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Alphabet’s Project Wing now delivers burritos by drone in southeastern AustraliaAlphabet%26%238217%3Bs%20Project%20Wing%20now%20delivers%20burritos%20by%20drone%20in%20southeastern%26nbsp%3BAustralia0-p6O_0wIyuz9gVV6z-fredericlardinois

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:13:14 +0000

(image)  It’s been a while since we last heard from Project Wing, X’s moonshot drone delivery project. But after a few fallow months, the team posted an update today and it looks like the project has made quite some progress. Alphabet’s X unit is now testing the Project Wing drones in southeastern Australia, where its flying machines are making deliveries right to its testers’… Read More


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Samsung’s new connected tags monitor pets or kids for a week on a single chargeSamsung%26%238217%3Bs%20new%20connected%20tags%20monitor%20pets%20or%20kids%20for%20a%20week%20on%20a%20single%26nbsp%3Bchargesamsung tagJon

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:47:02 +0000

(image)  Samsung has something worth your time if you like to keep tabs on kids, pets or other cherished items. The Korea electronics giant just announced Connect Tag, a small internet-enabled device that tracks location and lasts a week between charges. In other words, this is a similar offering to existing electronic tagging devices from the likes of Tile, the U.S. startup that pulled in $25… Read More


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Astro’s Luna Display will turn your iPad’s front camera into a clever buttonAstro%26%238217%3Bs%20Luna%20Display%20will%20turn%20your%20iPad%26%238217%3Bs%20front%20camera%20into%20a%20clever%26nbsp%3Bbutton1*py8y178x_6Fb0HQZ04enTgetherin

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:25:40 +0000

(image)  Astro’s Luna Display hardware dongle is a dream for anyone who wants their iPad to act as a second screen for their Mac – wirelessly. Now, the company has revealed a clever update that turns the front-facing camera of your iPad into a neat, contextual button that gives you access to a range of features without cluttering up your user interface. In case you missed it, Luna Display is… Read More


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Sorry SNES Classic: Analogue’s Super Nt is the ultimate Super NintendoSorry%20SNES%20Classic%3A%20Analogue%26%238217%3Bs%20Super%20Nt%20is%20the%20ultimate%20Super%26nbsp%3BNintendo3-Super Nt Classicetherin

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:00:58 +0000

(image)  You may or may not have scored an SNES Classic from Nintendo, but either way, you don’t have the true retro gaming fan’s SNES reboot – yet. That’s because it’s not out yet, and it’s not even made by Nintendo: It’s the Super Nt, the next reference quality console recreation from Analogue, the same gadget maker that created the Nt Mini to play NES games… Read More


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DxO One camera for Android on the way, new accessories debutDxO%20One%20camera%20for%20Android%20on%20the%20way%2C%20new%20accessories%26nbsp%3BdebutDxO-ONE-On-Hands-iPhone-Frontetherin

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:00:54 +0000

(image)  The best compact camera smartphone attachment you can buy is getting an Android version, and a heap of updates for the existing iPhone model that make it even better (and it’s already excellent). The DxO One, DxO’s first camera hardware, gets a free software update this morning that adds Facebook Live multi-camera streaming, time-lapse and more, and customers can sign up to find… Read More


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LimeBike raises $50M to further its bike-sharing ambitionsLimeBike%20raises%20%2450M%20to%20further%20its%20bike-sharing%26nbsp%3Bambitionslimebike (2)devin

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:59:04 +0000

(image)  LimeBike, one of several companies competing in the rapidly expanding bike-sharing space, has raised a $50 million C round to continue building out the operation. The company is also looking into ways to differentiate itself from the competition — including the two 900-pound Chinese gorillas in the industry, Ofo and Mobike. Read More


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WPA2 shown to be vulnerable to key reinstallation attacksWPA2%20shown%20to%20be%20vulnerable%20to%20key%20reinstallation%26nbsp%3Battacksdata-breachnelomas

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:33:04 +0000

(image)  A key reinstallation attack vulnerability in the WPA2 wi-fi protocol has been made public today. Security researcher Mathy Vanhoef has identified what he dubs a “serious weakness” in the wireless protocol. Read More


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User outcry prompts OnePlus to step down its excessive data collectionUser%20outcry%20prompts%20OnePlus%20to%20step%20down%20its%20excessive%20data%26nbsp%3BcollectionOnePlus 3devin

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 15:22:46 +0000

(image)  Earlier this week, it was revealed that independent phone maker OnePlus was collecting all manner of information from phones running its OxygenOS — without telling users, of course. Caught red-handed, the company is backing off from the opt-out data collection program, giving users a choice up front instead of buried in the options. Read More


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pi-top outs a new laptop for budding coders and hardware hackerspi-top%20outs%20a%20new%20laptop%20for%20budding%20coders%20and%20hardware%26nbsp%3Bhackerspi-topnelomas

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:24:00 +0000

(image)  U.K. edtech startup pi-top has a new learn-to-code-and-tinker machine. It’s another modular Raspberry Pi-powered laptop but this time they’ve reduced the number of steps needed to put it together, as well as adding a slider keyboard design so the Qwerty panel can be pulled out to provide access to a rail for mounting and tinkering with electronics. Read More


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DJI’s new interchangeable-lens drone camera takes aim at filmmakersDJI%26%238217%3Bs%20new%20interchangeable-lens%20drone%20camera%20takes%20aim%20at%26nbsp%3BfilmmakersZenmuse X7etherin

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:07:28 +0000

(image)  DJI just introduced a new camera designed to work with drones, and in particular its Inspire 2 flyer. The camera is a “world first” in that it’s a super 35 digital film camera tailored for aerial cinematography — in other words, if you’re a filmmaker, documentarian or professional cinematographer, you are probably going to want one of these. Read More


