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Smart home makers hoard your data, but won’t say if the police come for it

A decade ago, it was almost inconceivable that nearly every household item could be hooked up to the internet. These days, it’s near impossible to avoid a non-smart home gadget, and they’re vacuuming up a ton of new data that we’d never normally think about. Thermostats know the temperature of your house, and smart cameras and sensors know when someone’s walking around your home. Smart assistants know what you’re asking for, and smart doorbells know who’s coming and going. And thanks to the clou...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Security, Startups, Gadgets, Facebook, Internet Of Things, Television, Hardware, Microsoft, Privacy, Government, Samsung, Law Enforcement, Edward Snowden


Buggy software in popular connected storage drives can let hackers read private data

Security researchers have found flaws in four popular connected storage drives that they say could let hackers access a user’s private and sensitive data. The researchers Paulos Yibelo and Daniel Eshetu said the software running on three of the devices they tested — NetGear Stora, Seagate Home and Medion LifeCloud — can allow an attacker to remotely read, change and delete data without requiring a password. Yibelo, who shared the research with TechCrunch this week and posted the findings Friday,...
Tags: Security, Gadgets, Hardware, Seagate, Tech, Php, Hack, Vulnerability, Computing, Firewall, Lenovo, Computer Security, Netgear, Paulos Yibelo, Web Interface, Daniel Eshetu


Kickstarting the Makerphone: an open-source hardware phone kit, programmable with python and Scratch

Circuitmess's fully funded Makerphone kickstarter is raising money to produce open source hardware smartphone kits to teach kids (and grownups) everything from soldering to programming. The Makerphone is a pretty sweet-looking gadget, and it comes ready to be programmed with Scratch and python, providing a good progression from a fully graphic programming environment to a command-line language that's still beginner-friendly. $94 gets you a kit and the tools to assemble it; $99 gets you an ...
Tags: Python, Gadgets, Mobile, Happy Mutants, Video, Kids, News, Parenting, Makers, Crowdfunding, Kickstarter, Arduino, Oshw, Scratch, Better PCB


Researchers discover a new way to identify 3D printed guns

Researchers at the University at Buffalo have found that 3D printers have fingerprints, essentially slight differences in design that can be used to identify prints. This means investigators can examine the layers of a 3D printed object and pinpoint exactly which machine produced the parts. “3D printing has many wonderful uses, but it’s also a counterfeiter’s dream. Even more concerning, it has the potential to make firearms more readily available to people who are not allowed to possess them...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Design, Technology, Tech, Industrial Design, 3d Printing, Printer, Makerbot, Buffalo, Printing, Fingerprint, Emerging-technologies, University at Buffalo, Wenyao Xu


The 7 great features that will hopefully return to the MacBook Pro

I miss the old MacBook Pro. Remember when the MacBook Pro had a good keyboard? Or an SD Card slot? Or an escape key? I miss the time when the MacBook Pro was 2mm thicker than the current version but had a full-size USB port. Remember the wonder of MagSafe? Or the glory that was using a MacBook Pro outside because of the matte screen? Remember when the power adapter for Apple’s laptops had little fold-out tabs to hold the cord? There was also a time that a random brush of the keyboard wouldn’t...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Gadgets, Microsoft, Siri, Macbook, Macbook Pro, Natasha Lomas, Siri USB Ports


The 7 basic features that will hopefully return to the MacBook Pro

I miss the old MacBook Pro. Remember when the MacBook Pro had a good keyboard? Or an SD Card slot? Or an escape key? I miss the time when the MacBook Pro was 2mm thicker than the current version but had a full-size USB port. Remember the wonder of MagSafe? Or the glory that was using a MacBook Pro outside because of the matte screen? Remember when the power adapter for Apple’s laptops had little fold-out tabs to hold the cord? There was also a time that a random brush of the keyboard wouldn’t...
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Microsoft, Siri, Tech, Macbook, Macbook Pro, Natasha Lomas, Siri USB Ports


Apple invites reporters to NYC October 30 event, here's what's predicted...

Apple invited consumer technology reporters to an event scheduled for next Tuesday, October 30, at New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music, Howard Gilman Opera House. The late-October event will presumably feature something different from the September iPhone-centered event. Bottom line: New iPad Pro models are anticipated by reporters who follow Cupertino closely. Also expected: MacBook updates. Whatever they're doing starts at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. From Juli Clover at Macrumors: Apple se...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ipad, Gadgets, Post, New York, Technology, News, Mac, Macbook, Cupertino, Ipad Pro, Juli Clover, Picks, Appleevent


Apple invites press to New York for Oct. 30 event, here's what's predicted...

