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FTC makes history: first settlement with failed Kickstarter

FTC makes history: first settlement with failed Kickstarter

Crowdfunding seekers in the US beware! The long arm of the law has finally caught up with the modern idea of seeking money from the masses. The US Federal Trade Commission has just announced that it has reached a settlement with Erik Chevalier, the man behind "The Doom That Came to Atlantic City", a Kickstarter that was successfully funded in 2012 but was announced canceled in 2013. Failing to refund pledges as promised, the FTC took action on consumer's behalf and imposed some almost light sanctions on Chevalier.

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Castlevania creator’s Bloodstained now most funded Kickstarter game

Castlevania creator’s Bloodstained now most funded Kickstarter game

Nostalgia can be a pretty strong emotion. And profitable too, as some game developers on Kickstarter have discovered. Although the crowdfunding platform has seen many a new game or idea come to life, most of the most successfully funded games on its list happen to have strong ties to the past. Like Bloodstained, which come from the mind of Koji Igarashi of Castlevania fame, which is close to reaching $4.5 million with less than 24 hours to spare, making it the top funded computer game so far in Kickstarter history.

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Linka auto-unlocking smart bike lock keeps your bike safe

Linka auto-unlocking smart bike lock keeps your bike safe

In areas where lots of people ride bikes to and from work, bike theft is a major concern. There are plenty of locks that require you to mess with chains or other types of locks each time you want to park or ride the bike and that can get annoying. A new bike lock called Linka is the world's first auto-unlocking smart bike lock and it attaches directly to the frame of your bike.

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Mr. Henry car horn lets you beep messages at others

Mr. Henry car horn lets you beep messages at others

Your car has a horn, and in this day and age that horn has one meaning: I'm upset. Of course, that might not always be your intention, and sometimes you have to take to the horn for other reasons -- maybe to warn someone about something you suspect they haven't seen. You've only the horn as your option, though, and so you shelve your message and move on, knowing in some places a friendly beep might instigate a not-so-friendly case of road rage. Thusly enters Mr. Henry, a crowdfunding project that comes in the form of a connected speaker, an app, and whatever phrases you feel like recording.

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Holus promises Princess Leia holograms from your phone

Holus promises Princess Leia holograms from your phone

Holographic tabletop platform Holus connects to smartphones, tablets, and PCs to turn 2D content to 3D holograms. This machine uses projection in a pyramid-like structure inside a table-like box that allows you to display and interact with 3D content. Users are able to connect with the machine using full-sized HDMI and/or USB, and connections are supported through several types of smart devices. This is a crowdfunded project for now, but in the first 20 minutes of being on Kickstarter, it's both reached and surpassed it's goal by over 150%.

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Gekkopod is a flexible, wrappable camera and phone tripod

Gekkopod is a flexible, wrappable camera and phone tripod

Tripods are becoming increasingly flexible, and Gekkopod is perhaps the best example of that. The Gekkopod tripod can hold a smartphone and a regular camera (though not at the same time) and be positioned just about anywhere the user would like — wrapped around the end of a long stick to be used as a selfie stick, around a tree branch to record some event, or on a flat but angular surface. The idea is that you can use the Gekkopod in a variety of situations that would otherwise necessitate many mounting accessories.

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Here Active Listening ear buds help control what you hear

Here Active Listening ear buds help control what you hear

Usually when we see ear buds, the point of the device is to allow you to listen to your favorite music or other audio source in private. A set of ear buds called Here Active Listening have turned up and they aren't designed for music playback. The Here system consists of a smartphone app and a pair of wireless ear buds that allows the wearer to control what they hear in the real world.

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OpenEars earbuds record binaural ‘3D’ audio

OpenEars earbuds record binaural ‘3D’ audio

Binaural recordings different from the recordings you get with a standard stereo microphone, in that they result in so-called ‘3D audio’. This is due to the two microphones’ placement — on the head at each ear or on an object in the same arrangement as you’d get from ear-placement. Making binaural recordings has traditionally been difficult, but a new pair of earbuds aims to change that — they’re called OpenEars, and they can be used to record 3D audio that sounds more true-to-life than commonly recorded audio.

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Square Root loudspeaker promises no distortion

Square Root loudspeaker promises no distortion

Square Audio has introduced a new loudspeaker called Square Root, and it is designed to be a high end speaker for musicians and others who want quality speakers that eschew common design problems. The Square Root is built upon the foundation the company built with its Square One loudspeaker, which it says was high quality but beyond the budget of most musicians. Square Root is said to have benefits over competing speakers, including a lack of "crossover introduced distortion" and more.

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Pebble points finger at Apple in app delay issues

Pebble points finger at Apple in app delay issues

If you're a Pebble user, you're likely aware that the smartwatch company has a bit of an app delay happening in regards to its iOS offerings, and users are starting to get rowdy about it. The Pebble Time app for the iPhone has been delayed, and the company issued a statement about it today, putting the blame on Apple for delaying the review process. Says the company, the app’s in-review status “pains us as much it does backers with watches ready to set up”, and now it is encouraging its customers to contact Apple themselves to try to get the ball rolling.

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