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McLaren 650S Le Mans edition celebrates 1995 victory

McLaren 650S Le Mans edition celebrates 1995 victory

In 1995, five McLaren F1 GTRs crossed the finished line of the annual 24 Hours of Le Mans race, ending up in 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 13th place. That was, without a doubt, one of the proudest moments in McLaren's history. Now 20 years later, the Formula One constructor is celebrating that epic victory by launching a special limited edition McLaren 650S Le Mans model, styled after that iconic McLaren F1, giving would be owners not just a piece of history to be caged in a display, but something they can drive proudly as well.

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smrtGRiPS makes even your bike grips smarter

smrtGRiPS makes even your bike grips smarter

The Internet of Things might be coming to a head. You know that when anything and everything is becoming a "connected device". We've seen some attempt to make smart bikes more accessible, from simple addons to smart wheels. Now it's the turn of your bike grip to become the next smart bike part. Introducing smrtGRiPS, the world's first connected bike grip that promises to give users eyes-free navigation and worry-free location, without the hassles of obtrusive displays, messy installations, or expensive components.

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Breva Génie 03 can measure speed without being a smartwatch

Breva Génie 03 can measure speed without being a smartwatch

Who says you have to be a smartwatch to get some "smart" functions? Some traditional watch makers are definitely not buying the whole smartwatch trend yet and seem to be content to just to add some of those features one way or another. Some are placing transparent displays on top of analog faces while others are hiding the brains inside the strap. Breva has a rather interesting take, putting a makeshift speedometer on a Génie 03 traditional analog watch, without using any digital component.

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Sid Meier’s Starships once again takes to the stars

Sid Meier’s Starships once again takes to the stars

Sid Meier is a name that is quickly associated with turn-based strategy and world building games, most of which take place on our beloved planet Earth. But after Civilization: Beyond Earth, itself seen as a "spiritual successor" of Sid Meier's own Alpha Centauri run, the acclaimed game designer seems to be turning his gaze skyward once more. Firaxis has just announced what is bound to be its next hit title, Starships, which unambiguously revolves around the development of your own star fleet and, perhaps, the formation of your own interstellar federation.

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Surface Pro update brings improved hardware behavior

Surface Pro update brings improved hardware behavior

Microsoft has just released a rather substantial update to its Surface Pro line, spanning all generations of the Windows 8 toting tablet hybrids. While a good number of the updates bring improvements across the board, the brunt of the focus is lavished on the graphics and networking hardware of the Surface Pros in an attempt to improve the overall experience of the tablets and, consequently, the appeal of the devices to a still unbelieving market.

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Microsoft Research wants to use lasers to recharge phones

Microsoft Research wants to use lasers to recharge phones

Wireless charging, with all its competing standards, has nothing on Microsoft Research's rather ambitious idea. The research arm of the tech giant is looking for the most efficient and, at the same time, safest way to charge mobile devices without involving strangling cables and hugging walls. It's answer? Lasers, not the destructive kind you see in fiction or medicine but light that carries energy, making our smartphones the functional equivalent of energy-gathering solar panels, except without the need to look for the sun every time you need a battery boost.

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Kisha tells you when you’ve forgotten your umbrella

Kisha tells you when you’ve forgotten your umbrella

Adding to the growing number of smart things trying to vie for our attention, love, and money, Kisha is bringing out what it is poising as the world's first smart umbrella. Using a combination of Bluetooth wireless technology, a mobile app, and some weather reporting, Kisha tries to make sure that not only will you never accidentally lose your umbrella again, you also won't have to leave home or office without your umbrella on a forecast rainy day. And it won't get broken so easily either.

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Magzter Gold subscription offers “all-you-can-read” magazines

Magzter Gold subscription offers “all-you-can-read” magazines

When it comes to ebooks, Amazon is pretty much the king of the hill. But digital magazines are pretty much still fair game. In order to gain an advantage over its competitors, Magzter is offering a new Magzter Gold subscription scheme that will give users unlimited access to over 2,000 titles, including the hottest and latest magazine brands. And for those on a tighter budget, Magzter Gold Lite has the same unlimited access to but for a smaller pool of monthly titles to choose from.

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Panasonic LUMIX GF7 gives selfie lovers another camera choice

Panasonic LUMIX GF7 gives selfie lovers another camera choice

Despite the growing sophistication of smartphone cameras, camera makers are relentless in coming up with ways to sell their wares to the crowd. They primarily do this by combining some professional quality features and hardware inside very portable bodies. Sometimes, however, they also advertise some niche features to appeal to a very specific group, like Panasonic's new LUMIX GF7 that has just enough features that will make selfie lovers and casual digital photographers want to reach for this camera instead of their smartphone.

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Obama backs Cameron’s fight against encryption

Obama backs Cameron’s fight against encryption

Flip-flopping somewhat on his earlier stance against putting backdoors in software, US President Barack Obama took UK Prime Minister David Cameron's side in telling tech companies to give government agencies access to encrypted devices and communication. Of course, all in the aid of the fight against terrorism and in the interests of national security. The calls from the world's top government leaders came after two recent incidents that are directly related or being linked to encryption: the hacking of Sony computers last year and the shooting at newspaper Charlie Hebdo this month.

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