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The Sengled Pulse is a clever but problematic take on whole-home audio

bulb_page_b_sec_1 Sengled is the latest manufacturer to jump into the smart bulb space and their products, while a bit behind the curve, are clever and – most important – cheap. Their smartest smart bulbs are $10 cheaper than the arguably top-of-the-line Philips LIFX bulbs and they also offer the Pulse, a pair of bulbs containing an LED light source and JBL Bluetooth speakers for about $100.… Read More

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John Biggs

January 17th

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LEGO’s new Boost blocks let little kids learn to program

lego LEGO has long offered the Mindstorms platform for big kids (and adults) to make cool robotic projects. Now, however, they’ve launched the Boost platform, a robotics and programming system aimed at 7 year olds. The Boost kit comes with everything you need to make five projects including Vernie and Frankie, a funny robot and robotic cat, respectively. The kit includes a battery-powered… Read More

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John Biggs

January 6th

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LEGO’s new Boost blocks let little kids learn to program

lego LEGO has long offered the Mindstorms platform for big kids (and adults) to make cool robotic projects. Now, however, they’ve launched the Boost platform, a robotics and programming system aimed at 7 year olds. The Boost kit comes with everything you need to make five projects including Vernie and Frankie, a funny robot and robotic cat, respectively. The kit includes a battery-powered… Read More

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John Biggs

January 6th

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LEGO’s new Boost blocks let little kids learn to program

lego LEGO has long offered the Mindstorms platform for big kids (and adults) to make cool robotic projects. Now, however, they’ve launched the Boost platform, a robotics and programming system aimed at 7 year olds. The Boost kit comes with everything you need to make five projects including Vernie and Frankie, a funny robot and robotic cat, respectively. The kit includes a battery-powered… Read More

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John Biggs

January 6th

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Alexa adds DISH support for your DVRing pleasure

dish DISH DVR owners can now connect directly to the Amazon Echo or Dot and tell Alexa to turn on ESPN, find Matt Damon movies, or bring up lots of comedies. The feature will be rolled out in the “first half of the year” according to a DISH press release. “You no longer have to set down your popcorn to change the channel, or spend time searching for what channel the game is on… Read More

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John Biggs

January 3rd

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Toymakers are the early adopters pushing AR into the mainstream

pokemon-go One indicator of how the market is apparently more comfortable with AR than it is with its immersive sibling, VR, is that one of its earliest adopters are toymakers. Read More

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Amir-Esmaeil Bozorgzadeh

December 31st

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An Amazon Echo may be the key to solving a murder case

amazon-echo Internet-connected devices are starting to become tools to help in criminal cases. As first reported in the Information, police in Bentonville, Arkansas have issued a warrant to Amazon, asking the company to hand over data from an Echo device to help prosecute a suspected murderer. James Andrew Bates, the suspect in the case, was charged with first-degree murder in November of 2015 after… Read More

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Sarah Buhr

December 28th

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An Amazon Echo may be the key to solving a murder case

amazon-echo Internet-connected devices are starting to become tools to help in criminal cases. As first reported in the Information, police in Bentonville, Arkansas have issued a warrant to Amazon, asking the company to hand over data from an Echo device to help prosecute a suspected murderer. James Andrew Bates, the suspect in the case, was charged with first-degree murder in November of 2015 after… Read More

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Sarah Buhr

December 28th

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The new Barnes & Noble Nooks come with free malware

nook-tablet-7-2016 Barnes & Noble began outsourcing its Nook e-readers a few years ago after a partnership with Samsung and their latest $50 Nook 7 android tablet, announced last month, shows us how that has worked out for them. Their latest e-reader includes ADUPS, a firmware that sends user data back to the manufacturer or an interested hacker. This is the same malware that researchers found on cheap… Read More

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John Biggs

December 22nd

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The Libreboot C201 from Minifree is really really really ridiculously open source

screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-1-01-12-pm Open source laptops — ones not running any commercial software whatsoever — have been the holy grail for free software fans for years. Now, with the introduction of libreboot, a truly open source boot firmware, the dream is close to fruition. The $730 laptop is a bog standard piece of hardware but it contains only open source software. The OS, Debian, is completely open source;… Read More

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John Biggs

December 8th

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