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pi-top outs a new laptop for budding coders and hardware hackers

By | computing, Education, electronics, Europe, Gadgets, Hardware, hardware hacking, learn to code, pi-top, Raspberry Pi, Robotics, STEM, TC | No Comments

 U.K. edtech startup pi-top has a new learn-to-code-and-tinker machine. It’s another modular Raspberry Pi-powered laptop but this time they’ve reduced the number of steps needed to put it together, as well as adding a slider keyboard design so the Qwerty panel can be pulled out to provide access to a rail for mounting and tinkering with electronics. Read More

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DJI’s new interchangeable-lens drone camera takes aim at filmmakers

By | DJI, drone, drone photography, drone video, Gadgets, Hardware, TC, Zenmuse X7 | No Comments

 DJI just introduced a new camera designed to work with drones, and in particular its Inspire 2 flyer. The camera is a “world first” in that it’s a super 35 digital film camera tailored for aerial cinematography — in other words, if you’re a filmmaker, documentarian or professional cinematographer, you are probably going to want one of these. Read More

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Citing ‘a few’ malfunctions, Google nukes touch function from Home Mini

By | Gadgets, Google, Google Home Mini, Internet of Things, IoT, TC | No Comments

 Google is permanently axing all “top touch” functionality from its new Home Mini device after a nasty bug was documented yesterday that essentially recorded everything around the gadget and sent it to Google. These things happen! Either the company couldn’t be sure it could fix it or it couldn’t be sure people would trust that it did — so they made the choice to… Read More

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A messed up Google Home Mini recorded a tech reporter 24/7

By | Gadgets, Google, Google Home Mini, privacy, surveillance, TC | No Comments

 The idea of inviting an always-on recording device into our bedrooms would have once seemed beyond creepy, but now most consumers hardly give it a second thought. As Android Police reports, a small number of Google Home Mini review units given to tech reviewers malfunctioned, persistently recording audio in the background without being activated by a hotword. Read More

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Intel moves towards production quantum computing with new 17-qubit chip

By | Gadgets, Intel, Quantum Computers, quantum computing, Science, TC | No Comments

 Intel’s quantum computing efforts have yielded a new 17-qubit chip, which the company has just delivered to its partner in that field, QuTech. It’s not a major advance in the actual computing power or applications — those are still in very early days — but it’s a step toward production systems that can be ordered and delivered to spec rather than experimental… Read More

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The SpiderMAV does whatever a spider can, spins a web, any size

By | drone, electronics, embedded systems, Emerging-Technologies, Gadgets, quadcopter, TC, Technology, unmanned aerial vehicles | No Comments

 Researchers at the Imperial College London’s Aerial Robotics Laboratory have created the SpiderMAV – a robot that stabilizes itself by shooting out multiple strands of rope that can stick to magnetic surfaces. The drone, which is a standard quadcopter, has a built-in rope gun that blasts out little connectors. The drone then pulls against the ropes, stabilizing itself in flight.… Read More

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A chat with the creators of Arduino

By | arduino, computing, Do it yourself, electronics, Gadgets, Internet of Things, Startups, TC, Technology, technotopia | No Comments

 On this week’s Technotopia I talked to Massimo Banzi and Fabio Violante, the co-creators of Arduino. This pair of Italian artists saw their little single-board computers as a gateway to high-tech art but they’ve essentially created a world in which anyone – from an 11-year-old hacker to a huge corporation – can make amazing hardware in a few hours.
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Nintendo’s mini SNES has already been hacked to run more games

By | Gadgets, Gaming, Hack, Nintendo, SNES Classic, TC | No Comments

 Nintendo SNES Classic owners should be glad to learn that more games aren’t out of your reach. Cluster, the Russian coder who originally cracked the NES Classic Edition, has now figured out how to side-load more games to the SNES CE through his Hakchi tool. With the release of Hakchi v2.20, users can expand their options on the little SNES, which comes with only 21 games pre-installed.… Read More

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This is not a drill: Microsoft admits Windows Phone is dead for real

By | Gadgets, Microsoft, TC, Windows, Windows Phone | No Comments

 It’s time to say goodbye for real this time. Windows Phone’s death has been slow and painful, but, as CNET spotted, the head of Microsoft’s Windows division finally admitted you shouldn’t expect anything more when it comes to Windows Phone. Microsoft doesn’t plan to let existing Windows Phone users down — there will be security updates. But don’t… Read More

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