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Robots for the masses: Kickstarter becomes showcase for robotic innovation

Robots for the masses: Kickstarter becomes showcase for robotic innovation

With advances in rapid prototyping technologies-3D printing in particular-and the rise of cheap off-the-shelf mobile computing platforms like the Raspberry Pi and Arduino, the barrier to entry is lower than ever for upstart hardware visionaries. It's an era where individuals and small collectives can outmaneuver and out-innovate established companies. A look at what's on Kickstarter tells the story.

May 30, 2015 by in Innovation

Amazon Echo unboxing

Amazon Echo unboxing

After waiting more than four months since placing his order, David Gewirtz finally got his Echo. Want to see what comes in the box? Click on in.

May 18, 2015 by in Cloud

Seven great smartphones you can't buy in the US

Seven great smartphones you can't buy in the US

The US has no shortage of attractive smartphones at the moment, from cheap-but-featured packed Androids to the latest flagships from the big names. But not all the best devices are available Stateside. Here are some of the best handsets that are just out of reach for Americans.

May 15, 2015 by in Hardware

Drone wars at NAB 2015

Drone wars at NAB 2015

At last week's NAB show one of the hottest areas was video drones. One button orbit of a fixed point? 6k cinema-quality video? Palm-sized HD? Underwater video? Yep, and more! Here's a gallery of what will fly past in the year ahead.

April 20, 2015 by in Innovation

Apple Watch fittings begin in Sydney: Gallery

Apple Watch fittings begin in Sydney: Gallery

Although the Apple Watch doesn't go on sale until April 24, Apple is inviting customers to book in jewellery-style 'fittings' designed to help decide what style, size, and wristbands customers want, and, ultimately, how much money they're willing to hand over.

April 9, 2015 by in Hardware

Aukey external battery chargers comparison

Aukey external battery chargers comparison

I looked at three Aukey external battery chargers: A 3600mAh, ultra slim,portable charger with a Li-polymer battery in black, an 10,000mAh quick charger model in silver and a 2-in-1 4400mAh alloy external battery charger and cigarette lighter.

March 30, 2015 by in Hardware

iPod Nano gets new features

At Apple's headquarters, Apple's senior vice president of marketing, Philip Schiller, unveils new iPod Nano features, including a new multitouch icon screen, new sensors for runners, and the ability to wear the device as a watch. The Nano comes in 7 colors, in an 8GB version for $129 and a 16GB version for $149.

October 4, 2011 by in Mobility

Intel, Google partner on optimized Android phones

At the Intel Developer Forum, Google announced it is teaming up with the chipmaker to optimize Android for Intel-powered mobile devices. Google Senior Vice President Andy Rubin made an appearance during the keynote address with Intel CEO Paul Otellini to announce that all future versions of Android will use the x86 chip architecture.

September 13, 2011 by in Intel

Intel's Otellini talks up Ultrabooks

At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Intel CEO Paul Otellini discusses Intel’s notebook venture as the “most satisfying and complete computer experience” ever with a sleeker and lighter design and a long battery life at mainstream prices. The first Ultrabooks have already started shipping from select partners and more will be on the way by the holiday season this year.

September 13, 2011 by in Laptops

Steve Jobs retrospective

Steve Jobs stepping down as CEO of Apple marks the end of an era. Come with us on a journey through the ups and downs of his career. From the development of the first Mac in 1984 to the unveiling of the iPhone and iPad, Jobs has changed the face of an industry.

August 24, 2011 by in CXO

Steve Jobs' one more thing: iTunes Match

At the WWDC conference in San Francisco, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveils iTunes Match, part of the company's new iCloud service. For a $24.99 annual fee, users can use iTunes Match to scan their music library for non-iTunes purchased songs. Apple then provides a DRM-free file of those songs for access from iCloud.

June 6, 2011 by in Apple

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