8Bitdo’s SN30 Pro and SF30 Pro controllers available for pre-order

 8Bitdo’s retro Bluetooth game controllers are among the greatest gifts you can get a gamer, since they’re so versatile and so well-designed (especially for those who remember fondly the early console days). The company’s latest controller is now up for pre-order, and it’s an homage to the SNES gamepad that can do a lot more in terms of connecting with modern devices,… Read More

Air Map helps you navigate your city through the best air quality spots

 If you’ve walked down 4th Street in San Francisco these days, you’ve probably been hit with a massive dust cloud from all the construction — and seen a bunch of people trying to breathe through their shirts or covering their mouths. Air quality is a huge issue these days and zeroing in on the worst spots in the city is probably one of the best things you can do to figure out… Read More

A brief recent history of Apple’s product swerves

 Apple did not make the first personal computer, nor the first tablet computer, nor the first smartphone. Measuring it against what comes first is — to paraphrase Steve Jobs — a boneheaded way of looking at the company… Read More

South Park trolled Amazon Echo owners in the best way possible

 This is one of the minor dangers of owning an Amazon Echo. Most anyone can activate the device by just saying the wake word, including Cartman. And in the season opener of South Park, that’s exactly what happened. Read More

Tesla files patent for mobile battery swapping rig

 Tesla is still exploring options to make swapping vehicle battery packs easier and faster. This patent filed in May reveals one option that would allow technicians to change out packs in less than 15 minutes. This isn’t the first of such ideas. Back in 2014 Tesla briefly played with an automated system that swapped Model S battery packs in less than 90 seconds. That idea seemed to be… Read More

Kuri, the cutest home robot, has learned how to dance

 Kuri’s definitely the most adorable home robot, even if that’s not that hard an honor to claim given the relatively sparse competitive field. But it’s even cuter now, because it can now dance. The debut product from Mayfield Robotics shows off its moves in a brand new video from the company, dancing to a pancake robot song. If you missed it Kuri debuted at CES last year, and… Read More

Essential Phone now on sale at Sprint stores

 Essential’s first phone, the aptly named Phone, is now available in Sprint retail stores. The retail availability follows pre-orders and sales via web and Essential’s own online store, and will provide the first opportunity many potential customers have to get their hands on the device. Despite some hardware hiccups and a launch shipping delay, Essential has done an impressive job… Read More

Apple’s Face ID will support only one registered face per iPhone at launch

 Apple’s forthcoming FaceID technology will support just one face registered per device, at least initially. This has been reported by multiple people who spoke to Apple at this week’s iPhone event, and confirmed separately by TechCrunch, but it’s worth noting because it could change some user behavior regarding the device. Face ID supporting just one face makes a lot of sense… Read More