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Hands-On With Ford’s Sync 3

ford-1 Ford was one of the first major car manufacturers to bring connected car technology to its lineup with Sync in 2007, but while the first iterations of its Sync and MyFord Touch infotainment systems were ahead of their time in the car world, they were also rather slow, clunky, and the user interface was somewhat unintuitive. Sync 3, which is now available on the 2016 Ford Escape compact SUV… Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

August 22nd

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Google Brings Interactive Watch Faces And Built-In Google Translate Support To Android Wear

interactive-watch-faces Android Wear’s watch faces are getting a bit more interesting today. Developers were always able to display a lot of information on their watch faces, but users couldn’t interact with them. Starting today, however, you’ll be able to install interactive watch faces that allow you to pull up more information and launch apps with a tap right from the watch face (and… Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

August 20th

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Google Launches OnHub Router, Promises Faster Wi-Fi And Simpler Setup

Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 9.42.24 AM Google today surprised us by launching a router with the help of its partner TP-LINK. The $199.99 OnHub router promises to do away with many of the issues you’ve likely experienced with your existing router: Wi-Fi slowing to a crawl, videos buffering and connections randomly dropping out. That always meant unplugging the device, waiting a minute or so, plugging it back in, and then… Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

August 18th

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BlackSky Global Wants To Launch 60 Satellites To Give You a Near Real-Time View Of Earth

BlackSky Pathfinder Spacecraft - Final Integration We’re all familiar with the kind of satellite imagery on Google Maps and similar services at this point. Those images, however, are only updated every few months. BlackSky Global, a “satellite-imaging-as-a-service” startup based in Seattle, wants to launch a fleet of 60 satellites to provide its customers with a near real-time view wide swaths of the planet and sell those… Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

June 16th

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Google ATAP’s Project Jacquard Wants To Weave Sensors Into Your Clothes

google-io-2015-atap0049 Google’s ATAP unit today debuted Project Jacquard, the group’s effort to develop the technology that could soon make interactive textiles not just a novelty, but something that the global fashion industry could adopt. Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

May 29th

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FloNew Lets Drones Automatically Fly To iBeacons

flo-new Here is a fun drone hack from our Disrupt NY Hackathon. FloNew brings together Gimbal beacons, Esri mapping, Nexmo’s communications platform and Parrot’s RollingSpider MiniDrones. Using FloNew’s mobile app, you can automatically send your drone to any of your nearby beacons. Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

May 3rd

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HoloLens Hands-On: How We Built An App For Microsoft’s Augmented Reality Headset

hololens_front Microsoft’s HoloLens is no joke. We’ve now tried the company’s latest revision of its unreleased augmented reality headset and even built an app for it. The new hardware, which Microsoft also showcased during its Build developer conference keynote yesterday, feels very solid and the user experience (mostly) delivers on the company’s promises. Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

May 1st

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HoloLens Hands-On: How We Built An App For Microsoft’s Augmented Reality Headset

hololens_front Microsoft’s HoloLens is no joke. We’ve now tried the company’s latest revision of its unreleased augmented reality headset and even built an app for it. The new hardware, which Microsoft also showcased during its Build developer conference keynote yesterday, feels very solid and the user experience (mostly) delivers on the company’s promises. Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

May 1st

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Movidius Raises $40M To Bring Computer VisionTo Mobile Devices

482562125 Movidius, the company that makes the vision processor that powers Google’s Tango tablet, today announced that it has raised a $40 million funding round led by Summit Bridge Capital — a collaboration between Atlantic Bridge Capital and WestSummit Capital. This marks one of the largest funding rounds in a fabless semiconductor company in recent years. New investors in this round… Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

April 14th

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3D Robotics’ New Solo Drone Promises To Make Aerial Videography Easy

Solo_Ground_4 With the Solo, 3D Robotics (3DR) is launching its most ambitious consumer drone yet. It’s a ready-to-fly quadcopter that combines everything the company has learned from its earlier products — and those of its competitors — into a single platform. With the Solo, 3DR also offers a new level of customer support that is pretty much unrivaled in the industry. Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

April 13th

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