Tim Bradshaw

3 Magazines | 458 Articles | 4,796 Followers | 1 Like | @tim_bradshaw | FT reporter, once in London, now in San Francisco

Silicon Valley gives thanks for the random access memories

It might be the nerdiest reunion ever. Hundreds of proud geeks gathered on Monday at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, to …

Silicon Valley

Ephemeral Snapchat looks to prove it is no flash in the pan

Snapchat, the ephemeral messaging app famous for its disappearing photos, has often been dismissed as a sexting tool for teenagers and for its lack …


Quirky hatches interest with smart play

The long-promised “smart home” of the future took a step closer to reality this week – and it is starting not with an internet-connected fridge but a …

The City

PS4 and Xbox vie to dominate living room

Earlier this year, executives from Sony and Microsoft drew a clear battle line between their two new games consoles: the Xbox One was pitched as an …

Living Rooms

Skype founder’s fund set to shun chat apps

Niklas Zennström, the chief executive of venture firm Atomico who previously founded messaging service Skype, said that he is unlikely to invest in …


Gadget start-ups are a neat fit for investors

New electronics start-ups that aim to demystify how computers and gadgets are created are beginning to emerge from the “maker” movement of tech …


How the Xbox One squares up to arch rival PS4

More than six years since their last games consoles were released, Microsoft’s Xbox One, above, and Sony’s PlayStation 4 have both gone on sale …

UK News

Spotify tunes in to $4bn valuation

Spotify has raised about $250m in new financing from an early backer of Netflix, in a deal valuing the Swedish digital music service at more than …

UK News

Uber hails new financing scheme for its drivers

Uber, the taxi-hailing service, is hoping that a new financing scheme for its drivers will bring more cars on to the road and help to sustain its …

US start-up to launch record number of satellites

A small start-up based in San Francisco is making the final preparations for the launch of a record number of satellites next month, after two test …

UK News

Scientists Invent Self-healing Battery Electrode

Menlo Park, Calif. — Researchers have made the first battery electrode that heals itself, opening a new and potentially commercially viable path for …

Meet the Mini Metal Maker: A basic, sub-$1,000 3D printer that prints metal

3D printers can make fantastic shapes, whether someone wants to create an interlocking shape with no seams or even a bacon-textured mobius strip.

As a …

3D Printing

Two Next-Level Wearables That Aren’t for Everyone

Many people are waiting for expected upcoming smartwatches from Apple and Google to take the wearable category to the next level. Or at least as much …

Walt Mossberg

We need computer sight to make smart homes smart

Today home automation works via remote controls or smartphones, but most people agree that there are intermediate steps before we get to voice or …


US Army reveals Iron Man helmets - and they're running Android

The helmet has integrated electronics in the helmet, a heads-up display powered by an Android smartphone, and a pneumatic liner system that inflates …

U.S. Army

Wearable Gadgets Transform How Companies Do Business

Companies are decking employees out with devices that help them do their jobs better

Big companies are putting wearables to work.

We've all seen gadgets that can measure our heart rates, how many calories we're burning or how many steps we take. Then there are devices that go even further, like …


Tiny Solar-Powered GPS Device Lets You Track Everything

Imagine a world in which everything you care about could be tracked. You'd never misplace your shoes, keys and bags, or lose track of your loved ones.

Thanks to a tiny, solar-powered GPS tracker that can attach to virtually anything, that future may be possible. Retrievor is a tiny disk that's …

Blockbuster castAR Kickstarter hits goal in 20 hours to bring AR to the masses

The Kickstarter community has spoken, and it wants augmented reality.

CastAR, the lightweight AR glasses developed by two former Valve hardware gurus, …

Rise of the drone hobbyists

People around the world are building their own drones. They offer a glimpse of what life will be like when the skies are filled with small, flying robots - and drones become as common as smartphones.

Raphael Pirker was sitting on a bench at Washington Square Park on a blustery Friday in New York. A …


Amaze project aims to take 3D printing 'into metal age'

The European Space Agency has unveiled plans to "take 3D printing into the metal age" by building parts for jets, spacecraft and fusion projects.

The Amaze project brings together 28 institutions to develop new metal components which are lighter, stronger and cheaper than conventional parts.

Additive …

Public Broadcasters

The Drones Of Burning Man

Burning Man is known for flouting rules, not making them. But the advent of drones hovering above 70,000 scantily clad revelers has engaged a balancing act between freedom of expression, safety, and privacy. How Burning Man regulates their use is now being studied by local law enforcement and …


Former Valve hardware gurus Kickstart augmented reality glasses

Earlier this year, Valve employees Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson were fired, and the product they had spent more than a year working on — augmented …

A Robot Train That Lets You Write Music With Magic Markers

The creator of the "Looks Like Music" project was inspired by his own dyslexia to come up with a more intuitive way of reading and writing music.

Up until he went to college, Japanese media artist Yuri Suzuki thought he was stupid. Music was in his blood, his bones, his thoughts, but he couldn't …


Tikker Is A Watch That Counts Down To Your Death, Because YOLO

You wait in the doctor’s office with a furrowed brow and a heavy heart. When he returns, his face is somber and his eyes concentrate on the clipboard in front of him.

“You’ve only got a little time left,” he says apologetically. “If there’s anything you want to do before you die, now’s the …


This Secretive Studio Codes Its Google Calendar In Lego

London-based Vitamins wanted a physical office calendar that was tidy, secure, and synced with Google. So they built it out of Lego.

Keeping an office calendar can be a tedious chore. Whiteboard calendars can quickly become an illegible morass of out-of-date scribbles that no one wants to keep …


The Owlet Is The Newest Wearable Health Tracker—And It's Just For Babies

The "quantified-self" movement makes a natural leap to quantified parenting: This tracker helps parents know when their child's health is amiss.

The number of health and fitness trackers on the market is multiplying every month, but they're still mostly relegated to a subset of the human population: …

Wearable Tech

Google Glass competitor ships 50K devices, takes Intel investment, hints at Apple connection | VentureBeat | Mobile | by John Koetsier

Google Glass competitor Recon, which sells the Recon Jet heads-up display and bills itself as the Google Glass for athletes and professionals, has secured an investment from Intel Capital.

In perhaps bigger news, the company announced that it has already shipped 50,000 units worldwide of its Snow …


Tesla moves ahead of Google in race to build self-driving cars

Robot cars that can take over most of the driving from their human handlers will be ready for the road within three years, according to Elon Musk, …


Apple rolls out iOS design switch

Apple on Wednesday rolled out the biggest changes to its iPhone software since the smartphone was launched six years ago, hoping to avoid a repeat of …