posted 13 days ago on crunchgear
 Samsung has a Developer Edition of the Galaxy S5, just as it did for the Galaxy S4 and SIII before it, and as usual it’ll have its unlocked bootloader and come at the full, unsubsidized price of around $650 or so. Thus far, the dev edition S5 is listed as a Verizon device only, in Charcoal black with “coming soon” as the only release date. The Developer edition makes it possible… Read More

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 Google isn’t doing its consumer launch of Glass just yet, but it is doing the next best thing: Opening up the Glass Explorer program to anyone in the U.S. starting April 15. That’s right, as of next Tuesday, any American resident can grab a Google Glass unit for $1,500 plus applicable taxes, and these will ship with your favorite shade or Glass-specific frame included, too. The program… Read More

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 Data out from tracking groups point to a slightly rosier picture of the PC market than expected in the first calendar quarter of 2014: Gartner estimates a Q1 decline of 1.7 percent in shipments of PCs; IDC estimates a 4.4 percent decline. That IDC number bests its forecast of a 5.3 percent decline. Read More

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 If you're into big bicycles with weird, multi-tipped legs, have I got a project for you. Called the Boneshakered Bigwheel (sic), this one-off project by creator Ronald L. Schroer is an unusual trike with legs instead of back wheels. It's made almost entirely of wood and he's added an internal "hypno-wheel" for added enjoyment. Read More

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 According to a research analyst, the next iPad will sport the TouchID fingerprint scanner and a next-gen A8 mobile processor. The analyst also predicts that the upcoming iPad will sport a rear-facing 8MP camera. Read More

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 Google's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group has released a Module Developers Kit (MDK) for Project Ara, its forthcoming modular smartphone, providing reference implementations for various design features. Read More

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 Jabra, like Jawbone, used to make Bluetooth headsets back when those were all the rage. Their popularity never extended beyond the ranks of particularly annoying real estate agents and I guess “rainmakers” in various fields, however, and so Jawbone, and later Jabra, turned their Bluetooth expertise to another task: making speakers. Jabra’s Solemate line now has an entry in the… Read More

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 Last week, a small crowdfunded project called the Healbe GoBe made news, as backers and journalists questioned the company's claims that it could measure caloric intake using a wearable device. While the claims do sound wild at best, the company is sticking to its story -- and Indiegogo is sticking by the project. Read More

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 The original Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch was a hobbled together kit. Nothing was replaceable including the band. Its successor is apparently widely different. Read More

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 Savioke, a robotics startup out of Sunnyvale led by the former CEO of the now-defunct but influential Willow Garage robotics startup, is announcing a seed round of funding today, $2 million from Jerry Yang's AME Cloud Ventures, Google Ventures, Morado Venture Partners and other individual investors. It is planning to use the money to develop and build its first robot, an as-yet unnamed piece of… Read More

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posted 16 days ago on crunchgear
4K TV is here. Sort of. Netflix is now streaming the second season of House of Cards and some nature documentaries in 4K/Ultra HD format. But of course, your TV has to support the higher resolution to take advantage of the extra pixel count. Programs available for viewing in 4K will appear with the Ultra HD 4K label. Netflix confirmed to Multichannel News that the company is now streaming some… Read More

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The Micro, a low-cost 3D printer that’s targeting a mainstream consumer user, has blasted past $1 million in crowdfunding pledges on Kickstarter a day after launching its campaign. The Micro maker’s original fundraising target — of $50,000 — was pledged in just 11 minutes. The small 7.3 in³ cube is being built by M3D, a team in Bethesda, MD. The printer has a print… Read More

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Don't be surprised. The Amazon Fire TV now occupies the top spot on Amazon's Best Sellers electronics list. Google's Chromecast streaming stick previously held the spot after displacing the Kindle shortly after its launch. Read More

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According to a report, Google is interested in buying Skybox Imaging, a California-based startup that builds high-resolution imaging microsatellites and provides a platform to view the data. Because apparently Google needs satellites now that Facebook has drones. Read More

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posted 17 days ago on crunchgear
With the rise of the cloud, external hard drives have nearly gone the way of the dodo. After all, who needs a fiddly, easily broken hard drive in an era of always on, high-speed Internet. But sometimes you want a super-dense, high-speed hard drive for backups and storage and the $299 Seagate Fast HDD USB 3.0 4TB fits the bill. Read More

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Raspberry Pi is adding a new hardware module to its line-up specifically aimed at businesses and industrial users. Read More

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Israeli startup StoreDot is showing off a bio-organic fast-charging battery tech, which uses quantum dot technology, that can charge a battery from flat to full in 30 seconds. It's also looking to push its nano-crystal technology into smartphone displays as a cheaper, cadmium-free alternative. Read More

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HTC has posted another loss-making quarter. The company has released unaudited financial results for the first quarter of 2014 today, posting a net loss before tax of NT$1.88 billion ($62.06 million) on quarterly revenue of NT$33.12 billion ($1.1 billion). Read More

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Editor’s note: Cyril Ebersweiler is the founder of the pioneering hardware startup accelerator HAXLR8R (which is now looking for applicants) and Partner at SOSVentures. Benjamin Joffe is an expert on startup ecosystems, angel investor and Advisor at HAXLR8R. Both invest in companies around the world and spent over a decade in China and Japan. This is the fourth part of a series on Lean… Read More

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Google has plans for another smart TV product, according to a report in The Verge. Apparently this set top box will be less ambitious and easier to use than one of the company's previous initiatives, Google TV. In the words of Google documents that The Verge said it has obtained, "Android TV is an entertainment interface, not a computing platform." Read More

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posted 19 days ago on crunchgear
If you’re a bitcoin nerd, you’ll know that finding cheap, low-power mining hardware is pretty hard to do. USB “thumb drive” miners are traditionally woefully underpowered – the little mining rig under my desk right now is running three three BlockErupters and I’m essentially paying for the pleasure of mining bitcoin – but this 11GH/s unit seems to have… Read More

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Asthma sufferers use a tool called a peak flow meter to see how much air is passing out of their lungs. It is useful to assess when flare-ups are happening and what outside allergens or problems might be causing a bronchial flare-up. Until recently, all that was available to take this measurement was a very basic mechanical device. My Spiroo aims to fix that with a connected, ultraportable peak… Read More

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During the November to February period, Windows Phone, Android and iOS picked up market share in the U.S. smartphone game. Windows Phone grew the most in real percentage terms — 0.3 percent — and in terms of relative percentage growth — 9.7 percent more share compared to its previous tally of 3.1 percent. That pace of growth, while better than holding fast for the holiday… Read More

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posted 20 days ago on crunchgear
TomTom only introduced its lineup of GPS fitness watches about six months ago, but it’s already iterating on the design with a big new feature addition. The new TomTom Cardio watches, which include a multi-sport and a running-specific version, offer built-in heart rate monitoring, via an optical sensor located on the underside of the watch’s face. The sensor is actually built by Mio,… Read More

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Showering is great, I’m a big fan. But drying off? Laaaaammmmmeeee. All that towelling, it’s enough to make you need another shower, am I right? New York-based startup The Body Dryer realizes this, and they’ve created a device to help you skip the towel and get dry a better way. The Body Dryer dries you from the ground up, using a device that resembles a bathroom scale but that… Read More

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