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Qmote gives users one-click smartphone control

Qmote gives users one-click smartphone control

Qblinks has introduced its new Qmote, a small remote control with a single button and multiple functions, depending on what the user wants to use it for. Smartphone control is performed using click patterns, which are pre-defined for certain actions like making your phone alert when you can't find it or turning on the rear light. This usefulness grows when one is using a home automation system, allowing different click patterns to be set for triggering different smart appliances like lights.

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DoJ building national car database with real-time tracking

DoJ building national car database with real-time tracking

A national database of vehicles is quietly being created by the Department of Justice to help track drivers in the United States. The program has been tipped by both government documents and US officials, and is said to be done in secret with the DEA running the matter. The database is being put to use for numerous reasons, according to the sources, though it was originally created for seizing cars and other possessions in relation to the trafficking of drugs.

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Facebook ordered to censor pages or face ban in Turkey

Facebook ordered to censor pages or face ban in Turkey

Turkey has a long track record of trying to censor social media over political and religious reasons. Earlier this month, Twitter received the nation's focus when it demanded that an account belonging to an opposition newspaper be censored, otherwise the site would be banned. Now the nation has turned its attention to Facebook with similar threats and demands, this time with a requirement that the social network block certain pages considered to be offensive, otherwise the site will also be blocked.

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Dropbox acquires Pixelapse for its “experiences”

Dropbox acquires Pixelapse for its “experiences”

Dropbox has acquired Pixelapse, a service for creatives to collaborate with each other or manage their tasks. Unlike some recent acquisitions, this is not having any immediate effect on Pixelapse's service, with the company remaining open to new sign-ups and continuing to support current users. Says the company, the service's workflow and collaboration "experiences" will be ported over to the core Dropbox product over the next year or so. This is the latest of many acquisitions the company has made.

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Facebook and Instagram are down for many users [UPDATE]

Facebook and Instagram are down for many users [UPDATE]

These long hours stuck indoors as several states are pounded by snow are sure to be marked by excessive, boredom-induced phone checking and social network posting. Only, for many users, the social activities will exclude Facebook and Instagram, at least at the moment. Both sites appear to be down for many users in multiple regions, with those in the United States and India both reporting trouble accessing Facebook and just as many finding it impossible to access or share images on Instagram.

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Adobe Lightroom 6 to drop 32-bit support

Adobe Lightroom 6 to drop 32-bit support

Adobe has been busy with its photography-centric Lightroom offering, having recently pushed out a mobile version for Android users to join its previously launched iOS version. The desktop is still king when it comes to photo editing, however, and so it is no surprise Adobe has also been hard at work on getting its next Mac and Windows versions out to consumers. That's the good news. For those running older hardware, there's also some bad news.

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2014 Kia Forte cars recalled over cooling fan resistor

2014 Kia Forte cars recalled over cooling fan resistor

Kia has joined the list of auto makers initiating recalls in the new year, and this one is over a familiar risk: fire. In this case, the issue revolves around a cooling fan resistor that could end up overheating and, subsequently, melting. When or if that happens, the car will be at risk of a fire. The information comes from documents surfaced by the NHTSA, and it concerns only the 2014 Kia Forte, of which almost 87,000 units are being recalled.

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Best Buy cancels some Majora’s Mask 3DS pre-orders

Best Buy cancels some Majora’s Mask 3DS pre-orders

Earlier this month, Nintendo confirmed previous rumors that the new 3DS would be arriving for buyers in the United States next month, and ahead of that launch date pre-orders went up through various retailers. Among the pre-order options is a limited edition Majora's Mask version, something that was being offered by Best Buy, among other places. The February 13 release date is growing ever closer, but for some consumers it won't be quite as happy of an occasion as they anticipated.

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Panasonic Toughbook 31 refreshed with better performance, battery life

Panasonic Toughbook 31 refreshed with better performance, battery life

Panasonic has refreshed its Toughbook 31, making its ultra-durable laptop a little more appealing to those operating in harsh environments. The biggest difference is the improvement in battery life, with the maker saying its updated model offers 18 hours of run time, something that can be boosted to 27 hours by tossing in a second battery. Other improvements are also in place, including the promise of a "significant" increase in performance and more general improvements to wireless connectivity, among others.

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Asteroid 2004 BL86 has its own moon, reveals NASA

Asteroid 2004 BL86 has its own moon, reveals NASA

You've likely heard of the big asteroid that zipped by our planet today, and if you were particularly lucky you might have even spotted it when it was its closest point. NASA dished all the details on the fly-by ahead of time, and now it is back with more, this time with some info about the space rock itself: namely that it has a moon of its own. The moon was spotted on radar images as the asteroid neared the Earth earlier today, and as such it is a somewhat more rare occurrence than the average asteroid hurling past us.

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