Nest invites press to a “big announcement” on September 20

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 Earlier today Nest announced a new thermostat but it appears the company has more things to announce. Nest just sent invites to an event on September 20, saying it’s a big announcement. No other details were offered.
The company needs a hit and the product announced earlier today is not a hit in the same league as the Learning Thermostat.
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The SanDisk iXpand Base is an iPhone charger that also backs up your phone

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The SanDisk iXpand Base (a real product name that somehow survived to reach the market) is an iPhone charger with a nifty trick up its sleeve: it’ll back up your phone when you charge it (via Digital Photography Review).

It’s not a perfect backup solution — due to the way iOS actually works, the iXpand Base can only store photos, videos, and contacts — but it’s certainly a useful option for those who prefer local storage or are out of iCloud backup space. SanDisk is selling the iXpand Base in four storage capacities: 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB, for $49.99, $99.99, $129.99, and $199.99, respectively.

The iXpand Base works over a Lighting to USB cable (not included), which you can conveniently coil inside the iXpand Base, and then…

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The Moto X4 has Alexa and a multi-device music streaming feature

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 LG’s V30 is clearly the most hyped handset at this year’s IFA, but Motorola’s got a surprise contender for the most interesting. While the Lenovo-owned company is clearly pumping most of its resources into its Z line of modular flagships, its return to the mid-range X line actually packs a couple of compelling surprises. The company made its intentions to embrace Amazon… Read More

Facebook’s new Watch video hub rolls out to U.S. users

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 Facebook’s latest push into video is now live. On Thursday, the new Watch tab popped up for U.S. users as the feature begins its proper roll-out. The Watch tab sits in some premium Facebook real estate, just under the News Feed and Messenger buttons on the main desktop navigation menu. On mobile, the feature hangs out at the bottom of the navigation bar where users can launch it with… Read More

Hackaday Prize Entry: ESPMetric, a Simple and Easy Matrix

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There’s a lot you can do with a bunch of LEDs connected to the Internet. You can display the time, the weather, the bus schedule, or any one of a number of important data points in your life. Custom matrices are a pain in the butt to set up, which is why we like to see one looking rather polished and clean. [Faire-soi-meme] prettied up an 8×32 NeoPixel matrix with some diffusers and a grid bezel. It’s the ESPMetric, and it’s also an entry for this year’s Hackaday Prize.

The NeoPixel matrix is controlled by a NodeMcu using elements from …read more

Lenovo made a weird $70 Alexa speaker that only works with its Android tablets

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Say hello — or rather, say “Alexa” — to the Lenovo “Home Assistant Pack.” It’s a $69.99 speaker with USB port on the side, which allows you to slot in one of Lenovo’s Android tablets to make a little multimedia station, wedged in between a couple of plastic fins.

It’s sort of a smart idea, or at least the beginnings of one. Alexa is going to slowly begin to include visual feedback now that the Echo Show is available, so having a screen to go with your smart speaker is a thing. Also having a loud speaker for a tablet so you can use it to watch TV in the kitchen is another thing that makes sense. So a lot of things that are awkward with just a tablet or just a smart speaker would be potentially less awkward with this set up.

Except that…

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Lenovo’s new Yoga 920 laptop has far-field microphones so you can shout at Cortana

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Microsoft’s virtual assistant Cortana has been in Windows 10 laptops for a couple of years now, usually accessible via the search box on the Windows desktop and, in some cases, via a dedicated physical button. Lenovo is taking that a step further by turning its top-of-the-line Yoga laptop into what is, essentially, a home assistant.

The new Lenovo Yoga 920, announced today at the IFA trade show in Berlin, has far-field microphones so users can talk to the laptop from more than a dozen feet away and Cortana will respond — even if the laptop is closed. This means you can shout at your laptop to take notes or set calendar appointments even if you’re not at the laptop. If last year’s big Windows push at IFA was all about pen support, this…

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The Lenovo Yoga 720 laptop is coming in a smaller, 12-inch size

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Lenovo’s mid-range 700-series Yoga laptops have been getting good enough lately that you might think twice before stepping up to the top-tier 900-series devices. Now, after releasing 13 and 15-inch Yoga 720s earlier this year, the company is releasing a more portable 12-inch variant.

The new model is called, predictably enough, the Lenovo Yoga 720 12-inch. You can spec it out with an i3, i5, or i7 processor — all from Intel’s 7th generation Core family. The 12-inch model isn’t quite as svelte as some of the competition — it’s thicker than a MacBook for sure, and weighs half a pound more. But then again, you get a faster processor and a cheaper price, as it starts at $649 for the base model.

That thickness also yields you both a USB-A and…

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Lenovo’s Windows Mixed Reality headset arrives in October for $349

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Microsoft is fully unveiling its Windows Mixed Reality platform at IFA this week, and Lenovo is the latest headset maker to introduce its own device. We saw Lenovo’s headset back at CES, but now it’s officially called the Lenovo Explorer. While Lenovo hinted at “closer to $300” pricing earlier this year, the headset will debut at $349 without touch controllers, or $449 with the motion controllers. These mixed reality controllers are an essential part of the experience, and they work without sensors.

