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These antique phones are precious, private Alexa vessels

Amazon’s Alexa may be in ten thousand different devices now, but they all have one other thing in common: they’re new. So for those of us that prefer old things but still want to be able to set timers and do metric-imperial conversions without pulling out our phones, Grain Design is retrofitting these fabulous old telephones to provide Alexa access with no other hints of modernity. There’s even a privacy angle! The phones themselves (spotted by a BoingBoing tipster) are genuine antiques, and not...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Gadgets, Hardware, Diy, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Retro, Whitney, Vintage, Alexa, Dick Whitney, Alexaphones


Facebook Portal needs more. At least it just added YouTube

To offset the creepiness of having Facebook’s camera and microphone in your house, its new Portal video chat gadget needs best-in-class software.   Its hardware is remarkably well done, plus Messenger and the photo frame feature work great. But its third-party app platform was pretty skimpy when the device launched this week. Facebook is increasingly relying on its smart display competitors to boost Portal’s capabilities. It already comes with Amazon Alexa inside. And now, Google’s YouTub...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Social, TC, Gadgets, Facebook, Apps, Hardware, Media, Youtube, Tech, Lenovo, Jbl, Amazon Alexa, Cambridge Analytica, Google Assistant


Sony’s PlayStation Classic uses an open-source emulator to play its games

The worm has turned, it seems. Emulators, which let people run old console games on their computers, were once the scourge of the gaming industry. Now Sony is using one of the very pieces of software the industry decried as the basis for its PlayStation Classic retro console. In the licenses list for the console can be found PCSX ReArmed, as Kotaku noticed in its review yesterday. That’s the ARM port of PCSX Reloaded, itself an offshoot of the original PCSX emulator, which ceased development ...
Tags: Open Source, Gaming, Hardware, Tech, Playstation, Sony, Nintendo, Emulators, Don, GPL, Kotaku, Frank Cifaldi, PlayStation Classic, PCSX


Burgerbot startup Creator hires inventor of Boston Dynamics’ Big Dog

Disney Imagineering animatronics wizard Dr. Martin Buehler is a legend in the robotics world. His work leading development of the galloping Big Dog quadruped at Boston Dynamics both inspired and terrified a new generation of makers. But after playing in the worlds of fantasy and science fiction that consumers can’t buy, Buehler has been poached to work on something much more tangible. In fact, it’s edible. He’s joining burger-making robot startup Creator as VP of engineering. “It was a great ...
Tags: Food, Startups, TC, Hardware, Disney, Tesla, Nasa, SEC, Silicon Valley, Talent, Robotics, Creator, Boston Dynamics, Big Dog, Benihana, San Franciscans


SpaceX’s Starlink aims to put over a thousand of its communications satellites in super-low orbit

SpaceX’s planned communication satellite constellation, known as Starlink, will now be targeting a much lower orbit than originally planned, at least for over a thousand of the satellites, the company revealed in an FCC filing. The move should help mitigate orbital debris and provide better signal for the company’s terrestrial users as well. Starlink plans to put 1,584 satellites — about a third of the 4,409 the company aims to launch — in an orbit just 550 kilometers about the surface of the...
Tags: Gadgets, Space, Spacex, Hardware, Fcc, Tech, Earth, Satellites, Falcon, StarLink


Gift Guide: 11 picture perfect gifts for your photographer friends

Photographers are tricky to get gifts for because every one of them has preferences they may already have spent years indulging. But we have blind spots, we photographers. We will spend thousands on lenses but never buy a proper camera bag, or properly back up our shots, or splurge for a gadget that makes certain shots ten times easier. Scroll on for gift recommendations that any photographer can appreciate. Gnarbox or Western Digital backup drive Okay, these are definitely expensive, so kee...
Tags: Travel, TC, Gadgets, Facebook, Photography, Gift Guide, Hardware, Kickstarter, Dslr, Polaroid, Western Digital, Wirecutter, Gnarbox, BlackRapid, Gift Guide 2018, ONA Union Street


Hold Your Horsepower: For Mobility Industry, “Reality Is Sinking In”

Earlier this month, GM CEO Mary Barra told the crowd at a financial conference that her company was on track to unveil a ridesharing service in 2019 that would be powered by autonomous vehicles. It sounded like pretty big news, but to understand company announcements about the commercial viability of driverless cars, one must first parse the semantics.Because there is no legal framework in place at either the state or federal level for fully autonomous vehicles to operate on the nation’s roads,...
Tags: Startups, Uber, Hardware, Trends, Tesla, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Mary Barra, Innovation, Gm, Machine Learning, Automotive Industry, Mobility, Detroit, Neural Networks, Southwest Research Institute


