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Self-Driving Can’t Come Soon Enough: Uber Jumps Into Toy Transport

As Uber broadens its mission to champion mobility for smart cities, it has started to integrate wildly fun alternative modes of transportation including Bird scooters and JUMP Bikes, which it acquired on Monday for an impressive $200 million. Both electric and dockless, these toys are providing rides starting as low as $1 an hour for scooter and $4 an hour for bike which will revolutionize the way people think about their daily commute and their physical relationship with the world around them. Not only are these rides promoting clean air, they are accelerating the end of the era of car ownership era which will have a dramatic effect on land use. At SXSW, Waymo’s John Krafcik shared surprising statistics on the effect car ownership has on our society. “Right now the number of cars in our national fleet in the U.S. compared to the number of licensed drivers has never...

GamesBeat Summit: CryptoKitties’ Giang hints at ICO, gives primer on blockchain gaming using cats

Amidst an intimate gathering of industry luminaries, tucked away in a tiny breakout session at GamesBeat Summit earlier this week, CryptoKitties Founder and Fortune Cat, Benny Giang, hinted at the coming ICO of the hyperpopular Ethereum game and discussed gaming on the blockchain and the value proposition of owning cats as digital assets for all eternity. He explained, “Last year there were three big headlines: bitcoin price, hacks, and scams in ICOs. The answer to that was to put cats onto the blockchain, make it accessible, make it fun and don’t do an ICO. That was our strategy for it, haha. We still think ICOs are a great funding mechanism but we wanted to prove it’s possible to build a game with an interesting mechanic that can be profitable.” “There are five layers to implementing blockchain to a game and the further you go the more you need to discuss scalability....

PC Building Simulator Game

Man, I used to love building PCs from scratch. In fact, the best PCs are the ones that you build yourself. Being able to choose your own components and installing them, gives you a PC that is right for you. Forget the specs that PC makers want to give you, build it how you want. It’s been way too long since I built a computer from the ground up. I just don’t have the extra time. You know what? I kind of miss it. Some of you know what I’m talking about. And for those people, check out this cool PC Building Simulator Game. It lets you build and assemble PCs virtually. This is also handy for folks who want to build PCs, but lack the knowledge because it will teach you some valuable skills. It’s all here: screwing and unscrewing various nuts and bolts, inserting power supply...

The Walking Dead: Our World Augmented Reality Game

Remember the phenomenon that was Pokemon Go? Pokemon Go was a location-based augmented reality mobile game that had players trying to catch them all in the real world. Everyone was getting out and getting some exercise while catching monsters. Then the craze died down and I haven’t seen crowded streets since then. Well, it could be that the streets are about to get crowded again, but this time they won’t be hunting Pokemon. Instead they will be protecting the world from zombies. The Walking Dead: Our World is a new game that is similar to Pokemon Go, but with an undead twist. Sure, there are plenty of zombie-hunting games that you can play, but zombies in Augmented Reality should be extra terrifying since it offers a new level of realism. Players will encounter zombies in real-world locations after all. It’s the next best thing to VR. The app...

Magnolia Audio Fest Brings Audio Gear of Your Dreams

Looking to upgrade your sound? Maybe a new home theater soundbar, or some studio speakers to help mix down your podcasts or music sessions. The Magnolia Audio Fest is remarkable deals on premium audio gear. From speakers, to receivers, along with wireless gear, including headphones, and more. Upgrade all your speakers around the house or studio. Weekly savings on some amazing offers, this AudioFest will give you products at incredible prices. Such as a new Samsung 3.1 Channel Soundbar system, or a Sony Core Series 10″ 115W Active Subwoofer for your Core series speakers. And while it’s also a good time to upgrade your video devices, audio is the heart of Magnolia. It brings emotion in what you watch, play, and envision. This premium selection of audio brands will help you fill your walls with great sounds, and powerful speakers. Sony Shelf Systems, LG Shelf Systems, turntables for...

