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Facebook reportedly building smart speaker with touch screen

 Facebook may launch its own smart home gadget to get you messaging more friends and looking at more photos. DigiTimes reports from Taiwan that Facebook is building a 15-inch touch screen smart speaker. Citing sources from the “upstream supply chain”, Chinese iPhone manufacturer Pegatron is building the device for a Q1 2018 launch, with a small pilot run having already been produced. Read More

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Josh Constine

July 25th

Gadgets

Apple HomePod speaker favors sound over Siri

 Apparently Apple knows Siri kinda sucks, because it was the last thing mentioned in the unveiling of the new HomePod speaker. That’s why it’s dumpily named as a successor to the iPod, not Apple’s old-but-unwise voice assistant. Read More

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Josh Constine

June 5th

Apple

Gadgets

Apple HomePod speaker favors sound over Siri

 Apparently Apple knows Siri kinda sucks, because it was the last thing mentioned in the unveiling of the new HomePod speaker. That’s why it’s dumpily named as a successor to the iPod, not Apple’s old-but-unwise voice assistant. Read More

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Josh Constine

June 5th

Apple

Gadgets

Away nears 100K stylish suitcases sold as it raises $20M

 What do people actually want in luggage? A phone charger, unbreakable exterior, and maximum packing space at a resonable price is what Away discovered. So it built a line of sleek but expansive polycarbonite suitcases equipped with battery packs, and sold them direct-to-consumer. Now after selling nearly 100,000 suitcases and generating $20 million in revenue, Away has raised a $20 million… Read More

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Josh Constine

May 19th

Gadgets

Snap earned $8.3M on Spectacles ‘and other revenue’ in Q1, $4.5M in Q4

 Snapchat won’t say exactly how many Spectacles its sold, but it did admit today that the “Other revenue” category that’s mostly from Spectacles brought in around $4.5 million in revenue in Q4 2016, and over $8.3 million in revenue in Q1 2017. Read More

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Josh Constine

May 10th

Gadgets

Snap earned $8.3M on Spectacles ‘and other revenue’ in Q1, $4.5M in Q4

 Snapchat won’t say exactly how many Spectacles its sold, but it did admit today that the “Other revenue” category that’s mostly from Spectacles brought in around $4.5 million in revenue in Q4 2016, and over $8.3 million in revenue in Q1 2017. Read More

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Josh Constine

May 10th

Gadgets

Inside Andy Rubin’s futuristic Playground hardware incubator

 With titanium 3D printers, electrostatic charge tables, and a giant slide, Playground Global lives up to it’s a name. Here we take you on a tour of Android operating system inventor Andy Rubin’s hardware startup incubator that’s backed by a $300 million fund. Check out how the whimsical space lets scrappy hackers compete with Facebook and Google to recruit top talent. If… Read More

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Josh Constine

May 6th

Gadgets

Facebook is building a brain-computer interface

 Today Facebook will reveal its progress on creating brain-computer interface that could let people control augmented reality and virtual reality expereinces with their mind instead of a screen or controller. Facebook’s CEO and CTO teased these details of the technology over the last two days at Facebook’s F8 conference. Regina Dugan, the head of Facebook’s R&D division… Read More

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Josh Constine

April 19th

Gadgets

Snap explored selling a 360 camera

snap-360-camera What comes after Spectacles for the “camera company”? Snap has explored 360 cameras as a future product, according to three sources familiar with the matter. Snap brought in a camera developer with expertise in 360 cameras and stereoscopic cameras to pitch the company potential hardware options. Read More

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Josh Constine

March 1st

Gadgets

Mobile

Snap starts selling Spectacles online in the US for $130

spectacles-on-sale Snap wants to prove to investors in its upcoming IPO that Spectacles can earn money for its business, not just be a brand stunt. So today, Snap begins selling its video-recording sunglasses Spectacles openly online for $129.99 in the US at Spectacles.com. Previously it only dispensed them from Snapbot vending machines in surprise locations and its NYC pop-up store for the last three months.… Read More

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Josh Constine

February 20th

Gadgets

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