Reversible USB Cable Finalized

The reversible USB cable you’ve been dying to own has finally been completed

By on August 13, 2014 at 1:10 PM.

The reversible USB cable you’ve been dying to own has finally been completed

Apple fixed one of the most frustrating things about owning an electronic device when it released the Lightning connector, and now the USB 3.0 Promoter Group plans to follow suit. The group announced on Tuesday that the long-awaited USB Type-C connector has finally been completed, which means the next generation of USB cables will be reversible. The new connector is specialized for use with mobile devices, but laptops and tablets will benefit from it as well. More →

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Apple Smart Home Hardware

Apple isn’t letting Google control your home without a fight

By on June 26, 2014 at 11:30 PM.

Apple isn’t letting Google control your home without a fight

With all eyes on the iPhone 6, it can be difficult to remember that Apple has other hardware aspirations in the pipeline. 9to5Mac reports that Apple’s next priority will be the Smart Home, consisting of a range of new devices that will interact with Apple’s phones, computers and tablets. According to unnamed sources, Apple has put together a team specifically for the Smart Home initiative, and although development could be delayed, the company is “beyond the exploratory phase of development.”

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HP keyboard: Leap Motion sensor built in

You can now buy a keyboard with Leap Motion built in

By on June 9, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

You can now buy a keyboard with Leap Motion built in

If you wanted a Leap Motion controller, you either need to buy the stand-alone sensor for $79, buy the HP Envy 17 Leap Motion Special Edition, or buy one of 11 other HP devices that came with a keyboard that have an embedded Leap Motion sensor. Now you can buy that keyboard as a stand-alone device for any computer for $99, Engadget was told at the Computex trade show. Of course, you’ll need to have the Leap Motion software installed, which can run on Windows 7 or 8 and Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. When Leap Motion was announced in 2012, we called it “one of the coolest pieces of technology we’ve seen in a while” and its gesture controls look like a vision of the future. Despite the initial excitement, though, it has struggled to attract strong developer attention.

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SoftBank Pepper robot

The affordable robot assistant of the future is already here

By on June 5, 2014 at 1:58 PM.

The affordable robot assistant of the future is already here

SoftBank CEO and Sprint chairman Masayoshi Son has become something of a maverick. He said he bought Sprint because “I am a man, and every man wants to be number one, not number two or number three.” He also convinced Steve Jobs to give him exclusivity for the iPhone in Japan before Apple had even announced the device, and before Son had bought the mobile carrier SoftBank.

Now, he wants to sell you a $2,000 robot. More →

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Apple iMac rumors

It looks like Apple might unveil new iMacs next week at WWDC

By on May 26, 2014 at 1:25 PM.

It looks like Apple might unveil new iMacs next week at WWDC

Shipping times for the iMac have increased to 3–5 business days, adding credence to a recent rumor that Apple will launch a new cheaper iMac at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference next week. First noted by AppleInsider, each of the base configurations of the iMac now has a longer than normal shipping time on Apple’s online store, up from the typical shipping time of “Within 24 hours” for most Mac products. More →

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College Kid Receives A Drone In The Mail

One lucky college student accidentally received a $350,000 drone in the mail

By on May 6, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

One lucky college student accidentally received a $350,000 drone in the mail

It has all the makings of a terrible early-’80s frat comedy: A college kid receives an expensive aerial drone in the mail and hilarity ensues involving drone-assisted beer runs and raids of girls’ dorm rooms. Amazingly, Motherboard reports that something very similar actually happened recently when a college student in the Boston area accidentally received parts of a $350,000 aerial drone in the mail and posted pictures of it on Reddit. Motherboard confirmed that the drone is actually the property of the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the agency has told the publication that it’s not sure exactly how the drone wound up in the student’s mailbox.

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How to Spot Fake Electronic Devices

Study: You’re more likely to buy a fake smartphone than you think

By on May 2, 2014 at 1:24 PM.

Study: You’re more likely to buy a fake smartphone than you think

Many consumer electronics buyers in the U.S. end up purchasing counterfeit goods, a study commissioned by Canon reveals, with almost one in five buyers having paid for such devices in 2013 without knowing they were fakes. Furthermore, of those people who unknowingly purchased fake gadgets, more than half thought that they were actually able to spot counterfeit electronics. More →

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Pocket Printer Robot Mobile Printing

Video: This awesome robot is actually a tiny mobile printer

By on April 11, 2014 at 12:15 AM.

Video: This awesome robot is actually a tiny mobile printer

Israel-based Zuta Labs has been developing a very interesting product meant to fix the one thing users can’t do on the go, despite the plethora of features smartphones have to offer: printing. The company already has a working prototype, the Zuta Pocket Printer, and is currently looking to raise $400,000 via Kickstarter to make it available to consumers. More →

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Transient Electronics Dissolve After Use

Video: Your unwanted electronics may soon self-destruct

By on April 10, 2014 at 10:21 AM.

Video: Your unwanted electronics may soon self-destruct

If you are in possession of any old cell phones, you know how difficult it can be to find a proper way to dispose of them. Certain electronics retailers will accept donated devices, a family member might need a loaner and it never hurts to have a spare, but once a phone, or any other electronic device for that matter, has reached the end of its life, it could end up sitting in a dump for decades without any signs of decomposition. More →

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Nest Thermostat European Launch

Google’s new thermostat officially launches in first European market

By on April 2, 2014 at 6:30 AM.

Google’s new thermostat officially launches in first European market

A custom Nest thermostat version has finally launched in the U.K., The Verge reports, as the Google-owned company has modified the U.S. model to suit the requirements of the local market. Nest has added a new Heat Link component that connects the thermostat to a boiler via a wired or wireless connection. Apparently this particular component delayed the official launch of Nest in the region, although the thermostat has been unofficially available in as many as 120 countries on top of the U.S. and Canada, the only countries where it was released so far. More →

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Kinect for Windows v2 Hardware

This is what the new Kinect for Windows looks like

By on March 28, 2014 at 9:45 PM.

This is what the new Kinect for Windows looks like

No, the device you see in the image above this post is not the unbundled Xbox One Kinect we’ve been requesting, but rather the second version of the Kinect for Windows hardware due out later this year. Since the Kinect that comes bundled with the Xbox One no longer uses a standard USB connector, you’ll have no choice but to pick up Kinect for Windows v2 if you want motion controls on your PC. The sensor is nearly identical to the Xbox One model, save for the “Kinect” logo across the top, replacing the Xbox symbol. Unlike the Xbox Kinect, Kinect for Windows requires both a hub and a power supply. The hub features connections for USB 3.0, the sensor itself and the power supply. According to Microsoft, the Kinect is getting “closer and closer to launch,” and it promises to keep us posted for the official announcement.

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Google Nest Acquisition Hardware

This may be the most important reason Google bought Nest

By on January 30, 2014 at 10:45 AM.

This may be the most important reason Google bought Nest

When Google first announced that it was buying Nest, most of the chatter revolved around how Google’s software would affect Nest’s smart thermostats. However, one overlooked aspect of the deal is how Nest will impact Google, particularly when it comes to hardware design. Unnamed sources tell TechCrunch that Google wants Nest CEO Tony Fadell and his team to take over as Google’s lead hardware designers, a move that could give Google’s products a stronger element of style. More →

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