posted 23 days ago on crunchgear
 Devices that plug into smartphones to augment the built-in sensors with additional smarts are continuing to make their way to market, many fueled by crowdfunding. Here’s another contender aiming to extend the capability of Android smartphones: a teeny breathalyzer called DrinkMate, currently seeking $40,000 on Kickstarter to make it to market by December. Read More

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posted 24 days ago on crunchgear
 When you think of Kansas City a few things come to mind: barbecue, blues, and Étienne de Veniard, Sieur de Bourgmont, the first Frenchman to settle the area and his excellent treatise “Exact Description of Louisiana, of Its Harbors, Lands and Rivers, and Names of the Indian Tribes That Occupy It, and the Commerce and Advantages to Be Derived Therefrom for the Establishment of a… Read More

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 First released in 2011, the Nintendo 3DS has been re-released both as the bigger 3DS XL and as the the cheaper, kid-friendly 2DS. In today’s “Nintendo Direct” video update, Nintendo announced the “New Nintendo 3DS,” an update to the platform that’s somewhere between a minor update and a full-fledged follow-up. Read More

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posted 24 days ago on crunchgear
 New, first-time parents are terrified that they’re going to somehow accidentally hurt their baby – they will drop the child, or hit that weird soft spot on the baby’s head. Or maybe they’ll forget to put the baby on their back to sleep, and they will die of SIDS. A new breed of startups and “baby tech” gadgetry now caters to these fears, selling… Read More

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posted 24 days ago on crunchgear
 Micah Toll’s Barak Electric Bike Conversion Kit turns ordinary bikes into electric ones. Read More

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posted 25 days ago on crunchgear
 Consumer electronic companies are giddy. They can’t help themselves. They have a new thing. A new gadget. A new widget to sell to you. After years of notebooks, tablets and boring slabs of metal and glass, Samsung, LG, Motorola and all the rest finally have a chance to build something different: The smartwatch. This is going to be a mess. Read More

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posted 25 days ago on crunchgear
 There are a number of gadgets, both new and old, that allow parents to geo-locate their children – or let puppy parents track down a wandering Fido – but many of these either fall short of the task at hand by relying on Bluetooth alone, or require a monthly fee, like the FiLIP smartwatch for kids or the Amber Alert GPS, for instance. A new gadget now in the works… Read More

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posted 25 days ago on crunchgear
 I’ve stopped writing about a few things recently, mostly because of fatigue. First, I’m not that interested in merchants accepting bitcoin – these little blips are primarily PR moves and little else and I just don’t get as wound up about mass adoption of BTC as the true believers. I’m also not interested in covering crowdfunded 3D printers. Same problem: fatigue… Read More

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posted 25 days ago on crunchgear
 Apple has sent out invites to a special event it’s holding on September 9, where we will almost certainly get our first official look at the next iPhone. The invites follow a previous report from Re/code pegging Tuesday, September 9 as the date, and the event’s timing is consistent with the launch of the iPhone dating back to to the iPhone 4S, when Apple began releasing new versions… Read More

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posted 25 days ago on crunchgear
 IFTTT (If This Then That) has just announced that the company has closed $30 million in Series B funding led by Norwest Venture Partners with participation from existing investor A16Z. As part of the deal, IFTTT is also bringing on a new board member in the form of Josh Goldman, general partner at Norwest who also holds advisory roles on 15 other boards, according to CrunchBase. IFTTT is a… Read More

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posted 25 days ago on crunchgear
 There’s rarely a modern game franchise that manages to catch and keep my attention, but Sucker Punch’s PlayStation-exclusive Infamous is among those. The tale of ordinary humans getting and coming to grips with super powers in an open-world environment is always captivating, and that’s true even with the new Infamous: First Light expansion DLC for PlayStation 4, which takes… Read More

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posted 25 days ago on crunchgear
 Dyson is teasing a big announcement for September 4, and it released a new video teaser to get people thinking about what might be unveiled. The video shows a lab as seen from the perspective of a particularly wide-angle lens, along with quick bursts of schematic imagery that’s somewhat suggestive of robotic vacuum designs, with a circular device even depicted rolling along the floor at… Read More

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posted 25 days ago on crunchgear
 Ybrain, a Korean startup that makes wearables for Alzheimer’s patients, announced today that it has raised $3.5 million in Series A funding led by Stonebridge Capital, bringing its total raised so far to $4.2 million. Co-founder Seungyeon Kim told TechCrunch that the money will be used for clinical trials and the manufacturing of its wearable devices. Read More

