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17 STEM-focused gifts to inspire kids to learn coding and love robotics17%20STEM-focused%20gifts%20to%20inspire%20kids%20to%20learn%20coding%20and%20love%26nbsp%3Broboticsgg17-engineernelomas

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 19:01:09 +0000

(image)  This year’s STEM gift guide reflects the boom in ‘educational’ techie toys — featuring programmable and controllable robots of all stripes and shapes, as well as some fully fledged learn-to-code computers and a few lower tech alternatives for variety. Read More


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Romain-Jerome builds a Batman watch that tells you your time is up, batRomain-Jerome%20builds%20a%20Batman%20watch%20that%20tells%20you%20your%20time%20is%20up%2C%26nbsp%3BbatRJ.M.AU.030.04_Night_black_HDjohn

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:56:44 +0000

(image)  Watchmaker Romain-Jerome has announced a new Batman-themed watch that looks like something Bruce Wayne would wear to the club. The watch, which is based on R-J’s Skylab design, features a meticulous reproduction of a map of Gotham City cut into the rear sapphire glass and a glowing Bat Signal that lights up in the dark and/or in times of danger. R-J is famous for making high-end watches… Read More


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Tortuga Logic raises $2 million to build chip-level security systemsTortuga%20Logic%20raises%20%242%20million%20to%20build%20chip-level%20security%26nbsp%3BsystemsIMG_8955john

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:16:06 +0000

(image)  Tortuga Logic has raised $2 million in seed funding from Eclipse Ventures to help in their effort to maintain chip-level system security. Based in Palo Alto, the company plans to use the cash to build products that will find “lurking vulnerabilities” on computer hardware. The founders, Dr. Jason Oberg, Dr. Jonathan Valamehr, Professor Ryan Kastner of UC San Diego, and Professor… Read More


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Meural raises $5 million and brings Canvas to over 100 storesMeural%20raises%20%245%20million%20and%20brings%20Canvas%20to%20over%20100%26nbsp%3Bstorestout-1-1xetherin

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:48:29 +0000

(image)  Digital art technology company Meural has raised a $5 million Series A round of funding, led by Corigin Ventures and with participation from Netgear, Resolute Venture Partners and assorted angels. The $5 million in fresh funds accompanies the news that Meural will now be distributing its Canvas in retail stores across the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Germany, France and the Netherlands. Read More


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Apple’s new ad shows how iPads are going to replace laptopsWhat's a computer hero stillromaindillet

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:04:12 +0000

(image)  Apple has released a brand new ad for the iPad Pro. It features a young girl and a rose gold iPad Pro running iOS 11. And Apple’s pitch is quite clear here — the iPad is the future of computers. The company even thinks there will be a time when a young person doesn’t know what “computer” means. There’s this meme that keeps coming back on Twitter. A young… Read More


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Apple releases iOS 11.1.2 to fix iPhone X cold weather issueApple%20releases%20iOS%2011.1.2%20to%20fix%20iPhone%20X%20cold%20weather%26nbsp%3Bissueiphone-x-tweetetherin

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:33:28 +0000

(image)  Apple has made iOS 11.1.2 available, the second minor point release it’s put out in as many weeks. This one is specifically designed to address a bug where the iPhone X could become temporarily unresponsive to touch input when moving from warm weather to dramatically colder temperatures – like venturing outside in winter in Canada, for instance. The update is also said to address… Read More


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Hands-on with Microsoft’s high-end Surface Book 2Hands-on%20with%20Microsoft%26%238217%3Bs%20high-end%20Surface%20Book%26nbsp%3B2DSCF2854fredericlardinois

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:00:41 +0000

(image)  Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 is the most powerful mobile Surface device yet. It easily blows away the Surface Pro, Surface Laptop and, of course, the old Surface Book. It’s also one of the odder devices in the lineup, though. It’s not just a Surface Pro with a rigid keyboard. It’s a relatively heavy base with a powerful processor and graphics card and a big battery… Read More


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Pip is a retro games console for kids to learn codingPip%20is%20a%20retro%20games%20console%20for%20kids%20to%20learn%26nbsp%3BcodingPipnelomas

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:33:00 +0000

(image)  Another UK startup is using Pi electronics as the foundation for an edtech business idea, and Kickstarter to try to crowdfund their product: A learn-to-code retro games console. Read More


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Amazon brings Echo and Alexa to CanadaAmazon%20brings%20Echo%20and%20Alexa%20to%26nbsp%3BCanadaamazon echo 2017 leadetherin

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:04:17 +0000

(image)  Amazon has finally brought its line of Alexa-powered Echo speakers to Canada. The release of Echo hardware has been long awaited by America’s northern neighbor, which could only watch and wait as Echo went through two generations in the U.S. Echo Dot, the second generation Echo and the Echo Plus with integrated smart home hub are all on sale in Canada as of today, compete with full… Read More


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Call to ban sale of IoT toys with proven security flawsCall%20to%20ban%20sale%20of%20IoT%20toys%20with%20proven%20security%26nbsp%3BflawsFurbynelomas

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:38:22 +0000

(image)  Ahead of 2017’s present buying season, UK consumer rights group Which? has warned parents about the risks of giving connected toys to their children, and called for devices with known security and/or privacy risks to be banned from sale on kids safety grounds. Read More


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Essential offers up an Android Oreo beta for the Essential PhoneEssential%20offers%20up%20an%20Android%20Oreo%20beta%20for%20the%20Essential%26nbsp%3BPhoneAndroidOreoetherin

