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Stephen Hawking starts wheelchair geek hunt

Stephen Hawking starts wheelchair geek hunt

Professor Stephen Hawking needs help with his wheels, and he's looking for an assistant handy with a spanner, electronics and at fending off the press. The legendary theoretical physicist is advertising for a graduate assistant to offer technical support for his computer-equipped wheelchair, though it promises to be a challenging role: one of the key responsibilities is "maintenance of "black box" systems with no instruction manual or technical support."

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Geek Speak and Holiday Headaches

Geek Speak and Holiday Headaches

Holidays are generally a time for high blood-pressure, so it's always nice when technology steps in to smooth frustrations and make things easier. Unfortunately, time with family - or indeed away from them - can also introduce its own electronic headaches. Many of us make the annual pilgrimage to the family home with a bag full of cables, gadgets and thumb-drives loaded with anti-malware software, along with the apprehension that we'll be the unpaid Geek Squad while we're there. Some things, though, should be simple: talking to distant family via Skype, for instance. Unfortunately, as I discovered myself this Christmas, that wasn't to be the case.

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Curved glass iPod-bangle in Apple labs tip insiders

Curved glass iPod-bangle in Apple labs tip insiders

Apple's engineers are experimenting with wearable devices, insiders claim, including a curved glass iPod intended to be worn on the wrist and controlled using Siri voice commands. The "very small group of Apple employees" are part of an industry-wide push for wearable tech, the NYTimes reports, using the now-ubiquitous smartphone as a data-crunching hub.

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Avi Greengart’s Last Minute Non-Obvious Holiday Gift Guide 2011

Avi Greengart’s Last Minute Non-Obvious Holiday Gift Guide 2011

Every year SlashGear puts together a gift guide that covers all the usual big ticket gadgets that people want for the holidays. It’s a great guide. However, what if you you’re looking for something a bit different or trying to find something for someone a bit harder to shop for? That’s what this guide is for.

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Flex Lighting shows off integrated light for eBook readers

Flex Lighting shows off integrated light for eBook readers

eReaders like the Amazon Kindle and others are great for reading in a bright room or outdoors since they last a long time and have little glare for the user to contend with. The downside to the design is that the eReaders lack a backlight inside so if you want to read in a dark room you need an external light of some sort for the reader to be able to see the words.

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Early-Adopters Must Learn to Wait

Early-Adopters Must Learn to Wait

Early-adopter shouldn't mean beta-tester. The Jawbone UP saga is a great example of this: pushed out too soon, eagerly picked up by keen geeks, and now the subject of a huge refunds program that's costly both financially for Jawbone and in terms of their all-important reputation. Yet do we bring some of this post-purchase misery upon ourselves - as consumers, enthusiasts, geeks - in prioritizing and praising so doggedly the very first to market? Manufacturers have learned we'll gobble up what we're given, rough edges and all.

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Jawbone offers full UP refund and lets you keep the band

Jawbone offers full UP refund and lets you keep the band

We have talked a lot about the Jawbone UP over the last few months since we first heard about it. The UP is a bracelet meant to be worn all the time to tracks all sorts of health related data on exercise, sleep, and eating habits in conjunction with an app. The UP was tipped to hit soon back in October and then in November the official price and launch date was offered.

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My Tech Vice: I Buy Because I Want It, Not Because I Need It

My Tech Vice: I Buy Because I Want It, Not Because I Need It

I’m here to make a confession: I buy technology products -- from smartphones to tablets to video game consoles -- not because I need them, but because I want them.

Let me take you on a brief recent history.

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Dyson Hot adds heat to Air Multiplier fans

Dyson Hot adds heat to Air Multiplier fans

Dyson's distinctive Air Multiplier fan has spawned a new version, and this time it wants to keep you toasty warm rather than cool you down. The Dyson Hot uses the same bladeless fan technology as its predecessors - hiding the impeller in the base, and channeling the air up through the arched top section so as to remove buffeting and the chance of accidentally slicing into your fingers - but adds a ceramic heating element that, the company promises, adds up to the most efficient way of warming your room.

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DVDO Mobile HD travel kit charges gadgets and shoots HD video to TVs and more

DVDO Mobile HD travel kit charges gadgets and shoots HD video to TVs and more

If you travel a lot and need a portable charger that you can take with you to keep your gear juiced up and you also like to stream media from your phone to a larger screen, check this out. A company called DVDO has a new product that has debuted that is an all-in-one MHL-HDMI adapter and multi-charger for gadgets. The adapter has wired HD connectivity with a HDMI output.

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Traktor Kontrol S2 DJ system breaks cover

Traktor Kontrol S2 DJ system breaks cover

We have talked about a lot of DJ gear around here over the months. One of the last DJ systems we talked about was the Pioneer DDJ controllers for the Traktor software. I didn’t realize that Traktor also made its own DJ gear. Traktor has unveiled the new Kontrol S2 DJ controller that has a 2+1 setup with sample decks and mixing controls along with effect features.

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New cinema glasses breakthrough will let the deaf watch films with no subtitles

New cinema glasses breakthrough will let the deaf watch films with no subtitles

Those of us that can hear don't understand what it's like to not be able to hear at all or not be able to hear well. My grandfather used to have to turn the TV up as loud as it would go to hear what was being said. The rest of us couldn’t be in the same room when he watched. Many shows on TV today can be subtitled if the viewer needs, but few movies in the theater are subtitled.

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