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Touch+ hands-on: Someone finally gets gesture control right

Touch+ hands-on: Someone finally gets gesture control right

Touchscreens work for tablets and phones, but getting your fingers involved with notebooks and PCs can be trickier, something Kickstarter success Ractiv believes it has fixed with its Touch+ motion tracking sensor bar. Eschewing the vague waving of Leap Motion, Touch+ takes a top-down approach by creating a virtual multitouch layer right on top of the keyboard. I caught up with the team behind the sensor to find out more on the path from crowdsourcing to shipping a commercial product now.

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Apple Beats buy final: compared to birth of iPhone

Apple Beats buy final: compared to birth of iPhone

It would appear that Apple’s acquisition of Beats by Dre, aka Beats Electronics, aka Beats Music, has been finalized. With it comes a message from Beats, likely written by a top wordsmith from Apple. It sounds that way, anyway, bringing on words that deem Beats headphones worthy of sitting alongside the iPod, iPad, and iPhone as Apple’s key "instruments."

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Tablets “crashing” warns Best Buy chief

Tablets “crashing” warns Best Buy chief

Tablet sales "are crashing" Best Buy's CEO has warned, describing a resurgence in laptops he ascribes to users stumbling across the limits of the "post-PC" revolution. The ominous news comes on the heels of Apple recording a drop in iPad sales in the most recent quarter, while tablet demand as a whole has dropped across the industry. According to the retail chief Hubert Joly, that's a problem the tablet makers still haven't addressed.

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Hack turns ATM into DOOM arcade machine

Hack turns ATM into DOOM arcade machine

There is this long standing gamer belief that a computer is not a computer unless it can run, and play, DOOM. Taking that philosophy to heart, two Australian hackers have embarked on a perilous journey to install DOOM on one machine where you least expect to see it: a cash-dispensing ATM.

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The OS X Yosemite beta is out… here’s what to do first

The OS X Yosemite beta is out… here’s what to do first

Apple doesn't normally pull back the curtain on software until it's fully ready, so it's no surprise that the OS X Yosemite Beta Program, launching today, has Mac users excited. Offering a chance to try out features like the new Spotlight and supercharged Notification Center, it's an unusual foot-in-the-door for the first million sign-ups. Still, beta software has its foibles, and so there are a few things you should consider before jumping at the early code.

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