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Amazon is working on smart glasses to house Alexa AI, says FTAmazon%20is%20working%20on%20smart%20glasses%20to%20house%20Alexa%20AI%2C%20says%26nbsp%3BFTSmart Home Product Shootnelomas

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:51:13 +0000

(image)  Amazon is working on building a pair of smart glasses to house its Alexa voice assistant, and a home security camera that could be linked to its existing Echo connected devices to further expand their capabilities, according to a report in the FT citing people familiar with the company’s plans. Read More


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Does Siri sound different today? Here’s whyDoes%20Siri%20sound%20different%20today%3F%20Here%26%238217%3Bs%26nbsp%3Bwhysiridevin

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:25:15 +0000

(image)  Did you notice that Siri sounds a little more sprightly today? Apple’s ubiquitous virtual assistant has had a little virtual work done on her virtual vocal cords, and her newly dulcet-ized tones went live today as part of iOS 11. Read More


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Google’s Pixel 2 XL leaks in two colorways, reportedly priced at $849Google%26%238217%3Bs%20Pixel%202%20XL%20leaks%20in%20two%20colorways%2C%20reportedly%20priced%20at%26nbsp%3B%24849google-pixel-2-xl-white-980x584etherin

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:50:46 +0000

(image)  Google’s big Pixel 2 event is coming up very soon – it’s set for October 4. The Pixel 2 XL has leaked, however, with pictures of both a black and a white color option, and the Pixel 2 XL name is apparently going to be the official one, too, according to a new report from Droid Life. The smartphone looks like the original, but with a sleeker rear two-tone look, with what… Read More


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O-Robotix spruces up its SeaDrone underwater robo-craftO-Robotix%20spruces%20up%20its%20SeaDrone%20underwater%26nbsp%3Brobo-craftCSP_4020devin

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:22:26 +0000

(image)  At last year’s Disrupt NY, SeaDrone made it to the Battlefield finals with its simple, robust and affordable underwater drone. With a few customers and a year of feedback under their belts, the engineers behind the robo-sub are putting out a version 2.0 with a few improvements. Read More


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This could be the Google Home MiniThis%20could%20be%20the%20Google%20Home%26nbsp%3BMinigoogle-home-mini1mjburnsy

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:06:54 +0000

(image)  There have been rumors for weeks about Google nearing the release of a smaller version of the Google Home. DroidLife just posted what it claims is the upcoming Google Home Mini. If true, the design speaks the same language of the Google Home. The little puck uses the same cloth covering found on larger version. Gone are the multi-colored lights, replaced by four soft-white lights on top of… Read More


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Apple’s Lisa Jackson says the EPA hasn’t changed, leadership has changedApple%E2%80%99s%20Lisa%20Jackson%20says%20the%20EPA%20hasn%E2%80%99t%20changed%2C%20leadership%20has%26nbsp%3Bchangedtcdisrupt_sf17_lisajackson-3122romaindillet

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:05:28 +0000

(image)  Apple’s Vice President Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson has a lot to say about the Environmental Protection Agency. She served as the administrator of the EPA during Obama’s first term, and she now thinks Donald Trump’s administration is causing a great threat to the agency. “The Environmental Protection Agency is, to me, an extension of the… Read More


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WT2 real-time translation earpieces look to crowdfund first runWT2%20real-time%20translation%20earpieces%20look%20to%20crowdfund%20first%26nbsp%3Brunwt2_4devin

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:03:14 +0000

(image)  This summer the TC team took a brief trip to Shenzhen, where I met Wells Tu, whose company TimeKettle has made an earpiece that translates spoken Chinese to English and vice versa in near real time. Having created a functioning prototype (it isn’t vaporware; we tried it, as you can see above) he and the team are now heading to Kickstarter to raise the money for their first run of the… Read More


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15 neat hidden features in iOS 1115%20neat%20hidden%20features%20in%20iOS%26nbsp%3B11iOS 11 previewromaindillet

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:02:35 +0000

(image)  After months and months of beta, iOS 11 is finally here — and it’s a huge update. In particular, Apple has tucked away many little features that you won’t see right away. If you want to impress all your friends with your mad iOS skills, here is a list of some of these features. I also wrote a short and sweet review of iOS 10 if you want to learn more about all the changes… Read More


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iOS 11 is a fresh start for the iPadiOS%2011%20is%20a%20fresh%20start%20for%20the%26nbsp%3BiPadiOS 11 preview - 5romaindillet

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:02:24 +0000

(image)  After reading back the preview I wrote back in June, the dominant tone was that iOS 11 is so different that it takes a while to get used to it: I’m not going to lie to you. It takes time to get used to those new gestures. I’m not there yet, and I often find myself thinking about what I’m supposed to do to pull up Spotlight, look at my Today widgets and find an app that I… Read More


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Review: The iPhone 8 is a look into the augmented future of photographyReview%3A%20The%20iPhone%208%20is%20a%20look%20into%20the%20augmented%20future%20of%26nbsp%3Bphotographyiphone8_stagelightmonogre9del

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:02:57 +0000

(image)  This is a camera review. There are a number of updates that should appeal in the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, but the one question most upgraders are going to be asking is how good is the camera? The camera system in the iPhone is becoming the central focus of its technological advancements. And it’s not just about pictures anymore. With augmented reality and computer vision emerging as… Read More


