Jaybird’s Run totally wireless earbuds are wire-free wonders for everyone

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-20 13:00:01 Source: techcrunch

 The market for totally wireless earbuds is really maturing fast, with many entries from both new and established companies. Jaybird recently joined the crowd, with its own Run earbuds. The Logitech-owned company has long been a really solid competitor when it comes to Bluetooth headphones, and its Freedom and X-line, and in fact made some of the very first wireless sport earbuds that proved…

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Apple reportedly isn’t producing enough iPhone X units for first weekend sales

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-20 10:14:57 Source: techcrunch

 According to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is still facing supply chain constraints for the upcoming iPhone X. The company will have around 2 to 3 million units before the launch on November 3rd, which shouldn’t be enough to meet demand. While Apple didn’t disclose exact numbers for first weekend sales last year, the company sold 13 million iPhone…

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BlackBerry’s KEYone ‘Black Edition’ offers more than just good looks

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-20 10:14:57 Source: techcrunch

 BlackBerry’s most interesting phone in years – if not an entire decade – is the KEYone, an Android device with a classic BlackBerry hardware keyboard that finally answers the needs of truly dedicated thumb typists with a modern mobile OS. Now, the KEYone ‘Black Edition’ has arrived, and it’s more than just a fresh coat of paint on an older gadget. In fact,…

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Nintendo nabs two-thirds of monthly game hardware sales thanks to Switch

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-19 17:00:01 Source: techcrunch

 Nintendo has managed to lead the industry in video game hardware sales – by a wide margin – for September, which is a very promising sign going into the holiday shopping season. The Nintendo Switch helped this immensely, leading the industry as the top-selling console for the third straight month, and the fifth month overall that Switch has led sales since its introduction seven…

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Amazon’s original Echo gets a much-needed upgrade

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-19 16:45:00 Source: techcrunch

 It’s been nearly two full years since the first Echo was made available to Amazon Prime subscribers. In that time, the company added six new members to the Echo family (seven if you count the Tap, which Amazon kind of, sort of does) — and in the case of the Echo Dot, did one full product refresh. Google entered the space in a big way with Home, and both Apple and Microsoft have…

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Romeo Power unveils its first consumer power packs

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-19 15:00:00 Source: techcrunch

 Romeo Power has just released what looks to be the mobile charging device of my dreams. Its wand-shaped “Saber,” using the company’s proprietary power management technology, is a compact little charger that seems ideal for keeping my three-year-old, busted-up MacBook running when I’m on the go.

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The canaries in a coal mine

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-19 09:59:57 Source: techcrunch

 I’ve seen startups come and go over the years and I was particularly interested to see what happened to August Smart locks today. The company originally tapped Yves Behar to make a better smart lock, one that would meld with the sensitivities of a certain kind of smart home stylist with the high-concept, high-tech design of the Nest thermostat. The products, while beautiful, were unusable…

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This ultra-cute tiny PS4 controller is a great option for children and the small-handed

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-18 20:59:59 Source: techcrunch

 If you like playing console games with the younger generation, you may have come across the issue of their tiny hands being unable to perform certain combos, reach certain buttons easily, and so on. While this makes them satisfying opponents, it might be better if they had a controller more suited to their physiology. Well, good thing there is one!

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Garmin’s new Vivosport is an ideal lightweight smart activity tracker

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-18 15:15:01 Source: techcrunch

 If you’re looking to get pretty much all the benefits of a smartwatch without a watch, and to track your activity and sport performance with tools that are more than up to the task, Garmin’s Vivosport is a strong option, with a price tag that comes in well under that of most dedicated smartwatches. It works well with both Android and iOS devices, has a built-in heart rate tracker…

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The Sonos One offers all that wireless speaker goodness with a side of Alexa

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-18 14:00:01 Source: techcrunch

 There isn’t much to say about the new Sonos One that hasn’t been said about Sonos already. The company has long been the gold standard in wireless whole-home audio and their speakers, while small, are powerful and more than usable for music, home entertainment, and general merriment. So how do you make a good speaker better? Just add Alexa. The new Sonos One is a $199 fully…

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CNN gets a first-of-its-kind waiver to fly drones over crowds

