Review: Anker’s Soundcore Flare is a perfect party speaker for only $60

Chinese tech megabrand Anker makes some remarkably decent Bluetooth speakers. These tend to be cheap and solidly utilitarian. They’re good, but they don’t come with many bells and whistles or much visual pinache. However, the Anker Soundcore Flare bucks that trend. Not only is it the best looking Anker speaker I’ve ever tested, but it’s also the best sounding. The pièce de résistance? It only costs $59.99. This is part of Anker’s strategy to capture the middle-ground of the consumer audio market...
Tags: Startups, Gadgets, Anker

The world’s smallest portable charger is big on convenience

What a time to live in when your charger, that brick and wire duo that give life to your phone but are either too bulky or too entangle-prone to carry around, that charger of yours, becomes worthy of the EDC category. Touted as the smallest phone charger in the world, the Chargerito is literally the size of a car key-fob, and transforms swiftly and smoothly into two prongs and connector that you can plug into a socket and charge your phone. The connector comes with a hinge that folds inwards whe...
Tags: Deals, Gadgets, Design, Cellphones, Product Design, Edc, EveryDayCarry, Alex Andon, Chargerito, Drew Hauck, Nick Velander, Alex Andon Nick Velander Drew Hauck

House your Raspberry Pi in a miniature TRS-80 style case

Retro Pi Cases makes and sells adorable housings for tiny computers, and their next model is going to be Tandy's classic TRS-80. It's not available yet, but checking out their site revealed to me their Commodore Amiga model, a no-brainer purchase.
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Review: Royole’s RoWrite Smart Writing Pad is an upgrade on the ink pen

Royole today announced the launch of its RoWrite Smart Writing Pad to North American consumers. The device, perhaps a bit of a solution looking for a problem, lets you combine the experience of using a pen on paper with the reality that all of our information is on our phones now. The RoWrite is a digital notepad that allows you to use a special ink pen to write on actual paper. Everything you write is transmitted, in real-time, to an app, available on iOS and Android. You can change brushes and...
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Comcast’s mesh Wi-Fi system, xFi Pods, launches nationwide

Comcast today is officially launching its own Wi-Fi extender devices called xFi Pods that help to address problems with weak Wi-Fi signals in parts of a customer’s home due to things like the use of building materials that disrupt signals, or even just the home’s design. The launch follows Comcast’s announcement last year that it was investing in the mesh router maker Plume, which offers plug-in “pods” that help extend Wi-Fi signals. The company said that it would launch its own xFi pods that...
Tags: Gadgets, Wi Fi, Tech, Comcast, Mesh, Denver, Xfinity, Cnet, Plume, Engadget, Boston Chicago, Pods, xFi Pods, Comcast Gateways, TechCrunch Instead Comcast

Build a synth like you build a sandwich

Electronic music making can be hard the first time. You either start off extremely basic, or lose yourself in a whirlwind of tutorials as you try and figure out the intricacies of the complex software most professionals use. It takes a lot of willpower getting past step 1, and Colin Hearon wants to change that. The Tone Lab isn’t too basic or complex. It’s more of an experimental music tool that teaches you how synthesizers are constructed. With layered modules that you place one on top of the...
Tags: Gadgets, Music, Design, Audio, Modular, Product Design, Synthesizer, Colin Hearon, Synth Builder, Tone Lab

Sony shrinks its Digital Paper tablet down to a more manageable 10 inches

I had a great time last year with Sony’s catchily-named DPT-RP1, an e-paper tablet that’s perfect for reading PDFs and other big documents, but one of my main issues was simply how big the thing is. Light and thin but 13 inches across, the tablet was just unwieldy. Heeding (I assume) my advice, Sony is putting out a smaller version and I can’t wait to try it out. At the time, I was comparing the RP1 with the reMarkable, a crowdfunded rival that offers fantastic writing ability but isn’t wi...
Tags: Gadgets, Hardware, Tech, Sony, Tablet, E Ink, E Paper

Comcast is leaking the names and passwords of customers’ wireless routers

Comcast has just been caught in a major security snafu: revealing the passwords of its customers’ Xfinity-provided wireless routers in plaintext on the web. Anyone with a subscriber’s account number and street address number will be served up the Wi-Fi name and password via the company’s Xfinity internet activation service. Security researchers Karan Saini and Ryan Stevenson reported the issue to ZDnet. The site is meant to help people setting up their internet for the first time: ideally, yo...
Tags: Security, Gadgets, Hardware, Privacy, Tech, Comcast, Xfinity, Ryan Stevenson, Xfinity Comcast, Karan Saini