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Citing ‘a few’ malfunctions, Google nukes touch function from Home MiniCiting%20%26%238216%3Ba%20few%26%238217%3B%20malfunctions%2C%20Google%20nukes%20touch%20function%20from%20Home%26nbsp%3BMinigoogle home minidevin

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 00:48:21 +0000

(image)  Google is permanently axing all “top touch” functionality from its new Home Mini device after a nasty bug was documented yesterday that essentially recorded everything around the gadget and sent it to Google. These things happen! Either the company couldn’t be sure it could fix it or it couldn’t be sure people would trust that it did — so they made the choice to… Read More


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A messed up Google Home Mini recorded a tech reporter 24/7A%20messed%20up%20Google%20Home%20Mini%20recorded%20a%20tech%20reporter%26nbsp%3B24%2F7google home minitaylortechcrunch

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:02:38 +0000

(image)  The idea of inviting an always-on recording device into our bedrooms would have once seemed beyond creepy, but now most consumers hardly give it a second thought. As Android Police reports, a small number of Google Home Mini review units given to tech reviewers malfunctioned, persistently recording audio in the background without being activated by a hotword. Read More


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A batch of SNES Classic Editions goes on sale tomorrowA%20batch%20of%20SNES%20Classic%20Editions%20goes%20on%20sale%26nbsp%3Btomorrowsnes_classic-9220028devin

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 22:09:41 +0000

(image)  If you’ve had bad luck so far in trying to nab an SNES Classic Edition, you’ll have a fresh chance tomorrow. Two major retailers have announced they have stock in hand and will be selling it starting October 11. Read More


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Intel moves towards production quantum computing with new 17-qubit chipIntel%20moves%20towards%20production%20quantum%20computing%20with%20new%2017-qubit%26nbsp%3Bchipintel quantum chipdevin

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 21:32:33 +0000

(image)  Intel’s quantum computing efforts have yielded a new 17-qubit chip, which the company has just delivered to its partner in that field, QuTech. It’s not a major advance in the actual computing power or applications — those are still in very early days — but it’s a step toward production systems that can be ordered and delivered to spec rather than experimental… Read More


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The SpiderMAV does whatever a spider can, spins a web, any sizeThe%20SpiderMAV%20does%20whatever%20a%20spider%20can%2C%20spins%20a%20web%2C%20any%26nbsp%3Bsizegiphyjohn

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 18:58:55 +0000

(image)  Researchers at the Imperial College London’s Aerial Robotics Laboratory have created the SpiderMAV – a robot that stabilizes itself by shooting out multiple strands of rope that can stick to magnetic surfaces. The drone, which is a standard quadcopter, has a built-in rope gun that blasts out little connectors. The drone then pulls against the ropes, stabilizing itself in flight.… Read More


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A chat with the creators of ArduinoA%20chat%20with%20the%20creators%20of%26nbsp%3BArduinoFabio Violante-Massimo Banzijohn

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 18:33:04 +0000

(image)  On this week’s Technotopia I talked to Massimo Banzi and Fabio Violante, the co-creators of Arduino. This pair of Italian artists saw their little single-board computers as a gateway to high-tech art but they’ve essentially created a world in which anyone – from an 11-year-old hacker to a huge corporation – can make amazing hardware in a few hours. The pair recently… Read More


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Nintendo’s mini SNES has already been hacked to run more gamesNintendo%26%238217%3Bs%20mini%20SNES%20has%20already%20been%20hacked%20to%20run%20more%26nbsp%3Bgamesjordanrcrook

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:11:50 +0000

(image)  Nintendo SNES Classic owners should be glad to learn that more games aren’t out of your reach. Cluster, the Russian coder who originally cracked the NES Classic Edition, has now figured out how to side-load more games to the SNES CE through his Hakchi tool. With the release of Hakchi v2.20, users can expand their options on the little SNES, which comes with only 21 games pre-installed.… Read More


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This is not a drill: Microsoft admits Windows Phone is dead for realThis%20is%20not%20a%20drill%3A%20Microsoft%20admits%20Windows%20Phone%20is%20dead%20for%26nbsp%3BrealWindows 10 for Phonesromaindillet

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 13:20:20 +0000

(image)  It’s time to say goodbye for real this time. Windows Phone’s death has been slow and painful, but, as CNET spotted, the head of Microsoft’s Windows division finally admitted you shouldn’t expect anything more when it comes to Windows Phone. Microsoft doesn’t plan to let existing Windows Phone users down — there will be security updates. But don’t… Read More


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BlackBerry ditches the keyboard in latest handsetBlackBerry%20ditches%20the%20keyboard%20in%20latest%26nbsp%3Bhandsetblackberry motionmjburnsy

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 07:11:29 +0000

(image)  Yesterday at GITEX Technology Week in Dubai, BlackBerry announced the Motion, an all-screen smartphone with a massive battery. Made by TCL under the BlackBerry Mobile brand, the Motion packs a 5.5-inch screen and running on a Snapdragon 625 SoC platform. The phone will be initially available in Middle Eastern markets for around $460 USD. North American availability was not announced. The… Read More


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Germans are doing deep scans of ancient instruments to uncover their secretsGermans%20are%20doing%20deep%20scans%20of%20ancient%20instruments%20to%20uncover%20their%26nbsp%3Bsecretsboxhorndevin

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 18:31:21 +0000

(image)  I don’t know if you’re into baroque music, but I can tell you that Germans sure are. So it’s no surprise that German R&D outfit Fraunhofer has turned its considerable resources towards learning about and conserving every little detail of the instruments for which the likes of Bach and Handel composed their music. Specifically, they’re putting them into an enormous… Read More


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