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  • Samsung Goes After Sonos With A New Wireless Soundbar System

    Samsung Goes After Sonos With A New Wireless Soundbar System

    Wireless whole-home audio is a tough nut to crack. Only a few folks – primarily Sonos – have cracked it but Samsung is hot on the whole-home kick with the HW-K950, a Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbar that includes three forward-facing and two upward speakers. The HW-K950 can connect to subwoofers and rear speaker units wirelessly which means you don’t have to drag speaker cable… Read More

  • French Startups Are Also Taking Over CES

    French Startups Are Also Taking Over CES

    It’s true, startups are taking over CES. But this is just part of the story. CES isn’t yet another startup show. It’s a now a startup show with hundreds of companies launching compelling new products at the same time coming from many different countries — and French startups in particular are coming en masse. Read More

  • Startups Are Taking Over CES

    Startups Are Taking Over CES

    The Consumer Electronics Show keeps on growing. Several years ago the show outgrew the massive Las Vegas Convention Center and started using part of the Sands Expo Center several blocks away. They called it Eureka Park and made the exhibit space less expensive in a bid to attract startups to the show. It worked. And it’s bigger than ever with startups filling both levels of the Sands. CES… Read More

  • Livestream’s $399 Movi Brings Multi-Camera Polish Into A Pocket-Sized Package

    Livestream’s $399 Movi Brings Multi-Camera Polish Into A Pocket-Sized Package

    If you’re a regular person looking to shoot some video, it’s hard to complain about the many, many options available. Heck, the iPhone camera is good enough at this point that it’s been used to shoot a critically acclaimed feature film. But unless you’re a video professional, there’s still one big limitation — you’re probably recording with a… Read More

  • The BoomStick Gives Your Stock Earbuds A Major Sound Quality Boost

    The BoomStick Gives Your Stock Earbuds A Major Sound Quality Boost

    The standard sets of stock headphones being shipped by companies like Apple and Samsung are, by and large, garbage. For consumers looking to achieve more of a high-end audio experience, their best bet is traditionally in securing a new pair of cans. A new company, BoomCloud 360, is looking to help consumers boost audio quality more easily with their first portable product offering. The… Read More

  • Samsung’s ‘Rink’ Motion Controllers For Gear VR Look Pretty Great

    Samsung’s ‘Rink’ Motion Controllers For Gear VR Look Pretty Great

    A few days ago, Samsung shared a few items that they’d be showing on the floor at CES in Las Vegas. One of them, which barely caused a blip on the radar was the “rink.” It’s Samsung’s motion controllers for the Gear VR, something that is sorely needed for their mobile virtual reality experience. If you remember, Oculus just shared that their own motion… Read More

  • The First International Beauty Contest Judged By Robots Crunch Network

    The First International Beauty Contest Judged By Robots

    Robots are starting to appear everywhere: driving cars, cooking dinners and even as robotic pets. But people don’t usually give machine intelligence much credence when it comes to judging beauty. That may change with the launch of the world’s first international beauty contest judged exclusively by a robot jury. Read More

  • A Quick Tour Of Wearables In 2015

    A Quick Tour Of Wearables In 2015

    Wearables had a varied year in 2015, with a lot of hype and a few big winners streaking ahead of the field, leaving plenty of also-rans struggling to stand out. It’s fair to say that the entire category is yet to prove whether it offers lasting utility or mere faddish novelty… Read More

  • We’re Close

    We’re Close

    All of the chatter about virtual reality shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Over the years, we’ve been forcing our way to get closer and closer to content of all types. For example, before we ever sat down to watch a movie, we’d hang out at a playhouse to watch a live show. The people who actually enjoyed sitting in the back were few and far between. They were probably… Read More

  • This 3D-Printed Star Destroyer Is Two Feet Long

    This 3D-Printed Star Destroyer Is Two Feet Long

    The Star Destroyer, one of the largest ships in the Star Wars universe, has been recreated in excruciating detail in the form of a two-foot long 3D-printed ship consisting of thousands of small parts. It was, as the creator suggested, a big job. You can check out a set of images here but, sadly, there aren’t plans just yet. Using a PowerSpec 3D Pro printer and three rolls of filament… Read More

  • Samsung Gets Wacky With A Belt Called WELT And Other Oddities

    Samsung Gets Wacky With A Belt Called WELT And Other Oddities

    CES is a bit like the auto shows of yesteryear, back when carmakers simply came to flex their muscles and show what they were capable of, as opposed to unveiling products that are destined for dealership parking lots. In the same spirit, Samsung has unveiled three products that will be on the showroom floor at CES 2016 next week. The first, and the strangest, is a ‘smart wearable… Read More

