Hardware

  • Hardware Club raises $28 million for its hardware seed fund

    Hardware Club raises $28 million for its hardware seed fund

    Hardware Club is not just a club — it’s now also a venture firm focused on hardware companies. The team has raised $28 million for the first closing of its inaugural fund from Bpifrance, Crédit Mutuel Arkéa, Foxconn, Mistletoe and others. At its core, the vision of the club hasn’t changed much. I’ve already covered the original idea, and everything is still true… Read More

  • 8bitdo’s new SNES-inspired retro gamepad is a dream Nintendo Switch controller

    8bitdo’s new SNES-inspired retro gamepad is a dream Nintendo Switch controller

    Ever since 8bitdo updated their NES30 Pro and other game controllers with Nintendo Switch support, I’ve been using them as the primary way to play on the console. Now at E3, 8bitdo has revealed a new model that might just become the best Switch controller of all time. The SNES30 Pro (and SFC30 Pro, as its Super Famicom coloured variant is called) has all the buttons you need for full… Read More

  • Amazon’s Dash Wand barcode scanner returns with Alexa and is now essentially free

    Amazon’s Dash Wand barcode scanner returns with Alexa and is now essentially free

    The first iteration of Amazon’s Dash Wand wasn’t long for this world. The company trialed the barcode scanner with select Prime Fresh customers in California, but the hardware didn’t seem to really go anywhere. Instead the company switched tactics, moving to those now familiar single product buttons.
    Now that Amazon’s all bullish about hardware, thanks to the… Read More

  • The Surface Laptop makes the new Surface Pro mostly a nonstarter

    The Surface Laptop makes the new Surface Pro mostly a nonstarter

    It’s been a week with the new Pro — Microsoft’s part-tablet/part-laptop hybrid machine —  and I already find myself looking longingly at the Surface Laptop. It’s not that the latest Surface Pro isn’t a good and capable machine (it is), it’s just that, well, the Laptop is much better for my needs — and, I’m sure, the needs of most… Read More

  • BART is testing Bikeep’s smart bike locks

    BART is testing Bikeep’s smart bike locks

    There are few feelings worse than returning to the spot you locked up your bike after a fun evening and seeing nothing. As a San Francisco cyclist, I’ve had my stomach sink more than once at that discouraging sight. Bikeep, a startup founded in Estonia, is looking to bring its connected locking tech to the States to address the bike theft epidemic. This morning at San Francisco’s… Read More

  • The Xbox One X: Initial Impressions

    It’s hard to believe that Microsoft was able to make the latest generation Xbox so compact, and yet still so much more powerful. We had the chance to check out the console ourselves, and we were rather impressed. The no-nonsense black box of gaming power is about as simple as it comes where the hardware is concerned, but based on the gameplay we saw at the Microsoft presser yesterday… Read More

  • Sony’s E3 2017 PlayStation live blog

    Sony’s E3 2017 PlayStation live blog

    Good evening!! Just over 24 hours after the Xbox One X was revealed, Sony is ready to enter the ring. Of course, the Playstation maker doesn’t seem to have any new hardware to announce, but we expect loads of new games! We’ll be bringing you the action live right here (as long as the Wifi doesn’t crap out). Read More

  • The HTC U11 is a good phone with a dumb gimmick

    The HTC U11 is a good phone with a dumb gimmick

    Squeezable sides are a very bad reason to buy a phone. Especially now, when the U11’s Edge Sense doesn’t do a whole hell of a lot. Who knows, perhaps one day it will do much more than simply launching favorite apps. But even then, squeezable sides will be a very bad reason to buy a phone. HTC has done itself a disservice banking on a goofy gimmick with its new flagship. The… Read More

  • The Xbox One X Reveal in two minutes

    In case you missed the reveal of the Xbox One X, we have a recap for you that should inform you on all that you need to know about the console. We’ll be hitting you with initial impressions later in the day, once we’ve gotten the chance to go hands-on with the hardware and some of the games. Read More

  • Andy Rubin’s not-so-Essential phone only coming to Sprint in US

    Andy Rubin’s not-so-Essential phone only coming to Sprint in US

    Oh dear. “From “essential” to inconsequential in one partnership”, as one of my colleagues put it when told the news that Andy Rubin’s much hyped Essential smartphone is only going to be ranged by fourth largest US network, Sprint. Read More

  • Snap is developing a second version of Spectacles which may include augmented reality

    Snap is developing a second version of Spectacles which may include augmented reality

    Snap extended the sale of its Spectacles into Europe this month, but already the company is working on a second version of the video-recording glasses which could be quite radical, according to a source with knowledge of the plans. The first set of Spectacles went on sale last year and are priced at $129.99. They allow their owner to take photos and videos which can then be posted to the… Read More

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