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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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3D Robotics X8+ personal drone can carry heavy camera loads

3D Robotics X8+ personal drone can carry heavy camera loads

DJI isn't the only maker with a sleek drone to show off this month. In comes 3D Robotics' X8+ drone, a personal UAV that boasts a rugged construction and enough power to tote around pro-grade mirrorless camera models. With it comes 3D Robotics' own first-person-view (FPV) kit offering plug-and-play functionality for live-streaming from the sky. Brags 3DR, the X8+ is "the first drone at a consumer price point that could be called an intelligent tool." Both the drone and the FPV kit are available as of today.

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BitBite smart earbud monitors your eating habits

BitBite smart earbud monitors your eating habits

If you've gotten your fill of health-tracking wristbands and jewelry and are wondering what else you can monitor, there's the BitBite, a smart earbud of sorts that keeps track of your eating habits and lets you know when you need to lay off the midnight snacks or boost the size of your lunch. It does this by tracking chewing, and tosses in things like voice recognition, which allows the user to say what they're eating for it to be properly logged in the related app.

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Spotify podcasts teased alongside mysterious “Magic” reference

Spotify podcasts teased alongside mysterious “Magic” reference

Following the now-official Spotify for Uber service, new rumor about the music streaming service has arisen -- this time revolving around podcasts. The discovery was made by developer Ethan Lee, who spotted reference in Spotify's code pointing to a podcasts feature that is "ready to go." Joining this was also the discovery of a reference to some feature called "Magic", but little is known about it -- including whether it references an existing feature or if Spotify has yet another announcement up its sleeve.

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YotaPhone 2 dual-screen smartphone launches on December 3

YotaPhone 2 dual-screen smartphone launches on December 3

The YotaPhone 2, shown off earlier this year at MWC 2014, will be making its official launch in a couple of weeks, according to the folks at Android Central. Yota Devices, the company behind the handset, will be having an event in London on December 3 for the second-iteration of the phone we saw back during CES 2013, and though no new details about it are forthcoming at this point, it looks to have the same dual-screen construction.

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