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It’s Friday so relax and watch a hard drive defrag forever on Twitch – TechCrunch

By | 2018-08-18T01:24:46+00:00 August 18th, 2018|Categories: Gadgets|

It’s been a while since I defragged — years, probably, because these days for a number of reasons computers don’t really need to. But perhaps it is we who need to defrag. And what better way to defrag your brain after a long week than by watching the strangely satisfying defragmentation process taking

The Automatica automates pour-over coffee in a charming and totally unnecessary way – TechCrunch

By | 2018-08-17T22:20:34+00:00 August 17th, 2018|Categories: Gadgets|

Most mornings, after sifting through the night’s mail haul and skimming the headlines, I make myself a cup of coffee. I use a simple pour-over cone and paper filters, and (in what is perhaps my most tedious Seattleite affectation), I grind the beans by hand. I like the manual aspect of it all.

Tomu is a fingernail-sized computer that is easy to swallow – TechCrunch

By | 2018-08-16T20:36:58+00:00 August 16th, 2018|Categories: Gadgets|

I’m a huge fan of single board computers, especially if they’re small enough to swallow. That’s why I like the Tomu. This teeny-tiny ARM processor essentially interfaces with your computer via the USB port and contains two LEDs and two buttons. Once it’s plugged in the little computer can simulate a hard drive

SNES.party lets you play Super Nintendo with your friends – TechCrunch

By | 2018-08-16T17:30:19+00:00 August 16th, 2018|Categories: Gadgets|

Hot on the heels of the wonderful NES.party comes Haukur Rosinkranz’s SNES.party, a site that lets you play Super Nintendo with all your buds. Rosinkranz is Icelandic but lives in Berlin now. He made NES.party a year ago while experimenting with WebRTC and WebSockets and he updated his software to support the SNES.

VR optics could help old folks keep the world in focus – TechCrunch

By | 2018-08-16T00:06:24+00:00 August 15th, 2018|Categories: Gadgets|

The complex optics involved with putting a screen an inch away from the eye in VR headsets could make for smartglasses that correct for vision problems. These prototype “autofocals” from Stanford researchers use depth sensing and gaze tracking to bring the world into focus when someone lacks the ability to do it on

XYZPrinting announces the da Vinci Color Mini – TechCrunch

By | 2018-08-15T17:55:21+00:00 August 15th, 2018|Categories: Gadgets|

XYZPrinting may have finally cracked the color 3D printing code. Their latest machine, the $1,599 da Vinci Color Mini is a full color printer that uses three CMY ink cartridges to stain the filament as it is extruded, allowing for up to 15 million color combinations. The printer is currently available for pre-order

Fitbit’s upcoming Charge 3 to sport full touchscreen, per leak – TechCrunch

By | 2018-08-15T14:46:54+00:00 August 15th, 2018|Categories: Gadgets|

This appears to be the Fitbit Charge 3 and, if it is, several big changes are in the works for Fitbit’s premier fitness tracker band. The leak comes from Android Authority which points to the changes. First, the device has a full touchscreen rather than a clunky quasi-touchscreen like the Charge 2. From

This robot maintains tender, unnerving eye contact – TechCrunch

By | 2018-08-15T02:19:42+00:00 August 14th, 2018|Categories: Gadgets|

Humans already find it unnerving enough when extremely alien-looking robots are kicked and interfered with, so one can only imagine how much worse it will be when they make unbroken eye contact and mirror your expressions while you heap abuse on them. This is the future we have selected. The Simulative Emotional Expression

‘Unhackable’ BitFi crypto wallet has been hacked – TechCrunch

By | 2018-08-14T23:12:45+00:00 August 14th, 2018|Categories: Gadgets|

The BitFi crypto wallet was supposed to be unhackable and none other than famous weirdo John McAfee claimed that the device – essentially an Android-based mini tablet – would withstand any attack. Spoiler alert: it couldn’t. First, a bit of background. The $120 device launched at the beginning of this month to much

StarVR’s One headset flaunts eye-tracking and a double-wide field of view – TechCrunch

By | 2018-08-14T22:11:48+00:00 August 14th, 2018|Categories: Gadgets|

While the field of VR headsets used to be more or less limited to Oculus and Vive, numerous competitors have sprung up as the technology has matured — and some are out to beat the market leaders at their own game. StarVR’s latest headset brings eye-tracking and a seriously expanded field of view