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Watch Apple’s Spring Loaded event light right here

Today, Apple is holding a (virtual) keynote at 10 AM PT (1 PM in New York, 6 PM in London, 7 PM in Paris). And you’ll be able to watch the event right here as the company is streaming it live. Rumor has it that Apple plans to unveil a brand new iPad Pro. In particular, Apple’s tablet could get a big display update as the company could switch to mini-LED displays. You can expect some better specifications as well. But that’s not all, we expect to see a refreshed iPad mini. Apple could also b...
Tags: Apps, Gadgets, Mobile, Apple, Apple Event, Apple Keynote, Apple Spring Hardware Event, Apple Spring Hardware Event 2021

Sonos Roam review: the portable speaker you’ll want to use at home too

Cheaper wifi speaker has Bluetooth plus Google or Alexa for great indoor and outdoor musicSonos’s new smaller and cheaper Roam portable speaker is one that won’t end up relegated to a drawer collecting dust as it sounds great at home too.The £159 Roam joins the much bigger and heavier £399 Move as the second of firm’s battery-powered models and proves itself as one of the best options in a saturated market. Continue reading...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Technology, Bluetooth, Wifi, Alexa, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Smart Speakers

Google denies Pixel 5a 5G cancelation, confirming it’s coming this year

Sometimes you’ve just got to confirm an unannounced product to put the rumors to bed, I guess. That was Google’s strategy this afternoon, following earlier rumors from Android Central that a chip shortage had put the kibosh on the mid-budget phone. In a comment to TechCrunch, a Google spokesperson noted, “Pixel 5a 5G is not cancelled. It will be available later this year in the U.S. and Japan and announced in line with when last year’s a-series phone was introduced.” That time frame would put th...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Mobile, Japan, Hardware, Tech, Lg, 5g, Pixel 5a

Google Nest Hub (2nd gen) review: wearable-free sleep tracking smart display

Radar-based gesture and sleep tracking turns top smart assistant into a great alarm clock tooGoogle’s second-generation Nest Hub smart display now comes with radar-based sleep tracking as it attempts to keep Amazon’s Alexa at bay.The new Nest Hub costs £89.99 on launch, which makes it cheaper than its predecessor and slightly undercuts competitors of a similar size. Continue reading...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Gadgets, Technology, Alexa, Alphabet, Google Assistant, Smart Speakers, Google Nest Hub

Fitbit Sense review: a good smartwatch that fails on sustainability

Feature-packed health and fitness-tracking smartwatch has advanced sensors but failure to address screen and battery repairs is poorFitbit is attempting to challenge the dominance of the Apple Watch with the Sense: a smartwatch packed with advanced health sensors for stress, heart rate and ECG wrapped up in a neat and tidy package. But be careful, because if you damage the watch, it appears you can’t even pay Fitbit to fix it.It costs £300 and is Fitbit’s top model above the £200 Versa 3, which ...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Technology, Smartwatches, Fitbit, Wearable Technology, Amazon Alexa

Orca wants to give boating navigation its ‘iPhone moment’

Boating is a hobby steeped in history and tradition — and so is the industry and those that support it. With worldwide connectivity, electric boats, and other technological changes dragging the sector out of old habits, Orca aims to replace the outdated interfaces by which people navigate with a hardware-software combo as slick as any other modern consumer tech. If you’re a boater, and I know at least some of you are, you’re probably familiar with two different ways of chart-plotting, or trackin...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Gadgets, Transportation, Hardware, Samsung, Tech, Tesla, TomTom, Cto, Atomico, Brunswick, Sea Ray, Johan, Orca

Google Stadia and Nvidia GeForce Now are coming to LG TVs

LG spent a good chunk of its CES press conference talking about its lineup of TVs for 2021. You can expect bigger, slimmer and brighter TVs. I’m not going to list the specifications of new models. But there are a few new features that are worth mentioning. LG doesn’t use Android TV for the operating system. Instead, the company has its own operating system called webOS. App developers have to release specific versions of their apps for LG’s smart TVs. And the company announced that Google Sta...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Ces, Nvidia, Lg, Gog, Google Stadia, CES 2021, Ubisoft Connect, Nvidia Shield TV Recently the Android

RIP Android Things, the Smart Home Platform We All Forgot Existed

While Google is infamous for killing off its creations, there’s a good chance you’ve never even heard of Android Things—a platform Google launched in 2018 for the Internet of Things. And although Google said last year it was shifting Android Things away from the smart home, it’s now officially pulling the plug on the…Read more...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Internet Of Things, Science, Iot, Smart Home, Consumer Tech, Android Things

