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 Earlier this month, Sony announced that it has already sold 10 million units of its PlayStation 4 game console since its launch last November, a record-setting figure for the company’s hardware. In an interview with Eurogamer published yesterday, SCE Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida admitted that the company doesn’t really know why its console is doing so well in… Read More

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 For the last few years there has been a lot of talk in the venture capital industry about automating the home and leveraging Internet-enabled devices for various functions in manufacturing and the traditional workplace. The first wave of this was the use of the smartphone as a remote control, like the Nest’s ability to allow consumers to control their thermostat using their smartphone.… Read More

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 In an effort to bring the Nook platform to a more familiar – and more fully-featured – device, Nook has announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, a 7-inch tablet made primarily by Samsung. It includes something called the “Barnes & Noble Advantage,” a deeply linked app that allows for book downloads as well as tech support “It’s the first ever… Read More

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 The phone-sized tablet — aka the phablet — was born in Asia, so it’s fitting that the region is now apparently driving a trend for talking on even larger slabs of glass and plastic. Analyst IDC says tablets with a screen of 7 inches or larger are increasingly shipping with cellular voice capabilities — and getting increasing traction the Asia/Pacific region,… Read More

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 You’re in a desert, walking along in the sand, when all of a sudden you look down and see a tortoise. It’s crawling toward you… how do you train yourself to outrun it? I like to think you’d probably want a Fenix 2 from Garmin. I’ve used Garmin running watches since their first, bulbous balls of GPS electronics were launched in the early 2000s. Now, after… Read More

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 The other day, as I sat on the couch with a dead iPhone resting on my belly, I found myself wondering why my phone is constantly out of battery. And I had a revelation: I’d rather have a dead phone within reach than be even a few feet away from it as it charges across the room. It’s pathetic, I know, but absolutely true. Enter the noPhone. Read More

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 If you’ve been eyeing the Philips Hue connected lighting series with keen interest but are also unwilling to spend the big bucks the current series demands, now’s your chance to get on board: Philips has kicked off pre-orders for the Hue Lux line of bulbs, including individual units and a starter kit including two bulbs and a base. The Lux trades programmable colors for a cheaper… Read More

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 A project cosponsored by a group of Canadian universities, startups and Microsoft Azure has resulted in a robot named HitchBOT successfully making its way across Canada, beginning its journey in Halifax on the country’s eastern coast and ending in Victoria, British Columbia on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. The project saw a rudimentary robot depending completely on strangers willing to… Read More

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 The HTC One (M8), one of the flagship Android smartphones that launched earlier this year, just landed on Windows Phone 8.1.1. Read More

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 A new video just launched on Verizon’s YouTube channel reveals what we pretty much knew was coming: HTC has created a Windows Phone-powered version of its flagship HTC One M8. The previously Android-only phone will be available with Windows exclusively on Verizon at launch. It packs HTC’s signature UFocus feature which takes advantage of the M8’s dual camera setup, and… Read More

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 Earlier this year at Google I/O, we reported that Asus was working on its own Android Wear smartwatch, to be launched in September with a lower price point than existing options. Today, Asus posted a teaser on Twitter revealing that it will indeed be introducing something new at IFA in Berlin on Sept. 3, and the graphic suggests it will indeed be a smartwatch. Something #Incredible is going… Read More

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 Fuhu, the company that created the nabi tablet for kids, unveiled the 20 and 24 inch nabi Big Tab today to increase collaboration and sharing in the average household. Read More

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 There’s plentiful choice if you’re after a connected, energy efficient lightbulb that’s controlled with your phone. There’s LIFX, Philips Hue, Brightup, LuMini, Emberlight, LightFreq and Samsung’s Smart Bulb to name just a few. But what if you only want to control brightness and don’t actually want to fiddle with your phone just to dial up or down your lights? Read More

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 The 3D4C is aiming to be the first four-colour blending 3D printer, which will let you print objects that aren’t monotone or two-tone but rather blend quad-colours to create multicoloured plastic print-outs. Read More

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 In the 1980s, Silicon Valley’s hardware elite began outsourcing much of the semiconductor and hardware manufacturing work that gave the region its name to Asia. But now that the economics of hardware startups have fundamentally changed with new ways to test consumer interest and get feedback through platforms like Kickstarter, some startups are finding that it’s easier to build… Read More

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Like Voltron, robots will soon need to coordinate landings and docking with absolutely precision in difficult conditions. That’s what a group of researchers have solved by allowing a robot and a movable landing platform to communicate in order to coordinate a perfect landing. As you can see, the quadcopter and a tank-like platform both converge on a pre-set location and both robots… Read More

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 As we move swiftly into an era of ubiquitous computing, Internets of Things, and mind-machine connections via wetware, it’s important to step back and take a look at where we’ve been. That’s why this How-To by Trammell Hudson is so cool. It shows how to boot a PDP-11 so you can play Adventure on a monochrome screen and reminds us that old computer were as finicky as Model… Read More

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 Out this morning is a spec list for the forthcoming HP Stream laptop that will run Windows 8.1, and is expected cost $199. It’s a device that Microsoft hopes will compete with Chromebooks, Google’s laptop offerings that have consumed some PC market share, mostly among less expensive devices. To make machines running its operating system more competitive, Microsoft has reduced… Read More

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 Meet Noke: a water-resistant connected padlock that doesn’t need a physical key to be unlocked — the clue is in the name, which is pronounced ‘no-key’ — instead it uses Bluetooth connectivity as the unlocking mechanism, triggered when your smartphone is nearby. Read More

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 The Tesla Model S is already a shockingly quick car. The electric drive train will propel the car to 60 miles per hour in just over five seconds. But that’s not fast enough for Steve Saleen, owner of Saleen Automotive, who recently said his company’s upgraded example of the Model S, called the FourSixteen, will sprint to 60 mph in the mid- to low four-second range. Because why not. Read More

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 Best Buy may have inadvertently revealed pricing for the Moto 360 smart watch, set to be unveiled at a press event in early September. The big box retailer put up a listing for the smart watch on their website, which had a full list of specs as well as a $249 price tag. The page was removed shortly after appearing. Luckily, the folks over at DroidLife grabbed a screenshot of the listing. Read More

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 We rarely talk about bags on TC these days (except during Bag Week) but here’s a crowdfunding project that I think would be perfect for all of us multi-phone, laptop-toting nerdotrons. Call the Bolstr, this U.S.-made bag is small enough to be unobtrusive and not fancy enough to rank as a true murse. Created by Cleveland native Jay Yoo, the thin back features pockets for all your… Read More

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 Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk just announced via Twitter and the company blog that the drivetrain warranty for the 85 kWh Model S has been extended, giving it an 8 year, infinite mile warranty to match that of the battery pack. This new warranty arrangement applies retroactively to every Model S every produced, too, meaning it benefits both existing and new owners. Model S drivetrain… Read More

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 As you might have heard, Samsung loosened up the purse strings yesterday with a ~$200 million acquisition of SmartThings, a platform that sells starter kits for entirely personalized smart home customization. For a few hundred dollars, SmartThings can help pretty much anyone get started building out a smart, connected home, with more than 100,000 different devices (from light switches to… Read More

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 Back in 2012, Apple signed up for the Fair Labor Association’s voluntary audits in order to bring more transparency to its production practices and supplier partnerships. Today, the FLA released a new report, which contains an audit of two facilities operated by supply partner Quanta in Changshu and Shanghai. The results of the report capture a snapshot of the state of affairs at… Read More

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