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Don’t keep cell phones next to your body, California Health Department warnsDon%26%238217%3Bt%20keep%20cell%20phones%20next%20to%20your%20body%2C%20California%20Health%20Department%26nbsp%3BwarnsDaily life in Bydgoszczsarahbuhr

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:07:05 +0000

(image)  The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a warning against the hazards of cellphone radiation this week. Yes, the thing we are all addicted to and can’t seem to put down is leaking electromagnetic radiation and now California has some guidance to safeguard the public. Read More

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Finnish autonomous car goes for a leisurely cruise in the driving snowFinnish%20autonomous%20car%20goes%20for%20a%20leisurely%20cruise%20in%20the%20driving%26nbsp%3Bsnow25198132348_f83dd7f013_odevin

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:28:29 +0000

(image)  It’s one thing for an autonomous car to strut its stuff on a smooth, warm California tarmac, and quite another to do so on the frozen winter mix of northern Finland. Martti, a self-driving vehicle system homegrown in Finland, demonstrated just this in a record-setting drive along a treacherous (to normal drivers) Laplandish road. Read More

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A week on the wrist with the Alpina StartimerA%20week%20on%20the%20wrist%20with%20the%20Alpina%26nbsp%3BStartimerscaled-6482john

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:46:18 +0000

(image)  It’s refreshing to wear a mechanical watch. The soft sweep of the seconds hand reminds us of the fleeting nature of time while the endless ticking in a dark room is a comfort and a spur to action. Add in a little limited edition provenance with big face and crown and you’ve got a stew going. This particular stew is called the Alpina Startimer. It is a pilot’s watch, a watch… Read More

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Apple’s iMac Pro is a love letter to developersApple%E2%80%99s%20iMac%20Pro%20is%20a%20love%20letter%20to%26nbsp%3BdevelopersApple iMac Progre9delApple iMac ProApple iMac Pro backApple iMac Pro camera

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:11:12 +0000

(image)  he iMac Pro exists because it turns out that there is a lot of air underneath the aging Mac Pro and above the incredibly popular MacBook Pro. A single-digit percentage of Mac customers buy the Mac Pro and, in recent years, Apple had been seeing a major rise in “pro” customers of all shades purchasing iMacs because of their incredible screens, all-in-one form factor and overall ease… Read More

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Google Assistant is coming to older Android phones and tabletsGoogle%20Assistant%20is%20coming%20to%20older%20Android%20phones%20and%26nbsp%3BtabletsAndroid - 5.0 Lollipopfredericlardinois

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:27:32 +0000

(image)  The Google Assistant has long been available on most modern phones and tablets. But given the fragmentation of the Android ecosystem, many older devices will never get the newer versions of Android that feature built-in support for the Assistant. Google is now bringing support for its voice-activated helper to phones running Android 5.0 and tablets running Android 6.0 and 7.0. Read More

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Mario Bear has come to save 2017Mario%20Bear%20has%20come%20to%20save%26nbsp%3B2017mario-bearetherin

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:57:26 +0000

(image)  It’s been a long year – it feels like it actually spanned about 50, in fact. But now, at the end, some relief: Mario Bear. Yes, it’s just a bear from Build-A-Bear Workshop. And a ‘brand collaboration,’ that horrific thing that usually just means some executives get a larger Christmas bonus and more people are convinced to part with their hard-earned money for… Read More

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Apple invests $390 million in TrueDepth component maker FinisarApple%20invests%20%24390%20million%20in%20TrueDepth%20component%20maker%26nbsp%3BFinisarFinisar_technicians_20171213romaindillet

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:23:43 +0000

(image)  Apple announced a substantial investment in Finisar. Apple is giving Finisar $390 million to build a new 700,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Sherman, Texas. Finisar is going to hire 500 people to work on the laser sensor in the TrueDepth camera in the iPhone X. Today’s investment is part of Apple’s commitment to invest $1 billion in U.S.-based companies with its Advanced… Read More

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Review: Shinola Canfield headphones are an overpriced messReview%3A%20Shinola%20Canfield%20headphones%20are%20an%20overpriced%26nbsp%3Bmessshinola canfields (1 of 6)mjburnsy

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:29:58 +0000

(image)  The Shinola Canfield headphones cost $600 and does not ship with a stereo adapter. That should tell you everything you need to know. But if not, keep reading and let me explain why these fashion headphones are not worth their price. Read More

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Clap on! Clap off! It’s Clapboss!Clap%20on%21%20Clap%20off%21%20It%26%238217%3Bs%26nbsp%3BClapboss%21clapboss_5john

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:00:52 +0000

(image)  Sure Alexa can sing you a song but can you clap back at her? A new product by the makers of the Freewrite lets you do just that. Called Clapboss, this smiling dongle lets you clap up to four times to activate various things around your house. Clap twice to turn off your lights! Three times to turn off the TV! Four times to be reminded that you are now a slave to emotionless technologies!… Read More

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Devialet built a car audio system for Renault’s Symbioz concept carDevialet%20built%20a%20car%20audio%20system%20for%20Renault%E2%80%99s%20Symbioz%20concept%26nbsp%3Bcarrenault-zh33-concept-022.jpg.ximg.l_full_m.smartromaindillet

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:01:42 +0000

(image)  High-end speaker maker Devialet is branching out of home speakers. The company announced a partnership with Renault for its first ever car audio system. You can’t buy a Renault car with Devialet speakers just yet, but there’s a Renault concept car with those speakers. Devialet has always said that it wasn’t just a speaker manufacturer. The French startup has worked on its… Read More

