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Erato’s Muse 5 wireless in-ear headphones give AirPods a run for their moneyErato%26%238217%3Bs%20Muse%205%20wireless%20in-ear%20headphones%20give%20AirPods%20a%20run%20for%20their%26nbsp%3Bmoneyerato-muse-5etherin

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:36:42 +0000

(image)  Apple’s AirPods are probably the first really mainstream completely wireless headphones, but Erato has been making these for a while now. The company’s latest is the Muse 5, a set of in-ear buds that are cheaper than their debut Apollo 7 option, but still come with a charging case and very respectable battery life. The Muse 5’s least impress feature might be their design… Read More


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Behold the robo-fruitBehold%20the%20robo-fruitFruchtsensordevin

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:24:22 +0000

(image)  Perhaps you’ve been watching the BBC’s Spy in the Wild, in which meticulously recreated robotic animals cohabitate with their fleshy brethren and record all their secret goings and doings. But haven’t you ever wondered what fruit gets up to during the long trip from its homeland to your local produce department? These robo-fruits are your best bet to find out. Read More


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Nintendo blames Switch Joy-Con issue on ‘manufacturing variation,’ offers fixNintendo%20blames%20Switch%20Joy-Con%20issue%20on%20%26%238216%3Bmanufacturing%20variation%2C%26%238217%3B%20offers%26nbsp%3Bfixswitch-2270015devin

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:54:39 +0000

(image)  Nintendo’s latest console, the Switch, has been received quite favorably by us and others (having one of the best games ever on it helped) — but one recurring complaint concerned the Joy-Con L, or left controller, as everyone else calls it. Interruptions in the wireless signal were rare for me but more common for others, and Nintendo has finally acknowledged the problem as a… Read More


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The Casio Edifice EQB501 takes a licking, connects to your cellphoneThe%20Casio%20Edifice%20EQB501%20takes%20a%20licking%2C%20connects%20to%20your%26nbsp%3BcellphoneScreen Shot 2017-03-22 at 9.43.18 AMjohn

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:57:10 +0000

(image)  Casio makes beefy watches for not-always-beefy people. Their latest, the Edifice EQB-501 is an interesting amalgam of form, function, and high tech features and it has enough dials, buttons, and sensors to keep well-connected on your trek through the jungle, urban or otherwise. This monster watch is 44.4mm wide and water resistant up to 100 meters. It connects to your phone and the CASIO… Read More


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ANA’s new C-3PO jet is fluent in over 6 million forms of communicationANA%26%238217%3Bs%20new%20C-3PO%20jet%20is%20fluent%20in%20over%206%20million%20forms%20of%26nbsp%3Bcommunicationa48ffdab700c5c8c4b84b6caf1107f3betherin

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:12:43 +0000

(image)  Fancy paint jobs for airplanes are nothing novel, but few airlines ever really commit to making their jets look unique like Japan’s ANA. The air carrier’s latest custom craft is one of its Star Wars series of planes, commemorating everyone’s favorite golden protocol droid with a C-3PO yellow fuselage wrap, and interior decorating to match. The C-3PO ANA Jet follows R2-D2… Read More


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Elvie pulls in $6M Series A to build a global female health tech brandElvie%20pulls%20in%20%246M%20Series%20A%20to%20build%20a%20global%20female%20health%20tech%26nbsp%3Bbrandelvienelomas

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:00:41 +0000

(image)  The UK startup behind a connected kegel exerciser called Elvie is today announcing a $6 million Series A round led by European VC firm Octopus Ventures. Female focused VC AllBright is also joining the round… Read More


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Wanna hack your car? Macchina is a plug-and-vroom solutionWanna%20hack%20your%20car%3F%20Macchina%20is%20a%20plug-and-vroom%26nbsp%3Bsolutionmacchinahajejan

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:38:41 +0000

(image)  You can hack your IKEA furniture to be more awesome. You can hack video games to make your fellow gamers hate your guts. And with the help of Macchina — now on Kickstarter — you can teach your car a few new tricks, too. What could possibly go wrong? Read More


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The Gladius underwater drone will shoot in 4K as it reaches the briny deepThe%20Gladius%20underwater%20drone%20will%20shoot%20in%204K%20as%20it%20reaches%20the%20briny%26nbsp%3BdeepIMG_0560john

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:31:29 +0000

(image)  First drones took to the air. Now they take to the sea! The Gladius is basically a remote-controlled submarine with a 4K camera that can dive to 100 meters. A big, yellow double-barreled monster, the beast is controlled via a phone-connected remote and it is semi-tethered, which means it can roll out about 500 meters with the right gear. Read More


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NASA’s pop-up robot can tackle tight spots where rovers can’t reachorigami-bot-nasaetherin

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:59:21 +0000

(image)  NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is pretty much a non-stop source of amazing things, and the latest is the PUFFER, or Pop-Up Flat Folding Robot. The design of the robot is inspired by origami, and folding is its specialty. Read More


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Hyperloop Transportation Technologies starts building its first full-size passenger podHyperloop%20Transportation%20Technologies%20starts%20building%20its%20first%20full-size%20passenger%26nbsp%3BpodHololensIntetherin

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:00:03 +0000

(image)  In the world of Hyperloop, the race is on to see who can produce the first viable commercial system. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies on Tuesday announced a key move in its own progress toward that goal: It has begun construction on its first full-scale passenger capsule, to be completed and revealed in 2018. Read More


