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Austin PD warns SXSW fans that Uber isn’t approved

Austin PD warns SXSW fans that Uber isn’t approved

There are thousands of people attending the SXSW music and tech festival in Austin, Texas. The festival has been around for years and that means that hoards of people from out of town need transportation services. The Austin Police Department is warning SXSW attendees to use only approved transportation services.

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The Miracle Machine quickly creates wine at home

The Miracle Machine quickly creates wine at home

If you are a fan of wine, you may think being able to make your own vino at home is something that the average person can’t do. There are plenty of kits out there for making your own beer, but if you prefer wine, your options are more limited. A new gadget has been announced called the Miracle Machine.

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Why I didn’t become a Google Glass Explorer

Why I didn’t become a Google Glass Explorer

Late last year, I reported on these pages that I was offered by Google to become a Google Glass Explorer. I had signed up to be notified when it was "opening its books" and Google offered me beta access to the program. Like everyone else, I was asked to pay $1,500 to become an Explorer and get my Google Glass headwear. I would then become the Explorer I thought I wanted to be.

When the notice came that I could join the program, my first reaction was to sign up. But then I took a step back, came to these pages to find out what the world thought, and make a decision from there. I decided against the move, realizing that right now might not be the best time to be an Explorer.

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World’s oldest cheese found buried with Chinese mummies

World’s oldest cheese found buried with Chinese mummies

When you think of mummies, odds are you mind goes to Egypt automatically. The Egyptians weren't the only people to mummify their dead in ancient times. A group of archaeologists studying Chinese mummies has made an interesting discovery that has nothing to do with the mummification process itself. The team has discovered what they say is the world's oldest cheese.

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Automatic smartphone car link gets IFTTT channel

Automatic smartphone car link gets IFTTT channel

Automatic, the iPhone-connected car telemetry dongle, has announced a new IFTTT channel that can integrate a vehicle into the Internet-of-Things, including automatically logging journeys, sending notifications when you're about to get to work, or even controlling a smart home. The new "If This Then That" channel can be sparked by several different triggers, including ignition status and location, and then used to fire off other IFTTT-integrated services like Twitter, Facebook, Dropbox, SmartThings, and more.

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Sony SmartBand and Lifelog Camera hands-on

Sony SmartBand and Lifelog Camera hands-on

"Log your day, every day" Sony says, hoping that it's the SmartBand SWR10 you choose to do that with, not just a pen and paper. The company's new wearable was previewed back at CES last month but the company saved the details for Mobile World Congress, outlining how the Bluetooth-connected dongle - and, eventually, a Smart Lifelog Camera companion - could not only do the work of a fitness tracker but integrate in every facet of your life. We grabbed some hands-on time to find out more.

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