Gadgets

The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Android M First Look Hands-On

    Here’s A First Look At Android M

    Android M is still in its very early days; Google just released the first developer preview for use on test devices today. We flashed it onto a Nexus 5, and took a look around to see what was new. The OS is far from feature-complete at this stage, but you can still get a first look at some key features in the video above. The changes to the app drawer, and to volume controls, are small but… Read More

  • Bitfinder’s Awair Air Monitor Is Now Available For Pre-Order

    Bitfinder’s Awair Air Monitor Is Now Available For Pre-Order

    Bitfinder, launched out of the R/GA accelerator in February, has opened up pre-order availability for the Awair air-monitoring system. The Awair sits in the home, office or other indoor space to monitor the quality of the air in that environment, with sensors to detect temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide (CO2), fine dust particles (PM2.5) and volatile organic compounds (VOC). The information… Read More

  • Google’s Cardboard VR Now Works (Very Well) With iPhone

    Google’s Cardboard VR Now Works (Very Well) With iPhone

    Google’s Cardboard VR app first appeared last year at I/O 2014, but the initial version was somewhat limited in terms of device support. A new version released this year works with devices with screen sizes ranging up to 6 inches, but the more exciting news for many might be that it now also works with iPhone. Read More

  • Amazon Debuts A $99 Kindle Bundle For Kids Including An E-Reader, Cover And Warranty

    Amazon Debuts A $99 Kindle Bundle For Kids Including An E-Reader, Cover And Warranty

    Amazon wants parents to buy Kindles for their children and is today launching a discounted “Kindle for Kids Bundle” to encourage them to do so. This new package includes the combination of a Kindle e-reader, a durable cover, and an extended warranty on the device which protects against spills and drops. The Bundle is being sold for $99, which is a savings of $39.98 if all three… Read More

  • Apple Acquires Augmented Reality Company Metaio

    Apple Acquires Augmented Reality Company Metaio

    Apple has acquired Metaio, an augmented reality startup that launched way back in 2003 as an offshoot of a project at Volkswagen. The company’s site said it stopped taking new customers, and now a legal document shows Apple has bought it. The document confirms a transfer of shares of the startup to Apple on May 21st/22nd. When asked by TechCrunch, Apple responded with its standard… Read More

  • Chromecast Gets Autoplay, Queuing, Second Screen And Multiplayer Game Powers

    Chromecast Gets Autoplay, Queuing, Second Screen And Multiplayer Game Powers

    Google’s Chromecast is a quiet little media secret agent turning the search giant into a big time home entertainment player. All told, users of Cast-enabled software have hit the little button to put their small-screen content up on the big screen a total of 1.5 billion times in the U.S. alone, and Chromecast floats other Google boats, too – users increase their YouTube viewing time… Read More

  • Google’s New Cardboard VR Kit Supports Phones With Up To 6″ Screens

    Google’s New Cardboard VR Kit Supports Phones With Up To 6″ Screens

    Google didn’t go crazy and build a brand new Cardboard VR set for I/O this year as was rumored – but it did modify the original version with tweaks designed to fit the needs of the contemporary smartphone market. The Cardboard VR kit, which is still indeed made of cardboard, now supports phones with displays up to 6-inches in diameter, meaning it will work with the Nexus 6, among… Read More

  • Google Has Shipped Over 1 Million Cardboard VR Units

    Google Has Shipped Over 1 Million Cardboard VR Units

    Google revealed today that Cardboard has quietly become the leading VR platform in terms of platform reach – over 1 million Cardboard units have shipped to users so far, a 100 percent increase on the 500,000 milestone it announced in December last year. Cardboard’s progression is a testament to Google’s approach, which favors simplicity and low barriers to entry instead… Read More

  • Draw A Crappy Emoji On Your Android Wear Watch And It Will Send The Real One

    Draw A Crappy Emoji On Your Android Wear Watch And It Will Send The Real One

    Internet kids reojice! Are you sick of browsing through endless emoji to find the right one? Now Google’s smartwatch operating system Android Wear will let you draw a clumsy version of the emoji you want, like a martini glass. Wear scans your drawing, and then shows matching emoji with the same shape. Tap one, and you can instantly send it to a friend. Read More

  • Future Android Phones Could Recharge Another Devices

    Future Android Phones Could Recharge Another Devices

    Google just announced new features for the next version of Android and the most interesting one has little to do with the user interface: Properly equipped devices will be able to recharge other USB devices. This is thanks to the new version of USB called USB Type-C. This next generation of USB is already found on several devices like the new Apple MacBook and the latest Google Pixel Chromebox. Read More

