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Legrand acquires smart home startup Netatmo

By | Céliane, Europe, France Newsletter, Gadgets, legrand, netatmo, Startups

French hardware startup Netatmo got acquired by the biggest manufacturer of switches and sockets in the world, Legrand. Terms of the deal are undisclosed. Legrand and Netatmo already collaborated together on some products. Back in 2017, the company announced that it would work with industrial groups to connect everything in your home, starting with Legrand […]

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The ultimate guide to gifting STEM toys: tons of ideas for little builders

By | adafruit industries, Anki, Artificial Intelligence, Asia, BBC Micro, Disney, Education, Europe, Gadgets, Gaming, Gift Guide 2018, Hardware, Kano, littlebits, makeblock, mattel, Robotics, TC

The holiday season is here again, touting all sorts of kids’ toys that pledge to pack ‘STEM smarts’ in the box, not just the usual battery-based fun. Educational playthings are nothing new, of course. But, in recent years, long time toymakers and a flurry of new market entrants have piggybacked on the popularity of smartphones […]

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Italian consumer watchdog hands down €15M in fines to Apple and Samsung for slowing devices

By | Apple, Europe, Gadgets, Government, Italy, Mobile, Samsung

Italy’s Autorità garante della concorrenza e del mercato, roughly equivalent to this America’s FTC, has fined Apple and Samsung a total of $15 million for the companies’ practice of forcing updates on consumers that may slow or break their devices. The amount may be a drop in the bucket, but it’s a signal that governments won’t always let this type of behavior fly.

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Cowboy, the Belgian e-bike startup, raises €10M Series A

By | Cowboy, electric bicycles, Europe, Gadgets, Recent Funding, Startups, TC, Transportation

Cowboy, the Belgian startup that designed and sells a smarter electronic bicycle, has raised €10 million in Series A funding. Leading the round is Tiger Global Management, with participation from previous backers Index Ventures and Hardware Club. The new capital will be used to scale operations and expand beyond Belgium into Germany, U.K., Netherlands and […]

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Banksy’s rigged art frame was supposed to shred the whole thing

By | arts, Banksy, Canvas, connected objects, designer, Europe, Gadgets, Hardware, Internet of Things, London, sotheby's

In the connected future will anyone truly own any thing? Banksy’s artworld shocker performance piece, earlier this month, when a canvas of his went under the hammer at Sothebys in London, suggests not. Immediately the Girl with Balloon canvas sold — for a cool ~$1.1M (£860,000) — it proceeded to self-destruct, via a shredder built into […]

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The Casio Rangeman GPR-B1000 is a big watch for big adventures

By | Casio, Clothing, consumer electronics, Europe, g-shock, Gadgets, gps, Nevada, New York, TC, travel companion, utah, watch, wireless charger

The Casio Rangeman GPR-B1000 is comically large. That’s the first thing you notice about it. Based on the G-Shock design, this massive watch is 20.2mm thick and about 60mm in diameter, a true dinner plate of a watch. Inside the heavy case is a dense collection of features that will make your next outdoor adventure […]

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Committed to privacy, Snips founder wants to take on Alexa and Google, with blockchain

By | Alexa, Amazon, Blockchain, cryptocurrency, Developer, Europe, Gadgets, Google, siri, Snips, Startups, TC

The story could be a harbinger of things to come when voice becomes more and more ubiquitous. After all, Amazon announced the launch of Alexa for Hospitality, its Alexa system for hotels, in June. News stories like this simply reinforce the idea that voice control is seeping into our daily lives. The French startup Snips […]

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