Sony’s Aibo robot dog is making a comeback

You’re already talking to the speaker in your living room, so why not take things up a notch and get yourself a robot pet? That’s the big question on Sony’s lips for its customers in Japan as it launches the latest edition of its Aibo robotic dog. The $ 1,740 (198,000 Yen) canine sports a rounder, softer look than the last version which Sony stopped making in 2006, and can respond to voice commands, wag its tail, do a few tricks, and convey emotions through its OLED eyes. The Aibo also has a SIM card slot to connect to the internet…

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Pebble founder’s comeback is a battery case for iPhone and AirPods

After ushering in the smartwatch movement in 2012, Eric Migicovsky's Pebble brand fell by the wayside. The company was saved from bankruptcy by Fitbit, which acquired its talent and software last year, but ditched its beloved devices. Now, the man be…
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Report: Palm is making a comeback next year

I fondly remember Palm’s handheld devices as being the ultimate in personal technology, back when I first saw them grace my father’s desk in the 90s. It was one of the first gadgets I’d seen that featured a touchscreen with handwriting support, a boatload of apps and enough memory to help digitize dad’s overflowing rolodex of contacts. Now, Chinese hardware maker TCL (which currently owns the BlackBerry brand) tells Android Planet that it’s looking to revive the Palm brand with new devices next year. It isn’t clear exactly what sort of gadgets we can look forward to, but TCL’s marketing…

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Palm is making a comeback in early 2018

Guess who’s (going to be) back? Palm. While we may not have heard anything about the now-defunct mobile brand for a few years, it’s making a comeback early next year. Seriously. The company responsible for Palm’s upcoming resurrection is TCL, as revealed back in 2015 when it first made its intentions known. It’s definitely getting pretty good at recycling old brands in the mobile space: first Alcatel, then BlackBerry, now Palm. We wonder what’s next. Don’t be surprised to see a TCL-made Sagem smartphone near you at some point. Anyway, the word regarding Palm comes straight from TCL,… – Latest articles

Recode Daily: Samsung’s comeback phone — the Galaxy Note 8 — is here. And it’s big.

Plus, the FTC greenlights Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods, Chamath wants to create a “blank check company” for startups, and a look inside Waymo’s secret self-driving world.

Its new phone season, and Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Note 8 is finally here — the company’s comeback from the literal meltdown leading to the recall and cancellation of the Galaxy Note 7. The main question: How is it different from that other big Samsung smartphone? Answer: It’s bigger — with a 6.3-inch curved “infinity” screen — and it has a stylus. Maybe too big. It’s expensive, starting at $ 929. See for yourself. Next month: Apple’s iPhone 8. [Chris Welch / The Verge]

Amazon officially owns Whole Foods. The Federal Trade Commission approved the $ 13.7 deal, hours after shareholders signed off. [Angelica LaVito / CNBC]

Investment firm Social Capital filed an S-1 form to create a “blank check company” that could allow startups to go public without the help of Goldman Sachs or other banks. Headed by Social Capital founder Chamath Palihapitiya, the Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp. will raise $ 500 million by selling 50 million shares to undetermined investors. [Kara Swisher / Recode]

Uber’s business continues to grow as it licks its wounds from what has been a tumultuous year so far. Valued at $ 68 billion, the company brought in $ 8.7 in ride bookings in Q2, up 102 percent year over year, but it’s still losing more than half a billion dollars per quarter. Take a look at Uber’s first pitch deck from 2008 — founders Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp compared their concept to a private jet service. [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]

A look inside Uber competitor Waymo’s secret world for training self-driving cars. Accelerating the Alphabet-owned company’s ambitious autonomous-driving progress is a hidden city built for robot cars, and simulation software called Carcraft spun out of Alphabet’s “moonshot” research wing, X. Meanwhile, here’s where Apple is heading with its self-driving tech. [The Atlantic]

Add LinkedIn to the list of video platforms pushing against the dominance of YouTube and Facebook. The social network for business is testing a video-making button that will let users record or upload videos, presumably to talk about their jobs. Recently, a NASA employee used LinkedIn to record a rocket launch; HotelTonight’s CEO used it to give business advice. [Business Insider]

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