These hyper-efficient solar panels could actually live on your roof soon

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-02-19 20:00:00 Source: techcrunch

The clean energy boffins in their labs are always upping the theoretical limit on how much power you can get out of sunshine, but us plebes actually installing solar cells are stuck with years-old tech that's not half as good as what they're seeing. This new design from Insolight could be the one that changes all that.

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Cybersecurity 101: Five settings to secure your iPhone or iPad

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-02-19 15:30:00 Source: techcrunch

iOS 12, Apple’s latest mobile software for iPhone and iPad, is out. The new software packs in a bunch of new security and privacy features you’ve probably already heard about. Here’s what you need to do to take advantage of the new settings and lock down your device. 1. Turn on USB Restricted Mode to […]

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Watch the historic first private mission to the Moon launch Thursday night

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-02-19 14:15:01 Source: techcrunch

For the first time later this week, a privately developed moon lander will launch aboard a privately built rocket, organized by a private launch coordinator. It’s an historic moment in space and the Israeli mission stands to make history again if it touches down on the Moon’s surface as planned on April 11. The Beresheet […]

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Samsung’s ad for the Galaxy S10 leaks

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-02-19 10:14:57 Source: techcrunch

If you think you knew everything there’s to know about the Samsung Galaxy S10, the company’s Norwegian ad has now leaked on YouTube. It matches up with devices that have already leaked over the past couple of months. But there are some additional features that haven’t been discussed yet. The most glaring change is that […]

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Apple could release a 16-inch MacBook Pro and a 31-inch 6K display

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-02-18 12:45:01 Source: techcrunch

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is quite reliable when it comes to Apple’s road map. And he shared a ton of information over the weekend in a new report obtained by 9to5mac. In 2019, you can expect a bigger MacBook Pro, a new display and upgrades to iPhones, iPads and AirPods. Let’s start with the Mac. […]

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Apple could release a 16-inch MacBook Pro and a a 31-inch 6K display

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-02-18 11:45:06 Source: techcrunch

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is quite reliable when it comes to Apple’s roadmap. And he shared a ton of information over the weekend in a new report obtained by 9to5mac. In 2019, you can expect a bigger MacBook Pro, a new display and upgrades to iPhones, iPads and AirPods. Let’s start with the Mac. According […]

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Deploy the space harpoon

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-02-15 15:45:00 Source: techcrunch

Watch out, starwhales.

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Samsung is preparing to launch a sports smartwatch and AirPods-like earbuds

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-02-15 07:59:57 Source: techcrunch

Samsung’s newest product launch happens next week, but already the Korean tech giant has revealed its entire upcoming range of wearable devices that will seemingly be unveiled alongside the Galaxy S10. That’s because the company’s Galaxy Wearable’s app was uploaded today with support for a range of unreleased products which include wireless earbuds, a sports-focused smartwatch, and […]

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The Opportunity Mars rover’s greatest shots and discoveries

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-02-13 20:00:00 Source: techcrunch

Opportunity’s mission is complete, and the rover that was supposed to last 90 days closes the book on 15 years of exploration. It’s sad, but it’s also a great time to look back on the mission and see some of its greatest hits. Here are 25 images showing where it came from, where it went, […]

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Nintendo makes the old new again with Mario, Zelda, Tetris titles for Switch

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-02-13 18:30:00 Source: techcrunch

The afternoon brought an eventful series of announcements from Nintendo in one of its Direct video promos, and 2019 is looking to be a banner year for the Switch. Here's everything the company announced, from Super Mario Maker 2 to the unexpected remake of Game Boy classic Link's Awakening.

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Nintendo announces Super Mario Maker 2 for Switch, so goodbye forever

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-02-13 17:30:00 Source: techcrunch

Nintendo has ruined my life, and all our lives, by announcing Super Mario Maker 2, the sequel to the level-constructing game on Wii U that produced thousands of devious levels for those who think the “real” games aren’t hard enough. Gamers have been asking for this basically since the Switch was first rumored. Mario Maker […]

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Opportunity Mars Rover goes to its last rest after extraordinary 14-year mission

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-02-13 14:45:01 Source: techcrunch

Opportunity, one of two rovers sent to Mars in 2004, is officially offline for good, NASA and JPL officials announced today at a special press conference. "I declare the Opportunity mission as complete, and with it the Mars Exploration Rover mission as complete," said NASA's Thomas Zurbuchen.

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Amazon looked to the past to build the future

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-02-11 22:15:00 Source: techcrunch

Over the last 20 years, smart home gadgets have evolved from fantasy to commodity. Walk into Best Buy and there are dozens of products that take just a few minutes to set up. It’s wonderful. Even better, it’s easy. There are lights and locks and screens from big and small companies alike. And therein lies […]

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Another fine mesh

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-02-11 19:59:59 Source: techcrunch

Amazon’s acquisition of mesh router company Eero is a smart play that adds a number of cards to its hand in the rapidly evolving smart home market. Why shouldn’t every router be an Echo, and every Echo be a router? Consolidating the two makes for powerful synergies and significant leverage against stubborn competition. It’s no […]

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Lenovo Watch X was riddled with security bugs, researcher says

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-02-11 16:30:00 Source: techcrunch

Lenovo’s Watch X was widely panned as “absolutely terrible.” As it turns out, so was its security. The low-end $50 smart watch was one of Lenovo’s cheapest smart watches. Available only for the China market, anyone who wants one has to buy one directly from the mainland. Lucky for Erez Yalon, head of security research at […]

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Feel the beep: This album is played entirely on a PC motherboard speaker

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-02-08 19:44:59 Source: techcrunch

If you're craving a truly different sound with which to slay the crew this weekend, look no further than System Beeps, a new album by shiru8bit — though you may have to drag your old 486 out of storage to play it. Yes, this album runs in MS-DOS and its music is produced entirely through the PC speaker — you know, the one that can only beep.

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Google makes it easier for cheap phones and smart devices to encrypt your data

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-02-07 20:14:59 Source: techcrunch

Encryption is an important part of the whole securing-your-data package, but it's easy to underestimate the amount of complexity it adds to any service or device. One part of that is the amount of processing encryption takes — an amount that could be impractical on small or low-end devices. Google wants to change that with a highly efficient new method called Adiantum.

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Two more bangers for the Switch’s NES selection: Kirby and Super Mario Bros. 2

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-02-06 11:15:01 Source: techcrunch

Nostalgia for the NES is high following the success of Nintendo's classic mini consoles and the launch of its Switch Online service, which just got a couple more great additions to its selection of 8-bit games: Kirby's Adventure and the immortally weird Super Mario Bros 2.

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Two more bangers for the Switch’s NES selection: Kirby and Super Mario Bros 2

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-02-05 21:00:00 Source: techcrunch

Nostalgia for the NES is high following the success of Nintendo's classic mini consoles and the launch of its Switch Online service, which just got a couple more great additions to its selection of 8-bit games: Kirby's Adventure and the immortally weird Super Mario Bros 2.

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Google Home can now translate conversations on-the-fly

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-02-05 16:30:01 Source: techcrunch

Just last month, Google showed off an “Interpreter mode” that would let Google Home devices act as an on-the-fly translator. One person speaks one language, the other person speaks another, and Google Assistant tries to be the middleman between the two. They were only testing it in select locations (hotel front desks, mostly) at the […]

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