posted 22 days ago on crunchgear
Here's a Kickstarter project that wants to use your smartphone to extend the powers of something else: a basic microscope -- allowing for real-time videos of microbes doing weird stuff to be captured on your phone and easily shared to your social networks (if you're that kind of person). Read More

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posted 22 days ago on crunchgear
Sony isn’t going to be one of Android Wear’s OEM partners, at least not in the foreseeable future. The company’s head of U.S. mobile operations Ravi Nookala told CNET in an interview that it will forge ahead with the Android-based OS that powers its SmartWatch and SmartWatch 2 wearables, rather than jumping ship to Android Wear, Google’s new platform. Android Wear has… Read More

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posted 23 days ago on crunchgear
For years, pundits and analysts have been suggesting that the only way for Apple to compete against cheap Android phones, especially in China and throughout Asia, was to produce a cheap iPhone. Well, Apple finally relented (sort of) when it released the cheapish iPhone 5c --only data suggests that the Chinese prefer the higher-end iPhone. Read More

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posted 23 days ago on crunchgear
Google has signed on Italian optical wear firm Luxottica to help it design and build future versions of its Glass face-based computing system, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal confirmed by Google to TechCrunch. The news comes from Luxottica itself, which says it will build new versions of Google’s wearable, which could theoretically be branded under Ray-Ban, Oakley, Miu… Read More

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posted 23 days ago on crunchgear
Because your home can always be smarter, allow me to introduce Droplet, the smart robotic gardener. Effectively replacing your sprinkler system, the Droplet tries to save you money and the world's water resources by watering only the area where there are plants. Read More

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posted 23 days ago on crunchgear
As news that 400 Bitcoin ATMs may soon be gracing the byways and highways of Dubai, it's interesting to note the rise in actual cryptoATM activity in recent months and what exactly is happening in this space. Read More

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posted 23 days ago on crunchgear
In a new demo video of how Thalmic Labs’ Myo gesture control armband might be used to control devices in the future, we see a player of the addictive puzzler 2048 interacting with the game with hand and finger movements, as picked up by the interface accessory. Myo developer kits are in the wild currently, and all kinds of software just like this is bubbling up as a result. This new Myo… Read More

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posted 23 days ago on crunchgear
Google has launched a new iOS app with Chromecast-specific features called Photowall. The app, as detailed by 9to5Mac, lets users send photos from their device to their Chromecast-connected TV, and works with either one iPhone user or a group on the same network. There are also photo editing features that let you doodle and make notes on images displayed on the big screen. Finally, the app can… Read More

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posted 23 days ago on crunchgear
We've seen more personal e-vehicles sprout up in the last year than I care to remember, but today yet another joins the fray. Meet the JiveBike. Read More

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posted 23 days ago on crunchgear
The HTC One (not the old one, the new one) is being introduced tomorrow at an event in NYC that kicks of at 11 AM ET, but in case you weren’t yet tired of the steady stream of leaks that have ruined any possible surprises at the flagship unveiling, here’s a nearly 15-minute video look at HTC’s latest kick at the can. The M8 (HTC’s internal code name for the new One) you see… Read More

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posted 23 days ago on crunchgear
Nokia’s weird foray into Android is the Nokia X, a small, affordable smartphone that uses Google’s mobile OS, painted up as though it were almost a Windows Phone software variant. It’s a strange beast, with a chunky candybar design that blatantly screams ‘Nokia,’ and a price tag aimed at emerging markets. There’s a good chance Microsoft will kill it as soon as… Read More

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posted 26 days ago on crunchgear
Sony is selling its PS4 as fast as it can. But the company has experienced supply constraints ever since its launch in November 2013. And don’t expect to find a PS4 on your store shelf anytime soon — Sony told the WSJ that it doesn’t expect to meet demand before this summer. Yet, the console only recently launched in Japan, its home country. While Sony managed to sell 300,000… Read More

