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You can buy Lovot’s undying robotic love for $3,000

How much would you shell out for the lifelong love of a robot pal? Honestly, $3,000 seems like a downright deal, all said. Japanese robotic startup Groove X returned to CES to show of Lovot, and the surprisingly advanced robot can still pull in a pretty sizable crowd amongst tech enthusiasts, a few years in. After several years of CES appearances, the friendly little robot finally went on sale in its native Japan, roughly a month ago. It’s the latest in a long line of ‘bots designed to comfo...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Hardware, Robotics, Aibo, Kaname Hayashi, Lovot, CES 2020, Aibo Lovot


MIT Scientists Made a Shape-Shifting Material that Morphs Into a Human Face

An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica: The next big thing in 3D printing just might be so-called "4D materials" which employ the same manufacturing techniques, but are designed to deform over time in response to changes in the environment, like humidity and temperature. They're also sometimes known as active origami or shape-morphing systems. MIT scientists successfully created flat structures that can transform into much more complicated structures than had previously been achieved, including...
Tags: Tech, Mit, PNAS, National Academy of Sciences MIT, Rees, Wim van Rees, Carl Friedrich -RSB- Gauss


MIUI Launcher gets App Share shortcut, new fingerprint unlock animation

Xiaomi’s MIUI is well-known for the customizations it offers, despite being user-friendly and customizable, people had some complaints with MIUI such as Notification Shade and MIUI Launcher. Xiaomi hugely improved the notification shade with last two iterations of MIUI but MIUI Launcher didn’t get much improvements and features. Last year, Xiaomi introduced Hidden Apps on MIUI Launcher and also introduced App Drawer on MIUI China ROM. [gallery columns="2" size="large" ids="301540,301541"] Xi...
Tags: News, India, Blogging, Xiaomi, MIUI, Poço, MIUI Launcher, MIUI App Drawer, MIUI App Share shortcut, MIUI Launcher App Share shortcut, MIUI Launcher Xiaomi, App Shortcuts MIUI Launcher


New Year Eve: Indian Users sent 20 Billion messages on WhatsApp

Out of that recording-breaking number, India accounted for one-fifth of the net message exchanges. t over 100 billion messages were shared globally on December 31 in the 24-hour duration leading up to the midnight of New Year's Eve. This is a record-breaking volume, and is the highest number of messages exchanged in a single day ever since WhatsApp kicked off its services ten years ago. Out of those 100 billion+ messages shared on New Year's eve, WhatsApp says over 12 billion were images. The po...
Tags: Business, India, Tech


Wheel.me robot wheels move furniture via voice commands

A start-up wants to let consumers rearrange their homes without having to do any of the hard work.
Tags: Tech


This Smart Faucet Should Pour Exactly the Amount of Water You Need at the Perfect Temperature

Three years at CES 2017 Moen revealed a smart shower system that could be preheated from your smartphone without having to climb out of bed in the morning. This year the company is bringing that technology to the kitchen with a new smart faucet that delivers some surprisingly practical features.Read more...
Tags: Kitchen, Gadgets, Science, Tech, Ces, Smarthome, Consumer Tech, Moen, Faucets, U by Moen, CES 2020, CES2020


Smoke from Australia's bushfires reach New Zealand turning their once clear skies orange

Australians aren't the only ones dealing with the effects from the ferocious bushfires -- parts of New Zealand were blanketed with thick smoke which turned the sky a gloomy-looking orange.Local Auckland resident Gala Georgette told AccuWeather during an interview that she has never seen anything like this before in her life."The mood in the city was eerie - it felt almost apocalyptic. It was very sobering. We have known about the Australian fires for months, but this made the reality and the...
Tags: Google, New York, News, Australia, New Zealand, Melbourne, Tasmania, Houston, Accuweather, Auckland, Melbourne Australia, Auckland New Zealand, Gala, Georgette, Douty, Adam Douty


