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Archived Since:March 5, 2008

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DJI adds an offline mode to its drones for clients with ‘sensitive operations’

DJI is working on a “local data mode” for its apps that prevents any data from being sent or received from the internet. The feature will be welcomed by many, but it’s hard not to attribute the timing and urgency of the announcement to the recent ban of DJI gear by the U.S. Army over unspecified “cyber vulnerabilities.” Read More

Mighty fills an iPod shuffle-sized hole for Spotify subscribers

The company launched a Kickstarter last year with the promise of “streaming music without your phone,” delivering the still-tangible benefits of devoted music hardware for the Spotify generation. The startup built up enough excitement...Show More Summary

Essential confirms $300M funding, Amazon and Best Buy retail availability

Smartphone company Essential, which is founded by Android co-creator Andy Rubin, has finally made official a $300 million funding round first reported in June. The funding round comes from investors including Tencent, as well as Amazon’s Alexa Fund, among others. Show More Summary

Internet of Bees device tracks hive health

As we all know, the bee population is declining at an alarming rate, and while the causes are many, the solutions are few. At the very least, beekeepers need to keep an extra-close eye on their hives — which can be difficult when there are a few thousand of them. Show More Summary

The CJR Commander adds some aviationpunk to your wrist

Another weekend, another mechanical watch. This time we have the Commander from CJR, the company that brought us the Airspeed last year. This unique piece features an unusual curved dial and rotor-like seconds wheel that harkens back to some strange alternate future where airplanes become sentient. Show More Summary

Solar cell lenses give these shades a charge

Over the years I’ve seen concepts of solar-powered sunglasses come and go, but the dream of for some reason wearing solar panels on my face has eluded me — until today. Genius engineers at Karlsruhe Instutite of Technology have successfully made a pair of shades with organic solar cell lenses — and you don’t even have to stare directly at the sun for them to work. Read More

Fitbit turns teens off exercising, study finds

Fitness tracker makers would have you believe that all that stands between you and the motivation to get up off your couch and get healthy is their shiny wearable device. But a new study conducted by researchers in the UK found groups of teenagers ended up being discouraged from exercising after using a Fitbit device for eight weeks. Read More

HP’s new Nvidia-powered backpack VR PC is designed for work, not play

HP has a new entrant in that most curious PC niche – the backpack computer. A product of the virtual reality computing wave, the backpack PC provides all the power needed to drive high-quality VR headsets like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, but with a form factor that allows the user to roam about untethered. Show More Summary

Federico Musto is out as Arduino CEO

Last week Arduino AG, the holding company for the open source Arduino project, announced that CEO Federico Musto stepped down, to be replaced with Massimo Banzi as new Chairman and CTO of Arduino and Dr. Fabio Violante as CEO. The move comes after the maker community found troubling discrepancies in Musto’s educational claims. Show More Summary

Fire TV gets Amazon Echo integration for remote control-free channel changing

Fire TV owners could already control their set with voice commands, but doing so used to mean having to pick up the remote. Now that Amazon’s set top box can be paired with an Echo, the company has brought users another step closer to...Show More Summary

NASA puts $14M in funding towards soft robots, flash lidar and other research projects

NASA has announced the latest beneficiaries of its Small Business Technology Transfer program, which solicits and funds small-scale research projects outside the agency but relevant to its interests. 19 projects in a variety of fields are being awarded a total of $14.3 million. Read More

Ring adds three connected Spotlight Cams to its Floodlight Cam lineup

Connected home security device maker Ring has a growing product line – and it’s now three products bigger. Joining the Floodlight Cam the company debuted at CES this year, Ring is now also offering three Spotlight Cam variants, eachShow More Summary

Your smartphone is the key for the Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 is unique in a lot of ways, but one of the more interesting is its use of your smartphone as the only key – there’s not fob, even, let alone an ignition for a traditional key. The vehicle uses the Tesla app on your smartphone to communicate your identity, unlock the vehicle, and know when it’s ready to start and turn off. Show More Summary

Using eye smiles to predict the state of your whole face in VR

They say you can tell a real smile because it reaches the eyes. Of course, that just means we all have to learn to fake that kind of smile, too. But the subtle expressiveness of our eyeball area has a fringe benefit: VR researchers can use it to guess at what the rest of your face is doing. Read More

iRobot’s CEO says the company never planned to sell Roomba home mapping data

This was not the conversation iRobot CEO Colin Angle expected to have this week. In the past few days, iRobot posted excellent Q2 earnings, thanks to brisk Prime Day Roomba sales, and acquired its largest European distributor in a $141 million deal. Show More Summary

Microsoft’s Imagine Cup crowns its 15th winner, the X.GLU smart glucose meter for kids

Microsoft’s annual Imagine Cup, a global competition of high-tech student projects, reached its culmination this week accompanied by the usual pomp at the company’s headquarters in Redmond. The winner of the $100,000 grand prize and 365 days of bragging rights is X.GLU, a Czech team that created a custom smart glucose meter for children with diabetes. Read More

GoPro’s CEO believes a simple video editing app holds the key to the company’s future

Nick Woodman believes QuikStories represents the path forward for GoPro. The company’s founder/CEO doesn’t hold back. “You can say this is the biggest thing we’ve done to simplify the experience of sharing video since the invention of the GoPro itself,” he says matter of factly. Investors haven’t always agreed with his decisions, but his unbridled enthusiasm… Read More

Russian scientists put a defibrillator on a drone

In what looks like a potentially useful use of drone technology, Russian scientists at the Moscow Technology Institute have stuck a defibrillator on a drone so it can be remote piloted to a person in need of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Read More

Sony’s a7S II stuns with 4K footage from outside the International Space Station

Sony’s lineup of full-frame mirrorless cameras are impressive, and have become a staple for videographers and photographers worldwide. But now, the a7S II has gone beyond just our world, capturing amazing 4K footage from outside the International Space Station. Show More Summary

Logitech Circle2 is a great surveillance system, but for a price

Accessible home monitoring should be more than just being able to buy a security camera. It’s means having a packaged software experience, where you should be able to link cameras together over a secure cloud connection, while mounting them on walls, glass or the outdoors. Show More Summary

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