Category: Gadgets

iPod Touch (5th Generation)

iPod Touch (5th Generation)

Update: If you’re looking for the latest iPod Touch, check out the iPod Touch (6th Generation) that came out in 2015. It packs an Apple A8 processor, 1 GB LPDDR3 DRAM and either 32 or 128GB of storage –making it the largest capacity iPod on the market. That said, the […]

Hive Active Heating 2

Hive Active Heating 2

For many people, the prospect of turning their regular, boring home into a smart one still seems a little bit scary and very time-consuming. Luckily, the Hive Active Heating 2 is looking to change all of that and make upgrading your home easier, quicker and worth it in the long-run. […]

Ecovacs Deebot 900

Ecovacs Deebot 900

We might be living in the midst of the digital age, where you can switch on your lights with a voice command and keep tabs on your home from basically anywhere in the world, but when it comes to household cleaning, getting the best results often still require you to […]

Amazon Echo Spot

Amazon Echo Spot

Even with more Echo speakers to choose from than ever, the Amazon Echo Spot remains one of the very top picks – mixing portability, cute looks, and a dinky video screen, the Echo Spot stakes a good claim for a space on your desk. The Echo Spot immediately grabs your […]

BoxLock secures your booty against porch pirates

BoxLock secures your booty against porch pirates

This clever – if expensive – product is called the BoxLock and it is a keyless padlock that lets your package delivery person scan and drop off your packages into a locked box. The system essentially watches for a shipping event and then waits for the right barcode before opening. […]

A fictional Facebook Portal videochat with Mark Zuckerberg

A fictional Facebook Portal videochat with Mark Zuckerberg

TechCrunch: Hey Portal, dial Mark Portal: Do you mean Mark Zuckerberg? TC: Yes Portal: Dialling Mark… TC: Hi Mark! Nice choice of grey t-shirt. MZ: Uh, new phone who dis? — oh, hi, er, TechCrunch… TC: Thanks for agreeing to this entirely fictional interview, Mark! MZ: Sure — anytime. But […]

Nespresso Barista review

Nespresso Barista review

The introduction of capsule coffee machines has made it simple for any java lover to wake up to a morning brew with next-to-no effort. But while the espresso element of the coffee making experience has been made foolproof, perfecting milky froth and other more complex coffee recipes has still required […]

DJI Mavic Pro

DJI Mavic Pro

Update: The sequel to the DJI Mavic Pro –the DJI Mavic Pro 2 – has been spotted in a leaked photo and a catalog ad that appeared online before the drone’s scheduled launch date of July 18. DJI has now pushed the launch back, but hasn’t announced a new date. […]

Anki Vector

Anki Vector

Anki is a company whose products always seem to delight. Overdrive, its push into the racing-set space, was a fun hybrid of Scalextric-style controls and app gaming. While its robot companion Cozmo hit the top of the toy charts, thanks to its charm. But Cozmo was really just a desk […]

Nest Hello

Nest Hello

The Nest Hello provides serious competition for the Ring 2 in the smart doorbell sector, with a stylish design, HD HDR video, face recognition and an easy to use application. Installation may be more of a hassle, but if you’re in the market for a clever door guard the Hello […]

Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo

There are so many smart speakers on the market right now that it’s not always easy to figure out which one will suit your home, your budget and your needs the best. It was the Amazon Echo that first popularized the voice-controlled speaker and, with fierce competition now from the […]

StarVR’s One headset flaunts eye-tracking and a double-wide field of view

StarVR’s One headset flaunts eye-tracking and a double-wide field of view

While the field of VR headsets used to be more or less limited to Oculus and Vive, numerous competitors have sprung up as the technology has matured — and some are out to beat the market leaders at their own game. StarVR’s latest headset brings eye-tracking and a seriously expanded […]

This robot maintains tender, unnerving eye contact

This robot maintains tender, unnerving eye contact

Humans already find it unnerving enough when extremely alien-looking robots are kicked and interfered with, so one can only imagine how much worse it will be when they make unbroken eye contact and mirror your expressions while you heap abuse on them. This is the future we have selected. The […]

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe launches to ‘touch the sun’

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe launches to ‘touch the sun’

Update: Launch successful! NASA’s ambitious mission to go closer to the Sun than ever before is set to launch in the small hours between Friday and Saturday — at 3:53 AM Eastern from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, to be precise. The Parker Solar Probe, after a handful of gravity […]

Sony’s 10″ Digital Paper Tablet is an ultra-light reading companion that needs to do more

Sony’s 10″ Digital Paper Tablet is an ultra-light reading companion that needs to do more

Last year I had a good time comparing Sony’s DPT-RP1 with the home-grown reMarkable. They both had their strengths and weaknesses, and one of the Sony’s was that the thing was just plain big. They’ve remedied that with a much smaller sibling, the DPT-CP1, and it’s just as useful as […]

Schlage Sense Smart Lock

Schlage Sense Smart Lock

Smart locks are becoming increasingly popular as time goes on, and for good reason – when you really think about it, keys are a little dated. They’re easily picked with a little knowledge and a few tools, plus they can be lost. Thankfully, it seems like even well-known lock companies […]

First launch of SpaceX’s revamped Falcon 9 carries Bangladesh’s space ambitions

First launch of SpaceX’s revamped Falcon 9 carries Bangladesh’s space ambitions

Today brings historic firsts for both SpaceX and Bangladesh: the former is sending up the final, highly updated revision of its Falcon 9 rocket for the first time, and the latter is launching its first satellite. It’s a preview of the democratized space economy to come this century. You can […]

Lifx smart light (A19/A60)

Lifx smart light (A19/A60)

Smart lighting is without a doubt one of the most useful –and most fun –elements of the smart home. The ability to make your lights turn on, dim, and even change color, all just using your voice, starts off as incredibly novel, and swiftly becomes a staple smart home feature. […]

Tech devices that make for great last-minute gifts for anyone

Tech devices that make for great last-minute gifts for anyone

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Watch Google I/O keynote live right here

Watch Google I/O keynote live right here

How did you find Microsoft Build yesterday? We don’t really have time for your answer because Google I/O is already here! Google is kicking off its annual developer conference today. As usual, there will be a consumer keynote with major new products in the morning, and a developer-centric keynote in […]