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Beats by Dr. Dre announces new Pill and Pill XL with NFC

Beats by Dr. Dre announces new Pill and Pill XL with NFC

Beats Electronics has announced a new, larger incarnation of the Beats Pill: the Pill XL. Measuring in at 13 inches long by 4 inches in diameter, the Pill XL will arrive in stores by early December, 2013. Both the original Pill and the Pill XL will also get some added features that should make for some interesting listening.

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Sony Music Video Recorder first-impressions [samples]

Sony Music Video Recorder first-impressions [samples]

Sony's Music Video Recorder may well be the camera sleeper hit of the holidays. Think of it as the ill-fated Flip Video - or, indeed, Sony's own Bloggie alternative - given a pro-audio upgrade, ostensibly targeted at bands and recording artists looking to make music videos and recordings simultaneously but, as we discovered when we spent some hands-on time with the shooter, certainly capable of more. Read on for our first-impressions.

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Braven 710 portable HD stereo speaker is water resistant

Braven 710 portable HD stereo speaker is water resistant

Audio company Braven has announced the availability of a new wireless HD stereo speaker designed for portable use on the go. The speaker is called the Braven 710 and it is designed to be portable and water resistant with Bluetooth connectivity. The speaker is enclosed in an aircraft grade aluminum housing promising audiophile grade sound.

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Nokia World 2013 predictions: what we’ll see in Dubai

Nokia World 2013 predictions: what we’ll see in Dubai

A collection of devices will likely be revealed this week by Nokia - everything from a tablet to a smartphone (or more than one) to an MP3 streaming music player. This smallest of the collection of devices has been tipped with the name Nokia Guru - at the moment it would appear likely that this name refers to the early code-naming of the machine rather than the final release name. It'll work with MP3s inside as well as wired earphones, a physical volume button, and microUSB.

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IBM dual factor NFC-based authentication system unveiled

IBM dual factor NFC-based authentication system unveiled

Dual form factor authentication has been used for a long time to add an additional layer of security both online and in the real world. Dual factor authentication requires a user to offer some sort of physical token along with something they know such as a password to access systems secured using the technique. Technology giant IBM has announced a new dual factor authentication system that is NFC-based and intended to help users keep online accounts and services secure.

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TYLT Energi+ Backpack Review

TYLT Energi+ Backpack Review

Over the past several weeks we've had the opportunity to take a look at the TYLT Energi+ Backpack, one of a burgeoning series of accessories from the manufacturers that really making a place for themselves in this industry back at CES 2013. What we've seen with this backpack is a superior build, more room for devices than we know what to do with, and - perhaps most importantly - a comfortable bag to wear on a regular basis. Here we've got a multi-use backpack aimed at the owner of multiple devices - that's us!

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ASUS M70 hailed as first desktop with NFC, offers Qi wireless charging

ASUS M70 hailed as first desktop with NFC, offers Qi wireless charging

ASUS has unveiled what it says is the world's first NFC-equipped desktop PC, the ASUS M70, a shiny new tower system that has precious few details available at the moment. Among its features, as you might guess from the image, is Qi charging integrated into the top of the tower, allowing users to wirelessly charge their gadgets by setting them on top of the computer.

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Sony Lens-Style Cameras official: pair with any iOS or Android smartphone

Sony Lens-Style Cameras official: pair with any iOS or Android smartphone

In an effort to create a bridge between standard smartphones and high-powered cameras, Sony has this week unveiled their Lens-Style Camera series with the Sony QX100 and QX10. These devices are also known as the Sony Cyber-shot QX100 and Sony Cyber-shot QX10, but you'll likely see them referred to by their shortened names out in the wild more often than not. These devices were made by Sony for hobby photographers who wish to photograph or take video of everyday events, sharing them immediately thereafter. Attaching a Lens-Style Camera to your smartphone is as easy as a tap (with NFC) and a hook-up physically with an extendable magnetic attachment piece.

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Sony QX10 and QX100 Lens Camera pricing leaks

Sony QX10 and QX100 Lens Camera pricing leaks

Fresh details on Sony's so-called Cyber-shot Lens Cameras, which wirelessly add improved photographic abilities to smartphones and tablets, have emerged, including expected pricing for the unusual attachments. The Sony Cyber-shot QX10 will be around $250, Sony Alpha Rumors reports, while the more capable QX100 will supposedly come in at $450.

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Motorola DROID 5 leak shows QWERTY slider reborn

Motorola DROID 5 leak shows QWERTY slider reborn

If touch keyboards aren't your thing, new pics leaked today that supposedly show the Motorola Droid 5 sporting a QWERTY slider keyboard ought to pique your interest. The photos show the slider lacking the capacitive buttons the previous gen phone had with the addition of wireless charging and a shockproof water resistant design.

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Moto X Skip dongle hands-on with Moto Maker custom phone

Moto X Skip dongle hands-on with Moto Maker custom phone

The Moto X is only showing up in AT&T stores today, but since we got our order in early through our Moto Maker walkthrough last week, we've had an early opportunity to try out the new Skip security dongle system. Effectively a wearable NFC tag, the Skip clips to your jacket, jeans, or purse, and - when tapped against the Moto X - bypasses its PIN code lock so that users can access the "touchless control" Google Now functionality straight away. There are a few other little surprises in the box, though, too, so read on for more.

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E-ink displays can be powered wirelessly with NFC

E-ink displays can be powered wirelessly with NFC

It is widely known that e-ink displays require very little power, one of their biggest bragging points. Because they display static images, power is required only when the image is being refreshed to something new, and as it turns out, NFC provides enough energy to accomplish this. Such was demonstrated in a video we have for you after the jump.

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