Apple to invest $1.2 billion in silicon design center in Germany – TechCrunch

Romain Dillet 2021-03-10 10:47:32 techcrunch.com Apple has announced that it plans to increase its corporate spendings in Germany. In particular, the company wants to set up a new facility in Munich, Germany. Called the European Silicon Design Center, the…

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Metalenz reimagines the camera in 2D and raises $10M to ship it – TechCrunch

Devin Coldewey 2021-02-04 12:02:04 techcrunch.com As impressive as the cameras in our smartphones are, they’re fundamentally limited by the physical necessities of lenses and sensors. Metalenz skips over that part with a camera made of a single “metasurface” that…

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Huawei’s struggles hurt overall smartphone shipments in China, but rivals like Apple found new opportunities – TechCrunch

Catherine Shu 2021-01-29 00:22:17 techcrunch.com The impact of United States government sanctions on Huawei is continuing to hurt the company and dampen overall smartphone shipments in China, where it is the largest smartphone vendor, according to a new report…

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Xiaomi teases over-the-air wireless charging, but it’s not coming to its devices this year – TechCrunch

Manish Singh 2021-01-29 05:37:19 techcrunch.com Xiaomi, the world’s third largest smartphone maker, today unveiled “Mi Air Charge Technology” that it says can deliver 5W power to multiple devices “within a radius of several metres” as the Chinese giant invited…

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Raspberry Pi Foundation launches $4 microcontroller with custom chip – TechCrunch

Romain Dillet 2021-01-21 05:11:32 techcrunch.com Meet the Raspberry Pi Pico, a tiny little microcontroller that lets you build hardware projects with some code running on the microcontroller. Even more interesting, the Raspberry Pi Foundation is using its own RP2040…

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Startups look beyond lidar for autonomous vehicle perception – TechCrunch

Devin Coldewey 2021-01-16 12:15:16 techcrunch.com Last CES was a time of reckoning for lidar companies, many of which were cratering due to a lack of demand from a (still) non-existent autonomous vehicle industry. The few that excelled did so…

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Samsung unveils its newest Tile competitor, the Galaxy SmartTag – TechCrunch

Sarah Perez 2021-01-14 10:00:06 techcrunch.com Alongside its other announcements at Samsung’s event today, the company introduced its new Galaxy SmartTag Bluetooth locator, a lost item beacon for Samsung owners and a competitor with Tile. Like Tile and Apple’s forthcoming…

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Nobi’s smart lamp alerts caregivers when a fall is detected – TechCrunch

Brian Heater 2021-01-12 20:20:29 techcrunch.com As expected, this year’s (virtual) CES has brought with it a new flood of smart home gadgets. The technology has been a major presence over the last several CES events, and with a world…

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Google Stadia and Nvidia GeForce Now are coming to LG TVs – TechCrunch

Romain Dillet 2021-01-11 09:30:18 techcrunch.com LG spent a good chunk of its CES press conference talking about its lineup of TVs for 2021. You can expect bigger, slimmer and brighter TVs. I’m not going to list the specifications of…

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Dell monitors embrace video calls with pop-up webcams and Teams buttons built in – TechCrunch

Devin Coldewey 2021-01-05 16:02:09 techcrunch.com Dell’s latest monitors reflect the growing need for simple, solid solutions to video conferencing needs, with a clever pop-up camera and a perhaps too clever by half Teams integration. The new displays integrate a…

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Any San Francisco teacher who needs a second monitor can get one, via Two Screens for Teachers – TechCrunch

Devin Coldewey 2021-01-05 17:25:21 techcrunch.com Any teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District who needs a second monitor can request one free of charge from Two Screens for Teachers, the nonprofit that recently extended a similar privilege to…

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Here comes the Faraday fabric – TechCrunch

Devin Coldewey 2020-12-11 15:13:58 techcrunch.com You don’t have to buy into 5G conspiracy theories to think that you could do with a little less radiation in your life. One way of blocking radiation is a Faraday cage, but this…

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Apple reportedly testing Intel-beating high core count Apple Silicon chips for high-end Macs – TechCrunch

Darrell Etherington 2020-12-07 07:14:40 techcrunch.com Apple is reportedly developing a number of Apple Silicon chip variants with significantly higher core counts relative to the M1 chips that it uses in today’s MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini computers…

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Review: Sketchboard Pro for iPad

Bryce Durbin 2020-11-30 11:31:32 techcrunch.com Image Credits: Sketchboard Pro Sketchboard Pro Source Link

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Interlocking AIs let robots pick and place faster than ever – TechCrunch

Devin Coldewey 2020-11-18 14:01:31 techcrunch.com One of the jobs for which robots are best suited is the tedious, repetitive “pick and place” task common in warehouses — but humans are still much better at it. UC Berkeley researchers are…

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China’s smartphone giant Oppo ratchets up AR push – TechCrunch

Rita Liao 2020-11-17 22:08:15 techcrunch.com Tech companies around the world are still identifying the “next big thing” enabled by 5G connections. Some, such as Oppo, are betting it will be augmented reality. The Chinese smartphone firm showcased its progress…

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Lego expands its Super Mario world with customization tools, new Mario power-ups, and more characters – TechCrunch

Darrell Etherington 2020-11-17 05:00:57 techcrunch.com Lego’s partnership with Nintendo delivered a pretty awesome debut earlier this year with the interactive Lego Super Mario Starter Course, and now it’s following that up with additional sets designed to complement the first.…

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Gifting a gadget? Check its creep factor on Mozilla’s ‘Privacy not included’ list of shame – TechCrunch

Devin Coldewey 2020-11-12 16:51:39 techcrunch.com Buying someone a gadget is a time-honored tradition, but these days it can be particularly fraught, considering you may buy them a fitness tracker that also monitors emotions, or a doorbell that snitches to…

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Josh.ai launches a ‘nearly invisible’ Amazon Echo competitor that’s the size of a coin – TechCrunch

Lucas Matney 2020-11-10 18:30:57 techcrunch.com In the past several weeks we’ve seen refreshes and product expansions from about every facet of the smart home virtual assistant world. Apple launched the HomePod Mini, Google offered a long-overdue refresh of the…

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Apple will release macOS Big Sur on November 12 – TechCrunch

Zack Whittaker 2020-11-10 13:42:21 techcrunch.com Apple’s upcoming desktop and laptop operating system, macOS Big Sur, will be released on November 12, the company announced today. MacOS Big Sur — which stays with the company’s California-themed naming scheme — will…

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Apple updates Mac Mini with Apple-designed M1 chip – TechCrunch

Romain Dillet 2020-11-10 13:43:38 techcrunch.com In addition to the MacBook Air, Apple also introduced a new Mac Mini. It runs Apple’s first custom chipset specifically designed for Mac computers, the M1. It still features the same familiar design, but…

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