Meet the robots Toyota is bringing to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games
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Meet the robots Toyota is bringing to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

Tokyo’s 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games are fast approaching, and Toyota is playing a key role in on-site mobility and transportation. The Japanese automaker has unveiled five…

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Original Apollo 11 landing videotapes sell for $1.8M
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Original Apollo 11 landing videotapes sell for $1.8M

VCRs didn’t really exist when the first men walked on the moon, but NASA was ahead of the curve and recorded the event for posterity on videotapes —…

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Sony WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds review
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Sony WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds review

I would have had a review of the WF-1000XM3s up sooner, but they arrived while I was traveling. That was a bummer for two reasons. First and most…

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Cambridge Uni graphene spin-out bags $16M to get its first product to market
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Cambridge Uni graphene spin-out bags $16M to get its first product to market

Cambridge, UK based graphene startup, Paragraf, has closed a £12.8 million (~$16M) Series A round of funding led by early stage VC  Parkwalk. Also investing this round: IQ…

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Sutro’s smart pool-monitoring device arrives next month
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Sutro’s smart pool-monitoring device arrives next month

Sutro’s device has changed a lot since the company appeared as a contestant in our Hardware Battlefield way back in 2015. But who hasn’t, really? The startup happened…

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Arm’s new licensing option lets its partners experiment and test for free before they pay
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Arm’s new licensing option lets its partners experiment and test for free before they pay

Arm today launched Flexible Access, a new licensing scheme in addition to its existing model that will make it easier for startups to gain access to a wide…

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Hardware startups take center stage for Hardware Battlefield at TC Shenzhen
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Hardware startups take center stage for Hardware Battlefield at TC Shenzhen

Software grabs so much attention that it even has its own catchphrase — there’s an app for that. It’s not a bad thing, but we know nothing happens…

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Chinese space station Tiangong-2 is about to burn up over the Pacific
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Chinese space station Tiangong-2 is about to burn up over the Pacific

Update: Deorbit complete. RIP Tiangong-2. The final hours for China’s Tiangong-2 space station are at hand, as the eight-ton piece of hardware will fall to earth, or rather…

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Parrot’s getting out of the low-end drone business
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Parrot’s getting out of the low-end drone business

Parrot announced the AR.Drone back at CES 2010, three years before DJI’s Phantom 1. It was a seemingly odd move by a company best known for making Bluetooth…

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Altitude Angel launches an API for safer drone flights
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Altitude Angel launches an API for safer drone flights

Altitude Angel, a U.K. startup that provides safety, data and traffic management systems for drones, is launching a de-confliction service for drone flights — available via its developer…

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Qualcomm hit with $271M EU fine over predatory pricing of baseband chips
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Qualcomm hit with $271M EU fine over predatory pricing of baseband chips

A long-running European antitrust investigation into whether Qualcomm used predatory pricing when selling UMTS baseband chips about a decade ago has landed the chipmaker with a fine of…

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iOS 13: Here are the new security and privacy features you might’ve missed
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iOS 13: Here are the new security and privacy features you might’ve missed

In just a few weeks Apple’s new iOS 13, the thirteenth major iteration of its popular iPhone software, will be out — along with new iPhones and a…

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Nintendo introduces a Switch model refresh with better battery life
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Nintendo introduces a Switch model refresh with better battery life

Nintendo already announced an entirely new Switch console this month, the Switch Lite, and now it’s bumping some of the specs on the existing Switch with a slightly…

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DJI introduces a Ronin stabilizer for mirrorless cameras
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DJI introduces a Ronin stabilizer for mirrorless cameras

The camera stabilizer has been an interesting piece of DJI’s product play. A kind of offshoot of the company’s advanced drone-based imaging systems, the Ronin line has allowed…

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SpaceX’s ‘Starhopper’ bursts into flames during static fire test
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SpaceX’s ‘Starhopper’ bursts into flames during static fire test

SpaceX’s test vehicle, a small-scale demonstration craft for some Starship components, caught fire after what appears to be a fuel leak or dump following an otherwise successful static…

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Sony’s new A7R IV camera is a 61 MP full-frame mirrorless beast
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Sony’s new A7R IV camera is a 61 MP full-frame mirrorless beast

Sony unveiled the latest in its line of interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras on Tuesday, debuting the A7R IV, its top-of-the-line full-frame digital shooter aimed at pros. The new…

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Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick are again Prime Day’s best selling devices (so far!)
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Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick are again Prime Day’s best selling devices (so far!)

Amazon Prime members again snapped up loss leaders like the Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick with Alexa Remote on the first day of Amazon Prime Day 2019,…

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Voyant Photonics raises $4.3M to fit lidar on the head of a pin
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Voyant Photonics raises $4.3M to fit lidar on the head of a pin

Lidar is a critical method by which robots and autonomous vehicles sense the world around them, but the lasers and sensors generally take up a considerable amount of…

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Petcube’s Bites 2 and Play 2 amuse pets and humans alike with Alexa built-in
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Petcube’s Bites 2 and Play 2 amuse pets and humans alike with Alexa built-in

Petcube’s original Bites smart treat dispenser and Play pet camera with a built-in laser pointer were great for pet parents who couldn’t always be around to hang out…

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The Dreamlight Zen uses lights and music to help wearers relax
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The Dreamlight Zen uses lights and music to help wearers relax

Every time I’m back in Asia, it seems like I’m meeting with another sleep mask company. And every time, I wonder aloud about how the technology might ease…

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Dish’s AirTV launches an $80 streaming stick for accessing Sling TV, Netflix & broadcast channels
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Dish’s AirTV launches an $80 streaming stick for accessing Sling TV, Netflix & broadcast channels

