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  • BiiSafe Buddy Is A Bluetooth Keyfob For Item-Tracking And Location Alerts

    BiiSafe Buddy Is A Bluetooth Keyfob For Item-Tracking And Location Alerts

    Finnish made BiiSafe Buddy, which was crowdfunded on Indiegogo, offers item tracking via Bluetooth and a location-sharing alerts feature geared towards families by turning the gizmo into a physical button to quickly share your location on a map with a chosen circle of loved ones. I gave it a road test for a few days to see whether the concept lives up to the promise. Read More

  • Apple Opens Battery Replacement Program For Affected iPhone 5 Units

    Apple Opens Battery Replacement Program For Affected iPhone 5 Units

    Apple has created an iPhone 5 battery replacement program after it released a statement saying that it had discovered a “very small percentage” of units “may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently.” This iPhone 5 battery replacement program is the second to arrive. Late last year, Apple had a replacement program for iPhone 5s… Read More

  • This New Card Skimmer Is Almost As Thin As A Credit Card

    This New Card Skimmer Is Almost As Thin As A Credit Card

    Good old Brian Krebs has the scoop on a new card skimmer found in Europe. How is it different? It literally fits right into the card slot of any ATM, essentially allowing unfettered access to cards as they slide through. Add in a tiny camera and you’ve got a complete card cloning system. The skimmer is powered by a simple watch battery and uses a very small PCB and magnetic strip reader… Read More

  • Engineers Build A 3D Printing OS For All Printers Everywhere

    Engineers Build A 3D Printing OS For All Printers Everywhere

    If you’ve used any 3D printers over the past year or so, you’ll notice one thing: fragmentation. A few use open source apps (which are abysmal) and many use homebrew solutions which range from amazing to “meh.” Now a group of engineers wants to create a standardized, usable OS for all 3D printers, ensuring that any time you click a button to print a 3D model… Read More

  • Google Acquires Gecko, Which Did Mechanical Design For The Original FitBit

    Google Acquires Gecko, Which Did Mechanical Design For The Original FitBit

    Google has acquired Gecko Design, a firm operating out of Los Gatos, California, to help with its Google X special projects laboratory. The acquired company has done design work for a number of high-profile clients, including Aliph (Jawbone), Dell, HP, Slingmedia, OLPC and FitBit. It did all of the mechanical design work behind the original activity tracker FitBit debuted at TechCrunch50 in… Read More

  • TechCrunch Giveaway: Canon EOS T3i Kit And NeroTrigger

    TechCrunch Giveaway: Canon EOS T3i Kit And NeroTrigger

    One of you will be the lucky winner of a Canon EOS T3i kit paired with a NeroTrigger. The Canon EOS Rebel is a digital SLR camera, and is accompanied by an accessory kit that includes three lenses, a camcorder and a 59″ lightweight tripod – among other accessories. Read More

  • Botlr The First Hotel Robot

    This Robot Butler Tried To Get Me Drunk

    The merry TechCrunch band took a trip to Cupertino this week to kick it with a small robot called Botlr made by robotics startup Savioke. The little android, outfitted with a fancy collar and racing stripes, brings small items from the front desk of the Aloft hotel, to the rooms of customers. The cute R2 can handle elevators on its own, and scoots along at around one to two miles per hour. Read More

  • Estimote Wants To Pioneer ‘Nearables’ With New Stickers Beacon Hardware

    Estimote Wants To Pioneer ‘Nearables’ With New Stickers Beacon Hardware

    The Internet of Things gets a lot of hype, but its rollout is slow and it will take a long time for consumers to upgrade existing, non-connected devices that still work fine into something that can communicate with computing gadgets like smartphones. Estimote has put a lot of time and work into expediting our connected future via its beacon hardware and developer platform, and now the startup… Read More

  • Felicis, Horizons Ventures Pour $3 Million Into The Vessyl Smart Cup

    Felicis, Horizons Ventures Pour $3 Million Into The Vessyl Smart Cup

    Mark One, the company behind the Vessyl smart cup, has today closed a $3 million seed round co-led by Felicis Ventures and Horizons Ventures The Vessyl is a cup that tracks your liquid consumption throughout the day, not only by volume but on a molecular level to monitor overall nutrition. When you’re in need of a glass of water, Vessyl will say so. When you’re pretty… Read More

  • Tesla Model S Software Update Brings iPhone Unlocking And Ignition Start

    Tesla Model S Software Update Brings iPhone Unlocking And Ignition Start

    Tesla owners have been looking forward to OS 6.0, a software update for their vehicles, for a while now, but it’s finally rolling out to vehicle owners, reports Electrek. The system adds a bunch of new features for Model S vehicles, including a new Calendar app for in-car use, and big improvements to the Maps/Navigation software. What’s amazing (and surprising) for iPhone users is… Read More

