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 While Siri and its ilk have gotten most of us used to the idea of talking to our devices, the current selection of smart assistants still feel more like tools than something with a personality. Jibo, a new robot from MIT roboticist Cynthia Breazeal, might be the gadget that finally changes that. Read More

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 By this point, most of us are fully addicted to our smartphones. And when we find ourselves without Wifi or data service, our most direct connection to everything becomes almost useless. That’s where GoTenna comes in. The device is launching into pre-order today, and lets users create their own closed network on which they can communicate. Read More

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 Nokia, (you know, Microsoft’s mobile division), launched the Nokia X2, a low-cost Android handset last month. Yes, Android. This was the second device in the product line and a curious one at that. Because Android. Today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced a change in direction that will bring the Nokia X line more in line with Microsoft’s strategic direction meaning… Read More

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 Jibo blinks. Jibo winks. Jibo swivels hither and thither. Jibo is chipper. Jibo is polite. Jibo is cute as a button. Never mind its swiveling head turns all the better for algorithms to monitor the faces of your family so it knows exactly who’s in the room and what they’re saying. Read More

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 Apple has a new patent out (via AppleInsider) that describes a method for locking a device or asking a user for proof of their identity if the device detects a pattern of unusual behavior. It’s a security method that goes beyond the standard pins and passwords, letting your phone pick up on cues like your specific grammar habits, vocabulary, motion sensor information and particular… Read More

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 Today Microsoft announced that in June, sales of its Xbox One console “more than doubled.” It did not release a concrete sales figure for the time period, disappointingly. Microsoft last indicated a hard sales number for the Xbox One in April. It sold 115,000 consoles that month. It isn’t clear if its sales declined in the ensuing period thus making the doubling less… Read More

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 With sales of its premium smartphones failing to live up to expectations, Samsung is moving into another potentially high-margin business: premium headphones. Tomorrow the South Korean electronics giant will launch its Samsung Level line of headphones (and a wireless speaker) on premium goods retailer Gilt, whose members will have exclusive early access to buy a pair before they become more… Read More

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 The Evoke is the latest electronic vaporizer to grace the industry with its presence, and I sincerely mean that. From the looks of things, the Evoke (from LotoLabs) is one of the first vaporizers I’ve seen that looks to the past for design inspiration, with a wooden, hefty look to it not unlike the tobacco pipes of the olden days. The company touts that its induction-based vaporizer… Read More

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 Google is planning a big advertising campaign for its Android One initiative in India this fall, according to several recent reports. While the figures don’t line up, the news itself makes a lot of sense. Read More

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 BlackBerry is trying to build up some steam for its upcoming BlackBerry OS 10.3 launch, and for its new BlackBerry Passport hardware, and today that means a new feature reveal: The company detailed BlackBerry Assistant on its official blog today, and the feature looks unsurprisingly like Siri and Cortana for iOS and Windows Phone respectively. The Assistant features the now-omnipresent… Read More

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 Meet i-Bell, a new wi-fi connected doorbell contending for your crowdfunding cash so you can spy on callers to your home from the comfort of your smartphone. Read More

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 Satu Niemelä and Erasmus van Niekerk, the husband and wife team behind the Onni baby monitor, knew what they wanted out of a baby monitor. Instead of a cheap black and white camera they wanted full color HD video and instead of looking like a CCTV camera from the Land of Misfit Toys they wanted the design to be pleasing and the software to be usable and easy to manage. Read More

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 Forget potato salads. There’s a new Kickstarter superstar: The Coolest Cooler. It’s just a cooler yet so much more. It already has over $5 million in funding on Kickstarter with 45 days left on its campaign and is about to break into Kickstarter’s top 5 must-funded projects. It’s just the coolest! Read More

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 That didn’t take long. Former Ford President CEO has found a new parking spot at Google after just retiring from Ford Motor Company earlier this month. Google has just announced the appointment of Alan Mulally to its Board of Directors and will serve on Google’s Audit Committee. His appointment was effective July 9, 2014. Read More

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 Iota is a wireless personal tracker device, plus corresponding app, whose makers are aiming to deploy in the U.S. market at the start of next year. They raised $350,000 last August from Zenshin Capital to develop the tech, and have now taken to Kickstarter to crowdfund the last mile. Read More

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 As smartphone makers look to bring innovation even to the backside of our phones, adding all sorts of extra functionality to otherwise dormant real-estate, it’s perhaps no surprise to see third-party case-makers think along similar lines. But Codlight’s cPulse, which kicks off its Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign today, has to be one of the more ambitious and garish efforts to date. Read More

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 Google’s modular smartphone is inching closer to reality. The company is looking for a few good developers with stellar ideas for Project Ara. Developers have to apply to the program and Google will select a lucky few to get very early access to the modules powering the novel smartphone. Read More

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 Berlin-based Airfy, maker of the Airfy WiFi router that our very own John Biggs called one of the sexiest Wi-Fi routers he’d ever seen (and the man has doubtless seen a lot of WiFi routers), is launching a crowdfunding campaign for a new product today. Rather than tackling the ugliness and (often) stupidity of WiFi routers, the Airfy Beacon is an attempt at making the smarthome, well… Read More

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 The Android Wear devices currently available let you respond to texts as well as read them – but they employ either voice-based input or canned responses to do so, and neither is entirely ideal. A whole host of alternative keyboard makers will likely try to deliver alternate solutions, but Minuum is among the first to offer a working solution. In the video above, you can see how it… Read More

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 Peddler of nerdy wares ThinkGeek has a new product launching just in time for San Diego Comic Con, and it should give Trekkers more control over when and how they watch their favorite show. The gadget is a hyper-authentic replication of the Phaser from the original Star Trek series, complete with flashing lights, sounds, tactile force feedback and gesture-based remote control of gadgets… Read More

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 Google has announced a new licensing deal with big pharmacy corporation Novartis to bring its “smart” contact lenses, with the power to help diabetics track their blood glucose level, to patients. The commercial launch of the lenses will take place through Novartis’ Alcon eyecare division and Novartis CEO Joe Jimenez told the Financial Times that a timeline for… Read More

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 Fitbit is going high-style. Back at CES, the wearable gadgets company announced a partnership with Tory Burch that would involve the noted designer releasing several accessories for the Fitbit Flex. I must say, I look good in brass. Read More

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The Ink and Slide are Adobe’s first foray into the hardware world, comprising a special stylus and a digital ruler. Paired with the Adobe Line app, users can draw and use the ruler to create perfect shapes and straight lines. Read More

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 You can’t swing a dead cat around without hitting a new wearable fitness tracker, and the latest to join the herd is called the LifeTip. Recently launched on Indiegogo, the LifeTip doesn’t require any contact with the skin to work, and hooks into a woman’s bra or a man’s shirt. It reads all the standard stuff — activity, calories burned, and steps — but… Read More

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 Is there anything flying quadcopters can’t do (besides give birth to human babies… yet?) Researchers at MIT and Cornell have created a flying flash rig that connects a light meter, photographic flash, and continuous light source so that photographers can get perfect shots from any angle. Read More

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