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DJI adds an offline mode to its drones for clients with ‘sensitive operations’

By | army, DJI, drones, Gadgets, Government, military, Security, TC | No Comments

 DJI is working on a “local data mode” for its apps that prevents any data from being sent to or received from the internet. The feature will be welcomed by many, but it’s hard not to attribute the timing and urgency of the announcement to the recent ban of DJI gear by the U.S. Army over unspecified “cyber vulnerabilities.” Read More

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Update bricks smart locks preferred by Airbnb

By | Airbnb, Collaborative Consumption, connected devices, Gadgets, Hardware, Internet of Things, IoT, Lockstate, smart lock, TC, vacation rental | No Comments

 A subset of smart locks made by Lockstate have been bricked after an update. The smart lock vendor is part of Airbnb’s Host Assist program, and integrates with the accommodation rental platform so, for instance, hosts can automatically generate and email one-time codes for their guests to use during check-in. Read More

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TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 will feature some of tech’s wildest success stories

By | 23andMe, Ann Wojcicki, Apps, Ben Silbermann, Cindy Mi, disrupt sf, Disrupt SF 2017, Gadgets, Houzz, Mobile, Pinterest, Startups, TC, TechCrunch Disrupt, vipkid | No Comments

 TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 is less than a month away at Pier 48 in San Francisco. This year’s lineup includes a stellar group of speakers, including Pinterest’s Ben Silbermann, Golden State Warriors superstar forward (and also investor) Kevin Durant, Forerunner Venture’s Kirsten Green and Udacity co-founder Sebastian Thrun. Read More

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Machine learning can tell if you’re wearing swap-meet Louie

By | Business, counterfeit, Economy, Entrupy Inc., Gadgets, Louis-Vuitton, machine learning, prada, product, Startups, TC | No Comments

 A wise man once said “The hat mighta had a L V on the back but at the swap meet that ain’t jack,” and now researchers can ensure that the Louis Vuitton or Prada or Coach you bought is the real deal. The system, which essentially learns the difference between real and fake products over time, uses a small microscope connected to a phone. “The underlying principle of… Read More

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The Minifree Libreboot T400 is free as in freedom

By | BIOS, Booting, computing, Gadgets, lenovo, linux, TC, Thinkpad | No Comments

 The Libreboot T400 doesn’t look like much. It’s basically a refurbished Lenovo Thinkpad with the traditional Lenovo/IBM pointer nubbin and a small touchpad. It’s a plain black laptop, as familiar as any luggable assigned to a cubicle warrior on the road. But, under the hood, you have a machine that fights for freedom. The T400 runs Libreboot, a free and open BIOS and the… Read More

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Mighty fills an iPod shuffle-sized hole for Spotify subscribers

By | Gadgets, Hardware, ipod shuffle, mighty, music player, Reviews, Spotify | No Comments

 The company launched a Kickstarter last year with the promise of “streaming music without your phone,” delivering the still-tangible benefits of devoted music hardware for the Spotify generation. The startup built up enough excitement to hit $300k on the crowdfunding site, and the recent end of the iPod shuffle and nano have only furthered that interest among consumers. CEO… Read More

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The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is the most flexible connected video doorbell

By | Gadgets, Hardware, Reviews, ring, TC | No Comments

 Ring is steadily releasing new products, but the Ring Video Doorbell 2 is the first re-think of its original, core product. The new version of the smart Wi-Fi doorbell that started it all still offers both wired and battery power options, but the batteries are now removable, and it’s got a few other upgrades including true 1080p HD video.
I’m a longtime user of the original, and… Read More

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8bitdo’s NES30 Arcade Stick is a big, beautiful fighter companion

By | 8bitdo, Gadgets, Gaming, Hardware, Nintendo, Reviews, TC | No Comments

 If you’re looking for a little more arcade feel for your Nintendo Switch, look no further than 8Bitdo’s NES30 Arcade Stick. The Bluetooth controller accessory is compatible with a range of platforms besides the Switch, and it’s a well-made gadget with careful attention paid to how buttons and the joysticks feel, giving an authentic arcade cabinet experience. It’s also… Read More

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Ikea smart lightbulbs get HomeKit, Alexa and Google Home support

By | Amazon, Apple, Gadgets, Google, Hardware, ikea, TC | No Comments

 Ikea’s smart lighting system has received an update that makes its wireless hub compatible with Apple’s HomeKit, as well as with Amazon Alexa, and Google Home. This means if you have the hub and bulbs, you should be able to control them with your voice using any of those devices, as well as control them in Apple’s iOS Home app. The update also makes it possible to discover… Read More

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Malicious code written into DNA infects the computer that reads it

By | Bio, Biotech, cyberpunk, Gadgets, Hack, Science, Security, TC | No Comments

 In a mind-boggling world first, a team of biologists and security researchers have successfully infected a computer with a strand of DNA. It sounds like science fiction, but it’s very real — although you probably don’t have to worry about this particular threat vector any time soon. That said, the possibilities suggested by this project are equally fascinating and terrifying… Read More

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