Apple invited consumer technology reporters to an event scheduled for next Tuesday, October 30, at New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music, Howard Gilman Opera House. The late-October event will presumably feature something different from the September iPhone-centered event. Bottom line: New iPad Pro models are anticipated by reporters who follow Cupertino closely. Also expected: MacBook updates. Whatever they're doing starts at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. From Juli Clover at Macrumors: Apple se...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ipad, Gadgets, Post, New York, Technology, News, Mac, Macbook, Cupertino, Ipad Pro, Juli Clover, Picks, Appleevent


The space pen became the space pen 50 years ago

Everyone knows about the space pen. NASA spent millions on R&D to create the ultimate pen that would work in zero gravity and the result was this incredible machine. Well, no. In fact it was made by a pen manufacturer in 1966 — but it wasn’t until October of 1968 that it went into orbit and fulfilled its space pen destiny. The pen was created by pen maker (naturally) Paul Fisher, who used $1 million of his own money to create the AG-7 anti-gravity pen. As you may or may not know, the innovati...
Tags: Gadgets, Space, Tech, Nasa, Fisher, AG, Fisher Space Pen, Donn Eisele, Paul Fisher, Walt Cunningham Wally Schirra


Researchers create virtual smells by electrocuting your nose

The IEEE has showcased one of the coolest research projects I’ve seen this month: virtual smells. By stimulating your olfactory nerve with a system that looks like one of those old-fashioned kids electronics kits, they’ve been able to simulate smells. The project is pretty gross. To simulate a smell, the researchers are sticking leads far up into the nose and connecting them directly to the nerves. Senior research fellow at the Imagineering Institute in Malaysia, Kasun Karunanayaka, wanted to cr...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Neuroscience, Tech, Malaysia, Head, Imagineering Institute, Kasun Karunanayaka, Adrian Cheok Cheok, Karunanayaka


Helm: A home network email server appliance to redecentralize the web

Helm is a startup making a $500 home gadget that replaces Gmail and Google Calendar, letting you control your own email and coordination; its founders have deep information security backgrounds, and plan to make money by charging an annual $100 management fee. The company's roadmap includes networked storage, comparable to dropbox or Google Drive, VPNs, password managers, and other services that currently live in the cloud. The company has a centralized point-of-failure in the form of a ga...
Tags: Apple, Google, Gadgets, Post, Business, Happy Mutants, Floss, News, Net Neutrality, Mozilla, Decentralization, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Helm, Lily Hay Newman, Jeremy Gillula, Email At The Edge


Samsung's Galaxy Book 2 Goes Hard at Mobile Productivity With Huge Battery Life Claims and LTE

I’m not going to say the PC is dying, that would be ridiculous. But over the last 10 years, there are certain segments of the computer market that have been declining, like tablets, netbooks, and depending on how you look at it, the traditional clamshell laptop. In the meantime, there’s been a new generation of more…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Samsung, Laptops, Qualcomm, Consumer Tech, Always Connected, Always On, Samsung Going After Pc Mobility


Proxxi saves workers from getting electrocuted

There are some gadgets that are nice to have – iPhones, sous vide wands – and some gadgets that you must have. Proxxi fits in the latter camp. Proxxi is an always-on sensor that buzzes when it gets too close to high voltage electricity. Its worn by mechanics and electricians and warns them when they get too close to something dangerous. The Vancouver-based company just sold out of its initial commercial evaluation units and they’re building a huge business supplying these clever little bracelets...
Tags: Iphone, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Tech, Ceo, SIM, Flash, Oil And Gas, Electricity, Vancouver, Manufacturing, Analyst, Abb, MacDonald, Richard Sim


Banksy’s rigged art frame was supposed to shred the whole thing

In the connected future will anyone truly own any thing? Banksy’s artworld shocker performance piece, earlier this month, when a canvas of his went under the hammer at Sothebys in London, suggests not. Immediately the Girl with Balloon canvas sold — for a cool ~$1.1M (£860,000) — it proceeded to self-destruct, via a shredder built into the frame, leaving a roomful of designer glasses paired with a lot of shock and awe, before facial muscles twisted afresh as new calculations kicked in. As we rep...
Tags: Gadgets, Internet Of Things, Europe, London, Hardware, Arts, Tech, Designer, Banksy, Sotheby's, Sothebys, Canvas, Connected Objects


