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TinyML is giving hardware new life

by Walter Thompson / 5 days

Today and going forward, billions of tiny devices will act as an extension of our brains, feelings and emotions as a natural extension of everyday life.

How to upgrade your at-home videoconference setup: Lighting edition

by Darrell Etherington / 5 days

In this instalment of our ongoing series around making the most of your at-home video setup, we’re going to focus on one of the most important, but least well understood or implemented parts of the equation: Lighting. While it isn’t actually something that requires a lot of training, expertise or even equipment to get right, […]

BeeHero smartens up hives to provide ‘pollination as a service’ with $4M seed round

by Devin Coldewey / 6 days

Vast monoculture farms outstripped the ability of bee populations to pollinate them naturally long ago, but the techniques that have arisen to fill that gap are neither precise nor modern. Israeli startup BeeHero aims to change that by treating hives both as living things and IoT devices, tracking health and pollination progress practically in real […]

Researchers use biometrics, including data from the Oura Ring, to predict COVID-19 symptoms in advance

by Darrell Etherington / 6 days

A team of researchers from the West Virginia University (WVU) Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI), along with WVU’s Medicine department and staff from Oura Health have developed a platform they say can be used to anticipate the onset of COVID-19 symptoms in otherwise healthy people up to three days in advance. This can help with screening […]

Audient’s EVO 4 is a sleek, modern USB audio interface with useful smart features

by Darrell Etherington / 6 days

The USB audio interface is a fairly standardized device – for those who might not know, that’s the hardware you use to take a microphone or instrument that uses an XLR or 1/4″ output and get that into your computer via a USB connection for recording or streaming. There are a lot of choices in […]

Raspberry Pi Foundation announces Raspberry Pi 4 with 8GB of RAM

by Romain Dillet / 7 days

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has released a new version of its flagship model, the Raspberry Pi 4. In addition to the models that come with 2GB and 4GB of RAM, there’s a new 8GB model. This model costs $75, which makes it the most expensive Raspberry Pi out there. As always, you get a single-board […]

Bang & Olufsen’s latest Beoplay E8 fully wireless earbuds offer top sound and comfort

by Darrell Etherington / 7 days

Bang & Olufsen has an excellent reputation in home audio, and its original Beoplay E8 fully wireless headphones were a category leader when there was barely a category to lead. The company recently launched the third version of the E8, a new generation of hardware that comes with a number of improvements for better audio […]

Apple begins offering Macs with custom configurations in India

by Manish Singh / 7 days

Apple is finally giving customers in India the ability to order customized versions of iMac, MacBook Air, Mac Mini and other Mac computers. The Cupertino-giant has started to offer a full-range of the Mac portfolio with configure-to-order (CTO) or build-to-order (BTO) option in India, allowing customers in the country to request specific custom needs such […]

Sony’s ZV-1 compact camera zooms in on vloggers

by Devin Coldewey / 8 days

Sony has taken aim at the suddenly enormous market of people who want to self-produce high-quality video with a minimum of setup. Its ZV-1 mutates the versatile RX100 series into a selfie video machine, and it could be the all-in-one solution many a vlogger has been searching for. The new camera is very much based […]

Jabra’s Elite Active 75t earbuds offer great value and sound for both workouts and workdays

by Darrell Etherington / 9 days

Technology improvements over the past few years mean that most fully wireless earbuds are a lot better than they used to be. That has led to something of a narrowing of the field among competitors in this arena, but some of the players still stand out – and Jabra have definitely delivered a standout performer […]

This Week in Apps: Facebook takes on Shopify, Tinder considers its future, contact-tracing tech goes live

by Sarah Perez / 11 days

We continue to look at how the pandemic is impacting the world of mobile apps. Notably, we saw the launch of the Apple/Google exposure notification API with the latest version of iOS.

The FBI is mad because it keeps getting into locked iPhones without Apple’s help

by Walter Thompson / 12 days

The debate over device encryption isn’t dead, it was merely resting. And it just won’t go away.

How to make the most of your at-home videoconference setup: Microphone edition

by Darrell Etherington / 12 days

Working from home isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and a slew of companies just announced longer-term initiatives to make their remote work practices either extend or permanent. That means for some it’s the perfect time to take their at-home videoconferencing setup even further, so we’re going to take a closer look at various core elements […]

PathSpot sells a scanner that fact checks your handwashing efficacy

by Natasha Mascarenhas / 13 days

The novel coronavirus disease has reminded millions that handwashing is a great way to avoid preventable diseases. Christine Schindler, the CEO and co-founder of PathSpot, has been preparing for the past three months for the past three years. “I’ve been obsessed with handwashing,” Schindler said, who has a background in biomedical engineering and public health. […]

GoPro releases a flashlight for some reason

by Matt Burns / 14 days

Today GoPro entered the cutthroat business of personal lighting. This is the GoPro Zeus Mini; it looks like a rad little light, though it’s a curious product from an action camera company. The waterproof Zeus Mini costs $69.99 and ships with a magnetic spring clip. GoPro says the light is also compatible with all of […]

Facebook, YouTube, Netflix and more get eye-tracking apps from Tobii

by Devin Coldewey / 15 days

Modern apps and services are a mixed bag when it comes to accessibility, and people with conditions that prevent them from using the usual smartphone or mouse and keyboard don’t often have good alternatives. Eye-tracking tech leader Tobii has engineered a solution with a set of popular apps that are built for navigation through gaze […]