Sure Looks Like Apple Is Still Selling This iMac from 2006

Apple products are notoriously expensive, but this is just ridiculous. Apparently, Apple’s website is still listing the 2006 iMac 17-inch 1.83-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo for around $1,000—depending on where you’re trying to buy from. Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Desktop, iMac, Intel Core, Even I Dont Think Apple Loves Capitalism This Much


Withings's Latest Smartwatch Doubles Down on Medical Wearables

Last year, Withings wowed at CES with a hybrid smartwatch that could also take your ECG. That was no small feat, considering it came just months after Apple made waves with the same feature on the Series 4. This year, it’s doubling down on ‘medical-grade’ hybrid smartwatches with the ScanWatch, which can take ECGs and…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Withings, Ces, Smartwatches, Consumer Tech, Withings Move ECG, CES2020, Taking Bets On When Well See This Thing, Withings Scanwatch


HP will start integrating Tile tracking into laptops

Here’s one those “why didn’t they do this sooner” deals. HP just announced at CES that it will be the first PC company to integrate Tile’s tracking technology directly into its laptops. The company’s Elite Dragonfly line will be the first get the technology, with a model dropping some point during Q1 of this year. The biggest winner of the deal here is Bay Area-based Tile. People who purchase laptops with the technology built in will need to download the Tile app order to track missing lapto...
Tags: Startups, Hardware, Hp, Tile, Bay Area, CES 2020


Withings says its latest watch can detect sleep apnea

Sure to be the next big battlefield for wrist-worn wearables, Withings today announced sleep apnea detection for its latest smartwatch. The company notes in press materials for the newly announced ScanWatch, that eight out of 10 people with the serious sleeping condition aren’t aware that they have it. It’s not a full-fledged medical device, of course, but the prevalence of such a feature could go a ways toward helping the more than 18 million Americans who suffer from the condition (accordi...
Tags: Startups, Wearables, Hardware, Withings, National Sleep Foundation, Sleep Apnea, CES 2020


Apple TV Plus and ‘The Morning Show’ Shut Out at Their First Golden Globes

Apple TV Plus has been shut out of its first-ever Golden Globes. The #MeToo-inspired series was nominated in two categories at the 77th annual ceremony: drama series and TV drama actress for both Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. But it lost both awards. Leading ladies Aniston and Witherspoon were expected to cancel each other out […]
Tags: Apple, News, Reese Witherspoon, Awards, Jennifer Aniston, Golden Globes, Aniston, Witherspoon, The Morning Show, Apple TV Plus


Muse’s innovative meditation headband gets a softer, sleepier version

Maybe you remember the Muse Softband from last year’s CES. Honestly, probably you don’t. I do, but only because A. I was there and B. I actually really liked the company’s regular version. I’m still pretty skeptical about the concept of using meditation to jumpstart mindfulness, but the Muse 2 makes a compelling case for hardware as a means of quieting one’s thoughts. After a year of silence, the rebranded Muse S is ready to launch. I like the name. It beats Softband, in that it doesn’t soun...
Tags: Startups, Wearables, Hardware, Meditation, Muse, Softband, CES 2020, Muse Softband


This brain-training wearable promises better sleep

CES 2020 is the year of sleep tech. I called it a few months ago, and now that the announcements are starting to trickle out, I’m re-staking that claim. Technology has played an important role in completely destroying my sleep cycle.. Yet somehow, it appears to be my only hope of saving it. URGONight seems to be one of the more interesting takes on the space. Though it does overlap pretty significantly with the Muse S headband that was also literally just announced this very minute (I know, ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Wearables, Hardware, Sleep, CES 2020, UrgoNIGHT, Guirec


HP Envy 32 All-in-One review: iMac killer?

