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TorrX smart air pump auto-inflates to the right pressure

TorrX smart air pump auto-inflates to the right pressure

You decide to play a pick-up game, but when you fish the basketball out of the old bin in the garage it is flat and useless. That leads to the air pump, which is a process of trial and error -- you pump up the ball until it looks decent, give it a couple test dribbles, add a couple more pumps again, dribble it a couple more times, add a little more air, and then find that you've over-inflated it and have to reverse the process. TorrX aims to eliminate this process with a dose of smart technology.

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Oto HOME otoscope iPhone case makes ear exams mobile

Oto HOME otoscope iPhone case makes ear exams mobile

Mobile devices are becoming increasingly useful in the medical field, something demonstrated by devices like the Peek Retina, which makes eye exams mobile. Oto HOME is similar to Peek Retina, but rather than imaging eyes it is used as an otoscope to get a look at ears. Parents can use the Oto HOME to take videos of their child's inner ear, for example, and then send it off to a physician who will remotely decide whether there is an ear infection.

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Flat Attack charger juices up your devices with AA batteries

Flat Attack charger juices up your devices with AA batteries

More convenient portable batteries seem to be all the rage lately. We've recently seen one thin enough to fit in a wallet, and one small enough to attach to a keychain. Following that latter theme is the Flat Attack, another keychain-bound portable battery for charging small gadgets without carrying a battery brick and charging cable. Unlike the aforementioned keychain-sized portable battery, Flat Attack uses a conventional AA battery instead of an integrated battery, meaning in a pinch you could swap it out with a fresh battery for instant power.

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AMC Theatres, MoviePass team up with monthly movie pass

AMC Theatres, MoviePass team up with monthly movie pass

Are you a movie buff? The kind that must see the latest flicks while they're still in the theater? If so, you've likely spent a minor fortune on movie tickets, something AMC Theatres and MoviePass aim to solve. The two have recently teamed up to provide a subscription plan of sorts that'll let movie-goers see one movie every day for a flat rate that works out to substantially less than buying individual tickets -- assuming you see quite a few movies a month.

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Sunn Light is your own miniature smart sun

Sunn Light is your own miniature smart sun

Winter is here for many of us, and with it comes long cold dark days. Devices designed to simulate the sun are nothing new -- there are many of them that come in the form of alarm clocks -- but Sunn Light is a bit different. Most notably, Sunn Light is big and round just like, you know, the sun. It is also dynamic, not content with merely shining warm light. The brightness level and color is constantly changing to match the sun, something said to "help your body tune" into the rhythms of nature.

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Slimger: a slim portable battery that fits in a wallet

Slimger: a slim portable battery that fits in a wallet

A device called Slimger was recently funded on Indiegogo, and it is quite possibly the most convenient portable battery we've seen thus far. Unlike common bulky portable batteries that require a pocket or bag, the Slimger is ultra-thin to the point of being nearly as convenient as a credit card, in that it can fit in your wallet, slip in a shirt pocket, or any other number of handy places. The device's makers are planning to start delivering Slimger next month.

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OnePlus One Mini allegedly surfaces in two photos

OnePlus One Mini allegedly surfaces in two photos

OnePlus recently teased on its Google Plus page plans to do something tomorrow -- likely introduce a new device. Ahead of it is a new leak that might clue us in on what to expect: the OnePlus One Mini, or whatever it might be called. Two images have surfaced showing a OnePlus handset with a 5-inch display and white backing, both of them having been posted over on Chinese website Weibo. If this is the device we'll be seeing tomorrow, OnePlus teases: "We've got 10,000".

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Game ‘Hatred’ pulled from Steam Greenlight

Game ‘Hatred’ pulled from Steam Greenlight

Hatred, the controversial game that tries really hard to be really bad in an edgy sort of way, was pulled from Steam Greenlight a couple hours after it went live. The game has earned itself a fair bit of criticism recently over its premise, which is largely senseless violence for the sake of violence (aka, hatred). The game's developer Destructive Creations has said it respects Valve's decision to pull the game, and that it'll continue pushing forward with the title despite this setback.

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Mad Catz gets in the farming spirit with tractor controller plans

Mad Catz gets in the farming spirit with tractor controller plans

If you've ever been behind the wheel of a big tractor, you know it has a completely different feel than you get with a car's steering wheel and pedal system -- it's a bit thinner and feels looser, and the pedals complement it all for a bouncy, somewhat rogue driving sensation. Farming simulators (Farming Simulator 15, etc.) are fun in their own odd sort of way, but the experience isn't quite comparable with being behind the wheel of a tractor, and it seems Mad Catz is addressing that issue.

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Facebook rolls out auto photo enhancements on iOS

Facebook rolls out auto photo enhancements on iOS

We upload a lot of images to social networks, and not all of them are of the best quality -- there's that snapshot from the other night that's too dim, the holiday pictures that could use a little sprucing up. Google users are likely familiar with Google Plus' Auto Awesome feature, which can automatically make some savvy tweaks to images, and soon something similar will also be available to Facebook users. This should speed things up for those times you're looking to upload an image, but don't want to bother pulling up a separate image editor.

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