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Stop Whining and Go To Las Vegas

Stop Whining and Go To Las Vegas

Have you seen the video of kids complaining about their Christmas presents? I won't go into much detail, because SlashGear's own Chris Burns covers this succinctly. But the gist is that it's a video of entitled kids complaining about the gifts they did not get. My favorites are the ones (plural) where kids complain "Sure, I got a car, but I also wanted an iPad." Then they curse at their parents, or their creator, or life in general. I agree with Burnsy. Take their gifts away.

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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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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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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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