Apple slapped with $6.6M fine in Australia over bricked devices

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-06-19 05:29:59 Source: techcrunch

Apple has been fined AUS$9M (~$6.6M) by a court in Australia following a legal challenge by a consumer rights group related to the company’s response after iOS updates bricked devices that had been repaired by third parties. The Australian Competitor and Consumer Commission (ACCC) invested a series of complaints relating to an error (‘error 53’) which […]

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SpeakSee makes it simple for a deaf person to join a group conversation

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-06-18 16:45:00 Source: techcrunch

There's a great deal of activity in the fields of speech recognition and the "internet of things," but one natural application of the two has gone largely unpursued: helping the deaf and hard of hearing take part in everyday conversations. SpeakSee aims to do this with a clever hardware design that minimizes setup friction and lets everyone communicate naturally.

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This simple robot offers more cowbell

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-06-18 09:14:57 Source: techcrunch

Fellas, you’re gonna want that cowbell. And what better way to get that cowbell than with an automatic cowbell-playing robot that uses simple components to create a musical experience like no other. The system, built over at Adafruit, includes a simple Arduino controller, a potentiometer to control the speed of the cowbell hammer, and a […]

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Apple’s new Mac ads show that even Grimes uses dongles

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-06-15 10:14:58 Source: techcrunch

Apple has launched an new advertising campaign for the Mac called “behind the Mac”. In this campaign, the company is sharing user stories of people using Mac for work, creative projects and accessibility reasons. The Mac is a versatile platform. People use it for boring tasks, such as checking emails and browsing the web. But […]

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Purdue’s PHADE technology lets cameras ‘talk’ to you

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-06-14 20:00:00 Source: techcrunch

It’s become almost second nature to accept that cameras everywhere — from streets, to museums and shops — are watching you, but now they may be able to communicate with you, as well. New technology from Purdue University computer science researchers has made this dystopian prospect a reality in a new paper published today. But, […]

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Samsung announces a push for renewable energy

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-06-14 15:30:01 Source: techcrunch

Samsung has announced that it will use 100 percent renewable energy for all its factories and offices in the U.S., Europe and China. This is the first time Samsung announces a public commitment for renewable energy. Greenpeace and environmental activists have been calling out Samsung for months as many tech companies have already started switching […]

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Juul tightens up social media to focus on former smokers switching to e-cigs

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-06-14 12:30:01 Source: techcrunch

Juul Labs, the company behind the ever-popular Juul e-cig, has today announced a new policy around social media. This comes in the midst of Juul’s effort to get FDA approval, which has been made more arduous by the fact that the FDA has cracked down on Juul after learning how popular the device is with […]

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AssistENT offers an anti-snoring device you stick in your nose

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-06-14 05:14:58 Source: techcrunch

If you sleep next to someone who snores you know that the endless horking and honking isn’t very fun… and it makes the snorer’s life even worse. Some students and doctors in Baltimore, Maryland, however, have created something that acts like an internal breathing strip to help you breathe better and snore less. Called assistENT, […]

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Ring’s $199 security system will finally ship next month

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-06-13 13:00:01 Source: techcrunch

Way back in October of last year, Ring announced “Ring Protect” — a modular, no contract, DIY home security system. After a few delays, a bit of legal drama and Ring being acquired for a billion dollars by Amazon, the alarm is finally about to ship — albeit with a slightly different (better!) name. Ring […]

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Build your own L3-37 droid complete with voice interaction

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-06-12 04:29:59 Source: techcrunch

Robot maker Patrick Stefanski has created a 3D-printed – and animated – model of L3-37, the droid in the recent Solo movie. L3-37 is one of the funnest – and woks – droids in recent memory and this recreation is fun and ingenious. Stefanski used Alexa voice controls to let the robot head respond to […]

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LIV is Kickstarting a beefy and bold chronograph for race lovers

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-06-10 08:29:57 Source: techcrunch

