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  • Leica Announces The Q, A Fixed-Focus Camera For The Posh Photographer

    Leica Announces The Q, A Fixed-Focus Camera For The Posh Photographer

    Leica has just announced the Leica Q, a fixed-focus camera aimed at street photography and folks who don’t want to carry lenses around. The camera, which has a non-removable Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH lens, is striking in its simplicity and power but, I suspect the $4,250 price tag will have many pro-am photographers chortling into their camera bags. Unlike previous “special… Read More

  • Holus Is A Tabletop Device That Turns Digital Media Into A 3D Hologram

    Holus Is A Tabletop Device That Turns Digital Media Into A 3D Hologram

    Launched on Kickstarter this morning, Holus is a tabletop device that converts digital content into a 3D hologram. Created by H+ Technologies out of Vancouver, the campaign has nearly doubled its goal of $40,000 in its first 2 hours. Don’t expect to use this to summon Obiwan with a seven-inch image of Princess Leia. Objects aren’t 3D in any sense we’re used to. Instead… Read More

  • Apple’s iPad Multitasking Powers Hint At iPad Pro And Beyond

    Apple’s iPad Multitasking Powers Hint At iPad Pro And Beyond

    Apple is encouraging developers to stop thinking about their user interfaces in terms of specific devices and orientation, and to start thinking in terms of different view types, in the interest of building interfaces that work with the multitasking mode introduced for using apps side-by-side on iPad in iOS 9. The changes reflect the best example of Apple’s tendency to… Read More

  • Pax Labs Heats Up With $46.7 Million In Series C Funding

    Pax Labs Heats Up With $46.7 Million In Series C Funding

    Pax Labs, the folks responsible for the Pax botanical vaporizer, have today announced a massive round of funding. The company is receiving $46.7 million in Series C financing led by existing investors, including Tao Capital and Sand Hill Angels, with participation from Fidelity Management & Research Company, Sivia Capital, and many more. The company plans to use the funding to expand… Read More

  • Microsoft’s 7 Foot Surface Hub Wall-Computer Will Set You Back A Cool $19,999

    Microsoft’s 7 Foot Surface Hub Wall-Computer Will Set You Back A Cool $19,999

    Microsoft will start accepting pre-orders of its Surface Hub device on July 1 in 24 markets. The devices will commence shipping in September. The larger device, weighing in at 84 inches, will cost $19,999. The smaller 55-inch option is a far-cheaper $6,999. In case you are behind, the Surface Hub is a massive touch screen, built on the tech that Microsoft acquired by buying Perceptive Pixel (PPI). Read More

  • Nanometer-Sized Robots Can Now Take Colon Biopsies

    Nanometer-Sized Robots Can Now Take Colon Biopsies

    Researchers have invented a non-invasive way for thousands of nanometer-sized robots to perform tissue biopsies. Developed by Professor David Gracias at Johns Hopkins University, these starfish-shaped robots are able to enter the body, collect a minuscule tissue sample, then be extracted by a doctor. Read More

  • New Xbox One Matte Black Console Offers 1TB Of Storage

    New Xbox One Matte Black Console Offers 1TB Of Storage

    Microsoft isn’t waiting for next week’s E3 show to start showing off new things – the company revealed a new version of its Xbox One console today, with a matte black paint job and a larger 1TB hard drive built in. This revamped console also allows you to plug in an external USB 3.0 hard drive for even more local storage for games and media content. The new iteration of the… Read More

  • June, A Countertop Smart Oven, Launches With A $1,495 Price Tag

    June, A Countertop Smart Oven, Launches With A $1,495 Price Tag

    What happens when you put a bunch of people who have worked at Apple, GoPro, Path, Google, and so on, in a room and ask them to design an oven? The answer, apparently, is June: a countertop smart oven that will cost around $1,495 and ship next spring. It’s about the size of a microwave and designed to operate more like a smart device than a typical oven. It sits on your counter and… Read More

  • Inside GoPro’s Ambitious Plan To Connect Their Cameras To The Cloud

    Inside GoPro’s Ambitious Plan To Connect Their Cameras To The Cloud

    GoPro doesn’t want to be known just as a camera company. Instead, as I learned from GoPro’s CEO and Founder Nick Woodman, GoPro wants to be a lifestyle media company. To that end, the company is looking to cloud services to give owners an easier way to share all that rad action footage and build a new business based on content, not hardware. Read More

  • Apple’s WWDC Keynote In 90 Seconds

    Apple had a lot to announce at its Worldwide Developer Conference this morning, and it was easy to miss big news as it happened during the two-hour-plus keynote. We’ve summed it up right here, with links to our coverage if you want to know more. Off the bat, Apple announced Mac OS X El Capitan. While it doesn’t come with a visual overhaul like last year’s Yosemite update… Read More

