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Sony adds full 4K VPL-VW350ES projector to its lineup

Sony adds full 4K VPL-VW350ES projector to its lineup

Projectors are lovely for those times you want to watch a movie spanning the length of your living room wall or hold a presentation, and to help facilitate that comes some new Sony models, not the least of which is the full 4k-resolution VPL-VW350ES projector. With this model, users are presented with a solid 4096 x 2160 resolution. Still, Sony promises that this ultra high resolution doesn't come with a compromise in image quality -- the ability to handle fast motions and offer deep contrasts are both still there.

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Lumia 830 and 930 turn gold with new special edition

Lumia 830 and 930 turn gold with new special edition

Are the commonly flashy colors of Lumia handsets not entirely to your liking, but black and white too plain? If so, Microsoft has introduced a couple special editions of the (Nokia branded) Lumia 830 and 930 Windows Phone handsets with gold trim along the edges. The Nokia 930 special gold edition will be arriving first followed by the Nokia Lumia 830 rendition some time next month, both of them being offered in black and white with an extra gold flair.

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Netflix reveals plans for early 2015, TV recommendations

Netflix reveals plans for early 2015, TV recommendations

Last year, Netflix introduced a lot of content alongside promises of even bigger things to come in 2015. The new year is here, and with it are additional details about what we can expect in the near future from the content streaming service, including both new premieres and favorite shows that'll be back with new episodes very soon. In addition, the company has also announced its new "Netflix Recommended TV" program to help its customers select their next television model.

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August Connect boosts home automation with remote access

August Connect boosts home automation with remote access

August has announced its new August Connect, a device that aims to make life (and home automation) easier by giving the maker's Smart Lock an always-there Internet connection for remote access (as well as use with other connected gadgets). The August Connect is a hardware unit that is separate from the lock itself, plugging into an outlet on the wall and connecting to one's existing WiFi network. From there, users can access several new features in regards to the August Smart Lock, all of which make life a bit easier and one's home more robust.

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NASA creates retro-cool travel posters for exoplanets

NASA creates retro-cool travel posters for exoplanets

NASA is always there to provide us with beautiful pictures of the universe around us, but recently it introduced some new images that caught many off guard: adorable retro-styled travel posters for a few exoplanets. The travel aspect of the posters is just a fun thought (at this point in time, anyway), but the exoplanets detailed in the posters are very much real, and the space agency slipped a tidbit of info in about each one alongside artwork that seems straight out of an old pamphlet.

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Kodak IM5 is a mid-tier Android smartphone

Kodak IM5 is a mid-tier Android smartphone

Following rumbles that such a device would be incoming, Kodak has shown off its new decidedly mid-tier smartphone, a handset packing Android KitKat with a promised upgrade to Lollipop and, as you might have guessed, a slight focus on mobile photography. Unfortunately, that photography focus is not particularly strong, so don't get your hopes up about a smartphone tailored to your inner photographer. Rather, the Kodak IM5 smartphone presents users with a relatively average handset that'll meet the average user's needs.

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Vuzix and HERE team up: location apps for M100 inbound

Vuzix and HERE team up: location apps for M100 inbound

This past November, Vuzix's M100 Smart Glasses went up for pre-order on Amazon following a previous debut and details. They might not be as svelte as Google Glass or as well known, but the wearable has held its own, and now it is working with HERE to add to some usefulness for its users. Under a new program between the new companies, developers will be able to create location-based apps for use with the M100 Smart Glasses, adding HERE's presence to yet another platform.

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Bill Gates samples drinking water extracted from poop

Bill Gates samples drinking water extracted from poop

It is fair to say some of us have become a bit jaded when it comes to hearing about Bill Gates' latest exploits. Never one to shy away good causes and oddball ways of drawing attention to them, the philanthropic billionaire has done everything from releasing mosquitoes on an unsuspecting audience to dousing himself with ice water. Still, Mr. Gates' newest demonstration of the seemingly unmentionable has managed to catch popular attention, and for good reason: he drank a glass of water extracted from poop.

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LG tipped to launch webOS smartwatches in early 2016

LG tipped to launch webOS smartwatches in early 2016

In October 2014, word surfaced that LG would be making a smartwatch running webOS, something that came to light when a developer page referencing a "webOS SmartWatch" and "webOS Wear" briefly appeared online. Though that has been pulled and nothing since has been confirmed regarding this rumor, rumbles of the plan have again gone public, and sources are now saying the plan is both valid and in the works. The smartwatches will reportedly be launched by early 2016, and will be joined by another wearable of a more ambiguous sorts.

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Blu Studio G takes on the budget range: 4G, Lollipop and more

Blu Studio G takes on the budget range: 4G, Lollipop and more

Blu has blatantly taken on the Moto G with its new Studio G smartphone, a handset that has a design greatly resembling the aforementioned Motorola phone while tossing in a price tag that undercuts it just a tad. As with other Blu smartphones (including the others recently introduced at CES), the Blu Studio G is sold unlocked and targets those aren't concerned about toting around any particular brand name or carrier's handset. The phone is set to arrive the end of this month on Amazon, and will be priced at $89 USD when it does.

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