Fitbit’s Chinese rival Amazfit mulls a transparent, self-disinfecting mask

by Rita Liao / 17 days

The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a wave of Chinese companies with manufacturing operations to produce virus-fighting equipment: Shenzhen-based electric vehicle giant BYD quickly moved to launch what it claims to be the world’s largest mask plant; Hangzhou-based voice intelligence startup Rokid is making thermal imaging glasses targeted at the US market; and many more. The […]

E-bike startup Angell partners with SEB for manufacturing and investment

by Romain Dillet / 18 days

French startup Angell has signed a wide-ranging partnership with SEB, the French industrial company behind All-Clad, Krups, Moulinex, Rowenta, Tefal and others. As part of the deal, SEB will manufacture Angell’s electric bikes in a factory in Is-sur-Tille near Dijon, France. SEB’s investment arm, SEB Alliance, is also investing in Angell . The terms of […]

(Formerly Augean) Burro is giving a helping hand to field workers

by TC Video / 19 days

Rather than focusing on robots that will replace human workers outright, the company has created a semi-autonomous robotic cart that saves pickers a long trip.

How to create the best at-home videoconferencing setup, for every budget

by Darrell Etherington / 21 days

Your life probably involves a lot more videoconferencing now than it did a few weeks ago – even if it already did involve a lot. That’s not likely going to change anytime soon, so why not make the most of it? The average MacBook webcam can technically get the job done, but it’s far from […]

MIT develops a way to use wireless signals from in-home appliances to better understand your health

by Darrell Etherington / 21 days

Having a holistic picture of your health might not mean just wearing a device like an Apple Watch that can monitor your biometrics – researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) have developed a new system that can figure out when and where in-home appliances like hair dryers, stoves, microwaves and washing […]

The new August Wi-Fi Smart Lock is now available, and it’s the connected smart lock to beat

by Darrell Etherington / 22 days

It’s been a few years since August introduced any new hardware, but its August Wi-Fi Smart Lock, which it debuted at CES this year, is now available. This is the new flagship in the August lineup, replacing the August Smart Lock Pro as the latest and greatest feature-packed connected lock from the company, and it […]

Xiaomi spinoff POCO’s F2 Pro undercuts Android rivals with low price and flagship features

by Manish Singh / 22 days

POCO, a brand that spun out of Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi earlier this year, today launched the POCO F2 Pro smartphone as it continues its new journey as an independent firm. The POCO F2 Pro, like its two-year-old sleeper hit predecessor Pocophone F1 smartphone, punches above its price class. It features an all-screen 6.67-inch full-HD+ […]

Xiaomi, Samsung and others begin to resume smartphone production in India

by Manish Singh / 27 days

Xiaomi, Vivo, Samsung, Oppo and other smartphone companies have received approval from some state governments in India to partially resume manufacturing and assembling of devices amid the ongoing lockdown in the world’s second largest handset market that completely shut operations at these plants in late March. The companies said that they have secured permission to […]

Air Force gives a rare look at the research going to orbit in its X-37B spaceplane

by Devin Coldewey / 27 days

The X-37B spaceplane sounds like something out of a sci-fi novel, and its mysterious past is equally evocative. What does the military put in this long-term orbital vehicle? Turns out it’s exactly the kind of neat, but not mind-blowing, science you’d expect to find in such a thing — though solar-powered masers do sound pretty […]

Smartwatch shipments grew during the first quarter of 2020, with Apple Watch still in first place

by Catherine Shu / 28 days

Despite the worldwide impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, global smartwatch shipments continued to grow during the first three months of the year, driven by online sales, says a new report by research firm Strategy Analytics. Shipments grew 20% annually to reach 13.7 million units in the first quarter of 2020, up from 11.4 million units […]

Xiaomi launches Mi Commerce in India to boost sales amid lockdown

by Manish Singh / 29 days

Xiaomi today launched a new e-commerce service in India that allows people in the nation to easily browse and order its handsets and other products from nearby physical retail stores as the Chinese giant rushes to kickstart its sales in its biggest overseas market. Dubbed Mi Commerce, the service allows people to locate nearby stores […]

NVIDIA’s top scientist develops open-source ventilator that can be built with $400 in readily-available parts

by Darrell Etherington / about 1 month

NVIDIA Chief Scientist Bill Daily has released an open-source ventilator hardware design he developed in order to address the shortage resulting from the global coronavirus pandemic. The mechanical ventilator design developed by Daily can be assembled quickly, using off-the-shelf parts with a total cost of around $400 – making it an accessible and affordable alternative […]

Rode’s new white Wireless GO and accessories extend the flexibility of the most versatile creator mic

by Darrell Etherington / about 1 month

Sound industry leader Rode has done an amazing job keeping up with the needs of the fast-moving creator industry, supporting YouTubers, podcasters, Instagram and Tik Tok media mavens with a host of new products at impressive price points. The Rode Wireless GO mic system might be the most impressive of these, taking the quality you’d […]

The ‘PuffPacket’ could help researchers learn when, how and why people vape

by Devin Coldewey / about 1 month

Vaping is a controversial habit: it certainly has its downsides, but anecdotally it’s a fantastic smoking cessation aid. The thing is, until behavioral scientists know a bit more about who does it, when, how much and other details, its use will continue to be something of a mystery. That’s where the PuffPacket comes in. Designed […]

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