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All signs point to Amazon announcing its streaming device at a NYC event next week. Not a lot is known about it, but a report from the WSJ today sheds a little light on Amazon's overall strategy, which will reportedly include free, ad-supported streaming service. According to this report, this service will not be limited to just Amazon Prime subscribers, but rather open to anyone willing to watch… Read More

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Apple is said to be readying to release its next iPhone in both 4.7- and 5.5-inch screen sizes, with a launch as early as September, according to a report by Japanese business news publication Nikkei today. The production cycle is already ramping up, with component makers producing elements like fingerprint sensors and LCD driver chips, according to the paper, with LCD mass production kicking off… Read More

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Grado Labs appears to be a much bigger company than it is. Founded 60 years ago by Joseph Grado, the company made millions of phonograph cartridges in its long history and, during the rise of portable music, hit pay dirt by making some of the best-sounding headphones in the business. Where is this company located? In some massive office park in the depths of New Jersey? In a manufacturing town on… Read More

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Foodini is a 3D printer for foodstuffs. Its Florida-based makers are hoping their time-saving device becomes as ubiquitous on kitchen countertops as the microwave oven has become but also gets more people cooking with fresh ingredients, rather than reaching for that pre-processed packet. Read More

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Apple has a new patent for an iPad accessory (via Patently Apple) that incorporates keyboard features into the design of a new smart cover. The touch-based cover resembles the one Microsoft’s Surface uses for input, but it has a unique twist which is the basis for the patent – multi-touch gesture support that turns the whole cover into a trackpad, rather than limiting that to a… Read More

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High above a scorched Earth, in a sleek yacht tethered to the tip of the Terra Two spindle, Chancellor Herman Worthy was doing paperwork. His cleaner bots were all asleep and his assistant, a lithe android build to look like a long-dead 2000s era actress, was in her charging case. It was good to be alone. Read More

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Earlier this week, Facebook announced that it had acquired Oculus VR for $2 billion, and it turns out that this isn't the only recent piece of M&A in the category of head-mounted wearable computing. Microsoft, we have discovered, has paid up to $150 million to buy IP assets related to augmented reality, head-borne computers, and related items from the Osterhout Design Group, a low-profile… Read More

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Not to be outdone by LG or Philips, Samsung just introduced its own Internet-connected LED light bulb product line. Aptly called the Smart Bulb, these bulbs, available in several different styles, rock Bluetooth connectivity, allowing users to directly control the units from a smartphone or tablet. Read More

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Apple has filed for a patent (via AppleInsider) that adds further fuel to the fire around the possibility it will use sapphire glass for future device displays. The the new application describes how an oleophobic (oil-repelling) coating might be added to sapphire glass to make it smudge and fingerprint-resistant. So far, we’ve seen most of the evidence around Apple’s sapphire display… Read More

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A new Kickstarter project plans to offer smart home features to a range of devices, for connecting small apartment buildings to entire enterprises and office buildings. The AngelBlocks gadgets are open source, for easy modification, and communicate either 1,000 feet indoors or up to two miles outside, with battery life of just five years. There are different modules for different things, including… Read More

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Analyst Gartner has just put out its latest worldwide devices forecast, predicting a growth rate of 6.9% for shipments of traditional PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones this year. That’s up on the 4.8% growth achieved last year. Collectively, 2.5 billion devices are expected to ship in 2014. Phones will make up 1.9 billion of that pie, a 4.9% increase on last year. Growth in phones… Read More

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Today Dell and Microsoft announced that they have signed an agreement relating to intellectual property, which will see the two companies "license each company’s applicable" patents regarding Android and Chrome OS devices, as well as Xbox consoles. Read More

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posted 22 days ago on crunchgear
I actually checked to see if today was April Fool's but, seeing as how it wasn't and seeing as how it would be quite simple to recreate this cool piece of hardware, I figured we could check it out. Basically it's a DIY tattoo machine that uses a Makerbot base with a needle attached to the extruder. To use it you simply strap your arm to the platform (!!!) and wait for the robot to blow some Sailor… Read More

