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  • The Rite Press takes low-tech coffee making to high-tech highs

    The Rite Press takes low-tech coffee making to high-tech highs

    If coffee be the food of innovation, pour on. Give me excess of it that, surfeiting, the appetite may sicken, and so die. And if you wish to pour me coffee, do so from the Rite Press, a clever hack on the traditional French press that adds a few features that even high-end models don’t have. The press – which costs $35 for a half-liter model and $40 for the liter model – has… Read More

  • Ledger is working on new native apps for its cryptocurrency hardware wallet

    Ledger is working on new native apps for its cryptocurrency hardware wallet

    French startup Ledger is making some of the most secure cryptocurrency hardware wallets out there. But the company’s apps aren’t that great. That’s why the company announced that Ledger has been working on brand new native apps for all desktop and mobile platforms. Right now, Ledger relies on Google Chrome for its desktop apps. At some point, Google wanted to promote web apps… Read More

  • Archos announces a cryptocurrency hardware wallet (yes, Archos)

    Archos announces a cryptocurrency hardware wallet (yes, Archos)

    Remember Archos? Yes, that Archos, the company that made portable multimedia players (PMPs) with below average touch screen ten years ago. The company is still around, selling cheap Android phones, cheap tablets, cheap drones and more. And yet, for the first time in many years, I’m excited by an Archos product again. The company announced (via Next INpact) a cryptocurrency hardware… Read More

  • Apple said to debut voice-activated Siri AirPods in 2018, water-resistant model in 2019

    Apple said to debut voice-activated Siri AirPods in 2018, water-resistant model in 2019

    Apple is preparing a couple of updating models of AirPods, according to Bloomberg. The popular fully wireless earbud-style headphones that Apple introduced last year are currently on track for a refresh in 2018 with the addition of a new version of the “W” line of chips that Apple created specifically to manage and improve Bluetooth-based connections between gadgets. The 2018… Read More

  • A system to tell good fake bokeh from bad

    A system to tell good fake bokeh from bad

    The pixel-peepers at DxOMark have shared some of the interesting metrics and techniques they use to judge the quality of a smartphone’s artificial bokeh, or background blur in photos. Not only is it difficult to do in the first place, but they have to systematize it! Their guide should provide even seasoned shooters with some insight into the many ways computational bokeh varies in quality. Read More

  • Apple could be buying cobalt from mining companies directly

    Apple could be buying cobalt from mining companies directly

    Cobalt is the new oil. Car companies and battery manufacturers are all rushing to secure multiyear contracts with mining companies for their lithium-ion batteries. According to a Bloomberg report, Apple is also participating in this game as the company wants to secure its long-term supplies. Read More

  • Nest rolls out a $5 cloud recording plan for its cameras

    Nest rolls out a $5 cloud recording plan for its cameras

    Just a quick bit of news for those with Nest cams around the house: a new, cheaper Nest Aware plan is on the way. Nest has long offered two plans: a $10/month plan that lets you store the last 10 days of video history, and a $30/month plan that gives you 30 days of video history. This new plan will cost $5 per month and, yes, will give you five days of video history. Read More

  • One of Nest’s cameras can now double as a Google Assistant

    One of Nest’s cameras can now double as a Google Assistant

    After Google announced earlier this month that it was going to wrap Nest back into Google’s hardware operation, everyone figured we’d see a bit more overlap between the two. Sure enough, just two weeks later: the Nest Cam IQ Indoor is getting support for Google Assistant. Read More

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