SXSW 2018: Razer signs first mobile eSports team, talks future of competitive gaming with Skillz

Mobile eSports dominated SXSW Gaming this year with a number of tournaments sponsored by Razer Phone, including Arena of Valor Collegiate Showdown and Clash Royale Super Magical Cup Kings of the Hill. On a panel on the state of the industry that I moderated with Razer’s GM of Mobile, Tom Moss, and Skillz’s Director of Developer Relationships, David Mok,  Razer made a surprise announcement that it had just signed Team Queso to Team Razer, its first mobile esports team. “2018 is the year that mobile esports will explode. Cannot stem the tide, there is already such a massive base playing. By far the biggest gaming platform in the world with 2 billion phones, mobile makes up 80% of industry revenue. When PUBG launched in China, there were more players on mobile than PC.” said Moss, “Expect to see multimillion dollar prize pools, dedicated mobile event spaces, even documentaries...

SXSW 2018: Comfort Bots Steal Show Floor

Meet Chappet, the talking yellow button with a voice babies must love. It can be affixed to any object and allows you to communicate remotely, or it can communicate for you. When sensing a baby is crying, Chappet will start playing lullabies to soothe it, and parents can talk to the baby through the iOS and Android app. Black Mirror applications include spooking friends at a party or bugging a meeting in states where wiretapping is legal. Battery life is 1.2 hours and the app is compatible with iOS 9.0 and Android 55.0+. Available on Amazon for $54.99. I have yet to try the one the company gave me but was able to get this demo at the booth: Japan-based comfortbot, Qoobo, the pillow with a tail, was also on the show floor, featured here playing with Sony’s robot dog, Aibo. Qoobo with Sony’s Aibo, photo credit: Qoobo Geekazine...

SXSW 2018: Waymo on self-driving cars and safety

At SXSW last week, optimism abounded for the rise of autonomous vehicles. Tesla’s Elon Musk announced self-driving will encompass all modes of driving by the end of next year, saying it will make it 100-200% safer than a person driving. Waymo CEO John Krafcik added, “It’s here now. It’s on public roads now” and announced that eventhough we can’t yet buy true self-driving cars where the driver doesn’t have to pay attention, “we are deploying it as a ridesharing service.” Waymo was founded in 2009 as the Google Self-Driving Car Project and is currently a subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet. Krafcik defined Waymo as a technology company working on building the world’s most experienced driver, and installing that driver into cars and trucks to make the roads safer and save lives. “1.25 million people die every year in car accidents around the world. It’s like 140 people...

HAL 9000 Replica With Amazon Alexa

I don’t know about you, but 2001: A Space Odyssey is one of my favorite sci-fi films of all time. It’s a shame that Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke couldn’t make more movies together. As you know, the HAL 900 AI computer was the highlight of the film. Well, if you’ve ever wanted to have your very own HAL 900, this is as close as you are likely to get in this lifetime. This prop replica from Master Replicas Group includes a real AI. While we don’t have any pricing info yet, we do know that this replica will have working displays, functional voice recognition, and Amazon Alexa integration. That’s right, a real HAL 9000 that you can actually talk to and control with your voice. It can control things in your home, order you a pizza, potentially even refuse to open the pod bay doors. Hopefully,...

SXSW 2018 Interview: CTA’s Gary Shapiro on The Road Ahead for Self-Driving Cars

Gary Shapiro, CEO and President of the Consumer Technology Association, producers of CES, was in town at SXSW for CTA Innovation Policy Day, sharing insights from his New York Times bestseller, Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses. Geekazine had a chance to talk with Shapiro on the future of mobility and the timelines provided by Tesla’s Elon Musk and Waymo’s John Krafcik at the show, in which Musk said 18 months from now self-driving will encompass all modes and will be up to 200% safer than a person driving, and Krafcik said “It’s here now. It’s on public roads now,” as he showed off video of the first rides with no driver at the wheel in the Waymo Phoenix Early Rider Program. Krafcik also announced the program will be rolling out to other cities soon, including those in the Bay Area, and predicted that...

