Fitbit’s new Charge brings much-welcomed features without breaking much ground

FitBit Charge 3 Since 2013, the human wrist has served as the company’s primary domain. That year Fitbit offered up the Flex, a simple wearable designed to keep track of activity and sleep. A year later, it launched the Charge, a more sophisticated take on the space that introduced more advanced connected features like mobile notifications. The Charge has since become the company’s best-selling… Read More

Parrot’s fixed wing Disco drone takes flight next month for $1,300

aa4a77920f24bb468fe13c30a3388ccf Half a year after debuting a prototype at CES, Parrot’s finally ready to show off the final version of its next radical entry in the rapidly expanding drone space. The Disco marks a noted departure from both the French company’s earlier effort sand the consumer drone space in general, trading in the standard rotored configuration for a fixed wing variety designed to soar speeds up… Read More

Google will phase out Chrome apps for Windows, Mac, and Linux

Sundar Pichai First, if you’re using Chrome apps on Windows, Mac or Linux, I’m sorry for your loss. Second, please take some solace in the fact that you really were one of a kind. As Google noted in a blog post today, active usage numbers were pretty low for the offering. Today, approximately 1% of users on Windows, Mac and Linux actively use Chrome packaged apps, and most hosted apps are… Read More

There’s an Apple-1 up for auction

Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 2.07.39 PM Yeah, you could pick up TekServe’s 35-piece Mac museum (now $29,000), but can you really call yourself an Apple fan if you don’t own an Apple-1? That earliest of Apple paraphernalia is about as rare as they come, but if you act fast (and drop a boatload of money), you can snap one up now. Fundraising site Charitybuzz has one of the super, special, extra-limited edition early… Read More

There’s an Apple-1 up for auction

Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 2.07.39 PM Yeah, you could pick up TekServe’s 35-piece Mac museum (now $29,000), but can you really call yourself an Apple fan if you don’t own an Apple-1? That earliest of Apple paraphernalia is about as rare as they come, but if you act fast (and drop a boatload of money), you can snap one up now. Fundraising site Charitybuzz has one of the super, special, extra-limited edition early… Read More

A pocket-sized power bank that’ll help your laptop stay alive

Omnicharge I’ve lived through a lot of liveblogs in my life, mostly by the skin of my teeth, desperately watching as my battery ticks down, hoping desperately that the company is nearing the finish line. Of course, the fact that both my personal work computers sometimes feel like they’re on their last legs doesn’t help much, but the fact remains: there are few things in this life as… Read More

CNN is launching a drone-based news collecting operation

The BYRD Standard’s 1080p camera feels lackluster compared to other options on the market, but you can always swap it out for a GoPro or DSLR. CNN has been using drones to gather video for a some time now, having employed aerial vehicles to cover such recent key stories as the Flint water crisis and the floods that ravaged Louisiana. Unmanned aerial vehicles were also put to work during the Republican and Democratic National Conventions and town halls. The cable news network is looking to double-down on the technology resource with… Read More

Barnes & Noble drops its CEO after deeming him ‘not a good fit’

barnesnoble_featured Easy come, easy go in corporate bookseller land. Less than a year after starting his gig as company head, Ronald D. Boire has been unceremoniously let go from his CEO gig at Barnes & Noble. The once ubiquitous book store chain made the announcement today in a somewhat tersely worded press release, noting that its Board of Directors, “determined that Mr. Boire was not a good fit for… Read More

Lenovo embraces VR with a pair of angular gaming PCs

lenovo-desktop-ideacentre-y710-cube-front-top-side-1 Happy Gamescom week, everyone. The folks at Lenovo are celebrating Europe’s biggest gaming event with a pair of PCs aimed at embracing virtual reality, doing so with an almost sci-fi-like panache. The desktops are constructed from all sorts of of strange and dissonant angles, culminating with a glowing red “Y.” And while they certainly look the part, it is, naturally… Read More

Jabra upgrades its Sport wireless headphones with new fitness features

unnamed-3 Just in time (fingers sweatily crossed) for it to start being a little less excruciatingly hot outside, Jabra will be offering up refreshes to its line of fitness-tracking wireless headphones. The higher-end Sport Pulse bring VO2 Max tracking to the proceedings. What, you ask, is VO2 Max tracking? Don’t feel bad, I wasn’t 100-percent sure, either, but the technology has been offered… Read More