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By Irvin Hayes Jr. | Reporting on some of the latest technology available.

Fitbit continues to dominate Apple in wearables

In the US, Fitbit owns 61 percent of the wearables market, while Apple accounts for under 7 percent, according to research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.<p>Sorry Apple, Fitbit remains the champ in the world of wearables.<p>About 12 percent of US consumers owned either a fitness band or a smartwatch as …

Wearable Tech

T-Mobile Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge gained FM radio in the latest update

A recent update to the T-Mobile Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge enabled the phone’s built-in FM radio receiver, making it possible to tune it to local radio stations without consuming any data.<p>The update rolled out on May 3 with a rather vague change log that mentioned “enhanced voice services,” …

A German designer’s AR pingpong table reacts to every shot

Forrest Gump may have made some pretty impressive strides of his own accord when it came to pingpong diplomacy, but imagine how much more he could’ve …

Smartwatches

China's realistic robot Jia Jia can chat with real humans

The University of Science and Technology of China has recently unveiled an eerily realistic robot named Jia Jia. While she looks more human-like than that creepy ScarJo robot, you'll probably still find yourself plunging head first into the uncanny valley while looking at her. Jia Jia can talk and …

The complete list of 'OK, Google' commands

There's a lot you can tell your Android phone to do. Yes, even "take a selfie."<p>With Google Now, you can use voice commands to create reminders, get help with trivia questions, and, yes, even find out "what does the fox say?"<p>And, with the recent update from Google, the voice assistant's reponse will …

Google

Microsoft's HoloLens partnerships show that augmented reality can be boring, too

Beware enterprise AR<p>Microsoft's HoloLens headset starts shipping to developers today with a price tag of $3,000, but early versions of the device are already being used by a handful of corporations around the globe. We've seen some neat uses of the augmented reality technology from these third …

Augmented Reality

Linux comes to Windows -- and 5 other big things Microsoft announced

The #Build2016 conference started with lots of developer-friendly announcements<p>Microsoft kicked off its developer-centric conference with a typically long-winded keynote full of exciting stuff...for developers. Unless you're a coder, the big news probably won't affect you, however it might …

Microsoft

8 Crazy Examples Of What’s Possible In Virtual Reality

Sony made a big virtual splash last week.<p>The company finally said that its PlayStation VR virtual reality headset will debut in October. With the …

Apps

How to turn off your search and location history in Google

By now, it should come as no surprise that Google keeps track of your search and location history.<p>But you may be surprised to find out just how detailed that history that is. Google not only lets you view your past search history, you can now get a detailed look at just about every place you've …

Google

Amazon confirms it has dropped device encryption support for Fire tablets

Amazon has confirmed that version 5 of Fire OS for its Fire tablet removes support for device encryption.<p>In a statement sent to TechCrunch the company said: “In the fall when we released Fire OS 5, we removed some enterprise features that we found customers weren’t using. All Fire tablets’ …

Amazon

Microsoft wraps up SwiftKey purchase in move on Android, iOS

Microsoft completes its acquisition of SwiftKey, giving it yet another popular app on iOS and Android.<p>Microsoft has completed the acquisition of …

Can a balance board improve the standing desk experience?

I'm glad that I work from home, if only because my colleagues would hate the wacky fitness gizmos I test at my desk. The latest unbearable distraction (that nobody else has to put up with) comes in the form of the Fluidstance Level. It's a balancing board for standing desk users that's designed to …

Microsoft

10 Of The Coolest Gadgets We Saw At CES 2016

We met tons of brand new tech startups at CES this year and saw gadgets ranging from health-focused wearables, drones, 3D printers, and AR/VR headsets. We even got views of the Las Vegas strip from 1,000 feet off the ground in the UberCHOPPER. These were the hottest hardware startups and most …

Consumer Tech

Drones hit new heights at CES 2016

Judging by CES' Unmanned Marketplace that was full of drones of all shapes, sizes and capabilities, this category is only getting bigger and better for consumers who want to take to the skies.<p>With so many drone expos popping up throughout the year, I don't know that CES will ever become the place …

Drones

The Movi is a camera that makes live streaming look pretty

We all know Livestream, the service, but here comes Livestream, the camera: The Movi is the company's first venture into consumer hardware — a palm-size 4K video camera that lets you edit as you broadcast.<p>The Movi isn't just some fire-and-forget webcam; it's loaded with software that will let you …

GoPro

Meet the world's smallest camera-equipped drone

The Axis Vidius is a quadcopter that fits in the palm of your hand -- it's roughly 1.5 inches square -- yet it's able to livestream and record video in 420p. Axis says its Vidius model is the smallest-ever camera-equipped drone, and it's so tiny that users don't have to register it with the Federal …

Winter light

Don't forget to register your new drone with the government

Did you get a new drone for the holidays?<p>Don't forget to tell Uncle Sam.<p>As of last week, anyone with a drone weighing between 0.5 and 55 pounds must register it with the Federal Aviation Administration.<p>If you bought a drone before December 21, 2015 when the drone registration law went into effect, …

Amazon is offering a year of unlimited cloud storage for just $5

Yet another spacious attic for all your digital detritus<p>There are plenty of options for keeping your digital media safe and easily accessible in the cloud. Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Yahoo all have services that will let you back up tons of old files. Amazon is a major player in providing cloud …

Cloud Computing

Windows 10 First Major Update Has Officially Arrived, Here’s What What’s New

Microsoft today released its latest big update for all Windows 10 users. Here's a look at what's new and what you can expect from Windows 10 Fall …

Google and PC makers are teaming up to take on Microsoft and Apple

Google's desktop operating system Chrome OS has been in the news recently after The Wall Street Journal published an article claiming Google was looking to "fold" it into Android, an operating system with an order of magnitude more users.<p>After the report was published, Google clarified (multiple …

World's first 3D-printed car could cost you $53,000

Local Motors, the world's most prominent maker of 3D-printed cars, announced this week that it plans to offer pre-sales of its series of 3D printed models starting in spring 2016. It estimates the sticker price for the LM3D series, including the new Swim model seen above, to be around the $53,000 …

3D Printing

BLOCKS - The World's First Modular Smartwatch

BLOCKS is the world’s first modular smartwatch. Compared to our phones, smartwatches are small and have limited space inside. This means that other …

Solu: the Finnish pocket computer that wants to take over the world

Three ambitious engineers from Finland are bidding to change personal computing with a new portable computer and operating system<p>Personal computers, says entrepreneur Kristoffer Lawson, haven’t changed much in 20 years. It’s still a box, a screen and, if you’re using a desktop, a keyboard.<p>But …

Innovation