Tobin Harris

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iOS 12 will reportedly include new NFC features, enable iPhones to become secure hotel room keys

The Information reports that Apple will be taking a big leap in iOS 12, giving some third-party developers full access to the NFC chip inside iPhones, first introduced with iPhone 6.<p>The report says Apple wants the iPhone to be used in many more contactless interactions beyond Apple Pay payments, …

Apple Pay

UHF harvester powers retail tag over 2m gap

Key to the tag is the firm’s PCC110 UHF-to-dc harvestign chip and an Eink display that only needs power to change, retaining its display after power …

Pomera e-ink ultra-portable typewriter targets the US market

A Japanese company is hoping to launch an e-ink portable typewriter in the US market, a model called Pomera. The typewriter resembles a folding …

eReaders

Uizard raises funds for its AI that turns design mockups into source code

When you’re trying to build apps, there is a very tedious point where you have to stare at a wireframe and then laboriously turn it into code. Actually, the process itself is highly repetitive and ought to be much easier. The traditional software development from front-end design to front-end …

Mockups

Comcast launches xFi Pods to build out hardware lineup

The launch of xFi Pods follows a gateway and platform rollout as Comcast aims to be about home automation and networking.<p>Comcast on Monday launched …

Home Automation

Realeyes, which uses AI and a front-facing camera to read viewers’ emotions, raises $16.2M

One of the more interesting applications of AI to the world of advertising and marketing has been in how it’s being used to help measure and ultimately shape campaigns. Now, a company providing the technology to do that has raised a round both to expand its business in adtech as well as to tackle …

Startups

US iPhone sales grew a record 16% in Q1 despite 11% drop across market – Counterpoint

IDC figures showed that Apple managed to grow global iPhone sales in Q1 despite falling sales across the smartphone market as a whole, and new data from Counterpoint shows that the same was true in the US market – to a far more dramatic extent …<p>Counterpoint reports that iPhone sales for the first …

Mobile

Samsung is opening a massive AI research center in the UK

Deep-pocketed Korean conglomerate Samsung today announced it will open a massive AI research center, based in leafy (and deeply tech-centric) Cambridge.<p>The Samsung AI Center, Cambridge (SAIC-Cambridge) will be lead by Professor Andrew Blake, who is one of Britain’s leading academics in the AI space.<p>…

Artificial Intelligence

​Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: The whole world is now a computer

The cloud, IoT and AI are turning the whole world into one great big computing opportunity, says Microsoft's chief executive.<p>Thanks to cloud …

Artificial Intelligence

YubiKey's new iOS SDK lets developers bring hardware 2FA to their apps

Yubico, the maker of the popular YubiKey hardware two-factor authentication (2FA) token, has announced the launch of its iOS SDK. This allows developers to bake truly secure 2FA (read: not based on SMS) into their apps, based on the company’s YubiKey NEO NFC-equipped hardware.<p>Support for the …

Apps

Asana's new Slack plugin makes project management a doddle

Productivity giant Asana has launched a new Slack plugin, which promises to transform off-the-cuff ideas into actionable tasks you can put on your to-do list.<p>The new plugin takes advantage of some of the new features in Slack’s API, and allows users to perform tasks in Asana without having to leave …

Project Management

Starbucks’s mobile payments system is so popular in the U.S., it has more users than Apple’s or Google’s

New estimates predict that it will stay that way.<p>By the end of this year, a quarter of U.S. smartphone users — 55 million people — over the age of 14 will make an in-store mobile payment. More than 40 percent of those people will have done so through Starbucks’s mobile payments app, according to …

Mobile

Microsoft Announces a Linux Operating System for the First Time Ever - ExtremeTech

By on April 18, 2018 at 9:14 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Since its inception, Microsoft has …

Microsoft Surface Hub 2

The second version of the company's multi-touch, multi-person collaboration tool, the Microsoft Surface Hub 2 is a stab at defining the workplace of …

Microsoft Surface

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HomeScan helps find signal weak spots for your Bluetooth HomeKit smart home accessories

Aaron Pearce, maker of the HomeCam and HomePass apps, has today expanded his HomeKit utility suite with HomeScan, a simple app to show the current signal strength of all the Bluetooth HomeKit accessories in your home. You can quickly identify weak spots and find a better placement for your …

