Archive for Nov 29, 2013

Pebble smartwatch hits Black Friday with Amazon and own-page cuts

Pebble smartwatch hits Black Friday with Amazon and own-page cuts

There's nothing like a good push on the biggest shopping day of the year, especially when you've got a device that's just about the size of your traditional stocking for stuffing. That's what's up with Pebble this weekend when they reveal that they've released the device to Amazon as well as on their own site with special cut just for this weekend. This device is also getting ramped up for a bit of a rebirth as their version 2.0 software brews in beta, mind you, with developers chomping at the bit.

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Nintendo 64 revived in color Lekki edition

Nintendo 64 revived in color Lekki edition

We're certain you did not expect to see the name Nintendo 64 in your news feed today, but there it is - revived by the company called Lekki. This machine will be sold by the company in a collection of new colors never available with the console's standard run. While users were able to get a black/gray unit as well as some particularly flashy bright yellow Pokemon style runs, this release (unofficial, non-Nintendo sanctioned, mind you), will come in a set of white-topped colored-bottom units.

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Volvo V60 Polestar wagon coming to the US

Volvo V60 Polestar wagon coming to the US

In Europe Volvo has some rather interesting cars, but in the US we get mostly boring cars that typically focus on safety rather than performance. A new Volvo vehicle is coming to the US that will bring with it impressive performance and a wagon body with lots of space inside. In the UK, the Volvo V60 Polestar would be called a shooting brake.

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Scientists explain how T Rex soft tissue remained preserved for 68 million years

Scientists explain how T Rex soft tissue remained preserved for 68 million years

Scientists have been trying to explain exactly how some soft tissue on a 68 million year old T Rex skeleton could have survived millions of years without rotting away. The question has been burning in the minds of researchers since 2005 when an adolescent T Rex skeleton was discovered in Montana that had soft tissue preserved inside the leg. At first, scientists believed that the soft tissue had to be caused by some sort of later bacterial infection.

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Robot dives underwater wrecks by mimicking sea turtle movement

Robot dives underwater wrecks by mimicking sea turtle movement

One of the most hazardous of underwater jobs is diving shipwrecks. Divers explore shipwrecks to retrieve objects of historical significance or to help in recovery efforts. The work is so hazardous that much of it is carried out by unmanned robots.

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Comet ISON initially declared dead but a small part might have survived

Comet ISON initially declared dead but a small part might have survived

Sky watchers around the world were disappointed yesterday when early reports coming from the European Space Agency and others declared that the comet ISON hadn’t survived its close brush with the sun. That meant that the hopes of a comet so bright it was visible in the day were dashed for sky watchers the world over.

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iPhone 5S availability improves as Foxconn increases production

iPhone 5S availability improves as Foxconn increases production

With the launch of each new version of the iPhone, there are typically production issues that prevent the phone from being able to meet demand early on. Supply catches up with demand eventually, but many people that wish to own the latest version of the iPhone have a hard time finding it in the weeks and months after launch. This is the case with the iPhone 5S with some people who want to purchase having a hard time getting their hands on the smartphone.

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PS4 gets Lovefilm streaming in the UK

PS4 gets Lovefilm streaming in the UK

The Sony PS4 game console has recently launched in the US to high demand and short supply. Sony had previously announced the apps that would be available for launch on the PS4 in the US, including Netflix and Hulu Plus. A new streaming application for PS4 buyers in the UK was announced today.

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Livescribe 3 smartpen lands in the UK

Livescribe 3 smartpen lands in the UK

There are lots of reasons that people might need to take hand written notes. You might need to record minutes for a meeting at the office, or perhaps you need to take study notes for a class at school. One of the best ways to take those handwritten notes if you also use mobile devices or a computer is with the Livescribe 3 pen.

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Razer Kraken Forged Edition gaming headphones get machined aluminum ear cups

Razer Kraken Forged Edition gaming headphones get machined aluminum ear cups

Gaming peripheral maker Razer has announced a new version of its high-end Kraken gaming headset. The new version of the headset shares much of the same style and features as the original with the addition of a new material for the earphone cups. The new headphones are called the Razer Kraken Forged Edition.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Black Friday deal trims Android gaming gadget by $50

NVIDIA SHIELD Black Friday deal trims Android gaming gadget by $50

NVIDIA is redoubling its efforts to push its SHIELD portable Android console, kicking off a Black Friday weekend deal that trims another $50 off the cost of the handheld. The Tegra 4 powered clamshell - which allows for standalone play, as well as streaming gameplay from a PC with GeForce graphics - will be eligible for the cut if ordered before midnight Eastern on Monday, December 2nd, with some retailers also throwing in free accessories.

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Google breaks Dutch privacy laws says watchdog

Google breaks Dutch privacy laws says watchdog

Google's unified privacy policy and its sharing between services have seen it fall foul of another European country's data protection rules, with Dutch authorities accusing the search giant of breaking the law. "Google spins an invisible web of our personal data, without our consent" the Dutch data protection authority said today, revealing that it has invited representatives to attend a hearing after which possible sanctions or other enforcement measures will be decided upon.

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