Deluxe projector maker JVC launches a ‘budget’ $2,500 DLP model

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In the past, you'd have to be prepared to pay at least $ 4,000 to get a JVC 4K projector, which could cost you as much as $ 35,000. While they're some of the best you can get and are probably worth the price for aficionados, they might still be a bit t…
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‘Agent Wonky’ is a Silly Twitch Game from the Maker of ‘Tap Hero’ that’s Looking for Beta Testers

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Back in August of 2016, developer Michał Walaszczyk released Tap Hero [Free], a twitchy arcade game that challenged your left/right dexterity in a similar fashion to games like Timberman [Free] and many others. It also had some gorgeous pixel art and a great “feel” to the mechanics, and we enjoyed Tap Hero enough to award it our Game of the Week when it released. Now Walaszczyk has taken it upon himself to learn Unity and jump from 2D pixel art to full 3D polygons for his next release. The upcoming game is called Agent Wonky, and it too has a similar twitchy style to Tap Hero in that you’ll be blasting away bad guys approaching from either side of the screen, but you’ll do this by matching the direction and type of swipe that each bad guy has floating above his head. It’s a mechanic that reminds me a lot of the fantastic The Firm [Free], as some enemies have red colored arrows over their head which indicates you’ll need to swipe in the opposite direction that the arrow points to, and that’s the type of thing that will twist your brain into knots as the speed of the game increases and the pressure mounts up. Here’s a few gifs showing what Agent Wonky is like in motion.

That top gif is a sample of the general gameplay, the second gif is a look at the many unlockable characters in the game, and the bottom gif is a look at what happens when you mess up a swipe: Basically Agent Wonky gets scared and runs away arms flailing. Since mid-November when Walaszczyk first announced Agent Wonky he’s been keeping a developer blog going in the thread in our forums, and this is the exact type of thing I love seeing on TouchArcade. You can see what humble beginnings the game started from, and then over the course of months you’ll see vast improvements until finally the game is in a very playable state and is even at the point of needing beta testers. That’s pretty much where Agent Wonky is at now, so if you’re interested in testing the game drop by that forum thread and let the developer know. There’s also WAY more gifs and information about the game to check out there too. Hopefully a lot of testers sign up and whip the game into shape so it won’t be too much longer before we’re all enjoying some Agent Wonky silliness.

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Foxconn to acquire Apple accessory maker Belkin for $866 million

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Mergers and acquisitions have decimated the once-thriving Apple accessory industry over the past several years, but the latest deal is more positive than most: Taiwanese manufacturing giant Foxconn announced today that it is purchasing U.S.-based Belkin, one of the biggest names in the accessory business. The $ 866 million all-cash deal will see Bel…Read More
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Foxconn is buying a renowned Apple accessory maker for $866 million

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Long-time Apple device manufacturer Foxconn is about to get even closer to Apple — thanks to its acquisition of well-known iPhone accessory maker Belkin. According to a new report, Belkin International will be bought by FIT Hon Teng, a Hong Kong-based subsidiary of Foxconn for a massive $866 million. The acquisition also includes Linksys and […]

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Report: Apple supplier Foxconn to acquire accessory maker Belkin for $866M

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A Hong-Kong based subsidiary, FIT Hon Teng, of Taiwan-based iPhone supplier Foxconn is looking to acquire Belkin, a well-known iPhone accessory maker.

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Foxconn Acquires Popular Accessory Maker Belkin Along With Linksys and Wemo

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Foxconn is best known as an Apple supplier that assembles Apple’s devices and supplies components to the Cupertino-based company, but as of today, it’s taking over a major Apple accessory maker.

Foxconn Interconnect Technology (FIT), a Foxconn subsidiary, today announced that it has acquired Belkin International in a deal that’s worth $866 million. The acquisition includes the Belkin brand along with Linksys, Wemo, and Phyn, other companies owned by Belkin.

One of Belkin’s recently introduced wireless charging accessories

The acquisition will allow Foxconn Interconnect Technology to “further tap into premium accessories and the smart home market.” The deal is also expected to expand Belkin’s presence both in the United States and “key markets globally.”

