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Smart suitcase maker Bluesmart unveils luxury Black Edition

20160503-Bluesmart31534 Bluesmart, the makers of smart luggage with GPS and charging capabilities, has today introduced the latest in its line of luggage with the Black Edition. The Black Edition puts design top of mind, adding higher-value materials and more attention to detail to the already-smart suitcases so it looks and feels like a luxury item. The Black Edition is completely redesigned from earlier models, with… Read More

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Jordan Crook

May 25th

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eero inks $50 million funding deal with Menlo’s Opportunity Fund, plans to sell products at Best Buy

eero Just months after finally shipping its product to consumers, smart wireless routing system eero has pulled in a new $50 million in Series B growth funding from Menlo Ventures, as the first investment from the Menlo Opportunity Fund. Existing investors First Round Capital, Shasta Ventures, Red Point Ventures, and Playground Global also added to this round. eero is not disclosing specific terms… Read More

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Sarah Buhr

May 25th

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Nanomaterials could double efficiency of solar cells by converting waste heat into usable energy

MIT-Solar-Thermal-1_0 An experimental solar cell created by MIT researchers could massively increase the amount of power generated by a given area of panels, while simultaneously reducing the amount of waste heat. Even better, it sounds super cool when scientists talk about it: “with our own unoptimized geometry, we in fact could break the Shockley-Queisser limit.” Read More

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Devin Coldewey

May 25th

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Nanomaterials could double efficiency of solar cells by converting waste heat into usable energy

MIT-Solar-Thermal-1_0 An experimental solar cell created by MIT researchers could massively increase the amount of power generated by a given area of panels, while simultaneously reducing the amount of waste heat. Even better, it sounds super cool when scientists talk about it: “with our own unoptimized geometry, we in fact could break the Shockley-Queisser limit.” Read More

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Devin Coldewey

May 25th

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E Ink brings rich color to ePaper, but not to e-readers

Pencils E Ink, maker of the ePaper displays found in many e-readers (maddening to have three different e prefixes in one sentence, but it’s unavoidable), announced a brand new type of reflective display that can show a huge range of colors — but the tech is only going to be deployed as signage for now. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

May 24th

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Apple prepping Siri SDK and Echo-like home assistant gadget

shutterstock apple Apple is preparing an SDK that would allow developers much greater access to Siri — and the improved assistant will power a stationary hub device like Amazon’s Echo. A report from The Information tallies with what we’ve heard over the last few weeks; expect an announcement, if not the device itself, at WWDC in June. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

May 24th

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Apple prepping Siri SDK and Echo-like home assistant gadget

shutterstock apple Apple is preparing an SDK that would allow developers much greater access to Siri — and the improved assistant will power a stationary hub device like Amazon’s Echo. A report from The Information tallies with what we’ve heard over the last few weeks; expect an announcement, if not the device itself, at WWDC in June. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

May 24th

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Gulülu turns drinking water into a game for kids

Gululu 2 Through the power of smart sensors and the magic of the cloud, parched children is on its way to become a thing of the past — at least, if the Gulülu team have anything to say in the matter. The company’s bottle, launching on Kickstarter today, is the newest, most high-tech weapon in the battle to get their kids to imbibe enough liquids throughout the day. Read More

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Haje Jan Kamps

May 24th

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Pebble announces two new watches and the Core, a pocket computer for runners

Pebble “This is Pebble Core,” Eric Migicovsky says with a smile. “It’s our first non-watch product. The simplest way to explain it is that it’s a computer that fits on your keychain. It’s a tiny Android computer without a screen. It has 3D, GPS, Wi-Fi, a little bit of memory and both Android and JavaScript apps run on Pebble’s JavaScript framework.”… Read More

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Brian Heater

May 24th

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Otterbox’s new case offers a battery, speakers, Square reader and other swappable functionality

Otterbox universe I spotted an Otterbox case on the train ride in this morning that more or less confirmed my feelings about the company’s products: big, bulky and protective. Swaddling one’s phone in an Otterbox case for a New York City subway ride is the smartphone equivalent to wearing a bulletproof vest in public. It’s kind of uncomfortable and slightly awkward, but hey, you never know… Read More

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Brian Heater

May 24th

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