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When In Rome is the first Alexa-powered board game

Years ago, in the heyday of home video, I played a boardgames that used VHS tapes and electronic parts to help spur the action along. From Candy Land VCR to Captain Power, game makers were doing the best they could with a new technology. Now, thanks to Alexa, they can try something even cooler – board games that talk back. The first company to try this is Voice Originals. Their new game, When In Rome, is a family board game that pits two teams against each other in a race to travel the world. Th...
Tags: Gadgets, TC, Alexa, Arkansas, Rome, Voice Technology


It Looks Like Segway's New Owners Finally Found a Way to Make Segways Fun

Watching videos of people flipping and falling off of two-wheeled hoverboards like the Segway miniPro is endlessly fun, but actually riding one and risking your neck? Not so much. According to Abacus News, however, Ninebot has created a kit that converts the miniPro into a steerable go-kart, eliminating the risk of…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Technology, Tech, Rumors, Segway, Hoverboards, Ninebot, Consumer Tech, Go Karts, Abacus News, Minipro


Watch a Guy Build a Brand New, Completely Obsolete Gaming PC With 20-Year-Old Parts

On June 25, 1998, Microsoft released Windows 98. It didn’t come out with quite as much fanfare as Windows 95 did, so to commemorate the OS’ 20th anniversary, YouTuber Shelby Jueden built a gaming PC using brand new, in the box, 20-year old components, as well as an unused copy of Windows 98.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Gaming, Science, Diy, Microsoft, Windows, Tech, Computers, Windows 98, Pcs, Pc Gaming, Consumer Tech, Akbkuku, Shelby Jueden


Roku unveils $200 wireless speakers made for Roku TV

Roku is getting into the speaker business with today’s announcement of Roku TV Wireless Speakers. Mark Ely, the company’s vice president of product management, said Roku is trying to address a growing consumer problem — the fact that as TVs get thinner, you end up buying “this beautiful TV, but it sounds bad.” To address this, you may end up purchasing a soundbar or creating a more elaborate home theater setup, but Ely argued that many consumers find this process confusing and intimidating. So a...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Gadgets, Media, Tech, Roku, Ely, Roku TV, Mark Ely, Seana Norvell


Living with the new 15-inch MacBook Pro

When reviewing hardware, it’s important to integrate it into your life as much as possible. If you can, swap it in for your existing devices for a few days or a week, to really get an idea of what it’s like to use it day to day. There are certain nuances you can only discover through this approach. Of course, that’s easier said than done in most cases. Switching between phones and computers every week isn’t nearly as glamorous as it sounds, especially when juggling multiple operating systems. As...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Google, Startups, Gadgets, Spotify, Hardware, Microsoft, Mac, Wikipedia, San Francisco, Siri, Macbook, Athletics, Lg, Giants


A Truly Intelligent Lock

The KeyWe Smart Lock is one that actually lives up to the name! It offers a myriad of thoughtfully designed ways to secure and access your home or office.It can automatically lock and unlock on a timer to ensure your premises are always secure. NFC tech means unlock or lock when you (and your identified smartphone or other devices) approach or depart. It can be unlocked using a secret passcode. Better yet, it can store up to 20 unique passcodes for different users so you know who is entering a...
Tags: Deals, Security, Home, Gadgets, Design, Technology, Airbnb, Nfc, Lock, Product Design, KeyWe, KeyWeClick, Time Passcode OTP


Report: Apple Restructuring Its India Sales Division After Weak iPhone Sales in First Half of 2018

Apple has been having a rough time in India including the loss of three key executives as it continues to struggle to beat single-digit market share in the country, which is the third-largest market for smartphones in the world, according to a weekend report in Bloomberg.Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Gadgets, Science, India, Bloomberg, Smartphones


