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  • Raspberry Pi Gets A Better Browser

    Raspberry Pi Gets A Better Browser

    For most of the English-speaking world, Raspberry Pi getting a new, improved web browser is a blip at best. But for a few elite hackers and educators, it’s a blessing. For years, RaspPi users have suffered from a fairly janky browser that is built into the stock version of Raspbian Linux. While you could roll your own browser, it wasn’t high on anyone’s list. Now, however… Read More

  • Intel Debuts The MICA, A Fashionable Smart Bracelet Designed By Opening Ceremonies

    Intel Debuts The MICA, A Fashionable Smart Bracelet Designed By Opening Ceremonies

    Intel is super excited about the idea of making computers that don’t look like computers, namely in the wearables space. Instead of latching a mini smartphone screen onto a wrist band, the technology company wants to be the brains behind the operation, not the looks. That said, Intel has partnered with Opening Ceremonies to bring a new female-oriented wearable to the market. Read More

  • Connected Hardware bttn Fires Up An Indiegogo Crowdfunder

    Connected Hardware bttn Fires Up An Indiegogo Crowdfunder

    Earlier this year Finnish startup The Button Corporation (TBC) unboxed a connected hardware button, called charmingly enough, bttn. It started taking pre-orders at €69 per pop back in May but has now fired up a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to speed manufacturing and expand the reach of its bttn, with a stated focus of driving interest in the US. Read More

  • Sony Unveils The QX1 And QX30 Lens And Camera Sensor Add-Ons For Smartphones

    Sony Unveils The QX1 And QX30 Lens And Camera Sensor Add-Ons For Smartphones

    Sony has indeed added to its lineup of camera tech add-ons for smartphone devices today, with not one, but two new devices in the QX series of accessories. The QX1 and QX30 join the existing QX10 and QX100, with the QX1 offering interchangeable lenses as revealed in a leak earlier, and the QX30 offering 30x optical zoom. The two new Sony accessories both offer ways to improve your photo quality… Read More

  • Sony Introduces The Z3, Z3 Compact, SmartBand Talk And SmartWatch 3

    Sony’s following Samsung today with a slew of announcements that will become so much gray background noise as the onslaught of IFA reveals continues. There are two new smartphones, a new fitness and life logging wearable, and a new smartwatch (which ditches Sony’s homegrown OS for Android Wear) in the mix. Sony Z3
    Sony’s new smartphone is coming hot on the heels of the… Read More

  • Logitech Releases A Surprisingly Useful Bluetooth Keyboard That Connects To Three Devices

    Logitech Releases A Surprisingly Useful Bluetooth Keyboard That Connects To Three Devices

    Keyboards, schmeeboards, amirite? But wait! Take a look at the Logitech K480, a unique Bluetooth keyboard that can connect to three devices simultaneously and allows you to switch between them using a little dial. The devices sit in a trench over the keyboard and you can swap from, say, a computer to a phone to a tablet. At $50 the K480 is an acceptably priced accessory. It features… Read More

  • Samsung Steps Into The World Of Virtual Reality With The Gear VR Headset

    Samsung Steps Into The World Of Virtual Reality With The Gear VR Headset

    Samsung is venturing boldly into the world of virtual reality, but not without one of its trusty smartphones strapped along for the ride. The company today introduced the Samsung Gear VR, a headset that plugs into the Galaxy Note 4 to create a virtual reality experience not unlike that of the Oculus Rift. The Gear VR itself is filled with various sensors, while the processor and the battery… Read More

  • Hands-On With The Samsung Gear S Smartwatch

    Hands-On With The Samsung Gear S Smartwatch

    Samsung announced its new curved-display smart watch last week, but today we were able to get up close and personal with the new wearable. Unlike most smart watches, the Gear S has two very special features. The first is a curved 2-inch, AMOLED display, and the second is 3G connectivity, allowing the smart watch to be used independent of a smartphone. The curved display measures in at a… Read More

  • Watch Samsung Unveil The Latest Galaxy Note And More Right Here

    Watch Samsung Unveil The Latest Galaxy Note And More Right Here

    Samsung is widely expected to unveil the next Galaxy Note today and the event is being streamed live for your enjoyment. The festivities start at 9:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time and can be watched above. Of course we’ll be there too, serving up breaking news and hands-on reports — that is, if the new Note will fit in our hands. Get it? Because the Note is so large? Jokes! Read More

  • Asus Makes Its ZenWatch Android Wear Smartwatch Official

    Asus Makes Its ZenWatch Android Wear Smartwatch Official

    Asus has revealed its first Android Wear smartwatch, as we originally reported it would back at Google I/O in June. The Asus ZenWatch offers a slightly different take on the design of an Android Wearable, and features some pre-loaded software and gesture controls that also set it apart from similar devices like the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live. The ZenWatch features a sandwich-like design… Read More

