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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Review – Side-screen side eye

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Review – Side-screen side eye

Using the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is an exercise in obsession with using the biggest and the newest in smartphone tech. This smartphone is not necessarily the most well thought out for the end user - you, and it's not necessarily the best smartphone solution for your everyday life. Instead, like the original Galaxy Note, this device presents a unique method of delivering you your smartphone-family software in a piece of hardware that's extremely well made. If you want to experiment with a new kind of hardware, Samsung proves here that they're the company you're going to want to do it with.

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How Google Cardboard takes you on the VR stage with Paul McCartney

How Google Cardboard takes you on the VR stage with Paul McCartney

This week we've had a chat with Jens Christensen, CEO of Jaunt, the company that's bringing everyday Google Cardboard users to the concert stage with artists like Jack White and Paul McCartney. Jaunt deals in Virtual Reality experiences, collecting events and locations with their unique camera setups, turning that media into video. With Paul McCartney, this journey began with Award-Winning Film Director Mark Romanek. This fellow Romanek is associated with both Paul McCartney and Jaunt, working in the role of one of their advisors. Once McCartney saw Jaunt's technology in action, he invited the crew to his next concert.

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Odroid-C1 gives DIYers a Raspberry Pi-compatible board

Odroid-C1 gives DIYers a Raspberry Pi-compatible board

Although single board computers or SBCs have been existence for a long time, the Raspberry Pi really ushered in a new era by democratizing such boards, making them available at extremely affordable prices. Since then, many have tried to emulate that success and offer hackers, modders, tinkers and all sorts of DIY fans boards of varying power and prices. Hardkernel's new Odroid-C1 is one of those, though it has one clear, but not clearly advertised, advantage: it's input/output pins are compatible with Raspberry Pi's.

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Imagination launches MIPS Creator CI20 dev board

Imagination launches MIPS Creator CI20 dev board

When it comes to "small computers", which covers anything from embedded systems to mobile devices, ARM, and to some extent Intel, are probably the best known names. But that doesn't mean they're the only game in town. The MIPS architecture, which powers an equally big number of embedded systems, including game consoles, is also a contender. Developers for those systems now have their own board to play around and experiment with, now that Imagination has released its own Creator CI20 as part of its programme to hook in more developers and users.

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HTC Hima details leaked: replacing the One

HTC Hima details leaked: replacing the One

The HTC Hima's details have been leaked this morning by a notoriously accurate leakster by the name of "Upleaks", and the device is said to be coming by March of 2015 - and likely introduced either immediately before or during Mobile World Congress 2015. If past events are any indication, we might well see this device introduced in the first couple of months in 2015 then shown off at MWC 2015 while HTC Desire devices are revealed anew. Also, the word "Hima" is a code-name, not a final name.

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Mionix reveals world’s first skin-sensitive smart mouse

Mionix reveals world’s first skin-sensitive smart mouse

The innovation team "MionixLabs" at gaming peripherals company Mionix have revealed the world's first Smart Mouse. The NAOS QG builds on the top-notch form-fitting gaming mouse excellence of the original NAOS, building in "Quantified Gaming" features. With this device, users will be able to track their heart rate and their galvanic skin responses to the game. Deep insight into your body's response to games with heart rate, galvanic skin response, and actions per minute - we're thinking it'll be perfect for Alien: Isolation - for terror and blood-curdling excitement from start to finish, of course.

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Project Tango hits whitelist for consumers

Project Tango hits whitelist for consumers

This week Google has begun opening the buy-gates for Project Tango, bringing in new availability for users around the world. While the device went up on Google Play early this November and began arriving for developers late this November, here in early December (already!) we're seeing the device being made available to those that've showed interest with Google - even if they aren't developers, that is to say.

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Galaxy S6 details in the wings as A7 appears for certification

Galaxy S6 details in the wings as A7 appears for certification

Tenna strikes again, releasing information about the Galaxy A7 before Samsung can officially announce the device on its own. This is Samsung's thinnest smartphone - the thinnest phone they've ever made, that is to say - and it may be pushing clues as to what the Samsung Galaxy S6 might have in store. Metal, for starters - metal-rimmed, not unlike the Galaxy Note 4 - and a body that's 6.3mm thin. Are these the sort of features that'd bring you back into the Samsung fold for 2015?

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CuBoxTV entertainment cube offers XBMC

CuBoxTV entertainment cube offers XBMC

Set-top boxes are a common gadget at this point, with the most notable ones being devices like the Roku and Chromecast. Other lesser-known options are available, however, often requiring a few tech skills to get everything setup but offering more user freedom in return. The new CuBoxTV is one such item, offering users the XBMC platform alongside a tiny cube-shaped design with a variety of connectivity options and media support. CuBoxTV comes from SolidRun, which has put the device up for pre-order.

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Hardware hack lets you play Snake on an LED-lit keyboard

Hardware hack lets you play Snake on an LED-lit keyboard

Before there were birds, plants, or candies, there were snakes. The semi-addictive game debuted on Nokia's mobile phones and become *the* mobile game, until colored screens and higher end hardware pushed it into obscurity. But what if you had fond memories of the game, a penchant for modding any hardware you can get your hands on, and lots of time in those hands? Why not recreate the game in the most unimaginable computer possible, as shown in this mod by Jeroen Domburg, software developer by day, hardware modder by night, and creator of possibly the world's first Snake game on a keyboard.

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