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Google sends out invites for its October 4 Pixel phones event

2016-09-19_1810 Google just sent out invites for an event in San Francisco on October 4th. Rumor has it that the company will reveal its next smartphones at the event. While the invite itself only features Google’s own logo, the company also just posted a teaser video and site that both strongly hint at a new phone. The URL for the teaser site is madeby.google.com, and unless something has… Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

September 20th

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Google sends out invites for its October 4 Pixel phones event

2016-09-19_1810 Google just sent out invites for an event in San Francisco on October 4th. Rumor has it that the company will reveal its next smartphones at the event. While the invite itself only features Google’s own logo, the company also just posted a teaser video and site that both strongly hint at a new phone. The URL for the teaser site is madeby.google.com, and unless something has… Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

September 20th

Gadgets

Parrot announces a dev kit that helps drones see and avoid obstacles

image008 Parrot, the French company that is probably best known for its AR.Drone and Bebop drones, today announced the Parrot S.L.A.M.dunk, a new development kit for helping drones and robots navigate indoors, avoid obstacles and map its surroundings. The S.L.A.M.dunk (I know I’ll never tire of typing that out), which the company announced at the annual Interdrone conference in Las Vegas today,… Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

September 7th

Gadgets

Parrot announces a dev kit that helps drones see and avoid obstacles

image008 Parrot, the French company that is probably best known for its AR.Drone and Bebop drones, today announced the Parrot S.L.A.M.dunk, a new development kit for helping drones and robots navigate indoors, avoid obstacles and map its surroundings. The S.L.A.M.dunk (I know I’ll never tire of typing that out), which the company announced at the annual Interdrone conference in Las Vegas today,… Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

September 7th

Gadgets

Google’s ATAP is bringing its Project Soli radar sensor to smartwatches and speakers

soli style Every year at I/O, Google’s ATAP division, which is responsible for turning some of the company’s crazier ideas into products, organizes its own small keynote. This year, the company offered updates on a number of projects, including Project Soli, its attempt at building a very small radar sensor that can translate hand movements into digital signals for building new user… Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

May 20th

Gadgets

Android Wear 2.0 gets a keyboard, standalone apps, activity recognition and a new UI

O92A6304 Google’s Android Wear smartwatch platform launched more than two years ago and it’s now supported by more than a dozen brands and runs on more than 100 watch designs. Today, the company took the wraps off version 2.0 of Android Wear, the biggest update of the platform yet. Google will release the developer preview of Wear 2.0 at I/O, but it’ll take until the fall before… Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

May 18th

Gadgets

Google now lets you design custom cases for your Nexus phones

MM_Toolkit_Blog_Animated_2160x1080_transparent Google is launching a new service today that allows you to create $35 custom cases for its Nexus 5X, 6 and 6P phones. You can choose between two variations of the Live Cases. One allows you to pick any photo and print it onto your case. The other lets you design and print a stylized map with the help of Google Maps. Both of these variations allow you to select a couple of filters and other… Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

April 14th

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littleBits’ new STEAM kit for students emphasizes invention

large_1e9073af-9f17-45e4-aed4-19261bc42ff0 We are big fans of LittleBits here at TechCrunch. The company, which raised $44.2 million last year, offers a number of different sets that teach kids (and grown-ups) about programming and electronics — and lets them get creative with their new skills. Today, the company introduced its first STEAM kit. STEAM adds ‘Arts and Design’ to STEM’s science, technology,… Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

March 8th

Gadgets

Microsoft Launches Pre-Orders For $3,000 HoloLens Development Kit, Will Start Shipping March 30

MSHoloLens_GroupShot_wAcc_WhtBG_V2_RGB When Microsoft first announced HoloLens, its mixed-reality hardware platform, many of us assumed it was little more than a cool demo that was meant to stir up excitement for the company. But it was clearly more than that and starting today, Microsoft will start taking pre-orders from developers who have applied for a unit. Developers who get an invite will be able to buy a unit for $3,000.… Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

February 29th

Gadgets

Cyanogen’s New MOD Platform Will Allow Developers To Deeply Integrate Their Apps Into Its OS

MOD_hero Typically, mobile apps are stand-alone experiences that play nicely with the operating system but aren’t fully integrated in it. Cyanogen — the company best known for its Android-based Cyanogen OS — is launching MOD today, a new developer platform that will give app developers the ability to integrate their apps more directly into the operating system. The basic idea here is… Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

February 22nd

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