Smart home startup Level Home emerges from stealth with $71M and a new take on the smart lock

As companies like Google, Amazon and Apple hone their strategies to build the brain that helps you use the smart home of the future, where a new wave of internet-enabled appliances, climate and security systems and other connected objects can be connected and controlled through their hubs, a new smart home startup called Level Home is emerging from stealth today with a big packet of funding and a hope of bringing something new to the table, by focusing on ways of rethinking old things you own al...
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New Google Nest Wifi Brings Mesh Nodes That Double As Smart Speakers

The original Google Wifi promised reliable and fast internet across your entire home using a series of identical mesh nodes positioned around your house. It’s the same approach that’s used for the company’s new and renamed Nest Wifi. But now, a central router is employed with satellite nodes that double as smart…Read more...
Tags: Google, Wifi, Made By Google 2019, Gadgets, Tech, Consumer Tech, Routers, Google Wifi, Nest Wifi, Nest Wifi Router, Nest Wifi Point

Google aims to change the definition of good photography with Pixel 4’s software-defined camera

Google’s new Pixel 4 camera offers a ton of new tricks to improve its photographic chops, and to emphasize the point, it had Professor Mark Levoy, who leads camera technology development at Google Research, up on stage to talk about the Pixel 4’s many improvements, including its new telephoto lens, updated Super Res Zoom technology and Live HDR+ preview. Subject, Lighting, Lens, Software Levoy started by addressing the oft-cited saying among photographers that what’s most important to a ...
Tags: Gadgets, Hardware, TC, Bokeh, Camera, Google, Google Hardware Event 2019, iOS, iPhone, Learning, Mobile Phones, PIXEL, Pixel 2, Pixel 3, Smartphones

A pocket-friendly DIY cardboard drum kit to kickstart your music production journey!

“Starting music production can be quite confusing and intimidating. Gears can get expensive. You don’t even know if you’ll be good at it yet to make a serious commitment. What do I need exactly? Which audio workstation software to use? How do I start performing? I mean, what do DJs actually even do?!” These are some of the issues that the guys at Rhythmo know music novices face. They know things can be confusing. Hence, they created the Beatbox.Beatbox is a build-it-yourself MIDI controller dr...
Tags: Gadgets, Portable Audio, Product Design, Speakers, Technology, Beatbox, Diy, Drum Kit, Rhythmo

Leo Labs and its high-fidelity space radar track orbital debris better than ever — from New Zealand

Ask anyone in the space business and they’ll tell you that orbital debris is a serious problem that will only get worse, but dealing with it is as much an opportunity as it is a problem. Leo Labs is building a global network of radar arrays that can track smaller debris than we can today, and with better precision — and the first of its new installations is about to start operations in New Zealand. There are some 12,000 known debris objects in low Earth orbit, many of which are tracked by the U....
Tags: Gadgets, Space, Texas, Hardware, Tech, Earth, New Zealand, Sri, Leo, Aerospace, Space Debris, U S Air Force, Dan Ceperley, Peter Beck, Air Force Research Lab, Orbital Debris

Google overhauls Nest Aware cloud recording plan

Google is updating the Nest Mini today, the device formerly known as Google Home Mini. And the company used this opportunity to announce an update to its home awareness product, Nest Aware. If you have Nest security cameras, you can subscribe to a Nest Aware plan. It currently costs $5 a month for 5-day video history, $10 per month for 10-day history and $30 per month for 30-day history. All plans include continuous recording, intelligence alerts, clips and more. But it can get complicated wh...
Tags: Gadgets, Google, Google Hardware Event 2019, Nest Aware, Nest Mini

Google launches Nest Wifi mesh router and extender with built-in Google Assistant

Today at its Google hardware event, Google introduced new mesh routers called Nest Wifi. This is a successor tot he Google Wifi product it introduced a couple of years ago, but with a number of improvements. The new Nest Wifi consists of two types of devices, one a router that plugs into your modem, and one ‘point’ amplifies the signal and extends the network, and it’s more powerful so you only need these two things. It’s available to pre-order, and will ship on November 4. It comes in a 2-pack ...
Tags: Gadgets, Hardware, TC, Google Hardware Event 2019, Google WiFi, Mesh Wifi, Routers

Here’s everything Google just announced at the Made By Google 2019 event

  Google held its annual “Made By Google” hardware event this morning in New York City, where they launched all sorts of new gear back to back to back. Didn’t have time to watch the whole stream, but still want to know the bulletpoints of what’s new? We’ve got you covered. Stadia Launch Stadia, Google’s cloud video game streaming service, will launch on November 19th. Pixel Buds Google went back to the drawing board with its answer to the AirPods. Shipping sometime in “Spring 2020”, the new...
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Google’s Pixel 4 ships October 24, starting at $799

The rumors and leaks have been pretty relentless. In fact, over the past three days, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL have gone up for preorder on at least two different sites. While it’s true that Google’s never been particularly great at keeping this stuff under wraps, this was pretty silly. Anyway, the Pixel 4 is finally official, and it’s basically exactly what we were expecting from this year’s Google flagship. The device now features face unlock, another addition that brings Pixels in line wi...
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Kabuto is building smart suitcases for geeks

