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 The European Space Agency is in the midst of attempting a first of its kind space mission: to land a probe on a comet. You can follow the lander’s progress via the ESA live blog. Read More

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 Amazon is expanding its R&D operations in Cambridge, U.K., with a plan to staff out a large research lab — expanding on the foothold it acquired when it bought Cambridge-based speech tech startup Evi Technologies two years ago, TechCrunch has learned. Read More

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 So what’s this new Microsoft strategy you’ve been hearing about? According to CEO Satya Nadella, the company is three things: Office 365, Windows and Azure. “That’s it,” the executive recently quipped. Given that narrow focus, how do the company’s massive and recent bets on hardware fit into the picture? Read More

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 This week’s Droidcast features Darrell Etherington, Chris Velazco, Greg Kumparak and Kyle Russell, and we discuss the looming Nexus 6, as well as more Motorola with the Verizon-exclusive Droid Turbo. Also up for debate are the merits of Samsung’s own-review of the Gear S, which heralds a new low in content marketing, and the Chromecast’s ability to play games, and whether… Read More

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 3D printers are at a bit of a crossroads – after a lot of initial promise, they seem to have hit a roadblock between early adopter zeal and general consumer interest. A new entrant called Flux should at least reinvigorate hobbyist excitement, thanks to a modular design that makes it a veritable all-in-one maker factor for budding builders. The Kickstarter project for Flux launches… Read More

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 At their headquarters in Chelsea, crowdsourced invention engine Quirky and its manufacturing juggernaut of a partner General Electric threw back the curtains on their play for the connected home. They re-launched their spinout, Wink, announced seven new gadgets for the connected home, and the development of something the company is calling a “microfactory” in San Francisco that… Read More

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 Ordinarily, I am left cold by deal or sale pitches, but HTC’s new ‘Hot Deal‘ program, whereby it offers bargain basement pricing on items from its stable of devices every week during a limited window, has proven interesting. This week’s deal for the HTC One M8 at just $299 outright for an unlocked device (or a carrier-locked version of your choosing, if you’re… Read More

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 Apple has a new patent granted today by the USPTO (via AppleInsider) that details a method by which it can detect and keep track of mobile network dead zones via crowdsourced information. The technology is designed to give device makers and network operators a way to easily identify and counter low signal zones, by building out their network where it needs the most work. The patent is for a… Read More

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 Gartner is predicting a 30 per cent jump in the number of connected objects in use in the wild from this year to next as sensing connected devices proliferate in an Internet of Things (IoT). In a forecast put out today, the analyst predicts there will be 4.9 billion connected things in use in 2015, up from 3.8 billion this year. Read More

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 Today in “putting stuff onto things on which they don’t belong,” we present a user, xyq058775, and his exciting admission that he installed Windows 95 on a brand new iPhone. He used a tool called iDos, an open source DOSBox-like app to install the OS. He found that most of it worked fine but he was unable to upgrade to Windows XP. And we can assume he was also able to play… Read More

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 Meet Mooltipass, a device taking aim at the password problem — the problem being we desperately need better passwords to secure our digital stuff but our feeble human minds have trouble remembering enough complex strings to maintain robust security across a range of services. Read More

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 Halo: The Master Chief Collection collects all of the existing Halo games that feature Master Chief as the main protagonist, including the original Halo: Combat Evolved, right up through Halo 4. You can play the games in a number of ways, by either going through each campaign as they were originally designed in a linear fashion, or by jumping into any mission of your choosing directly, or… Read More

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 The low cost Raspberry Pi microcomputer which has fired up a cottage industry of makers and hardware tinkerers since hitting the market in 2013 — even enabling multiple Pi-powered startups — just got even cheaper. The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced an updated version of its Model A board, called the Model A+, along with a $5 price drop to just $20. The new Model A board is… Read More

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 The sensor-stuffed Thingsee One is designed to democratize the Internet of Things by allowing users to easily configure a particular function within a companion mobile app, so without needing to be a software programmer or hardware tinkerer to do so. Read More

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 It was a highly argumentative morning with the old gadgets gang, as we all have incredibly strong feelings towards media streamers and headphones, apparently. We start out with a relatively docile conversation about the Elvie, which is surprising considering the Elvie is a pelvic fitness wearable for women to get more out of their Kegel exercises. Then we move on to the Nexus Player, Android… Read More

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 Apple’s Mac marketshare hit record highs during the third calendar quarter of 2014, according to research firm IDC. Official numbers from the firm’s quarterly PC tracker show that Apple’s Q3 shipments topped 2.34 million Macs moved during the quarter in the U.S., giving it 13.4 percent market share and putting it in third place behind HP and Dell. That’s the best… Read More

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 Will Santa stuff children’s stockings with smartwatches this holiday season? That’s the hope for Filip Technologies which is today launching its FiLIP 2 smartwatch for kids at AT&T stores and online at ATT.com for the discounted launch price of $99.99. The watch, which is essentially a small smartphone strapped to the wrist, is one of the first… Read More

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 The Android Wear smartwatch collection is expanding, with a host of new devices hitting pre-holiday season after their initial debut this summer. The Asus ZenWatch will be the next to go on sale, with a street date of November 9 for Best Buy initially, with a later launch date on Google Play in the U.S., at a price of $199. We first got wind of the Asus Android Wear device at Google’s I/O… Read More

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 Just like the song says: Are you ready for several foot falls? Verizon’s ready, ready to snap your halfback some yards after carry with its new, exclusive Moto X with a football leather back. You heard right, Bob Dikta freaks and Peyton Randolph fans – the same material used to coat everyone’s favourite roughly ball-shaped professional athletics thing is now on phones!… Read More

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 Motorola barely let the 2014 Moto X sink in before announcing essentially a beefed up version of the same – The Verizon-exclusive Droid Turbo is a Moto X with a better battery and a better camera, but in a package that’s hard to describe as an ‘improvement’ on the original. Where the Verizon phone excels, however, it really excels, which makes it a tempting proposition… Read More

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 If you want to ride a magic carpet, the Boosted Board is the closest you’ll get until they make that hoverboard run on asphalt. And now there’s an even more powerful model for climbing epic hills or hitting 22mph, and a stripped down model for casual boarders on a budget. Y Combinator-incubated Boosted Boards launched it Kickstarter back in November 2012 and finally shipped its… Read More

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 Amazon has a new product that doesn’t really have any current equivalent form any other tech company – a connected speaker called Echo that’s always-on, listening for commands that its virtual assistant can then respond to with information or by triggering a task. The cylindrical device has room-filling sound, and seven microphones on top, which use beam-forming tech to… Read More

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 Lytro has been around for three years building a brand new type of camera with light field technology, and while the tech itself is quite incredible, transforming that into a viable business has proven difficult. Until now, the company has been selling special cameras, the original Lytro and the newer, photographer-friendly Illum. It’s a difficult business that is in fast flux, given… Read More

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 Apple’s comprehensive offering for enterprise has yet to launch officially, at least via formal announcement from Apple and IBM, but a new website detailing AppleCare for Enterprise suggests it may already be in effect or being sold to actual organizations. The website basically advertises AppleCare for enterprise as an outsourced IT department for Apple software and hardware used by… Read More

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 The eNcade hopes to capitalize on your misplaced nostalgia. Essentially a Raspberry Pi inside a cute case, the portable console promises to add online multi-player to classic games, thereby allowing you to Joust with players around the world or Mario Brothers your friends across town. The console is 3D printed and contains a fully assembled Pi with arcade inputs. Anyone can build one of… Read More

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