Home Automation

Nokia Sleep review: Smart home controls don’t live up to the hype

When Nokia officially took over the Withings brand in 2017, it inherited many of its products, like the Activité watches, the WiFi Body scales and a wireless blood pressure monitor (that was relaunched as the Nokia BPM+). The one product it didn't carry over was the Aura, a combination lamp and bed …

Nokia

Microsoft turns SharePoint into the simplest VR creation tool yet

Microsoft is sticking with its pragmatic approach to VR with SharePoint spaces, a new addition to its collaboration platform that lets you quickly build and view Mixed Reality experiences. It's a lot like how PowerPoint made it easy for anyone to create business presentations. Sharepoint spaces …

Augmented Reality

How the ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ VFX team made Thanos a movie star

Already one of the biggest movies of all time, Marvel Studios’ massive team-up feature <i>Avengers: Infinity War</i> surprised audiences by turning Thanos, …

Comics

Set the mood with these LED light bulbs that look like real flickering flames

LED bulbs that look like real flickering flames seem like the sort of thing that might be cheesy, but they’re actually awesome. I mean, I wouldn’t …

Light Bulbs

Olono Mobile

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Product Hunt

This app analyzes text with intelligent algorithms to save you from grammatical errors

PopSci shop<p>WhiteSmoke wants to make sure you never send an email with spelling mistakes or grammatical errors again.<p>Even the best writers make errors. So there is no shame in getting a little help with important emails and work reports. WhiteSmoke is a powerful app that uses intelligent algorithms …

Apps

Google Tour Creator brings VR content creation to the masses

Earlier today Google announced perhaps the easiest way for “anyone with a story to tell” to do so in a rich, visual interface behind the lenses of their favorite VR viewer. Called ‘Tour Creator,’ Google’s newest virtual reality tool lets anyone produce professional-looking VR content without the …

Virtual Reality

Xiaomi smart home gadgets get Assistant support and US launch this month

• Xiaomi will launch several smart gadgets in the U.S., complete with Google Assistant integration.<br>• The Mi Bedside Lamp is first to be released, arriving later this month.<br>• Google says it supports over 5,000 smart home gadgets, but Amazon claims support for 12,000 devices.<p>Xiaomi is known predominately …

Google Assistant

SwitchBot review: Simple automation for any switch or button in your home

Article Contents<p>1 The Good<p>2 The Not So Good<p>3 Hardware<p>3.1 SwitchBot<br>• 3.2 Functions<br>• 3.3 SwitchBot Hub<p>4 Setup and Android app<p>5 Smart Home integrations<p>6 In …

Home Automation

Material Theming is Google’s answer to app designers’ woes

• Material Design is Google’s guide to Android app design, but Material Theming is the tool to actually implement that design.<br>• Google announced Material Theming and its companion site, Material.io, at Google I/O 2018.<br>• Finally, designers will be able to easily work within Material Design right from step …

Android News

Apple cracking down on applications that send location data to third-parties

Over the last few days, Apple has seemingly started cracking down on applications that share location data with third-parties. In such cases, Apple has been removing the application in question and informing developers that their app violates two parts of the App Store Review Guidelines…<p>Thus far, …

Apps

Apple enforcing iOS 11 support, iPhone X resolution in app updates

It was reported back in February that all new apps submitted to the App Store had to support the iPhone X’s Super Retina display starting last month. Today, Apple has informed developers that all new apps, whether updates or new submissions, will be required to support the iPhone X’s screen …

Apps

Push notifications could get better at targeting us

Maybe that’s a good thing?<p>I’m deeming this year the year of the push notification solely because of the disaster that was Hawaii’s accidental ballistic missile alert. On this week’s <i>Why’d You Push That Button</i>, Kaitlyn Tiffany and I look into why people turn push notifications on, especially for …

Apps

Exclusive: Google's Duplex could make Assistant the most lifelike AI yet

The conversation seems mundane. At least, at first.<p>In a building called the Partnerplex on Google's sprawling campus in Mountain View, California, I've been invited to hear a 51-second phone recording of someone making a dinner reservation.<p>Person 1: <i>Good evening.</i><br>Person 2: <i>Hello?</i><br>Person 1: <i>Hello.</i><br>Person …

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