SXSW: Elon Musk Dates Mission to Mars, Early 2019

SXSW: Elon Musk Dates Mission to Mars, Early 2019

Elon Musk has been making quite a splash at SXSW this year, crashing yesterday’s Westworld panel, dropping in on the Westworld theme park with his kids, and partying late night with Snoop Dogg. The visionary billionaire has five companies, six sons, and just shot his Tesla Roadster into outer space. He’s got a lot to say and  surprised fans by taking the stage this morning with his long time friend, Westworld’s Jonathan Nolan. “We are building the first Mars, or interplanetary ship, and will be making short trips the first half of next year,” he announced. “The goal is a base on the moon and a city on Mars.” He described creating a space colony that has essentials like a propellant power station and iron foundries, but also includes fun places to hangout like pizza joints and nightclubs. “We need great bars on Mars. Mars Bars!” Musk joked. He...

Fan Tone Ceiling Fan Cleans And Cools The Air

These days, people are spending the majority of their time indoors, so that means there are more bad things in our air that we need to get out. There’s already an assortment of products to help clean the air in our homes, but they are usually stand-alone devices that look out of place no matter where we put them. The Fan Tone concept design combines air cleaning with something you already have: A ceiling fan. It will save you some space and keep your air clean at the same time. A ceiling fan with a built-in air purifier seems like a great idea since all of the air passes through your fan already. It will keep you feeling cooler, while also passing air through its HEPA filter system. This will make sure that your home is as healthy as possible, without the need for standalone purifiers that likely...

SXSW 2018 Twitter Guide: Who To Follow

SXSW is one of those shows where you can be at the hot party and still miss that it’s Elijiah Wood DJing the set. There are so many things happening all at once that the only real way to guard against severe FOMO is to sketch out a general plan, respect yourself for being human, and let serendipity be your guide. A quick read of my SXSW 2018 Guide: Top Panels, Parties, Performances will give you a sense of the exciting things to do while in Austin, March 8 though 18. After that, you’ll want to start following the 500+ key influencers who will be at the show. Here is my SXSW 2018 Twitter Who To Follow Guide which you can subscribe to on Twitter @contentnow, and below are their individual handles. Tweet adds to me @contentnow. Enjoy! Brad Abrams, Google Assistant, @brada Dan Ackerman, CNET, @danackerman Byron Acohido, Third Certainty, @byronacohido Sandra Adair, Boyhood/Dazed and...

UVify OOri Smart Micro Racing Drone

Remember when the future was full of cool stuff like hover cars everywhere, robots in every home and even robots competing against each other in sports? Well, we may not have hover cars, but robots are slowly entering our homes and guess what? Robots are actually competing against each other in sports like drone racing. I guess some of the future we were promised is coming true. Drone racing has actually become a popular hobby for many users and that means more and more cool drones are being released for the hobby, like the UVify OOri micro racing drone. This drone is capable of reaching speeds of up to 60mph and features a compact palm-sized design. It will perform well against both larger and small competitors. This agile drone is easy to use and will deliver up to six minutes of flying time per charge of its internal...

Death of The Crunchies

Death of The Crunchies

At the TechCrunch Winter Party that took place in San Francisco last week, there was a pinata bashing that signified the death of the much maligned awards show, The Crunchies, which after a decade of highs and lows has finally been shuttered by Verizon, TechCrunch’s new parent company. Launched in 2007 by legendary TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington, the show’s mission was to showcase the best in tech, but it soon became mired in controversy for becoming an over-the-top, glitzy, star-studded affair that repeatedly celebrated the same industry heavyweights: Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google/Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer, Uber’s Travis Kalanick, Salesforce’s Marc Benioff, Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel. Broad, overreaching categories like Best App, Best Startup, Best Founder seemed to exclude many who were toiling away, revolutionizing the industry. “They had an award for ‘Best VC’ which pretty much says it all right there,” recalled BitTorrent Founder Bram Cohen. BitTorrent’s...

