ThinkGeek has NES Classics in stock — with a catch

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 If you want a NES Classic Edition (and you should) but don’t want to pay hundreds on eBay (and you shouldn’t), you’re in luck. ThinkGeek has a few in stock that its parent company, GameStop, mysteriously didn’t sell back when everyone was trying to buy them. They’re on sale right now, and will probably run out within an hour. Read More

Sling Studio makes multi-camera video production so damn easy

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Tito Hamze gives an in-depth review of the Sling Studio, a multi-camera production studio that turns your existing cameras wireless and makes your phones into cameras with the ability to control everything from an iPad as a switcher. It’s the most portable multi-cam setup I’ve ever used — and it’s awesome! Read More

Wallflower wants to prevent cooking fires by making your stove smarter

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 The fire department responds to a home fire every 86 seconds, and many of those start in the kitchen. Wallflower is a device that easily hooks into most electric stoves, between the outlet and the stove itself, to notify users if there is risk of a fire. If the stove is on when you leave the home, the Wallflower will send a notification to the your phone to remind you to turn it off. In fact,… Read More

Netflix to debut ‘Disenchantment,’ a new animated series from ‘The Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening, in 2018

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 The creator of the longest-running scripted primetime series ever, “The Simpsons,” is preparing to launch a new show for Netflix. The streaming service today announced it has ordered 20 episodes of an animated comedy series called “Disenchantment,” from “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening. The first episodes are set to debut in 2018, the company says,… Read More

The Envirobot robo-eel slithers along the shore for science

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 The next time you’re swimming in Lake Geneva, don’t be surprised when you feel something eel-like and yet artificial touch your leg. That would be Envirobot, the latest biomimetic creation from Swiss researchers that autonomously swims around bodies of water and tests them for toxins and other factors. Read More

Amazon prepares to enter Southeast Asia via Singapore launch

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 Amazon is continuing its international expansion push with the launch of its services in Singapore coming imminently. The arrival could happen as soon as this week, according to a source with knowledge of the plans, and it will mark Amazon’s entry into Southeast Asia. The launch will see Amazon Prime, Amazon Prime Now fast delivery and Amazon’s regular e-commerce services… Read More

Qualcomm opens its mobile chip deep learning framework to all

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 Mobile chip maker Qualcomm wants to enable deep learning-based software development on all kinds of devices, which is why it created the Neural Processing Engine (NPE) for its Snapdragon-series mobile processors. The NPE software development kit is now available to all via the Qualcomm Developer Network, which marks the first public release of the SDK, and opens up a lot of potential for… Read More

LG Display will add $7B to its OLED investment in an attempt to challenge Samsung

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 LG Display announced today that it will invest 7.8 trillion won (about $7 billion) to boost its OLED production capacity. This increases the stakes in LG’s competition with Samsung over OLED displays, a market that Samsung dominates by far, as Apple prepares to launch the iPhone 8, which is widely expected to come with OLED screens. Read More

Facebook reportedly building smart speaker with touch screen

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 Facebook may launch its own smart-home gadget to get you messaging more friends and looking at more photos. Facebook is reportedly building a 15-inch touch-screen smart speaker. Pegatron is building the device for a Q1 2018 launch. It’s said to have been designed by Facebook’s secretive new hardware lab Building 8, using an LG in-cell touch screen with a magnesium-aluminum-alloy… Read More

Uber is going to provide accident insurance in France for free

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 Uber drivers and delivery persons in France are automatically going to get covered by accident insurance over the coming months. Uber has partnered with French insurance company Axa on this insurance product. It’ll go live this fall and it’s going to be free for independent workers. Hold your horses for a minute though. Before you think Uber is a nice company and wants to help… Read More

Motorola’s Moto Z gets a 360-degree camera mod

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 The Moto Z was a surprise hit for Motorola — they even made the swappable, modular-backed phone its flagship product. But the novel feature has always been hampered by the fact that there just aren’t that many useful Mods. Today changes the math a bit, with the arrival of the Moto Z2 Force Edition, featuring a shatterproof screen and bigger battery, along with the 360 Camera Moto Mod. Read More

Social media analytics company Synthesio acquires Social Karma

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Synthesio Social Karma Synthesio is announcing its second acquisition of the year — it’s buying Social Karma, a company that uses social data to help marketers understand consumers. Back in January, Synthesio announced that it had acquired presentation software-maker Bunkr. Co-founder and CEO Loic Moisand told me that this is all part of a two-year strategy to buy up companies and technologies that can… Read More

Tesla Model S regains top Consumer Reports safety rating after software update

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Tesla Model S P85D Tesla’s Model S once again occupies the top safety rating spot in the Consumer Reports ultra-luxury sedan category, after the automaker put out a software update that brought automatic emergency braking (AEB) to highway speeds for Model S vehicles with the second-generation hardware package.
Tesla had rolled back some of its automated safety and driver assistance features for vehicles… Read More

Adobe accidentally leaks photo-editing app Project Nimbus

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 Project Nimbus is not a secret. Adobe already previewed the app at its MAX conference. But MacGeneration was able to download and play around with the upcoming app. Adobe told MacGeneration that it was available to some Creative Cloud subscribers for a short time by mistake. It has been removed since then. In many ways, Project Nimbus feels like the Photos app and iCloud’s photo library… Read More

This new modular construction company just raised $4.2 million in Series A funding

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 Building blocks are a fascination that most people eventually outgrow. Not Noel Maxam, an Emmy-award-winning producer, director and writer who more recently leapt into the world of modular construction with Emagispace, a company that’s looking to give stick-frame construction the brush. Because the L.A. outfit just raised $4.2 million in Series A funding co-led by Circle Ventures and… Read More

Bigscreen VR app gets its biggest screen yet with latest update

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 With its latest update out today, Bigscreen is living up to its name. The Andreessen Horowitz-backed virtual reality app will be receiving one of its biggest updates since launch with the Cinema Update, which brings a hulking dynamically lit IMAX-like theater environment into the app which will allow users to watch movies, play games and do work on their PC in a pretty epic manner. Aside from… Read More

Node raises $10.8 million to find you better sales leads

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 The first step of any salesperson is to figure out who to pitch, but some of them are wasting time targeting the wrong prospective clients. That’s the premise behind Node, a startup that says its platform uses artificial intelligence to find sales leads. In “stealth mode” for the past 2.5 years, the company is now announcing a $10.8 million venture financing round led by… Read More

Online consignment shop thredUp takes on The RealReal with launch of Luxe

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 Online consignment shop thredUp is taking on The RealReal. The e-commerce site for secondhand items today announced the launch of a new luxury goods storefront, simply called Luxe, which is now available as a public beta. Via Luxe, consignment customers can request a “clean out kit” from thredUp, as per usual, and fill it with both their high-end and low-end items, which the… Read More

Twitter confirms it is winding down SnappyTV, shifting features to Media Studio

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 Twitter has been making an effort for some time to streamline and simplify its interface to make its social media platform more accessible to new and more casual users, and it is doing the same in the backend of its service. In the latest development, we have confirmed that Twitter is preparing to wind down SnappyTV, a service it acquired in 2014 for quickly clipping, editing and sharing… Read More

ContainerShip launches its fully managed Kubernetes service

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 ContainerShip, which launched at Disrupt NY 2015, helps developers deploy their containerized applications on virtually all of the major cloud platforms. In its early days, the company mostly bet on Docker and its own container management tools for handling its users’ containers, but it is now adding support for the Google-incubated Kubernetes container orchestration tool and launching… Read More

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