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OnBeep To Tackle Group Communication Wearables With $6.25M In New Funding

29 minutes agoTechnology / Gadgets : CrunchGear

Stealth startup OnBeep got a little less stealthy today, announcing a new Series A round of $6.25 million in funding including investment from Riche Levandov of Avalon ventures, and including previous seed funding from WordPress-creator Matt Mullenweg and others. Show More Summary

The Garmin Fenix 2 Brings The Running Watch Into A Dystopian Future

20 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : CrunchGear

You’re in a desert, walking along in the sand, when all of a sudden you look down and see a tortoise. It’s crawling toward you… how do you train yourself to outrun it? I like to think you’d probably want a Fenix 2 from Garmin. I’ve used Garmin running watches since their first, bulbous balls of GPS electronics were launched in the early 2000s. Now, after… Read More

Philips Hue Lux Review: Smart Lighting For Less

21 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : CrunchGear

If you’ve been eyeing the Philips Hue connected lighting series with keen interest but are also unwilling to spend the big bucks the current series demands, now’s your chance to get on board: Philips has kicked off pre-orders for the Hue Lux line of bulbs, including individual units and a starter kit including two bulbs and a base. Show More Summary

Best Buy Briefly Lists The Moto 360 Smart Watch For $249

Best Buy may have inadvertently revealed pricing for the Moto 360 smart watch, set to be unveiled at a press event in early September. The big box retailer put up a listing for the smart watch on their website, which had a full list of specs as well as a $249 price tag. Show More Summary

Reversible USB Could Be iPhone 6’s Biggest Little New Feature

When the iPhone 6 arrives, likely in September at Apple’s upcoming special event, a lot of people will be looking for a larger screen as the core feature to get excited about. But one change that could actually have more of an impact...Show More Summary

A Q&A With SmartThings CEO Alex Hawkinson After Selling To Samsung For $200M

As you might have heard, Samsung loosened up the purse strings yesterday with a ~$200 million acquisition of SmartThings, a platform that sells starter kits for entirely personalized smart home customization. For a few hundred dollars,...Show More Summary

The Skully Smart Helmet Is The Fastest Funded Indiegogo Campaign To Hit $1M

It seems that a lot of people will shell out to use heads-up displays in their vehicles, whether it’s a attached to a car’s 16-pin data port or is integrated into a helmet for motorcycles. Read More

AirEnergy Is An Upgradable Wind Turbine You Can Keep In A Backpack

Have you ever wanted to become a self-sufficient hermit, living off the grid and generating all your own energy? Well you can stop drying out and burning your number-twos because here comes AirEnergy 3D. This Polish crowdfunding project is a compact, portable, and upgradable wind turbine that consists of blades and a base station. Show More Summary

LightFreq’s Connected Bulbs Deliver Audio Plus Visuals

If you’re having trouble choosing whether to buy a connected lightbulb or a Bluetooth speaker then points your eyes at this Kickstarter project: LightFreq combines an app-controlled lightbulb with a Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connected speaker so you can have your visual cake and consume some audio too. Read More

Pour Your Pellets Into The Sculptify David For Some 3D Printing

Most home 3D printing systems use a few basic tools to build objects. First you have a build plate and an extruder. A motor pulls plastic filament through a heated nozzle and squeezes it out, slowly but surely creating layer after layer until you have a 3D-printed Pokemon knock-off. Show More Summary

From Windowshopping To Retail Clicks: Mannequins With Beacon Tech Trialled In UK

Mannequins that send details of the clothes they’re displaying to nearby shoppers’ phones are being trialled in three UK bricks-and-mortar stores. Read More

Microsoft Goes After The Ubiquitous MacBook To Boost Surface Brand Recognition

Microsoft billed the Surface Pro 3 as the device that can replace multiple pieces of Apple kit, including the MacBook and the iPad. Its latest ad spots for its Windows 8 marquee device target the MacBook directly, invoking the classic Apple Mac vs. Show More Summary

Woah Nelly! Microsoft Not Killing Off The Super Basic Nokia Handset After All

Last month as well as culling some 12,500 Nokia staff new owner Microsoft took an axe to the Nokia product portfolio, apparently hacking off the entire low end of devices — leaving it to focus entirely on its Windows Phone based Lumia smartphones. Show More Summary

Squishy, Lego-Like Blocks Could Build The Robots Of The Future

Imagine a biomimetic robot that can inflate itself, bend at odd angles, and channel liquids through itself in any direction. That’s what scientists at Harvard University have created. By using squishy little Lego blocks with channels built-in, a team at Harvard has created robots can move like slugs or snakes. Show More Summary

Movo Wave Wants To Make The Activity Tracking Wristband Affordable For All

The days of the $100+ activity tracker might be over; Movo, a consumer tech company out of NYC, is kicking off pre-orders today for a $29 wearable wrist band that tracks steps, distance traveled and calories burned, collecting and reporting that data via an iOS and Android app. Show More Summary

Can iBeacons Be Used To Help The Visually Impaired Navigate Public Transport?

London-based digital design studio ustwo is working on a project with the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB) to determine whether iBeacons/Bluetooth Low Energy beacon technology can be used to help visually impaired individuals...Show More Summary

China Apparently Takes Apple Off Procurement Lists In Bid To Limit Overseas Influence

China has removed iPads and MacBooks from its procurement lists for government agencies and officials, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and other products, totalling ten altogether,were...Show More Summary

Nymi’s Beta SDK And Device Emulator Go Live In Advance Of Consumer Launch

The days of the password are numbered – increasing security risks and requirements mean that old-fashioned alphanumeric passwords are just plain impractical long-term, and already startups like Bionym are looking to create their replacement. Show More Summary

The Hug, A Water Bottle Sensor And App, Helps You Stay Hydrated

Everyone knows they should be drinking more water to stay healthy and hydrated, but actually remembering to do so can be a challenge. In fact, 43% of Americans drink four cups or fewer per day, according a 2012 study from the Center for Disease Control. Show More Summary

Xiaomi Surpasses Samsung As China’s Top Smartphone Vendor, Says Canalys

Xiaomi’s name may mean “little rice” in Chinese, but it’s not so little anymore. According to a report from Canalys, Xiaomi has surpassed Samsung as China’s top smartphone maker, thanks to massive growth over the past year. The report says that in the second quarter, Xiaomi shipped 15 million smartphones in China, up from 4.4 million devices, or 240%, in the… Read More

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