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August announces new smart locks and a smart doorbellAugust%20announces%20new%20smart%20locks%20and%20a%20smart%26nbsp%3Bdoorbell3_new_products_silver.0john

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:31:46 +0000

(image)  August has updated its smart lock line with a new Pro version with Bluetooth, HomeKit, and Wi-Fi support, as well as the more basic model for $149. They’ve also announced the Doorbell Cam Pro for $199 that lets you see visitors approaching your domicile, even at night. The August is unique in that it depends entirely on the phone for usage, improving security but eschewing the keypad.… Read More


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Red Sox may have used a Fitbit, not an Apple Watch, to snag Yankees signsRed%20Sox%20may%20have%20used%20a%20Fitbit%2C%20not%20an%20Apple%20Watch%2C%20to%20snag%20Yankees%26nbsp%3BsignsBaseball game (defocussed)devin

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:16:45 +0000

(image)  In a major upset for Apple’s smartwatch brand, it appears that it was a Fitbit, not an Apple Watch, that the Red Sox used as a medium for their sign-stealing in a recent ball game. The news comes from “a major league source” speaking to Boston Globe sports reporter Nick Cafardo. It’s unclear at this time whether the source himself or herself is major league or if they… Read More


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Essential Phone will get Android Oreo update ‘soon’Essential%20Phone%20will%20get%20Android%20Oreo%20update%20%26%238216%3Bsoon%26%238217%3Bessential_2017-Sep-18etherin

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 22:14:38 +0000

(image)  Essential is bringing the latest version of Android to its first smartphone, the aptly named “Phone.” The Android 8.0 release is already available for Google’s own flagship Pixel hardware, but Essential has previously talked about how it will endeavor to follow Google quickly when it comes to major software updates. Read More


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The Nuada smart glove gives your hand bionic powersThe%20Nuada%20smart%20glove%20gives%20your%20hand%20bionic%26nbsp%3BpowersNuadajohn

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:34:41 +0000

(image)  In the future, said Andy Warhol, everyone will be bionic for fifteen minutes. I’m paraphrasing, but it looks like a Portuguese company called Nuada is about to give us that opportunity. Created by Filipe Quinaz and Vitor Crespo, the seed-funded company pitched on our Disrupt stage and showed us one of the coolest pieces of hardware I’ve seen in a long time. The Nuada is a smart glove. Read More


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Watch industrial robots play traditional instrumentsWatch%20industrial%20robots%20play%20traditional%26nbsp%3BinstrumentsScreen Shot 2017-09-18 at 1.40.53 PMmjburnsy

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:42:26 +0000

(image)  Robots are stealing jobs, the narrative says, and, according to this video, robots are stealing the arts too. The video shows several industrial robotic arms playing the piano, guitar, drums and a keyboard. Through some stellar music production, it sounds amazing too. Read More


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8Bitdo’s SN30 Pro and SF30 Pro controllers available for pre-order8Bitdo%26%238217%3Bs%20SN30%20Pro%20and%20SF30%20Pro%20controllers%20available%20for%26nbsp%3Bpre-order4.1 Compatibilityetherin

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 22:17:02 +0000

(image)  8Bitdo’s retro Bluetooth game controllers are among the greatest gifts you can get a gamer, since they’re so versatile and so well-designed (especially for those who remember fondly the early console days). The company’s latest controller is now up for pre-order, and it’s an homage to the SNES gamepad that can do a lot more in terms of connecting with modern devices,… Read More


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Air Map helps you navigate your city through the best air quality spotsAir%20Map%20helps%20you%20navigate%20your%20city%20through%20the%20best%20air%20quality%26nbsp%3Bspotsair mapmatthewlynley

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 18:48:40 +0000

(image)  If you’ve walked down 4th Street in San Francisco these days, you’ve probably been hit with a massive dust cloud from all the construction — and seen a bunch of people trying to breathe through their shirts or covering their mouths. Air quality is a huge issue these days and zeroing in on the worst spots in the city is probably one of the best things you can do to figure out… Read More


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A brief recent history of Apple’s product swervesA%20brief%20recent%20history%20of%20Apple%26%238217%3Bs%20product%26nbsp%3BswervesApple wireless chargingnelomas

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 17:00:57 +0000

(image)  Apple did not make the first personal computer, nor the first tablet computer, nor the first smartphone. Measuring it against what comes first is — to paraphrase Steve Jobs — a boneheaded way of looking at the company… Read More


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South Park trolled Amazon Echo owners in the best way possibleSouth%20Park%20trolled%20Amazon%20Echo%20owners%20in%20the%20best%20way%26nbsp%3Bpossiblesouth-park-smart-homemjburnsy

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 20:18:43 +0000

(image)  This is one of the minor dangers of owning an Amazon Echo. Most anyone can activate the device by just saying the wake word, including Cartman. And in the season opener of South Park, that’s exactly what happened. Read More


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Tesla files patent for mobile battery swapping rigTesla%20files%20patent%20for%20mobile%20battery%20swapping%26nbsp%3BrigScreen Shot 2017-09-15 at 12.16.58 PMmjburnsy

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 19:28:28 +0000

(image)  Tesla is still exploring options to make swapping vehicle battery packs easier and faster. This patent filed in May reveals one option that would allow technicians to change out packs in less than 15 minutes. This isn’t the first of such ideas. Back in 2014 Tesla briefly played with an automated system that swapped Model S battery packs in less than 90 seconds. That idea seemed to be… Read More


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