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The story goes BlackBerry senior vice-president for software Sebastian Marineau-Mes resigned from his post in late December 2013 after Apple offered him a position as vice president of Core OS. But BlackBerry wouldn’t let him go and sued for breach of contact. Marineau-Mes alleged his contract is not a valid and enforceable contract. The Guardian reports that a court sided with BlackBerry… Read More

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Garmin had the world by the tail. With their amazing in-car GPS devices and great sports watches, it looked like things could only go up. Until every phone on the market got a GPS chip and Google mapped the world. Now, Garmin has to play catch-up and they're coming after one of the most popular wearables to date - the Fitbit. Their new band, called the Vivofit, looks like a less-expensive… Read More

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BlackBerry, this is not how you handle a zealous fan base. CEO John Chen published a blog post today in which he promised that the company would pursue legal action against a “party who stole confidential information about a future BlackBerry product and made that information public.” Ugh. This is tiresome because it represents the company taking an inexplicably tough stance against… Read More

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The Jawbone Up24 is no longer exclusive to the U.S. market. The wireless Jawbone fitness tracker is now available in 29 markets around our blue marble including in the UK, China and Japan. Previously, only the company's original Up was officially available outside the U.S. Read More

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Fitbit was a key part of HTC’s One (M8) announcement yesterday, as it’s coming preloaded on devices in select markets, to act as the fitness hub of the new Android flagship. But it’s making strides across all Android devices, with one million downloads total of its free fitness tracking app for Google’s mobile OS. That’s one million in two years, since Fitbit… Read More

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John Biggs said it best yesterday: "Come For The Styling, Stay For The Warranty". Perhaps one of the best reasons to buy the new HTC One is the screen warranty, which iFixit just confirmed by awarding the new smartphone with a 2 out of 10 on its repairability scale. Read More

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The past few years have taught once high-flying cellphone makers one or two things about demand. As Samsung rose in Android prominence, the rest of the manufacturers fell one by one. LG? Life's not good. Motorola? Mostly moribund. Then there's HTC. Read More

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Frankly, the only way this ad could be more effective is if it was a "let me google that for you" link. HTC is right here. Dead right. In the first video ad for the new HTC One, Gary Oldman advises viewers to turn to the Internet to learn about the new phone. It simply doesn't matter what Gary or Robert Downey Jr. tells viewers about the phone. It's all marketing speak. Worthless. But great… Read More

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Minecraft creator Markus Persson (aka Notch) has cancelled the Oculus VR version of Minecraft because, in his own words, “Facebook creeps [me] out.” His studio Mojang had been in talks to bring a version officially to the VR gaming headset, but he said on Twitter shortly after the Facebook acquisition of Oculus VR was announced that he “cancelled that deal.” We were in… Read More

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Facebook had a huge success with its web gaming canvas, but got locked out of mobile gaming revenue by platform owners Apple (iOS) and Google (Android). But Facebook seems determined not to miss the next big gaming platform, as today it announced plans to acquire Oculus, makers of of the Rift virtual reality headset, for $2 billion in cash and stock. And long-term, its looking to take VR beyond… Read More

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Nvidia’s Shield is the best Android gaming handheld currently available, and though the field isn’t that rich or deep, a new update coming to the device in April takes a solid offering and makes it even better. The new update offers Remote GameStream for playing full console-quality PC games on the road, notebook streaming, Bluetooth keyboard/mouse support, and a redesigned Tegra Zone… Read More

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HTC is hardly unique in facing challenges updating its software for its Android smartphones – carriers must approve OS updates, including those for the UI skins that Android OEMs make for their devices, but it is trying something different to make it less of an issue. Sense 6 (which HTC annoyingly refers to constantly as ‘Sixth Sense,’ too) will have many of its core components… Read More

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