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Forget fitness, Misfit Flash Link could be a smart home essential

Forget fitness, Misfit Flash Link could be a smart home essential

Misfit hasn't only made one of the cheapest fitness wearables around, the Misfit Flash Link could well end up a must-have for the smart home. The $19.99 health tracker announced today is designed to clip to a wristband, belt, or other item of clothing, and funnel movement stats into your phone. All the same, for anybody with more than a toe dipped into home automation its potential as an affordable way to address one of the lingering frustrations after you've upgraded to wireless lights, appliances, and more, is clear.

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The best Pluto photos from New Horizons so far

The best Pluto photos from New Horizons so far

New Horizons successfully reaches and passes Pluto, taking photos during a 22-hour period of observation. What we're doing here is collecting the best of the best - which, incidentally, may end up being the whole collection. Straight from NASA to your eyeballs, these are the first images of Pluto from within several thousand miles of the dwarf planet. You can also have a peek at a large set of images captured over the past few weeks by New Horizons by hitting up our New Horizons tag portal.

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Go West : The march of Chinese Mobile OEMs to the U.S.

Go West : The march of Chinese Mobile OEMs to the U.S.

ZTE made an unexpected, if you haven't been monitoring the rumor mill, announcement yesterday. A new Axon smartphone brand that puts mainstream flagships on notice with its high-end specs and sub-premium price. That is, however, just the tip of the Chinese iceberg. Crowd favorite Xiaomi has made its slow crawl to markets outside China. Huawei made an interesting proposition when it announced the P8 lite smartphone and seems to be a crowd favorite for the next Google Nexus smartphone. The dragon is rising and OEMs should take note. But this journey to the West, just like the novel, is fraught with challenges.

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2017 Audi R8 First Drive – All supercar, no compromises

2017 Audi R8 First Drive – All supercar, no compromises

There’s driving, and then there’s driving a car that thinks it’s a racer. Thing is, the Audi R8 has the credentials to back that up, born from an unmistakably noble family of champions and given the same name as a Le Mans winning sports car. For the 2017 R8, Audi turned to the same engineering team that developed the Nurburgring 24 Hours-winning R8 LMS race car, including half a shared parts bucket. It’s something I found hard to forget when Audi invited SlashGear to Portugal, to be among the first to try the new R8 on the track.

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We’ve passed Pluto – where are the photos?

We’ve passed Pluto – where are the photos?

Now that we've passed Pluto, you might be wondering why we're not looking at brand new up-close photos of all sorts. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has an antenna that must remain stationary at all times - it's not attached to a robotic arm or anything. Because of this, and because the craft was only passing extremely close to Pluto for a short period of time, the team wisely decided to utilize the time collecting data from our spacey cousin rather than sending back data as fast as they could. In short - photos and data are coming inside this week, just not right this minute.

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Review (2015) – Middle child syndrome

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Review (2015) – Middle child syndrome

If you’re only going to do one thing, you need to do it really, really well, so the stakes are high for Amazon’s 2015 Kindle Paperwhite. Slotting in-between the $79 Kindle and the well-esteemed - but, at $199, expensive - Kindle Voyage, the $119 Paperwhite now gets a 300 dpi E Ink screen not to mention new software intended to make reading more immersive. Question is, does the new Kindle suffer from middle-child syndrome, or has Amazon managed to eclipse not only its entry-level ereader but its flagship. too?

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ASUS ChromeBook Flip Review : tiny hero, shiny and chrome

ASUS ChromeBook Flip Review : tiny hero, shiny and chrome

Witness this - a web-browser notebook that flips back into a tablet, made with metal, sporting a touchscreen, that won't break your bank. That's what ASUS has up for grabs with the ASUS Chromebook Flip (C100). This is like the first in a line of Chromebook Flip machines from ASUS because they've done something we'd be surprised if consumers didn't latch on to like mad. That's a low-cost Chrome OS notebook that doesn't look or feel low-cost. It feels positively premium, believe it or not, and it does just what a Chromebook should - make full use of the internet.

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Samsung wearable to beat HoloLens with 3D-cam and 2x Glass

Samsung wearable to beat HoloLens with 3D-cam and 2x Glass

Samsung may be next on the list of hardware companies to deliver a smart headset with dual-Google Glass-like displays, 3D cameras, and augmented reality/holography. This device does not yet have a formal name, instead opting in early registration documents as a "wearable display apparatus" only. The image you see before you is not the same as Samsung's earlier Google Glass competitor seen back in January of 2014 - this headset is brand new. It's wireless, and it's sporting virtual imagery the likes of which we've never seen before.

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Google’s plan for wireless charging Chromebooks

Google’s plan for wireless charging Chromebooks

Google suggests that inside the notebook computers of tomorrow will be wireless charging coils for smartphones and wireless power receivers. A new patent filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office has revealed Google's plans to implement standardized wireless charging abilities into an on the keyboards of the laptop computers of tomorrow. Or perhaps the Chromebooks of tomorrow, if Google's love of Chrome OS stays strong enough long enough. These chargers would be under the caps of the keys on your keyboard, sending power out or acting as receivers of power in alternate use cases.

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Inside FIRST’s scheme to make Android the heart of STEM robotics

Inside FIRST’s scheme to make Android the heart of STEM robotics

For a platform called Android, it’s surprising that it’s taken this long to see it jump into robotics, but if FIRST and Qualcomm have their way a new generation of young people will make it the de-facto standard. FIRST - the organization set up by Dean Kamen of Segway fame “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” - announced back in March it would drop LEGO for Android for one of its robotics tournaments, and while those games don’t start until 2016, I stopped by this year’s FIRST Championship in St. Louis to get a preview of the system.

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Seriously, Google wants to put remotes on your eyes and teeth

Seriously, Google wants to put remotes on your eyes and teeth

A patent revealed this week suggests that not only is Google still working on smart contact lenses, they've got all kinds of body-mountable devices on the books. While we've not heard from Google about this Google X project since March - and even then just inside another patent - it's clear that there's work being done behind the scenes. This particular patent doesn't concentrate so much on the health-monitoring aspects of the lens, instead focusing on the user interface. Instead of working on your glucose, these devices will change the channel on your television.

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For surprise hit Tangerine, iPhone the movie camera of choice

For surprise hit Tangerine, iPhone the movie camera of choice

Necessity is the mother of invention, but moviegoers were still astonished to hear that unexpected Sundance 2015 hit Tangerine was filmed entirely on iPhone. The high-energy, sharply comic, but also touching film wasn’t the first to rely on Apple’s smartphone, but with a theatrical release this week it’s perhaps the highest-profile. After an early screening in San Francisco, I sat down with Tangerine’s writer/director Sean Baker and co-screenwriter Chris Bergoch to find out how the iPhone helped shape a movie that at times can be as challenging to watch as it is rewarding.

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