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Three things to know about the Lenovo IdeaPad 100

Three things to know about the Lenovo IdeaPad 100

Lenovo has rolled out its back to school offerings, and among the lineup is the IdeaPad 100, a basic laptop that meets budget needs while also covering all the basic computing bases. We recently reviewed the laptop, and you'll need to give that a look to get all of the details. If you don't have the time for that right now, however, we have three big highlights that you'll probably want to know -- the launching points from which you can shape your expectations of the machine.

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GoFish Cam is an action camera for your fishing pole

GoFish Cam is an action camera for your fishing pole

You can post a picture of your big catch online, but showing the catch as it took place -- that is, from the moment the fish started eyeing your hook -- isn't as simple. Enter GoFish Cam, an action camera of sorts that attaches to your fishing pole and records stabilized footage as you reel in fish. The camera is pill shaped and attached to the fishing line in such a way that the lens points toward the fishing hook, ensuring every moment is recorded.

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IBM’s Watson will analyze your personality

IBM’s Watson will analyze your personality

IBM’s supercomputer Watson is trying its hand at discerning personalities, and it bases its guesses on text samples. A demonstration of the technology allows anyone to copy in their own snippet of text and get an assessment based on it — whether your own will prove accurate is another matter. This is the latest example of computers learning to predict and analyze; we saw a different example yesterday via a neural network that is learning to write.

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2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin detailed ahead of launch

2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin detailed ahead of launch

In May, Honda revealed plans to launch an updated CRF1000L Africa Twin motorcycle built upon the foundation laid by the original model. This week it made good on its promise, unveiling a better look at the upcoming motorcycle alongside additional technical details. Honda plans to show off the new Africa Twin later on this year sometime in Europe. Per Honda's original announcement, the bike will be launching in Europe first this autumn. “Several versions” of the model will be available, as well as four color options. Price will start at €12,100.

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Man flies through tiny mountain crevasse wearing wingsuit

Man flies through tiny mountain crevasse wearing wingsuit

This month GoPro published a video of what it says may have been the most technical and difficult BASE jump ever successfully pulled off. The video shows a man who dons a wingsuit and uses it to soar down a mountain in the same manner as a superhero, flying squirrel, or sugar glider, only with an extra dose of technical precision -- he navigates it through a small crevasse in a rock formation in the mountains, a stunt you'd otherwise only see in the movies.

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Walmart’s new smart infant car seat combats heat stroke deaths

Walmart’s new smart infant car seat combats heat stroke deaths

Walmart has decided to tackle the very tragic problem of infant heat stroke deaths that result when a baby is forgotten in the car. Unfortunately, the summer months bring high heat in many states and that heat results in cars that get very, very hot in a short period of time. Routine changes, quiet naps and more have resulted in drivers forgetting they have a child in the back seat, and, tragically, this is often a fatal mistake. Walmart's newly developed car seat combats this using a mixture of sensors, wireless technology, and an audible alarm.

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LinkedIn nukes contacts export option, makes you ask and wait

LinkedIn nukes contacts export option, makes you ask and wait

LinkedIn is a networking website for professionals, and as such it is expected you’ll develop new contacts while using the service. Users are able to manually import existing contacts from outside the service, as well, so that they're all collected together neatly in one place. For those occasions when you need a full list of your contacts (for importing them into another service, for example), you were able to export them as a CSV or VCF file from LinkedIn and go from there. For reasons that aren't clear, LinkedIn has decided to do away with that feature.

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Netflix has an original movie directed by Angelina Jolie inbound

Netflix has an original movie directed by Angelina Jolie inbound

If there were any doubts about Netflix’s ability to pull off original movies, its increasingly notable announcements should put them to rest. On Friday, Netflix announced that Angelina Jolie will be directing a Netflix Original Film called “First They Killed My Father”, an adaption of the book by Cambodian author Loung Ung detailing life during the Khmer Rouge regime. Jolie, says Netflix, co-adapted the movie’s script in conjunction with Ung. This follows a lineup of original movies Netflix will begin releasing in October.

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Review: Lenovo IdeaPad 100 — a lightweight budget laptop

Review: Lenovo IdeaPad 100 — a lightweight budget laptop

Summer, we're sad to point out, is nearing its end and school's return is upon us. If you, like many students, are looking to pick up a new laptop for your upcoming round of classes, you'll notice that PC makers are chomping at the bit to get your attention. Among the roster of companies with new back-to-school products is Lenovo, and it has a few new devices from which it hopes you'll pick. One of them is the IdeaPad 100, a lightweight and inexpensive laptop that is promised to be, despite its budget-friendliness, both powerful and fit for your educational needs. Does it live up to that promise? Read our full review to find out!

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Some Google+ Local pages are getting the ax next week

Some Google+ Local pages are getting the ax next week

Starting July 28, Google plans to shut down abandoned Google+ Local pages. Such information comes from a statement that was published by a user on the Local Search Forum. Businesses that worry they may be on the chopping block needn't panic, however -- all it takes to keep your page is verification, so if you've been putting that off, now is the time to get busy. With this, it seems Google is keen on separating its Google Plus and local worlds.

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