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Blunt and Tile team up to make an umbrella you can’t lose

Blunt and Tile team up to make an umbrella you can’t lose

If you make a list of the things most commonly lost, or stolen, by people, umbrellas would pretty much be part of the top ten. That might not be much of a problem if you have some rundown, second-hand, no brand umbrella. But if you have a Blunt, which sells itself as the world's best umbrella, losing one would be like losing an arm or, worse, a smartphone. Luckily, Blunt has teamed up with tag marker makers Tile to gives their customers some peace of mind. At the price of buying a new umbrella, of course.

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anonabox already in boiling hot water even before shipping

anonabox already in boiling hot water even before shipping

If run of the mill products made behind closed doors can already have a number of detractors, those growing in the semi-open space of crowdfunding should expect even more scrutiny. The lastest high-profile Kickstarter case is one that we just shared two days ago. anonabox, a little open source device that claims to give easy and complete anonymity via Tor, might have been enjoying massive success, but now it is not so enjoying massive criticism, enough for some to call for its removal from Kickstarter.

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Archos VR Glasses jump into the virtual reality fray

Archos VR Glasses jump into the virtual reality fray

The tips have proven to be true and French manufacturer Archos has indeed unveiled its next device obsession. While many OEMs are still struggling to join the smartwatch train, Archos perhaps decide that it's more fun to play, quite literally, in a virtual market. Virtual reality, that is. Luckily for us, while Archos does have its own smartphone line, it isn't rooting for any single one and has instead made its VR Glasses compatible with almost every size short of 6 inches.

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Nexus 9 seen in Vietnam in the flesh, Amazon starts pre-orders

Nexus 9 seen in Vietnam in the flesh, Amazon starts pre-orders

The excitement around Google and HTC's newest Nexus 9 tablet is so great that some people just can't keep their hands off it, or keep those from showing up on the Internet. The new Nexus tablet isn't due out in a few weeks, but someone in Vietnam already got their hands on not one but two Nexus 9, in black and white colors, just to tease everyone else with a substantial number of photos. In the meantime, though, Amazon has already started the ball rolling.

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Samsung showcases flexible batteries, ready in a few years

Samsung showcases flexible batteries, ready in a few years

Just when you thought the hype around curved and flexible devices is over, here comes Samsung somewhat trying to fan the flames again. At the InterBattery 2014 exhibit in Seoul, Korea, the electronics manufacturer is boasting of one of the fruits of its fantabulous R&D budget and marketing prowess. A flexible battery, one that can perhaps go along with a flexible screen, is the latest masterpiece of the Korean OEM, but don't go expecting to see it in consumer devices within the next few years.

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PlayStation 4 becomes a “laptop” in PlayBook 4 mod

PlayStation 4 becomes a “laptop” in PlayBook 4 mod

Tired of sitting around at home all day but don't really want to be separated from your favorite console game? That wouldn't be a problem if you were of the Xbox One gaming type and could a afford an "xbook". But now even PlayStation gamers can enjoy partial mobility, thanks to Ed Zarick and his latest innovation, the PlayBook 4, that gives you a portable PS4 in a laptop form. Well, not exactly a laptop and not completely portable, but "PS4 Luggage" is a less than marketable name.

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HP prepares for total webOS shutdown on 15 January 2015

HP prepares for total webOS shutdown on 15 January 2015

The next few months will be sad ones for remaining fans of the ill-fated webOS platform. HP has just updated its Developer FAQ page that marks the beginning of the end for webOS, at least from its part of the webOS world. Remaining owners of (the very few) webOS devices out in the wild will soon have no place to go to, presuming they haven't left for greener pastures. However, whether or not it is really the death of webOS depends on what its new curator plans to do with the operating system.

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Lenovo to step up in China by starting a new phone brand

Lenovo to step up in China by starting a new phone brand

Competition sometimes drives people to go to the extremes or do things that don't easily make sense. Although Lenovo is now the top dog when it comes to the PC manufacturing business, as far as the specific subset of smartphones and Chinese market is concerned, it is far from wresting the crown from King Xiaomi. That is why, in addition to its own Lenovo line of smartphones and the Motorola name that it just bought in the US, the company is planning to start yet another mobile phone company under a different brand.

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Facebook Safety Check lets friends know you’re OK

Facebook Safety Check lets friends know you’re OK

Whenever disaster, whether natural or man-caused, strikes, people, especially the young, usually take to social media for updates on themselves or on others. Realizing that there really is no stopping this growing trend, Facebook has decided, for better or for worse, to turn that into a tool that will hopefully not just assuage your worried family and friends but could also be used for rescue. Safety Check is that tool and, like anything on Facebook, all it needs is your thumbs up, or in this case, your "I'm Safe" button.

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Samsung unveils Exynos 7 Octa, 20nm 64-bit Cortex-A57/A53

Samsung unveils Exynos 7 Octa, 20nm 64-bit Cortex-A57/A53

Samsung has an announcement, but unfortunately it isn't related to the rain of lollipops over the Internet. Or rather, it can be taken as indirectly related to Android 5.0 Lollipop too. The Korean electronics giant has just announced the newest member of its Exynos SoC family with a substantial jump in model number. The Exynos 7 Octa, with four Cortex-A57 and four Cortex-A53 cores, is one of the very few to be made using a 20 nm process. Curiously, Samsung isn't even mentioning the fact that this is a 64-bit chip.

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