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Mixfader wireless crossfader aims at digital DJs

Mixfader wireless crossfader aims at digital DJs

If you like to make music there is plenty of hardware out there that will let you make your own tracks using turntables and vinyl records or digital devices like the iPad and MP3 tracks. Whichever route you choose, cool music can be made using a bunch of methods. If your tastes lean towards making digital music a new tool is coming soon called the Mixfader.

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IP Box hardware used to bruteforce screenlock on iOS devices

IP Box hardware used to bruteforce screenlock on iOS devices

Word of an interesting device that can certainly be put to work for nefarious deeds has turned up that makes it easy for someone else to bruteforce the screenlock passcode on iOS devices. The device is called the IP Box and is apparently being used in the phone repair market now. The IP Box is inexpensive at around £200 and connects directly to the USB connection of the iOS device.

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Premera Blue Cross breached by hackers

Premera Blue Cross breached by hackers

Hackers have found their way into servers that contained medical information on subscribers to health insurance provider Premera Blue Cross. The health insurance company announced this week that it had been the victim of a cyberattack that could have exposed medical data and financial details on its subscribers. As many as 11 million people could be affected by the breach.

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BMW X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid sports vehicle goes 13 miles on electricity

BMW X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid sports vehicle goes 13 miles on electricity

BMW has unveiled a new version of its popular SUV called the BMW X5. This new version is called the BMW X5 xDrive40e and is BMW's first ever plug-in hybrid sports activity vehicle. The SUV is capable of going 13 miles using electricity alone thanks to the plug-in hybrid design. Other than the battery packs and electric motors, the car also has a gasoline engine under the hood.

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Hertz adds cameras inside some rent cars

Hertz adds cameras inside some rent cars

If you travel a lot and rent cars, you should know that Hertz has started to add cameras inside some of its rental vehicles. The cameras are reportedly being added to the NeverLost GPS device that is inside many of the cars that Hertz rents to drivers. These cameras in the GPS devices are said to be able to see the entire inside of the car.

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Chromecast can be controlled with your TV remote

Chromecast can be controlled with your TV remote

If you use a Chromecast device to throw content from your smartphone onto your TV, I'd wager you have been irritated at some point that it doesn't come with a remote control. The only way to control content on the device is to wake up your smartphone and fiddle with onscreen controls. That is changing with a new update to the Chromecast that adds the ability to pause and play streaming content using a TV remote control.

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Nintendo and DeNA to develop games for smart devices

Nintendo and DeNA to develop games for smart devices

Nintendo fans have been wishing for a long time that the gaming company would produce mobile games based on some of the cool Nintendo properties out there. Nintendo has stayed away from mobile opting instead to produce games solely for its game consoles. That will change with Nintendo and DeNA announcing a partnership that will see games for mobile devices based on Nintendo IP in the pipeline.

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FAA says publishing drone footage to YouTube is a no-no

FAA says publishing drone footage to YouTube is a no-no

There are rules in place that allow the average consumer to fly small drones for personal use. Those same rules also stipulate that drones can’t be flown for commercial uses without falling under more strict control by the FAA. The line that separates what is commercial use from what is a private use of a drone aircraft is probably not what most of us thought it was.

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ELF VRdrone takes selfies from the air

ELF VRdrone takes selfies from the air

People love to take selfies and lots of people use products that make it easier to take selfies like the much maligned selfie stick. If you want to get really high tech with your selfie staking, a new drone called the ELF VRdrone can take selfies for you from the air. The small flying drone can also take pictures of other things if you are so inclined.

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