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 Twitter’s official “Dronie” is at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity this year, taking the robot-powered zoom out selfies first popularized by the NYT’s Nick Bilton and Photojojo founder Amit Gupta. The Dronie is a UAV with a camera mount that records dronies to post to its official Twitter account using a camera mounted to its undercarriage, and… Read More

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 Meet AirDog, an action sports drone for when a GoPro action camera alone isn’t enough. Read More

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 Apple CEO Tim Cook is the subject of a new profile in the New York Times today, and the profile includes plenty of background information about the executive and his commitment to human rights and environmental issues. But it also contained some information about the rumored iWatch project, how it’s being put together behind the scenes and when it’s slated for public release. Cook… Read More

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 In just under two weeks from now at Google I/O, Google will announce wearable fitness functionality that Apple announced at WWDC. Next year at WWDC, Apple will announce wearable fitness functionality that Google announced at I/O. Jokes aside, Google and Apple’s competition to “own” wearable health has reached “Silicon Valley”-level proportions. After Apple… Read More

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 The Daily Show’s Jason Jones had a segment on the show last night that highlighted so-called ‘discrimination’ against Google Glass wearers. I was the butt of a lot of its jokes — the show invited me on after I was assaulted wearing Google Glass in the Mission District of San Francisco. Read More

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 As a result of a new partnership between GoPro and BMW, it’s never been easier to record your hoonage antics. Select late-model BMW cars will soon be able to control GoPro cameras directly from the dash. Just click record on the dash of the car and the connected GoPro cameras click to life. Starting in July, the owner of a 2012 or later properly equipped BMW or Mini will be able to… Read More

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 Imagine if I told you, almost 20 years ago, that you could put every single Game Boy game (plus a bunch of others) inside of your Game Boy Pocket without having to buy or swap out cartridges. “Forsooth, what wizardry is this,” you’d say. “Tell me more, time-traveler.” Prepare yourself, twenty-years-ago-you, because your brain is about to explode. This DIY project… Read More

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 Amazon’s Kindle Fire Mayday service launched eight months ago, and in not quite a year it’s already the first place Kindle Fire HDX users go when they’re seeking support and advice on how to use their devices. Amazon is boasting that the average response time through its on-demand video and voice chat support system is just 9.75 seconds, which definitely beats waiting on hold… Read More

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 A few weeks ago I visited the headquarters of Formlabs in Somerville, Mass. where I had the pleasure of meeting the entire team in their small – but growing – workshop. There I saw a repair bay, research room, and even a molecular lab where materials scientists are hard at work making new solutions for the company’s unique SLA printer. When I first met the guys from… Read More

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 Have you ever tried to lose weight, taking every precaution to cut down on red meat and cheese and bread and really get healthy, and yet still don’t lose a pound? Oftentimes, liquids are the culprit. They’re the most ignored source of calories, mostly because it’s hard to measure out the exact caloric value of every beverage you consume throughout the day. That’s where… Read More

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 French company Parrot is a multifaceted beast, with a hand in commercial, industrial, component, and consumer markets across a range of product types. It played an important role in popularizing consumer drones thanks to its AR Drone, the first version of which debuted in 2010. Since that device’s launch, Parrot has sold over 700,000 drones to hobbyists and consumers, which is not bad for… Read More

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 iOS developer Steven Troughton-Smith was the first to dig up code that indicated iOS 8 did indeed contain the seeds of a split-screen multitasking feature, even if that wasn’t announced as part of the iOS 8 reveal. Wednesday night, Troughton-Smith uploaded a video of the feature in action for any doubting Thomases out there. It remains incomplete, as you can see, and buggy, but this… Read More

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 American coffee giant is giving its customers another way to power up their devices in-store, besides those outlets everyone fights over. The new initiative involves a partnership with Duracell Powermat to provide wireless charging in Starbucks and Teavana locations across the U.S., starting in San Francisco and rolling out gradually from there. Powermat uses the PMA standard, which… Read More

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 Apple has a new patent (via AppleInsider) that could show you notifications on your Smart Cover, even when your iPad’s screen is obscured by the protective accessory. The filing details both active Smart Cover notifications that would use built-in LEDs or electroluminescent displays, and passive versions that could support pass-through transmission of light from the iPad display… Read More

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 Yesterday, Google announced a software update to Google Glass that brought World Cup notifications, a card for navigating to where you parked your car, and a card to track package shipments. Nothing to get excited for (well, except for maybe the parking location card). Read More

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 Dr. Dre’s headphone company is now Apple’s headphone company, but the Beats Solo 2 were unveiled just after the acquisition and clearly developed long before Apple became involved. Still, the sequel to Beats’ flagship product is more than just a footnote to the acquisition story – they’re a huge improvement on the originals and a good reason why the latter-day… Read More

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 As a man who loves things that come out of tubes, I am excited about the Discov3ry Extruder. Designed as an add-on to popular 3D printers, the system is essentially a plunger connected to a nozzle that squirts out pastes of various types including icing, Nutella, spackle, and silicone. Read More

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 Lytro may have led the way when it came to pictures where you could choose your point of focus after the shots were taken. The company also recently introduced the Illum light field camera, which is a big improvement on its original design, but people still had to rely on Lytro’s proprietary format for sharing. Now, the startup is introducing a open-source WebGL player that anyone can… Read More

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 French Bluetooth pioneer and AR drone maker Parrot has just released some updated news regarding its big new announcements from CES in January. Parrot showed off two new drones at the event, so-called ‘minidrones’ that are much smaller than the AR Drone it currently markets, including one aerial variant and one all-terrain ground roller that can also jump up to 80 cm, or over two and… Read More

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 While there are a few hardware-only funds and many funds will invest in drones if backed into a corner, Drone.VC looks to be the first fund that caters specifically to the robo set. Created by founder of Hacker Dojo, David Weekly, the fund is looking for backers to its syndicate on Angel List. Read More

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 Created by a team from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the Baby Elephant is a quadrapedal robot that does something special: you can ride it like a large, slow horse, thereby ushering in the era of the robotic cowboy. Baby Elephant moves about one mile per hour, which is definitely not very fast, but the fact that it can handle nasty terrain with a rider is pretty darn cool. Read More

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 The Formlabs Form 1 just got better. The new model, called the Form 1+ (note that this isn’t the Form 2 because then it would be called the Form 1++ (heh, nerd humor)), is a tweaked Form 1 with a faster build time, nicer styling, and a better control system to ensure smoother prints. Read More

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 I am obsessed with my dehumidifier. I live in a city where the average relative humidity hovers around 80% for most of the year and it’s a constant battle to keep my things protected from the elements, even when I’m indoors. So that is I am excited about CliMate, a tiny environment tracker that connects by Bluetooth to an app on your smartphone and is currently raising funds on… Read More

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 Oculus VR today confirmed that it has hired Jason Rubin to lead first-party game development. This comes less than a week after the company announced that it has poached Jason Holtman from Valve to lead the creation of a platform for selling virtual-reality experiences. Best known for his work as co-founder at Naughty Dog, Rubin served as director on every title in both the Crash Bandicoot and… Read More

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 Those interested in buying an Amazon Kindle e-reader or tablet can now pay in a series of five equal monthly payments instead of one lump sum at checkout. According to the promotion page, this payment plan doesn’t require a credit check and doesn’t add anything to the price of the gadget, making it a pretty sweet deal for those on a budget looking to pick up a device. Read More

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