The Giant $400 Google Home Max Smart Speaker Has Been Discontinued

Debuting back in 2017, the Google Home Max was a hi-fi alternative to the original Google Home smart speaker, promising better sound but still providing access to Google Assistant. It was big, kind of pricey at $400, and from our testing, not as loud or booming as you’d expect, so Google has done what Google does best…Read more...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Science, Audio, Speakers, Tech, Consumer Tech, Google Home, Smart Speakers, Google Home Max, Google Home Max Smart

33 tech gifts that men will love to get this holiday season

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Adorama; Amazon; Zagg; Gilbert Espinoza/Business Insider From cars and audio to fitness and games, we've rounded up 33 gift ideas for men who love tech.If you're after more ideas and inspiration, check out all of our gift guides for 2020 here.Sign up for Insider Reviews' weekly newsletter for more buying advice and dealsFinding the right gift for the tech-loving men on your shopping list is no easy...
Tags: Reviews, Google, Amazon, Gadgets, Gift Guide, Disney, Samsung, Trends, Tech, Features, Gifts, Valentine's Day, Logitech, Nintendo, Toyota, Espn

Europe urged to block Google-Fitbit ahead of major digital policy overhaul

The European Commission must block the Google -Fitbit merger as a matter of democratic imperative, prominent academic and author Shoshana Zuboff has warned. The Harvard professor who wrote the defining book on surveillance capitalism has become the latest voice raised against the $2.1BN data+devices deal — that’s now been delayed at the regulatory clearance stage for over a year. Others calling for the Google-Fitbit acquisition to be blocked — unless or until robust competition, democratic ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Gadgets, Facebook, Europe, Privacy, US, Tech, Eu, European Union, Artificial Intelligence, Policy, Harvard, Commission, European Commission, Amnesty International

Amazon’s Fire TV Cube adds support for two-way video calls via a connected TV

Amazon in September announced it was bringing video calling support to its Fire TV platform. Today, the company says two-way video calling is now available with its Fire TV Cube devices (2nd gen.) The new feature will allow customers to pair a third-party webcam with their Fire TV Cube in order to make and receive video calls from their TVs to any other Alexa device with a screen. That means customers could call other Alexa owners who have a Fire TV Cube of their own, an Echo device with a scree...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Gadgets, Facebook, Tech, Usb, Logitech, Fire TV Stick, Alexa, Julie, UVC, Facebook Portal, Fire TV Cube, Amazon 's Fire TV Cube, Google Nest Hub Max, Fire TV Stick Lite Amazon

A tween tries Apple’s new ‘Family Setup’ system for Apple Watch

With the release of watchOS 7, Apple at last turned the Apple Watch into the GPS-based kid tracker parents have wanted, albeit at a price point that requires careful consideration. As someone in the target demographic for such a device — a parent of a “tween” who’s allowed to freely roam the neighborhood (but not without some sort of communication device) — I put the new Family Setup system for the Apple Watch through its paces over the past couple of months. The result? To be frank, I’m conflic...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Gadgets, Mobile, Apps, Family, Kids, Families, Parents, Tech, Netflix, Chromebook, Nintendo, Apple Watch, Tweens

Gift Guide: 7 smart home gift ideas that go beyond the usual Google/Amazon smart speakers

Welcome to TechCrunch’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide! Need help with gift ideas? We’re here to help! We’ll be rolling out gift guides from now through the end of December. You can find our other guides right here. It’s never been easier to build a smart home. Beyond the same Google/Amazon/Apple/etc. voice-powered assistant speakers you’ve probably seen on every gift guide for years, there’s a world of wonderful smart home products that can delight, surprise and maybe make your life a little easier. T...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Gadgets, Tech, Philips Hue, Ifttt, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Netgear, Wemo, Adafruit, Google Amazon, Darrell Etherington, Google Amazon Apple, Sensibo

Google Assistant Can Finally Schedule Your Damn Lights

Smart lights are the easiest, most affordable entryway into the smart home. In terms of convenience, scheduling your lights is one of the biggest perks, especially if you’ve got a set routine, your hands are tied, or you are going away for a few days. This is why it was really annoying that Google Assistant couldn’t…Read more...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Science, Smart Home, Consumer Tech, Smart Lights, Google Assistant

