Gadgets

Autodesk buys Socialcam in $60m deal

Autodesk buys Socialcam in $60m deal

3D design software pioneer Autodesk announced today that it has agreed to buy mobile video start-up Socialcam for around $60 million. The deal will likely close sometime within the next 30 days, and afterward, it sounds like Socialcam will still retain a large amount of its independence. That doesn't mean that Autodesk isn't going to focus on beefing up Socialcam's service, however, with the company saying that it intends to develop "a more comprehensive set of tools" for Socialcam's tens of millions of users.

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Fiat 500L getting optional espresso maker

Fiat 500L getting optional espresso maker

Can't get enough espresso? Stopping by Starbucks four times a day is all well and good, but true coffee fans make their own. In their cars. Fiat has announced that the 500L will come with an optional built-in espresso maker when it rolls off the line in October, leaving us a little excited and only slightly terrified. Lavazza will be supplying the coffee makers for what Fiat says is "the first standard-production car in the world to offer a true espresso coffee machine." It even comes with matching cups!

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Spy Hawk gives you an eagle eye in the sky

Spy Hawk gives you an eagle eye in the sky

Remote control helicopters were all the rage not too long ago, but how about an even cooler spy plane? RED5 is offering a Spy Hawk plane that has a 5-megapixel camera attached to the nose, able to beam video back to a 3.5-inch screen embedded in the remote control. The plane is capable of being controlled up to 600m away, and you can record video onto a 4GB SD card for later viewing.

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Amazing Spider-Man product placement makes us giggle

Amazing Spider-Man product placement makes us giggle

Now that The Amazing Spider-Man is out for all to see, it's time to talk about the gadgets and software you'll be seeing when you decide to head to the theater this weekend. Of course if you live up here in Minnesota, you'll be considering going to the movies this whole week just to get out of the heat - that just makes good sense. What doesn't make a whole heck of a lot of sense to those viewers of The Amazing Spider-Man is the choices Peter Parker makes in the film in regards to both software and hardware.

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Aquabotix HydroView is like AR Drone for deep-sea diving

Aquabotix HydroView is like AR Drone for deep-sea diving

If you're one of those people for whom your iPad is merely an amalgamation of things that you can show to your friends and go "hey, check this out!" then this is the perfect gadget for you. It's the HydroView fom Aquabotix, and it allows you to submerge a vessel underwater, then beam live video from said vessel to your Apple tablet. If you said "oh, it's one of those things," then you're exactly right.

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SlashGear Mother’s Day 2012 Guide to Gadget Gifts!

SlashGear Mother’s Day 2012 Guide to Gadget Gifts!

It's almost Mother's Day, and so we've taken a look through the products we've most loved over the past few months and have put together a guide for what'll work best for you to give your mom this weekend! It's just that simple, folks, and it's time to get on board with electronics for moms. We'll move through a few different categories and, by the end of the guide, you'll know exactly what Mom will want most - or what'll be best to get her, at least!

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Striiv gaming pedometer gets socially wireless

Striiv gaming pedometer gets socially wireless

If you can't get motivated to exercise for your own good, do it because you're competitive and want to beat your friends and family. That's the message from Striiv, whose digital touchscreen pedometer has been upgraded with a new short-range wireless technology called Striiv Connected, in the process turning personal fitness into a competition through various mini-games.

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Cross-branding is the new Gadget Black

Cross-branding is the new Gadget Black

The power of cross-branding is taking the technology and gadget world by storm, in every sector and in every product from items as small as a low-powered smartphone all the way up to six-figure automobiles. You'll notice it in some of our most popular reviews, you'll see it in the cars we've had our hands on in the past few months, and you'll see it on billboards for power objects of desire all across your city. One brand has something that another brand knows will, with their help, make them both look powerful - and it's taking our consumer culture by storm.

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