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Elliptic Labs gesture control could be Kinect for your phone by 2014

Elliptic Labs gesture control could be Kinect for your phone by 2014

Motion-tracking technology that allows you to control your smartphone from several feet away, even when it's away on a nearby table, could show up in handsets as soon as next year. Elliptic Labs gesture control system uses tiny ultrasonic sensors to grant 180-degree awareness to phones and tablets, picking up hand movement from up to three feet away, whether it's in front of the device or off to the side. Now, the company says, it's finally almost time for the sensor tech to show up in production hardware.

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BlackBerry loses TAT BlackBerry 10 design talent

BlackBerry loses TAT BlackBerry 10 design talent

BlackBerry 10's designers The Astonishing Tribe (TAT), acquired by BlackBerry in late 2010 and renamed BlackBerry Sweden, have quietly abandoned the struggling Canadian company, with seven of the top talent founding a new company, TOPP. The startup studio will "craft new products and breathe life into innovative ideas through design, prototyping, and technology", across mobile, automotive, consumer electronics, and other segments.

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“Keloid” sci-fi movie trailer outgrows Internet, gets big-name backing

“Keloid” sci-fi movie trailer outgrows Internet, gets big-name backing

A revamp of a speculative movie trailer about good robots and bad robots that has been making the rounds on Vimeo and YouTube for two years is finally gaining traction in the legit entertainment industry, the Hollywood Reporter revealed. Keloid, the sci-fi short by BLR VFX (Big Lazy Robot Visual Effects), is being discussed by the likes of heavy hitters Roy Lee, Scott Glassgold and Raymond Brothers as a viable investment for full production, much to early fans' salivation.

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Linn Exakt takes on Sonos and AirPlay

Linn Exakt takes on Sonos and AirPlay

High-end music component company Linn is taking on Sonos along with Apple's AirPlay and other digital streaming systems with its new Exakt speaker technology, offering lossless connectivity. The Exakt system - which Linn rather hyperbolically says evolves speakers into "intelligent, connected, software-upgradeable products" - consists of the Klimax Exakt DSM and Klimax Exakt 350 Speakers, mixing together lossless hook-ups with various digital processing systems including crossover phase correction.

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Apple iOS 7 Review

Apple iOS 7 Review

Apple reinvented touchscreen smartphones; now it's reinventing iOS. The new iOS 7 for iPhone and iPad has no small legacy to live up to, and it's pulling no punches in doing so, refreshing not only the design but going deeper, streamlining commonly used features, paring back unnecessary bloat, and polishing up things like Siri. It's the iOS update that we've been waiting for, and it's coming not only to the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, but a brace of older iPhones and iPads. Read on for our full review.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics stadium one of several retro-fitted arenas

Tokyo 2020 Olympics stadium one of several retro-fitted arenas

British firm Zaha Hadid Architects won their bid to create the new Tokyo-based national stadium back in November of 2012 - today they've announced it'll be aimed for use in the 2020 Olympics. This beast of a piece of architecture will be able to seat 80,000 and will first be playing host to the 2019 Rugby World Cup, showcasing a few of its futuristic features in the process. This stadium will be one of three structures revived from their original state, each of them built originally for the 1964 Summer Games.

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DICE+ Bluetooth controller hits the market for Android and iOS

DICE+ Bluetooth controller hits the market for Android and iOS

There's another wireless pair of dice - or one die, as it were - on the market this week called DICE+, ready to take the smartphone and tablet world back into the physical realm. This is a die you can toss, one that connects to your smartphone or tablet with Bluetooth. This device was introduced earlier this year amongst a selection of similar products like the Scosche smartROLL and the die included with the Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon 27 "Table PC", and will be hitting stores this week.

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5500 miles with a smartphone

5500 miles with a smartphone

Smartphones are everywhere. We not only hear this (often with a negative connotation) in our everyday lives, but we witness it, too. It doesn’t matter where you go: to dinner, to the theater, to the bus stop, to the checkout line. It seems every hand holds a smartphone, and every eye is perpetually fixated upon them.

How deeply do smartphones influence and otherwise supplement our lives? Such is not a new question, but one I found myself asking with increasing frequency this summer during a near 40 day road trip from one end of the United States to the other. I spent 5500 miles with my smartphone, and for one drought-ridden summer in an old van it became my best friend, my personal navigator, my faithful mentor, my distraction, my solution, my lifeline - maybe even my crutch at times.

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SOL solar-powered Ubuntu laptop arrives with 10-hour sun-juiced battery

SOL solar-powered Ubuntu laptop arrives with 10-hour sun-juiced battery

Laptop battery life is something that we all can't seem to be happy with. No matter how long the battery is able to last, there are always times when we curse into the wind when we get that dreaded battery warning while on the road. However, a new Ubuntu laptop looks to solve those problems by coming with a solar panel attached to keep the battery juiced up without a power cord.

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