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Following in your footsteps: SmartSoles bring GPS to heel

Following in your footsteps: SmartSoles bring GPS to heel

The tech world isn't short of ways to track you, but if you're yet to embrace wearables and don't have a smartphone, it's still possible to fall off the grid. GTX is targeting the elderly, young children, and potential kidnapping victims traveling to unstable countries with its GPS SmartSole, a waterproof insole that hides wireless tracking technology under your heel.

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Test-driving OnStar 4G LTE: Geek-heaven or Gimmick?

Test-driving OnStar 4G LTE: Geek-heaven or Gimmick?

GM has been talking about baking 4G LTE into its cars for some time, but the first examples are just now rolling off the production line and into dealerships. Upgrading OnStar with a 100x faster data connection, it adds support for mobile hotspot sharing, remote control by smartphone and smartwatch, and third-party apps and services. I jumped into some of the first Buick LaCrosse and Regal cars off the line with 4G to see if it’s a must-have or a gimmick.

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2015 Lexus NX first-drive: Crossover Crunchtime

2015 Lexus NX first-drive: Crossover Crunchtime

The 2015 Lexus NX isn’t your accountant’s Lexus. Aggressively designed, and breaking new ground for Lexus with its first turbocharged engine, the new NX attempts to distill what has worked for the RX into a package more appealing to hip urbanites, young families, and those who might more regularly find mountain bikes in their trunk than Whole Foods bags. True to recent form, there’s even a warmed-up F SPORT version to offset the hybrid worthiness just a little. The NX doesn’t hit the US officially until the end of this year, but I grabbed some early time behind the wheel to see how it’s shaping up.

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Nissan invented something every car needs

Nissan invented something every car needs

What with airbags, electronic stability control, and crumple zones galore, you could be forgiven for thinking there was no safety feature left untouched on the modern car, but Nissan would prove you wrong. The humble rear-view mirror is next in line for a smart update, and as Nissan showed me with its prototype system, the way we look around our car is well overdue a high-tech update.

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Project Tango tablet hands-on: Transformers and sharks at I/O

Project Tango tablet hands-on: Transformers and sharks at I/O

It might not have the immediate impact of Android L or Android Wear, but Project Tango is certainly nearing graduation point with the news today that LG is working with Google to release a consumer device sometime next year. Explaining exactly why someone might want a 3D mapping phone or tablet isn't quite as straightforward as a smartwatch, though, and so Google has been pulling together partners to show off what Tango and the NVIDIA-powered developer tablet can do, including a more grown-up version of the "Cardboard" virtual reality headset that proved the surprise hit of I/O 2014.

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Samsung Gear Live hands-on

Samsung Gear Live hands-on

Samsung's Gear Live was a surprise addition to the Android Wear lineup at Google I/O 2014, but with its roots firmly in the Tizen-powered Gear 2 and Neo it's no great stretch for the Korean giant. As with Motorola and LG's watches, Google and its partners are playing things close to its chest when it comes to actually playing with the new smartwatch platform, but that doesn't mean I couldn't draw some early conclusions from my hands-on time.

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