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Parrot Zik 2.0: Beautiful but pricey noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones

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If you only have a passing familiarity with Parrot, it’s probably thanks to the company’s slew of in-car Bluetooth products. Or maybe it’s the rapidly growing family of quirky robotics, from the mainstream consumer AR.Drone to the adorable jumping Sumo bot

If, however, you had the pleasure of spending a little time with the first-generation Zik, you’re likely of the opinion that the French company really ought to get more love when it comes to headphones.

Sure, Parrot’s got plenty of stiff competition in the land of high-end consumer headphones from better established names like Bose and Sennheiser, but the Zik 2.0 once again finds the company pulling out all the stops Read more…

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Test-flying Parrot’s new Bebop drone

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Parrot‘s new Bebop drone has arrived, and we’ve been dying to play with it.

The remarkably stable new aircraft sports a fully controllable fisheye camera, as well as a sophisticated controller that works with an iPad, for real-time viewingMashable‘s chief correspondent Lance Ulanoff took the Bebop on a fly-through of our New York headquarters.

The result: a relatively successful test flight that succeeded in simultaneously thrilling and creeping out a lot of people. But what goes up must come down.

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Test-flying Parrot’s new Bebop drone

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Parrot‘s new Bebop drone has arrived, and we’ve been dying to play with it.

The remarkably stable new aircraft sports a fully controllable fisheye camera, as well as a sophisticated controller that works with an iPad, for real-time viewingMashable‘s chief correspondent Lance Ulanoff took the Bebop on a fly-through of our New York headquarters.

The result: a relatively successful test flight that succeeded in simultaneously thrilling and creeping out a lot of people. But what goes up must come down.

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more…

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TC AppleCast 6: Apple Invites Us All To Watch The Watch

TC-applecast16-9 This week Apple dropped an invite to a special event on March 9, and everyone forgot Mobile World Congress was even happening. The event will likely focus on the Apple Watch, which is set for an April retail debut, and which Apple has been talking about since it unveiled the wearable wrist computer back at its iPhone event last September. We’re expecting to get firm details on store… Read More

Tim Cook Says Apple Watch Could Replace Your Car Keys, And That’s Just The Start

0910_apple-iwatch_2000x1125-1940x1091 Apple CEO Tim Cook is doing a tour in part to help prepare the world for the launch of the Apple Watch, which is likely going to be the start of the show at a special even on Monday March 9 at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. He spoke to The Telegraph about the company’s first smart wearable, and in that interview he talked about what will motivate a purchase decision for the… Read More

Boostcase For iPhone 6 Review: Modular Power Helps Save Face

IMG_8362 The iPhone 6 charging cases are arriving, and Boostcase has returned with its modular design, offering additional battery life when you want it, and a slim protective shell when you don’t. It’s a clever take on the usual static bulky mass, and it does what it promises to, extending your device’s battery life by a non-trivial amount for those times when you need your smartphone… Read More

Ericsson Sues Apple Over Patent Licensing, Seeks To Block iPhone And iPad Sales

ericsson-hq-08 Ericsson, the pioneering wireless technology company that holds many patents related to cellular network connectivity, has filed suit against Apple both with the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, claiming violation of 41 patents that apply to both the iPhone and iPad. These include essential patents related to 2G and LTE tech,… Read More

Swiss Watch Makers Announce An Activity Tracking System Designed To Hide Inside Fancy Watches

Alpina-Horological-Smartwatch-AL-285BTD3CD6-21 If you’ve been wondering how Switzerland was going to react to the coming of the Apple Watch, ponder no more: two smaller luxury watch companies, Alpina and Frederique Constant, have added electronic components to otherwise staid analog watches, essentially turning a fancy timepiece into a sort of mechanical Fitbit. The platform, called Manufacture Modules Technologies or MMT, is… Read More

New leaked photos show clearest view of Samsung’s Galaxy S6 yet

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Just days away from Mobile World Congress, and we may have gotten the clearest view yet of Samsung’s upcoming flagship smartphone,

Newly leaked photos, obtained by Android Central, show the front and back sides of two versions of what’s reportedly the upcoming Galaxy S6

The images show two handsets: one that looks similar to last year’s Galaxy S5 and one with a curved edge, which would be in line with earlier rumors that suggested Samsung’s next flagship would come in regular and “Edge” versions.

Notably, the curved portion of the display on the “Edge” version doesn’t have the special app menu like the Galaxy Note Edge does. Other rumors have suggested the S6 will have metal components in the body of the phone — a departure from the typical plastic frame — although it’s impossible to make out the materials from these photos. Read more…

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Lomography makes the instant camera way more fun with lenses and filters

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Polaroid and Fujifilm own the instant camera world. Now Lomography, the company behind all those toy cameras you see at Urban Outfitters, wants a slice of the analog action.

Selling just another instant camera wouldn’t fly, though. The Lomo’Instant camera’s hooks include attachable lenses, colored gel filters and manual shooting modes.

Last year, Lomography took to Kickstarter to gauge the amount of interest there would be for such a camera. It asked for $100,000 in crowdfunding to turn the Lomo’Instant from concept to reality, and the Internet gave it more than $1.1 million.

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