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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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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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