Review: Shinola Canfield headphones are an overpriced mess

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-12 10:44:57 Source: techcrunch

 The Shinola Canfield headphones cost $600 and does not ship with a 1/2-inch stereo adapter. That should tell you everything you need to know. But if not, keep reading and let me explain why these fashion headphones are not worth their price.

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Clap on! Clap off! It’s Clapboss!

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-12 10:14:57 Source: techcrunch

 Sure Alexa can sing you a song but can you clap back at her? A new product by the makers of the Freewrite lets you do just that. Called Clapboss, this smiling dongle lets you clap up to four times to activate various things around your house. Clap twice to turn off your lights! Three times to turn off the TV! Four times to be reminded that you are now a slave to emotionless technologies!…

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Some HP laptops are hiding a deactivated keylogger

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-11 16:45:00 Source: techcrunch

 Researcher Michael Myng found a deactivated keylogger in a piece of software found on over 460 HP laptop models. A full list of affected laptops is here. The keylogger is deactivated by default but could represent a privacy concern if an attacker has physical access to the computer. “Some time ago someone asked me if I can figure out how to control HP’s laptop keyboard…

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MakeX announces the first 3D-printing backpack

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-11 16:45:00 Source: techcrunch

 In the year 2020, when the Earth is overrun by aliens, it will be mandated by the Galactic Council of Extraterrestrial Life that all children must walk around with 3D-printing backpacks. Why not get a head start with the MakeX Migo backpack that lets you carry your ultra-small 3D printer anywhere you need to go? This wild, see-through backpack is designed to hold a Migo 3D Printer (the thing…

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Researchers train robots to see into the future

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-09 11:30:01 Source: techcrunch

 Robots usually react in real time: something happens, they respond. Now researchers University of California, Berkeley are working on a system that lets robots “imagine the future of their actions” so that they can interact with things they’ve never seen before. The technology is called visual foresight and it allows “robots to predict what their cameras will see if…

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Holography-based 3D printing produces objects in seconds instead of hours

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-09 11:30:01 Source: techcrunch

 3D printers are useful devices for all kinds of reasons, but most have a critical weakness: they simply take a long time to actually make anything. That’s because additive manufacturing generally works by putting down an object one microscopic layer at a time. But a new holographic printing technique makes it possible to create the entire thing at once — in as little as a second…

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Zelda expansion, Death Stranding and other titles hyped at The Game Awards

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-08 06:14:58 Source: techcrunch

 The Game Awards, an event that’s exactly what it sounds like, took place shortly ago and, like any gaming event, it was shot through with trailers and announcements. What’s the biggest announcement, you ask? It’s probably a tie between the sudden release of a new expansion for Zelda: Breath of the Wild and a teaser for the next project from From, the creators of Dark Souls…

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Amazon Prime Video finally lands on Apple TV

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-06 14:30:01 Source: techcrunch

 Tim Cook said six months ago Amazon Prime Video was coming to Apple TV sometime before the end of the year. And here it is: the long-awaited app is finally available on Apple TV and the iOS flavor was updated to support the iPhone X. The native tvOS versions is compatible with Apple TV 3rd generation devices or later. If the app isn’t visible yet, try searching for Amazon Prime Video on…

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Gomer is a soft robot that can bother your cat

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-06 14:30:01 Source: techcrunch

 If there’s any sort of trend in robotics this year it’s soft hands. Robots with soft pincers are quite useful in picking up – and not breaking – objects and now you can enjoy a soft-handed robot at home. The robot is called Gomer and it’s available now on Indiegogo. The little robot had an expressive face and a big claw on top. You can play games with Gomer –…

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Lytro’s ‘living pictures’ cease to live

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-06 14:30:01 Source: techcrunch

 As part of its move away from consumer gear towards professional cinema hardware, Lytro has killed off the site that once hosted “living pictures,” still photos taken with its cameras that could be refocused after the fact. This will turn a handful of those pictures, where they had been embedded on the web over the past few years, into empty frames.