Lenovo’s Explorer headset simply plugs into any Windows PC without any external sensor setup required, and includes the ability to run VR games and apps. Inside-out positional tracking is supported, meaning you’ll be tracked in VR for…

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Motorola’s Moto X4 has two cameras and Amazon’s Alexa

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After a short hiatus, Motorola is bringing back the venerable Moto X. The new, fourth-generation Moto X, or Moto X4, is no longer the company’s flagship phone (that honor is reserved for the Moto Z2 lineup), but fills out the midrange in Motorola’s lineup. Highlight features of the Moto X4 include a new dual-camera setup and support for hands-free control of Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. The X4 will be available in Europe starting in September for €399. It is expected to hit the US later this fall.

Despite the Moto X4’s midrange ambitions, it has a metal and glass design with Gorilla Glass 4 and a contoured back. It is IP68 water and dust resistant, which is better than the Z2 lineup’s “splashproof” rating. It does not include support…

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Lenovo’s Surface competitor has Intel’s new quad-core processors, LTE, and a 3D camera

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Lenovo is making its Surface competitor a lot better this year. After slow iterating the Miix tablet from its Core M roots, the new Miix 520 will include Intel’s 8th generation quad-core i7 processor. It’s an addition that pushes its CPU performance past Microsoft’s new Surface Pro, alongside 8GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD storage, and a 12.2-inch 1920 x 1200 display. Lenovo also offers a USB-C port, the company’s own active pen support, and an optional 3D camera for capturing images.

Lenovo is even offering an LTE version of the Miix 520 before Microsoft has managed to ship its own Surface Pro with LTE. Like Microsoft’s Surface Pro, the Miix 520 includes a detachable keyboard, and an adjustable kickstand. Lenovo is using its watchband hinge…

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AI is so hot right now researchers are posing for Yves Saint Laurent

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The AI community has been abuzz today on Twitter after one of its own was elevated in an unusual fashion. Stanford University grad Alexandre Robicquet is a researcher in machine vision who works in the lab of Google X founder Sebastian Thrun. But he’s also helping front a new Yves Saint Laurent ad campaign, with his face — and profession — popping up in posters and photoshoots. Artificial intelligence? It’s so hot right now.

The campaign itself is for a new fragrance dubbed Y, and in a 30-second TV spot posted online today, Robicquet is seen riding a motorbike, delivering some sort of talk to a rapturous audience, and, yes, even doing a bit of coding. (For like two seconds.) Even the slogan is AI-appropriate: “Everything starts with a…

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The Destiny 2 live action trailer is out and it’s hilarious

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 The Destiny 2 live action trailer is officially out, and it’s one of the most comical video game trailers ever. The live action trailer heralds the coming of the new game, which is set to drop on September 6. The trailer stars Cayde-6, voiced by Nathan Fillion, and was directed by the same guy who directed Kong: Skull Island, Jordan Vogt-Roberts. Oh, and it doesn’t show a single… Read More

The littleBits Droid Inventor Kit lets you build an R2-D2 of your very own

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 Ever wanted to build an R2-D2 to call your own? You could drop a few million dollars to get all the screen-used parts/props… Or you could spend a few weeks in the shop bangin’ on scrap metal to build one from scratch Or you could grab littleBit’s new Droid Inventor kit and call it a day. It’s pint-sized and not quite as intense as the aforementioned options, but hey… Read More

Flights From Hell: online documentary of unruly passengers and crewmembers

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Airplane travel is not much fun these days (unless you are very rich). It’s made worse by drunken passengers, sociopathic flight attendants, and mechanical issues. “Flights From Hell: Caught On Camera” is a cheap, sensationalistic documentary that compiles the best of the worst flight incidents in recent years.

Via One Mile at a Time.

Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts brings Destiny 2 to life in new trailer

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After working on Kong: Skull Island, his first big blockbuster film, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts was ready to tackle something a little bit smaller. “Kong was two and a half years of my life,” he says. “That’s a quarter of a decade. It’s such an enormous time commitment to working on giant monkeys. I’m so proud of the collaboration that that movie was, but you definitely go down a rabbit hole really quick.”

So when the opportunity arose to direct a live-action trailer for Destiny 2, Bungie’s much-anticipated shooter that launches next week, it was a perfect fit. Not only was Vogt-Roberts in the right frame of mind for a smaller project, he’s also a big video game fan with a particular love for Bungie’s sci-fi universe. “It was a…

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Weather Atlas’ new app brings a refreshed UI that’s optimized for iPhone 8

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Is the sun-and-cloud icon on your weather app looking just a little too dull these days? Don’t you wish you could just switch it out for a more substantial-looking egg yolk, or perhaps an ombre, grapefruit-red icon? No? Okay, me neither, to be honest.

I didn’t give much thought to the fact that my sun and moon icons could be a lot cuter and more like Line stickers until I tried out Weather Atlas from Contrast, the maker of nerdy-yet-simple iOS apps like Rando and Launch Center Pro. Now I’m pretty much sold on the adorable UI and wish I could change out the ugly oranges in my Discover card app and my Headspace app while we’re at it, because they clash badly with my bright violet and pink wallpaper.

The developers at Contrast released its…

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Tag yourself in this generic millennial ad made from stock footage

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If you’ve spent much time online in recent years, you’re familiar with the tropes of advertisements aimed at millennials. Whether hawking a new app or a can of soda, marketers turn to the same techniques over and over. There’s the multicultural group of attractive friends laughing together at sunset. There’s the voiceover constantly insisting that, unlike all the other brands, this one truly gets you. And in the background, there’s the gentle humming guitar promising you that everything’s going to be OK.

Now we have a video that brings together all these tropes and more. Dissolve, a Canadian distributor of stock footage, has created an all-purpose ad for millennials using nothing but its own product and some cheeky voiceover. As spotted…

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