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posted 26 days ago on crunchgear
It's been an exciting week in the land of gadgets. Google revealed a version of Android built for smart watches, and LG and Motorola subsequently revealed their hardware to go along with it. A slew of virtual reality gaming headsets hit the scene, including one from Sony called Project Morpheus. And if that weren't enough, we discovered the magic of Popcorn Time, for those of you who love… Read More

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posted 26 days ago on crunchgear
How many times have you stepped out of the group to click pictures, feeling left out as others posed? Or have there been instances when you’re jostling to get back for a group picture after setting the timer of a camera shutter? While there is Samsung NX Mini, which comes with an LCD screen that flips 180 degrees for taking selfies, it still requires users to make adjustments in the frame.… Read More

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posted 29 days ago on crunchgear
Lenovo isn’t putting away its checkbook yet. The CEO of the Chinese PC giant said on Tuesday that the company will continue to acquire companies for overall growth. This comes as the company is closing two major deals. Lenovo recently purchased Motorola Mobility from Google for $2.91 billion. The company also picked up IBM’s server business for $2.3 billion, which seems only natural… Read More

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Apple has shared some information around how Touch ID and its Secure Enclave keeps information private in an updated security document newly posted to its iPhone in Business microsite. The new info offers up an inside look at how exactly the Secure Enclave generates and communicates encrypted and temporary identification information to the rest of the system to make sure that fingerprint data is… Read More

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posted 3 months ago on crunchgear
When I was a student, sometimes I’d stab myself in the leg with the tip of my mechanical pencil to keep from dozing off during lectures. That usually didn’t work. Now sleepy students–and other people who need to stay alert for long periods of time–can benefit from Vigo, a Bluetooth headset that measures blinks and body movements to warn users if they are getting too drowsy. Vigo can be potentially life-saving for drivers and people in other situations where losing alertness can be dangerous, especially since your brain can get fatigued before your body starts to feel tired. The device is currently on Kickstarter and has already reached more than $38,000 of its $50,000 goal, and with 15 days left to go, it has a decent chance of getting funded. The device’s early bird price is a very reasonable $59. TechCrunch first wrote about Vigo in November while it participating in HAXLR8R, a hardware accelerator program based in Shenzhen, China. Vigo uses an infrared sensor, accelerometer, and its own algorithm to track patterns in your blinks and body movements to gauge your alertness in real-time, and sends you a warning if your energy levels start to drop. As its Kickstarter page puts it, “Vigo knows you’re drowsy before you do.” You can choose from several alerts, including a gentle vibration, a blinking LED or a song that’s played through the headpiece from your mobile device. The makers of Vigo say that the average blink happens in 1/5 of a second, but the headset “tracks over 20 parameters in your blinks and watches how these variables change.” It then combines that info with data about your activity and head motions to “quantify your mental energy in real-time.” You can tag different events (like driving, sitting in class, or study sessions) and save data to look at later. That way you know what times of day you tend to get tired and can make changes in your daily routine to boost your energy levels. Vigo will also give you recommendations about what you need to do to regain alertness more quickly. For example, if you just need a quick boost, it’ll tell you to drink a cup of coffee or do some quick exercise. But if you’re too tired to function safely, Vigo will order you to take a nap. In addition to tracking alertness, Vigo works like other Bluetooth headsets and lets you take incoming calls. The startup plans to launch a SDK for iOS and Android, as well as an API, for other developers. Vigo’s three co-founder–Drew Karabinos, Jason Gui, and Jonathan Kern–began working on its prototype while they were studying at the University of Pennsylvania and struggling to stay awake through cram sessions, lectures, and internships. “Coffees and energy drinks were all somewhat effective in keeping us from dozing off, but the most reliable way to stay alert was having a buddy next to us that could watch when we were losing our focus and nudge us when we started to doze off,” they say on Vigo’s Kickstarter page. ”Since carrying a friend around all the time wasn’t feasible, we built the next best thing.”

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