Texas Instruments is tapping into the growing trend among enthusiasts who want to make their own wearable devices and small electronics, announcing the Tiva C Series Connected LaunchPad mini-computer.
The $19.99 mini-computer has a microcontroller to which sensors, displays, connectivity and memory components can be independently attached via expansion cards. The expansion cards, called "Booster Packs" by TI, can help in prototyping devices and testing applications.
At first it was apps like Wickr and Silent Circle designed to keep users’ communications safe but now we’re seeing more solutions baked right into handsets. Blackphone is perhaps the most popular example but low-cost mobile provider FreedomPop is now getting in on the action with a modified Samsung smartphone known as The Privacy Phone.
The home security industry is ripe for disruption right now. The rise of smartphones over the past decade have driven down the cost of compact sensor and camera technologies, and now there’s a slew of different products in the works that can keep your home just as safe, but for a fraction of the cost.
Remember a few days back when we spoke about the high-end Chinese smartphones? Here's one of them. The smartphone in discussion today is the the Oppo Find 7, which is set to be launched on the 19th of this month.
Yesterday's leaks of new Samsung Chromebooks with the faux leather look of its Galaxy Note 3 phones and tablets appear to be entirely accurate, as the company has just officially announced two new models, complete with that same trim.