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PowerUp Dart Kickstarter campaign surpasses goal by $1.2m with a week to go

For those of you who haven't heard about it, PowerUp makes smartphone-controlled paper airplanes. They're relatively inexpensive, with a basic PowerUp 3.0 costing $24.99, and they work pretty well which has led to them becoming incredibly popular. The last time PowerUp used Kickstarter to launch a product, it closed on $1.2m after asking for only $50,000. This time around, the goal is just $25,000. It's not hard to see where this is going.

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'Aire' is a hovering robot with Alexa that will definitely scare your pets

Robots on Kickstarter or Indiegogo usually are slow-moving and expensive products, with little or no real utility. I don't think 'Aire' is anything different, but it's certainly... special. For $699 (or $749, once the base tier runs out), you can have the privilege of owning a hovering upside-down lampshade with the Alexa voice assistant built-in.

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[Update: Frank team responds] "Frank." isn’t just a phone, it’s a phony

The Android enthusiast community has always been hungry for phones that offer a flagship experience at a low cost. That's why people still mourn Google's Nexus program a year later, despite numerous hardware problems over the years (I should know, my 5 and 5X both died unexpectedly after about a year). And despite OnePlus' many misfires over the years, the company's phones are still praised.

Two entrepreneurs from Canada have been working on the "Frank." phone (which I will refer to as simply 'Frank'). The team's pitch is simple - companies charge far too much for smartphones. I'm sure many of you will agree with that - the $1000 starting price of the Note8 is insane.

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Jide Technology shifting away from consumer market, Remix OS discontinued

There have been plenty of attempts to make Android a desktop operating system, with most of them not being very good. Jide Technology burst onto the scene with a Surface Pro clone running the company's own 'Remix OS' ROM in 2015, and later released a small desktop PC as well as a version of Remix OS for standard x86-based PCs.

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Zolo Liberty+ by Anker blasts through its Kickstarter goal

The main reason headphone jacks remain a staple of most phones is because they work. There's no pairing and re-paring, or worrying about how much longer the batteries in your earbuds will last. Anker's new "apprentice brand," Zolo, is trying to make Bluetooth earbuds without any compromises. The Kickstarter for Zolo's Liberty+ earbuds was revealed yesterday, and it has already passed its funding goal ten times over.

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ZTE cancels Kickstarter for Hawkeye crowdsourced phone

ZTE had an interesting idea a while back. What if consumers got to design a phone? I mean, there's no chance it would end up like The Homer, right? People made some unusual suggestions like eye-tracking technology and a case that sticks to things. ZTE's attempt to bring this phone to life as the Hawkeye have hit a snag. It's cancelling the Kickstarter campaign and going back to the drawing board.

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Banner Saga 3 Kickstarter campaign reaches $200k goal with 35 days to go

The Banner Saga... saga is immensely popular, and for good reason. The incredibly pretty graphics, mythical world, and engaging gameplay are what makes the series so beloved amongst fans. Those who played and liked the other two games will be pleased to hear, then, that the third game in the franchise, The Banner Saga 3, has reached its $200,000 goal with 35 days to go.

The third and final game in the trilogy, The Banner Saga 3 is a tactical game using gameplay tropes from strategy games of yore. It looks great, with an 'easy to learn, hard to master' vibe in the screenshots, video, and text of the Kickstarter campaign.

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ZTE admits the crowdsourced ZTE Hawkeye didn't meet expectations, asks community for feedback

ZTE's crowdsourced phone, the ZTE Hawkeye, hasn't done remarkably well since it was announced at CES. The Kickstarter campaign has only raised 7% of the $500,000 goal, and funding has only increased by $4,000 in the past six days. Now ZTE is going back to the community, asking what could be done to improve the device.

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Kickstarter open sources its Android and iOS apps

For the longest time, Kickstarter was only accessible as a website without any official mobile apps. Then came the iOS app and it wasn't until January of 2016 that we saw the first release of the Android app. Since then, this app has been updated, improved, and gained a lot of functionality. But today marks a different milestone in its history: the team at Kickstarter is open sourcing it along with the iOS app.

In a post on Medium, Brandon Williams, one of the members of the Kickstarter Native team, explains how the iOS and Android apps came to be and how their journey lead toward open sourcing the apps for the benefit of the developer community and as part of Kickstarter's new ethos of serving the public good.

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[Update: New Remix IO+ model] Jide's newest Remix IO gadget doubles as a desktop and an Android TV box, now on Kickstarter

Connecting a PC to a television isn't exactly a revolutionary idea. Ditto for a mobile device - it's harder to do now that dedicated HDMI ports are gone, but streaming screens and content via Chromecast has sort of filled the gap. Jide, the company behind the intriguing Android-as-desktop Remix OS products, is trying to take that rather niche idea mainstream with its latest hardware. The Remix IO is a gadget that's equally comfortable on your desktop or sitting inside your entertainment center. It's up on Kickstarter now for as little as $99.

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