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Amazon pilot season brings ten new show pilots

Amazon pilot season brings ten new show pilots

Pilot season has begun with Amazon and they are asking for help in deciding which of the shows will go on to become a full series. There are ten pilots in total. That group of ten includes some comedy and drama shows and five intended for the younger audience. Regardless of the intended audience, Amazon has all ten of the pilots available for viewing through the Instant Video service.

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HP Chromebox detailed ahead of spring arrival

HP Chromebox detailed ahead of spring arrival

Following the Chromebox for Meetings offering announced by Google earlier in the day, HP has offered some further details on its Chromebox. There has yet to be any details released in terms of the pricing, however HP has said the Chromebox will be arriving in the spring. Essentially, you are looking at a small desktop computer running Chrome OS, however Google and HP have said this will be compatible with Chromebox for Meetings.

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Google’s Nest acquisition cleared by FTC

Google’s Nest acquisition cleared by FTC

Google announced the Nest Labs acquisition back in mid-January. The purchase price was set at $3.2 billion in cash, and as we learned, the Nest team would be welcomed into the Google family. But while the acquisition was announced, and some plans were specified, there was also the standard line about the "customary closing conditions."

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Sony Reader Store shutting down in late March

Sony Reader Store shutting down in late March

Sony recently announced they would be selling off the VAIO brand, however it seems that is not the only change in the works. A more recent announcement deals with Sony's Reader Store, which will soon be replaced by the Kobo eBookStore. Basically, Kobo will be the content supplier for those with a Sony Reader or Sony Xperia device.

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Bitcoin mining being forced by new Linkup ransomware

Bitcoin mining being forced by new Linkup ransomware

Emisoft has come forward with details on a newly discovered form of ransomware. This one is dubbed "Linkup" and while it will hold your computer hostage, it doesn't lock your computer or encrypt all your files like we have seen in the past. Instead, this version of Linkup blocks Internet access and also turns your system into a bitcoin mining zombie.

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Twitter transparency report details growth of government requests

Twitter transparency report details growth of government requests

An updated transparency report has arrived from Twitter today. This report is released on a biannual basis, which means this latest is offering a look at what happened during the second half of 2013. As a whole, the report is showing an increase in government requests. This latest report also arrives as the fourth, which means there is now two years worth of data to consider.

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SCOTTEVEST Q.U.E.S.T. Vest brings the pocket count to 42

SCOTTEVEST Q.U.E.S.T. Vest brings the pocket count to 42

SCOTTEVEST is known for making clothing for the gadget enthusiast. Simply put, the clothing, whether it be pants or shorts, a jacket, or one of the many other options -- all have lots of pockets for carrying your gear. Those checking out SCOTTEVEST gear will find pockets large and small, and there is even some options for interior cable routing. That having been said, the folks at SCOTTEVEST have recently unveiled a few new pieces, one of which has the pocket count closing in on 50.

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Ford Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication driving experience

Ford Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication driving experience

Sitting in a parking lot across the street from the convention center was a driving demonstration from Ford. They were here at CES 2014 showing off the Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication technology, which is also referred to as V2V. Put in the simplest form, V2V is safety related. But to simply use the word safety without diving further into detail does it little justice.

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Sen.se Mother eyes-on: turn everyday items smart

Sen.se Mother eyes-on: turn everyday items smart

Sen.se was here at CES 2014 showing off a monitoring system called Mother. The Mother works in conjunction with sensors which are called Cookies and these can be used to monitor a variety of things. Some use case examples include getting notified when the kids arrive home, how long they brush their teeth, or as a reminder to take your medicine.

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Mimo baby monitor onesie hands-on

Mimo baby monitor onesie hands-on

Rest Devices has been showing off the Mimo baby monitor here at CES 2014. While the baby monitor portion of the name may bring thoughts of a camera and screen setup allowing you to remotely look in on your sleeping child -- the Rest Devices product is actually a wearable and as a result, it is able to offer quite a bit in terms of detail.

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Hisense H4 Series Roku TV eyes-on

Hisense H4 Series Roku TV eyes-on

The Roku TV announcement may have come a few days before CES, however the announced models were out sitting on the show floor. There will be a few manufactures producing a Roku TV, one of which is Hisense. Specifically, the Hisense H4 Series Roku TV that will include a 32, 39, 40, 48, 50 and 55-inch model.

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FLIR ONE iPhone 5/5S thermal camera case hands-on

FLIR ONE iPhone 5/5S thermal camera case hands-on

Seeing an overabundance of iPhone cases at CES comes with little in terms of surprise. But even with that being said, this year does have a few rather interesting models. We recently mentioned the stun gun case from Yellow Jacket and now we are taking a look at one with a thermal camera. The case is called the FLIR ONE.

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