August 16

  • Smart lock vendor accidentally bricks its own locks through firmware u...
    4 Days ago    12:36 PM
  • The Pixel 2 will do things when you squeeze it, FCC filing confirms
    4 Days ago    12:34 PM
  • August 14

  • 8bitdo’s NES30 Arcade Stick is a big, beautiful fighter companion
    6 Days ago    01:06 PM
  • Mighty fills an iPod shuffle-sized hole for Spotify subscribers
    6 Days ago    01:02 PM
  • August 12

  • Machine learning can tell if you’re wearing swap-meet Louie
    8 Days ago    11:39 AM
  • The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is the most flexible connected video doorbel...
    8 Days ago    11:37 AM

Smart lock vendor accidentally bricks its own locks through firmware update

A perk of connected devices, or at least what gadget manufacturers will tell you, is they can receive over-the-air updates to keep your device current. Those updates don't always go as planned, however. In fact, they can go horribly wrong. Take a company called Lockstate, for example, which attempted to issue new software to its LS6i smart locks last week and ended up bricking devices. That is...
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The Pixel 2 will do things when you squeeze it, FCC filing confirms

Recent leaks have shown that the Pixel 2 won’t feature a display as impressive as what’s coming on the larger Pixel 2 XL. But a filing that HTC made with the FCC confirms a number of things about the smaller Google-branded smartphone expected to debut sometime in the next couple months. For one, the FCC documentation confirms that HTC is definitely making the thing. The original Pixel ...
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8bitdo’s NES30 Arcade Stick is a big, beautiful fighter companion

If you re looking for a little more arcade feel for your Nintendo Switch, look no further than 8Bitdo s NES30 Arcade Stick. The Bluetooth controller accessory is compatible with a range of platforms besides the Switch, and it s a well-made gadget with careful attention paid to how buttons and the joysticks feel, giving an authentic arcade cabinet experience. It s also very big, which is not necess...
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Mighty fills an iPod shuffle-sized hole for Spotify subscribers

Everything that’s old is new again. That’s how the tech game is played. Products evolve and leave vacuums for new startups to rush in and fill. For Mighty, the long, slow death of the MP3 player presented just such an opening.The company launched a Kickstarter last year with the promise of “streaming music without your phone,” delivering the still-tangible benefits of devot...
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Machine learning can tell if you’re wearing swap-meet Louie

A wise man once said “The hat mighta had a L V on the back but at the swap meet that ain’t jack,” and now researchers can ensure that the Louis Vuitton or Prada or Coach you bought is the real deal. The system, which essentially learns the difference between real and fake products over time, uses a small microscope connected to a phone. “The underlying principle of our syst...
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The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is the most flexible connected video doorbell

Ring is steadily releasing new products, but the Ring Video Doorbell 2 is the first re-think of its original, core product. The new version of the smart Wi-Fi doorbell that started it all still offers both wired and battery power options, but the batteries are now removable, and it’s got a few other upgrades including true 1080p HD video. I’m a longtime user of the original, and it&rsq...
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