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Furby Connect smart toy fixes original’s most annoying feature

Furby Connect smart toy fixes original’s most annoying feature

It was inevitable, really: after a sudden rush of smart toys, the annoying furry gizmo that arguably started it all is back with a cloud-enabled version. Furby Connect takes Hasbro's original bleating, chirping toy and throws a Bluetooth radio inside, allowing it to pair with a smartphone and be updated over time with new games and features.

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Chime wants to be the Keurig of chai tea: Hands-on

Chime wants to be the Keurig of chai tea: Hands-on

Chai tea is a complicated thing, and startup Chime wants to give it the same geek upgrade coffee has seen over the past five years. Though you wouldn't necessarily know it to drink the syrupy Starbucks beverage claiming to be a chai latte, a proper cup of chai tea takes some serious effort to prepare: Chime is promising to address all that, with the convenience of a Keurig but the authenticity of a hand-made drink.

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Disney Research team uses electromagnetic signals to identify gadgets

Disney Research team uses electromagnetic signals to identify gadgets

Disney researchers have created a system for identifying different gadgets based on radio frequency emission (“system noise”); the system is precise enough that it can tell apart two visually identical items. Called EM-ID, the name references electromagnetic signals produced by smartphones, laptops, and similar electronic devices; the identification process is also able to tell the difference between classes of items, such as distinguishing power tools from computers.

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Here’s how Samsung and GE will bake the IoT into your kitchen

Here’s how Samsung and GE will bake the IoT into your kitchen

The Internet of Things wants to invade your kitchen, and a new breed of high-tech, high-price appliances is the gateway. Samsung has followed up its oddball Family Hub Fridge - which puts a big touchscreen tablet interface on the front of a double-door fridge-freezer - with another connected gadget for the kitchen, a WiFi-enabled range.

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Dyson’s Supersonic hairdryer blows best, but the price sucks

Dyson’s Supersonic hairdryer blows best, but the price sucks

Dyson's quest to upgrade everything that sucks or blows continues, with the Dyson Supersonic bringing fancy airflow to your hairdryer. Promising not only greater control, less hair damage from excess heat, and quieter operation, the dryer - which almost looks like a tiny Thor's hammer, if you squint a fair amount - kicks things off by redesigning and moving the most important part.

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iRobot Braava Jet is a robot maid for your bathroom floor

iRobot Braava Jet is a robot maid for your bathroom floor

iRobot's Roomba robots already suck: now they can spit, too. The iRobot Braava Jet isn't rude, though, it's actually intended for bathroom and kitchen floors, as well as rooms with wood and laminate surfaces. Cheaper than its vacuum siblings, it's also considerably smaller so that it can dart behind your toilet. I cornered it in a bathroom to see how it worked.

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Magnasonic DLP pico projector claimed as ‘world’s smallest’

Magnasonic DLP pico projector claimed as ‘world’s smallest’

Magnasonic has introduced its newest pico projector, the LED Pocket Pico Projector. According to the maker, this is the smallest projector of its kind, and while it won’t be taking on the quality of full-size projectors, it does come in a pocket-friendly form factor, allowing you to toss it in your bag and use it whenever the need arises.

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Spray butter on any food in an instant, with biēm

Spray butter on any food in an instant, with biēm

I'll be honest, I'm pretty lazy when it comes to my food. If there's a shortcut that I can take, without losing too much on the flavor side, I'll take it. The only thing I really struggle with in that department is butter. I hate scraping cold butter over toast, but I'm also not a fan of the artificial butter-substitutes that you can spray (yes, I can believe that's not butter). Well, all of my butter-related issues have just been solved by one new gadget.

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Tovala oven promises perfectly-cooked meals at the push of a button

Tovala oven promises perfectly-cooked meals at the push of a button

Back to the Future had a very interesting take on what the world would be like in the year 2015. Well, we already know how 2015 turned out, and very few of Robert Zemeckis' predictions came true. While hoverboards, flying cars, and Mr. Fusion were all nice, there was one invention that I really wanted to see. I'm talking, of course, about the oven that rehydrated and baked a pizza in almost no time.

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JmGO View packs a 180″ screen into a small package

JmGO View packs a 180″ screen into a small package

The idea of portable projectors has been around for a while. Several companies make them, but the hardest part is making something portable that can actually show a decent-sized picture that's not washed out. Plus, you're stuck using your phone's speakers for audio. That might be alright for a business presentation in conference room with the lights off. But JmGO thinks they've got something better.

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Freewrite Smart Typewriter is a hipster’s dream device

Freewrite Smart Typewriter is a hipster’s dream device

As someone who spends a good portion of their day writing, I can attest to how easy it is to get distracted. I've been writing for the last 8 years, and the wonders of technology and social media have made life far more distracting than it was when I started out. I've already tweeted once, and spent a good three minutes scrolling through Facebook since I started on this piece. So how do you disconnect and write without any distractions? Well, one company thinks that they have the answer.

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Self-balancing scooters have caused over $2 million in damage since December

Self-balancing scooters have caused over $2 million in damage since December

We all know that the so-called hoverboards are bad news. In addition to making you look really stupid, they can also cause some serious damage. The US Office of Compliance and Field Operations recently compiled a report on the devices, and sent it to "Manufacturers, Importers, and Retailers of Self-Balancing Scooters."

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