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Google's Pixel 3 Black Friday deals prove it's better to wait

Engadget - 13 hours 46 min ago
The Black Friday onslaught is underway ahead of the big day on November 23rd. Google is the latest to tease its deals, slashing the prices of its latest products: the Pixel 3 and 3 XL and Google Home Hub. Starting tomorrow, its flagship phones will g...

A cheaper, smaller Raspberry Pi 3 is now available

Engadget - 14 hours 11 min ago
The Raspberry Pi Foundation released its upgraded flagship computing board, the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, earlier this year. Now the boards are shipping in volume, the company has been able to turn its attention to what it calls one of its "most frequ...

Facebook responds to the New York Times' blockbuster exposé

Engadget - 14 hours 33 min ago
The New York Times recently published a bruising Facebook report saying, among other things, that the social network knew about Russian interference well before it said, feared Trump supporters and lobbied against critics. The nature of the article s...

Twitter's Explore tab starts sorting stories into sections

Engadget - 15 hours 1 min ago
Twitter has updated its Explore tab for iOS, sorting entries into separate sections depending on their topics. The platform says it implemented the change to make Explore easier to, well, explore and to give you a quick way to find stories you'd actu...

Fortnite season 6, week 8 challenges and tips to complete them - CNET

CNET News - 15 hours 50 min ago
Once again, the Fortnite Battle Pass challenges have been leaked early, but one of them is impossible to figure out until they officially go live.

Everyday RFID tags could help spot food contamination

Engadget - 16 hours 18 min ago
You might not need special sensors or old-fashioned inspections to tell whether food has gone bad. If MIT has its way, the tags you already find on your food might do the job. Its researchers have developed a wireless system, RFIQ, that detects pot...

Google is closing its Schaft robotics unit after failing to find a buyer

TechCrunch - 17 hours 28 min ago

Sad news for anyone into giant robots: Google is closing down Schaft, its secretive unit that develops bipedal robots aimed at helping out in disaster efforts and generally looking badass.

The news was first reported by Nikkei, but Google confirmed to TechCrunch that the business will be shuttered. It said it is helping staff find new roles, most of which will likely be outside of Google and its Alphabet parent.

Firstly up, many people — myself included — might have forgotten that Google owns Schaft .

The company was scheduled to be sold to SoftBank alongside Boston Dynamics — another of Google’s robotics ventures — through a deal that was announced last year. Boston Dynamics made the transition but Schaft didn’t. Softbank never shouted that omission from the rooftops, but a source with knowledge of the deal told us that certain conditions agreed for the deal were not fulfilled, hence Schaft remained with Google.

Our source explained that Google’s robotics focused shifted away from Schaft and instead to non-humanoid robots and industry-led solutions such as robotic arms. The departure of Andy Rubin, the controversial robotics evangelist who reportedly got a $90 million payout to leave amid sexual misconduct allegations, seemed to speed up its demise inside the organization.

Google shopped the Schaft business fairly widely — since 2016 and after the SoftBank deal collapsed — but to no avail, we understand. That left closing it down as the last remaining option.

Schaft was founded in 2012 by a group led by University of Tokyo professor Yuto Nakanishi.

Alphabet acquired Shaft and Boston Dynamics in 2013, the former was part of a group of seven acquisitions, in undisclosed deals.

There’s been plenty of attention on Boston Dynamics and its crazy, even scary, robots which can trek across all terrains and get up instantly when knocked over, but Schaft maintained a fairly quiet presence. Indeed, its first major prototypes weren’t revealed until some two years after its acquisition.

Uber lost over $1 billion in Q3 as it closes in on an IPO

Engadget - 17 hours 31 min ago
Uber, according to its self-reported financials, said it lost (on a GAAP basis) $1.07 billion as it continues to invest in new areas, such as bicycles, scooters and freight shipments. The company is still growing however, as revenue rose 38 percent f...

