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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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Audi electric car with 280-mile range in the pipeline

Audi electric car with 280-mile range in the pipeline

Audi has an all-electric car in the pipeline, and it'll offer a range of 280 miles, according to the auto maker's technical development chief Ulrich Hackenberg. The information was provided during the Los Angeles Auto Show, and though there's no information on what kind of car, exactly, the electric offering will be, Hackenberg said it'll be released around 2017. This model is rumored to be able to fit a total of five individuals, and will still have "ample luggage space". Given what has been revealed, it looks like Audi might have a Model S competitor in the works.

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Bing Maps improves global trip time accuracy

Bing Maps improves global trip time accuracy

Microsoft has updated Bing Maps to provide more accurate estimated travel times for users located anywhere its map service is available. This update was accomplished by implementing the same technology Bing has been using for those in the United States, namely traffic-aware routing, something that results in not only the time it would take to drive between any two points being displayed, but also the time it will take to drive the route based on the current estimated traffic levels.

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NVIDIA Shield Tablet LTE gets Android 5.0 Lollipop update

NVIDIA Shield Tablet LTE gets Android 5.0 Lollipop update

NVIDIA is rolling out an Android 5.0 Lollipop OTA update for its Shield Tablet, the company has announced. The update is heading out for the US 32GB LTE model, making Shield the first LTE tablet in the United States to score Lollipop. Those who don't want to wait for the over-the-air update to make it their way can update the device now by heading into the system settings. Not up-to-date with NVIDIA Shield Tablet or Lollipop news? We've got all the details after the jump.

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Hexoskin Arctic biometric smart shirt offers winter upgrade

Hexoskin Arctic biometric smart shirt offers winter upgrade

Last year the Hexoskin smart shirt was successfully funded on Indiegogo, something that spawned a wearable apparel alternative to wristbands and similar fitness trackers. That shirt, however, has a sleeveless vest design that isn't tailored to the colder months now gripping many states, and so the company has introduced a new model called Arctic. As its name suggests, Arctic is a long-sleeved version of the same biometric shirt, allowing users to wear it while out jogging or exercising in the cold.

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Mikme wireless mic offers studio quality, mobile mixing

Mikme wireless mic offers studio quality, mobile mixing

Mikme is a portable wireless microphone offering musicians and other audio hobbyists a way to capture studio-quality audio without setting up a recording station. The idea behind the device is that users should be able to start recording whenever the moment strikes without having to put the moment on hold to set up a quality microphone -- or, alternatively, without having to settle for a lesser-quality smartphone recording. The microphone is joined by a smartphone app that offers, among other things, mobile audio mixing and sharing.

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Netflix CEO talks Nielsen plans, predicts broadcast TV’s death

Netflix CEO talks Nielsen plans, predicts broadcast TV’s death

Earlier this month, news surfaced via the Wall Street Journal that Nielsen will soon begin monitoring viewership numbers on services like Netflix. It was noted in that report the monitoring will take place via audio analysis, but that there isn't yet any solution in place for tracking viewership numbers on mobile devices -- meaning those who primarily watch things like Netflix on their tablet won't be counted. Netflix's CEO Reed Hastings recently commented on the rumored plan, and it was that very issue -- monitoring mobile viewers -- that he pointed toward.

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Firefox will soon offer one-click search results

Firefox will soon offer one-click search results

Mozilla wants to make searching for the things you need faster on Firefox, and so to facilitate that the company will be introducing an update sometime in the future that brings with it a new search interface. With this new search, users are able to type a keyword into the search field, then choose a specific preset search engine or website on which they want to view the result, among them being sites like Wikipedia and Google. This follows news that Yahoo will be the browser's new default search option.

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Netflix hits former exec with lawsuit over alleged vendor kickbacks

Netflix hits former exec with lawsuit over alleged vendor kickbacks

Netflix has filed a lawsuit against its former Vice President of IT Operations Mike Kail over allegedly receiving kickbacks from vendors. Kail left the video streaming company back in August and soon after was announced as Yahoo's new Chief Information Officer, a role in which he is still serving. According to a lawsuit filed by Netflix in California on Monday, Kail was receiving commissions from monthly fees Netflix paid to two IT service companies and then funneling the money through his own consulting company.

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Mazda recalls 100k cars over tire pressure issue

Mazda recalls 100k cars over tire pressure issue

Mazda has recalled nearly 100,000 vehicles over potential issues with the tire pressure sensor, according to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In affected vehicles, the car may fail to alert when tire pressure has dropped below a certain range under specific conditions, something that could potentially lead to crashes caused by under-inflated tires. The recalled vehicles will be serviced at a related dealership once notices are sent out; the solution involves reprogramming the software that controls the pressure monitoring system.

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