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Synology DS415play is a NAS designed for entertainment

Synology DS415play is a NAS designed for entertainment

Synology seems to have an endless train of NAS boxes, each designed to address different use cases and market segments. This latest model, the Disk Station DS415play, is no different. Building up on the DS214play unveiled last year, this NAS boasts of 4 drive bays that will ensure that your videos, music, and photos are well accommodated for streaming and sharing with friends and family, whether it be locally or over the Internet.

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Google, Novartis to make smart contact lenses a reality

Google, Novartis to make smart contact lenses a reality

Perhaps you thought that Google's "smart" contact lenses was simply one of the dozens of wild ideas and research projects that it's adventurous Google X arm usually undertakes, but apparently it's serious business. In fact, healthcare company Novartis licensed this technology in the hopes turning these ocular instruments into a real commercial product.

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ARM, Nest, and Samsung form Thread Group to build IoT networks

ARM, Nest, and Samsung form Thread Group to build IoT networks

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the thing that everyone seems to want to talk about. But before it becomes a real thing, it seems that it will be thing that creates groups and consortia and all sorts of seen and unseen alliances. Just a week after the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) was born, a new fellowship called the Thread Group is rising up around the same IoT vision, but this time with a slightly different focus and slightly different members.

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Air Type aims to let you type without a keyboard at all

Air Type aims to let you type without a keyboard at all

As much as smartphone and tablets let us do things with a swipe or a tap, we inevitably find ourselves with the need to hammer away with a keyboard. Unfortunately, that usually means either dishing it out on a virtual keyboard, or carrying around a portable, or sometimes non-portable, physical keyboard. But if Air Type ever becomes a real product, all you will really need are two cuffs and a bit of typing skill.

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KOR-FX gaming vest lets your body feel what your ears hear

KOR-FX gaming vest lets your body feel what your ears hear

Wiimote, PS Eye/Camera/Move, Kinect, Oculus VR. Gaming, at least the hardcore kind, is moving towards a trend that ditches controllers and screens for the instruments that we already have: our bodies. But while our eyes, ears, and hands are more less fooled and pulled into the illusion, the rest of our bodies aren't so much. Until now, that is. Introducing KOR-FX, a gaming vest with a haptic feedback system. In short, it lets your upper torso feel almost everything you should be feeling if you were actually living inside the game.

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Ricoh PENTAX XG-1 is a compact for advancing beginners

Ricoh PENTAX XG-1 is a compact for advancing beginners

These days, it isn't enough for mass consumer digital cameras to boast megapixel counts or lens measurements. To fend off the smartphone invasion, they also need to be as portable as these mobile devices, but also more powerful in their chosen field. Ricoh has just announced the PENTAX XG-1, a digital camera that sings to beginners who want a bit more out of a camera than what compacts and high-end smartphones can provide.

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Catch up with Google I/0 2014 keynote and videos

Catch up with Google I/0 2014 keynote and videos

The end of June was definitely a wild one for the Android world. Google held it's annual I/O conference where the company's execs and developers detailed the next roadmap for Google's products. But in case you didn't have the luck to be there yourself, or didn't even have the time to follow the events as they unfolded, now you can get updated with the latest news and trends in Google's world now that the I/O 2014 videos are up for grabs.

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Windows Start Menu fuses old and new styles in build 9788

Windows Start Menu fuses old and new styles in build 9788

Microsoft has received a lot of flack for how it ungraciously retired the Start Menu in Windows 8, but almost every time the topic comes up, there is always word of its return. Now it appears that the day is close at hand and the Start Menu will indeed be returning. But Microsoft isn't so quick to relinquish its investment on the "Modern" paradigm and has chosen instead to mix the two a bit artificially.

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