3 ways regulations need to change for the drone industry to take off

The drone industry is on the cusp of a revolution, with consumer adoption expanding and commercial applications growing, yet the tight regulations stand in the way of exponential innovation. The industry is forecast to reach $100 billion market opportunity by 2020 (Goldman Sachs). The drone industry could impact our day to day lives through applications in search and rescue, healthcare, humanitarian aid, package delivery, and security. There is a two-fold issue faced by the industry in this rega...
Tags: Startups, Gadgets, Opinion, Tech, Gear, Goldman Sachs, Contributors


iFixit finds dust covers in latest MacBook Pro keyboard

Apple released a refreshed MacBook Pro this week and top among the new features is a tweaked keyboard. Apple says its quieter than the last version and in our tests, we agree. But iFixit found something else: thin, silicone barriers that could improve the keyboard’s reliability. This is big news. Users have long reported the butterfly switch keyboard found in MacBook Pros were less reliable than past models. There are countless reports of dust and lint and crumbs causing keys to stick or fail...
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Steve Jobs, Tech, Macintosh, Computer Hardware, Keyboard, Macbook, Computing, Macbook Pro, Apple Inc, Apple Keyboard


This Fighting Robot Packs A Mean Punch!

Standing proudly at 15 inches tall and weighing in at a hefty 4.6lb, this mechanical feat of engineering is Super Anthony, and he is far more powerful than his name makes him sound! The team at Limitless IQ have been thoroughly developing this medal-winning fighting robot for the past five years, and after enduring countless fights and intense battles, he is now available to be owned by you!Super Anthony packs a powerful punch… a 45kg servo punch to be specific! This earth-shattering, mountain...
Tags: Deals, Gadgets, Design, Technology, Arduino, Anthony, Product Design, Robots/Drones, Hu Che-Wei, Super Anthony, Hu Che WeiClick


This Nintendo Switch adapter addresses one of our biggest annoyances

Last November, Nintendo “fixed” what is perhaps the one glaring deficit on its most adaptable console to date: lack of support for any headphones that don’t use a 3.5 millimeter jack. Unfortunately, the fix was a messy one, requiring USB-based wireless headphones, or a nasty mess of adapters. To say it wasn’t ideal is putting it lightly. For a device that’s supposed to be portable, it’s absurd that you’d have to plug in wired headphones considering most of our devices are dropping the headphone ...
Tags: Startups, Gadgets, Gaming, Nintendo


A Sleek and Modular Wireless Charger

Wireless charging units come in a variety of forms aimed at a range of different demographics, and now there is a newcomer to the party, and it brings with it a unique and stylish design!This intriguing device is Mobile Island, a modular wireless charger with added functionality a toned-down design. At the heart of the product is Ground; the neat wireless charger that carries a simplistic aesthetic with minimal detailing. From this, further wireless chargers can be added as they snap together us...
Tags: Gadgets, Design, Technology, Product Design, Jang Won, Acho Kim, Daegwan Kim, Jaewan Choi, Mobile Island, Soyoung Ko, ` Garden


A Piggy Bank for the currency of the information age!

Taking possibly the most iconic representation of ‘storage’ and turning it into a modern-day product that acts as a storage unit of sorts, the Ciao Piggy Bank by Riccardo Cambò is a piggy bank not for money, but rather for the currency of the information age… data.The Ciao Piggy Bank comes with a slot on the back that isn’t for banknotes and coins, but rather for SD cards. Place the card inside and the piggy bank, a wireless SSD, copies and stores all your data from the SD card without needing y...
Tags: Gadgets, Design, Storage, Transfer, Data, Backup, Laptops, Product Design, Sd Card, Ciao, PIGGY BANK, Riccardo Cambò, Ciao Piggy Bank


History Made: First-Ever Driverless Run of Goodwood Hill by Robocar

The petrolhead extravaganza that is the Goodwood Festival of Speed witnessed a momentous occasion this year as the first autonomous run of the estate’s famous hillclimb course was completed by Roborace’s Robocar. The aptly named machine navigated the 1.16 mile course using artificial intelligence.  As pointless as it may seem to driving enthusiasts and particularly racing where it is the skill of the driver that matters, the autonomous run by Robocar was a watershed moment. It is not so much...
Tags: Gadgets, Nvidia, Autos, Goodwood, Exotics, Roborace, Robocar, Green Motoring, Rod Chong, Goodwood Hill


The Surface Phone isn’t being killed, just ‘significantly reworked’

