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The Awair Glow is a nightlight that senses – and reacts to – bad airThe%20Awair%20Glow%20is%20a%20nightlight%20that%20senses%20%26%238211%3B%20and%20reacts%20to%20%26%238211%3B%20bad%26nbsp%3BairScreen Shot 2017-04-28 at 1.40.28 PMjohn

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:56:07 +0000

(image)  There are plenty of air quality sensors out there but so far the Awair Glow is the only sensor I’ve found that can do something about nastiness in your environment. The Glow is a small plugin nightlight that connects to an iOS or Android phone and lets you turn on a fan or air purifier if certain conditions are met. The device is quite compact – it’s about as big as a… Read More

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Apple stops paying royalties to QualcommApple%20stops%20paying%20royalties%20to%26nbsp%3BQualcommapple-qualcommromaindillet

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:49:58 +0000

(image)  It’s no secret, Apple and Qualcomm have been fighting relentlessly for a few months over royalty payments. Apple told Qualcomm that it would stop paying the disputed licensing fees. Qualcomm confirmed the aggressive move and said that its revenue and profits would be lower than expected. Apple said that it is waiting for a court decision to resume payments. Of course, the company expects… Read More

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The Cinder is the Terminator’s panini makerThe%20Cinder%20is%20the%20Terminator%26%238217%3Bs%20panini%26nbsp%3BmakerIMG_0992 3john

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:51:40 +0000

(image)  Come with me if you want to sear. The Cinder, which we first looked at two years ago, is now selling on Indiegogo and I had the unique opportunity to try this clever sous vide-style meat cooker. Basically the Cinder cooks meat perfectly. You place a hunk on the internal platter, set the temperature, and close the heavy lid. The lid acts as a sort of vacuum seal that keeps in juices while a… Read More

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Google Wifi now available in CanadaGoogle%20Wifi%20now%20available%20in%26nbsp%3BCanadaGoogle Wifi in homeetherin

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:00:31 +0000

(image)  Google Wifi, the mesh router that Google unveiled first last October, is now on sale in Canada. The router sells either individually for $179 CDN, or in a 3-pack for $439 CDN, which is pretty close to U.S. pricing given current exchange rates. The Wifi solution’s mesh networking approach means it can seamlessly pair with other units to extend coverage throughout a house, without… Read More

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Meet Nintendo’s new $150 2DS XL console, launching July 28nintendo-2ds-xletherin

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 02:46:19 +0000

(image)  Nintendo has a new handheld video game system it released pretty much out of the blue on Thursday. The 2DS XL is basically a 3DS XL without the 3D, with a smaller physical footprint for more portability, but with the same size dual displays you’ll find on the 3DS XL. The new console has a wallet-friendly $149.99 price tag that’s likely to attract some fence-sitting 3DS fans. Read More

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A salute to Nintendo’s Genyo Takeda, retiring after 45 years of innovation in gamingA%20salute%20to%20Nintendo%26%238217%3Bs%20Genyo%20Takeda%2C%20retiring%20after%2045%20years%20of%20innovation%20in%26nbsp%3Bgamingn64 nintendo controllersdevin

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:43:05 +0000

(image)  Few at Nintendo can say they saw the company’s start as a video game company, and fewer still have had as much influence as Genyo Takeda, co-creator of several of the company’s most memorable (and durable) innovations. He’s retiring today, and I just wanted to mark the occasion. Read More

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Another iPhone 8 leak hints at wireless chargingAnother%20iPhone%208%20leak%20hints%20at%20wireless%26nbsp%3BchargingiPhone 8 leakromaindillet

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:44:20 +0000

(image)  Slowly but surely, we’re getting hints about the next iPhone from multiple leaks. Today’s new image from @OnLeaks shows that the next iPhone could feature wireless charging. In this iPhone schematic, it’s easy to spot a rounded surface at the back of the device, indicating that there should be a conductive surface to charge the device. I know what you’re thinking… Read More

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Where’s Apple’s Amazon Echo competitor?Where%E2%80%99s%20Apple%E2%80%99s%20Amazon%20Echo%26nbsp%3Bcompetitor%3FiPod Hi-Firomaindillet

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:59:28 +0000

(image)  Amazon is iterating quickly with the Amazon Echo as the company just announced the Amazon Echo Look, which is essentially an Echo with a camera. What is Apple’s answer? All we have is yet another rumor that Apple is working on a sort of connected speaker with a brain. This time, Sonny Dickson is back with a couple of tweets. He usually shares iPhone leaks, so this isn’t necessarily… Read More

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Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man Ozobots are on the wayGuardians%20of%20the%20Galaxy%20and%20Spider-Man%20Ozobots%20are%20on%20the%26nbsp%3BwayOzobot Spider-Manlorakolodnytc

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:39:51 +0000

(image)  Ozobot, a golf ball-sized toy robot that helps kids learn to code, will be available in the form of Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man characters as of this summer. Evollve Inc., which makes the Ozobot, has previously offered character skins from Disney’s Marvel Avengers, including Iron Man and Captain America. Read More

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LG reports ~10% sales bump in Q1, mobile revenues up 4% QoQ, 2% YoYLG%20reports%20~10%25%20sales%20bump%20in%20Q1%2C%20mobile%20revenues%20up%204%25%20QoQ%2C%202%25%26nbsp%3BYoYlg-g6-1nelomas

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:35:17 +0000

(image)  LG Electronics has posted its Q1 2017 results, which show a nearly 10 per cent year-over-year jump in revenue. The electronics maker is reporting KRW 14.66 trillion ($12.70BN) in revenue, an increase of 9.7 per cent from the same period last year. Read More

