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Brio smart outlet only turns on when you need it

Brio smart outlet only turns on when you need it

Electrical outlets pose different sorts of threats, most notably being to small children who poke objects inside them out of curiosity. The go-to method for avoiding this unfortunate scenario is using plastic outlet plugs that block the ports, but that's not always effective. A California company called Brio has addressed this issue with a smart outlet likewise called "Brio" that only goes live when a valid object is plugged into it. In doing so, the company hopes to mitigate the typical hazards associated with outlets.

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Sony Pictures hack tipped as an inside job

Sony Pictures hack tipped as an inside job

Sony Pictures was swept up in a widespread attack recently, something that came to light after a screenshot of a compromised computer in one of the company's offices was posted to Reddit. Through that screenshot we saw mention of some unspecified demands and a threat to leak data if the demands weren't met. That has spawned different tidbits of information coming from different sources alleging knowledge of or access to the situation, the most recent of which suggests the hack was, in part at least, an inside job.

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Nexus 9 keyboard folio now available — for $129

Nexus 9 keyboard folio now available — for $129

Now that we’re well heeled in Nexus 9-ness, Google has gone ahead and released the keyboard folio for their flagship tablet. As expected, the keyboard folio does all we were told it would: attaches magnetically, doubles as a hardcover case — all the good stuff. We do find it interesting that Google has made the folio with a mechanical keyboard, though. It’s also interesting that it comes in one color, “black leather”. Even more interesting is the price Google thinks you’ll pay.

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Rumor: Twitter wants to buy selfie-sharing app Shots

Rumor: Twitter wants to buy selfie-sharing app Shots

Not too long ago, Twitter CFO Anthony Noto had quite the social media fail. Rather than a Direct Message, he tweeted that Twitter should “buy them”, and that a meeting was scheduled for December 15 or 16. He also has a plan on selling whoever they’re meeting with on selling. Quickly, curiosity got the better of us all, and we wondered who Twitter would be trying to snap up. Another advertising arm? It seems Twitter is about to take a shot at buying Shots.

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Sony, FTC settle issue on PS Vita ads; refunds coming

Sony, FTC settle issue on PS Vita ads; refunds coming

Sony is no stranger to over-the-top advertising. their recent ad had to be yanked for being a bit to risqué, and those PlayStation 9 commercials ahead of the PS2 launch were pretty impressive. When Sony released their PS Vita, a lot was promised, including the ability to play console games on the go. Today, the Federal Trade Commission and Sony have settled a claim that those ads were misleading, if not downright false. PS Vita consumers are also due a refund for the snafu.

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3D printer on ISS makes first item: a part for itself

3D printer on ISS makes first item: a part for itself

Made In Space’s 3D printer, which is currently housed on the International Space Station, has printed its first item. While Earthbound printers might be used for toys or other trinkets, the 3D printer in space has a better idea: parts. The first item the printer printed was a spare part. For itself. the 3D printer orbiting the one on your desk is very similar, too: ABS plastic, fed through a filament, that lays out items on a base. The printer arrived via SpaceX’s Dragon ship.

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Amazon ‘Local Services’ sets you up with install pros

Amazon ‘Local Services’ sets you up with install pros

TVs, home security cameras, maybe even a ceiling fan. There are plenty of things you might want to buy from Amazon, but then that creeping doubt sets in. Do you know how to set this up? Does the person you’re buying it all for know how to mount a TV? It’s been a nagging part of the shop-from-home scenario for quite a while, but Amazon is taking steps to help you really get up and running. Their long-rumored ‘Local Services’ feature is now live.

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Mercedes-AMG has its wicked way with CLA Shooting Brake

Mercedes-AMG has its wicked way with CLA Shooting Brake

Mercedes-Benz has outed a freshly-fettled car from its AMG tuning division, the CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake, following up the LA Auto Show last week with its striking Mercedes-AMG GT S. Putting power and a trunk together, the five-door has a 2-liter BlueDIRECT four-cylinder turbo engine with 360 HP and 332 lb-ft of torque, and will do 0-60 mph in 4.7s. It's electronically limited to 155 mph, mind, just to stop you from rattling your IKEA purchases to pieces.

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Car plug-in tells you what’s wrong, where to get it fixed

Car plug-in tells you what’s wrong, where to get it fixed

Existing connected car dongles might tell you about your drive stats and provide feedback on making you a better motorist, but driving is a team effort. Your car has to perform, and when it starts to tell you it’s not ready to go, frustration and a touch of panic set in. What does the “check engine” light mean? Why is it making that weird noise? Mechanic Advisor, a site with a network of automotive repair shops, will soon be jumping into the connected car game with their own plug-in dongle.

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HTC One for Windows nabs an Xbox Dot View cover

HTC One for Windows nabs an Xbox Dot View cover

Today we're having a quick peek at the Xbox Dot View cover - a sort of limited-engagement release made specifically for the Windows Phone version of the HTC One (M8). This case works exactly the same as the standard HTC Dot View cover, but here you're getting it in Xbox Green. You've also got the Xbox brand on the back, for good measure. This case is part of a push for the HTC One (M8) with Windows this holiday season, coming with the device with Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile inside the United States.

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