Google Assistant Has Arrived on the Fitbit Sense and Versa 3

Earlier this summer, Fitbit threw down the gauntlet with the ambitious Fitbit Sense and a revamped Versa 3. But while these gadgets launched a few months ago, some of the marquee features teased in August were still MIA. Well, not anymore. Fitbit OS 5.1 is landing today for U.S. users and the updates included are some…Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Smartwatches, Fitbit, Voice Assistants, Consumer Tech, Google Assistant

The Boox Poke 3 is my new favorite e-reader

There are plenty of e-readers to choose from out there, but never enough for me. I’m always questing for the one that will make me forget that there are others available, and in the Onyx Boox Poke 3, I think I have found it — at least for now. The Chinese e-paper device maker has nailed the size, the screen, and added a sprinkle of versatility that I didn’t know I was lacking. The Poke 3 fits in the same “original flavor e-reader” category as the Kindle Paperwhite and Kobo Clara HD: 6 inches, 30...
Tags: Reviews, Google, Amazon, Ereaders, TC, Gadgets, Hardware, China, Southeast Asia, Tech, Onyx Boox, E-readers, E Ink, Clara, Onyx, Kobo

Watch Apple unveil the first ARM-based Mac live right here

Apple is organizing its third event in three months today. The company is holding a (virtual) keynote at 10 AM PT (1 PM in New York, 6 PM in London, 7 PM in Paris). And you’ll be able to watch the event right here as the company is streaming it live. Apple has already announced at its developer conference that there would be a new Mac with an ARM-based processor this year. So today’s event seems like the perfect opportunity to introduce a new computer with Apple’s own processor. Similarl...
Tags: Apple, Google, Gadgets, Apps, New York, London, Mac, Tech, Macbook, Paris, MacBook Air, Apple Events, Apple Event, Watch Apple, macOS, Apple Mac Event 2020

Despite global headwinds, Chinese hardware startups remain to take on the world

Bill Zhang lowered himself into lunges on a squishy mat as he explained to me the benefits of the full-body training suit he was wearing. We were in his small, modest office in Xili, a university area in Shenzhen that’s also home to many hardware makers. The connected muscle stimulator attached to the suit, called Balanx, is designed to bring so-called electronic muscle stimulation, which is said to help improve metabolism and burn fat. “We are not really aiming at Chinese consumers at this p...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Facebook, Asia, Hong Kong, Europe, Hardware, Government, China, India, Tech, Beijing, Xiaomi, Indiegogo, Manufacturing, Nevada

34 tech gifts that men will love to get

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Les Shu/Business Insider From cars and audio to fitness and games, we've rounded up 34 gift ideas for men who love tech.After more ideas and inspiration? Check out all of our gift guides for 2020.Guys are hard to shop for, and it's even worse if they are into tech. We're here to the rescue: We've rounded up 34 tech gift ideas for men that are sure to satisfy because, well, they're just so darn cool...
Tags: Reviews, Google, Amazon, Gadgets, Gift Guide, Disney, Samsung, America, Trends, Tech, Features, Gifts, Valentine's Day, Logitech, Nintendo, Toyota

Mophie introduces a modular wireless charging module

Here’s a clever addition for Mophie, one of the longstanding battery case makers, which is now a part of the same smartphone accessory conglomerate as Zagg, Braven, iFrogz and InvisibleShield. The Juice Pack Connect is a modular take on the category, with a battery pack that slides on and off. For $80 you get a 5,400mAh battery (that should get you plenty of additional charge time) and a ring stand that props the phone up. Mophie may offer additional models at some point, but right now, the b...
Tags: Iphone, Google, Gadgets, Mobile, Hardware, Samsung, Tech, Charging, Battery, Mophie, Qi, ZAGG, Samsung Galaxies

The Freewrite Traveler is an outstanding, but expensive, dedicated portable writing laptop

As a hardware startup, Astrohaus stands apart because of its unique offerings focused specifically on writers and writing. Its debut product, the Freewrite, looked like an old-school travel typewriter with an e-ink screen. Now, it’s back with a new device it’s been working on for the past couple of years: The Freewrite Traveler. This more portable e-ink typewriter has a clamshell design and isn’t much larger than a Nintendo Switch, making it a flexible, go-anwyhere writing companion. The bas...
Tags: Reviews, Google, TC, Gadgets, Japan, Hardware, Writing, Evernote, Articles, Tech, Industrial Design, Computing, Microsoft Surface, Dropbox, Nintendo, Indiegogo

Flair’s Smart Vent system is a big improvement for anyone looking to improve their home HVAC

