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The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • Why Nintendo Switch is amazing now, despite a small launch game lineup

    Why Nintendo Switch is amazing now, despite a small launch game lineup

    Nintendo’s Switch feels almost like a minimum viable product when it comes to software – the menu, when you boot the console initially, looks like a placeholder with big, empty square blocks suggesting some future software arrival. This is where games you download or insert via cartridge would show up, but it feels very work-in-progress. Jump to the store and the situation’s… Read More

  • Nintendo Switch Joy-Con and Pro controllers work on PC, Mac and Android

    Nintendo Switch Joy-Con and Pro controllers work on PC, Mac and Android

    The Nintendo Switch’s Bluetooth controllers work with a range of different platforms, it turns out – making for some of the most flexible console controllers currently available. The Xbox One and PlayStation DualShock 4 controllers can also connect to a range of devices using Bluetooth, but the Joy-Cons seem to be ready to use with Macs out of the box with no additional software… Read More

  • Google says to ‘count on’ a second-generation Pixel smartphone this year

    Google says to ‘count on’ a second-generation Pixel smartphone this year

    Google’s Pixel smartphone this year was a significant reset for the company’s mobile hardware strategy – and one that earned a lot of praise from customers and critics. Good news for those who liked it: Pixel’s successor will arrive sometime in 2017, as confirmed by Google SVP of Hardware Rick Osterloh to Android Pit at MWC this year. It sounds like the Pixel 2 will… Read More

  • Teaching robots to adjust their grip the way humans do

    Pick up that can. Now say you had to put it down on its side rather than its base, how would you go about doing it? Very easily and without thinking about it, no doubt. But simple manipulations like that, which allow us to interact fluidly with objects and environments, are actually incredibly hard for robots to pull off. Researchers at MIT are working to make it a little bit easier. Read More

  • unGlue helps parents set screen time limits on any device

    unGlue helps parents set screen time limits on any device

    A new startup called unGlue wants to help kids better manage their time on connected devices. Just don’t call it parental control software, says co-founder and CEO Alon Shwartz. The idea, he explains, is to offer families a simpler solution for setting limits on screen time across devices, whether inside the home or away. Shwartz, a serial entrepreneur, came up with the idea for… Read More

  • Apple and Samsung are set to reignite the fanboy wars

    Apple and Samsung are set to reignite the fanboy wars

    The latest rumors put Apple and Samsung on a direct collision course. If they pan out, the next iPhone and Galaxy will look very similar with curved screens and thin bezels. But then there’s the price. One option is going up market, while the other will probably stay mainstream. Once upon a time Samsung blatantly copied Apple to the point the courts agreed and forced Samsung to pay… Read More

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