New GE induction cooktops use swiping controls

New GE induction cooktops use swiping controls

Smartphones are permeating our lives and appliances in more ways than one. While things like cars, lamps, and thermostats are integrating smartphone features, some are taking inspiration from another angle. GE's next generation of inductions cooktops, for example, are said to be inspired by the ease of use of touchscreen interfaces prevalent in our smartphones. GE's new Glide Touch Controls lets users slide, sweep, or touch controls to their precise preferences, without worrying about knobs or getting the controls dirty permanently.

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AT&T rolls out unlimited calling from US to Mexico

AT&T rolls out unlimited calling from US to Mexico

Late last year, AT&T revealed that it would be buying lusacell, a Mexican carrier. Now that the acquisition is complete, it has announced some benefits this will bring its subscribers, namely free unlimited calling from the United States to Mexico -- any number in the nation, including cell phones. This falls under AT&T's World Connect Value international calling package. Those already under the plan will automatically be rolled into the new offering, while those who don't have it can subscribe if they're a post-paid customer.

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McLaren 650S Le Mans edition celebrates 1995 victory

McLaren 650S Le Mans edition celebrates 1995 victory

In 1995, five McLaren F1 GTRs crossed the finished line of the annual 24 Hours of Le Mans race, ending up in 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 13th place. That was, without a doubt, one of the proudest moments in McLaren's history. Now 20 years later, the Formula One constructor is celebrating that epic victory by launching a special limited edition McLaren 650S Le Mans model, styled after that iconic McLaren F1, giving would be owners not just a piece of history to be caged in a display, but something they can drive proudly as well.

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Google and more join pledge to protect student data

Google and more join pledge to protect student data

Both Khan Academy and Google, as well as thirteen others, have joined the growing list of companies pledging to protect students' privacy. President Obama spoke about the pledge last week, and before doing so several companies including Apple and Microsoft had signed. A total of 75 companies had signed last week, and Google and Amazon were both criticized for not doing so. On Monday, 15 new companies -- including Khan Academy and Google -- jumped aboard. This follows the administration's increased push for data security.

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smrtGRiPS makes even your bike grips smarter

smrtGRiPS makes even your bike grips smarter

The Internet of Things might be coming to a head. You know that when anything and everything is becoming a "connected device". We've seen some attempt to make smart bikes more accessible, from simple addons to smart wheels. Now it's the turn of your bike grip to become the next smart bike part. Introducing smrtGRiPS, the world's first connected bike grip that promises to give users eyes-free navigation and worry-free location, without the hassles of obtrusive displays, messy installations, or expensive components.

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Acer C740 Chromebook hands-on: 11.6-inches of hearty computing

Acer C740 Chromebook hands-on: 11.6-inches of hearty computing

Earlier this month we got the opportunity to go hands-on with Acer's newest Chromebook, the C740. The Acer C740 Chromebook works with an 11.6-inch display, has been aimed at 1:1 school programs for students, and comes with a reinforced hinge for long-lasting durability. In addition, Acer is revealing the C910 Chromebook with a 15.6-inch display. Both machines are made with the same reinforced body made for extra-active user deployment. Both Chromebooks work with reinforced covers that can withstand 60kg of force. Their corners can tolerate 45cm drops without damage, as well.

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Garmin Approach S5 golf watch improves your game

Garmin Approach S5 golf watch improves your game

Last June, Garmin introduced its Approach S6 golf watch for, quite obviously, pro and hobbyist golfers. With that watch came features tailored specifically for the sport, and now the company is back with its new Approach S5 golf watch, a very similar model with a slimmer price tag and pre-loaded CourseView maps. In addition to the golf features and Garmin Connect support, the watch also includes some typical smart features when paired with a smartphone, including email, text, and call notifications.

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Polaris Slingshot recalled, sales halted over steering loss

Polaris Slingshot recalled, sales halted over steering loss

In the summer of last year, Polaris took the wraps off its three-wheeled beast, the Slingshot. The vehicle is like a cross between a motorcycle and a car, offering an open-top experience with two seats and a mean sporty design. The Slingshot is meant to go fast, and that only increases the dangers posed by a potential issue discovered by Polaris: a loss of steering over a possibly defective part. As a result, the maker has ordered owners to stop driving the vehicles and shops to stop selling them.

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Slackbot Bot is a robot crafted from a Roomba and tornado siren

Slackbot Bot is a robot crafted from a Roomba and tornado siren

If you've an old Roomba lying around and a desire to tinker, the Redpepper team has demonstrated how far you can take your little robotic vacuum. Using the aforementioned Roomba, as well as a tornado siren, a Raspberry Pi, and a bit of creative ingenuity, they cobbled together the Slackbot Bot, which rolls around following commands like giving someone a high-five and making announcements like "it's taco Tuesday". We've got a video of it checking bathroom occupancy, playing music, and more after the jump.

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