Facebook Portal+ review

The Portal is a head scratcher. It’s a chat app that manifested itself into a hardware through sheer force of will. The first commercially available product from Building 8 isn’t as instantly iconic a piece of hardware as Snap’s Spectacles. In fact, at first glance, the device seems like little more than an Echo Show/Google Home Hub competitor. And then there’s the matter of timing. In a meeting with TechCrunch ahead of launch, Facebook’s hardware team was quick to list the various ways the ...
Tags: Reviews, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Spotify, Hollywood, Hardware, New York City, Tech, Lenovo, Taylor, Sarah, Alexa, Spotify Pandora, Sarah Perez


Samsung’s dual-screen folding phone is very strange and probably doomed

Let me just say that I love the idea of a folding phone/tablet device. I was a Courier fanboy when Microsoft floated that intriguing but abortive concept device, and I’m all for unique form factors and things that bend. is inexplicable and probably dead on arrival. I’d like to congratulate the company for trying something new, but this one needed a little more time in the oven. I haven’t used it, of course, so this is just my uninformed opinion (provided for your edification). But this device ...
Tags: Gadgets, Hardware, Instagram, Microsoft, Opinion, Samsung, Tech, Netflix, Foldable


Samsung shares a glimpse of its folding ‘Infinity Flex Display’ smartphone

After hyping its unveil of its long-rumored folding smartphone, Samsung kind of delivered an announcement, revealing a dual-screen folding phone prototype. “How can we make the screen bigger without actually increasing the size of the device itself?” a Samsung exec posited onstage. The company showcased a prototype of its “Infinity Flex Display,” a device that can be unfolded. In a pitch black room, a company exec showcased the device, which was housed in a larger case to “obscure the form facto...
Tags: TC, Hardware, Samsung, Tech, Smartphones, Android Google, Foldable


The new Maschine Mikro is tiny – but now its workflows scale

Native Instruments this fall unveiled a bunch of low cost alternatives to its flagship producer products – and the one that perhaps attracted the most attention is Maschine Mikro. Can you fit more into a small package? If you’re really into Maschine, here’s my advice: MK3. Full stop. The MK3 has the most expressive, playable pads of any of the Maschine line. It’s got the same big display as the previous Maschine Studio – meaning you can make arrangements, adjust parameters without squinting, a...
Tags: Music, Hardware, Mac, Windows, Tech, Software, Gear, Detroit, Pads, Ableton Push, Drum-machines, Native-Instruments, Music Tech, Maschine, Controllers, Akai APC


TwelveSouth put a wireless charger in a picture frame

TwelveSouth is one of the most innovative Mac accessory companies out there. From its PlugBug adapter to the AirFly bluetooth headphone receiver, the company makes clever, well-produced products. But the PowerPic — I dunno, man. I’m sure the build quality is there, as with its other offerings. New Zealand pine sounds nice. At its heart, though, the product is really a wood box around a wireless charging stand. “Wireless charging is awesome, but adding yet another charging gadget to your bedsi...
Tags: Apple, TC, Hardware, Tech, New Zealand, Qi, Facebook Portal, Google Home Hub


Amazon Echo and Alexa arrive in Mexico

Alexa’s path to AI global domination continues apace with the addition of Mexico to its growing list of markets. Amazon today opened up pre-orders for the Echo, Dot, Plus, Spot and   Smart Plug. The devices are set to start shipping next week. Of course, bringing such devices to new markets is more complicated than just supply chain issues. Ever new location means new accents and cultural nuances. Amazon brought the Alexa to Spain earlier this year, but the the distinction between that b...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Hardware, Mexico, Tech, Spain, Italy, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Amazon Alexa


Give Your Old GameCube Controllers Wireless Superpowers With This Simple Switch Adapter

Kirby and I will fight anyone that dares suggest the Nintendo GameCube didn’t introduce one of the best controller designs of all time. Countless Super Smash Bros. devotees agree with that sentiment, which is why Nintendo has even re-released it. But it’s 8Bitdo that’s created the best way to actually use a classic…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Bluetooth, Video Games, Tech, Nintendo, Super Smash Bros, Switch, Consumer Tech, Controllers, 8bitdo, Kirby, GameCube, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Gbros Wireless Adapter


TWIICE One Exoskeleton furthers the promise of robotic mobility aids

Few things in the world of technology can really ever be said to be “done,” and certainly exoskeletons are not among their number. They exist, but they are all works in progress, expensive, heavy, and limited. So it’s great to see this team working continuously on their TWIICE robotic wearable, improving it immensely with the guidance of motivated users. TWIICE made its debut in 2016, and like all exoskeletons it was more promise made than promise kept. It’s a lower-half exoskeleton that support...
Tags: Gadgets, Wearables, Hardware, Tech, Robotics, Exoskeleton, EPFL, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne EPFL, Silke Pan


