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Kingii is the smallest inflatable floatation device around

Kingii is the smallest inflatable floatation device around

If you or your loved ones spend a lot of time around the water, concern about drowning has to be on your mind. Lifejackets can be uncomfortable and because of that many people won't wear them leaving them without a safety net if something goes wrong in the water. A new personal inflatable has debuted called Kingii and it is claimed to be the smallest inflatable in the world.

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Philips brings out its own Quantum Dot 4K TV

Philips brings out its own Quantum Dot 4K TV

With TV manufacturer's push for 4K resolutions or curved screens, you probably won't hear much marketing speak about Quantum Dot displays. And yet some strongly hold that this is the future as far as color accuracy is concerned. That is, if they get the green light from environmental agencies. For now, however, Quantum Dot displays, especially TVs, are a rarity despite their promise of better splashes of color. This makes Philips' new 55-inch 55PUF6850/T3 4K TV, with QD Vision's Color IQ Quantum Dot technology, one of a kind.

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United will fly a jet from LA to SF using animal waste

United will fly a jet from LA to SF using animal waste

Remember the poo bus? Now meet its high flying cousin from across the pond. It doesn't have the same somewhat scandalous artwork of the UK Bio-Bus, but it will be running, or in this case, flying, on the same principles. Or the same waste materials, for that matter. United Airlines is planning to make a flight starting from Los Angeles International Airport to San Francisco running on fuel produced from farm waste and animal fat. Which is just a more sensational way of saying "biofuel".

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Sony launches own crowdfunding platform “First Flight”

Sony launches own crowdfunding platform “First Flight”

Although Sony is still a big name in the industry, it no longer has the same force it had back in the days. It sold off its VAIO PC business to shed some unnecessary weight and it seems that its mobile devices might soon be on the way out as well. On the other hand, it also needs new businesses and products to keep it afloat, but a risk-averse culture and financial considerations keep it from jumping into more adventurous pursuits. The solution? A crowdfunding platform that encourages experimentation but, at the same time, shields it somewhat from failure.

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Sony Xperia Z3+ camera might be its own saving grace

Sony Xperia Z3+ camera might be its own saving grace

Sony may have had a misstep with the Xperia Z4/Xperia Z3+ when it came to the choice of a Snapdragon 810 processor, but it is almost inconceivable that it would mess up the camera sensor, one of the key businesses of the company. Sony might have just proven it still got chops in that field. Digital photography benchmarking site DxOMark has just published their report on the latest Sony "flagship" and, as expected, it fares fairly well. Though not enough to become the new king of the hill.

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Jaguar: customers aren’t cargo, won’t make self-driving cars

Jaguar: customers aren’t cargo, won’t make self-driving cars

While some car makers are scrambling to make cars smarter, perhaps even to the point of being able to drive themselves, at least one is putting hard limits to what technology will be able to do. At least according to its R&D head. Wolfgang Epple, Jaguar Land Rover's research and development chief, might come off as anti-robot, but his reasoning pretty much appeals to human emotion. The company doesn't consider its customers as cargo so they aren't interested in developing a robot that just delivers them from one point to another.

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Cyanogen-powered Alacatel TOUCH Hero 2+ is no more

Cyanogen-powered Alacatel TOUCH Hero 2+ is no more

It hasn't even seen the light of day and it no longer will. Alcatel and Cyanogen, Inc. have jointly announced that they are canceling their previously announced plans for a ONETOUCH Hero 2+ remix. Based on last year's Hero 2, this particular smartphone would have been Cyanogen's first device from a well known international brand. Of course, the two will still collaborate on a new Alcatel device bearing Cyanogen OS, but this incident perhaps demonstrate Cyanogen's overeagerness to spread its software, counting their eggs before they even hatched.

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2016 Mirai sets a 312 mile record for zero-emission cars

2016 Mirai sets a 312 mile record for zero-emission cars

The Toyota Mirai is really setting records, at least according to the car maker. Toyota just proudly announced that the 2016 Mirai has achieved the equivalent of 67 miles per gallon on city/highway/combined roads and a range of 312 miles, both based on EPA estimates. That might not sound so noteworthy at first, until you take into account the fact that the Mirai is a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle. Thus, Toyota is claiming that it is the first of any zero emission vehicle to hit, and even exceed, that 300 mile mark.

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Huawei Honor 7 brings multi-functional fingerprint scanner

Huawei Honor 7 brings multi-functional fingerprint scanner

Meizu isn't the only Chinese manufacturer with a smartphone to flaunt today. Huawei has also come out with its own flagship. As you would expect based on the trends, the Huawei Honor 7 touts a full metal design but there are things that the OEM is also doing differently. For one, it isn't going with ready-made Qualcomm or MediaTek chips, preferring its own Kirin processor instead. It is also making its fingerprint sensor go beyond simple authentication, adding a bit more functionality to the rear-side feature.

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Meizu MX5 boasts full metal body, 20MP laser-aided shooter

Meizu MX5 boasts full metal body, 20MP laser-aided shooter

Apple and Samsung push the limits of smartphones in every flagship and Chinese manufacturers push back by going with the trend and slapping on a cheaper price tag. Meizu's latest MX5 is probably the epitome of that cycle. Eschewing the mostly plastic build of its predecessors, the Meizu MX5 now flaunts a metal-clad body with a design that is unabashedly reminiscent of other high-end flagships. Bundle that up with not so insignificant hardware and a price to die for and you've got the makings of classic Chinese smartphone star.

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