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Amazon To Expand Hardware Unit, Get Into Home Devices

Amazon To Expand Hardware Unit, Get Into Home Devices

By Chris Crum September 24, 2014

Amazon will reportedly invest $55 million in its Lab126 hardware unit’s operations in Sunnyvale and Cupertino, and expand its staff by 3,757 people or 27 percent by 2019. That is according to a report from Reuters, which cites a “little-known …

More Info on Amazon's Unconfirmed Streaming Box More Info on Amazon's Unconfirmed Streaming Box

Amazon’s still unconfirmed set-top streaming device will launch with third party apps, according to sources quoted by GigaOm. We’re talking a couple of big names here–Netflix and Hulu Plus–meaning that Amazon is choosing to make the device more appealing to …

A Fairly Ridiculous Amount of People Still Own VCRs A Fairly Ridiculous Amount of People Still Own VCRs
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The list of “things that killed the VCR” is pretty lengthy – I mean, just start naming semi-recent technological advancements in the way human beings consume TV and movies and you have your list right there. Digital cable, DVDs, Netflix, …

iPad Mini With Retina Display Is Now Available iPad Mini With Retina Display Is Now Available

Apple announced today that the iPad mini with Retina Display is now available. You can order it through the Apple Online Store or through the company’s retail stores (for personal pick-up apparently due to a limited supply), as well as …

This Watch Counts Down to Your Inevitable Demise This Watch Counts Down to Your Inevitable Demise

Forget smartwatches. What the world needs is a good deathwatch. Enter Tikker, the wristwatch that literally counts down the seconds until you die. It’s a friendly reminder to stop wasting your time, and Tikker is running a Kickstarter campaign to …

Wet Phone? DryBox Offers Rapid Drying Solution Wet Phone? DryBox Offers Rapid Drying Solution

Now you’ve really done it. Your big, dumb hands have fumbled your iPhone and it falls, in slow-motion, straight into the pool, toilet, puddle – whatever. Panic turns to helplessness. Your phone is waterlogged. What do you do? Surround the …

Check Out These Condoms for Your Smartphone Check Out These Condoms for Your Smartphone

Sometimes, your device needs protection. And sometimes, you also need to protect your iPhone (apologies). With Smartskin Condoms for Smartphones, you can keep your phone safe from rain, sand, or any other unsavory materials that it may come into contact …

Roku Hits 5 Million Players Sold, 8 Billion Streams Roku Hits 5 Million Players Sold, 8 Billion Streams
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Roku has just announced a pretty significant milestone: 5 million players sold. Roku first launched in 2008, and the device was called “the Netflix player,” basically because its only function was streaming Netflix. Over time, Roku broke out of the …

Android Smart Watch In The Works [Report] Android Smart Watch In The Works [Report]

In recent months the rumors have been picking up that both Google and Apple are working on smart watches. A new report from the Financial Times indicates that Google is indeed working on one, and it has its Android unit …

This Wooden Spoon Doubles as a Stylus

In products that are so simple that they’re kind of genius news, I’m probably going to spend a few bucks and grab this new wooden spoon/stylus for my kitchen. As sites like CHOW, Food 52, and even All Recipes as …

Another Day, Another Cool Oreo Separator

Remember earlier this week when that awesome physicist with that awesome mustache built that incredibly complicated machine to separate the Oreo cookie from the Oreo creme? Because he hated the creme? Well, these two guys did the same thing, in …

Guy Builds Cool Oreo Separator to Ditch the Creme
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I get that you built a super-complicated machine to separate the Oreo cookies from the Oreo creme. Seriously, I get it. It’s so you can harvest all the creme and make one mega creme-filled cookie, right? No? It’s because you …

This iPhone/Cup Holder Is Ridiculous, Awesome This iPhone/Cup Holder Is Ridiculous, Awesome
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A new solution to a first world problem wants your money. How often do you find yourself unable to properly text, Facebook, or play Temple Run because you’re forced to use one of your free hands holding a cup of …

Coolest Lamp Ever Mimics the Weather Outside Coolest Lamp Ever Mimics the Weather Outside

If you have ever wished that you could bring the weather indoors, this prototype chandelier is the unnecessary-but-incredible device for you. It uses Wi-fi to obtain weather data, and then puts on a show for you that matches nature’s show …

This Camp Stove Also Charges Your Devices This Camp Stove Also Charges Your Devices
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What’s 5×8 inches, a little over two pounds, and can charge your iPhone while also cooking your bacon? The BioLite CampStove, of course. For just $129 you can purchase this first-world camping accessory that lets you stay connected to the …

Check Out This iPhone Pepper Spray Case Check Out This iPhone Pepper Spray Case

It looks like we’ve found former UC Davis Campus Police Lieutenant John Pike‘s new favorite iPhone case. As smartphones become even more ubiquitous in our society, it’s becoming more likely that you’ll be walking down the street with your mobile …

Folding Battery Developed By KAIST Researchers Folding Battery Developed By KAIST Researchers
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Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a flexible battery, which is capturing some media attention, and could be used to make electronic devices more bendable. The important thing to note is that when …