Don't-Miss Gadget Stories

Parrot MiniDrones are equipped to hover, race and float on water

A new generation of drones is smaller and more affordable, but has serious drawbacks.

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Misfit wearables now act as remote controls for the Internet

With IFTTT integration, a double- or triple-tap on the wrist can trigger all kinds of Internet-based actions.

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Sony brings 4K capabilities to new Cybershot cameras

Sony's first 4K-capable Cybershot cameras include the Cybershot RX100 IV and the RX10 II

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Batteriser is a $2.50 gadget that extends disposable battery life by 800 percent

Count the number of alkaline batteries in your house. Now consider replacing those batteries eight times less often. If Batteriser delivers, it could be a game changer.

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Nvidia confirms 500GB, Android TV-powered Shield Pro console is real

An Nvidia customer representative says in an online forum the Pro model will launch alongside the 16GB variant.

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Want smart-home devices to get along? Get the industry to do it first

IoT may simplify home automation, but not without a lot of hard work behind the scenes.

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Makey Makey Go can make a button out of Jell-O

The $19 invention kit translates contact with everyday objects into button or keyboard presses.

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The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Friday, May 1

Oracle shrugs off Salesforce rumors...House OKs plan to stop NSA phone dragnet...why Ford's CEO is wary of Apple and Google

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Free Windows 10 IoT preview released for Raspberry Pi 2, Arduino partnership revealed

Microsoft releases new software aimed at controlling robots, smart homes, and other small hardware projects. But it's far from a full-blown version of Windows.

GasWatch

GasWatch propane tank scale alerts your mobile phone when you run low on fuel

This clever gadget safely lets you know how much propane is left, so you don’t get caught with a half-cooked meal.

Nano wireless mug

This self-heating coffee mug operates wirelessly

The Nano USB-rechargeable wireless mug can keep your favorite brew warm and drinkable for 45 minutes

Coolbox

The Coolbox is a toolbox for the 21st century

This toolbox sounds like a DIYer’s dream, with enough room for a battery, two USB charge ports, Bluetooth speakers, LED lighting, a removable whiteboard, tablet stands, and more.

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Sony's crowdfunded MESH kit brings maker movement spirit to the connected home

Sony values user feedback far more than the trivial sums it raises on crowdfunding sites.

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Amazon Echo update lets you control iTunes, Pandora, and Spotify with your voice

A new software update for Amazon's virtual assistant device lets you use spoken commands to control iTunes, Pandora, and Spotify playback.