Nomad’s new Base Station Pro offers a taste of what Apple’s AirPower had promised

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-10-11 10:14:58 Source: techcrunch

Accessory maker Nomad already offers a couple of excellent wireless chargers that work great with Apple and other Qi-compatible devices, but they’re introducing a new one that could be their most versatile yet. Using technology provided by partner Aira called ‘FreePower,’ the new Nomad Base Station Pro will be able to charge up to three […]

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Creators of modern rechargeable batteries share Nobel prize

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-10-09 20:59:59 Source: techcrunch

If you had to slip a couple AAs into your smartphone every morning to check your email, browse Instagram, and text your friends, chances are the mobile revolution would not have been quite so revolutionary. Fortunately the rechargeable lithium-ion battery was invented — a decades-long task for which three men have just been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

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Gnarbox 2.0 backup SSD is a photographer’s best friend in the field and at home

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-10-09 11:15:01 Source: techcrunch

Working photographers, and enthusiasts who just love taking plenty of pictures, know that even the biggest SD cards can sometimes fill up, especially when you’re working with large file sizes, shooting both JPG and RAW, and shooting 4K video. The solution? A good mobile backup drive. There are a number of options out there that […]

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With a possible Apple tag waiting in the wings, Tile unveils Sticker, an adhesive device for tracking objects

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-10-08 05:29:58 Source: techcrunch

We are still waiting to see if Apple officially unveils a new spin on the business of tracking tags — the small devices that you put on ‘dumb’ objects like keys, wallets and other objects you have a habit of losing or leaving places to be able to pinpoint their location — but in the […]

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Sony’s new A9 II mirrorless full-frame camera has the speed sports photographers need

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-10-03 13:00:01 Source: techcrunch

Sony announced a successor to its popular A9 mirrorless interchangeable lens full-frame camera today. The A9 II carries over some of the specs and stats of its predecessor, like the 24.2 megapixel stacked imaging sensor, but adds an upgraded BIONZ X image processor, which powers the much more powerful autofocus capabilities in the new camera. […]

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MyMilk Labs launches Mylee, a small sensor that analyzes breast milk at home

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-10-02 21:15:00 Source: techcrunch

Many expectant mothers are told that breastfeeding will come naturally, but it is often a fraught and confusing experience, especially during the first few weeks after birth. Parents often worry about if their babies are getting enough nutrition or if they are producing enough milk. MyMilk Labs wants to give nursing mothers more information with […]

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OmniVis could save lives by detecting cholera-infected water in minutes rather than days

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-10-02 20:00:00 Source: techcrunch

Clean drinking water is one of the most urgent needs in developing countries and disaster-stricken areas, but safety tests can take days — during which tainted water can infect thousands. OmniVis aims to make detection of cholera and other pathogens as quick, simple, and cheap as a pregnancy test. Its smartphone-powered detection platform could save thousands of lives.

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Microsoft launches the ARM-based Surface Pro X

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-10-02 10:59:57 Source: techcrunch

At its annual Surface hardware event, Microsoft today announced the long-rumored ARM-based Surface, the first time Microsoft itself has launched a device with an ARM-based processor inside. The 13-inch device will use Microsoft’s own custom SQ1 chip, based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon and an AI accelerator, making it the first Surface with an integrated AI engine. […]

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Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 7 finally has USB-C, ships on October 22

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-10-02 10:44:57 Source: techcrunch

Today at its special hardware event, Microsoft unveiled the new Surface Pro 7. The new Surface Pro finally brings USB-C to the convertible laptop category of Microsoft hardware, which will be a welcome addition for fans who’ve been waiting for the company to adopt this now-prevalent connection technology. The latest generation Surface Pro starts at […]

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GoPro launches new Hero8 Black and MAX action cameras

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-10-01 14:00:01 Source: techcrunch

GoPro has released new versions of both its hero line, and its newer 360-degree ruggedized action cameras. The $399 GoPro Hero8 Black’s most significant change is that it gains a new body design that incorporates GoPro’s signature mounting system right into the case, so that you no longer need add-on frames to attach it to […]