The ultimate guide to gifting STEM toys: tons of ideas for little builders

The holiday season is here again, touting all sorts of kids’ toys that pledge to pack ‘STEM smarts’ in the box, not just the usual battery-based fun. Educational playthings are nothing new, of course. But, in recent years, long time toymakers and a flurry of new market entrants have piggybacked on the popularity of smartphones and apps, building connected toys for even very young kids that seek to tap into a wider ‘learn to code’ movement which itself feeds off worries about the future employabi...
Tags: Travel, Google, Python, Learn To Code, TC, Gadgets, Gaming, Asia, Europe, Hardware, Bluetooth, Education, Microsoft, Raspberry Pi, Electronics, Disney


Watch biotech startups pitch at IndieBio’s demo day today

IndieBio, the biotech startup accelerator that’s produced heaps of notable companies (including several that have graced the Startup Battlefield), is holding its twice-annual demo day today at 3PM Pacific Time. An even dozen young companies will be pitching their work, from AI-informed research to artificial meat, and you can watch them present live right here. The IndieBio program is a four-month one that takes companies at the seed stage, often researchers straight out of graduate programs or ...
Tags: Travel, Startups, Accelerator, Science, Hardware, Silicon Valley, Biotech, Bio, Indiebio, SOSV, Startup Battlefield, Chronus, Oralta, Quartolio


$30 wireless earbuds? Sure, why not?

I mean, I can think of a few reasons why not, but Xiaomi generally makes pretty reliable consumer electronics, and the company’s rock-bottom prices have disrupted other markets, like fitness trackers. Spotted by Engadget, the Chinese smartphone maker’s $30 AirDots are completely wireless earbuds, designed to compete with the likes of AirPods and Pixel Buds, but at a fraction of the price. Price has long been one of the key factors slowing the more widespread adoption of the technology, and, ...
Tags: Hardware, China, Tech, Xiaomi, Engadget, Wireless Earbuds, AirPods


Fantasmo pivots to scooter cameras that keep them off sidewalks

GPS is too inaccurate to tell if a scooter is being driven or parked in off-limits area. But as scooter startups compete for permits from city governments, they need a way to prove their riders play by the rules. That’s where Fantasmo’s new scooter positioning camera comes in. The augmented reality mapping startup had been building the Camera Positioning Standard to give self-driving cars, robots, and AR games a dynamically updated understanding of the real world around them. But now Fantasmo is...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Transportation, Hardware, Developer, Collaborative Consumption, Tech, Scooters, Augmented Reality, 3d Mapping, TenOneTen Ventures, Detweiler, Launchrock, Jameson Detweiler, Fantasmo


Security of Solid-State-Drive Encryption

Interesting research: "Self-encrypting deception: weaknesses in the encryption of solid state drives (SSDs)": Abstract: We have analyzed the hardware full-disk encryption of several SSDs by reverse engineering their firmware. In theory, the security guarantees offered by hardware encryption are similar to or better than software implementations. In reality, we found that many hardware implementations have critical security weaknesses, for many models allowing for complete recovery of the data w...
Tags: Hardware, Microsoft, Encryption, Reverse Engineering, Firmware, Vulnerabilities, Bruce Schneier, Security Engineering, Academic Papers


Mac Mini review

At last month’s Apple event, the Mac Mini was greeted like a returning hero. Maybe it was the over the top space advert or the fact that the company had packed the seats of the Brooklyn opera house full of local employees. Most likely, however, it had at least a little to do with the return of an Apple line that had seemingly been forgotten. Like the MacBook Air, the plucky little desktop had been ostensibly abandoned. In the four years since its last meaningful update, the Mini had been enc...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, TC, Hardware, Mac, Tech, Intel, Brooklyn, Lg, Gpu, Mac Mini, Intel Core, Blackmagic


MacBook Air review

For three years, the MacBook Air was conspicuously absent. The ultraportable never left Apple’s site, of course, but we finished keynote after keynote wondering why Apple continued to neglect one of its most popular products, all while overhauling the rest of the MacBook line. At an event last month in Brooklyn, however, Apple finally acquiesced, delivering the largest single update since the product was introduced ten and a half years prior. In an event stuffed to the gills with an enthusias...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Amazon, Hardware, Tech, Macbook, Brooklyn, Air, MacBook Air, Seattle, Geekbench, Intel Core, MacBook Pros, Touch Bar, MacBooks Apple, MacBook Upgrade


