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Saving the IoT from WiFi with Particle’s Electron

Saving the IoT from WiFi with Particle’s Electron

The Internet of Things might seem pretty ubiquitous at this point, but there are still headaches in getting things connected. Most internet-linked devices rely on WiFi, and though that's common in homes and increasingly in offices (though the latter might be ruled by a draconian IT department), out in the wild it can be harder to find consistently.

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On the track with Toyota’s crazy Camaro-killing R-Tuned minivan

On the track with Toyota’s crazy Camaro-killing R-Tuned minivan

This family hauler, tuned by Toyota Technical Center in collaboration with championship-winning performance shop DG-Spec accomplished a super fast lap time of 1:27 which is on par with some of highest performance sports car available at the Streets of Willow Springs.

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Valentines Day Gift Guide for Geeks and Nerds 2016

Valentines Day Gift Guide for Geeks and Nerds 2016

The following Valentine's Day gift guide is androgynous and prepared for the nerd in your life. Whether you're in love or just obligated to gift don't want the recipient to get the wrong idea, here you go. This list is for you. It's relatively brief, and everything on the list is 100% full of guilt-free joy. You and yours can partake and feel good about a world full of science fiction and happiness.

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Hands-on with Sensor-1, a smart Bluetooth watchdog

Hands-on with Sensor-1, a smart Bluetooth watchdog

Bluetooth trackers and IoT-style connected gadgets have given us tech that James Bond once could only dream about, but startup Metasensor has even broader ambitions than Q. Sensor-1 is a roughly coin-sized, motion-tracking Bluetooth puck that promises to secure your belongings, help you avoid forgetting your phone, and even hunt down objects without power-hungry GPS.

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Wilson X Connected Football hands-on: The IoT gets competitive

Wilson X Connected Football hands-on: The IoT gets competitive

With the Super Bowl upon us, what better time to preview the latest in Wilson X's wirelessly-enabled sports tech, the Connected Football. Though it's stuffed with Bluetooth and a bevy of sensors, at first glance you'd be forgiven for mistaking it for a regular football but, as Wilson demonstrated when I met with them in San Francisco this week, it'll unlock a wealth of new data when it arrives in time for the 2016 season.

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Snow-drifting Porsche’s best cars to test the Re-Fuel GoPro Battery

Snow-drifting Porsche’s best cars to test the Re-Fuel GoPro Battery

When I was a teenager, my morning routine consisted of a panicked, headlong rush down the ice-covered dirt roads that separated my rural ancestral home from the gravel parking lot at my high school. My steed of choice in those days was a decade-old Ford pickup, whose four-speed manual gearbox and 70/30 weight distribution ensured that I spent most of my commute completely sideways with the tachometer (aftermarket and strapped to the steering column, of course) pegged in the red.

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2016 BMW 650i Coupe Review

2016 BMW 650i Coupe Review

The luxury coupe is back in fashion, and would you believe it, BMW was already there waiting for us to realize. Sitting pretty as the grand tourer of choice for the teutonic set is the BMW 650i Coupe, sixteen feet of twin-turbo excess that - for $90k or thereabouts - will alternately cosset and hurtle you and three of your family, lovers, or friends.

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Acer Predator 8 Review Part I: what no other tablet has

Acer Predator 8 Review Part I: what no other tablet has

When we first heard about the Acer Predator 8, it was clear they were going after the market dominated by the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet. This is a gaming tablet that rolls with an 8-inch WUXGA (1920 x 1200 pixel) display and four front-facing speakers. Acer is not fooling around with this release. This is no "filler" tablet. In this device is one of the strangest - in a good way - pieces of Android hardware we've seen in a very long time.

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Battling Postpartum Depression with an iPhone

Battling Postpartum Depression with an iPhone

This week begins Apple's latest "World Gallery of photography", an ad campaign that, amongst others, will spotlight entrepreneur and mother Erin Brooks' photographs on a public stage. Brooks' story is as much about battling one's way out of the difficulties of two pregnancies as it is about experiencing and capturing the world through high-quality photographs. As we've learned this week, Brooks' trials and tribulations, (along with a bit of help from her iPhone), have molded her into the skilled photographer she is today.

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Audi R8 LMS triumphs at Rolex 24 GTD class

Audi R8 LMS triumphs at Rolex 24 GTD class

Proving once again its mettle both on the road and on the track, Audi has taken the crown at the 24 hours of driving endurance that is known as the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Coming in at first place is the No. 44 Audi R8 LMS with its Audi factory driver Rene Rast, owner/driver John Potter, and drivers Andy Lally and Marco Seefried. And its lead against the second place Porsche 911 GT3 R? An astounding 3.048 seconds, considered a huge gap in the world of racing.

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2016 Volkswagen Golf R Review

2016 Volkswagen Golf R Review

Volkswagen doesn't have a lot of friends right now out there in auto-land - the foot-in-mouth associated with the TDI diesel scandal has had far-reaching implications in terms of public trust in the brand - but those that continue to stick up for VW during this dim period do so because of cars like the 2016 Volkswagen Golf R. This hot hatch's spec sheet reads like a wish list pried from the imagination of every teenager who's ever lain awake at night building and re-building the ultimate version of the ten year-old Golf parked in their parents' driveway.

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Virtual Reality Done Wrong: Making it Look Terrible

Virtual Reality Done Wrong: Making it Look Terrible

Today we're going to discuss how not to present virtual reality to the public. The images you see at the top of this article are wrong. They're bad. Skeptics of this platform see these images and remain skeptical. People who love virtual reality look at these images and see how goofy they look when they have virtual reality headsets on. It may have worked in the 1980s when ads were extremely strange - but it's not going to work here in the present.

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