LIV Watches is a crowdfunding darling with a number of Kickstarted watches under its belt. Now it’s offering a unique set of watches to backers, including the Liv Genesis GX-AC, an automatic chronograph with date. The watch runs a Sellita Caliber SW500, visible through the see-through back, and features a screw down crown and massive […]

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This box sucks pure water out of dry desert air

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-06-08 20:15:01 Source: techcrunch

For many of us, clean, drinkable water comes right out the tap. But for billions it's not that simple, and all over the world researchers are looking into ways to fix that. Today brings work from Berkeley, where a team is working on a water-harvesting apparatus that requires no power and can produce water even in the dry air of the desert. Hey, if a cactus can do it, why can't we?

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Women’s Safety XPRIZE $1M winner is a smart, simple panic button

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-06-07 13:15:01 Source: techcrunch

Devices like smartphones ought to help people feel safer, but if you're in real danger the last thing you want to do is pull out your phone, go to your recent contacts, and type out a message asking a friend for help. The Women's Safety XPRIZE just awarded its $1 million prize to one of dozens of companies attempting to make a safety wearable that's simple and affordable.

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Anker’s Spirit earbuds are wireless and waterproof

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-06-06 10:29:57 Source: techcrunch

Anker, a battery maker turned accessory house, recently releases the $39 Spirit X earbuds under their Soundcore brand. Aimed at runners and other heavy sweaters, the earbuds are completely waterproof under the IPX7 rating, a classification that means it can stand up to 1 meter of submersion. What this means is that you get a […]

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Intel teases a massive 28-core, single-socket chip that will launch later this year

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-06-05 04:44:58 Source: techcrunch

Intel is feeling increasing pressure from AMD and Qualcomm and the competition will get even more intense if reports that Apple is working on its own chips to replace Intel processors in Macs are true. In an interview with Engadget last week before Computex, Intel’s client computing head Gregory Bryant said that Intel would reveal […]

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ASUS’ new ZenBook Pro features a 5.5-inch touchscreen instead of a touchpad

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-06-05 01:59:59 Source: techcrunch

The ASUS event today at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan had three main hooks: health, ergonomics and, most importantly, second screens. The headliner was the premium ZenBook Pro 14 and 15 (pictured above), the latest versions of ASUS’ premium notebook that feature a touchscreen where the touchpad would usually be Meant to increase the laptops’ multitasking […]

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Apple TV gets Dolby Atmos and streamlined sign-ons for channels and services

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-06-04 15:00:01 Source: techcrunch

Apple TV, still definitely not a hobby, has some new features to add as it grows. Tim Cook mentioned that there are 50 percent more users now than there were last year, and no doubt they'll be happy with the addition of Dolby Atmos audio.

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This DIY smart mirror is small, stunning and full of features

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-06-04 04:44:59 Source: techcrunch

Several years ago Google X engineer Max Braun published a medium post on a smart mirror he made and now he’s back with a new version that’s smaller and smarter. This is a smart mirror I can get behind though I still find smart mirrors completely frivolous. He published his project on Medium where he […]

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Count your bees with this Raspberry Pi project

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-06-01 07:29:58 Source: techcrunch

Bees need all the help they can get. Thus programmer Mat Kelsey created a bee counter to see just how many of his winged honeymakers are hanging out in his hives. His system, which uses a Raspberry Pi and a machine learning algorithm that recognizes the number of individual bees entering a hive, is used […]

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ASUS announces a motherboard just for crypto-mining

Gadgets - Posted On:2018-05-31 05:14:58 Source: techcrunch

Mining hardware is weird stuff. Either it’s commodity hardware used – inefficiently – for complex computation or specifically-designed, expensive boards that can be used to bring in Bitcoin and little else. Asus, a motherboard maker of some renown, is now helping bridge the gap. The H370 Mining Master is a basic motherboard that supports 20 […]

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