Dish is expanding its hardware lineup today with the launch of a new 4K streaming stick, the AirTV Mini, designed to make it easier for cord cutters to…

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Presso is piloting dry cleaning vending machines at midwestern hotels
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Presso is piloting dry cleaning vending machines at midwestern hotels

Hotel dry-cleaning is the absolute worst. Seriously. Have you ever attempted to get clothes cleaned on the road? You’ll routinely end up paying $10-15 per shirt. As someone…

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Kibus is like a Keurig for your pet
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Kibus is like a Keurig for your pet

In a pitch during a recent meeting at Brinc’s Hong Kong headquarters, the Barcelona-based team behind Kibus Petcare was quick to point out that most millennials consider pets…

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Archinaut snags $73 million in NASA funding to 3D-print giant spacecraft parts in orbit
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Archinaut snags $73 million in NASA funding to 3D-print giant spacecraft parts in orbit

A project to 3D-print bulky components in space rather than bring them up there has collected a $73.7 million contract from NASA to demonstrate the technique in space.…

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W(hy)TF are Japan and South Korea in a trade war?
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W(hy)TF are Japan and South Korea in a trade war?

Another week, another trade war. And unlike most trade wars these days, this one didn’t originate from the confines of the Rose Garden with the Marine One whirlybird…

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Valkyrie Industries is building a haptic VR suit for industrial training
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Valkyrie Industries is building a haptic VR suit for industrial training

Valkyrie Industries off-handedly refers to the current iteration of its VR suit as “Iron Man v. 1.” It’s a fitting reference. There’s a very “first half of the…

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Amazon said to be launching new Echo speaker with premium sound next year
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Amazon said to be launching new Echo speaker with premium sound next year

Amazon is reportedly looking to offer an Echo that more directly competes with high-end speakers like the Sonos line of devices or Apple’s HomePod, according to a new…

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Amazon reportedly ramps development on Alexa-powered home robot on wheels
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Amazon reportedly ramps development on Alexa-powered home robot on wheels

Bloomberg reported last April that Amazon was working on a home robot codenamed “Vesta” (after the Roman goddess of the hearth and home), and now the publication says…

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These robo-ants can work together in swarms to navigate tricky terrain
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These robo-ants can work together in swarms to navigate tricky terrain

While the agility of a Spot or Atlas robot is something to behold, there’s a special merit reserved for tiny, simple robots that work not as a versatile…

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‘World’s first Bluetooth hair straighteners’ can be easily hacked
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‘World’s first Bluetooth hair straighteners’ can be easily hacked

Here’s a thing that should have never been a thing: Bluetooth-connected hair straighteners. Glamoriser, a U.K. firm that bills itself as the maker of the “world’s first Bluetooth…

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Luminar eyes production vehicles with $100M round and new Iris lidar platform
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Luminar eyes production vehicles with $100M round and new Iris lidar platform

Luminar is one of the major players in the new crop of lidar companies that have sprung up all over the world, and it’s moving fast to outpace…

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Microsoft’s $399 Azure Kinect AI camera is now shipping in the US and China
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Microsoft’s $399 Azure Kinect AI camera is now shipping in the US and China

Earlier this year, at MWC, Microsoft announced the return of its Kinect sensor in the form of an AI developer kit. The $399 Azure Kinect DK camera system…

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Nintendo Switch Lite’s trade-off of whimsy for practicality is a good one
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Nintendo Switch Lite’s trade-off of whimsy for practicality is a good one

Nintendo today revealed a new Switch Lite version of its current-generation console, which attaches the controllers permanently, shrinks the hardware a bit and adds a touch more battery…

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The Commerce Department will accept applications from companies that want to supply Huawei, but it remains blacklisted
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The Commerce Department will accept applications from companies that want to supply Huawei, but it remains blacklisted

About two months after Huawei was placed on the Commerce Department’s Entity List, the Chinese telecom equipment and smartphone giant will be able to do business with American…

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Hardware startups: Pitch to the world’s top investors at Hardware Battlefield 2019
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Hardware startups: Pitch to the world’s top investors at Hardware Battlefield 2019

Early-stage hardware startup founders, it’s your turn to step into the spotlight and launch your innovative inventions to the world’s top investors. We’re inviting you to apply to compete…

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Apple updates entry-level MacBook Air and Pro for back to school
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Apple updates entry-level MacBook Air and Pro for back to school

Apple just announced a handful of key updates to its most popular Mac devices, timed for back to school purchases. The entry-level MacBook Pro gets the biggest bump…

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Flaws in hospital anesthesia and respiratory devices allow remote tampering
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Flaws in hospital anesthesia and respiratory devices allow remote tampering

Security researchers have found a vulnerability in a networking protocol used in popular hospital anesthesia and respiratory machines, which they say if exploited could be used to maliciously…

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Apple stops selling the 12-inch MacBook, a computer you either loved or were confused by
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Apple stops selling the 12-inch MacBook, a computer you either loved or were confused by

Apple officially stopped selling the 12-inch MacBook today, a computer that hasn’t had an update since June 2017 and that is also maybe one of the most contentious…

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Google’s Pixel 4 renders surface and all anyone can do is stare at that top bezel
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Google’s Pixel 4 renders surface and all anyone can do is stare at that top bezel

This time last month, Google took the surprise (and anticlimactic) move of tweeting out images of the Pixel 4 well ahead of its October launch. Of course, that…

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Sony’s new wireless earbuds pack great noise-canceling and battery life
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Sony’s new wireless earbuds pack great noise-canceling and battery life

I’ve got a 16-hour flight coming up in about a week, so I’m hoping our review units come through before then. For now, my time with the WF-1000XM3…

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