This 3D-printed prosthetic hand combines speed and strength with simplicity

Prosthetic limbs have come a long way from the heavy, solid hands and legs of yesteryear, but it’s still difficult to pack a range of motion into them without complex or bulky machinery. But new research out of Cornell uses a cleverly designed 3D-printed mechanism to achieve speed and strength with simple construction — and it costs a lot less, too. “Developing prosthetic limbs requires designers to make difficult trade-offs among size, weight, force, speed, and cost of the actuation system,” th...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Robotics, Prosthetics, Cornell, Kevin O Brien


A Different Approach to The Ergonomic Computer Mouse

There is no standard shape for a computer mouse, they come in all sorts of unusual configurations; from the conventionally simple to the wildly ergonomic, there is a mouse for everyone. But, the Tube mouse goes one step further than this, as it aims to be THE mouse for everyone!Made of a soft Silica Gel, the body of Tube is soft and malleable, making the mouse far more adjustable than its hard-bodied competitors. This, combined with its symmetrical design ensures that is can be used by both righ...
Tags: Gadgets, Design, Mouse, Product Design, Tim Chen


The Bosch Kiox adds an instant dashboard to your bicycle

You may know Bosch from its power tools, but that isn’t all the company is famous for. A pioneer of engineering and electronics, Bosch makes its share of ground-breaking products… or in this case, road-blazing ones too. The Kiox is an onboard computer for your e-bike that lets you visualize data such as your speed, cadence, distance, battery level, and even access more niche features like indicating when your bike needs servicing, as well as rider’s health stats like heart rate, etc.Kiox’s main ...
Tags: Gadgets, Design, Computer, Outdoor, Bicycle, Performance, Bosch, Electric Bike, Product Design, Bosch Kiox, E bike, Kiox


Get Back to the Future With These 10 Beauty Gadgets

We're calling it: 2018 is the year of the beauty gadget. There are so many new tools being released to help you look and feel your best, and we love it. Facial steamers, crystal rollers, and high-tech curling irons are what we're obsessing over this season, and the beauty-obsessed person in your life will love receiving a high-tech beauty gadget this holiday season. Shop some of our favorites ahead. Related: ...
Tags: Gadgets, Gift Guide, Shopping, Holiday, Gifts, Beauty, Skin Care, Beauty Products, Gifts For Women, Beauty Shopping, Beauty Gifts


Facebook is building a camera TV set-top box codenamed Ripley

A mysterious product called “Ripley” appeared hidden besides Facebook’s new Portal smart displays in Facebook for Android’s code. Dug up by frequent TechCrunch tipster Jane Manchun Wong a week ago, Ripley’s name squared with Facebook’s VP of Portal Rafa Camargo telling us that “we’re already investing in expanding the product line with more products we want to launch next year.” That Facebook device will be a camera-equipped device that connects to televisions to allow video chat and media co...
Tags: Social, TC, Gadgets, Facebook, Hardware, Privacy, Tech, Alexa, Portal, Ripley, Facebook Watch, Set Top Box, Jane Manchun Wong, Facebook Portal, Facebook for Android, Cheddar 's Alex Heath Facebook 's Portal


Timex builds its first automatic watch in decades

Leave your smartwatch on the counter because Timex is back with its first automatic watch in decades. Called the Marlin, this 21-jewel timepiece that hearkens back to the days of “Takes a licking, keeps on ticking.” The Marlins cost $249 and come in multiple styles. This particular model, in a rich burgundy, looks like something that you’d wear to a Madison Avenue cocktail party after work. Timex has also released manual wind watches for $199 featuring a truly retro design and numerals. Time...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Smartwatch, Tech, Watch, Computing, Marlins, Hamilton, Timex, Marlin


The Guys Behind the Best NES and SNES Clones Have Built the Ultimate Sega Console

While companies like Nintendo and Sony are content to cram a smattering of back-catalog titles into a tiny box to cash in on gaming nostalgia, Analogue has instead focused on making it easy for devoted retro gamers to enjoy all of their favorite classic games by making them shine on modern TVs. To date, the company…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Gaming, Science, Video Games, Tech, Sony, Nintendo, Consoles, Sega, Sega Genesis, Analogue, Consumer Tech, Mega Sg


Facebook is building a camera TV set-top box

A mysterious product called “Ripley” appeared hidden beside Facebook’s new Portal smart displays in Facebook for Android’s code. Dug up by frequent TechCrunch tipster Jane Manchun Wong a week ago, Ripley’s name squared with Facebook’s VP of Portal Rafa Camargo telling us that “we’re already investing in expanding the product line with more products we want to launch next year.” That Facebook device will be a camera-equipped device that connects to televisions to allow video chat and media con...
Tags: Social, TC, Gadgets, Facebook, Hardware, Privacy, Tech, Alexa, Portal, Ripley, Facebook Watch, Set Top Box, Jane Manchun Wong, Facebook Portal, Facebook for Android, Cheddar 's Alex Heath Facebook 's Portal