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Google brings its Jacquard wearables tech to Levi’s Trucker Jacket

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-09-30 14:45:01 Source: techcrunch

Back in 2015, Google’s ATAP team demoed a new kind of wearable tech at Google I/O that used functional fabrics and conductive yarns to allow you to interact with your clothing and, by extension, the phone in your pocket. The company then released a jacket with Levi’s in 2017, but that was expensive, at $350, […]

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Kickstarter darling EcoFlow Delta battery generator is not what it seems

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-09-29 16:00:00 Source: techcrunch

The Delta EcoFlow is a new battery generator available on Kickstarter with incredible claimed features. Most are true, some are not. Device like the Delta offer incredible battery storage capacity. Designed for more than just recharging phones and tablets, these can run refrigerators, pumps, power tools and medical equipment. They’re great for emergencies, camping and […]

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As vape lung death toll mounts, CDC investigators warn against ‘informal’ THC sources

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-09-27 19:14:59 Source: techcrunch

At least a dozen people have died of an acute lung condition related to vaping, and while officials aren't ready to pin it on any one chemical or brand, they are warning that many of the patients reported buying THC cartridges from "informal sources" — which is to say off the street or online.

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HTC’s new CEO Yves Maitre is coming to Disrupt San Francisco

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-09-27 11:45:06 Source: techcrunch

Earlier this month, HTC cofounder Cher Wang stepped down from her role as CEO. In her place, former Orange EVP Yves Maitre has taken up the reins for the Taipei-based smartphone maker. One of Maitre’s first acts as the head of HTC will be to join us at Disrupt in October. The interview — and […]

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DARPA aims to make networks 100 times speedier with FastNIC

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-09-26 20:45:00 Source: techcrunch

Having a slow connection is always frustrating, but just imagine how supercomputers feel. All those cores doing all kinds of processing at lightning speed, but in the end they're all waiting on an outdated network interface to stay in sync. DARPA doesn't like it. So DARPA wants to change it — specifically by making a new network interface a hundred times faster.

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The time is right for Apple to buy Sonos

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-09-26 12:30:01 Source: techcrunch

It’s been a busy couple of months for smart speakers – Amazon released a bunch just this week, including updated versions of its existing Echo hardware and a new Echo Studio with premium sound. Sonos also introduced its first portable speaker with Bluetooth support, the Sonos Move, and in August launched its collaboration collection with […]

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Alexa developers can now personalize their skills by recognizing the user’s voice

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-09-26 11:15:01 Source: techcrunch

Amazon Alexa is already capable of identifying different voices to give personalized responses to different users in the household, thanks to the added support for voice profiles two years ago. Now, those same personalization capabilities will be offered to Alexa Skill developers, Amazon has announced. Alongside Amazon’s big rollout of new consumer devices on Wednesday, […]

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Apple’s iOS and iPadOS 13 support multiple PS4 or Xbox One controllers, which could be huge for Arcade

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-09-26 10:14:57 Source: techcrunch

Apple’s iOS 13 update (and the newly-renamed iPadOS for iPad hardware) both support multiple simultaneous Bluetooth game controller connections. Apple added Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controller support in the updates, and after doing some digging, I can confirm that you can use multiple of either type of controller on one iOS device running the […]

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Everything Amazon announced at its Alexa event

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-09-26 09:44:58 Source: techcrunch

As is now typical just ahead of the holidays, Amazon just inundated us with a whole new lineup of hardware devices, including new Echo smart speakers and screens, at its Alexa event today, plus other smart home and connected devices from its brands Ring and Eero. There were also a slew of surprises, like Alexa […]

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Everything Amazon announced at its Alexa event today

Gadgets - Posted On:2019-09-25 21:14:59 Source: techcrunch

As is now typical just ahead of the holidays, Amazon just inundated us with a whole new lineup of hardware devices, including new Echo smart speakers and screens, at its Alexa event today, plus other smart home and connected devices from its brands Ring and eero. There were also a slew of surprises, like Alexa […]

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