“FIT is excited to acquire Belkin and its capabilities in the premium consumer products space,” said Sidney Lu, CEO, FIT. “Integrating Belkin’s best-in-class capabilities and solutions into FIT, we expect to enrich our portfolio of premium consumer products and accelerate our penetration into the smart home.”

“This move will accelerate our vision of delivering technology that makes the lives of people around the world better, more convenient and more fulfilling. I am thrilled to take our brand portfolio of Belkin, Linksys, Wemo and Phyn to new heights,” said Chet Pipkin, CEO and founder, Belkin International. “We see significant synergies with FIT, including leveraging its world-class manufacturing capability to enhance Belkin’s operating efficiency and competitiveness. The transaction also grants us access to more resources to invest in our people and to aggressively pursue opportunities in the marketplace.”

Under the Belkin brand, Belkin offers a wide range of iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch cases, cables, adapters, wireless chargers, and more, while the Wemo brand offers HomeKit-compatible home automation devices. Through Linksys, Belkin sells wireless routers and similar accessories, and the Phyn brand offers a smart water assistant for monitoring for leaks.

All of the Belkin-owned brands will continue to operate as subsidiaries under Foxconn Interconnect Technology.

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Bentley is the latest luxury car maker committing to EVs

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Just a few weeks after Bentley unveiled its first all-electric concept convertible, a lead designer confirmed that the car company known for its gas-guzzling vehicles could start making electric cars fairly soon. Bentley is just the latest in a long…
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Mythic, an AI-chip maker for autonomous devices banks $40M Series B

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Mythic, an AI-based microchip for parallel computing in connected and autonomous devices raised a $ 40M Series B round led by Softbank Ventures. Other investors included DFJ, Lux Capital, Data Collective, and AME Cloud Ventures, and new investors Lockheed Martin Ventures and Andy Bechtolsheim.

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The latest funding brings Mythic’s total equity funding to $ 49M as it previously raised $ 9M Series A in March last year. It will use the funding proceeds to bring to market its Silicon used in the AI chips.

Mythic was incubated at the Michigan Integrated Circuits Lab and it’s high-speed; low-power AI chips can be used in autonomous drones, fitness bands, battery-powered monitors, and smartphone. Comprised of both hardware and software, a key difference in technology Mythic is pushing to market is the use of analog electrical signals and flash memory to perform machine learning inference calculations.

It implies most of its use cases and applications will include ‘edge compute’ scenarios where data is stored and analyzed locally on the device rather than in the cloud.

An interesting and understandable development was the appointment of Rene Haas as a board member of Mythic. He belongs to Softback and has stints in Nvidia and ARM, both being major competitors of chip-making.


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Google reportedly acquiring Lytro, the maker of light field cameras

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The talk around town is that Google is in the process of acquiring Lytro, maker of light field cameras. Neither company has officially confirmed the deal, but the rumored price is $ 40 million or even as low as $ 25 million – a precipitous fall from the once $ 360 million valuation. The employee headcount might take a hit too, though presumably all 59 light field patents will go over to Google. Perhaps it’s not a coincidence that Google launched a Welcome to Light Fields app just days ago, which shows what can be done in VR. Light field cameras capture much more than regular 2D cameras,…

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Here’s a rugged coffee maker that runs off power tool batteries

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Japanese power tools manufacturer Makita has released a new rugged coffee maker that runs on battery power. The CM501DZ uses the same lithium ion battery packs as various Makita tools; the company says the largest 18V BL1860 battery is good for brewing about 640ml, or 5.3 cups.

Makita released its first cordless coffee maker a few years ago, and naturally now also sells various flavors of coffee pods for the machines. You can, however, use them with regular ground coffee, in case you want to brew artisanal blends in the middle of nowhere.

The Asahi Shimbun says Makita expects the new model to be popular with construction workers on building sites. I expect it to be popular with me on my apartment’s roof. It’s out now in Japan for…

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