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  • 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

  • Pebble Time Pre-Orders Kick Off At Best Buy And Pebble.com

    Pebble Time Pre-Orders Kick Off At Best Buy And Pebble.com

    The Pebble Time has already been percolating out to backers of the record-breaking Kickstarter campaign, but now anyone can pre-order the wearable. In the U.S., pre-orders are routing through Best Buy, ahead of ship dates staring in early July, and in-store retail availability at the electronics giant starting in mid-July. For the rest of the world, Pebble.com is your pre-order destination… Read More

  • DODOcase’s Apple Watch Accessories Have You Covered At Home And Away

    DODOcase’s Apple Watch Accessories Have You Covered At Home And Away

    Of the companies betting on Apple Watch’s third-party ecosystem as a source of consumer interest, DODOcase might be one of the most aggressive out of the gate. The company has launched two Apple Watch charging accessories, both available for pre-order, including a stand for home use and a dual-charging device that’s ideal on the nightstand or as a travel companion. Both these… Read More

  • Google Is Looking For Testers For Its Jump VR Video Cameras

    Google Is Looking For Testers For Its Jump VR Video Cameras

    Google wants YOU to test their Jump virtual reality video capture platform. Or, well, some of you. Maybe like two, given how I imagine the percentages will work on this. The company is opening up invitations to anyone interested in trying it out, with a form where you can specify what you’d like to do with it, and provide a little bit about your background. Google says it will be… Read More

  • Bringing Eye Exams To The Palm Of A Doctor’s Hand, Smart Vision Raises $6.1 Million

    Bringing Eye Exams To The Palm Of A Doctor’s Hand, Smart Vision Raises $6.1 Million

    Commercializing a new tool to bring the basic eye exam into the palm of a doctor’s hand could save the eyesight of nearly 1 billion people worldwide. That’s the goal that Zhou Yaopeng and Marc Albanese, two former photonics researchers who met at Boston University nearly a decade ago, have set for themselves and for their two-year-old startup, Smart Vision Labs. Read More

  • Sony Launching 1TB PlayStation 4, 500GB Version Gets Some Tweaks

    Sony Launching 1TB PlayStation 4, 500GB Version Gets Some Tweaks

    The 1TB Microsoft Xbox One announcement at E3 meant this was probably inevitable, but Sony has officially revealed a 1TB version of its own console, arriving in Europe and the PAL territories starting July 15. It’ll also eventually make its way stateside, as an FCC filing spotted by Engadget proves. Bumping storage up to 1TB is a natural move for both console makers, as well as a… Read More

  • 3D-Printed Wheels Give Bubbles Her Mobility Back

    3D-Printed Wheels Give Bubbles Her Mobility Back

    Another day, another cute dog with a new lease on life thanks to 3D-printed wheels. Today we meet Bubbles, a Dachshund born without front legs. Her owner, Trevor Byers, noticed she was missing her legs when she was in the whelping box and was concerned for her quality of life. However, as she grew, it became clear that little Bubbles could be happy if only she had some sort of wheelchair on… Read More

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