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-18 12:30:00 Source: techcrunch

 CNN has won an interesting waiver regarding its commercial drone operating license with the FAA – an exemption that allows it to fly its Vantage Robotics Snap drone over open-air crowds of people at altitudes of up to 150 feet. This is a new precedent in this kind of waiver: Previous exemptions allowed flight of drones over people in closed set operations (like for filmmaking purposes)…

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MysteryVibe’s Stephanie Alys talks about a pleasurable future

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-18 12:30:00 Source: techcrunch

 The MysteryVibe is a snake-shaped vibrator that took the Internet by storm and is still going strong. This week I talked to the co-founder of the company, Stephanie Alys, about the future of pleasure and sextoys. It’s safe to say that this episode of Technotopia is a little NSFW. The future, suggests Alys, will feature smart tools that will help with our sex lives and our relationships.…

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Lego’s official ‘Women of NASA’ set goes on sale November 1

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-18 09:29:57 Source: techcrunch

 Lego has a new set that originated by a member of its Lego Ideas fan-sourced creation platform: The Women of NASA, a package that includes NASA pioneers Nancy Grace Roman, Margeret Hamilton, Sally Ride and Mae Jamison, as well as a space shuttle model, the Hubble telescope and display stands for all. The Lego set was originally proposed by MIT News deputy editor Maia Weinstock on the Ideas…

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Bento Stack is a bento box for your Apple accessories

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-18 07:14:58 Source: techcrunch

 The only thing I hate more than schlepping around electronics is schlepping around accessories and dongles for those electronics. And even when I’m not traveling it’s still hard to organize everything in one place and resist the temptation to just throw all my cables into a drawer. Which is exactly why my interest was piqued when I saw Bento Stack. It’s a stacking case…

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Robots will touch more tenderly when they wear this sensitive skin

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-17 15:30:01 Source: techcrunch

 Robots increasingly have to interact with ordinary (that is to say, human-focused) objects and environments, and part of that is imitating the extremely delicate and complex human grip. A new type of electronic skin allows a robot to feel not just the pressure from its grip, but whether and in what direction an object is sliding or slipping.

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The Populele makes it fun/easy to learn the “devil’s guitar”

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-17 11:30:01 Source: techcrunch

 As a staunch believer in non-existent superstitions I feel that the ukulele is a very dangerous, sensual instrument that could lead to the ruination of our young people and rend the very fabric of society. That said, I can now play Stand By Me on the Populele, a feat that was rendered possible by the melding of LEDs, Bluetooth, and a clever app. The Populele by Popuband is a $159 Ukelele with…

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Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL reaffirm Google’s top spot among smartphone cameras

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-17 09:14:58 Source: techcrunch

 Google’s changes to the Pixel cameras are mostly on the software side, but they gain some excellent additional abilities, including a new Portrait mode, as well as optical image stabilization to compliment Google’s digital anti-shake for photos and video. Google spent a lot of time during its presentation crowing about the Pixel 2 (and Pixel 2 XL, since their cameras are the…

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Two sizes really do fit all with Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-17 09:14:58 Source: techcrunch

 Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have a number of strengths to recommend them, but what makes them really unique is that they offer two versions of phone that finally, for Android, will provide everything anyone really needs in a smartphone. Other device makers have realized that different sizes appeal to different customers, but Google’s Pixel lineup offers a true choice, instead of…

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Microsoft appeals to power users with the Surface Precision Mouse

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-17 09:14:58 Source: techcrunch

 Once upon a time, Microsoft had a whole line of gaming hardware under the Sidewinder brand, and while they never really put a dent in Razer or Logitech, they put out some decent mice (the X3 “might serve as a good introduction to multiple DPI settings for your mom or dad,” I wrote in 2010). I’m glad to see they’re returning to that advanced-mousing heritage with the…

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Let’s talk about that Pixel 2 contrast color button though

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-10-17 09:14:58 Source: techcrunch

 The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have one of the best features introduced on a smartphone in recent memory: That button. Admittedly, it’s just a superficial design decision, but it’s actually one of the most interesting, and most bold design decisions make in smartphones by a major consumer hardware company in a long time. Maybe that’s a depressing commentary on the state of…

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