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  • Essential Phone’s new ‘Halo Gray’ color goes on sale exclusively at Amazon

    Essential Phone’s new ‘Halo Gray’ color goes on sale exclusively at Amazon

    The Essential Phone is currently in the midst of being rolled out in a range of new colors, including three that will be released excessively on Essential’s own website, with a staged release schedule that began Thursday. On Friday, however, Essential revealed a surprise fourth new color, “Halo Gray,” which will be exclusive to Amazon and which is now available to… Read More

  • This autonomous 3D scanner figures out where it needs to look

    This autonomous 3D scanner figures out where it needs to look

    If you need to make a 3D model of an object, there are plenty of ways to do so, but most are only automated to the extent that they know how to spin in circles around that object and put together a mesh. This new system from Fraunhofer does it more intelligently, getting a basic idea of the object to be scanned and planning out what motions will let it do so efficiently and comprehensively. Read More

  • Essential Phone arriving in three new limited edition colors

    Essential Phone arriving in three new limited edition colors

    The Essential Phone, still among the best deals you can find in smartphones today, is now set to be available in three new colors, including “Ocean Depths,” “Copper Black” and “Stellar Gray.” These include two previously announced colours, the aquamarine-ish Ocean Depths and the dark matte “Stellar Gray,” but also the surprising third options… Read More

  • Fujifilm’s X-H1 camera adds top video chops to X Series still shooting prowess

    Fujifilm’s X-H1 camera adds top video chops to X Series still shooting prowess

    Fujifilm’s mirrorless lineup of X Series cameras has an excellent reputation, especially thanks to their ability to produce great-looking images comparable to full-frame competitors from crop sensors due to their unique image processing. Among still photographers, the X-Pro 2 and X-T2 especially have earned top marks and even replaced the standard Canon and Nikon gear of more than a… Read More

  • Orbi Outdoor Satellite adds Wi-Fi coverage to your back yard

    Orbi Outdoor Satellite adds Wi-Fi coverage to your back yard

    I’m a big fan of the Netgear Orbi line of mesh access points and now there’s more to love. Netgear is now shipping the RBS50Y, a new satellite that is weatherproof and allows you to add coverage to your back yard or garage without worrying that your access point will short out in the rain. Read More

  • MIT teaches drones to fly with uncertainty

    MIT teaches drones to fly with uncertainty

    MIT researchers are working on a new steering system for drones that uses uncertainty to ensure that they don’t hit obstacles as they fly autonomously. The system is a bit complex but it’s called NanoMap and it quite simply finds ways to get from point A to point B without crashing and while handling random objects in its path. Spectrum describes the system in detail but basically… Read More

  • August’s Smart Locks proved to be the key to my smarthome puzzle

    August’s Smart Locks proved to be the key to my smarthome puzzle

    When smart home tech first started coming out, I was hopeful, but also skeptical. It seemed overly complicated, with too many hoops to jump through and a relative inability to meld old and new for situations like rental apartments and older homes. Now, though, the range and breadth of smart home tech means you can find something to suit just about every need, and I find my entire house is… Read More

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