  • Swatch Reaffirms It’s Building A Smartwatch With Payment Features

    Swatch Reaffirms It’s Building A Smartwatch With Payment Features

    Swatch still wants in on the smartwatch game. According to Chief Executive Nick Hayek the watch will be internet-enabled and feature remote-payment functions, although the specifics are still in question. Hayek, speaking recently at a shareholder meeting, said that its upcoming smartwatch will launch in Switzerland and “one big country”. Read More

  • Lenovo Releases A Media Stream Puck

    Lenovo Releases A Media Stream Puck

    This thing somehow sticks to an HDTV. Called the Lenovo Cast, it’s the firm’s first media streaming device and is designed to work with Android devices. Launching this August at $49 and lacking native apps, it’s a more expensive Chromecast, but don’t write off Lenovo’s product just yet. Read More

  • What To Expect From Google I/O 2015

    What To Expect From Google I/O 2015

    Google I/O begins Thursday, kicking off with the usual keynote from the search giant during which it generally drops a lot of news. We’ll be there to cover it live as it happens, but a lot of info, rumor and speculation has already been making the rounds about just what we’ll see announced. Here’s a round-up of what to expect, what isn’t all that likely, and what might… Read More

  • Xiaomi To Sell Products In US And Europe Starting June 1st

    Xiaomi To Sell Products In US And Europe Starting June 1st

    Mi.com will soon sell Xiaomi products and accessories in the US and, UK, France and Germany. This comes after last week’s short soft launch of the online store. However, like before, the firm is not selling its mobile phones or tablets in these regions yet. Starting on June 1st Mi.com will offer the Mi Band activity tracker, Mi Headphones and Mi Power Bank — all decent products sold… Read More

  • Jawbone Sues Fitbit For Stolen Data By Ex-Employees

    Jawbone Sues Fitbit For Stolen Data By Ex-Employees

    The wearable wars just escalated to a new high. Jawbone has sued Fitbit in a California court for recruiting employees who plundered confidential information on their way out. According to the suit, Fitbit recruiters contacted nearly a third of Jawbone’s employees earlier this year and at least some of those employees left for the IPO-bound Fitbit. But before they left, Jawbone contends… Read More

  • Chevrolet To Offer CarPlay And Android Auto In 14 Models Starting This Summer

    Chevrolet To Offer CarPlay And Android Auto In 14 Models Starting This Summer

    It’s about time. Chevy is going to start offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto across its vehicle line. The rollout will start in a few weeks and eventually hit 14 Chevy models. Apple and Google announced these systems in early 2014 and have since signed on most automakers. Chevy joins just Hyundai in providing a launch timetable, though. Owners of 2016 Hyundai Sonata can visit dealers… Read More

  • Apple’s Jeff Williams Says Native Watch SDK Will Give Direct Access To Sensors

    Apple’s Jeff Williams Says Native Watch SDK Will Give Direct Access To Sensors

    Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of operations, said that there are over 4,000 apps now available for Apple Watch, a number we’ve previously heard. Williams also discussed the upcoming native SDK for the Apple Watch. Williams spoke in an interview today at the Code conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. Read More

  • Bellabeat Starts Shipping The Leaf, A Health Tracker Designed For Women

    Bellabeat Starts Shipping The Leaf, A Health Tracker Designed For Women

    Bellabeat, a company that makes a line health trackers and other devices aimed at women, including especially moms and moms-to-be, today begins shipping its first wearable: a piece of “smart jewelry” called the Leaf. The device, which can be worn as a brooch, necklace or bracelet, allows women to record their activity, sleep, stress and reproductive health with the help of an… Read More

  • Speakers At The Europas Conference And Awards Reflect Europe’s Diversity, June 16, London

    Speakers At The Europas Conference And Awards Reflect Europe’s Diversity, June 16, London

    The Europas Conference & Awards for European Tech Startups, on June 16 in London, is an annual celebration of Europe’s brightest tech companies. From a small bar in central London in 2009, it’s become a fixture of the European scene, with its highly curated daytime speakers and audience, which combines the key startup players in Europe, as well as the hottest newcomers… Read More

  • Notion Pulls In $2M For Its Connected Home Sensors

    Notion Pulls In $2M For Its Connected Home Sensors

    Home sensor startup Notion, which last fall Kickstarted its first batch of sensors for in-home monitoring, has pulled in a $2 million seed investments from Draper Nexus Ventures, Gabriel Investments, Galvanize Ventures, Foundry Group Angels and TechStars. Read More

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. ...