See Spot dance: Watch a Boston Dynamics robot get a little funky

In this fun video the Boston Dynamics Spot dances, wiggles, and shimmies right into our hearts. This little four-legged robot – a smaller sibling to the massive Big Dog – is surprisingly agile and the team at Boston Robotics have taught the little robot to dance to Bruno Mars which means that robots could soon replace us on the factory floor and on the dance floor. Good luck, meatbags! As one YouTube commenter noted: if you think Spot is happy now just imagine how it will dance when we’re all go...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Tech, Robots, Bruno Mars, Boston Dynamics, Big Dog, Spot, Boston Robotics, Boston Dynamics Spot


Amazon's Most Popular Kindle Could Now Be Its Best Buy

When Amazon released its revamped Kindle Oasis last year, we called it the best ereader of all time. But $250 is lot to spend on something that’s essentially a single-purpose device. So, to shore up the other end of its ereader line, Amazon has made a new Kindle Paperwhite sporting many of the high-end features found…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Ebooks, Gadgets, Science, Kindle, Consumer Tech, Audible, Amazon Unlimited, Ereader, The Kindle Paperwhite Gets A Bunch Of Upgrades


Huawei Mate 20 Pro launches with in-screen fingerprint sensor

Feature-packed Android phone is first widely available with scanner embedded in screen alongside 3D face unlockingHuawei’s new Mate 20 Pro has a massive screen, three cameras on the back and a fingerprint scanner embedded in the display.The new top-end phone from the Chinese firm aims to secure its place at the top of the market alongside Samsung, having recently beaten Apple to become the second-largest smartphone manufacturer in August. Continue reading...
Tags: Apple, Android, Gadgets, Technology, Samsung, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Huawei, Huawei Mate


Amazon launches water-resistant Kindle Paperwhite

Update of popular e-reader introduces thinner and lighter design, Bluetooth compatibility and audiobook support Amazon has launched a new version of its popular Kindle Paperwhite e-reader, which is thinner, lighter and now finally water resistant.The new 2018 Kindle Paperwhite is the second Amazon e-ink device to be given the water resistance treatment following the launch of the Rolls Royce of e-readers, the £230 Oasis, in 2017. Continue reading...
Tags: Amazon, Gadgets, Technology, Internet, Kindle, E-commerce, E-readers


Epson is teaching the internet not to install security updates

More on the story of how Epson tricked its customers into installing a fake "update" to their printers so that they would stop accepting third-party and refilled ink cartridges: not only does this force Epson customers to pay more for ink, but it puts everyone on the internet at risk, by teaching people not to update their devices. If you were affected by this scam, please get in touch with your state, phone number, and whether you saved the original receipt and (better still!) packaging. ...
Tags: Gadgets, Post, Business, News, Eff, Motherboard, Printers, Epson, Cory Doctorow, Doctorow, Karl Bode Motherboard, Fake Security Updates, Inkjet Eschatology


Casio adds modern tech to the classic G-Shock watch

Casio released the first G-Shock watch in 1983. The original set the bar for tough watches with incredible shock resistant to protect the quartz module. It’s a classic and still available for purchase in several forms in 2018. Recently, Casio released an all-metal version of the watch that features the iconic design but with modern technology like Bluetooth connectivity. This isn’t a smartwatch, but simply a watch that’s a bit smarter than most. The Bluetooth function is simple and worth a l...
Tags: Gadgets, Technology, Bluetooth, Clothing, Tech, Smartphone, Watch, Smartwatches, Wearable Devices, Casio, G-shock


Palm’s Weird New Tiny Smartphone Sidekick Says Something Sad About Our Phones

Palm's smartphone sidekick exposes a gaping hole in smartphone makers' lineups
Tags: Gadgets, News, Uncategorized, Onetime


Tech Will Save Us offers STEM toys you’ll actually use

I hate STEM toys. I have three kids and ultimately every “educational” toy they’ve used – from LittleBits to Nintendo Labo – has ended up in a corner somewhere, ignored for more exciting fare. This happens for a few reasons but the primary one is that the toys require too much attention and have no lasting play value. Given this fact, I thought our species (or at least my kids) would be doomed to Idoicracy-style techno illiteracy. Luckily, a set of toys from the optimistically-named organizat...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Tech, Nintendo, Arduino, Toy, Scratch, Nintendo Labo, TWSU, Creative Coder, Apple Watch Programming the Creative Coder