogo with an interesting campaign that enabled backers to pay up to get their breathalyzers sooner — i.e. those who contributed $100 got their devices months before those who contributed $20. Read More

  • Blocks’ Modular Smartwatch Designs Teased In New Video

    Blocks’ Modular Smartwatch Designs Teased In New Video

    One of the more interesting wearables lining up to challenge the Apple Watch next year is Blocks, a modular smartwatch conceived by a couple of students from Imperial College in the U.K. — in turn inspired by the Phonebloks/Google Project Ara modular smartphone. Read More

  • The iPhone 6 Plus Gets A One-Handed Keyboard App, And It’s Glorious

    The iPhone 6 Plus Gets A One-Handed Keyboard App, And It’s Glorious

    While I came around to the iPhone 6 Plus and its unique allure, as told in a post from a couple of days ago, Apple’s big smartphone still isn’t the easiest to use when typing one-handed. Specifically, it’s tricky to get to the requisite punctuation needed to properly express oneself. A new app, helpfully called “One Handed Keyboard,”¬†eliminates this annoyance, with… Read More

  • Android Ads Arrive In Time For Rumored Nexus 6 And 9 Reveal

    Android Ads Arrive In Time For Rumored Nexus 6 And 9 Reveal

    Google may be tipping its hand with new Android advertisement spots, which were spotted and posted to YouTube by Droid Life. The ads feature an eclectic assortment of Andy the Android characters, wearing various costumes and rendered in various sizes. The Android mascot’s variety is also the main message Google is trying to promote with these ads, which tout the slogan “Be… Read More

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