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This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: HP Sprout, New Fitbits, And Other Wrist-Worn Tech gadgets141031 Fitbit announced a few new devices, including the Fitbit Charge and the Fitbit Surge, both of which we’re excited about. Plus, HP is doing all kinds of weird things, not least of which is the announcement of an odd new computer, projector type device called the Sprout. Plus, we’re still fascinated with the Apple Watch so we’re talking about all things wrist this week. Read More

Trent Reznor’s Apple Special Project Is In “The World” Of Music Delivery Trent_Reznor_by_Rob_Sheridan Musical magic man Trent Reznor is working with Apple on something or other, after the Beats Chief Creative Officer came on board following the acquisition. He says that Apple was interested in working with Reznor directly in “designing some products” following the deal in an interview with Billboard, and also say that the partnership would focus on the “world” of… Read More

Mad Genius Radio Feels Like A Smarter Version Of Old-School Radio Screenshot 2014-10-31 13.58.14 Mad Genius Radio is taking a somewhat old-school approach to streaming music. In a world where most radio services use correlation algorithms to figure out what you want to hear, based on beats per minute and cadence and genre, without really thinking about the right rotation of new and old music. Thus, the stations you end up listening to the most become a bit stale. But Mad Genius is… Read More

Net Neutrality’s Future Remains A Glorious Muddle screen-shot-2014-10-04-at-12-16-18-pm The FCC is expected to vote on new neutrality rules in December. What those rules will entail remains a high-stakes parlor game. Out this week from the Wall Street Journal’s Gautham Nagesh was a report indicating that, similar to some plans proposed by extra-governmental individuals and groups, the FCC is considering a ‘hybrid’ approach to net neutrality. Others, including Rep. Read More

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Has Crashed space ship two This morning, Virgin Galactic tweeted that their SpaceShipTwo spaceplane had experienced an “in-flight anomaly” We have now confirmed that SpaceShipTwo has crashed due to currently unknown causes. Read More

Evernote Rolls Out Its New “Work Chat” Feature workchat Evernote has rolled out a new “Work Chat” feature to its web and mobile applications which allows users of its online note-taking and collaboration software to discuss ideas and projects directly in the Evernote interface itself, instead of having to shift those conversations over to email. Additionally, when you email a note to someone, it will now show up in Work Chat… Read More

Super-Agent Andrew Wylie Calls Amazon An “ISIS-Like Distribution Channel” books on a table Andrew Wylie is a major book agent who many in the milquetoast publishing industry call the “jackal.” His fiery pronouncements are much-read in certain circles and his latest one, in a speech given at Toronto’s International Festival of Authors, is a doozy. Wylie, who sees Amazon as a threat to all that is good and holy in the book industry, called the organization… Read More

Your Next Passport Could Be On The Blockchain Passport-Layout-01 A blockchain tinkerer named Chris Ellis has created a system to build an actual digital passport that, through use of the Bitcoin blockchain and some encryption, will allow you to identify yourself online and off. Called World Citizenship, the project just launched on Github and shows some definite promise. “The goal of this project is to learn and layout a simple process for anyone in… Read More

Why Online Retailers Continue To Open Brick-And-Mortar Stores shutterstock_137342978 In an age when new technology and the growth of pure online-only retailers have industry analysts questioning the future of brick-and-mortar stores, what are online retailers doing to grow their businesses and gain market share? Why, opening up physical storefronts of course. The benefits that physical spaces provide make up three of the top reasons why online retailers are setting up shop… Read More

App Annie Fills The Void Left By Facebook’s Onavo Acquisition With Its New Company Smart Sense smartsense-homepage When Facebook scooped up mobile data analytics powerhouse Onavo last year, it was only a matter of time before someone rebuilt its service. And that seems to be just what the now-leading mobile app analytics firm App Annie has done. The company, which used some portion of its $39 million in funding to snap up its competitor Distimo earlier this year, has quietly released a new app called… Read More

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