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Apple iWatch may predict heart attacks insiders claim

Apple iWatch may predict heart attacks insiders claim

Apple's "iWatch" wearable could predict heart attacks by tracking blood-flow from the noise it makes in arteries, new sources claim, along with further chatter of talks between Apple and Tesla, suggesting the Cupertino firm could be looking to significantly expand its footprint. The health wearable would use pioneering audio technology to track blood turbulence, it's said, differentiating between healthy flow and the sound of blood struggling to get past the plaque build-up that can lead to coronary failure.

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Ivanpah solar plant ushers in bright future (but it’s already outdated)

Ivanpah solar plant ushers in bright future (but it’s already outdated)

More than 300,000 individually computer-controlled mirrors. Three 459 foot tall towers topped with solar boilers at 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. 392 megawatts of Power. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System has gone live, a huge solar power plant built by BrightSource with backing from Google, NRG, and others, set to provide clean energy to 140,000 homes. For all its advanced technology, though, Ivanpah may be more important as a gateway to even more advanced solar energy projects.

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Titanfall Beta gameplay First-impressions: Xbox One

Titanfall Beta gameplay First-impressions: Xbox One

When you enter Titanfall, you realize quite quickly you're inside a truly modern game. Even in Beta, we're not expecting many people to complain about the graphics, that is, even before we enter gameplay. This isn't a game where the developers (Respawn Entertainment) scrimped on the graphic design and user interface surrounding the in-game action - on the contrary. This game is ready to roll in a visually spectacular way right at the first screen.

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Brighter beacons: Up close with Qualcomm’s Gimbal for Apple Stores

Brighter beacons: Up close with Qualcomm’s Gimbal for Apple Stores

With Gimbal, Qualcomm has a device that breaks quite a few molds. Open source, secure, and conceptually cool, Gimbal has the ability to actually make a difference in your day-to-day life. If you’re one to shop at an Apple Store, chances are you already know just how sublimely smooth the Gimbal experience can be. We sat down with Kevin Hunter, Qualcomm’s Senior Director of Product Management for Retail Solutions, to find out just how Gimbal makes it happen, both for retailers and consumers.

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The LEGO Movie Review

The LEGO Movie Review

I took my 3-year-old daughter to The LEGO Movie this week and she sat through the entire 100-minute film in quiet reverence. End of review. I'm an adult male who grew up with LEGO and, with my daughter, continue to play with and enjoy the creative building toy today - and I was entertained by the movie from start to finish. My daughter and I are two of the types of audience members the creators of this movie appear to have aimed for directly.

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Obama’s Cybersecurity Framework revealed (but is it enough?)

Obama’s Cybersecurity Framework revealed (but is it enough?)

President Obama has launched the new Cybersecurity Framework, the Whitehouse's guide for infrastructure providers like gas, electric, and water, as well as banks and power plants to fend off digital attacks. The handiwork of a year's collaboration between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the private sector, the Framework consists of three components - the core, profiles, and tiers - designed to assess existing security levels, bring them (and employee understanding of them) up to a safer level, and then maintain those levels in future. However, there are already criticisms that the plan does not go far enough.

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Smartwatches to drive wearables as Canalys predicts boom

Smartwatches to drive wearables as Canalys predicts boom

Wearable tech will break the consumer market in 2014 after the segment was buoyed in 2013 by fitness-tracking bands, one research firm has predicted, though smartwatches are expected to cannibalize more basic models from Fitbit and Jawbone. The "smart band" segment made up of smartwatches from manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, and Pebble will reach around 8m shipments in 2014, Canalys suggests, estimating that figure will rise to more than 23m units by 2015, and in excess of 45m units by 2017.

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Verizon Nokia Lumia Icon gets official: first-impressions

Verizon Nokia Lumia Icon gets official: first-impressions

Verizon has refilled its Windows Phone flagship spot, with the Nokia Lumia Icon distilling what we liked from the Lumia 1520 into a 5-inch form-factor with a crisp metal chassis and 20-megapixel PureView. Fronted by a 5-inch, 1080p Full HD OLED ClearBlack display, and running Windows Phone 8 on Qualcomm's 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 quadcore, what the Lumia Icon is particularly focusing on is video recording quality, both in terms of image thanks to the oversampling and lossless zoom of PureView, and a more impressive soundtrack with directional audio recording. Check out our first impressions after the cut.

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Sony Alpha A6000 delivers record-breaking AF from A7′s brain

Sony Alpha A6000 delivers record-breaking AF from A7′s brain

Sony has revealed its latest Alpha camera, the A6000, a 24.3-megapixel compact DLSR slotting in-between the NEX-5T and the A65 and promising the fastest autofocus in the world. Measuring in at a 120 x 67 x 45 mm and 344g pre-lens, the A6000 has a new Exmor APS HD CMOS running through the same updated BIONZ X engine as in the A7 series, for an ISO range of 100-25600 and an autofocus lock in just 0.06 seconds. That's not all the makes the A600 look like it's shaping up to be one of the more interesting cameras of 2014, however.

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