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Wileyfox is Europe’s newest mobile brand — here’s how its first smartphone stacks up

Fledgling European mobile phone brand Wileyfox announced its arrival in the smartphone realm a month ago, and now the London-based company is preparing to launch its first ever product: The Wileyfox Swift.<p>Initially slated for launch this week, Wileyfox revealed that shipping for the $200 Android …

These Uncanny Valley robots will really creep you out

Japanese robotics professor Masahiro Mori devised the concept of the 'uncanny valley' in 1970. It's the point at which a robot is made to appear so …

Robotics

A Wearable Drone That Launches Off Your Wrist To Take Your Selfie

“Oh man, this would make a great picture. I wish there was someone else here to take our picture for us so we didn’t have to take a selfie!”<p>Has this ever happened to you?<p>Of course it has. You’re a human being in the 21st century who reads tech blogs.<p>The Nixie aims to solve that. It’s, as crazy as …

This bizarre bendable phone wears like a shirtsleeve

For the past few years, the standing lazy punchline about wearables has been something about awkwardly strapping a computer or a phone to your body. Finally, a crowdfunding campaign has taken the joke to the next level and made that punchline a reality.<p>San Francisco Bay Area startup Arubixs has …

Gear & Gadgets

Portal Flexible Smartphone Is Worn On Your Wrist (video)

If you are looking for a wearable device that has a much larger screen than the new range of smartwatches recently unveiled and launched by the likes …

Crowd Funding

More Nexus 6 details reportedly leak, alongside a mock-up image of the device

Like or not, more evidence keeps coming suggesting that if a new Nexus phone is arriving this year, it’s going to be the 5.9-inch Shamu. While Google and Motorola have yet to confirm or deny the device’s existence, there have been plenty of rumors and leaks pointing to a Nexus phablet and no talk …

Instagram Hopes to Launch Hyperlapse for Android Soon

Facebook’s Instagram today released Hyperlapse for iOS, a new mobile app that lets iPhone owners record tracking shots and time-lapse videos. The app isn’t launching on Google’s mobile platform today (or even later this week) because the necessary APIs simply aren’t available.<p>“Android is an …

LG will reveal a circular smartwatch next week to compete with the Moto 360

Of the three Android Wear smartwatches introduced at Google's developer conference in June, the Moto 360 was by far the crowd favorite; its circular watchface gives it a classic, elegant look, and a stark contrast to the squarish Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch. It turns out that LG wasn't very …

TouchPico Projector Turns Any Wall Into a Touchscreen

Handheld projectors are nothing new, but TouchPico from TouchJet offers a new twist that could be useful: the ability to turn any flat surface into …

Apple has Siri, and Microsoft is about to get Cortana

Microsoft has been in a state of "shut up and ship" with Windows Phone for more than a year now. While the company has released a few minor updates to Windows Phone 8, its feature set hasn’t changed significantly from when Microsoft first introduced the mobile OS in October 2012. The software giant …

TouchCast Brings Its Interactive Video Tools To PCs

TouchCast, a startup with a more interactive approach to online video, is launching a beta version of its Windows PC app today.<p>The company was co-founded by former TechCrunch editor Erick Schonfeld and it launched its first product, an iPad app, back in June. The app combines easy-to-use video …

8 off-contract smartphones compete without breaking the bank

This holiday season is shaping up to be the year that getting a solid new Android smartphone doesn't also mean signing up for 24 months of ever-increasing monthly fees at the same time.<p>The trend away from flagship phones that required such big commitments in order to lock down a quality device for …

SanDisk’s wireless flash drive: A simple storage boost for your iOS or Android phone

I love my 32GB iPhone 5s(s aapl), but it’s barely a month old and I’ve already used more than half of the storage capacity. When my previous iPhone …

Motorola wants you to tattoo a smartphone microphone onto your throat

Okay, where to start on this one? Simply put, Motorola has applied for a patent of a microphone with a tranceiver and power supply that is designed to be <i>tattooed onto your throat</i>. The idea is to capture vibrations directly from your larynx in order to cut out background noise -- while eliminating …

Google brings KitKat keyboard, Hangouts with SMS to Play Store

Google has put a huge emphasis on bringing many of its branded Android apps and services to the Play Store for more users to enjoy without requiring a pure Android device, and two more of them are beginning to roll out today. First up is the new Hangouts app with integrated SMS that the company …

Nexus 5’s Google Experience Launcher may not come to other devices, Nexuses included

The new “Google Experience Launcher” that’s basically a revamped Google Search / Google Now app with launcher functions is a Nexus 5 exclusive for the time being, and it may not come to other Android devices, including other Nexus models.<p>But Google has confirmed to <i>The Verge</i> that the feature is …

Worried About Acne? mySkin Launches ScanZ Device And App To Monitor The Health Of Your Skin

ScanZ, a product unveiled today at Disrupt Europe, combines a new, smartphone-connected device with a quantified self-style app to help teens battle acne.<p>The product comes from a company called mySkin, which plans to launch a $150,000 Indiegogo campaign this week to fund the launch (I will update …

Google smartwatch with Google Now coming sooner than expected, 'ready within months'

A Google-produced smartwatch is close to entering production, says a report from the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>. The Google watch, which has been rumored multiple times, will run Android with a heavy focus on the company's Google Now personal assistant. Google Now provides useful at-a-glance information …

Nextdoor, The Facebook For Your Neighborhood, Lands $60M From John Doerr, Tiger Global And More To Go International

The “local space” has long held sway over the imagination of entrepreneurs, who have produced everything from travel apps to city guides, neighborhood news sites and event planners in pursuit of local dollars. But local is a tough nut to crack, with many high-profile companies stumbling along the …

Google exec teases Android news: Expect KitKat, Nexus 5, Nexus 10 and maybe one more thing

After months of leaked photos and specifications, today could be the day that Google(s goog) introduces new Android products that showcase the latest …

Cover promises contextual lock screens and smarter task switching for Android

Lock screen replacements for Android aren't exactly new -- some even come as part of a larger overlay that customizes your home screen experience entirely. However, few lock screen replacements do as much as Cover, a new invite-only solution that launches today, promises to do. Not only is Cover …

The new Mac Pro: will professionals embrace Apple's brave, expensive vision of the desktop?

For photographers, designers, musicians, and video editors, Apple's musclebound machine is the $3,000 question<p>There’s no doubt that Apple’s brand-new Mac Pro is as much a statement as a computing tool. From its dramatic introduction at WWDC 2013 (marked by SVP Phil Schiller’s bravado) to its …

Split Are The World's Only Earbuds With No Annoying Strings

Earbuds are cool and all but the strings can sometimes get in the way of what you’re doing. If you’re exercising, those strings can get in your way …

Impossible – Corporate Identity by Heine/Lenz/Zizka

Impossible Brand Identity.<p>Berlin-based graphic design studio Heine/Lenz/Zizka has designed the corporate identity for Impossible, a company that …

Facebook Lets You Edit Posts After Sharing On Android And Web Now, iOS Soon

Typo ruin your social media masterpiece? Facebook is starting to let you edit a post’s text after you publish it. The feature comes to the web and Android in an update today, and to iOS soon. Previously you had to delete your post, lose all your Likes and comments, and repost to edit something. …