French company Kabuto is launching a Kickstarter campaign today for the second generation of its smart carry-on suitcase. The company was previously known as Xtend. If you think about smart suitcases, chances are you picture a suitcase with a battery pack in it and that’s it. In other words, they are not that smart. Kabuto is packing a bunch of electronics to add some more features. At the top of the suitcase, you’ll find a fingerprint reader. You can unlock the suitcase with your fingerprint...
Tags: Europe, Gadgets, Startups, Kabuto

Watch Google unveil the Pixel 4 live right here

Google is about to unveil its new smartphone lineup, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. And if you’re an Android fan, you know that the Pixel is one of the most interesting Android phones out there thanks to a bloatware-free operating system and some incredible cameras. The conference starts at 10 AM Eastern Time (7 AM Pacific Time, 3 PM in London and 4 PM in Paris). You can watch it live right here. Rumor has it that Google isn’t just going to announce some new phones. You can also expect som...
Tags: Google, Startups, Gadgets, London, Paris, Pixel, Watch Google, Google Pixel, Google Nest, Google Home, Google Home Mini, Pixelbook, Pixel Buds, Pixel 4, Google Hardware Event 2019, AM Eastern Time 7 AM Pacific Time

Google launches the $649 Pixelbook Go Chromebook

At its annual hardware event, Google today announced the launch of the Pixelbook Go, the latest iteration of its first-party Chromebook lineup. Starting at $649, the Pixelbook Go marks a return to the standard laptop format after last year’s Pixelbook with a 180-degree hinge and the Pixel Slate 2-in-1. The Go will come with a 16:9 13.3-inch touch screen and either an HD or 4K display, two USB-C ports, a built-in Titan-C security chip, up to 16GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. It’s powered...
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Everything Google Announced Today

In a somewhat unconventional spectacle that included a fireside chat about the company’s environmental initiatives and photographer Annie Leibovitz dropping by to talk about smartphones, Google’s Pixel 4 event in New York today included few surprises, and at times, even fewer details on its new hardware.Read more...
Tags: Google, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 Xl, Gadgets, Tech, Consumer Tech, Smartphones, Pixel, Google Home Mini, Google Nest Mini, Google Nest Wifi, Wifi, Speakers, Audio, Headphones, Google Pixel Buds

New Online Apps Certify Green Business Initiatives

Two new apps are providing online green business certifications. The company behind them is The Green Business Bureau (GBB). As a result, small businesses can manage, certify and prioritize environmentally friendly practices with them. Small Business Trends contacted to Bill Zujewski, CMO of GBB, to learn how SMBs can use these tools. “The Green Business Bureau is an authority in green business. We are best known for our green business certification program and seals,” Zujewski,writes. “The new...
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The Google Nest Mini Can Now Hang on Your Wall Like a Piece of Art That's Always Listening to You

As one of the search giant’s most popular hardware products, Google isn’t tampering with the design for its next-generation Home Mini smart speaker, first introduced back in 2017. But in addition to a name change, it’s now easier to put the new Google Nest Mini exactly where you want it.Read more...
Tags: Google, Made By Google 2019, Nest, Speakers, Smart Assistant, Gadgets, Tech, Consumer Tech, Google Nest Mini

The best portable chargers for 2019

Battery life still tops the polls when it comes to smartphone concerns. If it’s bugging you, then maybe it’s time to snag yourself a portable charger. Here are our picks for the best portable chargers.
Tags: Apple, Android, Gadgets, Mobile, Trends, Chargers, External Batteries, Buying Guides, Portable Chargers, Moshi, Best Of Everything

Level Home emerges from stealth with $71M from Walmart and Lennar and a new take on the smart lock

As companies like Google, Amazon and Apple hone their strategies to build the brain that helps you use the smart home of the future, where a new wave of internet-enabled appliances, climate and security systems and other connected objects can be connected and controlled through their hubs, a new smart home startup called Level Home is emerging from stealth today with a big packet of funding, a sales deal, and a hope of bringing something new to the table, by focusing on ways of rethinking old th...
Tags: Gadgets, Hardware, Recent Funding, Startups, TC

Sega’s Throwback Genesis Mini is Packed With Good Vibes

It's one of the best retro consoles out there
Tags: Uncategorized, Gadgets, Onetime, Video Games

Google Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL not launching in India

The Pixel 4 and Pixel XL smartphones, that Google just unveiled at a press conference in New York, won’t launch in India, one of the company’s key overseas markets, the Android-maker said on Tuesday. The bottleneck lies in the headline feature Project Soli, a radar-based motion-sensing chip baked into the new Pixel smartphones that relies on using certain frequency band — 60GHz mmWave. The company failed to secure permission from the local authority in India to use this frequency band, which the...
Tags: Asia, Gadgets, Government, Android, Google

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