We're all guilty of performing stupid stunts as kids, but most of us tend to avoid risking life and limb as we grow older. YouTube's Giaco Whatever has done just the opposite. Using his machining skills, he attached a bunch of razor blades to a high performance yo-yo, creating a toy that's possibly even more dangerous than lawn darts.
Mattel is cancelling Aristotle, a device described as "Alexa for kids", after facing criticism from lawmakers and parents' groups. In a statement, Mattel said Aristotle did not "fully align with Mattel's new technology strategy" and would not bring the device to market "as part of an ongoing effort to deliver the best possible connected product experience to the consumer".
Take a moment and wander over to the online Google Store. You'll see beautiful photos of many products announced yesterday, and if you click on the links you can buy the items made by Google (including last year's Google Home) or made for Google (a whole lot of headphones and phone cases). But Android Wear, and the whole slew of smartwatches powered by it, are nowhere to be found. What's up with that?
Ever wonder what makes today's tech tick? While you could spend a few years taking university courses in computer programming, electronics, and engineering, there's a much more accessible and exciting way to bolster your technical knowledge. The Arduino Bootcamp can give you a crash course in creating your own tech projects, and it's on sale for more than 80 percent off.
VR, like that one cousin on Facebook, can be hard to love. The potential is there, and you have all these fond memories -- mainly rooted in cool science fiction books you've read -- but in reality VR is pricey, buggy, and kind of limited to one experience: Games. Yet Microsoft has been making a lot of low key noise about VR, AR and mixed reality recently, and how it can be more than a tool for fragging aliens.
Early this morning, Google pulled back the curtain on a suite of new products at their event in San Francisco including the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, new Google Home products, a 2-in-1 notebook and earbuds. If you were peacefully sleeping during the announcements - I don't blame you - and you can read about all the new products coming to Australia, right here.
Google announced some new hardware at a characteristically low key event in San Francisco on today. Nearly everything had been leaked ahead of the event, but there were a few surprises -- some more exciting than others. Inevitably, one thing seemed clear: Google wants to be a gadget company, too.
At long last, Sonos is ready for small talk. The wireless speaker company -- whose gloss has dulled as Amazon, Google and soon Apple have released increasingly decent "smart" speakers over the last couple of years -- is finally releasing a speaker with built-in voice commands. It's called the Sonos One and it comes with Amazon's Alexa assistant built in. In 2018, Sonos says it will support Google's Assistant, too.
When you've got enough money to build a moon-sized, planet-destroying space station, you can clone an army of millions of soldiers using the loose change you find in a sofa. For those of us who aren't quite as well funded, UBTECH Robotics has thrown some Stormtrooper armour on one of its 16-inch tall humanoid robots so you can build a slightly more affordable army.
Have a look at the gun above. It's an M1911 pistol, the standard issue sidearm for the United States Armed Forces for nearly a century. The semi-automatic weapon can hold up to 11 rounds and fire as fast as one can pull the trigger. And that specific gun above, it was made with a machine you can buy on the internet. It is virtually untraceable.
While there were 1.4 million tablets sold in Australia over the last year, as a whole, sales are on the decline (by roughly 10 per cent). Android has seen the biggest hit - with a 29 per cent drop in the first half of 2016 alone.
And while absolutely thrashed on the smartphone stakes, analysts are predicting it'll be Windows overtaking Android by the end of the year.
Legged robots and flying drones are neat, but let's not forget the faithful, wheeled rover that, much like Mulga Bill's horse, has served us many days. Sure, there's not much demand for your own, personal mini-rover, but if the Turtle Rover Kickstarter is anything to go by, there's more than enough interest. $100,000 worth, in fact.
The FAA fun police have struck again. The agency has already put restrictions on flying drones over and around national parks, military bases, and airports. Now it has announced it's restricting drone flights near Department of Interior sites, including the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, and the Hoover Dam.
Even though Nvidia's Shield TV has been out for a while, in many ways, it's Android's answer to the recently revamped Apple TV 4K. Like the Apple TV, the Shield TV can stream media in 4K and HDR, in addition to having built-in Chromecast support, access to all your regular Android apps, and the ability to stream full on PC games from a nearby computer or Nvidia's servers in the cloud. And now that the Shield TV is getting Google Assistant support, not only does it combine all the features in both the new Amazon Echo and Fire TV, it can function as a full blown Google Home too.