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If you like to linger where it’s shady the Populele wants to linger tooIf%20you%20like%20to%20linger%20where%20it%26%238217%3Bs%20shady%20the%20Populele%20wants%20to%20linger%26nbsp%3Btoohappy.mp4_1489997117john

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 05:33:12 +0000

(image)  If music be the food of love then get ready to hit the Old Country Buffet. A wild new startup is about to unleash Populele, an electric Ukulele that will teach you how to play old Uke standards like Ukulele Lady, D’yer Maker, and Tiptoe Through The Tulips. The $149 ukulele has surpassed its goal on Indiegogo and is slated to ship this year. The instrument has a 72-led fretboard that… Read More


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Formlabs retires the Form 1+ printerFormlabs%20retires%20the%20Form%201%2B%26nbsp%3BprinterForm1plushajejan

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 22:09:21 +0000

(image)  Formlabs’ Form 1 Kickstarter project was the first stereo lithography printer that ended up on peoples’ radars. Its successor, the Form 1+, looked identical but had upgraded internals for increased speed and reliability. Following Formlabs’ $35 million raise last year, the company has focused its attention on its more professional-grade Form 2 printer instead. Read More


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Japanese Kendama game gets a digital upgrade and a Kickstarter campaignJapanese%20Kendama%20game%20gets%20a%20digital%20upgrade%20and%20a%20Kickstarter%26nbsp%3Bcampaigndendamahajejan

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:30:50 +0000

(image)  Like all good games, Kendama is easy-ish to learn and frustrating as all ever-loving £%&*@£^% to master. What’s a poor entrepreneur to do when a game hasn’t changed for 400 years? Rename it Dendama, add a boat-load of electronics, invent a slew of multiplayer games and launch a Kickstarter campaign, of course. Read More


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Apple could be putting together an augmented reality teamApple%20could%20be%20putting%20together%20an%20augmented%20reality%26nbsp%3Bteamapple-wwdc-20150411romaindillet

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:35:03 +0000

(image)  Apple could be betting big on augmented reality. The company could be working on augmented reality features for the iPhone and then later for glasses, a new device that you would pair with your smartphone. Read More


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Bixby is Samsung’s new ‘intelligent interface’ for smartphones and beyondBixby%20is%20Samsung%26%238217%3Bs%20new%20%26%238216%3Bintelligent%20interface%26%238217%3B%20for%20smartphones%20and%26nbsp%3Bbeyondsamsung-galaxy-s8etherin

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:25:06 +0000

(image)  Samsung is entering the voice-powered virtual assistant game a bit later than its competitors, but it says that its forthcoming “Bixby” agent will be “fundamentally different” from what’s already available, thanks to features that reduce confusion around when and where it can be used, and a general knowledge of what’s going on with your device whenever… Read More


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The Samsung Galaxy S8 will come in three colorsUntitledromaindillet

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:43:55 +0000

(image)  Can you smell this? It’s the smell of some fresh new leaks coming from Evan Blass’ Twitter account. This time, Evan shared some renderings of the Samsung Galaxy S8 in not one, not two, but three different colors. Read More


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The Atomo Modular Electronics System is like LEGO for electronicsThe%20Atomo%20Modular%20Electronics%20System%20is%20like%20LEGO%20for%26nbsp%3Belectronicsp0nzmyfdyzhzol2gtmz4john

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 22:40:00 +0000

(image)  One of the hardest things about Raspberry Pi and Arduino is figuring out where to stick all the pieces. While both of these systems work well alone — you can have a lot of fun with just a board and an internet connection — it’s also fun to add little things like printers and screens to make fun projects. That’s where the Atomo comes in. Read More


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Apple plans to invest $500 million for new research centers in ChinaApple%20plans%20to%20invest%20%24500%20million%20for%20new%20research%20centers%20in%26nbsp%3BChinaapple-chinaromaindillet

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:17:40 +0000

(image)  Apple is trying to tap into local talent by building new research centers around the world. As spotted by MacRumors, the company just announced on its Chinese website that it is going to build two new R&D centers in Shanghai and Suzhou. This is going to be a significant investment as Apple plans to spend 3.5 billion yuan, or a little bit more than $500 million. The company already… Read More


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GameStop will have more Nintendo Switch systems for sale starting March 22GameStop%20will%20have%20more%20Nintendo%20Switch%20systems%20for%20sale%20starting%20March%26nbsp%3B22switch-2270005etherin

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:48:51 +0000

(image)  Nintendo Switch is in short supply — which is good news for Nintendo, but not so great news for customers looking to get their hands on one of the new consoles. They’ve been hard to find since launch, and Nintendo announced it’s ramping up production, which should help, but now GameStop says it’ll have new units on Wednesday, March 22 — so eager gamers can set… Read More


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Nintendo could double production of the SwitchNintendo%20could%20double%20production%20of%20the%26nbsp%3BSwitchswitch-2270035romaindillet

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:41:44 +0000

(image)  If you launch a new console with a massively successful game like Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it’s not that hard to sell your console. This is exactly what is happening with the Nintendo Switch as Nintendo is ramping up production for the next 12 months. Nintendo already said that the company was planning to sell 2 million consoles for the month of March. According to SuperData, the… Read More


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