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JBL Reflect Aware C Earphones now shipping

JBL Reflect Aware C Earphones now shipping

For many years, your options for connecting headphones to your mobile phone were either a headphone port or Bluetooth. Things are changing today with consistent rumors that Apple will ditch the 3.5mm headphone port and use its lightning port for headphones. Android users will get a similar capability via headphones that connect to the USB-C port like these JBL Reflect Aware C Earphones.

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Xiaomi Mi VR gets official, availability unknown

Xiaomi Mi VR gets official, availability unknown

Xiaomi is mostly known for its smartphones, but that's not all it does. It makes all sorts of other devices ranging from rice cookers to fitness trackers with lots of stuff in between. Its latest product has just gone official and it’s a VR headset, which considering the VR craze right now is no surprise. The device is called the Xiaomi Mi VR and it was announced today in China.

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Galaxy Note 7 iris scanner beans spilled

Galaxy Note 7 iris scanner beans spilled

Certainly, the big news so far this week has been the launch of the new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone from Samsung, which we spent some hands-on time with. This device was long rumored and a slew of those rumors focused on the fact that the Note 7 would have a fancy iris scanner in it for security. We even say a video leak of a guy showing us how the iris scanner would work. Now that the Note 7 is official, Samsung is offering up all the details on its iris scanner.

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Wireless sensors the size of dust could allow monitoring of organs and nerves

Wireless sensors the size of dust could allow monitoring of organs and nerves

Devices like the Fitbit are very popular today with their ability to monitor things about the wearer like their sleep habits, heart rate, and activity. In the future devices like the Fitbit might be able to do much more by using tiny wireless sensors that allow the monitoring of nerves and internal organs. These tiny wireless sensors are being developed by the University of California, Berkeley and are said to be the first dust-sized sensors that can be implanted into the body.

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OnePlus 3 mini benchmarks claim 6GB of RAM

OnePlus 3 mini benchmarks claim 6GB of RAM

OnePlus has found that its latest device the OnePlus 3 is so popular that it has had to stop sales of the device long enough to build stock of the smartphone back up. Right on the heels of that stoppage comes a rumor that OnePlus is working on another version of the OnePlus 3 called the OnePlus 3 mini. Word of the smartphone comes from alleged leaked benchmarks for the device that turned up on GFXBench.

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Interactive Dynamic Video could improve AR and eliminate CGI green screen

Interactive Dynamic Video could improve AR and eliminate CGI green screen

MIT researchers from the Computer Science and AI Laboratory are performing research into a new imaging technique called Interactive Dynamic Video or IDV. IDV allows users to reach in and touch objects that they are seeing in a video and could hold great promise for improving augmented reality. IDV uses traditional cameras and algorithms and looks at the tiny, nearly invisible vibrations that an object produces to build video simulations that users can interact with in a virtual environment.

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PowerLine AV2 2000 Gigabit Passthrough starter kit adds an outlet

PowerLine AV2 2000 Gigabit Passthrough starter kit adds an outlet

WiFi doesn't always work when it comes to getting connectivity for all your computers and gadgets around your home. The problem is that some areas can be hard to reach or unreachable depending on interferences in and around the home or business. In instances where WiFi isn't cutting it for some reason, a good alternative is power line networking and D-Link has a new PowerLine AV2 2000 Gigabit Passthrough Starter Kit that is good for up to 2000Mbps speeds.

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Facebook to Live Stream Wayne Rooney’s testimonial match tonight

Facebook to Live Stream Wayne Rooney’s testimonial match tonight

Soccer, or football depending on where you live in the world, is a big deal for huge numbers of fans around the world. The catch is that fans of Premiere League soccer matches inside the US and some other countries have very little access to these games. That is changing with Facebook getting into the live streaming realm for Premiere League matches.

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Galaxy Note 7 will launch with dual SIM slots too

Galaxy Note 7 will launch with dual SIM slots too

The Galaxy Note 7 phablet has gone official and we now know all there is to know about the device. A new tidbit about the smartphone has surfaced today; there is a version available that has dual SM cards. This is a big deal for people who want to be able to use multiple numbers with a single smartphone. This is also a feature that the Galaxy S7 edge lacks right out of the box.

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Study review finds little evidence that flossing actually helps

Study review finds little evidence that flossing actually helps

One of the things that we have had to do most of our lives is floss our teeth. The dentist says that this is something you have to do to keep gums and teeth healthy. The federal government even pushes for people to floss their teeth along with the American Dental Association. The catch is that according to the AP after looking at 25 different studies comparing various oral care regimes, it found that there was very little evidence that flossing your teeth actually helps with gum and tooth health.

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Samsung Gear S3 tipped for barometer and altimeter

Samsung Gear S3 tipped for barometer and altimeter

Details are slowly starting to leak out about the next smartwatch from Samsung, rumor has it that the device will be called the Gear S3 and it will be round like the version before. The new smartwatch is expected to launch in September at IFA 2016. Ahead of that launch, a new rumor claims to confirm some of the features that the S3 will offer.

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NHK kicks off 8K HD test broadcasts in Japan

NHK kicks off 8K HD test broadcasts in Japan

While 4K content is still rare in most of the world, Japan is set to move ahead with test broadcasts of both 4K and 8K content. The tests will be conducted by public broadcaster NHK on Monday. The test broadcasts will be done on the BS satellite channels with the goal of verifying the technology and getting people to use it ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.

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