Hardware

  • Snap sold fewer than 42K Spectacles, down 35% in Q2

    Snap sold fewer than 42K Spectacles, down 35% in Q2

    Snap’s Spectacles sunglasses may prove to be more of a fad than a must-have device. Snap revealed during its call following weak Q2 earnings that it generated $5.4 million in “Other” revenue, which would equate to around 41,500 pairs of its Spectacles camera sunglasses at a $130 price point. Read More

  • Consumer Reports pulls Microsoft Surface recommendation, citing high breakage rates

    Consumer Reports pulls Microsoft Surface recommendation, citing high breakage rates

    The Surface line has been a surprising hit for Microsoft in recent years. What many regarded as little more than proof of concept for Windows 10 has become a leader in the two-in-one tablet category in its own right. But according to a new survey conducting by Consumer Reports, the devices have proven far more unreliable than much of the competition. In fact, things are so bad, the publication… Read More

  • 8bitdo’s NES30 Arcade Stick is a big, beautiful fighter companion

    8bitdo’s NES30 Arcade Stick is a big, beautiful fighter companion

    If you’re looking for a little more arcade feel for your Nintendo Switch, look no further than 8Bitdo’s NES30 Arcade Stick. The Bluetooth controller accessory is compatible with a range of platforms besides the Switch, and it’s a well-made gadget with careful attention paid to how buttons and the joysticks feel, giving an authentic arcade cabinet experience. It’s also… Read More

  • Wearables are still growing globally, thanks to Xiaomi

    Wearables are still growing globally, thanks to Xiaomi

    The burst of the wearable bubble may have been overstated — on a global scale, at least. The category has been struggling here in the U.S., but internationally, it’s still seeing growth. Wearables are up eight-percent year-over-year, according to new numbers from Canalys — not exactly exponential, but at least things are trending in the right direction. It’ll come as… Read More

  • Ikea smart lightbulbs get HomeKit, Alexa and Google Home support

    Ikea smart lightbulbs get HomeKit, Alexa and Google Home support

    Ikea’s smart lighting system has received an update that makes its wireless hub compatible with Apple’s HomeKit, as well as with Amazon Alexa, and Google Home. This means if you have the hub and bulbs, you should be able to control them with your voice using any of those devices, as well as control them in Apple’s iOS Home app. The update also makes it possible to discover… Read More

  • Essential confirms $300M funding, Amazon and Best Buy retail availability

    Essential confirms $300M funding, Amazon and Best Buy retail availability

    Smartphone company Essential, which is founded by Android co-creator Andy Rubin, has finally made official a $300 million funding round first reported in June. The funding round comes from investors including Tencent, as well as Amazon’s Alexa Fund, among others. Essential also revealed new information about its retail launch, including retail partners Amazon and Best Buy who will be… Read More

  • Anker announces its own $35 version of the Echo Dot

    Anker announces its own $35 version of the Echo Dot

    Given the fact that the Echo Dot runs $50 a piece or three for $130, I suspect price isn’t a major factor hampering Alexa adoption. But leave it to the folks at Anker to undercut the price of Amazon’s cheapest Echo by offering up a $35 smart speaker with Alexa built-in. Essentially, it’s an off-brand Dot with all of your standard Echo/Alexa functionality.  The Genie is… Read More

  • Mophie’s MacBook-charging battery pack is indispensable but overpriced

    Mophie’s MacBook-charging battery pack is indispensable but overpriced

    Every time we do a gift guide here, one editor suggests the same thing: external battery packs. Every time, like clockwork. And it’s true, everyone in your life probably needs one. We all wander through our days tempting fate by porting around gadgets with sub-par battery life. The other big upside of gifting a power bank: they’re generally pretty inexpensive. Though that… Read More

  • Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Active ditches the Infinity Display for ruggedness

    Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Active ditches the Infinity Display for ruggedness

    After weeks and months of leaks, the Galaxy S8 Active hasn’t left much to the imagination. We’ve already seen the phone from virtually every angle and got a sneak peek of a prematurely launched carrier page last week, to boot. The only thing left was for Samsung to officially make the thing official. The company’s doing just that this morning, a day before the rugged… Read More

  • VergeSense’s AI sensing hardware tackles facility management

    VergeSense’s AI sensing hardware tackles facility management

    Facility management might not sound like the sexiest use of AI technology. But office space can be a huge expense for larger businesses — the biggest after staff costs — which is why Y Combinator-backed startup, VergeSense, says it’s settled on facility management as the initial target for an AI-powered sensing device it’s been developing since joining the incubator… Read More

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