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IKEA adds Google Home and Amazon Alexa support to its smart light bulbs

IKEA is betting big time on smart home appliances. In a new Swedish press release spotted by MacRumors, the popular ready-to-assemble furniture retailer announced its affordable TRÅDFRI line of smart lighting systems is slated to get support for Google Home, Apple HomeKit as well as Amazon Alexa. Among other things, the integration will enable users to pair…

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Microsoft all but confirms new Surface Pro (and Type Covers)

We know Microsoft is hosting a Surface event in Shanghai tomorrow, and leaks basically confirm it’s a new Surface Pro. Now it seems Microsoft isn’t particularly intent on keeping the device a surprise, given Panos Panay tweeted an image of a bunch of new keyboards last night. You might’ve noticed the Type Covers featured in the…

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Project recreates cities in rich 3D from images harvested online

 People are taking photos and videos all over major cities, all the time, from every angle. Theoretically, with enough of them, you could map every street and building — wait, did I say theoretically? I meant in practice, as the VarCity project has demonstrated with Zurich, Switzerland. Read More Read full post on techcrunch.com

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Away nears 100K stylish suitcases sold as it raises $20M

 What do people actually want in luggage? A phone charger, unbreakable exterior, and maximum packing space at a resonable price is what Away discovered. So it built a line of sleek but expansive polycarbonite suitcases equipped with battery packs, and sold them direct-to-consumer. Now after selling nearly 100,000 suitcases and generating $20 million in revenue,…

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Microsoft’s new Surface Pro just leaked, but it’s not a ‘Pro 5’

Microsoft’s next Surface event is happening on Monday, where it’s rumored to be announcing an update to its Surface Pro line. But a fresh batch of leaks is giving us an early look at the new Surface Pro. The leaks come courtesy of ever-reliable leaker Evan Blass on VentureBeat. Notice that there’s no ‘Pro 5’ moniker….

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Tim Cook is reportedly testing Apple Watch-connected diabetes tracker

All signs seem to suggest Apple is gearing up to release a special blood sugar tracker for the Apple Watch. As it turns out, none other than CEO Tim Cook has been spotted wearing what appeared to be an Apple Watch-connected glucose tracker in the vicinity of the company campus, CNBC reports. Unfortunately, details remain pretty…

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Adorable robot friend Kuri can now find its way home to charge

 Kuri, the robot companion being developed by startup Mayfield Robotics, is getting closer to production and gaining some new abilities ahead of its planned release later this year. The adorable little bot, which looks like something ripped from a Pixar movie, now does self-charging, topping up his powerhouse when needed. The robot can also map…

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Swiss watch exports dropped for a third year in a row

 According to the watch press, this year’s Baselworld in Switzerland was a graveyard. “The Baselworld show, ended March 30, was grim,” said Joe Thompson in Watchtime Magazine, an enthusiast publication. In short, a once might industry is contracting at an alarming rate. A further harbinger of death is far simpler to understand. Swiss exports have…