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Avi-on Bluetooth light switch sticks to any wall

Avi-on Bluetooth light switch sticks to any wall

Imagine deciding you would like a light switch at some specific place in your home where no switch exists, and being able to add it simply by sticking a switch to the wall like a giant Bluetooth-toting sticker, no cutting or wiring necessary. Such is the nature of Avi-on, the latest product in the growing number of home-centric connected devices. The Avi-on light switch works in conjunction with various GE connected devices, including its Bluetooth light bulbs and Plug-In Smart Dimmer, and is joined by a mobile app.

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Kuna connected home security system is hidden in a porch light

Kuna connected home security system is hidden in a porch light

Keeping one's home safe has largely transitioned away from reliance on traditional home security companies and towards utilizing the devices and services we already have, namely smartphones and a home WiFi network. Numerous connected devices designed for home security are available, most of them revolving around either motion sensors or cameras that shuttle information to one's mobile device. The Kuna is no exception, but comes with an elegant twist: it is a camera-toting connected light fixture that users install next to their home's door, making it as stylish and unassuming as it is functional.

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ShutterBOT transforms Android devices into a DSLR remote

ShutterBOT transforms Android devices into a DSLR remote

Many have forsaken their digital cameras in favor of the camera on their smartphone, but the exception is largely the professional and dedicated hobbyists among us. Most DSLR cameras can be used with a remote, which often has to be picked up separately from the camera itself. To avoid that -- or handle those times you forget to pack the remote with your gear -- comes a new app called ShutterBOT available to Android users. With ShutterBOT, any Android smartphone or tablet can be turned into a DSLR remote.

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Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9860 arrives with Action Center

Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9860 arrives with Action Center

The Windows 10 Technical Preview became available on October 1st, and now following closely after it is the first update build, Build 9860. Microsoft's Gabe Aul introduced the new build today, saying that updates will sometimes be frequent and sometimes be spaced longer apart -- regardless, each will bring improvements and other changes, as well as the bugs users should expect to encounter for the time being. Though the first update is bringing a slew of changes, the most notable one is perhaps the inclusion of Action Center.

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Apple Maps Connect ushers in listings portal for businesses

Apple Maps Connect ushers in listings portal for businesses

Apple has rolled out a new do-it-yourself listings portal for small businesses called Apple Maps Connect. Through it, business owners or select others working on their behalf can list a company on Apple Maps whenever they'd like, doing so with an instant verification option. This opens up the listings to any business owner who wants to hop on and add their company; Apple is also giving them the chance to sign up for Indoor Positioning technology priority installation through it (though certain terms apply for the latter category).

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Homemade flying car crashes in Florida, catches fire

Homemade flying car crashes in Florida, catches fire

Some people take their DIY projects very seriously, as was apparently the case with a duo in Florida who crashed in their Maverick flying car. The Maverick is a homemade machine (it isn't clear whether the passengers bought it or made it), and surprisingly enough, it managed to get in the air with both inside. The downside to the story is where it ended badly: the car made it just high enough to crash spectacularly, injuring the two passengers and causing the vehicle to catch on fire.

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Taylor Swift song is 8 seconds of static, still hits #1 in Canada

Taylor Swift song is 8 seconds of static, still hits #1 in Canada

How often do you download a song without previewing it first? If it is an artist you're fond of, the odds are likely high, as you figure it's something you'll want in your collection. We have to assume that is the reason behind what happened in Canada recently, where a newly released Taylor Swift song hit the #1 slot...even though it was only 8 seconds of loud, obnoxious static. It's either that, or our Canadian friends have a rather eclectic taste in music.

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Dish Network and Turner squabble, channels go dark

Dish Network and Turner squabble, channels go dark

Contract disputes are a common thing, and we've seen them span all varieties of companies: Amazon has had its share of battles this year, for example, and we've seen television watchers suffer as a result of soured negotiations. That latter issue has again arisen, this time affecting Dish Network subscribers who enjoy watching certain channels, CNN among them. It seems the satellite company is in a dispute with Turner over contractual issues, and as a result several channels -- fairly notable and high-demand ones -- have been pulled.

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Netflix and Rogers partner up on next original series

Netflix and Rogers partner up on next original series

Canada is getting some love from Netflix, and the end result will be yet another original series, this one called Between. The show has a survivalist slant, and revolves around a city that has been ravaged by an odd disease that kills those above 22 years of age. This will join the company's other recent pushes for more original content, including the announcement that it will be working on some movies with Adam Sandler, launching a second Crouching Tiger movie, and that it has nabbed the series Peaky Blinders.

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E FUN Nextbook Windows 2-in-1 hits pricing milestone

E FUN Nextbook Windows 2-in-1 hits pricing milestone

E FUN has taken the wraps off a new 2-in-1 Windows tablet aimed at the budget-conscious market, saying its product is the first of its size to be loaded with Windows and offered for less than $200 USD. The newest E FUN Nextbook was made in close development with both Intel and Microsoft, says E FUN, and in addition to its detachable keyboard is a year of Office 365 Personal and 1TB of OneDrive storage. Not surprisingly given its pricing, the laptop will launch through Walmart and Sam's Club.

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