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 23:00:21 +0000

(image)  Android smartphone maker Essential promised that it would be releasing an update to Android 8.0 Oreo for its devices soon, and now there’s a beta version of the update available through its developer portal. This is just a beta, as mentioned, but it’s broadly available for anyone interested enough in the Oreo update to try out pre-release software. Read More


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A mesh network spontaneously erupts in the US and helps connect Puerto RicoA%20mesh%20network%20spontaneously%20erupts%20in%20the%20US%20and%20helps%20connect%20Puerto%26nbsp%3BRicogotennaPRdevin

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 18:41:28 +0000

(image)  When goTenna put out their Mesh device earlier this year, I thought the off-grid gadgets would be great for an emergency kit or back-country hike. But it turns out that I underestimated the demand for a resilient, user-powered mesh network: dedicated nodes now populate cities across the country, and volunteers are using them to get Puerto Rico back online after a devastating hurricane season. Read More


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Attending CES 2018? TechCrunch wants to see your companyAttending%20CES%202018%3F%20TechCrunch%20wants%20to%20see%20your%26nbsp%3Bcompanycesmjburnsy

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 18:35:03 +0000

(image)  CES is a horrible, god-awful experience that will shave years off your life. The casinos, the food, the people, the germs. Horrible. All of it. But we love it! And we’re sending a huge contingent to the show again this year and want to see your gadgets, toys and products. TechCrunch cares much more for the hardware startups than the big CE players. We want to see the future FitBits and… Read More


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iOS 11.2 is going to support faster 7.5W Qi wireless chargingiOS%2011.2%20is%20going%20to%20support%20faster%207.5W%20Qi%20wireless%26nbsp%3Bchargingwirelessromaindillet

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:29:59 +0000

(image)  The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X all support wireless charging using the Qi standard. It means that iPhones are now compatible with hundreds of chargers out there. But iPhone Qi charging is currently limited to 5W, or the slowest wireless charging speed. Apple is currently working on iOS 11.2 — this update is going to support 7.5W charging, as MacRumors spotted. Wireless charging… Read More


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Apple could reportedly add TrueDepth features to the rear iPhone cameraApple%20could%20reportedly%20add%20TrueDepth%20features%20to%20the%20rear%20iPhone%26nbsp%3BcameraApple ARkitromaindillet

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:54:11 +0000

(image)  Apple has packed a ton of sensors into the notch of the iPhone X. The TrueDepth camera system powers many features, from Face ID to face-tracking technology using ARKit. It also lets you do selfies in Portrait mode. According to a new Bloomberg report, Apple now wants to improve the rear camera with 3D-sensing capabilities. Bloomberg says that Apple won’t use the exact same technology in… Read More


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Muse is a simple dedicated Amazon Alexa add-on for the carMuse%20is%20a%20simple%20dedicated%20Amazon%20Alexa%20add-on%20for%20the%26nbsp%3BcarMuse - Dash Activationetherin

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:00:05 +0000

(image)  Want to bring Alexa into your vehicle? You now have a few options, including a new $49.99 accessory from voice tech company Speak Music, which is launching Muse, essentially a Bluetooth-enabled Amazon Echo for the car. The small device allows you to access Alexa skills while on the go, using voice commands and the “Alexa” wake word, while connecting to your in-car stereo system… Read More


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Your Google Home speaker is now also an intercomYour%20Google%20Home%20speaker%20is%20now%20also%20an%26nbsp%3Bintercomgoogle_home_demo-2Jon

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:00:08 +0000

(image)  One of the niftiest features of Google Home is now available for owners of the smart speaker after support for ‘Broadcast’ rolled out. The new addition allows you to push messages or reminders across a network of Home devices to mimic an in-home intercom system. So rather than calling up to kids that dinner is about to be served, or getting them to wake up for school, Google Home… Read More


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Apple could launch a bigger iPhone X Plus next year, report saysApple%20could%20launch%20a%20bigger%20iPhone%20X%20Plus%20next%20year%2C%20report%26nbsp%3BsaysiPhone Xromaindillet

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:50:38 +0000

(image)  KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote a new report about Apple’s plans for next year. According to him, the company is going to release three new iPhone devices next year. They’ll all have edge-to-edge displays with a notch. The successor of the iPhone X could be roughly the same size and shape. According to Kuo, this new iPhone would feature a 5.8-inch display with a density… Read More


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Nintendo may make as many as 30 million Switches next yearNintendo%20may%20make%20as%20many%20as%2030%20million%20Switches%20next%26nbsp%3Byearswitchbundledevin

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 00:57:19 +0000

(image)  Rumors in early October had Nintendo more than doubling production for the highly successful Switch in order to meet what will almost certainly be crushing demand during the holidays. The company may be planning even higher volumes for next year — perhaps as many as 30 million consoles. Read More


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Mysterious ‘green line of death’ appears on some iPhone X displaysMysterious%20%26%238216%3Bgreen%20line%20of%20death%26%238217%3B%20appears%20on%20some%20iPhone%20X%26nbsp%3Bdisplaysgreen line of deathdevin

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 17:49:59 +0000

(image)  It wouldn’t be the launch of a first-generation Apple product without a few hiccups — who can forget Antennagate and Bendgate? — and the iPhone X is no different. A handful of users report that a mysterious and inextinguishable green line has appeared on their device’s display. Read More


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