It’s Friday so relax and watch a hard drive defrag forever on Twitch

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-08-17 20:15:00 Source: techcrunch

It's been a while since I defragged — years, probably, because these days for a number of reasons computers don't really need to. But perhaps it is we who need to defrag. And what better way to defrag your brain after a long week than by watching the strangely satisfying defragmentation process taking place on a simulated DOS machine, complete with fan and HDD noise?

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Tomu is a fingernail-sized computer that is easy to swallow

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-08-16 15:00:00 Source: techcrunch

I’m a huge fan of single board computers, especially if they’re small enough to swallow. That’s why I like the Tomu. This teeny-tiny ARM processor essentially interfaces with your computer via the USB port and contains two LEDs and two buttons. Once it’s plugged in the little computer can simulate a hard drive or mouse, […]

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VR optics could help old folks keep the world in focus

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-08-15 18:30:00 Source: techcrunch

The complex optics involved with putting a screen an inch away from the eye in VR headsets could make for smart glasses that correct for vision problems. These prototype "autofocals" from Stanford researchers use depth sensing and gaze tracking to bring the world into focus when someone lacks the ability to do it on their own.

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XYZPrinting announces the da Vinci Color Mini

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-08-15 10:29:58 Source: techcrunch

XYZPrinting may have finally cracked the color 3D printing code. Their latest machine, the $1,599 da Vinci Color Mini is a full color printer that uses three CMY ink cartridges to stain the filament as it is extruded, allowing for up to 15 million color combinations. The printer is currently available for pre-order on Indiegogo […]

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Fitbit’s upcoming Charge 3 to sport full touchscreen, per leak

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-08-15 08:59:57 Source: techcrunch

This appears to be the Fitbit Charge 3 and, if it is, several big changes are in the works for Fitbit’s premier fitness tracker band. The leak comes from Android Authority which points to the changes. First, the device has a full touchscreen rather than a clunky quasi-touchscreen like the Charge 2. From the touchscreen, […]

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‘Unhackable’ BitFi crypto wallet has been hacked

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-08-14 17:45:00 Source: techcrunch

The BitFi crypto wallet was supposed to be unhackable and none other than famous weirdo John McAfee claimed that the device – essentially an Android-based mini tablet – would withstand any attack. Spoiler alert: it couldn’t. First, a bit of background. The $120 device launched at the beginning of this month to much fanfare. It […]

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This robot maintains tender, unnerving eye contact

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-08-14 17:30:00 Source: techcrunch

Humans already find it unnerving enough when extremely alien-looking robots are kicked and interfered with, so one can only imagine how much worse it will be when they make unbroken eye contact and mirror your expressions while you heap abuse on them. This is the future we have selected.

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“Unhackable” BitFi crypto wallet has been hacked

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-08-14 16:45:01 Source: techcrunch

The BitFi crypto wallet was supposed to be unhackable and none other than famous weirdo John McAfee claimed that the device – essentially an Android-based mini tablet – would withstand any attack. Spoiler alert: it couldn’t. First, a bit of background. The $120 device launched at the beginning of this month to much fanfare. It […]

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StarVR’s One headset flaunts eye-tracking and a double-wide field of view

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-08-14 15:30:01 Source: techcrunch

While the field of VR headsets used to be more or less limited to Oculus and Vive, numerous competitors have sprung up as the technology has matured — and some are out to beat the market leaders at their own game. StarVR's latest headset brings eye-tracking and a seriously expanded field of view to the game, and the latter especially is a treat to experience.

