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PhoneDrone case puts propellers on your smartphone

PhoneDrone case puts propellers on your smartphone

Quadcopters can come in handy at times, but if you're not going to be using them too often, shelling out for a dedicated drone likely isn't in your budget. Enter the PhoneDrone, a compact phone case with propellers that unfold into a functional quadcopter. Rather than including its own hardware, however, the PhoneDrone has a slot in which the operator inserts their own smartphone, which will then serve as the brains of the UAV. Once finished with the drone, the phone be removed and the case can be folded back together.

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Onago camera drone auto-follows operator

Onago camera drone auto-follows operator

There is no shortage of quadcopters on the market at this point, and after a while they all start to look similar. The latest exception is Onago, which stands out from competing products via the inclusion of an auto-follow feature, which is sort of like autopilot for camera drones. With auto-follow, the drone will lock on to a subject and follow it around while recording, allowing independent users to record their own shenanigans without having to manually operate the drone.

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Hulu tipped in ‘Myst’ television show order

Hulu tipped in ‘Myst’ television show order

Hulu has been tipped in the acquisition of a television show based on the classic video game Myst. The television show will reportedly be a drama coming from Legendary Television, with Evan Daugherty (Divergent’s writer) and producer Matt Tolmach (The Amazing Spider-Man, among others) both being on board. At this point there’s said to be a script to series commitment in place, following Legendary Television’s own acquisition of Myst rights last year. Neither company has commented on the rumored plan at this point.

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Google I/O 2015: Android M and a sock-disturbing wearable

Google I/O 2015: Android M and a sock-disturbing wearable

Now that the Google I/O schedule is here, a lot is being made of little tidbits of info found in the session descriptions. That’s exactly what they’re there for; to get bloggers speculating and fans excited. As we find more breadcrumbs on the way to Google I/O later this month, two early curiosities pop out. First, there’s a single mention of ‘Android M’ in an Android at Work breakout session. Second, a wearable that will “literally” blow our socks off.

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Apple chomping away at Android in Europe and China

Apple chomping away at Android in Europe and China

Over the past three months of 2015, ending in March, iOS has reached a 20.3% share amongst users in Europe's five largest countries. This includes Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. This information comes from a Q1 report from Kantar Worldpanel's ComTech, who suggest Android still commands a 68.4% share in this collection of countries, it's fallen 3.1 percentage points year-over-year. Meanwhile Apple's iOS has risen 1.8 points - as has Windows Phone. The rest of the smartphone market (other than these three operating systems on phones), has fallen by a half a percentage point. Again, this is compared to last year during these same three months, in the first quarter of the year.

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Roku announces Sharp as partner, Insignia TVs coming this month

Roku announces Sharp as partner, Insignia TVs coming this month

Roku may have unleashed two new streaming boxes for us, but that doesn’t mean they’re ditching integrated TV. Today, Sharp and Roku have announced a new lineup of Roku-ready TVs, which will hit Best Buy stores in the US and Canada exclusively. There will initially be two models — at 43 or 50 inches, both TVs will have a 1080p resolution and 60Hz refresh rate (native). Sharp’s Roku TVs will also come with the Netflix Recommended branding, much like the Insignia Roku TVs the company says are also coming this month.

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Reddit’s Apple Watch “Lonely Heartbeats” club band

Reddit’s Apple Watch “Lonely Heartbeats” club band

This morning it's become apparent that those with Apple Watches out in the wild are wishing they had more Apple Watch friends. As such, a Reddit group has been created called "Lonely Heartbeats," one that's aimed at connecting one Apple Watch wearer to another. Relatively anonymously. This heartbeat collective isn't only for sharing the beat of your heart through your watch, it's also for sharing drawings and connectivity of all sorts through your wrist. Connecting with a stranger isn't all that difficult - all Watch owners need is an email address.

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Comcast dives in on 4K hardware with “Xi4″ set-top box

Comcast dives in on 4K hardware with “Xi4″ set-top box

This week the folks at Comcast have decided there's plenty of 4K content out in the wild. Enough, at least, to release a 4K Ultra High-Definition Set-Top Box for consumers. The "X1 set-top box" has been announced on the X1 platform, delivering Xfinity TV costumers with 4K UHD content. For those of you that aren't familiar, "UHD" also means "Ultra-HD", and essentially means the same as the term "4K", or a resolution of 3840 × 2160 pixels across a single screen - your screen, the screen you have in your living room.

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Google I/O schedule, sessions now live

Google I/O schedule, sessions now live

With Google I/O just around the corner, Developers around the globe are anxiously anticipating what Google has in store for us all. The Google I/O website was just updated, so we’re now getting a chance to see what Google has planned. It’s also the time we use to get a sneak peek at what sessions are available, hoping to extrapolate some nuggets of info. While the sessions may not be completely fleshed out, we’re getting a good idea of what’s going to happen later this month at Moscone West.

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Manfrotto Klyp+ now available for iPhone 6

Manfrotto Klyp+ now available for iPhone 6

Manfrotto’s Klyp+ for the iPhone 5S is pretty neat. Combining a case, lenes, and lighting, the system makes for a small studio for on-the-go shooting. Keeping current with our taste in smartphones, Manfrotto is now introducing an improved Klyp+ system for the iPhone 6. You’ll have all the same functionality as before, but the scheme has been redesigned a bit. We now our choice in case colors (white, red, or black), and new lenses to round out Klyp+ as more of a photography platform than an accessory bundle.

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