  • Attending CES? TechCrunch Wants To See Your Company

    Attending CES? TechCrunch Wants To See Your Company

    CES is a horrible, god-awful experience that will shave years off your life. The casinos, the food, the people, the germs. Horrible. All of it. But we love it! And we’re sending a huge contingent to the show again this year and want to see your gadgets, toys and products. TechCrunch cares much more for the hardware startups than the big CE players. We want to see the future FitBits and… Read More

  • Uber Taps Vinli To Provide WiFi In Las Vegas Cars During CES 2016

    Uber Taps Vinli To Provide WiFi In Las Vegas Cars During CES 2016

    Las Vegas just got a touch more bearable. Uber is using Vinli and T-Mobile to equip its Vegas cars with Wifi. Thanks to Vinli’s hardware, the cars will become mobile hotspots. This is a limited time offer — just for CES. Vinli is working to add Wifi into the ridesharing equation. This is a good first step. And a wise one at that. Vegas is packed with the consumer industry’s… Read More

  • Watch Two Guys Stick A GoPro Into A Homemade Pneumatic Cannon And Shoot It Really High

    Watch Two Guys Stick A GoPro Into A Homemade Pneumatic Cannon And Shoot It Really High

    There are few things as exciting as shooting things into the air using a 3D-printed cannon. That’s why this video is so important – and so educational. The two lads who made it, David and Ryan, have created a sort of cannonball for their GoPro and then have been shooting it up, up, up until it tumbles, whistling back to the ground. But this is pretty dumb, you say. It’s just… Read More

  • SmartThings And Samsung Team Up To Make Your TV A Smart Home Hub

    SmartThings And Samsung Team Up To Make Your TV A Smart Home Hub

    Samsung and SmartThings are buddying up to introduce Samsung’s latest line of Smart TVs, complete with SmartThings platform integration so folks can use their TVs as an interface to control the home. There is no shortage of internet-connected devices out there, from standard security systems and smart lighting systems all the way to the connected kettle. But a connective language… Read More

  • What Will The Internet Of Things Be When It Grows Up? Crunch Network

    What Will The Internet Of Things Be When It Grows Up?

    An old proverb advises, “Keep a thing seven years, and you’ll find a use for it.” Well, it’s been about seven years since there were officially more “things” connected to the Internet than people. It looks like they’re keepers, and we’ve found countless uses for them. Now that the IoT seems to be firmly embedded in our lives, 2016 may be that… Read More

  • RoboFisher Will Let You Fish In Even The Harshest Of Storms

    RoboFisher Will Let You Fish In Even The Harshest Of Storms

    Blow, blow, thou winter wind, thou art not so unkind as man’s inability to fish in thee! In northern, colder climes, fish, as we all know, tend to freeze right in place and take nutrients in through their skin because they have their pores open all the time. But what if you want to go catch some of those fish? Robofisher has the answer. This service allows you to rent time on a fishing… Read More

  • After Topping The App Store On Christmas, Fitbit’s Stock Shoots Up

    After Topping The App Store On Christmas, Fitbit’s Stock Shoots Up

    It looks like Santa delivered a lot of Fitbits for Christmas this year. After topping the App Store just after Christmas morning, Fitbit’s stock has shot up by around 5 percent in pre-market trading on Monday morning. The app this morning is now the #2 Free App on the iTunes Store, and the #1 app in the Health & Fitness category. The stock surge has been reported by The Street… Read More

  • How GoPro Is Building Its Future Drone Platform Foundations Crunch Network

    How GoPro Is Building Its Future Drone Platform Foundations

    GoPro started working on drones a few months ago in order to stake a claim in this multibillion-dollar market. This is a natural for them, as they will be able to offer the best flying immersive camera on the market — completely autonomous, no pilot required. We explain here why they could be the next big player in the emerging drone market. Read More

  • Oculus Teams Up With LeBron James For Virtual Reality Journey

    Oculus Teams Up With LeBron James For Virtual Reality Journey

    On Christmas day, the world was given a gift by Oculus, UNINTERRUPTED, and LeBron James during the Warriors and Cavaliers game. The two companies paired up to launch a LeBron James experience in VR called “Striving for Greatness” with a fantastically iconic commercial for Samsung’s Gear VR, a hot ticket item this holiday season. [Correction: The VR experience… Read More

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