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This bipedal robot has a flying head

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-08-14 13:30:02 Source: techcrunch

Making a bipedal robot is hard. You have to make sure maintain exquisite balance at all times and, even with the amazing things Atlas can do, there is still a chance that your crazy robot will fall over and bop its electronic head. But what if that head is a quadcopter? University of Tokyo have […]

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This happy robot helps kids with autism

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-08-13 15:45:00 Source: techcrunch

A little bot named QTrobot from LuxAI could be the link between therapists, parents, and autistic children. The robot, which features an LCD face and robotic arms, allows kids who are overwhelmed by human contact to become more comfortable in a therapeutic setting. The project comes from LuxAI, a spin-off of the University of Luxembourg. […]

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Security researchers found a way to hack into the Amazon Echo

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-08-13 11:15:04 Source: techcrunch

Hackers at DefCon have exposed new security concerns around smart speakers. Tencent’s Wu HuiYu and Qian Wenxiang spoke at the security conference with a presentation called Breaking Smart Speakers: We are Listening to You, explaining how they hacked into an Amazon Echo speaker and turned it into a spy bug. The hack involved a modified […]

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Samsung turns to Plume for new mesh Wi-Fi product line

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-08-13 09:29:58 Source: techcrunch

Samsung today is announcing an updated version of its Wifi product line. The company partnered with Palo Alto-based Plume Design to provide software that powers the devices. According to Samsung, Plume’s platform uses artificial intelligence to allocate bandwidth across connected devices while delivering the best possible wi-fi coverage throughout a home. Plus, by using Plume, […]

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Samsung turns to Plume for new mesh Wifi product line

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-08-13 08:14:57 Source: techcrunch

Samsung today is announcing an updated version of its Wifi product line. The company partnered with Palo Alto-based Plume Design to provide software that powers the devices. According to Samsung, Plume’s platform uses artificial intelligence to allocate bandwidth across connected devices while delivering the best possible wifi coverage throughout a home. Plus, by using Plume, […]

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Understanding smartwatches

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-08-12 16:15:01 Source: techcrunch

I was wrong. Several years ago I reviewed the first Garmin Fenix 3 smartwatch. This was before the release of the Apple Watch. That’s key to this story. I declared Garmin would have a hard time selling the Fenix 3. The Apple Watch would be better in every way, I pointed out. Therefore, there would […]

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New material design stores energy like an eagle

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-08-10 14:00:02 Source: techcrunch

Auxetics are materials that store energy internally rather than bulging out. In this way they can store more energy when squeezed or struck and disperse it more regularly. Historically, however, these materials have had sharp corners that could break easily with enough pressure. Now researchers at Queen Mary University of London and University of Cambridge […]

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Grand Seiko is an homage to watchmaking’s past

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-08-10 12:30:06 Source: techcrunch

The 1960s were a beautiful time for watches. Horlogy was in its prime and the great names we know and love today – Rolex, Omega, Cartier – were just one of many watchmakers churning out commodity products to a world that needed to tell the time. Their watches – simple, elegant, and mechanically complex – […]

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Sony’s 10″ Digital Paper Tablet is an ultra-light reading companion that needs to do more

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-08-09 19:15:00 Source: techcrunch

Last year I had a good time comparing Sony's DPT-RP1 with the home-grown reMarkable. They both had their strengths and weaknesses, and one of the Sony's was that the thing was just plain big. They've remedied that with a much smaller sibling, the DPT-CP1, and it's just as useful as I expected.

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Samsung announces Spotify as its go-to music partner

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-08-09 12:45:00 Source: techcrunch

Samsung didn’t just uneil new devices like the Galaxy Home, the Galaxy Watch and of course the new Galaxy Note 9 at its Unpacked event this morning — it also announced a partnership with Spotify. The goal is to create a seamless cross-device listening experience on Samsung devices, including the ones announced today. As demonstrated […]

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Ibuki is the 10-year-old robot child that will haunt your dreams

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-08-09 12:30:02 Source: techcrunch

Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro makes robots in Osaka. His latest robot, Ibuki, is one for the nightmare catalog: it’s a robotic 10-year-old boy that can move on little tank treads and has soft, rubbery face and hands. The robot has complete vision routes that can scan for faces and it has a sort of half-track system […]

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