It’s been a whirlwind month for rumors on Project Andromeda, better known as the quasi-mythical Surface Phone. First the Verge reported it was coming soon. Then Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet said to not expect it this year – or maybe ever, leading to a petition to save Andromeda that has thus far garnered over 15,000 signatures. Now Brad Sams at Thurrott says there’s more to the story. Specifically: As of last year, Microsoft planned to ship Andromeda in late 2018 but as recently as a couple weeks ag...
Tags: Startups, Gadgets, Mobile, Microsoft, Zdnet, Mary Jo, Mary Jo Foley, Andromeda, Brad Sams, Thurrott


Sales of PCs just grew for the first time in six years

Don’t look now, but the PC might not be dead. According to Gartner, collector of marketshare and industry metrics, worldwide shipments of personal computers just experienced the first year-over-year growth since 2012. Shipments totaled 62.1 million units, which is a 1.4 percent increase from the same time period in 2017. The report states “experienced some growth compared with a year ago” but goes on to caution declaring the PC industry as in recovery just yet. The top five PC vendors all experi...
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Technology, Tech, Hp, Computer Hardware, Chromebook, Computing, Gartner, Acer, Dell, Lenovo, Mobile Devices, Chromebooks, Fujitsu, Don


Blue Origin could charge $200k-$300k for a trip to space

How much would you pay to leave our dumpster fire of a world for just a few minutes? Blue Origin is considering charging $200,000 to $300,000 according to a Reuters report. For that price, passengers would get a seat on Blue Origin’s New Shepard, the commercial space vehicle from Jeff Bezos’ rocket company. The rocket would take passengers to suborbital space to experience weightlessness and see the curvature of the Earth. This is done autonomously and can hold six passengers. Parachutes will...
Tags: Gadgets, Los Angeles, Tech, Space Tourism, Virgin Galactic, Commercial Spaceflight, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Spaceflight, Blue Origin, Reuters, Bezos, Outer Space, New Shepard, Alan Boyle Bezos


The Rising STAR robot can run, flip, and crawl

A clever little robot made by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev can roll around, flip itself over, and even crawl like a turtle through rough terrain. The robot uses wheels, a set of star-shaped rollers, and cleverly articulated arms to ride along at various speeds. The robot, called Rising STAR, uses wheels and spoked “whegs” to roll around at about one meter per second and it can fold itself flat and pull itself forward when it finds mud or sand. It can also make itself very...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Tech, Robot, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev


You Can Now Use Wireless Headphones With Your Nintendo Switch Thanks to This Dongle

If your smartphone of choice has forced you to upgrade to wireless headphones, you probably hate having to swap them out for a corded pair when you want to play your Nintendo Switch with a little privacy. The portable console doesn’t come with Bluetooth, but a tiny dongle called the Genki does, theoretically making it…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Bluetooth, Crowdfunding, Audio, Tech, Headphones, Kickstarter, Nintendo, Switch, Consumer Tech, Genki, Dongles


Apple announces clean energy fund in China

Apple has announced a new investment fund to foster clean energy usage in China. The company isn’t just trying to switch its own offices and facilities. Apple is also working with its suppliers to expand the use of clean energy across the board. For this fund in particular, Apple and 10 suppliers will invest $300 million over the next four years. Overall, the company expects to finance multiple clean energy projects to produce 1 gigawatt of renewable energy in China. Apple isn’t going to mana...
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, China, Tech, Policy, Foxconn, China Apple, DWS Group, Deutsche Bank DWS, Supplier Clean Energy Program


I Actually Like USB-C Dongles

Today, Apple finally pulled the 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro from its store. This marks the end of the dongle-free MacBook Pro, and now only the super-outdated MacBook Air, which you shouldn’t buy anyways, still has ports besides USB-C. Headphone jacks aside, Apple just moved one step closer to being a USB-C only laptop…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Science, Macbook Pro, Consumer Tech, Usb C


Apple and BlackMagic’s new eGPU is the quiet solution to your MacBook’s lame graphics

Apple’s computers have never exactly been known for their graphics prowess, but the last year or two the company has taken the opportunity to improve its standing with official support for external GPUs connected via Thunderbolt 3. Fresh from releasing newly updated MacBooks, the company has collaborated with film hardware company Blackmagic on a $699 eGPU. Before you scoff at the price, there’s one difference compared to other eGPU solutions: this one actually includes the graphics card. Specif...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Gadgets, Insider, Blackmagic


