posted 16 days ago on crunchgear
Before Apple’s Lightning cable, I never even dreamed of a life where input/output cables could be reversible. Now, however, it’s hard to go back to standard and micro USB, because I got so lazy. Soon enough, however, USB is getting a new reversible standard called “Type-C” which is around the size of microUSB, and which replaces USB 3 cables entirely, on both sides. We now… Read More

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 won’t be officially on sale in the U.S. until next week, but already people have gotten their hands on early hardware and torn it apart to see what makes it tick. Chipworks (via 9to5Google) has disassembled one of Samsung’s new flagships, and it provides an interesting look at that fancy new 16MP camera, which shares elements in common with the HTC One’s… Read More

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posted 16 days ago on crunchgear
Make way for another smart light in the room. Ion, currently in production-ready prototype form seeking $20,000 from the Kickstarter community for its final push to market, is best described as a digital updating of the 1960s classic slice of kitsch called the lava lamp. Read More

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posted 16 days ago on crunchgear
Every year I’m given the best job a guy could ever want: planning hardware alley, a one day extravaganza of some of the best hardware I’ve ever seen. This event, which happens on the last day of Disrupt, is a crowd favorite and I’d love to feature your gear. What is Hardware Alley? It’s a celebration of hardware startups (and other cool gear makers) that features everything… Read More

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posted 16 days ago on crunchgear
If you have a bunch of old Amiga disks lying around, we may have an Indiegogo project for you. Called the Armiga, this is a clever emulator with a 3.5-inch disk drive and Dual Core ARM CPU that runs like an old-timey Amiga 500. Read More

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posted 17 days ago on crunchgear
Apple is looking to acquire a 55 percent stake in a joint venture between Sharp and Taiwanese company Powerchip formed to develop chips for use in smartphone displays, according to a new report by Japan’s Nikkei business newspaper. The stake Apple is after is currently owned by Renesas Electronics, and the division is called Renesas SP Drivers. It consists of around 240 Japan-based… Read More

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posted 17 days ago on crunchgear
We first told you about Correlated Magnetics Research's programmable magnets last year. The company's patented technology allows them to flexibly control the magnetic field shape of the magnets they create. In essence, the company can program the north/south polarity of the magnets as though they are "printing" it on them. It allows for many different configurations and has many industrial… Read More

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Google is working on a new and improved camera app for Android-powered smartphones, according to a new report by Engadget. The company plans to overhaul the user interface, but also add new features like the ability to selectively defocus the background on portrait shots, as well as better Panorama and Photo Sphere capture. The update will reportedly come via a standalone update to just the app… Read More

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posted 17 days ago on crunchgear
Hardware add-ons for smartphones continue to crop up, letting mobile users extend the powers of their device in new and interesting ways. Here’s the latest: LazeeEye is a prototype add-on, currently seeking crowdfunds via Kickstarter, that wants to augment your existing handset with laser-powered 3D mapping capabilities — and do so for very little extra money. It’s designed to… Read More

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posted 17 days ago on crunchgear
If there was some over-arching, governing body that handed out awards to April Fools' Day prankers, I should hope that Toshiba would get one. The company today announced the Digit, sloughing off what is usually a pretty boring, business-y style to introduce something truly hilarious to the gadget world. Read More

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posted 17 days ago on crunchgear
Apple has been granted a patent by the USPTO (spotted by AppleInsider) for interchangeable lenses for a mobile device, meaning it’s possible future iPhones will have the built-in ability to swap out one lens, say a macro for close-ups, for another, like a wide-angle for sweeping landscapes. The patent first turned up as an application a few weeks ago, but Apple has already been granted… Read More

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posted 17 days ago on crunchgear
No, it's not an hilarious analyst April Fools' Day joke. Although, the elementary logic may suggest otherwise: larger screen phones -- such as phablets -- are a key driver in increased mobile video consumption. Read More

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posted 17 days ago on crunchgear
It's dangerous to go alone! Go play The Legend Of Zelda, deconstructed and reduced to its component concepts! You are Link, a green square, and your mission is to kill Ganon (probably a dark block). Along the way you'll grab a sword (a brown block) and fight all sorts of monsters, from Octoroks to Moblins (represented by blinking colors). Read More

