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Xiaomi notes 815% increase in wearable sales

Last year, Xiaomi rocketed into the big leagues in the smartphone industry and has quickly managed to replicate this success in the wearables market, noting an 815 percent increase in shipments over the past twelve months, according to IDC research.<p>Xiaomi entered the market with its inexpensive Mi …

Wearable Tech

Tea Making Robot Teforia Brews Up $5.1 Million In Seed Funding

Teforia, the startup that promises its machine makes the perfect cup of tea every time has pulled in $5.1 million in a deal to help it take on the brewed beverage technology space.<p>The company launched a rather successful pre-order campaign for what some would deem a pricey device. Teforia pulled in …

Venture Capital

Apple Loop: Radical iPhone 7 Designs Leak, iPhone 6S Long-Term Review, iOS Damages Android

Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop includes a number of leaked designs for the iPhone 7, Apple choosing TSMC over Samsung for the A10 SoC, another argument against thin iPhones, a long-term review of Apple’s iPhone 6S smartphone, the developers …

App Store

Beats Music subscriber, your time is almost up

If you’re still subscribed to Beats Music instead of Apple Music, your days are numbered. Until January 19, you have the opportunity to save all of your playlists and migrate your account data over to Apple Music if you wish to do so. But after that, Apple will discard of your current data.<p>As …

Eight classic PS2 games launch on PlayStation 4 tomorrow

A few weeks ago Sony acknowledged its plan to get PS2 games running on the PlayStation 4 and today it announced which ones are first. According to exec Shuhei Yoshida, the company will celebrate its "PS2 heritage" by launching eight games for purchase in North America and Europe tomorrow: <i>Dark</i> …

VR Web browsing might ultimately be one of Samsung and Oculus' best tricks

Of all the things to be excited about regarding virtual reality – gaming, 360-degree movies, and all sorts of cool new experiences – the last thing I expected to intrigue me is a virtual reality Web browser.<p>Yet after trying Samsung’s new browser made for the Gear VR, I think it might ultimately end …

Watch 'Super Mario Bros' as an 8-player, 360-degree game

When researchers from ETH Zurich and Disney get together, they tend to conjure up fascinating creations, such as Beachbot -- a turtle-shaped robot that draws in the sand. This time, they've turned <i>Super Mario Bros.</i> into a huge eight-player game for a one-night event at a Swiss night club that …

Skriware Wants To Make An Easy-To-Use 3D Printer For All

First I encourage you to watch the video below. By mixing a vague misunderstanding of the English language with a guy who sounds like the guy who voices trailers for action films, you’ve created one of the finest examples of the Kickstarter video oeuvre I’ve seen in a while. But let’s not pick …

3D Printing

iPhone light meter will make your photos shine

A good photographer doesn’t say, <i>I’ll fix it later in Photoshop.</i> Lumu Labs understood this when they developed an accessory in 2013 that turns the iPhone into a light meter.<p>Though heralded by working photographers and tech journalists at the time, Lumu Labs wasn’t satisfied with the bulbous little …

SiriMote: Use Your Siri Remote with Your Mac

Back when I owned a 2008 MacBook and the second-generation Apple TV, I remember occasionally using the Apple TV remote with my Mac. Back then most of Apple's laptop's (including mine) came with a built-in infrared (IR) receiver and the functions of the Apple TV remote automatically worked with …

Smart TV

Why Siri showed a definition of b*tch that offended everyone

An entry in Siri's dictionary has been updated after being criticized for being offensive.<p>By now, we're all aware of Siri's often sassy nature. But …