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ReSpeaker turns anything into an Amazon Echo

This morning when I woke up to the sound of the alarm I set on my Amazon Echo last night, I thought to myself "I wish more of my gadgets worked by me yelling things at them." Luckily, a few minutes later I was reading a PR email from SeeedStudio about its new product ReSpeaker which just launched …

Amazon

Windows 10 computers crash when Amazon Kindles are plugged in

Dozens of Microsoft Windows 10 users are reporting that their computers crash when plugging in Amazon Kindles.<p>The issue appears to be caused by the recent Windows 10 Anniversary update. Users of Amazon’s Paperwhite and Voyage attempting to either transfer books or charge their devices via USB are …

Amazon

Google's VR platform Daydream may launch within weeks

At Google's annual I/O developer conference in May, the company announced Daydream, an Android-based, virtual reality development platform. Daydream will offer users a VR experience with just a smartphone, some apps, a headset and a controller.<p>However, none of that actually launched at the …

Virtual Reality

Instapaper has been acquired by Pinterest

Instapaper, a pioneering app for saving articles to read later, has been acquired — again. The app, which was created by developer Marco Arment and sold to Betaworks in 2013, has found a new home at Pinterest. The goal is "to accelerate discovering and saving articles on Pinterest," the company …

Marco Arment

HoloLens' 24-core chip makes vivid AR possible

Microsoft has revealed more details about its HoloLens headset at the Hot Chips conference in Cupertino. The augmented reality (AR) device marries video games with the real world, so it needs to calculate your location, head position and gestures extremely rapidly. We now know more about the …

Augmented Reality

Apple and Google Are Teaming Up to Kill Robocalls Forever

Robocalls are more than an annoyance. They’re a threat. Scammers, identity thieves, and other unsavory types use them to target victims. One …

AT&T

T-Mobile strikes a nerve with move to single unlimited data plan

Fans are turning their backs on the latest Un-carrier move. T-Mobile says it's shaking up the industry, and change can be scary.<p>Has T-Mobile finally …

T-Mobile

Netgear Orbi promises to rid your home of WiFi dead zones

One of the most frustrating first world problems today is not being able to connect to your home WiFi network in spots that are farther away from your router. Netgear believes it can get rid of that problem with its latest product: a WiFi system called Orbi. The $400 basic kit comprises of a router …

Wi-Fi

Samsung will sell refurbished high-end phones, says report

Samsung is preparing to launch a new program selling refurbished, used versions of its high-end smartphones, reports <i>Reuters</i>. According to an anonymous source "with direct knowledge of the matter," the program will use handsets returned to Samsung as part of its upgrade programs in markets like the …

Samsung

The NSA hack proves Apple was right to fight the FBI

After the unprecedented breach of hacking tools and exploits stolen from the US National Security Agency's elite hacking unit, some privacy advocates see it as clear vindication of Apple in its fight with the FBI earlier this year.<p>"The component of the government that is supposed to be absolutely …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Google will kill Chrome apps for Windows, Mac, and Linux in early 2018

Google today announced plans to kill off Chrome apps for Windows, Mac, and Linux in early 2018. Chrome extensions and themes will not be affected, while Chrome apps will continue to live on in Chrome OS.<p>Chrome apps are web applications that run on Google’s browser. There are two types: Hosted apps …

Linux

Elon Musk leads Tesla effort to build house roofs entirely out of solar panels

A new venture spearheaded by Elon Musk will create house roofs made entirely of solar panels, in a sweeping expansion of Tesla’s clean energy ambitions.<p>Tesla has finalized a $2.6bn deal to buy solar power company SolarCity to produce solar “shingles” – photovoltaic material that would be fashioned …

Energy

Smartphone batteries with twice the life may arrive in 2017

A type of lithium battery that could make gasoline-powered cars obsolete is on track to be commercialized, according to <i>MIT</i> <i>News</i>. The "lithium metal" batteries, developed by MIT spin-off SolidEnergy, can reportedly pack the same energy as a standard lithium-ion cell in half the size. "Or, we can make …

Batteries

Run Windows on Mac easier than ever with new Parallels Desktop 12

Parallels Desktop, a go-to program for anybody wanting to run Windows on a Mac, just got more powerful and convenient to use. The Parallels Desktop 12 update, brings increased speed as well as a suite of handy new tools that simplify everyday tasks.<p>“This is the best Windows-on-Mac performance in …

Software

All Windows 10 PCs will support HoloLens next year

Intel launches wireless Project Alloy headset for 'merged reality'

