11Roku unveils its new line of streaming players

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Confirming earlier leaks, Roku this morning unveiled a refreshed and rebranded line of streaming media players, with the intent of plugging every hole in the market. Instead of numbering the Roku devices as before, the new streamers use names like “Express” for the entry-level devices up to “Ultra” for the high-end player, and focus on consumers’ particular… Read More

10This new Bluetooth game controller celebrates classic Macs

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If you’re at all interested in retro gaming, you’ve probably come across 8Bitdo, the company that makes throwback Bluetooth controllers inspired by classics like the SNES and NES. Now, it’s paying homage to another classic, the Apple II. The company’s new Kickstarter project seeks funding for a game controller called the AP40, featuring a full load-out of buttons… Read More

9Google said to debut Android/Chrome OS hybrid on tablet, convertible notebook

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Google is planning hybrid devices that run both Android and Chrome OS, including one convertible laptop, and one Huawei Nexus-branded tablet, according to a new report from 9to5Google. The report backs up another from Android Police today that says a convertible notebook is on the way. The Andromeda project bakes Chrome OS features into Android, giving you the best of both worlds in one… Read More

8Apple adds Sonos speakers to its stores as it focuses on wireless audio

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Did you hear? Wireless audio is the future — at least to Apple. And to that end, Sonos, perhaps the best wireless speakers available, are now available in the Apple Store alongside speakers from B&O, Logitech, and Apple’s Beats. Apple already sells several wireless speakers but the Sonos speakers would be the first multi-room system available. The Sonos PLAY:1 and PLAY:5… Read More

7Samsung says half of recalled Note 7s in the US have been exchanged – mostly for new Note 7s

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In case you were wondering when you’ll stop receiving those “please turn off your Samsung Galaxy Note 7” warnings before takeoff, well, we’re halfway there. Samsung announced today that “about half” of the affected phones — they mean to say, the exploding ones — have been exchanged. Read More

6Podo’s $50 Bluetooth camera makes smartphone photography fun again

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After a smash-hit success crowdfunding campaign last year, Podo is back to do it all over again with the sequel to its Cruel Intentions-inspired camera. Turning any surface into an impromptu tripod with its sticky-backed superpowers, the $49 Podo already zoomed past its $50,000 crowdfunding goal on Kickstarter. Read More

5The hopes and headaches of Snapchat’s glasses

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Snapchat is the only company cool enough to possibly dismantle the Google Glass stigma. Awkward, useless, and a threat to privacy are how many think of computers you wear on your face. Can Snapchat show off the masterful marketing and smooth execution required to produce a product that won’t die on stores shelves or in a desk drawer? To quickly recount the basics, a video of… Read More

4Grocery deliveries via rolling drone will kick off in Washington, D.C. this fall

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Rolling robots will soon be making U.S. house calls, beginning with a trial run in Washington, D.C. this fall. Municipal regulators have approved use of Starship Technologies’ rolling delivery drones for urban delivery via sidewalk, reports Recode, giving the Estonian startup a vector for its first states-side public tests. You might remember Starship Technologies from the launch of… Read More

3The multi-functional Balldur is a Swiss Army lamp

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At its minimalist worst, the Balldur is a cool looking lamp. Smooth wood and ceramic with a bulb that would make Thomas Edison proud, the Balldur (whatever that means) feels like an artifact from a Terry Gilliam movie—and that my friends is a good thing. In some ways, it is also reminiscent of boutique guitar amplifiers. In short, it is nice looking. Read More

2Yi’s camera brings some underdog to the Micro Four Thirds market

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You may know Yi Technologies from its action cameras or its fancy, carbon-fiber drones, but at Photokina, the company launched its first mirrorless Micro Four Thirds camera, the Yi M1. Sporting a 20 mpx Sony IMX269 sensor, a high-quality 3-inch touch-screen and a raft of sharing-friendly features, it’s crashing into a space that has been stale for a while. Read more.

1Hands-on with Pictar, which adds buttons and wheels to your iPhone camera

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There’s no denying that your smartphone’s camera is getting better and better for every generation, but what’s a poor photography nerd to do about controllability? Miggo’s Kickstarter-funded Pictar is shipping soon, and might be just the thing to teach your iPhone some additional photography skills. At Photokina, I had a chance to try it myself. Read More

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