  • Meet Aaron Brown, One Of The Amazing Volunteers Giving Kids New 3D-Printed Hands

    Meet Aaron Brown, One Of The Amazing Volunteers Giving Kids New 3D-Printed Hands

    If you’ve been following my coverage of E-Nable, a volunteer organization dedicated to 3D-printing prosthetic hands for kids, you’ll be familiar with Aaron Brown’s work. He makes “superhero” hands in multiple colors and recently completed this fun Wolverine model for a young man born without fingers. The hand includes removable “blades” and is blue… Read More

  • Apple Announces iOS 9

    Apple Announces iOS 9

    It’s pretty much tradition for Apple to announce a new version of iOS at WWDC. For the past few months, rumor had it that Apple was taking a gap year to focus on fixing existing features and solidifying Apple’s mobile OS foundation. And it’s true that many existing apps received some much-needed refinement. Still, Apple announced new features, including a few unexpected… Read More

  • Apple Just Turned The iPad Into A Real Computer With QuickType

    Apple Just Turned The iPad Into A Real Computer With QuickType

    It’s just a keyboard, and so it should be limited to keys. But with the new version of iOS 9 for iPad, announced at WWDC, the touch-sensitive QuickType keyboard now has the ability to transform into a trackpad whenever you set down two fingers on the keyboard portion of the screen. Simply move those fingers to the left and the cursor moves with them. This allows you to move the cursor… Read More

  • Apple Pay Is Coming To The U.K. Next Month

    Apple Pay Is Coming To The U.K. Next Month

    Apple announced at WWDC that Apple Pay is coming to the U.K. as soon as next month. “We will launch with eight of the most popular banks, more coming this fall,” Jennifer Bailey said. As expected, the feature should work in a lot of stores as soon as it’s available. For instance, you’ll be able to use Apple Pay in London’s subway system. There are a few new… Read More

  • Connected-Car Startup Vinli Raises $6.5M From Samsung, Cox Automotive, And More

    Connected-Car Startup Vinli Raises $6.5M From Samsung, Cox Automotive, And More

    Vinli launched at TechCrunch Disrupt SF last September by promising to bring the car into the smartphone age. The company is making a small sensor that plugs into a vehicle’s ODB port and allow the driver to access a suit of apps on their smartphone, providing additional functions not currently built into the car. And today, some nine months later, the company is announcing a $6.5… Read More

  • Ecoisme Is An Energy Consumption Device That Is Too Good To Be True

    Ecoisme Is An Energy Consumption Device That Is Too Good To Be True

    Ecoisme is an Indiegogo project that supposedly uses a single device to track the energy usage of each individual appliance or gadget throughout your home. However, upon further investigation, it seems that the company is fabricating many of its claims. As a brief overview, Ecoisme is advertising that its single device can theoretically do things like alert you when your fridge is left open… Read More

  • South Korean Team KAIST Wins DARPA Robotics Challenge With Bipedal Wunderdroid

    South Korean Team KAIST Wins DARPA Robotics Challenge With Bipedal Wunderdroid

    The DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals is a tough contest. Designed encourage researchers to create robots that can handle multiple difficult environments and tasks including breaching a door, turning a valve, and negotiating obstacles, many robots entered but only one won – DRC-HUBO from a joint team that included researchers from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Team KAIST from… Read More

  • Live Rowing Is An App and Rowing Machine Monitor That Lets You Challenge Your Friends To A Boat Race

    Rowing has been a social activity since the time humans started paddling in the water. It’s one of the oldest Olympic group sports, and many an Ivy League college has a crew team. But indoor rowing machines are a mostly solitaire affair. That’s not very inspiring to those who like to workout this way, according to rowing enthusiast Nick Sheedy. He aims to bring the social aspect… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: GoPro, Pebble Time, Amazon Fire, And WWDC!

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: GoPro, Pebble Time, Amazon Fire, And WWDC!

    Matt is huddled in Vail, Colorado. Why? To hang out with GoPro, as they “throw stuff into pools and dogs chase after it.” But more seriously, GoPro is reportedly unveiling a service that allows you to record something on your GoPro and instantly view/share it on the cloud. Big deal. Meanwhile, we discuss the Pebble Time (Darrell just finished his review), which Mr. Etherington… Read More

  • Chronos Is A Little Disk That Ensmartens Your Dumb Watch

    Chronos Is A Little Disk That Ensmartens Your Dumb Watch

    Now that I’ve nearly abandoned my collection of watches thanks to the evil Apple Watch, I’m starting to miss the staid, steady ticking of a good mechanical. But how can I be endlessly bothered by a little electronic thing and still celebrate the artistry of the fine watchmaker? Chronos! Chronos is a little disk that fits on the bottom of your fancy watch with… Read More

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