  • Garmin Integrates Foursquare Data Into Latest GPS Personal Navigators

    Garmin Integrates Foursquare Data Into Latest GPS Personal Navigators

    Fun fact: Personal navigators are still a thing. Garmin is rolling out a new series of 5-, 6-, and 7-inch GPS nüvi Advanced Series navigators and are attempting to keep the devices relevant with the inclusion of Foursquare data. The Foursquare data of businesses, stores, restaurants and other destinations is searchable within the Garmin GPS unit’s “Where to” menu… Read More

  • Toshiba’s Encore Mini Tablet Runs Windows 8.1 And Is Just $119

    Toshiba’s Encore Mini Tablet Runs Windows 8.1 And Is Just $119

    Want to jump into Windows 8.1 on the cheap? Toshiba has you covered. For just $119, you can snag the new Encore Mini, which runs Windows 8.1 on a teeny-tiny 7-inch, low-resolution screen. Inside is a quad-core Intel Atom CPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a microSD card slot. The 7-inch screen is of the 16:9, 1024 x 600 variety. There are of course front- and rear-facing cameras, a micro USB… Read More

  • Mozbii Is A Color-Picking Stylus Just For Kids

    Mozbii Is A Color-Picking Stylus Just For Kids

    Now on Kickstarter, Mozbii is a wonderful stylus that lets kids turn the world into their crayon box. It has already surpassed its $30,000 funding goal, with the campaign ending on Sept. 27. To be sure, there are other color-picking styluses out there, but Mozbii has several features that makes it suitable for children as young as two. Read More

  • The Meta Watch M1 Is A Next-Gen Smartwatch That Isn’t Ugly

    The Meta Watch M1 Is A Next-Gen Smartwatch That Isn’t Ugly

    While I could go on and on about the features, the battery life, and the fancy software, the Meta Watch M1, the latest from former Fossil engineer Bill Geiser and designer Frank Nuovo, stands out because it’s not ugly. Designed to look more like a regular watch than any smartwatch I’ve seen so far, all of the functionality including call pick-up and control, music management, and… Read More

  • 3DHubs Raises $4.5 Million To Make Local 3D Printing Global

    3DHubs, a 3D printer matching service, has raised a $4.5 million Series A to help bring their local 3D printing system to the world. The service, which allows you to find and order 3D prints from printers in your area, is similar to other services like MakeXYZ and 3DLt but is already available overseas. Founded by former 3D Systems employees Brian Garret and Bram de Zwart, the site was one of… Read More

  • Samsung Level Headphone Series Review: Galaxy Owners Only Need Apply

    Samsung Level Headphone Series Review: Galaxy Owners Only Need Apply

    Samsung is trying to add some additional cachet to its brand with a self-produced line of high-end audio accessories, dubbed “Level” by the Korean electronics giant. The Level series includes three different types of headphones, including an in-ear model, an on-ear version and an over-ear variety. The Level In, Level On and Level Over each offer a different experience, but they… Read More

  • Movpak Electric Backpack Skateboard

    The Movpak Is An Electric Skateboard That Folds Into A Backpack

    For those with a long commute to work, the hardest part can be the last mile between getting off of the subway or train and walking to the office. The Movpak is an electric skateboard built into a full-size backpack, designed to make that final stretch a bit less of a hassle without making you pay up for a ride through a car-sharing service. Read More

  • Android Wear Is Getting GPS And The Ability To Talk To Other Bluetooth Accessories

    Android Wear Is Getting GPS And The Ability To Talk To Other Bluetooth Accessories

    Google’s Android Wear platform is going to gain more powers on a continuing basis, thanks to frequent significant updates, the Android team has revealed. Upcoming features planned for Android Wear in the immediate future include support for GPS on devices, instead of having to rely on connected smartphones, and the ability to work with other Bluetooth wearables in potentially… Read More

  • Heated, Connected Insoles? Whatever Next…

    Heated, Connected Insoles? Whatever Next…

    Are there any limits to the everyday objects that will get connectivity and become controllable via an app? Sanity and smartphone battery life might suggest so, but this soon to launch Kickstarter project which is seeking to crowdfund a pair of connected, heated insoles to warm your tootsies and track your running steps sort of suggests otherwise. Read More

  • Sony’s QX1 Looks To Bring Interchangeable Pro Lenses To Your Smartphone

    Sony’s QX1 Looks To Bring Interchangeable Pro Lenses To Your Smartphone

    Sony’s QX series of cameras is an oddity, but one that the company is apparently still committed to – a new leak from Sony Alpha Rumors reveals a treasure trove of press images depicting a so-called “QX1″ model, which takes the basic concept of the QX10 and QX100 smartphone camera accessories and adds interchangeable lenses. The QX10 and QX100, for those unfamiliar… Read More