Samsung finally puts the Galaxy Note7 out of its misery


I’m sure there was a ton of great tech news this week, but if I’m being honest, Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 nightmare eclipsed everything and that’s exactly why we only talked about it on this week’s MashTalk

We wanted to have Entertainment Editor Josh Dickey dial in to explain why he’s not giving up his Note7, but technical issues with Skype foiled our plans, so you’ll just have to make do with me, Senior Tech Correspondent, Tech Editor Pete Pachal and semi-regular Deputy Tech Editor Damon Beres.

Before we jump into the the Cliff Notes for this week’s explosive (sorry!) podcast, let me know on Twitter @raywongy if there are any Mashable editors or writers you want to appear on a future episode of MashTalk. I can’t promise anything, but I can try to trick convince them into making a guest appearance by luring them in with candy. Read more…

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Cozmo is an adorable robot companion that could rule the holidays


Cozmo is just a toy, but it knows my face and, perhaps more importantly, me. 

Every time I let the new robot toy from Anki connect to my iPhone and roll off its dock, it swivels its block-like head up to me, its pair of LED eyes forming into the semblance of a smile, and it says my name “Laaaance.” 

We have a connection.

That is, at least partly, the point of Cozmo. It’s supposed to be more than just a toy or a robot with the imitation of life, it’s a friend and playmate that deems each person (up to three people) important enough to learn their faces and names.

Cozmo in its charging base and with its smart cubes.

Cozmo in its charging base and with its smart cubes.


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This E Ink keyboard is cool, but probably not coming to new Macs soon


With Apple’s Mac lineup looking old and dusty (almost all of them are due for refreshes), it’s no surprise startups are looking to drum up interest for their products and innovations with dubious rumor-spreading.

The questionable Reddit post (since deleted) involved a “smart magic keyboard” from Australian startup Sonder that uses E Ink to dynamically switch each key, allowing shortcuts to be mapped to individuals depending on what app is open. It could also be used to potentially configure different keyboard layouts for different languages. 

The Reddit user claimed the keyboard was a prototype for 2018 iMacs and MacBooks. Read more…

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This paralyzed man can feel his fingers again thanks to a mind-controlled robotic arm


Nathan Copeland is the first paralyzed person in the world to regain an “almost natural” feeling in his fingers. 

His brain was implanted with four electronic chips connected to a robotic arm, bypassing his damaged spine. The implants stimulated the parts of his brain that are associated with the part that control sensation and he is able to feel “as if someone’s squeezing” when the robotic arm was touched. 

This is a major step in the development of prosthetics that can not only move and manipulate objects, but also gain a sense of feeling. That will help people with paralysis or amputated limbs get closer to regaining the sensation of having a hand — once again.   Read more…

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Instagram app is now available for Windows 10 PCs and tablets


The Instagram app is finally available for Windows 10 PCs and tablets.

The app, which took over six months to arrive after being announced at Build 2016, offers native Windows 10 features such as Live Tiles, notifications and the ability to view Stories.

For the most part, the PC and tablet-ready app contains all of the features already available on the Windows 10 Mobile version of the app such as search, explore and Instagram Direct messaging.

The biggest feature is the ability to view Stories and post and edit photos — things you can’t do if you simply go to Read more…

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The Nike+ Apple Watch is coming October 28


While the Apple Watch Series 2 has been available since mid-September, the exact release date for the Nike+ version of the watch has not been available — until now. 

French site WatchGeneration and 9to5Mac noticed Apple has posted an Oct. 28 launch date for the Nike+ Apple Watch Series 2. 

The Nike+ variant of the Watch has the same innards as the regular Series 2 Watch, but it has a special, perforated band, comes in four unique color combinations and has unique Nike watch faces. 

The watch also comes with an app called the Nike+ Run Club, which gives runners reminders and motivation to go and train, as well as the option to connect and comepte with friends. Bear in mind that the app is free and will work with any version of the Apple Watch.  Read more…

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