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Alexa can now clean a floor with Neato’s robot vacuum

 Neato got on the smartphone connected robot vacuum train early on, so it’s really only fitting that the company become the first to embrace Amazon’s multi-talented home assistant. Starting this week, the company’s Botvac Connected vacuum gets Alexa integration, so users can control a clean by speaking. The functionality is pretty basic to start, with commands like… Read More

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Maven expands car-sharing network to L.A.

 GM’s Maven car-sharing service is adding yet another city to the list of places where it’s available: Los Angeles. The addition of L.A. comes quick on the heels of its recent expansion into San Francisco, which means there are now two California markets on board. Maven is GM’s in-house alternative to offerings like Zipcar and Enterprise CarShare. The program will host an… Read More

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WristWhirl lets you control your smartwatch with hand gestures (and look mad while you do it)

 It’s a funny thing: Smartwatches are supposed to be the more accessible alternative to your smartphone, but you can operate a phone with one hand, while the watch takes two. Luckily, Dartmouth researchers are on the case, and have engineered a way to use your wrist as a sort of joystick, allowing you to use your smartwatch one-handed. Read More

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Camera manufacturers, you’re still missing the point. Be better.

 Spotted at Photokina, the world’s largest photography trade show: A professional photographer, taking a photo, then taking a picture off the back of their camera to share the photograph on Facebook. It’s not that unusual an occurrence, but it served as the perfect parable on quite how vigorously the camera manufacturers have self-copulated themselves into oblivion. Read More

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Hands-on with Pictar, which adds buttons and wheels to your iPhone camera

 There’s no denying that your smartphone’s camera is getting better and better for every generation, but what’s a poor photography nerd to do about controllability? Miggo’s Kickstarter-funded Pictar is shipping soon, and might be just the thing to teach your iPhone some additional photography skills. At Photokina, I had a chance to try it myself. Read More

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Hands-on with Pictar, which adds buttons and wheels to your iPhone camera

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If nothing else, StikBox is a good way to hide the fact that you own a selfie stick

 What if I told you that you could hide the shame of carrying around a selfie stick, protect your smartphone and have a free kickstand all in one go? How much would you pay for such a luxury? $10,000? $100,000? $8 million? Try around $40, American. The StikBox is actually a pretty solid idea that seems to work fairly well. It’s a plastic iPhone/Samsung handsets that features a slatted… Read More

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Tecla’s tech makes Pokémon Go more accessible for wheelchair users

 Toronto-based B corporation Komodo OpenLab thought Pokémon Go using its Tecla product, an assistive hardware device designed to make it easier to use smartphones, tablets and users for people who might not generally be able to interact with these gadgets, including, for example, wheelchair users with spinal injuries or multiple sclerosis. As you can see from the video above, the Tecla… Read More

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CornerJob bags $25M Series B to scale its blue collar jobs app via more TV ads

 CornerJob only closed its $10 million Series A in February. But the Barcelona-based jobs marketplace, one of several which focuses on low-skill, high-turnover recruitment via a smartphone messaging app, is now announcing a $25 million Series B funding round — meaning it’s already raised a total of $35M in less than a year. Read More

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Smartphone use in the dark linked to temporary blindness in 2 cases

Warning: Looking at your smartphone while lying in bed at night could wreak havoc on your vision. Two women went temporarily blind from constantly checking their phones in the dark , say doctors who are now alerting others to the unusual phenomenon. The solution: Make sure to use both eyes when looking at your smartphone screen in the dark. SEE ALSO: Who cares if cellphones might cause cancer? They’re already the worst.

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