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MakeX announces the first 3D-printing backpackMakeX%20announces%20the%20first%203D-printing%26nbsp%3Bbackpack2-holding1-1024x683john

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:48:36 +0000

(image)  In the year 2020, when the Earth is overrun by aliens, it will be mandated by the Galactic Council of Extraterrestrial Life that all children must walk around with 3D-printing backpacks. Why not get a head start with the MakeX Migo backpack that lets you carry your ultra-small 3D printer anywhere you need to go? This wild, see-through backpack is designed to hold a Migo 3D Printer (the thing… Read More

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Some HP laptops are hiding a deactivated keyloggerSome%20HP%20laptops%20are%20hiding%20a%20deactivated%26nbsp%3BkeyloggerHP Chromebook 13john

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:03:54 +0000

(image)  Researcher Michael Myng found a deactivated keylogger in a piece of software found on over 460 HP laptop models. A full list of affected laptops is here. The keylogger is deactivated by default but could represent a privacy concern if an attacker has physical access to the computer. “Some time ago someone asked me if I can figure out how to control HP’s laptop keyboard… Read More

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The 5-year bootstrapped odyssey of Sno-Go, a snow bike for the everyday ski mountain visitorThe%205-year%20bootstrapped%20odyssey%20of%20Sno-Go%2C%20a%20snow%20bike%20for%20the%20everyday%20ski%20mountain%26nbsp%3Bvisitorsno-go_indiegogodancric

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 17:17:26 +0000

(image)  Skiing has always been something of a nightmare for me. I first “learned” how to ski in middle school, and still to this day don’t really understand how to stop. I once went to a “black diamond” mountain in Minnesota (read: gently sloping Midwest hill) and had to slam myself into the ground before skiing straight into the ski chalet. I’m hardly alone in my… Read More

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Holography-based 3D printing produces objects in seconds instead of hoursHolography-based%203D%20printing%20produces%20objects%20in%20seconds%20instead%20of%26nbsp%3Bhoursholoprinterdevin

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 22:01:08 +0000

(image)  3D printers are useful devices for all kinds of reasons, but most have a critical weakness: they simply take a long time to actually make anything. That’s because additive manufacturing generally works by putting down an object one microscopic layer at a time. But a new holographic printing technique makes it possible to create the entire thing at once — in as little as a second… Read More

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Researchers train robots to see into the futureResearchers%20train%20robots%20to%20see%20into%20the%26nbsp%3BfutureRetro Robotsjohn

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:26:33 +0000

(image)  Robots usually react in real time: something happens, they respond. Now researchers University of California, Berkeley are working on a system that lets robots “imagine the future of their actions” so that they can interact with things they’ve never seen before. The technology is called visual foresight and it allows “robots to predict what their cameras will see if… Read More

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Zelda expansion, Death Stranding and other titles hyped at The Game AwardsZelda%20expansion%2C%20Death%20Stranding%20and%20other%20titles%20hyped%20at%20The%20Game%26nbsp%3BAwards800x556_cycle_screendevin

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 11:01:19 +0000

(image)  The Game Awards, an event that’s exactly what it sounds like, took place shortly ago and, like any gaming event, it was shot through with trailers and announcements. What’s the biggest announcement, you ask? It’s probably a tie between the sudden release of a new expansion for Zelda: Breath of the Wild and a teaser for the next project from From, the creators of Dark Souls… Read More

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Lytro’s ‘living pictures’ cease to liveLytro%26%238217%3Bs%20%26%238216%3Bliving%20pictures%26%238217%3B%20cease%20to%26nbsp%3BliveLytro Camera Demo Onstage at CESdevin

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:46:30 +0000

(image)  As part of its move away from consumer gear towards professional cinema hardware, Lytro has killed off the site that once hosted “living pictures,” still photos taken with its cameras that could be refocused after the fact. This will turn a handful of those pictures, where they had been embedded on the web over the past few years, into empty frames. Read More

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Gomer is a soft robot that can bother your

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:31:33 +0000

(image)  If there’s any sort of trend in robotics this year it’s soft hands. Robots with soft pincers are quite useful in picking up – and not breaking – objects and now you can enjoy a soft-handed robot at home. The robot is called Gomer and it’s available now on Indiegogo. The little robot had an expressive face and a big claw on top. You can play games with Gomer –… Read More

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Amazon Prime Video finally lands on Apple TVAmazon%20Prime%20Video%20finally%20lands%20on%20Apple%26nbsp%3BTVApple TVmjburnsy

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 13:53:22 +0000

(image)  Tim Cook said six months ago Amazon Prime Video was coming to Apple TV sometime before the end of the year. And here it is: the long-awaited app is finally available on Apple TV and the iOS flavor was updated to support the iPhone X. The native tvOS versions is compatible with Apple TV 3rd generation devices or later. If the app isn’t visible yet, try searching for Amazon Prime Video on… Read More

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Nvidia’s Shield TV offers Wii and GameCube games in HD in ChinaNvidia%26%238217%3Bs%20Shield%20TV%20offers%20Wii%20and%20GameCube%20games%20in%20HD%20in%26nbsp%3BChinashield-nvidiaetherin

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 13:50:01 +0000

(image)  Nvidia just rolled out a very interesting selection of software for its over-the-top Shield TV box in China – Wii games, running in 1080p resolution, including New Super Mario Bros. Wii, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and PUNCH-OUT!!. It’s only in China, where Shield TV is launching for the first time, but it’s an official tie-up between Nvidia and Nintendo, which… Read More

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