SXSW 2018 Guide: Top Parties, Panels, Performances

SXSW 2018 Guide: Top Parties, Panels, Performances

Me with Stephanie Agresta, co-host of the Comcast TechSet Lounge located in Austin Convention Center 19AB, don’t miss! SXSW is just around the corner and that means it’s time to plan your epic adventure. Go ahead, live without limits, this year’s activations will blow your mind and include the Ready Player One Vive VR Experience, WB DC Comics Superhero Popup, ABC’s Roseanne Experience, Google Assistant Fun House, Anheuser-Busch Escape Room, and HBO’s Westworld Theme Park, and GoGa, that’s goat yoga! Free workouts and breakfasts every morning, free lunch and talks midday, and of course free BBQ, beats and drinks from happy hour to dawn. Speaker list is packed with thoughts leaders from tech, entertainment, gaming, fashion and more: – Bernie Sanders, Arnold Schwarzeneggar – Esther Perel, Whitney Wolfe Herd, Lena Dunham, Daryl Hannah, Ricki Lake – Mandy Moore, Dakota Fanning, Priscilla Presley – Mark Hamill, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Ethan Hawke, Nick...

Linka Leo Smartphone Controlled Bike Lock

Standard bike locks are often heavy and bulky. Not something that’s easy to carry with you while riding a bike. The Linka Leo however, is unlike a your average bike lock. The design is pretty compact compared to most of the locks that are commonly used by bicyclists and it has smarts to boot. The size and design makes it very convenient to use in order to protect your expensive bike. It makes sense to have a smart bike lock when you consider that smart locks have become standard on most cars today. The Linka Leo attaches to the rim above your rear wheel, and looks alot like the old brakes that you used to have that wrap around the top of the wheel. The lock stays there, whether the bike is moving or parked. No need to carry it. When you park it, a steel bar goes...

LG Twin Wash

LG TWINWash System with SideKick for Family Size Needs.

LG’s new TWINWash is an appliance that the whole family is going to love. Mom and dad will especially love it because it allows them to two loads of clothes in half the time. As the name implies, LG’s latest front loading washer allows you to wash two loads of laundry at the same time, making it somewhat revolutionary. I don’t have to tell you how much laundry you need to do in your home, just like I don’t have to tell you how much easier life could be if you were able to do two loads at once. You already love the idea and so do I. What this does is give you a bit of freedom back from your chores. The LG TWINWash with SideKick is all about efficiency. Two Loads at a Time. You get your clothes cleaner in less time. Because we all have...

Nexia Introduces RoomIQ and Trane XL724 To Make Your Smart Home More Comfortable

Nexia has introduced a few new products at CES this year that will help keep your smarthome nice and comfy: RoomIQ and Trane XL724. Nexia is a smart home system that offers those with active lifestyles a better way to do everything in the home. Let’s face it, we have better things to do and a smarthome can take care of itself. RoomIQ will use the system’s Nexia-enabled thermostat and Nexia smart home triggers to customize your heating and cooling. This is not just scheduling, it also adapts the comfort control to the occupied rooms of the home. Maybe you are all gathered in the living room watching a movie. It gives you the perfect comfort levels by taking cues from the Nexia system: motion detection, flip of light switches or any other trigger that you determine when a room is occupied, then makes sure the comfort in...

CES 2018 Show Guide

CES 2018 Show Guide

The Consumer Electronics Show 2018 begins tomorrow Sunday, January 7 for the press, and on Tuesday, January 9 for the trade, and this year it will be a daunting task to navigate the more than 2.7 million square feet of exhibit space sprawling across the Las Vegas Strip as it is the largest show floor ever in CES history. Simply put, you’re going to need a guide. To plan your visit, try to focus on just one venue per day. There are three main areas: Tech East, Tech West and Tech South. To help get oriented, here is a map overview and here is the floor plan where you can map your show. Below is a preview of what you will find in each area. If you find yourself needing to head to another venue, do it in style! Head to the LVCC Gold Lot for a self-driving robo-taxi from Aptiv/Lyft. Free autonomous...

