Best Buy Ignite Kickstarter Program

Best Buy is bringing exciting crowdfunded products to its retail stores

September 26th at 8:35 AM

Best Buy is bringing exciting crowdfunded products to its retail stores

The problem with crowdfunding projects is that you can never know which ones to trust. They all look great on paper, but making new products with limited resources can be challenging for some startups — assuming they don’t plan to rip off excited buyers in the first place. But there are great projects coming out of Kickstarter and Indiegogo, and retailers are starting to pay attention to them. Amazon already set up its own virtual shop for startups, and Best Buy is about to follow suit.

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Apple TV 5 Release Date

New Apple TV will be coming soon, FCC filing suggests

September 23rd at 10:35 AM

New Apple TV will be coming soon, FCC filing suggests

Filings from the Federal Communication Commission have revealed the existence of a new Apple product with a model number that doesn’t correspond to anything in the lineup. Details are scarce, but from what we can work out, it could be a new Apple TV set for release.

The device has the model number A1844, which is not currently in use by any Apple device. The power supply and screw placement are in line with the existing Apple TV, although not perfectly identical.

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Samsung 960 Pro Evo SSD

Samsung’s insanely fast new SSDs won’t work in your MacBook

September 21st at 3:42 PM

Samsung’s insanely fast new SSDs won’t work in your MacBook

We just saw the first 1TB SD card in the world, albeit only a prototype at the moment. But now it’s time to look at new SSD hardware that’s even more impressive, and arguably more useful. If you’re searching for incredibly fast SSDs, Samsung’s got you covered.

The company unveiled a pair of drives that will make future laptops crazy kinds of fast. The new drives offer sequential read speeds of at least 3.200Mbps and sequential write speeds of at least 1,900Mbps. Unfortunately, the new Samsung 960 Evo and Samsung 960 Pro will not work with current MacBook Pro and Air models. More →

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GoPro Drone Karma

GoPro’s drone is finally here, and it only costs $800

September 19th at 12:56 PM

GoPro’s drone is finally here, and it only costs $800

Rumors about a GoPro drone called Karma have been in the rumormill forever, but it’s finally here. GoPro’s new drone costs $800, and for that you get a fold-up drone barely bigger than a shoebox, and a stabilization system you can take off, attach to an included grip, and use to capture silky-smooth footage on the ground.

GoPro describes it as “so much more than a drone,” and you can see where it’s coming from. Based on the launch footage, Karma is a highly effective gimbal for things like skiing and mountain biking. On its own, mounted to standard GoPro helmet or chest rigs, it makes for seriously pro-level footage. Attached to a cheap, easy-to-control drone, it could be a game-changer.

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iPhone 7 Display

iPhone 7 screen testing: ‘visually indistinguishable from perfect’

September 19th at 11:19 AM

iPhone 7 screen testing: ‘visually indistinguishable from perfect’

On paper, the iPhone 7 screen looks like the same thing that came before: same screen technology, same pixel count, same size. But top-level stats aren’t everything, and a deeper dive into the technology behind the new display and the results it gives tells a rather exciting story.

DisplayMate Technologies has been doing thorough analysis of iPhone screens since the early days of smartphones. This year, they put the iPhone 7 through the same battery of tests to find out how the older LCD technology stacks up against the newer competition.

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‘Star Trek’-style surveillance drone for the US military

September 15th at 7:15 PM

‘Star Trek’-style surveillance drone for the US military

It looks like a Star Trek Bird of Prey, and acts like a drone that terrorists cannot escape: A new military aircraft that’s powered by the sun and can conduct missions without landing for 45 days.

Airbus Defence and Space calls the new drone the High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS), but it’s been dubbed the Zephyr. What’s a “pseudo satellite”? It has satellite-type capabilities like extreme surveillance— but is on demand with the flexibility and versatility of an unmanned aircraft.

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Is Apple thinking about removing the headphone jack from MacBooks, too?

September 15th at 3:05 PM

Is Apple thinking about removing the headphone jack from MacBooks, too?

In the wake of the iPhone 7 shipping without a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack, many have wondered how the controversial design decision might impact other devices in Apple’s product lineup.

While removing the headphone jack on a relatively small and tightly packed device like the iPhone can be justified as a means to make room for other components, it’s hard to make a similar argument for removing the jack on larger devices like the iPad and Apple’s Mac lineup.

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Amazon Fire HD Tablet

New Amazon Fire tablet brings Alexa everywhere with you

September 8th at 10:30 PM

New Amazon Fire tablet brings Alexa everywhere with you

Amazon’s smart AI may have made its debut inside a Bluetooth speaker, but Amazon doesn’t plan a life of confinement for poor Alexa. The AI has already appeared inside third-party devices, but today, Amazon launched a new Fire tablet with Alexa onboard.

The new Fire HD 8 brings improved software and hardware to the party, when compared to Amazon’s previous generation. There’s 1.5GB of RAM rather than just 1GB, double the amount of built-in storage (16GB in the base model), and a bigger battery. The things that made the Fire HD 8 great — good speakers, decent screen, comfortable design — have remained the same.

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Project Ara Failure

Google mercifully axes Project Ara, the company’s ambitious modular smartphone initiative

September 2nd at 7:45 AM

Google mercifully axes Project Ara, the company’s ambitious modular smartphone initiative

Project Ara, Google’s ambitious initiative to develop a modular smartphone, has officially — and perhaps predictably — been suspended. According to Reuters, Google no longer plans to release a modular smartphone itself but remains open to working with hardware partners in order to bring the technology to market.

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BB-8 Force Band Release Date

A wearable wristband that lets you control a BB-8 is all kinds of cool

September 1st at 10:00 PM

A wearable wristband that lets you control a BB-8 is all kinds of cool

BB-8 is probably the best droid in the Star Wars universe, even if it made its debut only in Episode VII. The star of The Force Awakens also happens to be a popular toy, and Sphero’s BB-8 toy is an awesome, but also pricey, gift idea. If you already own one or plan to buy it, you should know that a special Force Band wearable and a battle-worn BB-8 version are ready to launch. More →

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