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Markforged announces two 3D printers that produce items as strong as steelMarkforged%20announces%20two%203D%20printers%20that%20produce%20items%20as%20strong%20as%26nbsp%3BsteelX3 2john

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:59:16 +0000

(image)  Markforged, a 3D printer manufacturer based in Boston, has just announced two new models — the X3 and the X5. Both of these printers are designed to create carbon fiber-infused objects using a standard filament printing system and both can produce items that can replace or are stronger than steel objects. Both printers have auto-leveling and scanning systems to ensure each printed object… Read More


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New drone perches on walls like a robotic birdNew%20drone%20perches%20on%20walls%20like%20a%20robotic%26nbsp%3BbirdMjk0MjM5OAjohn

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:53:39 +0000

(image)  The Multimodal Autonomous Drone (S-MAD) is a fixed-wing drone that has a few bird-like tricks up its sleeve. You can, for example, fly it like a glider through a room or open space, but when it approaches a flat surface the drone quickly changes configuration and lands flat with its little spiky teeth digging in to keep it from falling. Read More


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Watch Microsoft’s Xbox One X Gamescom conference live right herexbox-one-x-p6110106romaindillet

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 17:55:34 +0000

(image)  Microsoft is about to share the last details on the Xbox One X with a press conference ahead of the Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. You can watch it live right here at 12 PM on the West Coast, 3 PM on the East Coast, 8 PM in the U.K., 9 PM in Germany. The company already said on Twitter that we can expect to hear more details about pre-orders for the Xbox One X: #XboxOneX pre-order info is… Read More


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Let’s review some of tech’s big second quarter financial storiesLet%26%238217%3Bs%20review%20some%20of%20tech%26%238217%3Bs%20big%20second%20quarter%20financial%26nbsp%3Bstoriestim cookmatthewlynley

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 16:00:04 +0000

(image)  Now that the second-quarter “earnings season” — when all of the biggest public tech companies spill their financial guts to the public — is over, and it was filled with a lot of weird stories that seemed a little outside of the mold that we normally see. There weren’t any blockbuster product launches, huge advertising beats, wildly surprising numbers (outside… Read More


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These solar glass blocks would make great skylights for your solar roofThese%20solar%20glass%20blocks%20would%20make%20great%20skylights%20for%20your%20solar%26nbsp%3Broof5c6f9e_5b1c5da56d69497b8a24858da5d738d3mv2_d_4800_2536_s_4_2devin

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 01:13:25 +0000

(image)  If you’re going to be decking your roof out with solar tiles, there’s a possibility that you may forgo what might be the best placement of a skylight in favor of more solar cell square footage. Luckily solar glass is fast becoming an option, and these clever glass blocks are the best option I’ve seen yet. Read More


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This 3D-printed robotic arm is built for sign languageThis%203D-printed%20robotic%20arm%20is%20built%20for%20sign%26nbsp%3Blanguage255756-UA - Robotarm-9-4e79b6-large-1502877454devin

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 23:36:16 +0000

(image)  While we usually see robotics applied to industrial or research applications, there are plenty of ways they could help in everyday life as well: an autonomous guide for blind people, for instance, or a kitchen bot that helps disabled folks cook. Or — and this one is real — a robot arm that can perform rudimentary sign language. Read More


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Google Home now works with Spotify free accountsGoogle%20Home%20now%20works%20with%20Spotify%20free%26nbsp%3Baccountsgoogle-home-DSCF0506lucasmatney2015

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:48:06 +0000

(image)  For all the talk of how voice assistants could be the future of IoT or computing in general, the only consistently engaging use of home assistants like Echo or Google Home seems to be audio playback. Today, Google is making it a bit easier for the cheapos to get in on the action, as it’s beginning to roll out support for Spotify free accounts on its Home platform. Read More


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A defense company put a machine gun on a droneA%20defense%20company%20put%20a%20machine%20gun%20on%20a%26nbsp%3Bdrone1502738584-duke-robotics1john

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:43:39 +0000

(image)  Duke Robotics, a military contractor, has produced a video for their unique and uniquely dangerous new tool, TIKAD. This drone platform looks fairly basic – a custom multi-rotor drone with a chassis on the bottom to hold what looks like a stripped down machine gun, sniper rifle, or grenade launcher – but what it suggests about the future of warfare is pretty scary. A gimbal at… Read More


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Nintendo’s Splatoon 2 Switch bundle will be a Walmart exclusiveNintendo%26%238217%3Bs%20Splatoon%202%20Switch%20bundle%20will%20be%20a%20Walmart%26nbsp%3BexclusiveSwitch_Splatoon2_hardwarebundle_JoyCons_artwork_01etherin

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:33:20 +0000

(image)  Want those snazzy neon green and pink Switch controllers you’ve been coveting? In the U.S. and Canada, you’ll have to head to Walmart to pick up the Splatoon 2 Switch console bundle – at least initially. The bundle, announced today by Nintendo, will include Neon Pink and Neon Green right and left Switch controllers, as well as Splatoon 2, the console and the dock, along with… Read More


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Essential Phone now available to order, ships soon to pre-sale customersEssential%20Phone%20now%20available%20to%20order%2C%20ships%20soon%20to%20pre-sale%26nbsp%3Bcustomersessential-phoneetherin

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:47:31 +0000

(image)  The Essential Phone has arrived, a bit later than originally announced. The first smartphone from the new company founded by Android creator Andy Rubin is now available to order, via Essential’s own site, Best Buy, and Sprint. The phone is still listed as a pre-order in all three spots, with shipping information to be conveyed later, but this is the closest people have been able to get… Read More


