Emerging Tech

This unusual nature-inspired robot is equally at home on land or in the water

[embedded content] Biomimicry, the concept of modellng systems found in nature to solve complex problems, is popular among roboticists. But while the robots that result from it can gain the strengths of particular forms of animal locomotion or other abilities, they also adopt the species’ same limitations. For example, an aquatic fish-inspired swimming robot may […]

Gears & Gadgets

The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the home and home office

Enlarge / A few gadgets we liked using in the home this year. Jeff Dunn The first entry in our holiday gift guide dealt with gear your loved ones could use on the go. In contrast, today’s edition centers all on tech that’s more suited for the house—be it gadgets for improving a desk setup or an […]

Gears & Gadgets

Google Home Hub—Under the hood, it’s nothing like other Google smart displays

The Google Home Hub. Ron Amadeo A side view. Ron Amadeo Here’s the back. Ron Amadeo The Home Hub is tiny. Here it is next to the smaller Pixel 3. Ron Amadeo Here it is next to my Pixel 2 XL. Ron Amadeo I can cover the whole screen with my phone. Ron Amadeo Google […]

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Facebook announced a new $200 gadget that would put a camera and microphone in your home – and plenty of people aren't ready to trust it

Rob Price/Business Insider Facebook launched its video-chat and smart speaker device, Portal, on Monday and reactions have been largely skeptical.  Portal comes standard with a built-in microphone and camera, and many people are wondering why they should trust Facebook amid a year filled with data breaches and the Cambridge Analytica scandal.   Facebook launched its hardware device, Portal, on Monday […]

Gears & Gadgets

Coming soon from Google: The Pixel 3, Google Home Hub, Pixel Slate, and more

The third annual Google hardware extravaganza is kicking off in just a few days. On October 9 at 11am, Google will show off its next flagship smartphone, the Pixel 3, along with a few other products. The new Pixel phone is usually the headline launch at these hardware events, but Google often announces four or […]

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Ex-Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer wants to turn a funeral home where she held wild halloween parties into a private women's club

REUTERS/Elijah NouvelageMarissa Mayer Marissa Mayer has laid out a proposal to turn a former funeral home into a facility that serves women and families in the community. In the past, the ex-CEO of Yahoo has used the building to throw wild Halloween parties. Residents in the area were not happy when Mayer threw the parties, […]

Emerging Tech

Ex-Rolls-Royce engineer looks to conquer the tiny home market with the Conker

Previous Next How will we all live in the future? If some science fiction stories are to believed, it could be in shiny and spherical pod-style homes that resemble giant soccer balls on stilts. If the year 3000 can’t come around quick enough for you, former Rolls-Royce and Bentley engineer Jag Virdie has your back. […]

Computer

Verizon 5G Home promises up to gigbit internet speeds for as low as $50

Verizon finally detailed its plans to become the first carrier to bring gigabit internet speeds into the home through its 5G home broadband service, Verizon 5G Home. Initially, Verizon will deploy its 5G Home service through a limited rollout in the Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Sacramento markets. The service will cost $ 50 per […]

Gaming

Twitch streamer ‘Dr DisRespect’ ends stream after shots fired at his home

Twitch broadcaster Dr DisRespect was forced to cut a recent broadcast of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 after he told viewers that someone fired multiple shots at his house, breaking an upstairs window. Dr DisRespect was waiting in the lobby for a match in the beta of the Black Ops 4 mode “Blackout” when a popping sound was […]

Computer

Netgear’s Alexa-enabled Orbi Voice Mesh Wi-Fi speaker blankets your home in strong Wi-Fi and even stronger sound

Netgear is bringing a new triple-play addition to its Orbi Mesh Wi-Fi line. The Orbi Voice Smart Speaker and Wi-Fi Mesh Satellite is a single unit that combines a mesh Wi-Fi extender, an Alexa-enabled smart home assistant, and Harman Kardon audio. Netgear announced the new product at IFA 2018. The mesh Wi-Fi extender gives you broader, […]

Emerging Tech

Here’s an old-school motion picture machine you can 3D print at home

[embedded content] Cool tech isn’t always about inventing something new. Sometimes it’s about re-creating the wheel, or, that is, the zoetrope. Before there was there was modern film, Victorian animators used spinning displays called zoetropes to give the illusion of images in action. Film eventually became the more popular format for motion pictures, but zoetropes retained a […]

Gears & Gadgets

Samsung’s Galaxy Home is a Bixby-powered smart speaker with legs

The Samsung Galaxy Home is Samsung’s long-rumored Bixby smart speaker. Samsung Samsung announced the device at its Galaxy Unpacked event on Thursday. YouTube/Screenshot It’s tulip-shaped with three legs. There’s a set of touch controls for playback on top. YouTube/Screenshot As well as a light-up AKG logo, as Samsung’s audio subsidiary tuned the sound of the […]

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Swann's home security camera recordings could be hijacked

A popular wireless security camera designed to safeguard businesses and homes was vulnerable to a spying hack. The flaw meant it was possible to hijack video and audio streamed from other people’s properties by making a minor tweak to Swann Security’s app. Researchers found the problem after the BBC reported a case where one customer […]

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Kuri the cute home robot gets canned by Bosch

A home robot that had a high profile at recent events has been cancelled before going on sale to the wider public. Kuri was designed to play with children, respond to voice commands and patrol properties while filming videos and taking photos. Its control app was released last month ahead of its anticipated launch, but […]