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Sony outs 2nd-Gen Google TV boxes with streamlined remote

Sony outs 2nd-Gen Google TV boxes with streamlined remote

Sony promised second-gen Google TV hardware, and the company has delivered with the new Sony Network Media Player NSZ-GS7 and Blu-ray Disc Player NSZ-GP9, streamlining the remote and boosting cross-platform support. Gone is the button-festooned madness of the original line-up, replaced with a straightforward trackpad on one side and a backlit QWERTY keyboard on the other. However, either can be bypassed thanks to an integrated microphone for voice-recognition and control.

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Wi-Spi video surveillance RC vehicles

Wi-Spi video surveillance RC vehicles

I'm sure there are better gadgets for spying on your next door neighbor, but they probably aren't as fun to use or play with as the Wi-Spi video surveillance vehicles. InteractiveToy has constructed both the Wi-Spi helicopter and Wi-Spi Intruder. The Intruder is a basic remote control car with a video camera built into the grill.

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Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 revealed: 720p recording and easier flight

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 revealed: 720p recording and easier flight

Parrot's AR.Drone 2.0, the second-generation iPhone, iPad and Android controlled quadricopter, has leaked ahead of its official debut at CES 2012 this week. The four-rotor'd gadget now has a 720p HD camera which can record as well as stream footage to the new AR.FreeFlight 2.0 piloting app, a premature press release at DIYDrones [reg. required] confirms, while a new "Absolute Control" method promises to make flying the AR.Drone 2.0 even easier than before.

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Swann RC helicopters with iPhone controls, mounted cameras released

Swann RC helicopters with iPhone controls, mounted cameras released

This week the folks at Swann have let loose information about three completely different remote controlled helicopters, each one more impressive and strange than the last. The first is the Sky Eye, which as its name suggests, has the ability to record flights with video or still photos to its built-in 512MB memory. Next there's the i-Fly Micro Lightening which can be controlled from your iPhone with a free app provided by Swann. Then there's the Black Swann which, like the Sky Eye, is able to record media, but here you've got a "stealth" helicopter instead of a "military."

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LogMeIn iOS app now free for remote desktop access

LogMeIn iOS app now free for remote desktop access

The LogMeIn app for remotely accessing your Mac or Windows desktop via your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch is now free. The app originally cost $29.99 and was called LogMeIn Ignition. This new version carries over much of the same functionality allowing you to remotely control your desktop computer from the convenience of your iOS device while on the road or simply lounging on the couch.

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Nest iPod-style Smart Thermostat gets a detailed teardown

Nest iPod-style Smart Thermostat gets a detailed teardown

A few months back we reported on a device called the Nest Learning Thermostat. This iPod-esque smart thermostat is available now and comes from Nest Labs - led by ex iPod chief Tony Fadell. The neat little gadget they've created will awake when you walk by, learn your ways and habits, and even save you money while it heats or cools your home. Thanks to Sparkfun we now have additional details and a full teardown of information.

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Sony BRAVIA smart TV adds YouTube HD, Facebook, Twitter

Sony BRAVIA smart TV adds YouTube HD, Facebook, Twitter

Sony has updated its smart TV range with new social networking integration, high-definition YouTube video support and remote control from VAIO or other computers. The new firmware for the 2011 BRAVIA line-up brings Facebook galleries, messages, status updates and links to the internet-connected HDTVs, while a new Twitter ticker scrolls updates across the bottom of the screen. Meanwhile, it's possible to share Track ID results - Sony's song identifying technology - on Twitter too.

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Sonos Controller for Android tablets released

Sonos Controller for Android tablets released

Sonos has pushed out a new version of its Sonos Controller app, now catering for Android tablets with a custom UI and new features like social networking integration. The updated app dynamically adjusts to suit the bigger display scale - whether you're running a 7-incher or a 10.1-incher - and can show a user's zones, music menu, now playing pane and volume controls at the same time.

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