Archive for November, 2013

Will Nintendo get any attention this holiday season?

Will Nintendo get any attention this holiday season?

Nintendo is in trouble this holiday season. There. I said it. After all, someone had to, right?

With the gaming industry abuzz over the launch of not one, but two consoles in the course of a week, Nintendo has been trying to get at least some attention from the media. Like the person in the back row trying to be seen in a picture, there’s no getting out of the way of Sony's PS4 and Microsoft's Xbox One. And Nintendo doesn’t appear to have the firepower to change that.

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Philips ErgoSensor display updated – Still scolds slumping workaholics

Philips ErgoSensor display updated – Still scolds slumping workaholics

Philips has updated its ErgoSensor display range, the company's LCD monitors which track user posture and can warn if the ergonomics aren't correct or if an eye-break is in order. The Philips 241P4QRYES is a 24-inch LCD display running at 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution, with 250 cd/m2 brightness and the ability to rotate between landscape and portrait orientations; however, it's the embedded ErgoSensor that really differentiates it.

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HP ZBook 15 Review

HP ZBook 15 Review

The market is packed full of thin, low-powered, lightweight laptops and tablet hybrids that offer up all the perks that come with primarily playing mobile games and surfing the Web. Some of us require a bit more oomph from our machine's hardware, however, and that is where workstations like the HP ZBook 15 come in. This laptop is on the hefty side, and with it comes a full keyboard with numpad, a 15.6-inch Full HD display, and surprisingly high battery life. Check out our full SlashGear review to find out what else this beast offers.

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Manhattan ophthalmologist implants jewelry into the eye

Manhattan ophthalmologist implants jewelry into the eye

An eye doctor in Manhattan named Emil William Chynn has performed a new cosmetic procedure that makes my eyes hurt just thinking about it. Dr. Chynn has performed what is apparently the first implantation of eye jewelry under the surface of a patient's eye in the US. The jewelry was made of platinum and in the shape of a small hearts.

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NETGEAR ReadyNAS RN102 Review

NETGEAR ReadyNAS RN102 Review

Netgear revealed its ambitious network storage plans early this year, rolling out the red carpet for an eventual launch of a handful of ReadyNAS units that would complement the ReadyNAS Duo v2 that we reviewed in 2011. We got our hands on one of these new units, the ReadyNAS RN102, a 2-bay connected device that offers up to 8TB of storage, which places it a step below the similarly-launched RN104. At about the same price of the Duo v2, the RN102 takes things up a notch in the hardware department, but is it ultimately worth the upgrade? Read our full SlashGear review to find out.

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URBEE2 3D-printed car aims to hit 290MPG on cross-country trip

URBEE2 3D-printed car aims to hit 290MPG on cross-country trip

High fuel efficiency is an important part of a vehicle for most people, especially as fuel prices rise and environmental concerns increase. Hyper-mile drivers go to great lengths to increase their car's gas mileage, but some cars bring it to the table as its default offering. Such is the case with the URBEE2, a 3D-printed car that is about to head out on a cross-country journey with only 10 gallons of fuel.

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LifeProof nuud iPhone 5s case is waterproof Touch ID-friendly offering

LifeProof nuud iPhone 5s case is waterproof Touch ID-friendly offering

Your iPhone 5s represents a hefty investment, regardless of whether it is spread across the length of a contract or was bought outright. As such, cases serve an obvious purpose, but getting one that plays well with the Touch ID has been an issue. The folks at LifeProof have tackled that issue, revealing a waterproof (and other things-proof) Touch ID-supported iPhone 5s case.

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23andMe issues response following FDA warning and sales halt

23andMe issues response following FDA warning and sales halt

Earlier this week, the genetic testing company 23andMe was forced to stop selling its testing kit following an FDA decision that the kit is a medical device and requires regulatory approval. The decision was largely based on concern over inaccurate results, and led to a warning letter being published by the FDA. In response to the issue, 23andMe has published its own statement on the matter.

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Google Maps Street View now guides you through big transit stations

Google Maps Street View now guides you through big transit stations

As of today, Google Maps will now let you see dynamic 3D renderings of the insides of airports and train stations. The update should help guide you through some of the most directionally confusing aspects of your travels this holiday season: transit hubs. As of this moment, the growing list of locations applies to 16 major airports and 59 train and subway stations around the world, a cable car station in Hong Kong, -- as well as 16 transit-related museums and points of interest and even the inside of your Emirates flight from Dubai, UAE.

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Wikimedia Foundation ruled liable for Wikipedia content via German court

Wikimedia Foundation ruled liable for Wikipedia content via German court

A German court has ruled that the Wikimedia Foundation is responsible for content contained in Wikipedia articles, which any third-party can alter. Though the Higher Regional Court of Stuttgart has held the foundation liable in its ruling, it does not require Wikimedia to fact-check articles before they are made live, which would have resulted in a substantial burden given the vast size of Wikipedia and relatively small size of the Foundation.

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