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Nintendo has sold 2.74M Switches, expects to sell around 10M next yearNintendo%20has%20sold%202.74M%20Switches%2C%20expects%20to%20sell%20around%2010M%20next%26nbsp%3Byearswitch-2270005etherin

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:45:13 +0000

(image)  Nintendo has sold 2.74 million Switches to date, the first official number released by the company by way of its FY 2016 earnings report, released on Thursday. The total hardware units sold have also led to decent game sales – 5.46 million total across the library, but Zelda: Breath of the Wild looks to be the only real breakout hit for the console with 2.76 million Switch units sold,… Read More

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Navdy’s aftermarket HUD proves a big in-car upgradeNavdy%26%238217%3Bs%20aftermarket%20HUD%20proves%20a%20big%20in-car%26nbsp%3Bupgrade147A0915etherin

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:54:23 +0000

(image)  In-car navigation and infotainment options now abound, and more vehicles are shipping with support for native vehicle smartphone software from Apple and Google. But these all still prove distracting, and take your eyes away from the roadway, if only for a few brief seconds. Navdy’s dash-mounted aftermarket head-up display (HUD) is a solution to that problem. Read More

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Two new Loog guitars let your toddler shout at the devilTwo%20new%20Loog%20guitars%20let%20your%20toddler%20shout%20at%20the%26nbsp%3Bdevilbe5b92a2f7c8181e2fb3e98422dbce5a_originaljohn

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:51:40 +0000

(image)  Loog is a New York-based guitar company run by a music teacher named Rafael Atijas. These three-string guitars are designed for kids as young as 3 years old and they make guitar easy and fun – at least according to my kids who played with them when they were much younger. The new models are called the Mini for ages 3 and older and the Pro for ages 8 and older. The Mini is a smaller… Read More

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DJI could reveal a tiny drone at New York event in MayDJI%20could%20reveal%20a%20tiny%20drone%20at%20New%20York%20event%20in%26nbsp%3BMayScreen Shot 2017-04-26 at 12.05.35 PMmjburnsy

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:09:05 +0000

(image)  DJI just emailed invitations to the media for a launch event in May. It’s likely this is the event where the drone company will launch the little Spark. Smaller than the DJI Mavic Pro, the Spark looks to take DJI to a lower price point for a new drone. Leaks and early looks revealed the small drone has fixed prop arms, a two axle gimbal yet still packs collision detection and similar… Read More

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Cooking with Google Home just got easierCooking%20with%20Google%20Home%20just%20got%26nbsp%3BeasierGoogle Home cheescakefredericlardinois

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:47:41 +0000

(image)  The Google Home and Amazon Echo are pretty useful devices to have in the kitchen, where clean hands are often at a premium. Until now, though, when you asked Google Home for a recipe, it would happily tell you all about it — but unless you are the president of the U.S. and have the world’s greatest memory, you probably forgot more than half of the ingredients by the time it… Read More

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Amazon’s new Echo Look has a built-in camera for style selfiesAmazon%E2%80%99s%20new%20Echo%20Look%20has%20a%20built-in%20camera%20for%20style%26nbsp%3BselfiesEcho Look, Closet Shelfbheater

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:17:57 +0000

(image)  With the addition of a camera, Amazon’s new Echo Look device can now see and hear all. The device is a sort of standalone selfie machine so users can take full-length photos and videos of themselves specifically for the sake of checking their fashion choices in the morning. The new home assistant answers to commands like “Alexa, take a picture” and “Alexa, take a… Read More

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Anki brings ‘Fast & Furious’ branding to its Overdrive line of smart toy carsAnki%20brings%20%E2%80%98Fast%20%26amp%3B%20Furious%E2%80%99%20branding%20to%20its%20Overdrive%20line%20of%20smart%20toy%26nbsp%3Bcarsunspecifiedbheater

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:00:15 +0000

(image)  Before its adorable little robot Cozmo arrived on the scene, Anki was in the business of making smart toy cars. The hardware startup’s robotic race car line Overdrive is getting a pretty high profile promotional boost in the form one of the most profitable franchises in film history. In September, the company will be launching Anki Overdrive: Fast & Furious Edition, a racing kit… Read More

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Here’s hoping this Google Pixel low-light photography experiment gets realHere%26%238217%3Bs%20hoping%20this%20Google%20Pixel%20low-light%20photography%20experiment%20gets%26nbsp%3Brealimage2etherin

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:24:54 +0000

(image)  Google’s Pixel already boasts a formidable camera, among the best in smartphone photography. A Google Daydream engineer Florian Kainz revealed how much more incredible it could be specifically in the area of night photography, when he set himself the task of reproducing DLSR-style nighttime picture quality using both a Pixel and a Nexus 6P. The experiment, detailed on the Google… Read More

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BrickerBot is a vigilante worm that destroys insecure IoT devicesBrickerBot%20is%20a%20vigilante%20worm%20that%20destroys%20insecure%20IoT%26nbsp%3Bdevicesbrickerbot3-fig-5john

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:39:15 +0000

(image)  A hacker called The Janitor has created multiple versions of a program called BrickerBot, a system that searches out and bricks insecure IoT devices. A researcher named Pascal Geenens has followed the worm for a few weeks and has seen it pop up and essentially destroy infected webcams and other IoT devices. The devices all used a Linux package called BusyBox and had exposed telnet-based… Read More

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Google is fixing up Chromecast’s ‘Cast a tab’ feature and you can try the new version now4 Chromecastgregkumparak

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:46:26 +0000

(image)  I’ve been saying it for a few years now, but I really, really like the Chromecast — Google’s simple little dongle for streaming Netflix/Hulu/YouTube etc. from your devices to your TV with just a tap or two. It does what it’s supposed to do, does it well and doesn’t try to do anything more than that. Well… that’s not entirely true. Read More

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