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Logitech Harmony, IFTTT cook up recipes for smart homes

Logitech Harmony, IFTTT cook up recipes for smart homes

Home automation, or to be more exact, smart appliances, are growing in number, but each one of those are virtual islands of their own, unless said islands happen to be owned by a single company. Logitech's Harmony system tries to make these disparate voices sing well together but it can definitely use a bit of smarts as well. And what better way to add some smart thinking into anything than by tying it up with IFTTT to automate even the simplest of things, like turning down the volume of your TV or entertainment system when you get a call.

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PlayStation Experience details drop with ticket sales inbound

PlayStation Experience details drop with ticket sales inbound

Earlier this month Sony revealed that it wants to get its fans together for a big shindig in Las Vegas called PlayStation Experience. During this two-day event, gamers are promised all sorts of fun activities spanning the gamut from gaming to developer panels with a bunch of stuff between. When it was announced, Sony only revealed the price of tickets, saying that it would be back at a future date with info on when they can be purchased. That future date was yesterday.

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NASA taps Soundcloud to aggregate sounds of space

NASA taps Soundcloud to aggregate sounds of space

"In space, nobody can hear you scream." That tagline is growing less relevant by the day. We've heard sounds that were recorded deep in the ocean, and thanks to NASA's various efforts, we've heard sounds from outer space. Keeping track of these audio files isn't terribly simple, however, and so the next time you feel like firing up the sound of radio waves inside Earth's atmosphere at your next party, NASA wants to make sure you can do it hassle-free.

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Microsoft courts Android users with new Garage apps

Microsoft courts Android users with new Garage apps

Some would think hell might have frozen over this week. Just a few days ago, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella boldy and publicly proclaimed that Microsoft hearts (loves) Linux, after years of deriding not just the operating system itself but the whole open source culture that gave birth to it. Now the company seems to be trying to woo the Android crowd by highlighting not one but two Android apps plus an Android Wear app on its Microsoft Garage website. And these apps don't even have anything to do with any of the company's own apps and services. Well, except perhaps Bing.

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Denon hit with Sonos lawsuit over patent infringement

Denon hit with Sonos lawsuit over patent infringement

If you recall, this past summer Denon revealed its HEOS lineup, something that was obviously poised to compete with better-known Sonos. The latter company didn't fail to notice this, nor has it sat idly by. Yesterday on its blog, Sonos revealed that it has sued the company behind Denon -- D&M Holdings -- for patent infringement with its new HEOS system products. Says Sonos, it isn't "fans of resorting to the courts", and so it is hoping to sort things out amicably.

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Headphone Divine: first wireless headphones with DSP

Headphone Divine: first wireless headphones with DSP

Many people grab a pair of headphones and go; as long as music comes through them and nothing about it stands out as inferior, little thought is given towards sound quality. Of course, this doesn't apply to all of us, and so higher-quality headphones are available to appease the tastes of audiophiles, musicians, and professionals. Wireless headphones are more convenient than wired cans, but often produce lesser quality, making them unappealing to some. XTZ has addressed that latter problem with its new Headphone Divine headphones.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron first official trailer goes live

Avengers: Age of Ultron first official trailer goes live

Back during the 2013 San Diego Comic Con we saw a teaser for the upcoming movie Avengers: Age of Ultron. That teaser was largely audio, featuring only close-up shots of various parts of the Ultron suit while ambiguous snippets of dialogue played in the background. Following this comes something far more satisfying (and twice the length): the official teaser trailer, which kicks off with the opening monologue, "I'm going to show you something beautiful. Everyone screaming for mercy."

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Xbox Music free streaming gets the ax December 1

Xbox Music free streaming gets the ax December 1

The nature of online music streaming services is shifting gradually, not to mention heating up as new contenders enter to compete with long-standing services, and reflecting that change is a new announcement from Microsoft: the free streaming aspect of Xbox Music will be going dark on December 1, leaving only the Xbox Music Pass subscription option. The company has preemptively posted responses to some anticipated questions in the form of FAQ, though it danced around answering the most pertinent inquiry: why?

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Canon EOS C100 Mark II arrives in December

Canon EOS C100 Mark II arrives in December

Canon has introduced the second-generation EOS C100 Mark II, an updated camcorder bringing with it fresh features utilizing the latest technologies. The camcorder falls into the economical price range for its targeted market (budget film productions, documentaries, etc.) at $5,499 USD, and is set to drop toward the end of December, meaning you won't likely find it under many Christmas trees. Among its many features comes the promise of better handling and improved video quality.

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Hungary’s Internet providers could soon be taxed per gigabyte

Hungary’s Internet providers could soon be taxed per gigabyte

Internet usage is still mighty expensive in some regions, but all could pale in comparison to what residents in Hungary may soon be paying: the country is set to impose the first-ever tax on Internet usage, and it's a hefty one. The announcement was made earlier today by the nation's Minister for National Economy Mihaly Varga, and it has received harsh criticism from both locals and those abroad. Calls for protests have already happened, but as of right now, the measure is set to start in 2015.

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