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posted 25 days ago on crunchgear
 Samsung officially takes the cake when it comes to launching smartwatches: It just announced the Samsung Gear S, its billionth smartwatch device launching this year. The Gear S has a few hallmarks that set it apart from the crowd, however, including a curved Super AMOLED display, which has a 2-inch diagonal measurement and 360×480 resolution, and a built-in 3G modem, which can let the… Read More

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posted 25 days ago on crunchgear
 LG is doubling up on Android Wear smartwatch devices in 2014, with a circular smartwatch destined for release later this year, by the end of the fourth quarter. The LG G Watch R (presumably the R is for round) will get a proper introduction at IFA 2014 this year, and will feature the world’s first Plastic OLED display, with a circular face that uses 100 percent of its screen, unlike the… Read More

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posted 26 days ago on crunchgear
 Watchmaker MB&F aka Maximilian Büsser & Friends is well known for its dedication to the sci-fi cause. Many of the watches – some costing over $100,000 – are reminiscent of robots, steampunk engines, and alien heads. Now, however, you and yours can own a handmade music box that looks like a weird USS Enterprise and plays, oddly enough, the Superman theme. Read More

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posted 26 days ago on crunchgear
 Apple should have a very busy schedule for its (yet-to-be-confirmed) event on September 9: Re/code is now reporting that it will show off its wearable device on that day alongside new iPhone hardware. The report from John Paczkowski says that Apple’s wearable will incorporate HealthKit, the upcoming software found in iOS 8 that adds fitness and health tracking features to its mobile… Read More

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posted 26 days ago on crunchgear
 Starting October 7, consumers who opted to buy an Xbox One without a Kinect will be able to snag one for $149.99. Microsoft unbundled the Kinect device from the Xbox One in a bid to lower the price of its current-generation console. Since then, according to the company, Xbox One sales have increased by more than 100 percent. The Xbox One is part of Microsoft’s larger Windows strategy… Read More

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posted 26 days ago on crunchgear
 Kobo has a new e-reader out that actually could shake up the market, since it offers waterproofing as a standard factory feature on a $179.99 e-reader, with a high-res, 265 DPI 6.8-inch e-ink display. The Kobo Aura H20 basically takes the already-impressive Aura HD, makes the design thinner and lighter, and adds IP67 environmental resistance, which is a tough package to beat. The e-reader… Read More

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posted 26 days ago on crunchgear
 If Disney isn’t already the most magical place on earth, it soon will be. The mega-amusement park has filed three patents to use drones within the park, first spotted by MarketWatch. Within the patents, Disney lists a few different use cases for the drones. The first is that they could carry marionette-version Disney characters, with patent drawings showing something similar to… Read More

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posted 26 days ago on crunchgear
 Arguably, Pebble and its record-breaking Kickstarter project woke the slumbering giant that is the smartwatch device category. It should follow, then, that by this time next year we’ll be seeing Android-powered smart coolers from Samsung, LG and every OEM under the sun flooding the market, given that the Coolest Cooler has now knocked the Pebble from its vaunted pedestal, with over… Read More

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 Smart home automation startup Zuli has just raised $1.65 million in venture funding following a successful Kickstarter campaign. The company has created the Zuli Smartplug, a connected outlet that plugs into your existing ones and gains Bluetooth LE powers. A single outlet provides basic smart features, including in-home control of lights and appliances plugged into them, but when you get three… Read More

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posted 27 days ago on crunchgear
 The issue that is causing some Surface Pro 3 devices to restart and tell users that they are overheating is an error, according to Microsoft. The company has promised a fix in short order. Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 tablet hybrid has an Intel Core i7 processor option; Microsoft says the chip requires “[its] fan to spin more regularly and at higher speeds – and for the unit to… Read More

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posted 27 days ago on crunchgear
 We had Bublcam CEO Sean Ramsay stop by the office to show off the current version of the device, which is available for preorder for $579. In our demo, we used the Bublcam to stream a live video, take a selfie, and record footage from around the office. Operating the camera with one button is easy once you know how long you need to press it for each function, and the color-changing LEDs let… Read More

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posted 27 days ago on crunchgear
 A new Apple iPad is in development, according to Bloomberg, with a 12.9-inch display that adds around 3-inches to the size of the iPad Air in terms of diagonal screen dimensions. Such a device would be a lot larger than Apple’s current top tablet overall, and is apparently already gearing up for a production run starting in the first quarter of 2015. We’ve long heard rumors about… Read More

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