Legrand acquires smart home startup Netatmo

TechCrunch - 17 hours 35 min ago

French hardware startup Netatmo got acquired by the biggest manufacturer of switches and sockets in the world, Legrand. Terms of the deal are undisclosed.

Legrand and Netatmo already collaborated together on some products. Back in 2017, the company announced that it would work with industrial groups to connect everything in your home, starting with Legrand and Velux.

With Legrand’s “Céliane with Netatmo” switches and power outlets, you could build a house with a smart electrical installation from day one. This way, you could have a wireless master switch near your entrance, activate some outlets using Amazon Alexa and control your home from Messenger.

“Our strategy is the connected home. But there are some connected features that we can’t sell to consumers because those products are sold to professionals directly,” Netatmo founder and CEO Fred Potter told me at the time of the original announcement.

Netatmo’s team is going to be integrated into Legrand. Legrand plans to release more connected objects in the future. Netatmo founder and CEO Fred Potter is becoming CTO of Legrand’s research & development division. According to the announcement, Netatmo was generating $51 million (€45 million) in annual revenue.

Netatmo’s first product was a weather station. It works over Wi-Fi and was one of the first weather stations that you could check from your phone.

More recently, the company released security products, such as a connected camera that identifies faces on the device itself, a similar camera that works outdoor and a connected smoke alarm. Some people called Netatmo the “Nest of Europe” as the company also released smart thermostats and radiator valves.

Can you tow a Tesla Model 3 to recharge its battery? - Roadshow

CNET News - 18 hours 20 min ago
It turns out that the answer to that is yes, you can.

Amazon strikes a global deal with Blumhouse for eight thrillers

Engadget - 18 hours 46 min ago
Jason Blum's Blumhouse Television, the production house behind TV shows like Eye Candy and Cold Case Files, has struck a deal with Amazon Studios to create eight dark/thriller films that will all be thematically connected. If the name Jason Blum soun...

As 5G looms, China's already looking at 6G development - CNET

CNET News - 18 hours 47 min ago
The mainland is looking to be one step ahead of everyone else.

Scientists are about to redefine how much a kilogram weighs - CNET

CNET News - 19 hours 33 min ago
For 129 years, the kilogram has been defined by a lump of metal in a French vault -- but that's about to change.

Tim Cook named ADL's inaugural 'Courage Against Hate' award recipient - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2018-11-14 23:40
Apple CEO recognized for championing unity, diversity and social progress.

Boeing's solar-powered climate research drone takes flight in 2019

Engadget - Wed, 2018-11-14 22:54
Aurora Flight Sciences, a subsidiary of Boeing that specializes in unmanned aerial vehicles, is gearing up to launch a solar-powered autonomous aircraft. The vehicle, called Odysseus, is designed for persistent flight at high-altitudes and will be us...

Scientists uncover massive asteroid impact site under Greenland ice sheet - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2018-11-14 22:02
The remnants of an ice age asteroid that slammed into the Earth have been discovered under Greenland's Hiawatha Glacier.

Windows 10 preview adds smarter active hours and a true light theme

Engadget - Wed, 2018-11-14 21:49
Microsoft only just resumed rolling out its problematic Windows 10 October update, but it's already looking toward the future. The company has released a Windows 10 Insider Preview to Fast ring users with some big updates in tow, both conspicuous an...

You've heard of AR glasses, but this startup wants to make them into contact lenses - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2018-11-14 21:22
One of the biggest challenges for AR headsets like Microsoft's HoloLens is their bulk. A startup called Mojo Vision wants to make them virtually disappear.

Facebook executives ignored warnings, deflected blame as scandals mounted, report says - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2018-11-14 21:03
CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg "stumbled" as they grappled with a growing number of scandals, according to The New York Times.

Aston Martin turns on the charm with the V12 Vantage V600 - Roadshow

CNET News - Wed, 2018-11-14 21:00
As a last hurrah for the last generation of Vantage, Aston Marin is making a very small number of the V600, a truly gorgeous send off for one of the last analogue supercars.