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The Martix Voice is an Alexa for your Raspberry Pi

20 min 36 sec ago
 Matrix Labs just completed a successful crowdfunding campaign for what amounts to a AI voice recognition system for the Raspberry Pi which allows you, a mere mortal, to make your own Alexa in your basement. Created by Rodolfo Saccoman and Brian Sanchez their first board, the Creator, fits right on top of a standard RaspPi and gives you an 8 microphone array, a temperature sensor,… Read More

Xbox One gets Beam streaming, a new guide and more starting today

2 hours 55 min ago
 Xbox One is getting an update starting today, echoing some of the major changes coming to Windows in its forthcoming Creators Update. The big new additions include streaming via Microsoft’s own Twitch competitor Beam, as well as a brand new Xbox user experience made up of a new design for Guide, improvements to Home and more. The new features are designed around encouraging gamers to… Read More

Windows has a heart of trash

Tue, 2017-03-28 15:40
 I did a bad thing. I opened a bad file and it borked my PC. So as part of the grand tradition of frustrated tech bloggers calling on enormous companies to conform to their expectations, here is my rant on how terrible computers are — Windows ones, this time anyway — and how they ought to be. Read More

Netgear announces two new Orbi routers

Tue, 2017-03-28 11:55
 I’m a huge fan of Netgear’s Orbi routers. They offer some of the easiest setup, highest speeds, and best coverage of any of the so-called mesh wireless systems including Eero and Luma. Now Netgear’s original monstrous routers are being joined by a few cousins. The original kit, called the RBK50, came with a AC3000 Wi-Fi base station and a satellite and covered 5,000 square feet. Read More

Google’s Amazon Echo competitor and wifi router launching in UK on April 6

Tue, 2017-03-28 06:25
 Google has announced that its Google Home connected speaker will launch in the UK on April 6, along with the Google Wifi router. Read More

Between robots’ ‘safe’ and ‘unsafe’ zones, a sort of robot friend zone proposed

Mon, 2017-03-27 20:21
 It goes without saying that working with robots and heavy machinery is more than a little dangerous. While better practices and ethical companies are still less common than they should be, smarter robots are another, parallel solution. German research outfit Fraunhofer suggests an intuitive model for human-robot collaboration in industrial settings. Read More

ESA shows off sweet new renders of the Exomars 2020 rover

Mon, 2017-03-27 17:07
 Late last year the European Space Agency doubled down on its Mars mission, dedicated half a billion euros to the next phase of its Exomars 2020 program — and now we are seeing the benefits of that enormous investment: a pretty awesome new render of the rover they plan on deploying to the Martian surface. Read More

Faraday Future cancels plans to build an assembly factory in California

Mon, 2017-03-27 14:11
 Faraday Future, the would-be Tesla rival facing well-documented challenges in terms of capitalization and efforts to bring its first production vehicle to market, has scrapped plans to construct an assembly facility and “experience center” (read: showroom) in Vallejo, California on Mare Island. The car maker had already secured a negotiating agreement with the Vallejo city… Read More

Apple releases iOS 10.3 as well as macOS, watchOS and tvOS updates

Mon, 2017-03-27 13:32
 It’s patch day at Apple. The company just released four new versions of its four operating systems for all its devices — iOS 10.3, macOS 10.12.4, watchOS 3.2 and tvOS 10.2. Some of those updates are more important than others. Let’s start with iOS 10.3. The new version adds Find my AirPods and we already covered what you can expect from the new feature. You can see them on a… Read More

PlayStation 4 Pro’s Media Player gets 4K MP4 video support

Mon, 2017-03-27 13:08
 The PlayStation 4 Pro just got an update that makes it an even better companion for a 4K TV set. An update to the native PlayStation Media Player app will enable 4K video playback, for files in mp4 format saved on either a USB drive or kept in a home server the PS4 Pro hardware con communicate with. Not that if you’ve got a drive attached to your PS4 Pro that’s formatted to act as… Read More

GoTenna Pro meshing radio aspires to deploy next to rescue, fire, and security teams

