Drivebot dongle monitors your car’s health

Drivebot dongle monitors your car’s health

Unless you own an OBD-II reader, a random check engine light coming on in your car requires a trip to the nearest auto shop or service station to have it read -- an annoyance in what are often busy days with little time for unexpected car troubles. The makers behind Drivebot aim to eliminate this hassle with what they call "a Fitbit for your car", and it comes in the form of a Bluetooth-equipped dongle that shuttles data about your vehicle's status to a paired smartphone.

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Oakley Airwave 1.5 HUD goggles add Garmin camera support

Oakley Airwave 1.5 HUD goggles add Garmin camera support

Oakley's Airwave HUD goggles have been refreshed to bring in support for Garmin's VIRB Elite action camera, adding wireless pairing between the two devices for easy integration. Called the Airwave 1.5 goggles, this updated pair from Oakley uses Garmin's action cam to bring a live video feed to the HUD and doubles as a remote for controlling the camera (and it's glove friendly, Oakley promises). By utilizing the camera's GPS sensor, the goggles can also show location information, fleshing out the data available to wearers.

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Hulu will soon have old Nickelodeon shows and more

Hulu will soon have old Nickelodeon shows and more

Hulu is a decent subscription to have if it offers a show you like to keep relatively up-to-date on, but isn't so great when it comes to watching old episodes of long gone shows. Netflix fills that void to some degree, but it is lacking in its own way, which makes Hulu's latest announcement a welcomed one: a new deal is in place with Viacom that will usher in thousands of additional episodes, including ones from older shows like The Ren & Stimpy Show and Nickelodeon's under-appreciated Invader Zim.

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The Vizzywig 4K video app is back, ready for iOS 8.1

The Vizzywig 4K video app is back, ready for iOS 8.1

Remember the Vizzywig 4K app that shot video from your iPhone in 4K resolution? After being pulled from the App Store, they’re back — and sporting a new name. Rather than 4K, Vizzywig has now branded themselves 8K. Why the double-down in the naming scheme? Because the app has eight times the pixel density of FaceTime HD, of course. Vizzywig also says that for the best frame-rate experience, an iPhone 5S is needed. The 24 frames per second make video smoother.

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United is replacing headrest screens with tablet holders

United is replacing headrest screens with tablet holders

First world problem or just plain common sense when flying: United Airlines is redesigning its seats so that passengers will be able to prop up a tablet and yet still have space on their tray-table for their in-flight meal. While it might seem flippant, it's part of a push by United to shift entertainment over to personal devices rather than necessarily outfitting every seat-back with a built-in screen.

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Behold! Audi’s most powerful production car ever

Behold! Audi’s most powerful production car ever

Audi has taken the wraps off of its most powerful production vehicle ever, the Audi R8 competition, the road-going cousin to the company's award winning R8 LMS ultra race car. Capable of 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds, and a top speed of 199 MPH, the R8 competition wraps a hefty 570 HP in lashings of lightweight carbon fiber and a host of new aero elements to help keep the limited edition car on the tarmac.

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Antares ISS resupply rocket explodes on takeoff

Antares ISS resupply rocket explodes on takeoff

Orbital Sciences Corp.'s high-profile Antares rocket launch has ended in failure, exploding shortly after takeoff and crashing back down onto the launch pad. The unmanned rocket had been expected to start the Cygnus cargo spacecraft's voyage to the International Space Station, carrying supplies and experiments. Luckily, there are no indications of injuries or fatalities as a result of the rocket failure.

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Proposed FCC rule change blurs Internet/Cable TV lines

Proposed FCC rule change blurs Internet/Cable TV lines

The FCC might be a slow-moving agency, like any in Government, but they’re oddly in-tune with what consumers want (most of the time). A new proposal by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler would give many TV addicts exactly what they want, giving Internet TV providers the same footing as legacy Cable TV providers. If passed, the new rules would make it impossible for a broadcaster to refuse to allow an Internet TV provider the right to carry their service specifically because they weren’t a cable provider.

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Apple facing lawsuit over 2011 Macbook Pro GPU

Apple facing lawsuit over 2011 Macbook Pro GPU

Apple makes beautiful products, but they’re not perfect. A recent iPhone 5 button swap made that clear, and though it took longer than many would have liked for Apple to respond to the issue, they did. This time, they’ll have no choice. A class-action lawsuit has been filed in Northern California, alleging Apple’s 2011 Macbook Pro might be suffering from GPU issues Apple failed to acknowledge. The issue is said to affect both the 15-inch and 17-inch screen versions.

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Don’t expect liberated NFC on the iPhone any time soon

Don’t expect liberated NFC on the iPhone any time soon

iOS app developers shouldn't expect access to the NFC hardware in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus any time soon, with Apple still intending a tight grip on the short-range wireless system that's so integral to Apple Pay. The inclusion of a near-field communications chip in the latest iPhone duo led some to predict Android-style easy pairing with accessories, hyper-localization in apps, and other applications as we've seen proliferate around Google's platform, but according to iPhone product marketing VP Greg "Joz" Joswiak, you shouldn't hold your breath.

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