Huawei’s P30 Pro excels on the camera front

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-04-24 12:30:01 Source: techcrunch

It’s been a month since Huawei unveiled its latest flagship device — the Huawei P30 Pro. I’ve played with the P30 and P30 Pro for a few weeks and I’ve been impressed with the camera system. The P30 Pro is the successor to the P20 Pro and features improvements across the board. It could have been […]

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How Squishy Robotics created a robot that can be safely dropped out of a helicopter

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-04-18 20:00:00 Source: techcrunch

If you want to build a robot that can fall hundreds of feet and be no worse the wear, legs are pretty much out of the question. The obvious answer, then, is a complex web of cable-actuated rods. Obvious to Squishy Robotics, anyway, whose robots look delicate but are in fact among the most durable out there.

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Next iPhone could feature an ultra-wide lens

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-04-18 11:45:01 Source: techcrunch

A new report from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo obtained by 9to5mac details the cameras in the next-generation iPhones. The report confirms previous rumors — the successors of the iPhone XS and XS Max will have three camera sensors on the back of the device. In addition to the main camera and the 2x camera, Apple […]

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Google Home’s Philips Hue integration can now wake you up gently

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-04-17 12:30:01 Source: techcrunch

Maybe you love the sound of your alarm clock blaring in the morning, heralding a new day full of joy and adventure. More likely, though, you don’t. If you prefer a more gentle wake-up (and have invested in some smart home technology), here’s some good news: Google Home now lets you use your Philips Hue […]

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Xbox One does away with discs in new $249 All-Digital Edition

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-04-16 18:00:00 Source: techcrunch

Discs! What are they good for? Well, if they're nice if you don't want to be tied to an online-only ecosystem. But if you don't mind that, Microsoft's latest Xbox One S "All-Digital Edition" might be for you. With no slots to speak of, the console is limited to downloading games to its drive — which is how we've been doing it on PC for quite some time.

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Amazon launches a certification program for Alexa skill developers

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-04-16 16:45:00 Source: techcrunch

Developers building voice-enabled applications for Amazon Echo and other Alexa-powered devices will now have a new way to validate their abilities, with Amazon’s launch of a new AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder – Specialty certification. This is the first time Amazon has offered a certification program for Alexa developers, the company says. Certification programs are […]

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Daily Crunch: Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Fold

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-04-16 15:00:01 Source: techcrunch

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Unfolding the Samsung Galaxy Fold After eight years of teasing a folding device, Samsung finally pulled the trigger with an announcement […]

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Daily Crunch: Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Fold

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-04-16 14:30:01 Source: techcrunch

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Unfolding the Samsung Galaxy Fold After eight years of teasing a folding device, Samsung finally pulled the trigger with an announcement […]

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Sony shares some details about the PlayStation 5

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-04-16 12:30:01 Source: techcrunch

Lead architect for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita Mark Cerny gave a lengthy interview to Wired’s Peter Rubin and shared some details about Sony’s next-gen console — the console that is likely to be called the PlayStation 5. The next PlayStation will be based on an AMD architecture just like the PlayStation 4 and […]

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David Copperfield’s secret magic techniques crash-landed on the Moon

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-04-15 14:15:00 Source: techcrunch

The loss of Israel's Beresheet lander during its descent to the lunar surface was unfortunate, but the mission was still largely a success — and has certainly created an interesting cultural artifact on the moon where it impacted. Perhaps more interesting than we could have known: It turns out David Copperfield stashed the secrets to his illusions onboard, and they may have survived the crash.

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Disc-free Xbox One S could land on May 7th

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-04-15 10:29:57 Source: techcrunch

Microsoft is about to launch an even cheaper Xbox One S. In order to cut costs, the company is removing the BluRay disc drive altogether. According to leaked marketing images spotted by WinFuture (via Thurrott), the console could launch on May 7th for €229 in Germany. Given that the launch is just a few weeks […]

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Spy on your smart home with this open source research tool

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-04-13 06:29:58 Source: techcrunch

Researchers at Princeton University have built a web app that lets you (and them) spy on your smart home devices to see what they’re up to. The open source tool, called IoT Inspector, is available for download here. (Currently it’s Mac OS only, with a wait list for Windows or Linux.) In a blog about […]

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Did you fly a drone over Fenway Park? The FAA would like a chat

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-04-12 20:44:59 Source: techcrunch

Drones are great. But they are also flying machines that can do lots of stupid and dangerous things. Like, for instance, fly over a major league baseball game packed with spectators. It happened at Fenway Park last night, and the FAA is not happy.

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Juul launches a pilot program that tracks how Juul devices get in the hands of minors

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-04-12 13:45:01 Source: techcrunch

Juul Labs is today launching a pilot for its new Track & Trace program, which is meant to use data to identify exactly how Juul devices wind up in the hands of minors. Juul vaporizers all have a serial number down at the bottom, by the Juul logo. However, it wasn’t until recently that Juul […]

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Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft is lost during historic lunar landing attempt

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-04-11 15:45:00 Source: techcrunch

Israel's SpaceIL almost made history today as its Beresheet spacecraft came within an ace of landing on the surface of the Moon, but suffered a last minute failure during descent. Israel missed out on the chance to be the fourth country to make a controlled lunar landing, but getting 99 percent of the way there is still an extraordinary achievement for private spaceflight.

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Apple shares progress report on supplier usage of clean energy

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-04-11 07:59:57 Source: techcrunch

Apple announced that there are now 44 suppliers that have committed to use clean energy for Apple production. It doesn’t mean all suppliers are using renewable energy, it also doesn’t mean that they use 100 percent clean energy for all their clients. But it’s still good news. All of Apple facilities already run on clean […]

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DroneBase raises capital and partners with FLIR Systems to train pilots on thermal imaging tech

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-04-10 12:30:01 Source: techcrunch

Publicly traded sensor technology developer FLIR Systems is investing in a strategic round of funding for the outsourced drone imaging company, DroneBase. The two companies are also partnering to provide FLIR’s thermal imaging technology and training services to DroneBase’s stable of pilots. Terms of the investment were not disclosed. “Our investment in DroneBase helps expand […]

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Review: The $299 Echo Link Amp adds Alexa to any speaker

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-04-10 09:29:57 Source: techcrunch

The Echo Link Amp is designed to give Echo owners options. Instead of settling for the sound from a couple of Echo speakers, this amp lets owners use a set of nice bookshelf speakers. Best yet, this replaces a large receiver generally needed to power speakers. At $299 the Echo Link Amp lives in a […]

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Review: The $199 Echo Link turns the fidelity up to 11

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-04-10 09:29:57 Source: techcrunch

The Echo Link takes streaming music and makes it sound better. Just wirelessly connect it to an Echo device and plug it into a set of nice speakers. It’s the missing link. The Link bridges the gap between streaming music and a nice audio system. Instead of settling for the analog connection of an Echo […]

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Amazon’s entry-level 2019 Kindle is let down by a sub-par display

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-04-10 04:44:58 Source: techcrunch

Amazon's Kindle is of course the brand most think of when they consider buying an e-reader, but competition does exist and the truth is it makes the company's newest entry-level device look like a poor bargain. The price may be low, but this budget reader just doesn't meet the bar.

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