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What is Li-Fi, and how practical is it in the real world?

What is Li-Fi, and how practical is it in the real world?

Li-Fi stands for Light Fidelity, and it's being presented at this time as an eventual replacement for Wi-Fi-transmitted internet. While the term Li-Fi actually does stem from the term Light Fidelity, the word Wi-Fi stems from Hi-Fi, or High Fidelity, from the audio term for home audio, high-quality sound production. The people presenting Li-Fi have taken the concept of the Signal Lamp (aka the Aldis Lamp), sending morse code between ships at sea, instead sending data to your phone. Li-Fi is also known as visible light communications (VLC) technology.

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Tumblr’s app makes gifs now, too

Tumblr’s app makes gifs now, too

This week Tumblr has updated its iOS app to include the ability to make moving .gif images for your blog. This isn't a brand new sort of ability, of course - you could do that on your desktop with Photoshop, if you wanted - but for mobile devices, it's still sort of a new bit of fun. If you want to turn all the movies and the photo burst images you've got on your device into gifs, now might be the best time to make it so.

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Toyota’s SF-R is Toytown-cute Miata rival

Toyota’s SF-R is Toytown-cute Miata rival

Toyota may have been pushing its eco-friendly hydrogen powered Mirai of late, but that doesn't mean it's forgotten fun. The company has taken the wraps off a new coupe concept, the Toyota SR-F, at the Tokyo Motor Show this week, a diminutive and almost playful model that harkens back to tiny Japanese sports cars of yesteryear.

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2016 MINI convertible gets longer and wider

2016 MINI convertible gets longer and wider

MINI has offered up some images and details on the all-new MINI convertible ahead of the official launch of the car in Tokyo. The new convertible will hit dealerships next March and will come in Cooper and Cooper S versions. Both versions will be built on the BMW front-wheel drive platform and will have three and four cylinder engine options.

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Nexus 6P 240fps video camera test: impressive, most impressive

Nexus 6P 240fps video camera test: impressive, most impressive

With the Nexus 6P users have access to the slowest slow-motion ever delivered to an Android smartphone. Inside you'll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 with an Adreno 430 GPU, but no mention of a separate processor for the camera. If indeed the entire load is being handled by Qualcomm's SoC, color us impressed. What you're about to see are a couple of brief examples of how this slow motion system works - slick - on the Nexus 6P right out of the box.

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Meze’s 99 Classics luxury headphones ship next month

Meze’s 99 Classics luxury headphones ship next month

Headphones are available in a bunch of shapes and sizes with price ranges that span from the cheap to the luxurious. Meze’s 99 Classics headphones are on the latter end of that spectrum, providing an unusual, gorgeous design that far outpaces most headphones on the market. The 99 Classics are part of Meze’s Classics series; they’re described as “classy” and “timeless”. The headphones are up for pre-order now, and will be shipping next month.

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Rhapsody launches KIDS mode to wean toddlers on streaming

Rhapsody launches KIDS mode to wean toddlers on streaming

The music streaming market is getting crowded, with almost everyone and anyone coming up with their own spin. Heck, even messaging platform LINE has one. And with Apple's entry into the market, the game is definitely on. Rhapsody has been one of the pioneers in that industry, especially in the "listen all you can for a monthly subscription" business and now it is looking towards a slightly fresh new market: kids. No, it isn't starting a new subscription service but is updating its mobile apps to be more child-safe.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens toys cover only film’s “first third”

Star Wars The Force Awakens toys cover only film’s “first third”

As you may have guessed, the Star Wars merchandise revealed for The Force Awakens thus far is not the full shebang. Steve Evans, Hasbro's design director for their Star Wars line of toys, spoke this week on the future of the toy line. He revealed that the Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys released thus far had been purposefully restricted in their detail. The detail they'd reveal about the film, not the detail in their plastic. They are, in fact, only from "the first third of the film."

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Skarp Laser Razor shaves your mug with freakin’ laser beams

Skarp Laser Razor shaves your mug with freakin’ laser beams

No matter how often you have to do it, I think we can all agree that shaving is no fun. Anyone who has tried different razors knows that shavers and blades are expensive, they cut your skin, and they leave irritation behind that burns all day. Not shaving is the only good thing about being a hipster, if only I could stand flannel. A new razor is on Kickstarter that will eliminate the need for blades called the Skarp Laser Razor.

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2017 Audi A4 first drive: A8 for the everyman

2017 Audi A4 first drive: A8 for the everyman

Hardly had the lights flashed on the new 2017 Audi S4 at the Frankfurt Auto Show, when a handful of journalists were whisked off to Venice, Italy to test drive the next generation A4. Set to go on sale in Q1 of next year as a 2017 model, the new A4 is still some months out, but thanks to this early preview I got a chance to see just what’s going on with the subtle yet appreciable - not to mention critical - changes to both the exterior and interior design over the outgoing car. With 12 million A4 sold worldwide, there’s a lot riding on this ninth-generation (“B9”) model, especially as it faces down the likes of Cadillac's ATS, BMW;s 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz's C-Class.

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