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These Kitchen Gadget Makers Want to Avoid a Juicero-Level Fail

With the very public demise of Juicero, smart kitchen appliances are getting a bad rap. From “interactive centerpiece” SMALT (i.e. a salt shaker with speakers) to Tovala, a glorified Easy-Bake Oven with subscription meal kits, smart cooking fatigue may be setting in. At this year’s Smart Kitchen Summit, a new wave of kitchen gadgets went beyond the gimmicks of single-use hardware. Granted, there are still ... Read More »

Modular phones: A dilemma that has been bolted on by phone makers

Moto Z A brainchild of Google, the modular smartphone concept also known as Project Ara first surfaced in 2013. Three years down the line and many prototypes, all we know is that Ara remained delayed. Eventually, enough was enough and Google decided to suspend the idea of making modular phones by itself in September 2016. Instead, the company will be ... Read More »

Pitch Perfect: Mobile Makers, Telcos Drawn to Hi-Res Audio

Mostly young, male audiophiles throng a Singapore hotel ballroom, intently assessing headphones, earbuds and in-ear monitors – priced from $50 to as much as $10,000. Alongside are banks of dedicated digital audio players (DAPs), with an entire wall of the expo showcasing the king of DAPs: iriver. Less than five years ago, the South Korean firm was staring at bankruptcy, ... Read More »