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You probably shouldn’t buy a smartphone from Pablo Escobar’s brother (Updated)

Late last year a company founded by the little brother of the late Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar started promising to sell a smartphone with a foldable display for a fraction of the price charged by more established companies. So far Escobar Inc has failed to deliver its first phone… but that hasn’t stopped the […]

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Shady Pebble smartwatch clone hits Indiegogo (Updated)

Before the Apple, Samsung, and Google got into the smartwatch game, there was Pebble. The startup made affordable watches with electronic paper displays, the ability to display smartphone notifications, and an app store that was filled with third-party apps. Activity tracker company Fitbit acquired Pebble a few years ago and used some of the company’s […]

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The Mi Mini PC might be too good to be true (crowdfunding)

Last time I checked in on the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for the Mi Mini PC, the folks behind this pocket-sized computer had raised over $350,000 from folks willing to spend $149 or more to reserve an inexpensive, compact, and versatile machine that could run Windows 10 or Android. That was a week ago. Now the […]

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Peachy Printer turns sour: After crowdfunded $100 3D printer fails to ship, co-founder makes theft allegations

Several years before the makers of the OLO promised to deliver a $99 3D printer, there was the Peachy Printer. The founders of the project took to Kickstarter in 2013, hoping to raise $50,000 to produce a 3D printer and scanner. That product never shipped… and now we know why. Maybe. Peachy Printer CEO Rylan Grayston […]

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Fonkraft’s fishy modular smartphone campaign pulled from Indiegogo

A few days ago a company called Fonkraft unveiled a new design for a modular smartphone platform and launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $50,000 to turn the concept into reality. That struck me as a surprisingly small amount of money for such an ambitious project… and apparently I wasn’t the only one who was […]

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Fonkraft wants to build a modular smartphone too (crowdfunding… and probably too good to be true) Update: it probably was

Google’s Project Ara may be the highest-profile attempt to build a modular smartphone and an ecosystem of modules and software that will let you swap out displays, batteries, processors, and just about everything else. But Google isn’t the only company working on modular designs for mobile devices. Click ARM and PuzzlePhone have their own ideas, and Chinese phone […]