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littleBits Smart Home Kit is a home upgrade arsenal

littleBits Smart Home Kit is a home upgrade arsenal

The idea of a smart home might strike your fancy, but a quick look at the products available mightn't sway you. There seems little reason to ditch some of your existing hardware just for the privilege of controlling it with your smartphone, so you plod on another day subjecting yourself to manual light switches and dumb coffee makers. LittleBits wants to solve your problem, and it is doing so by putting up for pre-order its Smart Home Kit comprised of hardware pieces for a do-it-yourself connected home.

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Netflix will expand to Australia, New Zealand in March 2015

Netflix will expand to Australia, New Zealand in March 2015

Netflix, taking a moment from its seemingly perpetual content revelations, has announced that it'll be getting a big expansion early next year, moving into Australia and New Zealand in March 2015. This follows the company's launch in France back in September -- a place where it hasn't entirely been welcomed -- and will likely in the same way include a mixture of locally-relevant content and the shows that span its global viewership. The video streaming service is remaining tight-lipped about pricing, however, saying it'll announce that sometime in the future.

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Uber emphasizes privacy stance following exec’s comments

Uber emphasizes privacy stance following exec’s comments

In case you managed to miss it, one of Uber's top executives recently made comments about how the company could dox reporters that have been critical of the service, something that quickly spawned harsh comments and ample backlash. Though an apology and clarification were made soon after, users are still raising privacy concerns, and in an apparent effort to quiet the noise comes a new blog post from Uber. It has emphasized its privacy policy, pointing out the bits it feels are relevant, though it seems like a case of too little, too late.

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Pebble smartwatch scores PayPal app

Pebble smartwatch scores PayPal app

Mobile payments are all the rage, and not to be left behind is PayPal, which has announced the arrival of its app for Pebble smartwatches. The app is available now, and brings with it the ability to pay for goods and services at certain shops that accept it from the comfort of one's wrist. Both check-ins and payment codes are supported, and payment notifications are also dished to the wearable, meaning users will no longer have to pop out their smartphone to complete a transaction.

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Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses go up for pre-order on Amazon

Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses go up for pre-order on Amazon

The Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses are now available for pre-order on Amazon, and they'll be shipping out to buyers on November 27. This is the "prosumer" model, and the availability is exclusive to Amazon for the time being. With the smartglasses will come an eyeglasses frame designed by Rochester Optical, which will be offering prescription upgrades for buyers who need them through its 13,000+ optical partner locations. Vuzix made the announcement today, calling this a "major milestone" for the company.

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NHTSA orders mass recall as Takata airbag issue escalates

NHTSA orders mass recall as Takata airbag issue escalates

Several auto makers have had extensive recalls revolving around issues with airbags, and some of those were due to faulty parts from Takata Corp. The recalls have thus far taken place in high-humidity regions, but an event that has happened related to the faulty airbags -- in a region that doesn't have that commonly high humidity -- has spurred the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration into action. It is demanding all vehicles at risk be recalled across the nation. This spans ten auto makers.

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Ghost Drone boasts simplistic smartphone controls

Ghost Drone boasts simplistic smartphone controls

A couple of new drones have debuted this month, the DJI Inspire 1 and 3D Robotics' X8+. If neither of those -- and the myriad other options available -- strike your fancy, there's yet another contender inbound: the Ghost Drone. Unlike some other competing products, this personal drone makes controlling it as straight-forward and simple as possible through its mobile app -- an RC controller isn't included. The drone features a 2D gimbal that is compatible with GoPro cameras, allowing users to record while in the sky.

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Russian dashcams catch another explosion in the sky

Russian dashcams catch another explosion in the sky

Russia is well-known for the number of dashcams around to catch all varieties of interesting things, and thanks to those cameras we've seen quite a few explosions in the sky. This past April, some cameras caught another meteor on video, this one having happened in the nation's Murmansk region. That wasn't the last of the night-time light show however, and just recently another explosion has happened -- this one exceptionally bright and long-lasting -- and it was caught on camera in the Sverdlovsk region. We've got a couple different videos of it after the jump.

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Grand Theft Auto V Update fixes transfer issue for PS4

Grand Theft Auto V Update fixes transfer issue for PS4

In recent times some Grand Theft Auto V gamers on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have had trouble transferring over Online characters -- if they hadn't played since 2013, that is. Trying to play GTA Online with the Xbox 360 or PS3, then, resulted in a notice that Rockstar's service weren't available. Rockstar Games had responded to the concerns, saying that it was looking into the issue and would have more to say later on. That spawned a series of new updates today, ultimately leading to the now-available patch for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles specifically.

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Elon Musk’s private warning on AI: “seriously dangerous” in 5 years

Elon Musk’s private warning on AI: “seriously dangerous” in 5 years

In October during an MIT event, Elon Musk shared a word of caution about artificial intelligence, saying that humanity needs to be careful with the technology, and that it is likely "our biggest existential threat". He drove the point home, saying that by trifling with artificial intelligence "we are summoning the demon." Following this, a comment from Musk about artificial intelligence efforts that was supposed to remain private was inadvertently published for all to see, and it paints a far more dire warning.

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