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Peak Design’s Travel Duffel 35L is as simple or as powerful as you need it to be

By | BackPack, bag week, bags, Clothing, consumer goods, duffel, Gadgets, luggage, Reviews, TC

A good, solid duffel bag is a mainstay for many travelers – especially those who like packing up a car for a weekend away, or frequent flyers who disdain the thought of checking a bag. Peak Design introduced its own take on the duffel bag this year, with a couple different twists on the concept. […]

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Starship Technologies raises $40M, crosses 100K deliveries and plans to expand to 100 new universities

By | Gadgets, Hardware, Recent Funding, Startups, TC, Transportation

Starship Technologies invented the category of rolling autonomous sidewalk delivery robots, and to date, the company has made over 100,000 commercial deliveries on behalf of customers. The milestone comes as Starship adds $40 million in Series A funding, bringing its total funding to $85 million. When it announced an additional $25 million in June 2018, […]

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RYU’s line of backpacks offer style and function for exploring the city or weekends away

By | bag week, bag week 2019, Gadgets, Reviews, TC

Yes, it’s Bag Week, where we celebrate all the best bags of the year here at TechCrunch. And there is little more satisfying than finding a basic black one that’s functional, stylish and unique. Luckily, Canadian urban athletic apparel maker RYU makes three such bags, and while each one has its own particular appeal depending […]

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Sonos Bluetooth-enabled, battery-powered speaker leaks ahead of official launch

By | Assistant, Bluetooth, ethernet, Gadgets, Google, Hardware, official, smart speakers, Sonos, Speaker, TC, Technology, telecommunications, usb, wi-fi

Sonos has an event coming up at the end of the month to reveal something new, but leaks have pretty much given away what’s likely to be the highlight announcement at the event: A new, Bluetooth-enabled speaker that has a built-in battery for portable power. The speaker originally leaked earlier this month, with Dave Zatz […]

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Minecraft to get big lighting, shadow and color upgrades through Nvidia ray tracing

By | cologne, computing, Gadgets, Gaming, GeForce, Germany, microsoft windows, Mojang, nvidia, rtx, TC, Video Cards, video games, Virtual reality

Minecraft is getting a free update that brings much-improved lighting and color to the game’s blocky graphics using real-time ray tracing running on Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics hardware. The new look is a dramatic change in the atmospherics of the game, and manages to be eerily realistic while retaining Minecraft’s pixelated charm. The ray tracing […]

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Ikea doubles down on smart home tech with new business unit

By | Companies, Gadgets, Hardware, head, ikea, retailers, Sonos, Sweden, TC, wireless chargers

Ikea’s smart home investments to date have been smart but scattered – now the Swedish home goods brand says it’s going to amp up its smart home bets with a brand new dedicated business unit. The company’s smart home endeavors began in 2012, and focused on wireless charging and smart lighting. It’s iterated in both […]

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Next Apple Watch could include new ceramic and titanium models

By | Apple, apple inc, apple store, Apple Watch, Companies, computing, Gadgets, Hardware, macintosh, series 2, smartwatches, Stainless Steel, Steve Jobs, TC, watchOS, wearable devices

Apple’s next Apple Watch revision could include new materials for the case, including titanium and ceramic. That’s according to new assets pulled form the latest watchOS beta release, as uncovered by Brazilian site iHelp.br (via 9to5Mac). The new screens discovered in the beta show graphics used to pair the Apple Watch during setup, and list “Titanium […]

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These robo-shorts are the precursor to a true soft exoskeleton

By | exoskeleton, Gadgets, Hardware, harvard, harvard university, robotic exoskeleton, Robotics, Science, TC, wyss institute

When someone says “robotic exoskeleton,” the power loaders from Aliens are what come to mind for most people (or at least me), but the real things will be much different: softer, smarter, and used for much more ordinary tasks. The latest such exo from Harvard is so low-profile you could wear it around the house.

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The Google Assistant now lets you annoy your family members with assignable reminders

By | Artificial Intelligence, Assistant, Gadgets, Google, Google Assistant, TC, websites, world wide web

Do you sometimes have to nag your significant other to take out the trash on Monday night? Now, you can do so in a more passive-aggressive way by sending them a reminder through the Google Assistant instead of in person. “Hey Google, remind Alex to take out the trash at 8pm,” is all it takes. […]

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