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Tempow’s new Bluetooth profile lets you create AirPods clones more easily

By | AirPods, Europe, France Newsletter, Gadgets, Startups, Tempow

French startup Tempow has been working on software solutions to improve the Bluetooth protocol. The company just unveiled the Tempow True Wireless Bluetooth profile so that anybody can create AirPods clones. Many companies have tried creating a pair of earbuds with absolutely no wire. But none of them are as good as Apple’s AirPods. Manufacturers […]

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Move over notch, the hole-punch smartphone camera is coming

By | Apple, Asia, Canada, China, electronics, Europe, Gadgets, huawei, Mobile, paris, Samsung, Samsung Electronics, samsung galaxy, selfie, Sina, smartphones, TC, Technology, United States, Xiaomi

First it was the notch, now the hole-punch has emerged as the latest tech for concealing selfie cameras whilst keeping our smartphones as free of bezel as possible to maximize the screen space. This week, Samsung and Huawei both unveiled new phones that dispense with the iconic “notch” — pioneered by Apple but popularized by everyone — […]

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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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