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Audio-Technica SonicPro earbuds offer a high-res experience

Audio-Technica SonicPro earbuds offer a high-res experience

Audio-Technica has introduced some new SonicPro in-ear headphones, the ATH-CKR10, ATH-CKR9, ATH-CKR7, ATH-CKR5iS and ATH-CKR3iS models. Each model is said to hold up to the demands of high-resolution audio tracks, giving audiophiles and discerning listeners a quality experience. The ATH-CKR10 and ATH-CKR9 models in particular also feature a Push-Pull Driver System, something said to be a world's first. With this system, both earbud models position themselves against larger headphone models with studio-level audio in a portable, more convenient design.

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MOCAheart portable health sensor nestles in a phone case

MOCAheart portable health sensor nestles in a phone case

Another smart health device has arrived, this one being a thin sensor device independent of pedometers, bracelets, and other typical designs used with fitness tech. Called MOCAheart, the sensor allows the user to check their vitals by pressing a couple fingers over the device, which itself can be fixed to the back of a smartphone using a case. Interestingly enough, the device can also detect hand tremors. As you'd expect, MOCAheart comes with a related app that displays and aggregates the health data.

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Harley Davidson recalls 4,688 FLS Softail motorcycles

Harley Davidson recalls 4,688 FLS Softail motorcycles

Automotive recalls have been extensive this year, and the issues have touched on a variety of systems: brakes, tires, air bags, fuel, and more. A large recall is currently underway over Takata airbags believed to be defective, for example, and GM is still working its way through the massive recalls it has initiated over the past year. Now Harley Davidson has surfaced with its own recall, but the reason is relatively tame in comparison to these other recent auto industry troubles.

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Bpeer tracks your home’s air quality

Bpeer tracks your home’s air quality

Bpeer is a health tracker of a different sort, monitoring the environment around you for things like gas, pollution levels, air quality, and less health-related things like humidity and noise levels. The detector can be used both indoors and outdoors, with the design resembling an alarm clock and its app dishing up all the details. Both iOS and Android is supported, but Bpeer's integrated display also provides details for times a phone isn't convenient.

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Double amputee fitted with two robotic arms

Double amputee fitted with two robotic arms

Robotic prostheses have reached a whole new level. We've seen different sorts of them over the years, many of them typically revolving around the hand rather than an entire arm. Les Baugh is different. He lost both arms at the shoulders a handful of decades ago in an accident, and thanks to the hard working scientists at John Hopkins University, he has received a robotic replacement. Baugh has been fitted with two robotic arms he is slowly learning to control.

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Namco is making a Pac-Man themed entertainment complex

Namco is making a Pac-Man themed entertainment complex

Namco is planning to open a large Pac-Man themed restaurant and entertainment center in Schaumburg, a suburb of Chicago. The outlet will be called Level 257, and will feature a massive 40,000 square feet of food, fun, and Pac-Man nostalgia. Construction is under way, with Namco dropping occasional pictures of the progress on its Tumblr page, as well as a render of what the eventual store will look like. We've a gallery of the complex after the jump.

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X PlusOne hybrid drone can zip around at high speeds

X PlusOne hybrid drone can zip around at high speeds

The number of available drones is growing by leaps and bounds, and they all tend to center around the same quadcopter design. They are able to hover over the land and move slowly from place to place, but that does not always meet one's needs, particularly those looking to use the drones for filming purposes. Enter the X PlusOne, a "hybrid" drone that is both a quadcopter and a winged flight machine able to zip around at exceedingly fast speeds.

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Original Star Wars comics to be remastered ahead of movie

Original Star Wars comics to be remastered ahead of movie

It won't be long before we have a new Star Wars movie to enjoy, and ahead of its release late next year will be original Star Wars comics remastered into graphic novels. The news was recently announced by Marvel Comics, which plans to release the first graphic novel in May 2015. The graphic novels will include the entire original mini-series comics starting with A New Hope to be followed by The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi mini-series.

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Smart Unit keeps tabs on luggage, shows location

Smart Unit keeps tabs on luggage, shows location

The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes chaotic travel through busy airports. Some unfortunate souls among us will inevitably have their luggage lost somewhere between destinations, an issue that the maker behind Smart Unit wants to tackle. Smart Unit is about the size of a portable hard drive, and it is bid as the first anti-theft luggage tracker. With the device, users can see the location of their luggage nearly anywhere in the world, as well as when it is nearby and when it is moving away.

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Hulu has more ABC shows inbound

Hulu has more ABC shows inbound

Hulu might not be adding new shows and movies at the same clipped rate as Netflix, but the video streaming service certainly isn't slouching when it comes to providing new content. Earlier this month, Hulu revealed it will be adding several TV series from Discovery network stations on January 1, and last night it followed that up with an additional announcement: a new agreement with Disney-ABC that'll result in streamable episodes of several additional television shows, including Resurrection and Alias.

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