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HP Chromebook 14 G3 arrives with Touchscreen, Tegra K1

HP Chromebook 14 G3 arrives with Touchscreen, Tegra K1

Chromebooks aren't exactly known for their high-end features and more for their "straight to Chrome" experience and budget friendly prices. This latest 14-inch model from HP, then, is one of the exceptions. The HP Chromebook 14 G3, model 14-x050nr, not only packs a touchscreen, just like some higher-end laptops these days, it also has an NVIDIA mobile CPU and a copious amount of RAM that makes the device almost perfect for gaming. As much gaming you can do on Chrome OS, that is.

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Zero-G espresso cups heading to ISS in February

Zero-G espresso cups heading to ISS in February

Even astronauts, perhaps most especially astronauts, need their daily coffee fix. But what is usually a relaxing and pleasant experience here on earth turns into a chore out there in space. Coffee lovers would rather die than drink coffee with a straw yet that is how it's done up there. Well, not anymore. Or rather, hopefully not anymore soon, with these specially designed "espresso cups" from Portland State University that injects some scientific thinking into a modern age problem: how to drink coffee from a cup in space.

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Never have to borrow a charger or a pen with Power Pen

Never have to borrow a charger or a pen with Power Pen

Oddity gift shop Firebox says that there are two most borrowed items today: your pen and your phone charger. If so, wouldn't it be nice if you were never to be put in that situation that you'd need to borrow one or the other or, worse, both? That certainly seems to be the thinking behind the design of the Power Pen, a multi-talented instrument that acts as a pen, an emergency power reserve, and a digital writing instrument as well.

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North Korea’s Red Star Linux goes for a Mac OS X look

North Korea’s Red Star Linux goes for a Mac OS X look

It seems that even the somewhat "traditional" North Korean tech aesthetics is getting an update. Thanks to a former lecturer at Pyongyang, we are getting a glimpse of what the officially sanctioned operating system of North Korea, Red Star Linux, now looks like, almost half a decade since the OS was first leaked outside the secretive regime. Apparently, like the rest of the tech world, the Linux-based OS has moved away from a Windows 7, nay Window XP even, look towards a more stylish OS X.

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Tizen-powered Samsung Z1 photos leak, no launch date yet

Tizen-powered Samsung Z1 photos leak, no launch date yet

The still unannounced Z1 is Samsung's latest, perhaps its last, hurrah to get the Tizen platform on a smartphone. Already delayed by a few weeks, at least based on initial rumors, the smartphone has now been spotted in a few press materials not yet meant for public eyes. But we've seen this before and we've seen press materials before, even official ones. None of which mattered in the end. The biggest question on everyone's mind now is "when" (perhaps other than "why").

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Ubuntu Phone delayed again to next year

Ubuntu Phone delayed again to next year

It seems that Samsung isn't the only one experiencing delays in getting a new player in the mobile market out of the woodwork. Canonical, the commercial company behind the open source Linux-based Ubuntu OS has been quoted to have said that its much-hyped Ubuntu Phone won't be announced until early 2015. And that's just the announcement of the availability and not the availability itself, which can, of course, be delayed repeatedly, as Samsung's dance with its own Tizen OS has proven.

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Samsung unveils Ultra Wide QHD SE790C curved monitor

Samsung unveils Ultra Wide QHD SE790C curved monitor

With the largest Consumer Electronics gathering just a few weeks away, some companies are starting to show their wares this early, probably to give your taste buds a good tease of what's to come. Samsung's latest reveal isn't one of its more sensational mobile devices. Instead, it is the company's latest entry into the curved TV/monitor market, a market that is largely dominated by itself and rival LG. The SE790C boasts of the same curvature as the rest of Samsung's roster, except in a wider body.

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Infrared Curtain offers more affordable option to touchscreen

Infrared Curtain offers more affordable option to touchscreen

Judging by the recent spate of announcements, we might be seeing a lot of in-vehicle infotainment announcements soon, probably at CES 2015 next month even. But while cars are getting smarter this way, they are also bound to get more expensive because of the addition of touchscreens. Automotive supplier Continental thinks it might have a better, cheaper option. Using infrared technology, any surface, even a non-capacitive display, can become a multi-touch input device that can be used even with gloves on.

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Google+ can now automatically fix up your videos

Google+ can now automatically fix up your videos

Recording videos from our mobile devices is easy peasy, thanks to developments in camera sensors and photography apps. But no matter our best efforts and best technology, we sometimes still end up with blurry shots, shaky frames, washed out colors, and dark results. If that is usually your case, Google+ is now providing a one-click solution called Auto Enhance that will, as the name says, try to touch up your recorded video to make them look and sound better than ever before.

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JINS MEME takes a literally different look at smart glasses

JINS MEME takes a literally different look at smart glasses

Smart glasses seem to really be on the rise again, perhaps for good, perhaps for a brief spurt again. But whatever the trend in smart eyewear, Tokyo-based eyewear maker JINS is putting a different spin on the device class. While most, if not all, smart glasses are content to look at the world outside, the JINS MEME smart eyewear takes a look at the world within, that is, your own body. In a nutshell, MEME tries to gauge your health simply by observing your eyes and your head movement.

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