Nintendo’s Splatoon 2 Switch bundle will be a Walmart exclusive

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-08-17 11:45:02 Source: techcrunch

 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…

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Essential Phone now available to order, ships soon to pre-sale customers

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-08-17 09:59:58 Source: techcrunch

 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…

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Protecting 3D printers from cyberattacks could be as simple as listening carefully

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-08-16 19:00:01 Source: techcrunch

 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.

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Ofo comes to the US, joining the bike-share fray in Seattle

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-08-16 16:30:03 Source: techcrunch

 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.

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You can now make free phone calls with your Google Home

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-08-16 14:00:05 Source: techcrunch

 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…

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After rebranding to Puls and raising new cash, CellSavers wants to help set up your smart gadgets

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-08-15 12:30:02 Source: techcrunch

 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.

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DJI adds an offline mode to its drones for clients with ‘sensitive operations’

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-08-14 19:15:01 Source: techcrunch

 DJI is working on a “local data mode” for its apps that prevents any data from being sent 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.”

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Machine learning can tell if you’re wearing swap-meet Louie

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-08-11 17:30:01 Source: techcrunch

 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…

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Machine learning can tell if you’re wearing swap meet Louie

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-08-11 17:00:03 Source: techcrunch

 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…

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The Minifree Libreboot T400 is free as in freedom

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-08-11 16:30:02 Source: techcrunch

 The Libreboot T400 doesn’t look like much. It’s basically a refurbished Lenovo Thinkpad with the traditional Lenovo/IBM pointer nubbin and a small touchpad. It’s a plain black laptop, as familiar as any luggable assigned to a cubicle warrior on the road. But, under the hood, you have a machine that fights for freedom. The T400 runs Libreboot, a free and open BIOS and the…

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Mighty fills an iPod shuffle-sized hole for Spotify subscribers

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-08-11 13:15:03 Source: techcrunch

 The company launched a Kickstarter last year with the promise of “streaming music without your phone,” delivering the still-tangible benefits of devoted music hardware for the Spotify generation. The startup built up enough excitement to hit $300k on the crowdfunding site, and the recent end of the iPod shuffle and nano have only furthered that interest among consumers. CEO…

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The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is the most flexible connected video doorbell

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-08-11 09:14:59 Source: techcrunch

 Ring is steadily releasing new products, but the Ring Video Doorbell 2 is the first re-think of its original, core product. The new version of the smart Wi-Fi doorbell that started it all still offers both wired and battery power options, but the batteries are now removable, and it’s got a few other upgrades including true 1080p HD video. I’m a longtime user of the original, and…

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8bitdo’s NES30 Arcade Stick is a big, beautiful fighter companion

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-08-10 10:59:59 Source: techcrunch

 If you’re looking for a little more arcade feel for your Nintendo Switch, look no further than 8Bitdo’s NES30 Arcade Stick. The Bluetooth controller accessory is compatible with a range of platforms besides the Switch, and it’s a well-made gadget with careful attention paid to how buttons and the joysticks feel, giving an authentic arcade cabinet experience. It’s also…

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Ikea smart lightbulbs get HomeKit, Alexa and Google Home support

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-08-10 09:45:00 Source: techcrunch

 Ikea’s smart lighting system has received an update that makes its wireless hub compatible with Apple’s HomeKit, as well as with Amazon Alexa, and Google Home. This means if you have the hub and bulbs, you should be able to control them with your voice using any of those devices, as well as control them in Apple’s iOS Home app. The update also makes it possible to discover…

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The iPhone 8 could mute notifications when you’re looking at the screen

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-08-09 14:00:03 Source: techcrunch

 Last week, Apple accidentally released an early build of the HomePod firmware. Guilherme Rambo has been digging around a library file to spot strings and references that hint at future products and features. In particular, he just noticed that the next iPhone will be able to detect when you’re looking at the screen so that it can silence your notifications. I looked around…

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Essential confirms $300M funding, Amazon and Best Buy retail availability

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-08-09 10:45:00 Source: techcrunch

 Smartphone company Essential, which is founded by Android co-creator Andy Rubin, has finally made official a $300 million funding round first reported in June. The funding round comes from investors including Tencent, as well as Amazon’s Alexa Fund, among others. Essential also revealed new information about its retail launch, including retail partners Amazon and Best Buy who will be…

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EFF files court brief urging warrants for digital device searches at borders

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-08-09 05:29:59 Source: techcrunch

 The EFF has filed a court filing pressing for warrants be required for searches of mobile phones, laptops and other digital devices by federal agents at international airports and U.S. land borders — describing these as “highly intrusive forays into travelers’ private information”.

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BlackPods brings your AirPods to the dark side

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-08-08 12:15:02 Source: techcrunch

 This is the story of a guy who found a niche and stuck with it. The guy is a programmer named Nick who was worried about Apple’s wireless AirPods. He thought they looked stupid. “I didn’t have particularly high hopes when Apple first announced AirPods. I figured they would sound like their wired EarPods, which are fine but not particularly impressive. I was blown away when…

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Tile’s new lost item trackers have double the range, better looks

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-08-08 08:29:59 Source: techcrunch

 On the heels of a $25 million funding round, connected device maker Tile is today rolling out a more premium line of lost item trackers, with the launch of its Tile Pro series. The line today includes two new devices, a dark slate-and-graphite Tile Sport and a white-and-gold Tile Style. Beyond their more fashionable look, these Pro trackers include upgraded internals, allowing the devices to…

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HomePod firmware hints at upcoming Apple TV with 4K support

Gadgets - Posted On:2017-08-07 15:00:03 Source: techcrunch

 Last week, Apple accidentally released a firmware for the HomePod. This file is filled with references to unreleased Apple devices. According to strings in a library file spotted by Guilherme Rambo, the next Apple TV is going to support 4K videos as well as Dolby Vision, HDR10 and Hybrid Log-Gamma. 4K HDR Apple TV? CONFIRMED! pic.twitter.com/nBKg022A4B — Guilherme Rambo…

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