PrivateLine Brings You the Power of Mobile Privacy with No Crowdsourcing

There are over 240 million smartphone users in North America. According to a recent post from YouMail, an estimated 2.74 billion robocalls occurred in November, 2017 alone (a 10% increase from the year before). Private Line hopes to change that for personal, or business use. And with most of us having a SMB, we can have separate phone numbers with filters acting like a personal assistant – finding out who is calling and why even before you take the call. What is Private Line PrivateLine is a personal call screener app for your mobile device. The service is brought to you by Shuffle Ventures – who launched Shuffle in 2015. Instead of just seeing a number, you will get informed of what line they are calling on, who the caller is (if available), and what they are calling about. You can then take the call, send to voicemail,...

GLAS Thermostat Is Powered By Cortana

Most thermostats aren’t much to look at, but Johnson Controls and Microsoft have teamed up to build a beautiful smart thermostat called GLAS. This one will look great in your home. The device features a translucent touchscreen display. It was unveiled last year, but now it is ready for prime time. In fact, Microsoft has started taking pre-orders for GLAS. The translucent OLED touchscreen display controls the thermostat’s functions. It will change the temperature, monitor indoor and outdoor air quality, track energy savings, and more. It tracks and monitors several aspects of air quality to make sure that you are always comfortable,including volatile organic compounds and equivalent carbon dioxide inside your home. When connected to the internet, it will monitor tree, grass, and ragweed pollen count, air quality index, and ultraviolet index. So this will be great for allergy sufferers. That is a pretty impressive range of features...

MantaDroid Is A More Graceful Underwater Drone

We’ve all seen those underwater drones that are used for a variety of purposes. They all tend to look like nothing more than bullets. They do what they do and they don’t have to look pretty. Still, it wouldn’t hurt to put SOME thought into the design. Well, researchers from the National University of Singapore have created an underwater robot that actually looks neat. Even graceful in the water. It is designed to move and look like a manta ray, which helps it to blend in with its surroundings. The MantaDroid is designed for underwater surveillance and marine biodiversity studies. This drone won’t be as disturbing to the natives as it goes about its research.And that means that researchers get to see a more authentic picture of what goes on below the surface of the water. It measures 35 centimetres long by 63 centimetres wide and weighs just...

These Japanese Robots Can Exercise And Even Sweat

It’s not every day that you see robots doing sit-ups, nevermind doing sit-ups to the point where they actually break a sweat. What manner of hell are these scientists unleashing on us? Do they expect robots to train in robo-gyms and get buff before chasing us all down with these muscles and taking over the world? It sure seems like it, but these scientists claim this is important to aid in research for better crash test dummies and in other fields. These robots have anatomically correct musculoskeletal structures like spinal joints and their body mass and proportions resemble that of a human’s. These two robots specifically are named Kenshiro, modeled on a 13-year-boy, and Kengoro, a newer robot that is slightly heavier. These robots do actual workouts and Kengoro even sweats like a human. The sweating feature is designed to cool the bot. Watch as these bots perform...

CES 2018 Conference Guide

With the abundance of thrills and chills to experience across the Consumer Electronics Show show floor, it’s easy to forget that there will be over 1200 speakers taking the stage January 8 through January 12 to explore key themes of smart cities, autonomous vehicles, connected home, robotics, healthtech, wearables, digital assistants, cryptocurrency, blockchain, AI, AR, VR, OTT, IoT and 5G. Eventhough the most controversial speaker, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has cancelled, there will be an abundance of rock legends and other celebrity appearances including Jack Antonoff, Neil Patrick Harris, Usain Bolt, Iggy Azalea, Aersomith’s Joe Perry, Styx with Tommy Shaw, Slash, Shaquille O’Neal, Akon, Lzzy Hale, Vivian Campbell, Jared James Nichols, Dr. Oz, The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus, MLB Pitcher Trevor May, and the Prince of The Netherlands. Top brands dominate the stellar speaker lineup including: Facebook, Amazon, Google, Airbnb, Spotify, Hyperloop, Postmates, Lyft, Twitch, EA, AMC Networks, Defy Media,...

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