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Scooter-Suitcase Hybrid Turns Luggage Into Transportation

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Product designers just can’t seem to leave suitcases alone.

One of the most recent contenders for suitcase-of-the-future is the Olaf Scooter, which can be transformed for multiple uses

Slovenia-based company Olaf has raised more than $50,000 via a Kickstarter campaign that ends Thursday; its original funding goal was $30,000.

There are two different Olaf Scooter designs: one for urban settings and one for business use.

For Olaf’s urban design, the scooter is four products in one: a removable backpack, a trolley, a steerable kick scooter and a wooden skateboard. Read more…

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Moto 360 Smartwatch’s Battery Might Actually Last a Full Day Now

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Motorola rolled out an update to its Moto 360 smartwatch on Tuesday that promises to improve battery life. The watch runs Android Wear, Google’s operating system for wearable devices.

That news should please early adopters of Moto 360 who have reported that battery life on the attractive (if large) smartwatch lasts for less than a full day. To conserve battery, the 360 will now automatically shut down its ambient light mode when battery life hits 15%

When users charge the device, it will now offer mood lighting that Motorola says is neither “too bright [nor] too dark.” However, the device will also more consistently synchronize with a user’s smartphone to keep its time updated — so it’s unclear how that will impact battery life. Read more…

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Fitness Tracker Moov Raises $3 Million For Its Wearable A.I. Coach

App_Collection The crowdfunded fitness tracker Moov, built by former Apple engineer and HALO game designer Nikola Hu, Microsoft Research vets Meng Li (now Moov CEO) and Tony Yuan, has raised $3 million in new funding in a Series A round led by Banyan Capital. The additional capital follows Moov’s earlier raise of $1 million via a crowdfunding page on its own website.
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Olloclip Revamps Its 4-in-1 Lens to Fit the iPhone 6

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Once again, a new iPhone design has forced us to update our iPhone accessories.

Olloclip’s new 4-in-1 Photo Lens works with both the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch 6 Plus, and for the first time, it works with the phones’ front-facing FaceTime cameras to add a new level of image enhancement to selfies (if you’re into that type of thing). It still includes its classic fisheye, wide-angle 10x and 15 x macros

When Apple first unveiled the iPhone 6 in September, I took a look at my collection of Olloclip add-on photo lenses for the iPhone 5S and realized they were officially obsolete. Read more…

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Apple iPad Mini 3: Premium Price for a Not-So-Premium Product

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What can I say about the iPad mini 3 that hasn’t already been said? No, seriously, what can I say? Apple’s latest mini is essentially the same product as the first iPad Mini With Retina display with exactly four upgrades, only three of which are significant.

Apple’s iPad Mini 3 is exactly the same size and shape as the last model: 7.8 x 5.3 x 0.29 inches. It still features a 2,048 x 1,536 Retina resolution screen, but did not get new screen technology so it’s not as thin as the iPad Air 2.

Its four new features are the Touch ID home button, secure element for Apple Pay, iOS 8.1 and a gold finish option. Read more…

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iPad Air 2 Review: The Best Tablet Available, Now More Portable And Powerful

ipad-air-feature Apple’s latest iPad update includes a redesigned iPad Air, just one year after the device was first introduced. Typically, Apple keeps the outside case design on mobile gadgets around for two years before switching things up, so the new slimmer Air is a remarkable feat in terms of hardware engineering. The new iPad also now comes in a gold color option, and packs a better camera and… Read More

iPad Mini 3 Review: Apple’s Small Tablet Stays Mostly The Same

ipad-mini-3-feature Apple’s iPad mini 3 is one of two new tablets launched last week at a special event in Cupertino, and it is definitely the one that got the least attention from Apple’s product development team over the past year. The iPad Air 2 has an all-new processor, new screen manufacturing tech, a new camera, and more. The iPad mini 3, by contrast, gains just Touch ID, and a new gold finish… Read More

Carvey Is A Powerful CNC Machine For The Rest Of Us

6c80b8459464e595e727f98d9d2a39d7_large Robotic CNC machines – cutting systems that use spinning tools to swipe through metal, wood, and plastic – are cool but ugly. Most of them are as big as a fridge and designed to carve out objects in a few minutes but none will sit quietly on your desk and do its business with aplomb and elegance. Now, however, there’s Carvey.
Carvey is the Form 1 of CNC. Designed to be a… Read More

The iPad’s Glory Days Are Over. Where Does It Go Now?

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Apple reported its fiscal 2014 fourth quarter results on Monday, and in a surprise to absolutely no one, iPad sales are down again.

For the third consecutive quarter, iPad sales have declined year-over-year. On a call with analysts, Apple CEO Tim Cook positioned the decline in sales as “a speed bump, not a huge issue.” Still, Cook conceded that this isn’t where Apple wants to be. “We want to grow. We don’t like negative numbers on these things.”

That need for future growth is probably one of the reasons Apple realigned its iPad offerings last week. Read more…

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The iPad’s Glory Days Are Over. Where Does It Go Now?

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Apple reported its fiscal 2014 fourth quarter results on Monday, and in a surprise to absolutely no one, iPad sales are down again.

For the third consecutive quarter, iPad sales have declined year-over-year. On a call with analysts, Apple CEO Tim Cook positioned the decline in sales as “a speed bump, not a huge issue.” Still, Cook conceded that this isn’t where Apple wants to be. “We want to grow. We don’t like negative numbers on these things.”

That need for future growth is probably one of the reasons Apple realigned its iPad offerings last week. Read more…

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