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 Taiwanese computer manufacturer Asus previously announced its intent to create a smartwatch for release this year, but details were scarce. Now, a source familiar with the company’s plans has confirmed to TechCrunch that Asus will indeed launch an Android Wear smartwatch later this year, with a targeted debut window of September, an AMOLED display, and a price point below those of the… Read More

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 In the fascinating French telecommunications industry, Bouygues Telecom has had a rough year. Now, the company has no choice but to rethink everything from the ground up. And this is exactly what the company is planning to do with Project Miami. It’s a bold experiment. Behind the cheesy code name, Project Miami is a new TV box powered by the freshly announced Android TV platform.… Read More

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 Want to play around with a cardboard VR kit? Dodocase has you covered. For $19.95, the San Francisco-based manufacturer will ship you an unofficial #Cardboard kit. Some assembly is required and the NFC tag costs an additional $5. Read More

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 The iPod touch just got a bit cheaper. Without any fanfare, Apple just updated the iPod touch line with a new 16GB model and lower prices for the 32GB and 64GB flavors. Now, the cheapest option, the 16GB model, sports all the goodies previously only found on the higher priced options. Read More

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 Google really spoiled developers attending its I/O conference yesterday by handing out pairs of cardboard VR specs. Missed out on bagging a pair? Never fear, watch this DIY how to video and you too can have your own ‘Oculus thrift’. Read More

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 Google’s I/O developer conference happened today, and the company held its keynote address to give an overview of all the news it revealed at the event. The changes included a preview of the upcoming version of Android, dubbed “L” for now, which brings a new design paradigm to Google’s OS that helps it work across different types of screens and devices. There were ups,… Read More

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 Samsung has a new Android Wear device that it didn’t really make too much of a fuss about before: The Gear Live smartwatch. It unsurprisingly resembles its brethren the Gear, Gear 2 and Gear Neo, but it doesn’t use Tizen or Android (like the first gen Gear) and it doesn’t use the same interface Samsung has been pushing on its other wearable devices. It does however bring… Read More

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 Today at Google’s I/O developer conference, Android Wear was a central topic of discussion. The LG G Watch was one of the devices on display, and it’s going live for pre-order at around 4:30 PM PT today. The Android-powered wearable device is set to retail for $229 and ship to buyers starting July 7, but I got a chance to use it early at a special press event today. Read More

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 Google Fit has risen as part of an prodigious, two-and-a-half-hour-long I/O keynote that included everything but the kitchen sink (and Google Glass and Google+). Today during its annual developer conference, Google announced a platform preview of Google Fit, a set of APIs that will allow developers to sync data across wearables and devices. Read More

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 Today at Google I/O, Chrome Director of Product Management Avni Shah introduced the new version of Chrome coming in the next Android update dubbed Android L. As expected, we got a couple of feature updates. But it isn’t just a better version of Chrome. There is a clear and more profound message coming from Google — the company wants to blend native apps with web tabs. And the end… Read More

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 At its annual developer conference, Google today announced the launch of a full SDK for Android Wear. After a short preview period that mostly allowed developers to push notifications to Android Wear smartwatches, the full SDK will now allow developers to create their own custom apps. Read More

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 Want a mini Android display on your wrist? Both LG and Samsung’s first Android Wear smartwatches will be available for purchase starting today, June 25 — and yes, Samsung is now making an Android Wear device. Called the Samsung Gear Live, it looks a lot like its Tizen counterparts. Read More

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 Once a pioneer in the space, the B&N Nook has long lagged behind the Kindle, dragging down the bookseller with it. But no more. Barnes & Noble just announced that it will separate its retail and NOOK Media businesses into two separate public companies. This separation is expected to be complete by the first quarter of the next calendar year. “We have determined that these… Read More

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 You’ve probably been following the news that some owners of the Google Chromebook Pixel who bought a two-year data plan with their devices had been stiffed. According to a number of complaints, users were greeted with a cancelled account screen when they tried to connect via Verizon’s data network and no one was quite certain what was going on. Read More

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 Edward Snowden, whistleblower of the decade, has made it consistently clear that he didn’t trust cellphones. While he never described the methods governments and other miscreants used to crack into our handsets, he maintained that eavesdroppers could hear us even if the phone seemed off and everything on our devices was open to a dedicated hacker. But he never said how it was done. Now… Read More

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 Here’s a curveball for you: Withings, which is an excellent fitness-based electronics company with all kinds of fun products like trackers and smart scales, has just bested all the smartwatch makers out there with the new Activité watch. At first glance, it looks like any other old analog watch. It has a clean white face, a leather band, and all the class and glamour of a night at… Read More

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 Smartwatch maker Pebble aims to be a lot of things to a lot of people, and today it’s deepening its appeal thanks to a new partnership. The hardware startup is teaming with another young gadget company: Misfit, maker of the smart activity and sleep tracking wristband Shine. Misfit has created a Pebble app for the smartwatch that can track a user’s activity – independent of… Read More

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 What do you do when your drone runs out of power? At this point in the quadcopter game, flying drones need to return to base to recharge or risk falling out of the sky. However, a new method for “tapping” power lines has been discussed, which would allow the drones to sit on and steal power from overhead lines and then keep flying when they’ve recharged. Read More

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 Based on the actions of Google alone (not to mention other big players in the tech world), it’s incredibly clear that the home is likely one of the next platforms to likely be dominated by tech. That said, R/GA is announcing their second iteration of the R/GA Techstars accelerator, focused exclusively on connected devices and hardware. Last year, Techstars and R/GA partnered for the… Read More

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 Samsung has never made a tablet that truly got my blood pumping, but that might’ve just changed. I bought an original Galaxy Tab when it was first released, only to find the experience frustrating and return it a few days later because of a dropped Wi-Fi issue. Now, Samsung has a new line of tablets called the Galaxy Tab S, and though there have been many different Samsung slates… Read More

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 The world has an e-waste problem. And a climate change problem. So it would be fittingly neat if e-waste, in the form of old smartphones, could be put to work combating climate change by helping to prevent illegal logging of the rainforest. Read More

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 At NUI Central’s Kinect for Windows Hackathon, a projector on the ceiling creates an image of sand and shrubbery on the ground. The terrain is supposed to be Afghanistan. After walking around on the small projected space expecting nothing to happen, a boom and a white flash hit my senses. I stepped on a land mine, or at least that’s what the app, Sweeper, wants me to think. Read More

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 Ahead of Google’s I/O developer conference, which kicks off this Wednesday, Mountain View has opened up sales of its augmented reality wearable goggles, Glass, to people outside the US. Read More

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 From mobile-social video apps to self-driving cars? Kyle Vogt, one of the founders behind Justin.tv, Socialcam and Twitch, is getting back to his undergraduate research roots in autonomous vehicles with a new self-driving car startup called Cruise. He’s recruited a team of engineers and roboticists from MIT. The kicker here though is that Cruise isn’t making its own… Read More

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 New York-based “invention machine” Quirky, a company which turns crowdsourced ideas into real-world products you can buy like this popular flexible power strip, these connected milk jugs and egg cartons, and even app-connected air conditioners built in partnership with GE, is now venturing further into the “smart home” space with the spin-out of a separate company… Read More

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