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The power consumed by USB peripherals such as flash drives has typically not been much of a concern. However, with OTG support on the rise, mounting external storage via USB on mobile devices has become a common use-case. The power consumed by bus-powered devices is arguably more important compared to the performance numbers in such cases. A reader comment in our recent review of the Samsung Portable SSD T3 piqued our interest, and we set out to quantitatively measure this aspect. While there are plenty of inline USB power measurement gadgets, they are not suited for the upcoming Type-C / USB 3.1 ecosystem. Fortunately, Plugable's USBC-TKEY USB 3.1 Type-C power delivery sniffer came to our rescue. Read on for the details of how we...

Microsoft Reveals Additional Details About HoloLens and Begins to Take Pre-Orders

Microsoft this week began to accept applications for pre-orders for its HoloLens augmented reality device. Right now, the company offers HoloLens only to software developers looking to build applications...

20 by Anton Shilov on 3/3/2016

Sony Digital Paper System DPT-S1 Review

The e-reader market has lost some of its initial appeal due to the rapid rise in popularity of tablets and other similar mobile devices. However, 'tablets' with E-Ink screens...

109 by Ganesh T S on 12/17/2015

Netgear Expands Smart Home Lineup with Arlo Q IP Camera

Netgear's push into the consumer IP camera / smart home space began with the Arlo Wire-Free cameras launched last year. The first generation Arlo cameras aimed at addressing the...

6 by Ryan Smith on 11/16/2015

Microsoft Hololens Hands-On

Yesterday I was lucky enough to get a chance to try out the much vaunted Hololens, which is a completely new device from Microsoft which provides “Augmented Reality” as...

33 by Brett Howse on 5/1/2015

Seek Thermal - Android Infrared Camera Review

The costs associated with thermal imaging systems have restricted their usage and kept it out of reach of the average consumer / impulse-buy territory. Seek Thermal, a startup in...

57 by Ganesh T S on 5/1/2015

Microsoft Hints at Windows 10 IoT SKUs

This week at Microsoft's WinHEC 2015 conference in Shenzen, Microsoft announced new details in support of the developing IoT market. Microsoft previously announced support for the Raspberry Pi 2...

39 by Stephen Barrett on 3/20/2015

Marvell Launches First Apple HomeKit SDK for IoT Accessories

Today Marvell is announcing general availability of the industry's first embedded software development kit (SDK) with Apple HomeKit support. Specifically, Marvell's existing EZ-Connect IoT Platform is now HomeKit enabled. HomeKit...

14 by Stephen Barrett on 3/10/2015

Western Digital My Passport Wireless Review

Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets have taken off in a big way. However, internal storage has remained at a premium. Over the last few years, many companies...

23 by Ganesh T S on 12/3/2014

Western Digital Launches My Passport Wireless Mobile Storage Lineup

The popularity of the mobile device market (smartphones and tablets) has opened up an allied opportunity for companies - augmenting the limited storage available in those devices with portable...

6 by Ganesh T S on 9/3/2014

Thoughts on Amazon Prime Delivery Drones

This past weekend, just in time for Cyber Monday, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealed plans on 60 Minutes for delivery drones for Amazon Prime shipments weighing up to five...

75 by Jarred Walton on 12/3/2013

Dropcam Pro Targets Improved Video Quality, Includes Connected Home Play

The consumer surveillance / home video monitoring industry is just starting to take off. Dropcam (started in 2009) seems to be in the right place at the right time...

12 by Brian Klug on 10/10/2013

Intel Announces “Quark” SoC Family: Tiny SoCs For Tiny Devices

Kicking off today is the 2013 Intel Developer Forum, Intel’s annual gathering of developers, press, and techies. Among the many sessions scheduled over the rest of the week we’re...

26 by Ryan Smith on 9/10/2013

Samsung's S9110 Watchphone: What Came Before the Galaxy Gear

Last night I got a reminder from my friend Vlad that my Galaxy Gear headline wasn't technically accurate - the Gear wasn't Samsung's first wearable. I responded saying that...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/5/2013

The Galaxy Gear Preview: Samsung's First Wearable

As the smartphone and tablet markets shift from high growth to the early stages of maturity, forward looking companies are looking at other adjacent markets for continued growth. Wearable...

80 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/4/2013

Philips Hue: Automated Home Lighting Gets Colorful

Philips sent out a review sample of their new Hue lighting system, a set of three Hue lights with the Hue Bridge that allows you to remotely control the...

94 by Ashu Joshi on 3/1/2013

Home Automation and the 'Internet of Things'

Home automation (hereafter referred to as HA) refers to the mechanization and automatic control of various residential activities. It typically provides for centralized control of electrical appliances (such as...

53 by Ganesh T S on 10/4/2012

StarTech.com USB 3.0 to SATA IDE HDD Docking Station Review

StarTech.com specializes in gadgets performing niche, yet handy functions. We reviewed their portable SATA duplicator last year, and this time around we have another interesting gadget from their stables...

17 by Ganesh T S on 6/18/2012

ZyXEL Launches Cloud-Enabled HD IP Surveillance Cameras

ZyXEL announced the retail availability of the two latest members in its IP camera lineup today. With 'cloud' being all the craze it is right now, the units carry...

4 by Ganesh T S on 3/6/2012

Dropcam HD: Cloud Based Home Surveillance Goes Mainstream in 720p

Dropcam's innovative cloud based home monitoring system was reviewed by us back in August 2010 and we came away satisfied with the innovative take of a young startup on...

8 by Ganesh T S on 1/9/2012

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