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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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ASUS outs the E210: its first, really fan-less mini PC

ASUS outs the E210: its first, really fan-less mini PC

Mini PCs are really a dime a dozen of late, but very few of them can boast of the silence of a fan-less design. ASUS tried that early this year, but ended up shoving fans inside the Eee Box 1037. Now the company is taking another swipe at it with the E210. This Intel-powered fan-less mini PC tries to deliver just enough power to be a decent home server or basic desktop PC, without taking up too much space on the desk or the living room.

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Comcast launches Xfinity in UHD for Samsung 2014 models

Comcast launches Xfinity in UHD for Samsung 2014 models

When UHD TVs started appearing at tech events this year, one of the biggest criticisms of the new trend is that while hardware is definitely capable and tempting, there is a lack of content that takes advantage of the considerably higher pixel count. In short, there is still a lack of UHD content for these UHD TVs. Seeking to fill in that gap, Comcast has just launched a new app called Xfinity in UHD, designed to bring in UHD content for 2014 Samsung UHD TVs.

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Lumia Denim update rolls out with more camera improvements

Lumia Denim update rolls out with more camera improvements

The awaited update to Nokia's, now Microsoft's, Lumia smartphones have just started rolling out, somewhat ahead of expected schedule. Formerly called Nokia Denim and now just Lumia Denim, the update brings in the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1 (update 1) to the devices, along with a bunch of Microsoft's own new features. For the more photography capable models, such as the Lumia 830, Lumia 930, Lumia Icon, and Lumia 1520, the update brings in some tasty treats for them as well.

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Gresso Regal coats Android phone with gold and titanium

Gresso Regal coats Android phone with gold and titanium

If you think that your smartphone, despite having a price tag enough to ransom a crown, isn't yet fit for royalty, then Gresso's new line of luxurious, and expensive, smartphones might fit the bill. Aptly named the Regal Black Edition, these three smartphones boast of a skeleton of titanium for strength, a coating of PVD for blackest black, and an insert of gold for bling. Happily, the expected exorbitant price tag is worth the cost with the Gresso Regal boasting of rather high-end hardware.

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BLU Studio 7.0 tablet is a smartphone in disguise

BLU Studio 7.0 tablet is a smartphone in disguise

Why carry two devices when you can just have one? That is the rhetorical question that BLU Products wants you to ask yourself when trying to consider why you would want to invest on a BLU Studio 7.0, which is, for all intents and purposes, a 7.0-inch smartphone. Yes, that is practically the smallest tablet size in the market, but with added functionality not just for mobile data but for actually making phone calls. Two devices for the price of one, and maybe the price of a bit of self-respect.

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Vuzix launches app store for its M100 Smart Glasses

Vuzix launches app store for its M100 Smart Glasses

Smartglasses are trying to get back into the limelight after briefly being upstaged by smartwatches and even virtual reality headsets. Sony just revealed its plans to develop a display module that could turn any regular eyewear into a smart one. Now, Vuzix. who has been trying to compete, or in this case out pace, Google Glass since 2013, is announcing that its app store is open for business, ready to serve what it claims to be thousands of users of the M100 Smart Glasses that it put up for pre-order and started shipping last month.

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3D Printing gives a dog back his legs

3D Printing gives a dog back his legs

We've seen 3D printers churn out amazing things, sometimes even unbelievable things, and once in a while ridiculous things. But what if 3D printing could do something amazing, selfless, and heart-warming as well? That can definitely happen with a bit of imagination, creativity, science, and the will to put the technology to even better use, as in this case of Derby, a handicapped canine that was able to experience first hand the empowering benefits of 3D printing. With a little help from humans, of course.

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Microsoft Xim goes big, adds Chromecast, Xbox One support

Microsoft Xim goes big, adds Chromecast, Xbox One support

Given the amount of flack Microsoft has been receiving lately, it's is almost a surprise, pleasant or otherwise, that it would come up with small but priceless pieces of gold in unexpected corners. One of those was Xim, a super easy photo sharing app that Microsoft launched just over two months ago. Now at version 1.3, Xim is getting bigger, almost literally. Not only is it available on all major mobile platforms, it can now stream photos to Xbox Ones, Chromecasts, and Apple TVs as well.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge sighted in Vietnam wearing gold

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge sighted in Vietnam wearing gold

The Galaxy Note Edge is, to be blunt, a quirky smartphone. It has a screen that rolls of to the side but is actually a distinct screen on its own. It is definitely a device that says "special". To turn that voice into a scream, it seems that a shop in Vietnam will be offering a gold-plated version of the smartphone with a curved screen. Yes, the quirky device just became luxurious in this gold Galaxy Note Edge version that has come out of nowhere and still has to see the light of day.

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