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 A company called eleVR, which does research in virtual reality and isn’t a gaming company at all, just shared a video for a virtual reality game they’re working on called ‘Float.” It’s a puzzle game and platform where you can visit floating islands to make them “come alive again.” You can play it on the HTC Vive, which is heavy on motion-tracking,… Read More

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 Another dev kit targeting developers and startups that want to build devices for the Internet of Things has launched on Kickstarter — although its maker, Imagination Technologies, is no startup, but rather an established company which licenses IP to chipmakers and counts Apple among its investors. Read More

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 Times in the tiny Swiss watch ateliers are getting tough. While I originally assumed that Swiss watches would survive the onslaught of smartwatches, I was wrong. “To suggest that the iWatch will influence Swiss watch buyers is like saying the market for a fine Bordeaux is affected by the advent of a new flavor of Vitamin Water,” I wrote in September. Boy do I feel silly.… Read More

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 Learn-to-code startup Kano is now shipping a 10.1-inch HD display to go with its keyboard plus Raspberry Pi DIY computer kit for kids. Read More

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 Google’s fun little project called “Paint The Town” for their self-driving cars is a great way to connect with communities. It takes trust to allow vehicles that drive themselves for the most part, and Austin seems to be trusting Google quite a bit. That’s a good thing. I just want to say this, if I were to ride around in Google’s self-driving car, I want mine… Read More

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 As one of TechCrunch’s resident 20-somethings, I know firsthand that we’re not the easiest group of people to shop for. Do we want electronics, clothes, or stuff for our first post-college, real life apartment? To help you out, here are a list of 11 awesome gifts that any college student, grad, or newly-employed person would be thrilled to receive. Read More

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 The console war is back for a new holiday season. Microsoft and Sony both announced sales for their gaming consoles. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are going to be available for $299 this weekend only for Black Friday. Read More

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 Let’s say you have a certain someone on your list who is really into biohacking. Let’s also assume you’re Ok with having discoid roaches in the house. Then also let’s assume you don’t mind people operating on those roaches on your dining room table. Have I got a Christmas gift idea for you! We first talked about the Roboroach back in 2011 when we found the idea to… Read More

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 With the Samsung Gear VR hitting shelves and faces all over the place last week, the company ran a new commercial to promote it this weekend. I saw it during the 49ers vs. Seahawks game. It’s. Surprisingly. Good. After speaking with some folks in the virtual reality community after Gear VR’s launch, it seems like Samsung has positioned its phone accessory nicely. The commercial is… Read More

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 If you didn’t pre-order the new consumer version of Samsung Gear VR, you might have some difficulty finding it on your favorite online shopping destinations. Amazon and Best Buy, both places that have been touted as having a supply of the virtual reality accessory are showing “temporarily out of stock” and “sold out online” messages respectively. Amazon: Best… Read More

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 Shares of Tesla, an electric car company and Silicon Valley darling, are down several points today on news that the company will recall every Model S sedan over a seatbelt issue uncovered in a single incident in Europe. The recall includes nearly 90,000 cars. Tesla stressed in an email to customers — pasted below — that it does not know of any other Model S cars with the same issue. Read More

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 Coin, the $99 smart card that lets users keep all their credit cards and gift cards on a single device, is today announcing a rewards program for owners of the Coin. The pilot program begins with a few select retailers, in the Bay Area exclusively, that will allow users to get dollars-worth Amazon gift cards in exchange for making every day purchases. For example, users can purchase a coffee or… Read More

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 If you’re into big pixels, Sony has a treat for you. The company has secretly been working on a fully functioning PlayStation 2 emulator for the PlayStation 4. It is taking advantage of this emulator for classic PS2 Star Wars games. But the company also confirmed to Wired that it is working on bringing more PS2 games to the PS4. Read More

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 Last week we brought you news that the first Android Wear smartwatch with access to cellular data — read: doesn’t need to be paired with a smartphone — was on its way to the U.S. market, but now we need to dial down some of that enthusiasm after the device was pulled following issues. Read More

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 We get it. You’re busy building a robot that can eat human food. That’s why we’ve extended the deadline for applications for TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield for a few more days. Submit your application by November 23 at 9pm PT to compete for free demo space at the Consumer Electronics Show, $50,000 prize and the Metal Man trophy. For those of you following along at… Read More

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 In space no one can hear you tick. In the movie Alien, futuristic alien butt-kicker Sigourney Weaver AKA Ripley wore a futuristic-looking chronograph. This piece, the Seiko 7A28-7000, was one of the first watches with a quartz chronograph movement and featured a unique pusher design with buttons that stuck straight up on either end of a large metallic bar on the side of the case.… Read More

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 Ever since Apple introduced Nightstand mode in watchOS 2, having a charging dock for the Apple Watch makes sense. A dock can hold the Watch in place while you sleep so that you don’t have to put it on the side and attach it to a charging cable like an animal. Today, Apple launched an official Apple Watch charging dock that works both in Nightstand mode and as a flat charging pod. But… Read More

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 APX Labs, makers of the Skylight smart glasses development platform, announced a $13 million investment today. The round was led by NEA, but there were several others parties involved including CNF Investments, GE Ventures, Salesforce Ventures, SineWave Ventures, and other unnamed investors. Today’s round brings the total raised to $29 million. While the company was happy about the… Read More

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 Though the world of fashion is trying desperately to catch up to the digital age, retail is still fundamentally unchanged. Oak Labs is looking to shake things up with a smart mirror to be placed in the fitting room of clothing stores and boutiques. The company just raised $4.1 million in seed funding led by Wing Venture Capital, and is piloting the software with Ralph Lauren in its Polo… Read More

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 What if you’re a gamer at heart and want a tablet? The latest iPads have been powerful tablets with some great games. But Nvidia has been trying to go one step further with its Shield Tablet, a device specifically made for gamers. The company is updating its Shield Tablet K1 with a new cheaper price tag. Read More

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 Get ready for yet another wearable… Neyya, a Bluetooth ring designed for remote-controlling other mobile devices, is finally launching today after a lengthy post-crowdfunding delay and a substantial rethink of the original concept. Read More

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 Following on from last week’s news that Amazon would expand its Pantry household items delivery service to the UK while also discounting new Prime memberships in the country, the e-commerce is now quietly adding another service to the UK to build holiday shopping momentum: Launchpad — a portal to market, sell and deliver gadgets and other products made by startups — is… Read More

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 Apple CEO Tim Cook has told the The Irish Independent he has no plans to converge Cupertino’s lovingly crafted iPad and Macbook hardware lines into a hybrid tablet-plus-laptop device — arguing that melding the two device types would undermine the user experience. Read More

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 Before the robots replace us we will make love to them. This point is becoming increasingly clear as I wander through the odd world of teledildonics and marvel at the leaps and bounds by which the technology – once in the realm of fantasy – has become a mundane reality. If you are skittish or squeamish about human sexuality I beseech you to click out right now or visit another,… Read More

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 Electric skateboards are cool — that’s official — but they come ten-a-penny these days. If you want to find a good one, China is the place to look. But don’t worry, we went there and did the searching for you. At our TechCrunch Beijing event earlier this month, I hung out with the team from Stary, a very cool company from China’s electronics hub Shenzhen. Rex… Read More

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