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90s Oldsmobile almost had a car with an embedded NES

90s Oldsmobile almost had a car with an embedded NES

There is an old phrase that goes something like "boys and their toys", and what would better qualify as "toys" than games and cars. Back in the 90s, those games would be from the consoles of that generation, particular the Nintendo Entertainment System or NES, also known as the Family Computer or Famicom in some regions. Around that time as well, a now defunct car maker almost put out a car that would have been a gamer's game come true, one that had the gaming console built right into it.

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IKEA’s wireless charging furniture coming to the US in Spring

IKEA’s wireless charging furniture coming to the US in Spring

Everybody loves devices, but nobody loves cords. That seems to be the growing sentiment lately. The growing number of mobile devices at home means there might also be a jungle of wires and cables, all competing for the wall socket. And sometimes they might even compete with home appliances. In an attempt to bring peace to the world, at least the world inside the home, IKEA has come out with a couple of wireless charging solutions that bring both utility and beauty to your house. And the good news is that they're finally arriving in the US too.

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IFTTT Do apps coming to empower the Apple Watch

IFTTT Do apps coming to empower the Apple Watch

At their very core, smartwatches are supposedly meant to simply be notification extensions of our smartphones, relaying important events or reminders during times we can't pull out our devices. They can also be useful for quick, single action processes, like checking off a todo or even replying by voice. But that's not all that a smartwatch can do, and IFTTT is coming along to prove that. With its upcoming Apple Watch integration, one of the most popular web services around will allow you to use your smartwatch to turn off lights and maybe even make you coffee someday.

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Garmn Vector 2, 2S make cycling power metrics easier to do

Garmn Vector 2, 2S make cycling power metrics easier to do

You might know Garmin to be more of a navigation technology company, but two years ago it debuted a Vector line of products that focused not on getting where you're going but on how you are getting there. The first Vector in 2013, followed by the Vector S a year later, are bike pedals that helped cyclists get a hold of their performance stats. Today, Garmin is stepping up, no pun intended, with the launch of the 2nd generation Vector 2 and Vector 2S pedals, now made even easier to install and remove.

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Recon Jet launches with sports in sight, isn’t Google Glass [UPDATE]

Recon Jet launches with sports in sight, isn’t Google Glass [UPDATE]

More than two years in the making, Recon Instruments has finally decided to ship its Jet smart eyewear to the masses. During that time, despite the rise and eventual fall of Google Glass, Recon has been unyielding in its focus. This may seem like a rival to Google's own smart spectacle, but a more focused use case could probably save it from folding in the same way. Recon Jet has its eyes set, no pun intended, squarely on sports and health enthusiasts, content with bring timely performance stats, with a bit of fun on the side.

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Verizon’s new LG Windows Phone leaked

Verizon’s new LG Windows Phone leaked

When you hear of Windows Phone, you usually immediately think of formerly Nokia now Microsoft Lumia devices. That said, there are some hidden treasures in this corner of Microsoft's world, like the HTC One M8 with Windows launched last year. There are also quite a number of device makers that have one or two Windows Phones in their roster, and it seems that LG will be adding to that growing list. A new Windows Phone from the Korean OEM has been spotted and it will be heading to Verizon at a yet unknown time.

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Snyder confirms Batman v. Superman trailer out on April 20

Snyder confirms Batman v. Superman trailer out on April 20

Avengers: Age of Ultron will be premiering next week, but let's not forget about the xpected blockbuster hit that will pit DC's most iconic superheroes against each other. And as if to somewhat douse some cold water over Marvel fans' fiery excitement, Zack Snyder has confirmed on Twitter that the very first trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be screened at IMAX on the 20th of April. And to make you really, really want to be there to see it, Snyder offers a totally non-revealing clip as well.

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New LG G4 teaser focuses on the screen, hints at curves

New LG G4 teaser focuses on the screen, hints at curves

In two weeks' time, we'll finally have the whole picture of LG's G4 puzzle, but, in the meantime, the Korean manufacturer sees it fit to just continuously tease us with bits and pieces of the device. It has both official teasers as well as official announcements that build up the smartphone and, of course, there are unofficial sources as well. For this round, LG wants viewers to focus on the screen of the G4, particularly it's quality. But in doing so, it might be confirming one of the earliest leaked about the flagship.

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MS Office Delve puts the focus on People, Blogs, and Mobile

MS Office Delve puts the focus on People, Blogs, and Mobile

Last year, Microsoft revealed Office Delve, a sort of Google Now-like platform that surfaces important and timely information about work, organizations, and projects. Today, Microsoft is expanding Delve's reach into slightly new but still related territory. Like a social networking service, Delve's new People profiles give more in-depth insight into a person's activities. Delve is now also making room for blogs as a way to express ideas in a work environment. And Delve is now also doing the savvy thing and gets mobile, even smartwatch apps. Except on Windows Phone.

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Samsung rumored to have two Tizen phones in the works

Samsung rumored to have two Tizen phones in the works

The initial, and to be honest, quite unexpected success of Samsung's first Tizen smartphone inspired some speculation that the OEM would immediately follow up the Samsung Z1 with a successor. Two months have passed with nary a word, perhaps overshadowed by the Galaxy S6 and its sibling. Now, however, the rumors are back and this time, word is that there might actually be two Tizen devices on the way, one that is a slight upgrade and another one with more formidable specs.

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