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Nintendo to open its first official store located in Japan

By | Asia, Gadgets, Gaming, Japan, Nintendo, Nintendo Tokyo, TC, video games

Fourteen years after unveiling its first location in New York, Nintendo is finally opening an official store in Japan, too. Nintendo Tokyo will be located in Shibuya Parco, the new flagship of the Parco department store chain. Nintendo Tokyo is scheduled to open at the same time as the shopping center (autumn 2019). In an announcement, […]

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Samsung’s new Galaxy M smartphones will launch in India first

By | Gadgets, Galaxy M, india, Mobile, Samsung, Samsung Electronics, smartphones, TC

Samsung will launch its new lower-priced Galaxy M series in India before the smartphones roll out globally. Asim Warsi, senior vice president of Samsung India’s smartphone business, told Reuters that three devices will be available through its website and Amazon India at the end of January and are intended to help the company double online […]

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Chamberlain Group acquires Lockitron and Tend for its myQ smart garage hub

By | Chamberlain Group, Gadgets, home security, Lockitron, security cameras, smart locks, TC, Tend Insights

Chamberlain Group, which owns several security and access brands including the myQ smart garage hub, has added two new companies to its portfolio: connected door lock maker Lockitron and wi-fi home security camera startup Tend. In a press statement, Chamberlain Group CEO JoAnna Sohovich said Tend and Lockitron’s produts will be integrated into myQ. “We […]

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Samsung warns of Q4 profit drop, blames unexpectedly low semiconductor demand

By | Gadgets, Samsung, Samsung Electronics, semiconductors, smartphones, south korea, TC

Apple isn’t the only smartphone maker steeling itself (and analysts) for disappointing results. Samsung Electronics issued earnings guidance for the final quarter of 2018 today that not only marks its first quarterly profit decline in two years, but also fell far below analysts’ expectations. The company attributed the drop to lower-than-expected demand for its memory […]

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Naya Health, once a promising breast pump startup, now leaving customers in the dark

By | Babies, breast pump, Gadgets, Health, naya health, Startups, TC

With their loud noises and hard plastic flanges, breast pumps are the bane of many a new mother’s existence. Founded in 2013, Naya Health is one of the most notable tech startups working on a better pump. But the company’s support site is now shutdown and it’s stopped updating its social media accounts. In a […]

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Amazon Alexa goes AWOL for many users

By | Amazon, amazon alexa, Amazon Dot, Gadgets, outage, TC, voice assistant

Some Amazon Alexa users are currently having problems reaching the voice assistant. Instead of reacting to commands, Alexa simply says “sorry, something went wrong.” Amazon hasn’t commented publicly yet on the issue. Based on tweets and Down Detector, users began having trouble reaching Alexa around 7AM PST. While some had their connection issues resolved quickly, […]

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WHILL raises $45M to help people with disabilities get around airports and other large venues

By | accessibility, electric vehicles, Fundings & Exits, Gadgets, Last mile, personal mobility, Startups, TC, Transportation, wheelchair, Whill

WHILL, the startup known for creating sleek, high-tech personal mobility devices, announced today that it has closed a $45 million Series C. The funding will be used for expanding into new international markets, as well as developing new products for large venues, including airports and “last-mile” sidewalk transportation. The round’s lead investors were SBI Investment, […]

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The Xbox Adaptive Controller goes on sale today and is also now part of the V&A museum’s collection

By | accessibility, Diversity, Gadgets, Gaming, Microsoft, TC, xbox

In an important move for inclusion in the gaming community, the Xbox Adaptive Controller, created for gamers with mobility issues, is now on sale. The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) also announced today that it has acquired the Xbox Adaptive Controller for display in its Rapid Response gallery dedicated to current events and pop culture. […]

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Microsoft no longer taking new enrollments for its Surface Plus financing program

By | Gadgets, Klarna, Microsoft, Surface, Surface Plus, TC

Microsoft has quietly ended its Surface Plus financing program about a year after it launched. In a message on its site, the company said it stopped taking new enrollments on August 31 “after much thought and consideration.” The change does not affect existing customers, however, who will still be covered by their current financing plans. […]

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