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Lumenati CS1 turns iPhone 6 into an old school video camera

Lumenati CS1 turns iPhone 6 into an old school video camera

Anyone who was around back in the 70s or 80s will remember how big and bulky video cameras were back then. Today most video recording is done on smartphones with solid-state storage inside or memory cards. In the past, you needed film that had to be developed to shoot home movies. A new smartphone case called the Lumenati SC1 has debuted that turns your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6S into an old school style video camera.

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MB&F Music Machine 3 looks like a Tie Fighter

MB&F Music Machine 3 looks like a Tie Fighter

A very cool and very strange music machine has turned up at Comic-Con and if you want one, you had better have some deep pockets and a lust for strange devices. It's called the MusicMachine 3 and it is a music box made from metal parts that looks like an Imperial Tie Fighter from Star Wars. Specifically, it looks like the bent side panel Tie Fighter that Darth Vader flew.

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360-degree Video Tour of North Korea

360-degree Video Tour of North Korea

North Korea isn't exactly a country where most of us would want to visit. It's a place that isn't welcoming to outsiders and is known for harsh treatment of its own citizens and frequent executions by a ruler who controls everything in the country. Being known for frequent executions for offenses as slight as falling asleep in a meeting doesn't make a place appealing to most travelers.

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Google Map Maker editing reopens in August

Google Map Maker editing reopens in August

Google has announced that it is reopening Map Maker up to editing in early August. Map Maker editing was blocked after pranks were played using the map editing feature. The most notable prank carried out using the Google Map Maker editing feature was the inclusion of the Android mascot urinating on the Apple logo. Google says that this time around, it is looking for users to have more influence over the edits in their specific countries.

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Pebble Time Steel smartwatch production kicks off this week

Pebble Time Steel smartwatch production kicks off this week

Backers of the Pebble Time Steel smartwatch when it was on Kickstarter will be glad to hear that Pebble has announced production will kick off this week. Pebble says that all watches sold during the Kickstarter campaign are being produced this month. Shipments to the first backers will start going out the last week of July. The last backers of the watch will start receiving tracking numbers by the end of August.

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Firefox browser blocks all vulnerable versions of Flash

Firefox browser blocks all vulnerable versions of Flash

Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox web browser, has announced that it has blocklisted all versions of Flash that are vulnerable to security issues in the Firefox browser. The move comes after numerous security flaws that leave users running Flash vulnerable to hackers have been discovered on the Flash platform. The change to Firefox was announced by Mark Schmidt, the head of Firefox support, via Twitter recently.

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Add-e turns your old bike into an electric bicycle

Add-e turns your old bike into an electric bicycle

Many folks around the world commute to work each day using their bicycle. The catch for those who live a long way from work or who don't want to show up for work sweaty is that excessive pedaling can leave you tired when you arrive. Electric powered bikes are an option, but those can be expensive to purchase. A new product called add-e can make your existing bicycle electric-powered.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Crosses TENAA, fingerprint scanner missing

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Crosses TENAA, fingerprint scanner missing

We know already that Chinese smartphones maker Xiaomi has a new device that will launch on July 16. Exactly what device will launch on that date we don't know, but a new smartphones has crossed TENAA that is a likely candidate for launch this week. A TENAA listing for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 has been spied, and sadly, it is missing something that many expect new smartphones to feature.

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NASA study shows extra heat from greenhouse gases trapped in ocean

NASA study shows extra heat from greenhouse gases trapped in ocean

NASA researchers have been studying the temperature of the oceans around the world in recent years and have found that extra heat from greenhouse gasses has been trapped in the waters of the Pacific and Indian oceans. According to the researchers on the project, this trapping of heat in the ocean water accounts for the slowdown in global surface temperatures observed over the last decade.

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Niobium nanowires may give wearable electronics a power boost

Niobium nanowires may give wearable electronics a power boost

One of the major limiting factors for wearable electronics today is the size of the battery that can be placed inside. Since wearable devices have to be small and light enough to be worn comfortably there isn't much room inside for a battery. Researchers at MIT have developed a new approach to powering wearable electronics that promises to deliver short but intense bursts of power that wearable devices need to operate.

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