With the new Envy 32 All-in-One, HP is taking the all-in-one category to new places. Thanks to the luxurious design, an immersive display, and some incredible processing power, this new PC might have everything to topple Apple's iMac.
Tags: Apple, Trends, Hp, Computing, All-in-one Desktop, HP Envy, All-in-one Computer, CES 2020


Linus Torvalds Calls Blogger's Linux Scheduler Tests 'Pure Garbage'

On Wednesday Phoronix cited a blog post by C++ game developer Malte Skarupke claiming his spinlocks experiments had discovered the Linux kernel had a scheduler issue affecting developers bringing games to Linux for Google Stadia. Linus Torvalds has now responded: The whole post seems to be just wrong, and is measuring something completely different than what the author thinks and claims it is measuring. First off, spinlocks can only be used if you actually know you're not being scheduled whi...
Tags: Google, Tech, Linus Torvalds, Linus, Torvalds, Malte Skarupke


Bosch's LCD Car Visor Only Blocks Your View of the Road Where the Sun Is In Your Eyes

Fully autonomous vehicles are already being tested on roads across the country, but there’s one feature in every car that feels like it hasn’t been upgraded in a century: the sun visor. So a group of engineers from Bosch set out to update this antiquated feature so that it blocks the sun without also blocking a…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Safety, Cars, Tech, Ces, Automotive, Bosch, Consumer Tech, CES2020, Virtual Visor


Nvidia’s new 360Hz G-Sync displays are tailor-made for esports

Nvidia has developed new technology that enables 360Hz refresh rates on PC displays, achieving unprecedented responsiveness that’s perfectly suited to esports, where any advances in terms of refresh speeds can translate to improved performance during play. Nvidia’s new G-sync tech that delivers the 360Hz refresh speeds will be coming to market first through a partnership with Asus, via the Asus ROG Swift 360 monitor that’s debuting at this week’s annual CES show in Las Vegas. It works in combina...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gadgets, Gaming, Technology, Hardware, Electronics, Asus, Nvidia, Las Vegas, Gpu, Refresh Rate, CES 2020


Netatmo enters the smart door lock space with programmable NFC keys

Netatmo, the French startup that got acquired by Legrand, is announcing a new device at CES, the Netatmo Smart Door Lock. You can install it as a replacement to any cylinder door lock, which are more common in Europe than U.S.-style deadbolts. Compared to many smart door locks, Netatmo isn’t as heavy-handed as other solutions as you can use both your phone and a physical key to open your home. You don’t have to switch to a code-based system or rely entirely on your phone. But the key isn’t a ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gadgets, Europe, Ces, France Newsletter, Nfc, Netatmo, Legrand, CES 2020, Netatmo Smart Door Lock You, HomeKit Netatmo


Samsung just revealed a new rotating TV that's like a giant smartphone for your living room

Samsung just unveiled a new TV called the Sero that can rotate between vertical and horizontal orientations, a feature that allows your TV to resemble your smartphone. When synced with a Samsung Galaxy phone, the TV will be able to automatically rotate to match the orientation of your mobile device. It's just one of several unconventional TVs that we're expecting to see at CES, the annual technology conference in Las Vegas. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.  Samsung just unv...
Tags: Apple, Youtube, US, Samsung, Trends, Deloitte, Las Vegas, Lg, Samsung Galaxy, Avi Greengart, Techsponential


Waverly Labs’ new wearable translator arrives in April at $200

There are a lot of companies trying to do this. And understandably so. It’s a really cool thing to do — and if someone can really crack it, there’s a lot of money to be made. For a years now, Waverly Labs has been among the more interesting startups in the real-time translation space — and perhaps even more significantly, it’s actually had a product on the market for a while now. This week at CES, the New York-based startup announced the availability of its latest commercial offering. Announ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Wearables, New York, Hardware, Converse, Timekettle, Waverly Labs, CES 2020