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Android newbie HMD’s Nokia 8 flagship lets you livestream ‘frontbacks’Android%20newbie%20HMD%26%238217%3Bs%20Nokia%208%20flagship%20lets%20you%20livestream%20%26%238216%3Bfrontbacks%26%238217%3BNokia 8nelomas

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:49:41 +0000

(image)  Rebooting the venerable Nokia smartphone brand has not been a rush job for HMD Global, the Foxconn-backed company set up for the purpose of licensing the Nokia name to try to revive the brand’s fortunes on smartphones. But after starting with basic and mid-tier phones, it’s finally outted a flagship Android handset. Read More


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Protecting 3D printers from cyberattacks could be as simple as listening carefullyProtecting%203D%20printers%20from%20cyberattacks%20could%20be%20as%20simple%20as%20listening%26nbsp%3Bcarefullyyeehaw9devin

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 22:52:42 +0000

(image)  As 3D printers grow smarter and continue to embed themselves in manufacturing and product creation processes, they are exposed to online malefactors just like every other device and network. Security researchers suggest a way to prevent hackers from sabotaging the outputs of 3D printers: listen very, very carefully. Read More


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Ofo comes to the US, joining the bike-share fray in SeattleOfo%20comes%20to%20the%20US%2C%20joining%20the%20bike-share%20fray%20in%26nbsp%3BSeattlebike-on-walldevin

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:15:14 +0000

(image)  Seattle seems like an unlikely venue for a duel between bike-sharing companies: it’s rainy, hilly, its residents can’t drive and another bike-share program recently went belly-up publicly and ignominiously. But Ofo, one of several Chinese giants in the space, is the third company to launch in the city in a month. It’s the company’s first foray in the States. Read More


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Crowdfunded reMarkable e-paper tablet ships on August 29Crowdfunded%20reMarkable%20e-paper%20tablet%20ships%20on%20August%26nbsp%3B29REmarkable tabletdevin

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:18:22 +0000

(image)  The idea of using technology to replicate the simplicity and versatility of paper is an enduring one, but no device has nailed it just yet. That may change with the reMarkable, a unique and ambitious tablet that aims to do what paper does, but better. And four years after the concept was first proposed, the team is finally shipping its first devices on August 29. Read More


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You can now make free phone calls with your Google Home5-google-homegregkumparak

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:59:56 +0000

(image)  Remember back in May, when Google announced plans to let people make free phone calls through the Google Home? That feature is rolling out starting today (alas, only for folks in U.S./Canada). Say something like, “OK Google, call the nearest sandwich shop,” and it’ll connect the dots and help you get your grub. Or, if you give Google Home access to your contacts, you can… Read More


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After rebranding to Puls and raising new cash, CellSavers wants to help set up your smart gadgetsAfter%20rebranding%20to%20Puls%20and%20raising%20new%20cash%2C%20CellSavers%20wants%20to%20help%20set%20up%20your%20smart%26nbsp%3Bgadgets108A1692shieberj

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:15:54 +0000

(image)  CellSavers, the on-demand smartphone and tablet repair service, is rebranding its business to Puls and expanding its suite of services to include most smart devices in a home. The San Francisco-based company also rounded up $25 million in new financing to help support its new marketing push and services. Read More


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DJI adds an offline mode to its drones for clients with ‘sensitive operations’DJI%20adds%20an%20offline%20mode%20to%20its%20drones%20for%20clients%20with%20%26%238216%3Bsensitive%20operations%26%238217%3BDJI Phantom 3 Front Detaildevin

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 23:07:44 +0000

(image)  DJI is working on a “local data mode” for its apps that prevents any data from being sent to or received from the internet. The feature will be welcomed by many, but it’s hard not to attribute the timing and urgency of the announcement to the recent ban of DJI gear by the U.S. Army over unspecified “cyber vulnerabilities.” Read More


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Update bricks smart locks preferred by AirbnbUpdate%20bricks%20smart%20locks%20preferred%20by%26nbsp%3BAirbnbLockstatenelomas

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:50:40 +0000

(image)  A subset of smart locks made by Lockstate have been bricked after an update. The smart lock vendor is part of Airbnb’s Host Assist program, and integrates with the accommodation rental platform so, for instance, hosts can automatically generate and email one-time codes for their guests to use during check-in. Read More


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TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 will feature some of tech’s wildest success storiesTechCrunch%20Disrupt%20SF%202017%20will%20feature%20some%20of%20tech%26%238217%3Bs%20wildest%20success%26nbsp%3BstoriesDisrupt sf 17matthewlynley

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:22:21 +0000

(image)  TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 is less than a month away at Pier 48 in San Francisco. This year’s lineup includes a stellar group of speakers, including Pinterest’s Ben Silbermann, Golden State Warriors superstar forward (and also investor) Kevin Durant, Forerunner Venture’s Kirsten Green and Udacity co-founder Sebastian Thrun. Read More


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Machine learning can tell if you’re wearing swap-meet LouieMachine%20learning%20can%20tell%20if%20you%26%238217%3Bre%20wearing%20swap-meet%26nbsp%3BLouie147817_webjohn

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 20:39:58 +0000

(image)  A wise man once said “The hat mighta had a L V on the back but at the swap meet that ain’t jack,” and now researchers can ensure that the Louis Vuitton or Prada or Coach you bought is the real deal. The system, which essentially learns the difference between real and fake products over time, uses a small microscope connected to a phone. “The underlying principle of… Read More


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