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SMACH Z SteamOS handheld loses steam, Kickstarter cancelled

SMACH Z SteamOS handheld loses steam, Kickstarter cancelled

Some things that sound too good to be true sometimes do turn out to be such. A SteamOS PC gaming handheld might sound nice, offering the ultimate PC gaming on the go, but turning that dream into reality is going to take a lot more than just a nice idea and a couple of hundred thousand bucks. That's the reality that the team behind SMACH Z is now facing as they cancelled their Kickstarter campaign in order to re-evaluate their goals, requirements, and financial needs. In other words, back to the crowdfunding drawing board.

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Pavilion spiraled wireless speakers double as art

Pavilion spiraled wireless speakers double as art

Hult Design has introduced its beautiful pillar-style Bluetooth speaker Pavilion. Unlike most other speakers, Pavilion in no way resembles a speaker; rather, it looks like a piece of art one might have sitting atop a bookcase or fireplace. When in use, though, Pavilion pumps out audio with what the maker says is “boomy bass” and “bright treble.”

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SMACH Z wants to be your PC gaming handheld via SteamOS

SMACH Z wants to be your PC gaming handheld via SteamOS

Wouldn't it be great if you could take and play your game anywhere? That has been one of the holy grails of gaming, which gave rise to handheld consoles and, now, mobile gaming on smartphones. Technology, however, may have reached a point where even PC games can be played on something as small as, say, a PS Vita. That's definitely the motivation behind SMACH Z, a handheld gaming device on Kickstarter that's taking the Steam Machine concept and SteamOS on the road.

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Kickstarter launches probe into $3.5m failed project

Kickstarter launches probe into $3.5m failed project

Kickstarter has hired an investigative reporter to hunt down details on the massively funded — and ultimately failed — ZANO drone campaign. More than 12,000 of the service’s backers paid more than £2m for the small autonomous drone, and they were supposed to receive their item in January of this year. The release date came and went, and the company behind the project, Torque Group Ltd, ultimately shut down last month, leaving backers with nothing.

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Fleye flying robot is the size of a soccer ball

Fleye flying robot is the size of a soccer ball

Quadcopters are fun, especially given how many miniature-sized versions are now on the market. The problem is safety — though some designs have taken steps to protect people from the rotors, many drones still pose safety risks. Improper use or a simple accident can end catastrophically. That’s where Fleye comes in — it is a drone in the broadest sense, but not like any drone you’ve seen before. Its’ makers call it a ‘personal flying robot.'

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Project Phoenix, $1m Kickstarter game, delayed until 2018

Project Phoenix, $1m Kickstarter game, delayed until 2018

Shipping dates stated on Kickstarter campaigns are more often than not rough estimates for when a product will launch; after all, projects don't always go as planned and sometimes delays arise. Every now and again a product will ship considerably later than estimates -- take Mighty No. 9, for example. Less common, though, and far less acceptable are massive delays, including the one just announced for the game Project Phoenix.

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PINE A64 offers a 64-bit computer for less than $20

PINE A64 offers a 64-bit computer for less than $20

It's amazing to see just how far computers have come in my lifetime. When I was a kid, our computer was that thing that sat in my dad's office, that we were only rarely able to touch. These days, I always have a computer (or two) with me, and three different rooms in my house have dedicated PCs. And now there are complete computers you can buy for less than a meal. And now there's a new competitor in the sub-$20 computer market.

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Wio Link is an open-source IoT WiFi solution

Wio Link is an open-source IoT WiFi solution

Wio Link is a new open source product that aims to make it easy to develop Internet of Things products and services. The Wio Link is an ESP8266 based WiFi development board that is made specifically for creating IoT applications using virtualized plug-n-play modules to RESTful APIs with mobile apps.

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Kickstarter backer fulfillment detailed in new report

Kickstarter backer fulfillment detailed in new report

Kickstarter has tapped the University of Pennsylvania to perform an independent analysis of project fulfillment on the service, something it has published in full for everyone to read. The company cites speculation about how many projects have failed to deliver on their promises, and its desire to know what the actual numbers are. To do so, Kickstarter brought in Professor Ethan Mollick back in March; he surveyed about 50,000 backers to find their thoughts on campaigns they’d backed.

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Pocket is a modern wallet and portable battery in one

Pocket is a modern wallet and portable battery in one

Phorce has launched “Pocket,” a wallet that includes an integrated battery for charging your phone or other gadgets while out and about. Pocket, of course, also functions as an actual wallet, featuring a slot with a spring-loaded mechanism for inserting and removing cards. Overall, Pocket is smaller than most (filled) conventional wallets.

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