A look back at 10 years of CES

So, here we are on the eve of CES 2020 — the supersized buffet of an annual consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, where we not only get a sneak peek of what to expect from tech companies this year, but also to take the pulse of how people are responding to what’s out there. CES is all about “the future,” and we’ll be here this week covering all the big stories and themes. But what about the past? In the spirit of 2020 hindsight, here are some of the most notable headlines and trends of last 10...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Spotify, Microsoft, China, Nokia, US, Samsung, Tech, Ces, Verizon Wireless, Netflix, Ford


The Beefy Suunto 7 Is a Great Reason to Be Excited About Wear OS

Unless you’re hardcore into outdoor fitness, you probably haven’t heard of Suunto. The Finnish company is mostly known for its compasses and GPS sports watches, but at CES 2020, the company is launching its first Wear OS watch, the Suunto 7.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Smartwatches, Consumer Tech, Suunto, Wear OS, CES2020, What A Big Boi, Suunto 7


This matcha maker is (most likely) coming soon to a coworking space near you

Over the past few years, matcha has become a kind of unavoidable phenomenon in cities like New York and L.A. The finely ground green tea powder is everywhere from coffee shops to bodegas to standalone stores. And it’s about to make its way to your startup/coworking space kitchen. At CES tonight, World Match Inc. took the wraps off of Cuzen Matcha. It’s a drink maker that essentially has one job: making matcha-espressos. If nothing else, it’s a potentially fresher experience than buying match...
Tags: New York, Hardware, Tech, Ces, CES 2020, World Match Inc, World Matcha Inc


Vector, the Little Robot That Could(n't Do Much) Is Back From the Dead

Vector, a tiny desktop companion robot that was both surprisingly endearing and unsurprisingly useless, met its demise earlier this year when its creator, Anki, ran out of money and shut down. But despite the robot failing to justify its $250 price tag, it apparently has its fans, and Vector is being brought back from…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Toys, Science, Tech, Robots, Robotics, Cosmo, Anki, Consumer Tech, Vector, Digital Dream Labs, Jacob Hanchar


The US Government Begins Limiting Some Exports of AI Software

"The Trump administration will make it more difficult to export artificial intelligence software as of next week, part of a bid to keep sensitive technologies out of the hands of rival powers like China," reports Reuters. The Verge has more details: The ban, which comes into force on Monday, is the first to be applied under a 2018 law known as the Export Control Reform Act or ECRA. This requires the government to examine how it can restrict the export of "emerging" technologies "essential to t...
Tags: China, US, America, Tech, United States, Trump, Reuters, ECRA, AI China


Suunto’s hardcore S7 smartwatch takes on Apple Watch in its toughest race yet

The Suunto S7 keeps the hardcore fitness tech the brand is known for, but adds in a lifestyle look and some clever battery-saving tech for wider appeal. We've tried it out.
Tags: Android, Mobile, Wearables, News, Smartwatch, Trends, Features, S7, Suunto, WearOS, CES 2020


CES 2020: Restaurant cat robot meows at dining customers

BellaBot, which waits on tables, is one among a number of wacky robots at the CES tech show.
Tags: Tech


Original Content podcast: We choose our favorite streaming shows from 2019

For our first episode of 2020, the hosts of the Original Content podcast look back at the past year in streaming and each rank our five favorite titles. While our week-to-week reviews haven’t been particularly strict about the definition of “original content,” these top fives are really, truly limited to shows and movies (mostly shows) that were created for or launched exclusively on streaming. Other than that, we felt free to list all kinds of content, whether it was a TV series or a film, scri...
Tags: Apple, TC, Media, Entertainment, Tech, Apple TV, See, Original Content Podcast


Will Apple's Next iPhones Get Rid of Charging Ports Too?

"First they came for our headphone jacks. Now, they're taking our ports," writes CNET: Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has reported that the company is gearing up to remove the Lightning connector from the flagship iPhone released in 2021... Kuo predicts that having a totally wireless phone will help differentiate the flagship iPhone from all other models in the lineup. Having no physical ports mean iPhones will have less moving parts and it can improve water resistance or make more room fo...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Cnet, Ming Chi Kuo, Kuo



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