Mon, 2017-03-27 12:01
 Keeping in touch when there’s no communications infrastructure for one reason or another is nice for you and me, but critical for disaster response, forest fire control, and military operations. GoTenna wants its new Pro device to be part of that by providing powerful, reliable, off-grid comms in a package a fraction the size and weight of existing systems. Read More

Wells Fargo will let you use Apple Pay and Android Pay to withdraw money

Mon, 2017-03-27 11:22
 Wells Fargo just announced that you’ll be able to use your phone or smartwatch to withdraw money from 13,000 ATMs in the U.S. As spotted by MacRumors, the bank says that it will support Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay. Five thousand ATMs should already support those NFC payment systems, others will follow suit. TechCrunch first reported that Bank of America and Wells Fargo were… Read More

Nomos Glashütte’s Metro Neomatik is modern, slim and sophisticated watch

Sun, 2017-03-26 18:15
 The smartwatch era has done nothing so much as renew my interest in real watches, which have their own type of special intelligence, albeit laid out in intricate arrays of gears and springs rather than written in silicon. Few watchmakers express this intelligence site so wonderfully as Nomos Glashütte, the German manufactory that produces exquisite timepieces with house made movements in… Read More

CubeFit TerraMat hides under your standing desk to give your feet a rest

Fri, 2017-03-24 17:35
 Back before humans invented chairs we humans stood a lot. Now, almost 100 years later, we tend to sit. However, some people still stand. For those people there is the TerraMat. The TerraMat is like a cat toy for you feet. It features a number of little bumps and ridges designed to let you stretch, exercise, and massage your feed while you’re standing. It was created by two… Read More

Insta360 Air brings affordable, easy 360 photo and video to Android phones

Fri, 2017-03-24 16:03
 You can share 360-degree video and images in more places than ever before, but how to capture that content in the first place? Insta360 has built a bit of a name for itself creating relatively inexpensive add-ons for the smartphone you already have that’d the ability to use those devices to record and broadcast in 360. The $129.99 Insta360 Air is the company’s Android device… Read More

Erato’s Muse 5 wireless in-ear headphones give AirPods a run for their money

Fri, 2017-03-24 09:36
 Apple’s AirPods are probably the first really mainstream completely wireless headphones, but Erato has been making these for a while now. The company’s latest is the Muse 5, a set of in-ear buds that are cheaper than their debut Apollo 7 option, but still come with a charging case and very respectable battery life. The Muse 5’s least impress feature might be their design… Read More

Behold the robo-fruit

Wed, 2017-03-22 18:24
 Perhaps you’ve been watching the BBC’s Spy in the Wild, in which meticulously recreated robotic animals cohabitate with their fleshy brethren and record all their secret goings and doings. But haven’t you ever wondered what fruit gets up to during the long trip from its homeland to your local produce department? These robo-fruits are your best bet to find out. Read More

Nintendo blames Switch Joy-Con issue on ‘manufacturing variation,’ offers fix

Wed, 2017-03-22 14:54
 Nintendo’s latest console, the Switch, has been received quite favorably by us and others (having one of the best games ever on it helped) — but one recurring complaint concerned the Joy-Con L, or left controller, as everyone else calls it. Interruptions in the wireless signal were rare for me but more common for others, and Nintendo has finally acknowledged the problem as a… Read More

The Casio Edifice EQB501 takes a licking, connects to your cellphone

Wed, 2017-03-22 11:57
 Casio makes beefy watches for not-always-beefy people. Their latest, the Edifice EQB-501 is an interesting amalgam of form, function, and high tech features and it has enough dials, buttons, and sensors to keep well-connected on your trek through the jungle, urban or otherwise. This monster watch is 44.4mm wide and water resistant up to 100 meters. It connects to your phone and the CASIO… Read More

ANA’s new C-3PO jet is fluent in over 6 million forms of communication

Wed, 2017-03-22 08:12
 Fancy paint jobs for airplanes are nothing novel, but few airlines ever really commit to making their jets look unique like Japan’s ANA. The air carrier’s latest custom craft is one of its Star Wars series of planes, commemorating everyone’s favorite golden protocol droid with a C-3PO yellow fuselage wrap, and interior decorating to match. The C-3PO ANA Jet follows R2-D2… Read More