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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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 3D printed guns aren’t very compelling right now. Because of the vagaries of plastic and the methods used to manufacture weapons like the Liberator, your gun can turn itself into a hand grenade if you’re not careful. But engineer Michael Crumling might have a solution. Read More

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 Google’s TV ambitions get their ‘take two’ moment with the launch of the Nexus Player this week. Android TV powers the set-top streamer, though the software is more important than the hardware, as Google will look to get its media platform built in to the TVs and set-top boxes of other manufacturers, aping its ability to conquer the mobile market. It tried this already… Read More

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 Is it a bird? It is a plane? No it’s a bird-shaped drone called Bionic Bird. This new mechanical bird, due to land this December, will be app controlled, using a Bluetooth 4.0 link to support 100 meters of remote controlled flight from your smartphone or tablet. Read More

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 The Basis Peak is the second wearable this year out of Basis, the health wearable startup Intel acquired earlier this year. In many ways, it’s a solid improvement over its predecessor, bringing better design, better sensors, and a more comfortable fit at the exact same $199 price point. Read More

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 As we approach the coming AI singularity, it will be important for the robots to move among us to track us undetected. If this article in Nature Methods is any indication, they will do this by dressing up a small four-wheeled rover as a facsimile of a baby George Clooney and, as paparazzi snap away, the robot will tag us using RFID chips and carry some of us away for study. That’s all in… Read More

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 The latest learn-to-code kit passing around a digital begging bowl to raise crowdfunds to make its concept fly is called FlowPaw. This education-focused electronics board takes inspiration from the likes of Arduino and the Raspberry Pi microcomputer but offers simplified programming to control the hardware for a target user-base of school kids. Read More

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 The Droidcast is back, after a lengthy hiatus. It was summoned to life by the fact that there’s a lot to discuss this week, thanks to the release of the Nexus 9 and Android Lollipop, as well as the Nexus Player. We’ve got TC alum and current Engagdet Associate Editor Chris Velazco back on board to help out, as both he and myself reviewed the Nexus 9 hardware from HTC. Though it… Read More

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 Android rollouts always have fans vying to see who gets a taste first; generally speaking, the Nexus faithful are rewarded for sticking to devices Google has committed to updating swiftly. Nvidia, which has begun making a fair number of Android devices beyond the scope of the smartphone category, has also been quick to offer its users a path to the next generation, and with Android 5.0… Read More

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 What’s a 3D scanner for? More than just providing source material for 3D printers, reckons Fuel3D, an Oxford University spin-out that last year Kickstarted a consumer-grade high resolution handheld 3D scanner. Read More

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 Long distance relationships are hard. First, obviously, there’s the distance. Then there is the worrying, the fussing, and the concern that your significant other is going to movies without you. Fear and recrimination follow and anger results and things fall apart. Pillow Talk by LittleRiot hopes to solve that. The product, which is launching on Kickstarter soon, is a wearable that… Read More

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 Arrr! Here be space pirates and where there are space pirates there is need of a $230,000 mechanical watch. Wild watch makers MB&F have just announced their MB&F HM6, a watch based on a 1970s cartoon called Capitaine Flam (Captain Flame). The bulbous watch is built of titanium alloy and you can tell the time using the little curved bulbs on one end of the piece. You can see more… Read More

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 A pair of Cambridge University students have taken the crowdfunding route to try to commercialize a smarter kind of pill box. They’re looking to raise £30,000 ($48,000) via Kickstarter to turn their Bluetooth connected Memo Box prototype, developed over the past two years, into a shipping product. Read More

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 Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe is giving gamers hope: He said on stage at Web Summit in Ireland today (via TheNextWeb) that a consumer version of the Oculus Rift headset is “months, not years away.” The VR device has already gone through multiple iterations, including two shipping developer devices, and more prototypes that evolve and improve its underlying tech. Don’t get… Read More

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 Xiaomi just announced on its official Weibo account that it plans to invest $1 billion in online video content to support its smart television ecosystem. The investment will be overseen by two Xiaomi executives who have considerable experience building online content. They are Chen Tong, the former editor-in-chief of news portal Sina.com, who Xiaomi hired away last month, and Wang Chuan,… Read More

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 You’d think that competing directly with Apple for its own customers would be a losing game, but iCracked’s iOS repair service continues to grow as Apple approaches 1 billion mobile devices sold — a threshold the company could pass this quarter. Read More

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