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posted 18 days ago on crunchgear
The Oculus Rift and its creator Oculus VR have been purchased by Facebook, and that's causing some, including Minecraft developer Mojang, to reconsider their projects for the platform. But others are doubling down on their Oculus investment, including Technology Transfer Services (TTS), a company that designs training software for workforce education. Read More

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posted 18 days ago on crunchgear
There’s a new contender for Android top dog on the market, and it’s the HTC One (M8), the latest from the Taiwanese firm. This metal-clad unibody slab inherits the good looks of its predecessor, last year’s HTC One (retroactively referred to as the M7), but refines the look and adds a lot of significant software changes, too. It makes the new One a great device, and well worth a… Read More

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posted 18 days ago on crunchgear
A new take on the yet-to-be-announced iPhone 6 from an independent designer provides a look at what we might expect from a thinner, larger-screened next-generation device. This latest one is just the most recent in a spate of design takes by Martin Hajek on potential future Apple products, and this one is commissioned by French blog NWE based on recently leaked sketches, which may or may not be… Read More

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posted 18 days ago on crunchgear
The Nymi armband from Toronto-startup Bionym is edging closer to reality, and a new partnership announced today helps make it more clear how it’ll be useful to everyday consumers. Bionym is teaming up with PasswordBox to make it possible to authenticate your mobile logins using your heart rate automatically, for super fast access to sites, devices and services. PasswordBox is a login locker,… Read More

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posted 18 days ago on crunchgear
Turns out the 'G' in Moto G stands for 'Go!'. Motorola's well-reviewed sub-$200 Android handset has given Motorola an unexpected boost in the U.K. -- a market where the brand had gone into near-total stasis. Read More

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posted 18 days ago on crunchgear
Say, for example, you wanted a dog skull but did not want to remove said bone mass from a living dog. What to do? If you're the team behind Quinn, the 3D-printable posable doll, you'd make and sell a set of models that you can print out on your Makerbot or similar device. Read More

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posted 19 days ago on crunchgear
This week, Chris Velazco joins me, Darrell Etherington, to talk about HTC’s new One (M8) flagship smartphone, which we already like quite a bit. The new device is HTC’s big chance to make a splash in the smartphone market, and they haven’t squandered it; let’s hope consumers are willing to give it a look. We also catch up on the Nvidia Shield, the handheld Android-powered… Read More

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posted 20 days ago on crunchgear
The portable music player is alive and well. Pono Music's PonoPlayer just crossed the $5 million milestone on Kickstarter, making it the fourth most funded project in the site's history. Twelve thousand backers have pledged enough to pre-order the device. And there is still 16 days to go on its campaign. Read More

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posted 21 days ago on crunchgear
Astro Teller has your dream job, currently serving as the Captain of Moonshots at the Google[x] lab. There, he dreams and creates things like Google Glass, smart contact lenses, balloons that bring the Internet to the most remote regions, and many other seemingly impossible projects he and his team hope will one day become reality. Read More

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posted 21 days ago on crunchgear
Free Space Optic lasers? Low earth orbit satellites? Solar-powered drones? Mark Zuckerberg has just penned a deep dive on how Facebook's newly revealed methods for delivering Internet to the developing world actually work. Here's are the highlights from his 3000 word progress report on Internet.org, including digs at Google's Project Loon, and how it all fits into Facebook's long-term plan. Read More

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posted 21 days ago on crunchgear
French startup Sigfox raised a Series B round of $20.6 million (€15 million) from IDInvest and BPIFrance. Existing investors (Elaia Partners, Partech Ventures, Ixo and Intel Capital) also participated. As a reminder, Sigfox wants to create an alternative cellular network specifically dedicated to connected objects. Compared to traditional cellular networks, this network can cover a larger area… Read More

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posted 21 days ago on crunchgear
Have you ever wanted to stand on the bridge of your very own spacecraft and, in a stentorian voice, proudly declaim “Computer? What is the weather in Brooklyn tomorrow?” The Ubi, announced a few years ago and successfully funded to the tune of $229,000, was supposed to offer us this Picardian Utopia of always-on computing and, to a degree, they’ve succeeded. What does the Ubi do?… Read More

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