posted 8 days ago on crunchgear
 Apple is set to open a new, large-scale research and development facility in Japan, according to Prime Minister Abe Shinzo in a statement made to local media today. Reuters reports that Abe made the announcement ahead of Sunday’s general election, noting that a more formal declaration of the project would follow at a later date. The details of the arrangement are scarce so far –… Read More

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 Apple has begun to transfer intellectual property over from PrimeSense, the Israeli firm it acquired last year. The company was a key partner to Microsoft, which licensed its tech to create the Kinect 3D motion sensing camera, which allows users to interact with Xbox and PC via gesture control. This first patent being reassigned from PrimeSense to Apple (via 9to5Mac) covers some of the… Read More

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 Xiaomi latest tech product isn’t likely to have Apple fans baying and cursing about patents. That’s because it is an air purifier. Read More

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 TechCrunch Radio is coming at you tomorrow and there is quite a bit to talk about. Uber’s been a mess for the past month, while somehow managing to secure $1.2 billion in funding, rocketing the startup to a $40 billion valuation. Plus, the holidays are coming up and there are plenty of gift ideas to discuss. And, as usual, we’ll be holding our ever-enticing startup pitch-off with… Read More

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 MediaSpike, a startup that helps developers place products in broadly popular games for iOS and Android, thinks that virtual reality is going to have a broad audience across these different use cases. As such, they’ve tweaked their SDK make it easier to integrate with VR experiences being built with Unity. Read More

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 Star Wars fans rejoice: you can now print your own light saber on your 3D printer and even design your own crossguard saber just like that one dude in the new movie. LeFabShop, a French 3D printing outfit, has created a set of files that can be used to print almost any type of light saber in any color. The Instructable they made is a great resource for Star Wars fans and includes handles… Read More

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 We’re excited to announce the all-star investors, founders and makers judging the startups in the second annual Hardware Battlefield. From Martha Stewart, to 50 Cent, to Yves Behar, and many more, we’ve lined up 13 individuals who know what it takes to make a successful product and company. Over the three days of International Consumer Electronics Show, these judges will work… Read More

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 The following sentence has never been written in the history of human language: A mistletoe-toting drone flying in a crowded Sheepshead Bay TGI Friday’s restaurant cut a photographer’s face after it careened out of another reporter’s hand. The fact that I had to write this sentence is proof that marketing departments and drone operators need some time apart. You see, TGI… Read More

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posted 10 days ago on crunchgear
 The thin air turns thick beneath your feet. You step onto the Hendo Hoverboard and an invisible force compresses, condensing and coiling like a spring you cannot see. It sinks for just a split-second, slipping closer to the solid copper floor below. But before it can touch, the magnets strengthen their resolve as they near their arch-nemesis, their object of repulsion. Reality flexes with… Read More

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 Sony’s PlayStation Experience is kicking off in Las Vegas today, with a keynote that starts at 10 AM PT. You can tune in to the live stream via Twitch above to catch all the action, which should include a fair number of new game announcements, complete with some early looks at the gameplay and cinematic of next year’s biggest hits. The PlayStation Experience in a new event, designed… Read More

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posted 12 days ago on crunchgear
 Sony has a new version of its PlayStation 4 console going on sale soon, which is limited to only 12,300 units globally, and which comes in the original gray color of the first PlayStation hardware. The anniversary edition will retail for $500, which seems steep, but it also includes a stand for vertical mounting and a PlayStation 4 Camera in the box, neither of which are included in any of… Read More

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 Nintendo’s hit holiday season continues with an unlikely hero: Captain Toad, the toadstool-esque stock supporting character from Super Mario games, who takes the helm for a full-fledged puzzler based on mini games from Super Mario 3D World. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker takes unique advantage of the Wii U’s capabilities, in addition to being just generally super fun, and while… Read More

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 Last night, I stepped into Marquee night club in New York City. David Guetta was on the set list. People were dressed their best, lights were flashing, and I had a fresh glass full of booze in hand. I should have been excited, but instead my head just hurt. Am I getting old? Are clubs just getting louder? In either case, Dubs solved my problems. Read More