Apple unveils underwhelming MacBook Pro update

As we suspected, Apple has announced an update of its two priciest MacBook Pros: the 13-inch and 15-inch laptops with Touch Bars. This move is basically a spec bump with no major or groundbreaking developments, but there are a few nice touches sprinkled in. The 15-inch MacBook Pro is getting a 6-core, 8th generation Intel Core processor, while the 13-inch version now has a quad-core from the same manufacturer. They now also include support for 32GB of system memory and a 4TB SSD. If you have the...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Gadgets, Tech, Macbook, Gear, Intel Core


I tested this kid-friendly phone to see if it could protect me from pervs

Being a kid in today’s world is tough. When I had a rough time at school, it generally stayed there. Yeah, there were chatrooms, forums, and things like MSN Messenger, but the lack of social media and smartphones meant it was hard for assholes to interact with you online. Now, with smartphones everywhere, there’s no hiding from bullies. This is what Russ Whitlock, the creator of the PhoneCloud PX1 set out to solve. In a nutshell, the PhoneCloud PX1 is a mobile phone designed to be safe for young...
Tags: Startups, Gadgets, Gear, Insider, Whitlock, Russ Whitlock


Magic Leap’s mixed reality headset is coming this summer

After four years in the making, Magic Leap is now awfully close to launching its hyped mixed reality headset. In a Twitch stream, the company revealed that it would begin shipping the device before the summer is out. That builds on the company’s previous promise to bring its hardware to market sometime in 2018. It also revealed that it’ll bake a powerful Nvidia Tegra X2 system-on-chip into the hip pack that accompanies the Magic Leap One headset. The company hasn’t yet mentioned a price, and it ...
Tags: Startups, Gadgets, Gear, Augmented Reality, Magic Leap, Magic Leap One


The LynQ gets right what the GPS has been getting wrong for years

You’re staring at the map on your phone, searching for the restaurant your friend’s waiting for you at. You see the blip on your phone, and you’re supposed to be right in front of it, but you can’t spot the restaurant as you look around for a signboard with a familiar name on it. The Global Positioning System is incredibly useful, but has some inherent flaws… one of them being that the GPS works on a bird’s eye view, and we don’t… causing a gap in the user experience, as we try to create a bri...
Tags: Travel, Deals, Gadgets, Design, Safety, Outdoor, Gps, Tracking, Device, Product Design, Lynq


Luxury travel treats: Summer essentials

Have you been enjoying the sunshine lately, or are you heading for sunnier climes? With Summer in full flow in many parts of the world right now, we’ve decided a round-up of luxury travel treats that has a focus on ‘Summer essentials’ would be rather fitting. With these ideas, you can have fun, stay cool […] The post Luxury travel treats: Summer essentials appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
Tags: Gadgets, Accessories, Featured, Clothing, Travel Equipment


This Body Heat-Powered Smartwatch Gets One Thing Very Right

One of the most interesting gadgets I’ve tested in the past few years was the Matrix PowerWatch: a fitness-tracking timepiece powered only by the wearer’s body heat. The battery-free technology was neat, but the watch’s limited functionality wasn’t. Matrix Industries’ new PowerWatch X promises to be a more useful and…Read more...
Tags: Reviews, Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Tech, Watches, Smartwatches, Consumer Tech, PowerWatch, Matrix Industries, Thermoelectric Effect, Powerwatch X


Jabees’ wireless earbuds are good for the gym, but can’t compete with AirPods

Thanks very much, Apple. Due to the success of Airpods, everyone’s releasing wireless bluetooth earbuds these days. The latest company to throw its hat into this tiny, easily lost ring is Jabees. It has successfully raised $161,003 in funds on Indiegogo for its Firefly headphones and we got to try them out. Now, there are two things that Jabees believes separates them from the pack of other earbud manufacturers: the price and a situational awareness feature. Hold on – a what-now awareness featur...
Tags: Startups, Gadgets, Gear, Jabees


Summer road trip tech essentials and extras

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