  • Sony Doesn’t Know Why The PS4 Is Doing Well

    Sony Doesn’t Know Why The PS4 Is Doing Well

    Earlier this month, Sony announced that it has already sold 10 million units of its PlayStation 4 game console since its launch last November, a record-setting figure for the company’s hardware. In an interview with Eurogamer published yesterday, SCE Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida admitted that the company doesn’t really know why its console is doing so well in… Read More

  • A Second Act For The Internet Of Things

    A Second Act For The Internet Of Things

    For the last few years there has been a lot of talk in the venture capital industry about automating the home and leveraging Internet-enabled devices for various functions in manufacturing and the traditional workplace. The first wave of this was the use of the smartphone as a remote control, like the Nest’s ability to allow consumers to control their thermostat using their smartphone. Read More

  • Despite FAA Setbacks, Amazon Prime Air Makes Notable Engineering, NASA And Aerospace Hires

    Despite FAA Setbacks, Amazon Prime Air Makes Notable Engineering, NASA And Aerospace Hires

    Something big is going on with Amazon Prime Air, the e-commerce giant’s research project focused on delivering packages in 30 minutes or less using unmanned drones. And it’s not the dubious story about drone testing in India, which frankly, doesn’t pass the sniff test in terms of accuracy. Prime Air is shaping up to be more than a marketing stunt, it seems. The company… Read More

  • OnBeep To Tackle Group Communication Wearables With $6.25M In New Funding

    OnBeep To Tackle Group Communication Wearables With $6.25M In New Funding

    Stealth startup OnBeep got a little less stealthy today, announcing a new Series A round of $6.25 million in funding including investment from Riche Levandov of Avalon ventures, and including previous seed funding from WordPress-creator Matt Mullenweg and others. The company revealed a bit about their secretive product development back in January, when they talked about their efforts… Read More

  • Nook And Samsung Announce Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, An Android Tablet For Reading

    Nook And Samsung Announce Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, An Android Tablet For Reading

    In an effort to bring the Nook platform to a more familiar – and more fully-featured – device, Nook has announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, a 7-inch tablet made primarily by Samsung. It includes something called the “Barnes & Noble Advantage,” a deeply linked app that allows for book downloads as well as tech support “It’s the first ever… Read More

  • Talking On Tablets On The Rise In Asia

    Talking On Tablets On The Rise In Asia

    The phone-sized tablet — aka the phablet — was born in Asia, so it’s fitting that the region is now apparently driving a trend for talking on even larger slabs of glass and plastic. Analyst IDC says tablets with a screen of 7 inches or larger are increasingly shipping with cellular voice capabilities — and getting increasing traction the Asia/Pacific region… Read More

  • The Garmin Fenix 2 Brings The Running Watch Into A Dystopian Future

    The Garmin Fenix 2 Brings The Running Watch Into A Dystopian Future

    You’re in a desert, walking along in the sand, when all of a sudden you look down and see a tortoise. It’s crawling toward you… how do you train yourself to outrun it? I like to think you’d probably want a $400 Fenix 2 from Garmin. I’ve used Garmin running watches since their first, bulbous balls of GPS electronics were launched in the early 2000s. Now, after… Read More

  • The noPhone, Because Smartphone Separation Anxiety Is Real

    The noPhone, Because Smartphone Separation Anxiety Is Real

    The other day, as I sat on the couch with a dead iPhone resting on my belly, I found myself wondering why my phone is constantly out of battery. And I had a revelation: I’d rather have a dead phone within reach than be even a few feet away from it as it charges across the room. It’s pathetic, I know, but absolutely true. Enter the noPhone. Read More

  • Philips Hue Lux Review: Smart Lighting For Less

    Philips Hue Lux Review: Smart Lighting For Less

    If you’ve been eyeing the Philips Hue connected lighting series with keen interest but are also unwilling to spend the big bucks the current series demands, now’s your chance to get on board: Philips has kicked off pre-orders for the Hue Lux line of bulbs, including individual units and a starter kit including two bulbs and a base. The Lux trades programmable colors for a cheaper… Read More

  • OhMiBod & Autoblow 2 | Fly or Die

    Fly Or Die: Sex Toys

    This episode of Fly or Die, focused on two different sex toys, may seem straightforward, but John and I actually learned a lot. We realized that not all sex toys are created equal, especially when you’re weighing sex toys for girls against those for boys. Read More