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 A deal from nowhere, which went nowhere, Microsoft’s partnership with Barnes & Noble’s Nook came to an ignominious conclusion today with the bookseller kicking the software firm a chunk of cash and shares. The official verbiage indicates that Microsoft will sell “all of its $300 million convertible Series A preferred limited liability company interest” in exchange… Read More

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 Lightbulbs, washing machines, thermostats, fridges and locks. If you believe the Internet Of Things salespeople, over the next 10 years, everything in your home is set to become connected. Imagine a world where you could turn on your porch light from the office, or unlock your door for a visitor, all from a smartphone app. Well, like a growing number of early smart home adopters, I have seen… Read More

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posted 13 days ago on crunchgear
 The HTC Nexus 9 is Google’s latest tablet running pure, unadulterated Android, and it’s a very capable piece of hardware, made better because it’s running Lollipop, which is a big step up for Android overall. Google has just begun shipping Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio accessories, too, which give the tablet a magnetic cover with a built-in keyboard, complete with mechanical keys… Read More

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 The G Watch R is LG’s second Android Wear smartwatch, which is impressive given that the platform has only been available to the general public for about half a year, and other big Android OEMs haven’t yet shipped a first device. The original G Watch felt very much like the wearable hardware equivalent of a “FIRST” Internet comment, however, delivering little in the way… Read More

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 Barnes & Noble today announced the termination of its commercial agreement with Microsoft surrounding the Nook business. This comes alongside word that Nook device sales and segment revenues fell sharply year over year. B&N states that ending the partnership gives the company greater “operational and strategic flexibility.” No longer partners in the Nook business, Microsoft… Read More

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 By looking at the minute vibrations in high speed video, researchers at the Department of Engineering of the Catholic University of America have created a method for extracting sound data from high-speed silent video footage. From the release: The authors used a subset-based image-correlation approach to detect the motions of points on the surface of an object, capturing target images with… Read More

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 The key to a sense of touch in VR might be sound, ironically – a team working out of the University of Bristol in the UK (via New Scientist) have worked out an improved version of haptic tech that can use high-frequency sound emitters to mimic the effect of touching a physical object, without any physical object present. Read More

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 Suddenly, music is a business again. After years of wallowing in the post-Napster/iTunes era, streaming is beginning to take hold and everyone’s phone is now an iPod. So while Sonos has been in the smart home audio business since 2002, now’s the time to push for mainstream adoption. That’s why it makes sense that Sonos just raised $130 million, according to an SEC filing.… Read More

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 This week, Darrell Etherington, Greg Kumparak and Kyle Russell opine about Android 5.0’s low early adoption rate, and whether Google can ever solve that particular problem. Google Glass and its Intel-powered future are also on the agenda, as well as the Puzzlephone, how modular phones might scare away buyers on the casual end of the spectrum, and what modularity really means for… Read More

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 Chris Hawker, the creator of the Powersquid, and some of his buddies at Trident Design have created a new flying drone, the Carbon Flyer. The Flyer is an ultralight airplane that flies under its own power and controlled via Bluetooth. A tiny camera streams the flight to your phone. “We built this because after years of focusing on practical items like the PowerSquid, we wanted to make… Read More

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 Thunderbolt is one of those tech innovations with a lot of promise, but not much felt effect for the average user. Thunderbolt docks can change that, and the new Elgato Thunderbolt 2 dock promises a much more complete upgrade vs. the Thunderbolt docks of years past. With USB charging, 4K output via the HDMI port, both audio out and microphone in ports, plus three USB 3.0 ports and a Gigabit… Read More

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 Apple has a new patent granted by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider), which describes a system that can actually re-orient an iPhone during freefall, changing the angle of its eventual impact with the ground after first determining how best to shift it to make sure the fall does as little damage as possible. The patent also includes descriptions of other more advanced and fantastic… Read More

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