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The hardware that’s bringing computing everywhere

  • The D3-U is a VR camera you hold IRL

    The D3-U is a VR camera you hold IRL

    As VR and AR mature, they’ll borrow more of each other’s expertise; from the one, more immersive environments; from the other, intelligent means of walking the line between virtual and real. One example of such a crossover is the D3-U, a physical camera made for taking pictures in VR. Read More

  • Uber enlisted Yves Behar to design a taxi-style sign for the roofs of cars

    Uber enlisted Yves Behar to design a taxi-style sign for the roofs of cars

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a big, light up sign designed to be displayed on the roof of a car carrying paid passengers. It’s not exactly the sort of invention that’ll catch the world on fire – especially with all of those yellow, checkered cars driving around with a something similar on top. At the very least, however, Uber’s new patent could… Read More

  • Apple says Consumer Reports MacBook Pro battery testing used flawed methods

    Apple says Consumer Reports MacBook Pro battery testing used flawed methods

    Last month, Consumer Reports came up with some interesting battery test results with the latest MacBook Pro models. Results ranged from 3.75 hours to 19.5 hours. Many in the Apple community thought that something was off, either a software bug or a benchmarking issue — it turns out it was both. Apple worked with Consumer Reports over the holidays to find out why the battery test… Read More

  • Parrot lays off 35 percent of its drone team

    Parrot lays off 35 percent of its drone team

    French company Parrot has had a rough year and missed its sales expectations. That’s why the company will lay off 290 employees who were working on drones. In total, Parrot currently has 840 employees on the drone team and more than a thousand employees in total. While the company isn’t just selling drones, it represents a good chunk of the business. But it looks like other… Read More

  • CyberPowerPC intros VR-ready PC for $499, or $1,100 with Oculus Rift

    CyberPowerPC intros VR-ready PC for $499, or $1,100 with Oculus Rift

    CyberPowerPC has introduced a new entry-level virtual reality-ready pre-built PC with AMD’s Radeon RX 470 on board for $499 at Best Buy and Amazon. That’s a new low for an off-the-shelf VR-capable configuration, and it’s also available as a bundle with Oculus Rift for $1,099.98 — or exactly what you’d pay if you purchased the two separately. Even if there’s… Read More

  • Celebrate the iPhone’s 10th birthday by watching the gleeful original announcement

    Celebrate the iPhone’s 10th birthday by watching the gleeful original announcement

    The iPhone turns 10 today, at least if you start counting from the day it was announced. So why not take a few minutes to relive that day, with all its excitement and the palpable pride taken by Steve Jobs in both the product and presentation? Come on, you know you want to. Read More

  • Peeqo is a robot that responds entirely in GIFs

    Peeqo is a robot that responds entirely in GIFs

    Abhishek Singh graduated from NYU’s ITP program and clearly he learned a lot about the future of computing. During his tenure there he quickly fell in love with hardware startups and, with a little grit and programming work, he created Peeqo, a robot that responds only in GIFs. That’s right: this is a robot that replies only in animated video clips. God help… Read More

  • Next-gen Samsung EV battery gets 300+ miles of range from a 20-minute charge

    Next-gen Samsung EV battery gets 300+ miles of range from a 20-minute charge

    Samsung’s SDI battery subsidiary announced a new battery cell designed for use in electric vehicles that offers improved density to manage a max range of up to 372 miles on a full charge, with a quick charge capacity that will help it regain 310 miles or so of charge on just 20 minutes of charging. Unveiled at the North American International Auto Show for the first time, the new… Read More

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