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Nvidia’s Shield TV offers Wii and GameCube games in HD in China

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-05 08:59:58 Source: techcrunch

 Nvidia just rolled out a very interesting selection of software for its over-the-top Shield TV box in China – Wii games, running in 1080p resolution, including New Super Mario Bros. Wii, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Prince’s, and PUNCH-OUT!!. It’s only in China, where Shield TV is launching for the first time, but it’s an official tie-up between Nvidia and Nintendo,…

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Kinin puts aromatherapy in your mouth

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-04 13:00:00 Source: techcrunch

 Kinin is a new portable aromatherapy vaporizer that, in theory, offers a refreshing break from THC and nicotine based vapes. Multi-use products let you inhale the strange fragrances of “Narrow leaf eucalyptus,” “Polynesian kava kava,” and “nootropics.” The product is part of the new trend toward healthier vaping and is aimed at yoga lovers and other…

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Notch can record your body movements

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-04 06:14:58 Source: techcrunch

 Notch creators Eszter Ozsvald and Stepan Boltalin have been working on their project since 2013 and are finally ready to unveil their final product on the Disrupt Berlin stage. The company, which received funding through SOSVentures and Hax Accelerator, allows users to scan their bodies in motion, allowing for powerful analytics on golf swings, gymnastics, routines and everyday activities.…

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Lia is launching the first-ever flushable pregnancy test

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-04 05:44:59 Source: techcrunch

 The traditional pregnancy test hasn’t seen any innovation in over 30 years, with the exception of adding a digital component. Lia Diagnostics, launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin, wants to change that. The Lia pregnancy test will be the first-ever flushable test to hit the market, offering a more sustainable, disposable, convenient and private way for women to find out if…

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The attack of the SuperFakes

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-03 11:15:01 Source: techcrunch

 even years ago, watch fan Andrew Dakin bought a Movado watch on eBay for $500. It looked like a mint timepiece, well-maintained and classically styled. He had just started collecting watches, so he was happy to get a deal on a unique and valuable timepiece. “At that point I was probably like 30 watches in so I thought I knew what I was doing,” said Dakin, describing his early…

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Rocket blast from the past: Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-02 11:45:01 Source: techcrunch

 While some spacecraft get the chance to go out in a blaze of glory, others are in it for the long haul – Voyager 1 more so than any other. The mission celebrated its 40th anniversary this year, but it’s not just a lump of metal floating through interstellar space: that baby still runs. Thrusts, rather.

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Create the unholy DIY union of Alexa and Furby this weekend

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-12-01 06:29:58 Source: techcrunch

 As we approach the End Times there will be great signs and portents. They say the dead will rise and walk the earth. Great fire will come from the sky and burn the wicked and the good alike. A Furby will speak in the voice of Alexa. The Turtle of the Universe will cough up her young to pass judgement on our collective consciousness. At least one of those things has just come true. In this…

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Google Home learns how to multitask

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-11-30 19:00:00 Source: techcrunch

 Google’s smart speaker got a little smarter this week, with the addition of a multitasking feature. The new capability makes it possible for the device to accomplish two different missions at the same time. It was rolled out with little fanfare and first noted by CNET. We’ve since confirmed the addition with Google. It’s a bit surprising that the company rolled it out to…

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Google Assistant can now help you find a plumber and other local services

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-11-30 14:15:01 Source: techcrunch

 Google Assistant is about to get a bit more home-savvy. The voice assistant will be gaining local discovery skills that will help you locate home services nearby. The company specifically detailed that Assistant would be gaining insights to help users locate “nearby services like an electrician, plumber, house cleaner and more.” Saying something like, “Hey Google, I need…

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Google might bring Nest back into its own hardware business

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-11-30 13:00:01 Source: techcrunch

 Google might fold Nest back into the Google, well, fold. The company is considering integrating Nest, which is a separate company under mutual parent Alphabet at the moment, back into Google’s hardware business. The re-integration, first reported by Wall Street Journal, is a move that Google is considering as a way to help it build out its smart home capabilities vs. Amazon, which is…

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