The company won't make the headsets but will sell the technologies to other firms<p>The increasingly crowded virtual reality market has a new player. Tech giant Intel has unveiled its take on VR with the launch of Project Alloy.<p>At the company's developer conference in Silicon Valley, the firm's CEO, …

Augmented Reality

Hacking group auctions 'cyber weapons' stolen from NSA

A mysterious online group called the Shadow Brokers claims to have infiltrated an elite hacking unit linked to the National Security Agency and stolen state “cyber weapons”, and is now auctioning them off to the highest bidder.<p>The stolen malware is said to belong to Equation Group, a sophisticated …

Edward Snowden

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 review: the best big phone

There is no greater evidence of The Future of Computing than the big-screened smartphone. Big phones have become the de facto personal computers for many people, taking the place of countless devices, including laptops and tablets. They’ve become more than just phones in ways that smaller devices …

Samsung

KGI: Apple to introduce three new iPads in 2017 including a 10.5 inch iPad Pro, new ‘flexible OLED’ iPad for 2018

Apple is going to shake up the iPad lineup in a big way in 2017, according to securities analyst KGI Ming-Chi Kuo. Next year, Apple will reportedly release three new iPads, a 12.9 inch iPad Pro 2, a low cost 9.7 inch iPad and — most interestingly — a new iPad Pro with a 10.5 inch display, a new …

Apple News

Behold, the worst Apple Watch accessory ever made

The traditional, analog watch industry has been struggling to figure out how to deal with the rise of the smartwatch, led by the Apple Watch.<p>Now one German company has presented what it thinks is one possible answer: a watch band that holds both your Apple Watch and an analog watch.<p>Called the Dual …

Watches

Google is working on ‘Fuchsia,’ a new operating system that isn’t based on Linux

As per a new Google project over on Github, the company is working on a brand new operating system. The new OS, currently dubbed Fuchsia, would add to Google’s current operating system offerings, namely Android and Chrome OS. This wouldn’t be an upgrade or replacement for either, but rather …

Linux

Stupid-Easy Portable Solar Panels for RV, Off Grid, Boondocking & Camping

We’ve been rocking the full time off grid RV life for over 10 months now. While we are attempting to develop a property with a home, our life …

Energy

Apple CEO Tim Cook talks ahead of iPhone 7 launch about advice, AI/AR, and the future

The <i>Washington Post</i> this weekend published a very in-depth video/interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook just weeks before Apple is set to unveil its biggest product of the year by far, the iPhone 7. In it, Cook talks about the incredibly important people outside of Apple he turns to for advice at pivotal …

iPhone

Possible Supplier for Apple's Project Titan Looks Cheap Today

In light of some of the recent staffing changes reported at Project Titan, <b>Apple</b>'s (NASDAQ: AAPL) automotive ambitions seem more likely to become reality than ever before.<p>Image source: Getty Images.<p>Apple's purported attempt to disrupt the automotive industry holds out the promise of a torrent of …

Fortune 500

Simplenote's excellent text editor goes open source on all platforms

Four months ago, I tried out Simplenote, a free text editor for Windows and Linux with support for Markdown, as well as syncing across multiple platforms. It was exactly what I needed for all my note-taking needs; I’ve used it to write every story I’ve published here at TNW since March.<p>Now, …

Text Editors

Facebook’s next big platform: Your camera

Facebook can’t build everything. For a decade, its strategy has been to provide the canvas, then let developers paint it however they want. That’s because there’ll always be another game. Another app. Another… selfie filter?<p>The hot trend in consumer social networking has progressed from text update …

Facebook

Pentagon's Pokémon orders: game must go (outside) for security reasons

The Pentagon has a message for its staff: Pokémon stop.<p>Anyone working at the Arlington, Virginia, headquarters of the US Department of Defense searching for Squirtles and Snorlaxes on the Pokémon Go app has been told to do it outside the building, according to a memo obtained by the Washington …

Security

US Air Force's plan to improve radio communications? Plasma bomb the atmosphere

Radio communication is a weak point for most military operations -- it is often not long enough or strong enough to adequately meet soldiers' needs. The U.S. Air Force's "go big or go home" solution to improve their long-distance calls? Supercharge the atmosphere by detonating aerial plasma bombs …

HAARP

The Superbook: Turn your smartphone into a laptop for $99 by Andromium Inc.

The Superbook is a shell that turns your Android smartphone into a complete laptop. Get the freedom of using just one computer.