Scout Alarm review: DIY home security you’ll want

Scout Alarm review: DIY home security you’ll want

DIY home security — it seems like everyone is doing it. After being privately funded, Scout is ready to toss their hat into the ring as well. The interesting thing with Scout is that you get a bit more off-the-grid security, but still remain connected. In bridging the gap between modern hardware and software in new ways, Scout is aiming to become the new darling of the home security world. Is Scout worthy of praise, or is their system too clumsy and dated for a modern world?

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Microsoft Band review: Flawed promise

Microsoft Band review: Flawed promise

The Microsoft Band breaks no ground in wearables, but Microsoft is hoping their submission can at least make you want to own one. The do-it-all wearable has an exhaustive list of features, and carries them across the mobile platform landscape. The aim, it seems, is to let you keep your phone in your pocket and rely almost entirely on your band. We’ve seen that before, too, so can Microsoft crack the use-case code? Is the Microsoft Band one that will actually have you reaching for your phone less?

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Star Wars 7 trailers go unofficial: Watch the best fan-made

Star Wars 7 trailers go unofficial: Watch the best fan-made

Leading up to the real-deal full-sized trailer for the 7th Star Wars film, a number of creators have made their own. Using all manner of Star Wars fan films, odd animations, and clips from earlier movies, these trailers aren't 100% official, but they summon the feeling we're all aiming to resurrect. Remember what it felt like when the first trailer for Episode I was released? Welcome back to the Dual of the Fates - with a lot more promise of greatness this time around.

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Logitech Ultrathin, Type+, Keys-To-Go iPad Air 2 keyboard Review

Logitech Ultrathin, Type+, Keys-To-Go iPad Air 2 keyboard Review

With the iPad Air 2 in tow, we've had a go at the three newest Logitech keyboards this November, seeing how each of these machines fares in the field. With the "Keys-To-Go" model we've got the simplest machine - thin, tiny, and coming with not a whole lot else other than portability. The Type+ provides a cover for your iPad Air 2 along with a keyboard, allowing you to protect your iPad in-between typing sessions. The Ultrathin acts as a Smart Cover, but doesn't protect the way the Type+ does - instead you get an awesome hinge that allows you to adjust your iPad Air 2 at will.

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Google should be broken up vote Euro lawmakers

Google should be broken up vote Euro lawmakers

Europe has passed a ruling calling for Google to be broken up, among other things, with politicians concerned that huge, dominant firms like the Silicon Valley giant could end up abusing their position. The vote today at the European Parliament focused on how search functionality should be unbundled from other commercial services, in an effort to reduce the potential of access being abused. While Google wasn't specifically singled out by name, the search giant is nonetheless top of the hit-list given it's responsible for around 90-percent of all queries by European web users.

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CuBoxTV entertainment cube offers XBMC

CuBoxTV entertainment cube offers XBMC

Set-top boxes are a common gadget at this point, with the most notable ones being devices like the Roku and Chromecast. Other lesser-known options are available, however, often requiring a few tech skills to get everything setup but offering more user freedom in return. The new CuBoxTV is one such item, offering users the XBMC platform alongside a tiny cube-shaped design with a variety of connectivity options and media support. CuBoxTV comes from SolidRun, which has put the device up for pre-order.

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Ematic tablets trio spotted with Windows 8.1

Ematic tablets trio spotted with Windows 8.1

It appears Ematic has some new budget tablets inbound, with the folks at Liliputing spotting three Windows 8.1 slates on Amazon where they're currently listed as unavailable. These will serve as the company's first batch of Windows tablets, and though they're no longer listed as available for pre-order, galleries for each model -- 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10-inch -- are still up, as well as all the details on what they offer. These slates will join the growing roster of budget-centric Windows devices, of which some big-name companies like HP have introduced their own offerings.

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Peek Retina adapter brings eye exams to smartphones

Peek Retina adapter brings eye exams to smartphones

Peek Retina is a smartphone adapter that aims to bring eye examinations anywhere they're needed, such as remotely located medical clinics that don't otherwise have access to the necessary hardware for performing eye assessments. Peek stands for Portable Eye Examination Kit, and as its name suggests the adapter is entirely portable -- small enough to fit in a pocket along with the smartphone to which it will be attached, offering both a retina camera functionality and an ophthalmoscope while leveraging the smartphone's camera.

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Moto X (2014) hits Republic Wireless next month

Moto X (2014) hits Republic Wireless next month

The second-generation Moto X will be available through Republic Wireless early next month, the carrier has announced. This will give those interested in Motorola's latest handset a no-contract option, rounding out the other Moto devices already offered by Republic Wireless. The phone will be launching amidst the holiday shopping season on December 10th, bring with it a 16GB capacity and a price tag shaved down from the typical off-contract pricing. Buyers will be able to customize the device through the Moto Maker, as well.

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Flow wireless controller: gesture control and more

Flow wireless controller: gesture control and more

When a trackpad isn't precise enough for your computing needs, you likely turn to a mouse. When a mouse isn't precise enough either, the folks behind the Flow wireless controller are offering an alternative -- a puck-shaped device that uses a combination of gesture control and touch sensitivity to take things up a notch. Flow features a high number of accuracy points, and is designed to better work with the human hand in comparison to the traditional mouse design. 

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