Apple To Release New Apple TV In September, Report Says

Apple TV Rumor has it that Apple should soon release a new version of its set-top box as well as a new streaming service for TV content. According to a new report by BuzzFeed, Apple was supposed to announce the new Apple TV at WWDC, but it was delayed for a September launch.
The current Apple TV was released in 2012 and runs an underclocked A5 chip, which was originally developed for the iPhone 4S. Read More

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Nvidia Issues Recall For Shield Tablets After Overheating Poses Fire Hazard

shield-tablet8 Nvidia is issuing a voluntary recall for its 8-inch Shield tablets after determining that they may, in fact, combust. The company has learned that the battery in the device has the potential to overheat and catch fire, and thus Nvidia will be replacing the products with versions that don’t burst into flames. The exact wording from the release: NVIDIA has determined that the battery… Read More

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HTC Spends Nearly $10M On A 15% Stake In Virtual Reality Platform WEVR

HTC-Vive HTC is planning to release its extremely well-received virtual reality headset Vive to consumers later this year, possibly in November. In the meantime, the Taiwanese company is busy building out its VR ecosystem. HTC disclosed that it spent almost $ 10 million for a 15 percent stake in WEVR, an open VR platform and community based in Los Angeles. Read More

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The Enterprise Model Of Pepper, SoftBank’s Robot, Will Cost $440 A Month To Rent

pepper-crdit-troy-house-corbis-_ld SoftBank will start taking pre-orders for the enterprise model of its humanoid robot, Pepper, on October 1. The company revealed today “Pepper for Biz” will cost 55,000 yen (about $ 440 a month) per month to rent. Contracts are for 36 months, so businesses have to spend a total of about $ 15,940 in rental charges. Read More

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“UAVbnb” DroneBase Is DJI And Accel’s First SkyFund Investment

DroneBase 4 Drone manufacturing king DJI has a plot to expand its unmanned aerial empire. It’s teamed up with prestigious VC Accel to launch the $ 10 million SkyFund, which invests in companies expanding the drone market — and DJI’s sizable slice of it. Today SkyFund revealed to me that its first investment goes to DroneBase, which lets any business rent a drone and pilot. Read More

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