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We put the Nintendo Labo to the test

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:52:13 +0000

The Nintendo Labo is for kids so we took Nintendo’s latest product to its target audience. Our resident toy testers Kasper, Milla, and Guthrie went hands-on with this cool STEM system. They cut, folded, and played for almost an hour and finally gave their rousing review including near perfect scores from each of the judges. […]



Meet the quantum blockchain that works like a time machine

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:48:20 +0000

A new — and theoretical — system for blockchain-based data storage could ensure that hackers will not be able to crack cryptocurrencies once the quantum era starts. The idea, proposed by researchers at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, would secure cryptocurrency futures for decades using a blockchain technology that is like a […]



Bag Week is coming and we need your recommendations

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:27:23 +0000

Every year your faithful friends at TechCrunch spend an entire week looking at bags. Why? Because bags — often ignored but full of our important electronics — are the outward representations of our techie styles, and we put far too little thought into where we keep our most prized possessions. To that end we need […]



Unstoppable exploit in Nintendo Switch opens door to homebrew and piracy

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 22:55:35 +0000

The Nintendo Switch may soon be a haven for hackers, but not the kind that want your data — the kind who want to run SNES emulators and Linux on their handheld gaming consoles. A flaw in an Nvidia chip used by the Switch, detailed today, lets power users inject code into the system and modify it however they choose.



Glowforge opens public orders for its desktop 3D laser cutter

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:52:03 +0000

Hardware startup Glowforge, which makes a desktop laser cutter and engraver for home or office use, has finally opened up sales to the general public. The maker-targeted device, which can ‘print’ (read: engrave/laser cut) a variety of materials including leather, wood, acrylic, glass, and even the metal surface of a Macbook, starts at $2,495 for the entry […]



Apple is offering free battery replacement for some MacBook Pro units

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:04:30 +0000

Apple is offering free battery replacements for some 13-inch MacBook Pro (without Touch Bar) laptops that may have a faulty component. The company announced recently that a limited number of these devices have a component that may fail, which would cause the original built-in battery to expand. While Apple says this isn’t a safety issue, […]



This robot can build your IKEA furniture

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:15:04 +0000

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who hate building IKEA furniture and madmen. Now, thanks to IkeaBot, the madmen can be replaced. IkeaBot is a project built at Control Robotics Intelligence (CRI) group at NTU in Singapore. The team began by teaching robots to insert pins and manipulate IKEA parts, then, […]



Don’t just stir; Stircle

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:49:35 +0000

Although I do my best to minimize the trash produced by my lifestyle (blog posts notwithstanding), one I can't really control, at least without carrying a spoon on my person at all times, is the necessity of using a disposable stick to stir my coffee. That could all change with the Stircle, a little platform that spins your drink around to mix it.



Technique to beam HD video with 99 percent less power could sharpen the eyes of smart homes

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:13:34 +0000

Everyone seems to be insisting on installing cameras all over their homes these days, which seems incongruous with the privacy crisis — but that's a post for another time. Today, we're talking about enabling those cameras to send high-definition video signals wirelessly without killing their little batteries. A new technique makes beaming video out more than 99 percent more efficient, possibly making batteries unnecessary altogether.



SNK may be making a mini-console stuffed with arcade classics

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:49:35 +0000

If you've worked through the amazing selection of games provided by the NES and SNES Classic Editions, you may be in luck: SNK, the legendary arcade game creator behind the likes of Metal Slug and Samurai Shodown, is teasing what looks like its own tiny arcade cabinet.



Jaquet Droz is shipping its mechanical signing machine

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:02:44 +0000

Watchmaker Jaquet Droz announced its Signing Machine — a mechanical device that will sign your name for you using a series of miniature gears and springs — in 2014. Four years later, the company is ready to ship their miraculous contraption just in time for you to ink the deal you’ve made with Cybereus, lord […]



Amazon’s new ‘Alexa Blueprints’ let anyone create custom Alexa skills and responses

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:00:11 +0000

Amazon this morning is introducing “Alexa Blueprints,” a new way for any Alexa owner to create their own customized Alexa skills or responses, without needing to know how to code. The idea is to allow Alexa owners to create their own voice apps, like a trivia game or bedtime stories, or teach Alexa to respond […]



Watch SpaceX launch NASA’s new planet-hunting satellite here

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 22:13:56 +0000

It's almost time for SpaceX to launch NASA's TESS, a space telescope that will search for exoplants more across nearly the entire night sky. The launch has been delayed more than once already: originally scheduled for March 20, it slipped to April 16 (Monday), then some minor issues pushed it to today — at 3:51 PM Pacific time, to be precise.



EarthNow promises real-time views of the whole planet from a new satellite constellation

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:54:50 +0000

A new space imaging startup called EarthNow aims to provide not just pictures of the planet on demand, but real-time video anywhere a client desires. Its ambition is matched only by its pedigree: Bill Gates, Intellectual Ventures, Airbus, Softbank, and OneWeb founder Greg Wyler are all backing the play.



GoPro launches TradeUp program to swap old cameras for discounts

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:00:40 +0000

GoPro is willing to take that old digital camera stuffed in your junk drawer even if it’s not a GoPro. Through a program called TradeUp, the camera company will discount the GoPro H6 Black $50 and Fusion $100 when buyers trade-in any digital camera. The company tried this last year for 60 days, but as […]



StudioBricks is a Barcelona-based startup that sends you a studio in a box

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:46:27 +0000

My friend Rick is a voice-over artist and works in Ohio — right along the flight path for jets taking off and landing at the Columbus airport. As a result, he said, he had to record late at night when the airport closed, a limitation that he found exasperating. Enter StudioBricks, a cool startup from […]



Building the Moon without leaving the London area

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:12:06 +0000

Hardware isn't easy — especially if you decline to take advantage of the global manufacturing infrastructure, build everything in a flat in London, and use only local labor and materials. But that's what the creators of successful Kickstarter project Moon did, and they have no regrets.



Watch SpaceX launch NASA’s latest exoplanet-hunting satellite

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:46:21 +0000

Update: SpaceX has delayed the launch to address a last-minute issue with the guidance, navigation and control (GNC) systems: Standing down today to conduct additional GNC analysis, and teams are now working towards a targeted launch of @NASA_TESS on Wednesday, April 18. — SpaceX (@SpaceX) April 16, 2018 SpaceX is set to launch a Falcon […]