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We’re already cyborgs: how screens have stolen our eyes

We’re already cyborgs: how screens have stolen our eyes

Some coffee shops have stopped, or refused to even begin, offering Wi-Fi in their establishments. The goal is noble: to get people to either talk to each other or bury their heads in books or notebooks. It might be an effective strategy if not for the prevalence of 4G even 3G connections in those areas as well. But while almost comic in nature, anecdotes such as these do hint at an underlying truth: that people have become attached, even dependent, on their mobile devices to the point of almost becoming a part of their body, if not their person. They have, become, to some extent, present day cyborgs.

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Azulle Access PC Stick and Logitech K400 Plus keyboard turn TVs into PCs

Azulle Access PC Stick and Logitech K400 Plus keyboard turn TVs into PCs

Personal computing has definitely changed a lot these past years. First, what was once an activity tethered to a desk moved over to laps and sometimes even couches and beds. Today, you can take your computing almost anywhere. Even TVs, appliances associated more with entertainment, can now talk serious business too. That's thanks to gadgets like Azulle's Quantum Access PC HDMI stick, which now comes bundled with the new Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 Plus, to turn TVs into devices for both productivity as well as family fun.

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The USPS will email you photos of your snail mail

The USPS will email you photos of your snail mail

The rise of email and digital communication has been good to me. It's allowed me to effectively disregard nearly every envelope that comes to my house. Sure, I'll get the occasional birthday card, but otherwise, I can't think of many things that I even care to open, as there is a digital counterpart in my inbox for everything important. Well, soon I might just have a digital copy of everything that comes through the USPS, whether it's important or not.

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Evernote: dead unicorn or struggling teen pop star

Evernote: dead unicorn or struggling teen pop star

Among some circles, particularly productivity and venture capitalist groups, there has been some talk about Evernote becoming a dead unicorn. Considering how the product has become ingrained in today's digital lifestyle, it's not surprising to see how polarizing the topic has become. It doesn't help that the company is indeed showing some signs of struggling, particularly with its workforce and management, though it is definitely not out of the running yet. This David turned Goliath, who has managed not only to displace but also shut down some of its rivals (Sprinpad) might be finding itself losing some steam, and here might be some of the reasons why.

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Tokyo airports is testing a Panasonic megaphone that translates into other languages

Tokyo airports is testing a Panasonic megaphone that translates into other languages

Tokyo airport is testing out an interesting new device that allows the user to talk to people in three different languages even if the user doesn't speak those other languages. The device is a megaphone from Panasonic called the Megaphoneyaku. The last syllable in the product name, Yaku, means translation.

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Livescribe fully becomes an Anoto property

Livescribe fully becomes an Anoto property

Despite the prevalence of computers, keyboards, and touch screens, the way of the pen hasn't completely been erased from mankind's culture. It has even found a way back into the digital world, thanks to smartphones and tablets with styluses. With the upcoming arrival of the iPad Pro, that niche space will become even more tighter and the competition for the pen even fiercer. Times like these, it pays to often consolidate your assets and seek allies, which is probably why Livescribe and Anoto are finally becoming one.

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Adidas Futurecraft Leather makes shoe of single piece of material

Adidas Futurecraft Leather makes shoe of single piece of material

While the shoe does still need support of a sole - and strings, of course - this Adidas shoe needs but one piece of leather. The upper bits of this Originals Superstar are cut from a single piece of material, making use of the company's newest innovations in what's called the Adidas Futurecraft series. We previously showed you the first chapter in this story, one in which Adidas created the sole of a shoe using a 3D printer for otherwise-impossible shapes for support.

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Hiku takes on Amazon Dash Button with help from Walmart, Peapod

Hiku takes on Amazon Dash Button with help from Walmart, Peapod

A few months ago, Amazon revealed that what was thought to be a late April Fool's joke was actually a real product. While the Dash Button may have some merits, offering some degree of convenience or laziness, it was practically wasteful and limited. It seems, however, that idea caught someone else's imagination. Hiku Labs has just announced its second gen hiku shopping button, or sphere if you wish, that helps you remember your shopping list and even buys them for you thanks to Walmart Online Grocery and Peapod.

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Bud-E Fridge Review

Bud-E Fridge Review

Over the past few weeks we've been using the Bud-E Fridge, and it's quickly become our favorite non-traditional smart device ever. While we're not generally in the business of reviewing devices that are made solely for keeping food fresh, in the Bud-E Fridge we've found an appliance that's as entertaining to use as it is helpful. While we've used tiny, dorm-friendly fridges before, this machine takes the art to a whole new level. One with can sensors and blinking lights.

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Cole Haan, Mountain Hardwear team up on ZerøGrand urban wear

Cole Haan, Mountain Hardwear team up on ZerøGrand urban wear

Just because you live in the city doesn't mean you won't need the same type of protection that mountain climbers use to shield themselves from harm, especially from the elements. That is the line of thinking that has brought together lifestyle footwear and accessories maker Cole Haan and performance apparel brand Mountain Hardwear. The two have come up with the ZerøGrand Outwear collection that applies proven mountaineering materials and technologies to fashionable yet also extremely rugged apparel and accessories for the modern day urban explorer.

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Jet Capsule boat has underwater cameras and a toilet

Jet Capsule boat has underwater cameras and a toilet

Wealthy boaters looking for a cool pleasure craft or water taxi that will keep them comfortably out of the elements might want to check out the $150,000 Jet Capsule. The boat was unveiled back in 2013 as a prototype and will launch to the public next year. The production version keeps the somewhat strange pod-like proportions of the prototype.

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Glass-bottomed bridge in China is 600-feet in the air

Glass-bottomed bridge in China is 600-feet in the air

A new tourist attraction opened in Shiniuzhai Geopark in Hunan central China this week. It’s said to be the longest glass bottom bridge in the world at 984 feet long and it is 590 feet over the canyon beneath it. The bridge was previously a wooden bottom bridge that was updated with glass to terrify visitors.

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