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Wrest control from a snooping smart speaker with this teachable ‘parasite’

By | Advertising Tech, Alexa, Artificial Intelligence, connected devices, Europe, Gadgets, GitHub, Google, google home, Hardware, Home Automation, Internet of Things, IoT, neural network, privacy, Security, smart assistant, smart speaker, Speaker

What do you get when you put one internet-connected device on top of another? A little more control than you otherwise would in the case of Alias the “teachable ‘parasite’” — an IoT project smart speaker topper made by two designers, Bjørn Karmann and Tore Knudsen. The Raspberry Pi-powered, fungus-inspired blob’s mission is to whisper […]

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CERN’s plan for 100-km collider makes the LHC look like a hula hoop

By | CERN, colliders, Europe, Gadgets, Government, large hadron collider, LHC, particle colliders, particle physics, Physics, Science

The Large Hadron Collider has produced a great deal of incredible science, most famously the Higgs Boson — but physicists at CERN, the international organization behind the LHC, are already looking forward to the next model. And the proposed Future Circular Collider, at 100 kilometers or 62 miles around, would be quite an upgrade.

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Amazon Dash buttons judged to breach consumer rules in Germany

By | Amazon, amazon dash, consumer protection, consumer rights, eCommerce, Europe, Gadgets, Germany, Lawsuit, munich

Amazon’s Dash buttons have been found to breach consumer e-commerce rules in Germany. The push-to-order gizmos were debuted by Amazon in 2015 in an attempt by the e-commerce giant to shave friction off of the online shopping process by encouraging consumers to fill their homes with stick-on, account-linked buttons that trigger product-specific staple purchases when pressed […]

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UK police to get more powers to curb drone misuse after Gatwick fiasco

By | drone, drone regulation, Emerging-Technologies, Europe, Gadgets, Gatwick Airport, Home Office, UK government, United Kingdom

The UK government has announced new powers for police to tackle illegal use of drone technology, including powers to land, seize and search drones. This follows the recent Gatwick drone fiasco when, just before Christmas, a spate of drone sightings near the airport caused a temporary shutdown of the runway, and disruptive misery for thousands of people at one of […]

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Daily Crunch: Nvidia breaks with tradition at CES 2019

By | Augmented Reality, Enterprise, Europe, finance, Fundings & Exits, Gadgets, Gaming, Hardware, Startups, TC, Venture capital

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. Nvidia launches the $349 GeForce RTX 2060 Nvidia broke with tradition and put a new focus on gaming at CES. Last […]

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Ledger announces next-generation cryptocurrency hardware wallet

By | CES 2019, Europe, France Newsletter, Gadgets, Ledger, Ledger Nano X, Ledger Wallet, Startups

French startup Ledger unveiled its new hardware wallet to manage your cryptocurrencies. The Ledger Nano X is a Bluetooth-enabled wallet, which means that you’ll be able to send and receive tokens from your phone. The previous version of the device required you to plug the key to your computer using a microUSB cable in order […]

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Netatmo announces HomeKit doorbell that doesn’t require a subscription

By | CES 2019, Europe, France Newsletter, Gadgets, netatmo

Netatmo is announcing its first new product following its acquisition by Legrand — and it’s a connected doorbell. The company says that it is the first Apple HomeKit compatible doorbell but other companies could still beat Netatmo by releasing their product sooner. If you’ve been thinking about getting a connected doorbell, the main issue is […]

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Alexa crashed on Christmas Day

By | Alexa, Amazon, echo, Europe, Gadgets, outage

Amazon this morning said its Alexa devices were among the holiday season’s best-sellers, particularly the Echo and Echo Dot. But the influx of new users setting up their devices for the first time on Christmas Day appeared to be more than Alexa could handle. The service crashed briefly on Christmas, as thousands of new Alexa […]

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