Tiny handheld Playdate preorders open next month for $179, with 24 charming monochrome games to start – TechCrunch

Tiny handheld Playdate preorders open next month for $179, with 24 charming monochrome games to start – TechCrunch

Playdate, app and game designer Panic’s first shot at hardware, finally has a firm price and ship date, as well as a bunch of surprise features cooked up since its announcement in 2019. The tiny handheld gaming console will cost $179, ship later this year and come with a 24-game “season” doled out over 12 … Read more

Robots, meet world – TechCrunch

Robots, meet world – TechCrunch

Research papers come out far too frequently for anyone to read them all. That’s especially true in the field of machine learning, which now affects (and produces papers in) practically every industry and company. This column aims to collect some of the most relevant recent discoveries and papers — particularly in, but not limited to, … Read more

US removes Xiaomi’s designation as a Communist Chinese Military Company – TechCrunch

US removes Xiaomi’s designation as a Communist Chinese Military Company – TechCrunch

Xiaomi, one of China’s high-profile tech firms that fell in the crosshairs of the Trump administration, has been removed from a U.S. government blacklist that designated it as a Communist Chinese Military Company. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has vacated the Department of Defence’s designation of Xiaomi as a CCMC in … Read more

Everything Google announced at I/O today – TechCrunch

Everything Google announced at I/O today – TechCrunch

This year’s I/O event from Google was heavy on the “we’re building something cool” and light on the “here’s something you can use or buy tomorrow.” But there were also some interesting surprises from the semi-live event held in and around the company’s Mountain View campus. Read on for all the interesting bits. Android 12 … Read more

The Last Gameboard raises $4M to ship its digital tabletop gaming platform – TechCrunch

The Last Gameboard raises $4M to ship its digital tabletop gaming platform – TechCrunch

The tabletop gaming industry has exploded over the last few years as millions discovered or rediscovered its joys, but it too is evolving — and The Last Gameboard hopes to be the venue for that evolution. The digital tabletop platform has progressed from crowdfunding to $4 million seed round, and having partnered with some of … Read more

Cognixion’s brain-monitoring headset enables fluid communication for people with severe disabilities – TechCrunch

Cognixion’s brain-monitoring headset enables fluid communication for people with severe disabilities – TechCrunch

Of the many frustrations of having a severe motor impairment, the difficulty of communicating must surely be among the worst. The tech world has not offered much succor to those affected by things like locked-in syndrome, ALS and severe strokes, but startup Cognixion aims to with a novel form of brain monitoring that, combined with … Read more

Apple brings Touch ID to the Magic Keyboard – TechCrunch

Apple brings Touch ID to the Magic Keyboard – TechCrunch

Apple has unveiled a new, colorful iMac today with an Apple-designed M1 chip. But that was just part of the story as the company used that opportunity to release new Mac accessories. In addition to a Magic Trackpad and a Magic Mouse with multiple color options, Apple is bringing Touch ID to desktop Macs with … Read more

UK’s IoT ‘security by design’ law will cover smartphones too – TechCrunch

UK’s IoT ‘security by design’ law will cover smartphones too – TechCrunch

Smartphones will be included in the scope of a planned “security by design” U.K. law aimed at beefing up the security of consumer devices, the government said today. It made the announcement in its response to a consultation on legislative plans aimed at tackling some of the most lax security practices long-associated with the Internet … Read more

Willo launches its tooth-brushing robot for kids – TechCrunch

Willo launches its tooth-brushing robot for kids – TechCrunch

Are you 100% sure that your children are brushing their teeth properly? A New York-based startup called Willo has been working for several years on a device that should transform the tooth-brushing experience for children. Willo isn’t a new toothbrush — electric or not. It’s an oral care device that doesn’t look like a toothbrush … Read more

Sonos delivers a near-perfect portable speaker with the new Sonos Roam – TechCrunch

Sonos delivers a near-perfect portable speaker with the new Sonos Roam – TechCrunch

Sonos has a new speaker that starts shipping later this month, and it’s a significant departure from the company’s usual offerings in a number of ways. The all-new Sonos Roam is a compact, portable speaker with a built-in battery and Bluetooth connectivity — but still very much a Sonos system team player, with wifi streaming, … Read more