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Jewelbots open source wearable teaches girls to code

Jewelbots open source wearable teaches girls to code

I have a ten-year-old daughter so my house is often filled with bracelets of one sort or another that her friends give her or she gives them. A new open source wearable friendship bracelet has debuted called Jewelbots and they are more than just a pretty bracelet for girls to share. Jewelbots are intended to teach girls to code.

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Thor robot wins 2015 RoboCup in China

Thor robot wins 2015 RoboCup in China

There are more robotics competitions around the world than you can shake a stick at. Some of these competitions have robots trying to do things like drive cars and navigate obstacles in an effort to create a robot capable of saving people in a disaster. Other competitions are more laid back and feature robots that are designed to do human things like play soccer. A robot called Thor built by researchers from UCLA and the University of Pennsylvania has won a big soccer match.

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People can legally listen to your butt dials

People can legally listen to your butt dials

I'd wager that anyone who uses a smartphone has probably butt dialed before, even if you don’t realize you did it. Butt dialing occurs when you accidentally hit the buttons on your smartphone and start a call without realizing you did. Some people immediately hang up when they receive a butt dial, but others like to listen in to see what they can hear being said.

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Apple boots Nest thermostat from store focusing on HomeKit devices

Apple boots Nest thermostat from store focusing on HomeKit devices

Apple has offered the Nest thermostat on its virtual store shelves and in some of its retail locations for three years now. The Nest thermostat first landed on the Apple Store online back in May of 2012. Apple has removed the Nest thermostat from its online store, at least for now. The ouster comes as a new spat of Apple HomeKit products have reached the store and it appears Apple prefers to focus on those items.

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Google Spotlight Stories app debuts on iOS

Google Spotlight Stories app debuts on iOS

Google has had an app for Android users called Spotlight Stories that allows the user to watch short 360-degree animated films that landed in 2013. The app was originally developed for Motorola users before Google purchased Motorola back in 2011. iOS users that like short animated films can now get the app for their iPhone or iPad.

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Shelby GT350 gets a HUD with a shift light for the track

Shelby GT350 gets a HUD with a shift light for the track

One of the coolest cars that Ford has ever produced is the new Shelby GT350 that is set to hit dealerships in the coming months. We already know all there is to know about the car with Ford having announced the power output of the GT350's flat plane crank V8 engine. If you missed that announcement, the engine makes 526hp and 429 lb-ft of torque. Ford has now announced something really cool and that is a heads up display with a shift light.

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Buffalo DriveStation Ultra holds ten drives

Buffalo DriveStation Ultra holds ten drives

Buffalo has trotted out a new storage device aimed at professional users and anyone who needs fast storage for large file types. The storage device is called the DriveStation Ultra and it has space inside to hold then different storage drives. That means it can hold up to 80TB of storage in desktop form factor. Buffalo aims the storage device at video production, gaming development, CAD design and other environments where fast transfer of large files is needed.

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E Fun Nextbook 10 2-in-1- Windows Tablet supports Windows 10

E Fun Nextbook 10 2-in-1- Windows Tablet supports Windows 10

E Fun has rolled out a new 2-in-1 Widows powered tablet that can be a notebook or a tablet for use on the go. The device is called the Nextbook 10 and it comes out of the box with Windows 8.1 as the operating system. Many people don’t care for Windows 8.1 and its weird style, the good new is that the machine will be eligible for a Windows 10 update when that OS launches soon.

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Garmin HRM-Tri and HRM-Swim heart rate monitors work in water

Garmin HRM-Tri and HRM-Swim heart rate monitors work in water

Heart rate monitors have been around for years that make it easy to keep track of your heart rate while you walk or run. What has been hard to do is keep an eye on your heart rate while swimming. Garmin has now unveiled its first underwater heart rate monitors that are designed to add minimal drag. There are versions of the new heart rate monitor for the water aimed at swimmers and triathletes.

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R2-D2 themed PlayBook 4 is perfect for rebels

R2-D2 themed PlayBook 4 is perfect for rebels

In October of 2014, we talked a bit about a slick device called the PlayBook 4 that turned a PS4 game console into a notebook of sorts for on the go gaming. You can’t type on the PlayBook 4 or surf the web like a normal notebook, but you can play PS4 games wherever you can find an outlet with this thing. A new version of that PlayBook has surfaced that is themed like your favorite astromech R2-D2.

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