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MartinLogan’s Neolith speaker takes music to the next level

MartinLogan’s Neolith speaker takes music to the next level

MartinLogan has introduced its new Neolith speaker, and it's a doozy. With the Neolith comes the maker's biggest electrostatic radiating surface to date and the promise of producing "living sound". The speaker is notable for many reasons, not the least of which is its modern, nearly minimalist, design. The speaker is said to be the by-product of three years of development, and it'll be making its public debut via the maker's Truth in Sound Tour kicking off tomorrow. While you'd be hard-pressed to find fault with the device, there's one big sticking point: prices start at $80,000 USD for a pair.

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Virtual 4K balconies are coming to new Quantum cruise ship

Virtual 4K balconies are coming to new Quantum cruise ship

Cruises can be a bit claustrophobic if you happen to be in an interior room. The already small space is compounded by a lack of outside access, and despite efforts otherwise, can feel dim and confined at times. Royal Caribbean is addressing that issue in a unique way: with virtual balconies installed in interior rooms, which give everyone a view of the ocean and make the space feel a bit bigger. How are these virtual balconies achieved? Using giant 80-inch 4K displays mounted on the wall.

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Lenovo’s 2014 Q2 saw upswing in profits, new record

Lenovo’s 2014 Q2 saw upswing in profits, new record

Lenovo's second quarter financial report is in, and in it we see profits on the upswing, with the company hitting a 7-percent revenue increase over the same quarter last year. With its numbers, Lenovo managed to take top slot in the PC+Tablet category and saw a record number of shipments across its tablets, PCs, and smartphone at 35.6 million units. Said Lenovo's CEO and Chairman Yuanqing Yang on the company's new #1 slot, "In May, we set this as a two year goal, but achieved it in two quarters."

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Lyft hits former COO with confidential data theft accusation

Lyft hits former COO with confidential data theft accusation

In August, Lyft's then-COO Travis VanderZanden left the company for reasons that were never clearly stated. Some time later he was snapped up by competitor Uber, and is now facing a legal challenge from his former employer over accusations of confidential data theft. According to Lyft, VanderZanden downloaded company documents from its Dropbox to his own personal Dropbox, something that came to light after the company had a forensics analysis of his work laptop performed. By keeping the files, Lyft says VanderZanden is violating the company's Confidentiality Agreement.

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Bionic Bird: a flying bird controlled with a smartphone

Bionic Bird: a flying bird controlled with a smartphone

Those windup toy birds have received a modern makeover, and it is called the Bionic Bird. This device looks like a bird and flies like a bird -- flapping wings included -- and is controlled using a smartphone rather than a remote. The Bionic Bird is the first of its kind, says the maker, and is bid as the "only furtive civilian drone." Indeed when you see it, the first thing that will pop in your mind is There goes a bird, not oh look, a drone.

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Ford recalls more cars over steering, airbag and other issues

Ford recalls more cars over steering, airbag and other issues

Ford has recalled an eclectic array of vehicles for numerous issues, something not to be mistaken with the auto maker's relatively recent recall over axle problems. In this case, approximately 202,000 vehicles have been recalled -- many of them fairly old model years -- over a total of five problems: airbags potentially failing to deploy, possible steering loss, risk of fuel leaks, engine stalling, and troubles that could lead to brake light issues. Model years under the recall span from 2005 to 2015.

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AppleCare for Enterprise site goes live

AppleCare for Enterprise site goes live

Apple and IBM partnered up this past summer on a big enterprise effort, and as part of that an AppleCare for Enterprise site has gone live, indicating that the service is now available to applicable customers. Apple details what users can expect, with everything from always-available phone support to the promised onsite repairs and device coverage. No information is provided on the pricing of such (those interested are directed to get in contact for a quote), but we've got all the details for you after the jump.

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Surface Pro 3 used as iPad stands by CNN commentators

Surface Pro 3 used as iPad stands by CNN commentators

Back in September, Microsoft's marketing efforts for the Surface Pro 3 didn't go as expected when sports announcers forgot what it was called, instead referring to them as iPads and "iPad-like tools". A similar situation unfolded on CNN during the live election coverage this week, where the commentators were seen decked out with snazzy Surface Pro 3 units. Nothing seemed amiss...at first. As the broadcast wore on, however, it became apparent that the Surfaces weren't being used in the intended manner.

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Dell has Windows, Android devices with 3D cameras slated for 2015

Dell has Windows, Android devices with 3D cameras slated for 2015

Dell's Venue 8 7000 -- set to arrive later on this month -- won't be the company's only device with 3D cameras, it has revealed. Both Android and Windows devices equipped with 3D cameras will be arriving throughout next year, according to the vice president of Dell's tablet group Neil Hand. Presumably the cameras will be based on Intel's RealSense technology, as is the case with the Venue 8 7000, ushering in a roster of devices that take mobile photography to the next level.

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Sharp’s new infrared color camera is first of its kind

Sharp’s new infrared color camera is first of its kind

Sharp's clinically-named LZ0P420A Infrared Color Night-Vision Camera looks like most of the other slim connected security cameras on the market: it is cylindrical and hinged with a lens surrounded by infrared LEDs. The big difference comes in its functionality -- this is the first camera of its kind able to record color footage is completely dark settings, boosting the quality available to businesses and others in need of a security setup.

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