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Crowdfunding Critic: Airfy Beacon

08/05, 3:32pm

Home automation solution ties together existing products like Hue, Nest

Welcome to Tuesday's edition of the Crowdfunding Critic. Every Tuesday and Thursday, the staff at Electronista and MacNN take a look at a few crowdfunding requests to offer up a project that we find interesting to our readers. It's important that this isn't taken as an endorsement of the project, but rather a neat find that we think people could have an interest in. As with all crowdfunding campaigns, the ones we talk about come with risk, even if the project reaches its funding threshold. With that word of warning out of the way to encourage smart investing, this time we'll be talking about a home automation solution, the Airfy Beacon.

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Briefly: New rugged external battery, Stitcher for Android updated

02/21, 6:30pm

Limefuel's Rugged L150XR external battery features resilient construction, surpasses Kickstarter goa

Limefuel has succeeded in crowdfunding its latest gadget, the IP66 Rugged L150XR external battery. The battery is waterproof, dirt-proof, shock- and crush-proof, as determined by its IP66 protection rating. Featuring a 15,000mAh (57Wh) battery capacity, the Limefuel Rugged L150XR comes equipped with a 5V/2A(max) input for faster charging, dual 5V/2.4A(max) outputs to charge multiple devices at the same time, a touch-activated power indicator, pass-through charging enabled, auto-on and auto-off functionality, and a slot for a strap or clip for carrying. The rugged Limefuel battery will be available in two smaller capacities as well, with the L104XR offering 10,400mAh and the L130XR holding 13,000mAh. Its Kickstarter is ongoing until mid-March, and those interested in pledging as way of pre-ordering the Limefuel Rugged can receive the lowest capacity battery for $50, with shipping beginning in May.

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Crowdfunding site Kickstarter hacked, customer data accessed

02/15, 8:11pm

Payment details not taken by hackers in Kickstarter intrusion

Customer data from popular crowd-funding site Kickstarter, famous for helping launch the Ouya and Pebble smart watch, has been taken by hackers, the company has revealed. Usernames, e-mail addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords of a number of accounts were accessed in the intrusion, though the company stresses in a blog post that payment information, such as partial credit card numbers, were not taken in the attack.

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PayPal overhauling security policies after crowdfunding issues

09/13, 7:07am

Changes to come after freezing, releasing Indiegogo campaign funds

PayPal is pledging to overhaul its policies to improve how it deals with crowdfunding campaigns in the future. The payment service is looking into what it needs to change in order to preserve security while also allowing for such funding events to take place, after it recently and publicly froze funds destined to prominent crowdfunded projects.

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