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New Nissan Leaf EV battery tipped to give 249-mile range

New Nissan Leaf EV battery tipped to give 249-mile range

The Nissan Leaf might have been shoved out of the spotlight by Tesla's Model S electric vehicle, but it could very well hog all the attention again when and if Renault-Nissan makes the formal announcement of the new battery indicated by insider sources. An unnamed Nissan engineer tipped that a technological breakthrough has allowed them to make an EV battery that his not only lighter and cheaper than the current model, but also has double the capacity, theoretically boosting the Leaf's range to 400 kilometers or 249 miles.

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COBI System wants to make any bike a whole lot smarter

COBI System wants to make any bike a whole lot smarter

You may have heard of smart bicycles, like Baidu's for example, and you even have dreamt of owning one. But maybe you don't have the money to splurge on another bike or don't want to replace your own professional and faithful ride. Well, there's good news for bikers. iCradle wants to give you that smart bike by not giving you a smart bike. Instead, COBI is a "bike system", a collection of parts that work in concert with each other to deliver functionality similar to a smart car. Except, well, on a bike.

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YotaPhone 2 launches, available in Europe this week

YotaPhone 2 launches, available in Europe this week

Russian company Yota has finally taken off the veils from the second generation YotaPhone in two consecutive events in Moscow and London. The YotaPhone 2, one of the brighter stars in this year's CES and MWC expos, gives more class and more power to an already appealing concept. Aside from having a second screen driven entirely by e-ink technology, YotaPhone adds touch to that display, giving users practically two touch screens, switching between the two as the need arises and conserving power along the way.

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SOLOSHOT2 adds tilting movement to auto-follow camera

SOLOSHOT2 adds tilting movement to auto-follow camera

If you're the type to who loves to do stunts or sports action moves, you have two popular choices for recording those once in a lifetime moments. Either you get someone to follow you along with a camera, or you invest in a smart drone, that will either automatically follow you along or let someone else pilot it. But what if you can't afford either option? That's what SOLOSHOT2 does for you, and all you need is a regular digital camera and a tripod.

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Google Chromebooks trump Apple iPads in schools, says IDC

Google Chromebooks trump Apple iPads in schools, says IDC

While some might contend Google's dominance in certain markets, like smartphones and tablets, there is one sector where Apple's products usually reign supreme: education. Initially a source of controversy because of price, iPads have become the gadget of choice for schools upgrading to current technology. But apparently, not anymore. According to IDC's latest figures, Google's Chromebooks have surpassed the iPad in shipping numbers as far as schools are concerned, revealing a shifting preference and mindset in the education sector and probably a new source of worry for Apple.

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Samsung’s budget Tizen phone rumored for Dec. 10 in India

Samsung’s budget Tizen phone rumored for Dec. 10 in India

Failing to take a bit out of the high-end smartphone market, Samsung is setting its price tag lower for the upcoming first ever Tizen smartphone. That is, if it finally really does arrive. Samsung is moving to the new industry sweetheart India to launch the smartphone, now being called the Samsung Z1, supposedly by December 10, which is just a week or so from now. But the biggest pull that the phone might have, other than Samsung's clout, is that it will be sold at a sub-$100 price.

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AirStrato “civilian” UAV goes into preorder

AirStrato “civilian” UAV goes into preorder

Whenever UAVs or unmanned aerial vehicles are mentioned, two types almost always come to mind: the super powerful ones developed by the military or by corporations, and personal drones mostly used for fun, like taking sports action shots. These two groups also represent the two extremes of the pricing range, the most expensive and the most affordable ones, respectively. AirStrato is an air robot that tries to bring some of each group together, marrying the power of high-performance UAVs but without getting you bankrupt.

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Amazon’s robots, and humans, work to keep Cyber Monday real

Amazon’s robots, and humans, work to keep Cyber Monday real

It is the place where your online shopping wishes and dreams come true, so Amazon aptly calls them fulfillment centers. But if you're thinking of happy elves busily packings gifts to be delivered by flying reindeer, you are definitely thinking of the wrong holiday. In Amazon's eighth generation fulfillment centers, the buzz and the noise don't come from cheery creatures with pointed ears but from robots of all shapes and sizes, working in unison to meet the hectic surge of demands this Cyber Monday.

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JVC Micro Four Thirds camera brings its own support crew

JVC Micro Four Thirds camera brings its own support crew

When one hears of cameras, especially digital ones, we usually think of a single slab or contraption that we can take along with us for a ride. The new JVC GW-SP100E 4KCAM, however, is anything but portable. Or rather it is, at least in some ways. Instead of a single camera body, this is actually a full system, composed of a remote camera head, its own separate recording and playback unit, and a remote control to, well, control it all from a safe distance.

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Next Google Glasses tipped to run on Intel chips

Next Google Glasses tipped to run on Intel chips

Google Glass might be losing some of its supporters lately but it has gained a somewhat surprising new ally. Insider sources claim that Google will be replacing the Texas Instruments processor with a still unnamed Intel mobile chip. At least, for the next iteration of Google Glass, a wearable device that has yet to see the light of day in retail. The new alliance is both fitting and rather unusual, given how the companies each have their own struggles in that specific corner of the market.

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