Smart thermostats are fairly ubiquitous these days, but depending on which one you’re using, you could be getting a lot more from your home heating and cooling – with relatively simple DIY upgrades. The Flair Smart Vent system is one such upgrade, and though it costs a bit upfront to get going (each register is $79 to start depending on size), you won’t have to call an HVAC contractor or break down any walls to take advantage of what it offers. The basics Flair’s system is designed around a si...
Tags: Reviews, Google, TC, Gadgets, Metal, Technology, Hardware, Electronics, Articles, Tech, Controller, Home Automation, Thermostat, AAA, Ecobee, Puck

Apple HomePod update brings Intercom and other new features

Apple HomePod owners, starting today, will be able to use the newly announced “Intercom” feature to send messages between their HomePod smart speakers. The feature, which arrives via a software update, brings this and several other new features to Apple’s smart speakers, including those introduced at Apple’s event last week where the company debuted its $99 HomePod mini. Of these, Intercom is the most notable update, as it helps the HomePod catch up to rival smart speakers, like those from...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Gadgets, Hardware, Siri, Tech, Intercom, Dolby Atmos, HomePod, Siri Intercom, Intercom HomePod

The New Nest Thermostat Shaves $40 Off the Price But Also Ditches the Scroll Wheel

For the first time in three years, Google is introducing a new model to its Nest smart thermostat line and at $130 the latest addition is the cheapest model yet without sacrificing much functionality, particularly if it’s going to be your first smart thermostat upgrade.Read more...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Science, Tech, Thermostats, Nest, Smart Home, Consumer Tech, Nest Thermostat

Google Assistant comes to gaze-powered accessible devices

People who rely on gaze-tracking to interact with their devices on an everyday basis now have a powerful new tool in their arsenal: Google Assistant. Substituting gaze for its original voice-based interface, the Assistant’s multiple integrations and communication tools should improve the capabilities of the Tobii Dynavox devices it now works on. Assistant will now be possible to add as a tile on Tobii’s eye-tracking tablets and mobile apps, which present a large customizable grid of common...
Tags: Health, Google, Gadgets, Mobile, Hardware, Tech, Accessibility, Artificial Intelligence, Ada, Eye Tracking, Tobii, Tobii Dynavox, Google Assistant, Google Home, Gaze Tracking, Fredrik Ruben

Google's Nest Audio Is the Best Sounding Smart Speaker You Can Get for $100

After buying Nest back in 2014, Google has been repositioning all of its smart home products under the brand, and that includes its smart speakers. One of the last holdouts to be upgraded as a Nest was one of the company’s first smart speakers, the 4-year-old Google Home. But the new Google Nest Audio sounds like it’s…Read more...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Science, Audio, Speakers, Tech, Smarthome, Consumer Tech, Google Assistant, Google Home, Smart Speakers, Google Nest Audio

Pixel 5 and 4a 5g get the same, improved cameras with rear ultrawide lens, Night Sight portraits and more

Google made its newest smartphones official today, unveiling the much-leaked Pixel 4a 5g and Pixel 5. Both smartphones will get the same, improved cameras, despite a $200 price different between the models, which is great news for people who are specifically coming to Google for their excellent mobile camera tech. Here’s an overview of what google did with the new and improved Pixel cameras in terms of both hardware and software. Ultrawide lens The biggest new physical change to the new Pix...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Google, TC, Gadgets, Hollywood, Hardware, Tech, Smartphone, Smartphones, Artificial Intelligence, Mobile Phones, Hdr, Pixel, Camera Phone, Youtube Google

Watch Google’s Pixel 5 event live right here

Google is holding an event to unveil its new phone, the Google Pixel 5. It is going to be a virtual event, and you can steam it live. The event starts at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. in New York, 7 p.m. in London, 8 p.m. in Paris). Rumor has it that there could be more than just one device. In addition to the Pixel 5, there could be a new Chromecast as well as some updated connected speakers. The Google Home and Google Home Max haven’t been updated for a while, so there might be some updated device...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, New York, London, Tech, Pixel, Watch Google, Google Pixel, Google Home, Google Home Max, Pixel 5, Paris Rumor, Google Hardware Event 2020

Bypass Siri With This Stick-On Smart Speaker That Brings Google Assistant and Alexa to Your iPhone

The three most popular AI-powered smart assistants are all available on the iPhone, but only Siri can hear and acknowledge your voice requests while the phone is locked. For Alexa and Google Assistant, you have to be actively using your iPhone and have the Amazon or Google apps open to access them. That’s a…Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Gadgets, Science, Siri, Tech, Smartphones, Alexa, Consumer Tech, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Smart Speakers, Smart Assistants, Popsockets, Talksocket

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