Esperanto Reaps $58M to Speed Development of Its AI Chip

Esperanto Technologies, a startup AI chip developer that has operated mostly below the radar since its founding in 2014, announced this week that it raised $58 million in a Series B fundraising round.Mountain View, CA-based Esperanto is vying with a host of competitors to create new processors for high-order tasks like machine learning and deep learning, while also minimizing power consumption. The field includes big semiconductor companies like Nvidia and tech giants like Google and Facebook, ...
Tags: Google, Deals, Startups, Mobile, Facebook, Hardware, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Web, It, Intel, Vc, Software


Esperanto Reaps $58M To Speed Development of Its 7nm AI Chip

Esperanto Technologies, a startup AI chip developer that has operated mostly below the radar since its founding in 2014, announced this week that it raised $58 million in a Series B fundraising round.Mountain View, CA-based Esperanto is vying with a host of competitors to create new processors for high-order tasks like machine learning and deep learning, while also minimizing power consumption. The field includes big semiconductor companies like Nvidia and tech giants like Google and Facebook, ...
Tags: Google, Deals, Startups, Mobile, Facebook, Hardware, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Web, It, Intel, Vc, Software


Subterranean drone mapping startup Emesent raises $2.5M to autonomously delve the deep

Seemingly every industry is finding ways to use drones in some way or another, but deep underground it’s a different story. In the confines of a mine or pipeline, with no GPS and little or no light, off-the-shelf drones are helpless — but an Australian startup called Emesent is giving them the spatial awareness and intelligence to navigate and map those spaces autonomously. Drones that work underground or in areas otherwise inaccessible by GPS and other common navigation techniques are being mad...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Australia, Funding, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Drones, Automation, Darpa, Robotics, CSIRO, Hrabar


Hey look, it’s a new Barnes & Noble Nook in 2018

It’s true! It’s 2018, and Barnes & Noble just announced another Nook! You can preorder it today! All of these things are somehow  simultaneouslytrue. The Nook line has basically been a non-starter since 2016, back when the once ubiquitous bookseller offered up a dirt cheap $50 model. Even back then it felt like a strange anachronism. The pricing on the new model is more inline with what you’d expect from a budget tablet, from, say Amazon. The Nook 10.1 runs $130. Aside from the titular screen si...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Hardware, Tech, Nook, Barnes Noble, Barnes, Bill Wood


Samsung’s social logo teases a folding phone ahead of announcement

All of the major players have held events over the past few months, but hardware season still has a few last gasps left. The Samsung Developer Conference happening this week in San Francisco isn’t likely to be a major launching pad for consumer electronics, but the company is expected to offer a glimpse into what’s to come. Samsung’s long been a fan of teasing out big news ahead of launch, and all subtly has gone out the window with the folding logo the company’s adopted on social media. A r...
Tags: Hardware, Samsung, San Francisco, Tech, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, Samsung Developer Conference, Royole Corporation


Security researchers have busted the encryption in several popular Crucial and Samsung SSDs

Researchers at Radboud University have found critical security flaws in several popular Crucial and Samsung solid state drives (SSDs), which they say can be easily exploited to recover encrypted data without knowing the password. The researchers, who detailed their findings in a new paper out Monday, reverse engineered the firmware of several drives to find a “pattern of critical issues” across the device makers. In the case of one drive, the master password used to decrypt the drive’s data was ...
Tags: Security, Gadgets, Hardware, Samsung, Tech, Encryption, Cryptography, Open Source Software, Solid State Drive, Ssds, Johns Hopkins, Micron, Disk Encryption, Radboud University, Matthew Green, University of Surrey


Review: The iPad Pro and the power of the Pen(cil)

Laptop users have been focused for a very long time on whether the iPad Pro is going to be forced upon them as a replacement device. Depending on who you believe, Apple included, it has at one point been considered that, or a pure tablet with functions to be decided completely by the app development community, or something all its own. But with the iPad Pro, the Smart Keyboard and the new version of Apple’s Pencil, some things are finally starting to become clear. The new hardware, coupled wi...
Tags: Reviews, Iphone, Apple, Ipad, Food, TC, Gadgets, Technology, Hardware, Microsoft, Supply Chain, Tech, Intel, Ipads, Ram, Computing


Facebook reorganizes Oculus for AR/VR’s long-haul

Facebook is again looking to whip Oculus into shape for its 10-year journey towards making virtual reality mainstream. According to two sources, Facebook reorganized its AR and VR team this week from a divisional structure focused around products to a functional structure focused around technology areas of expertise. While no one was laid off, the change could eliminate redundancies by uniting specialists so they can iterate towards long-term progress rather than being separated into groups d...
Tags: Apple, Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Hardware, La, Samsung, Tech, Xiaomi, Htc, Oculus, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Magic Leap