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New police drones could be equipped with non-lethal weapons

New police drones could be equipped with non-lethal weapons

Drones have been used increasingly in law enforcement scenarios to pursue suspects, thanks to their cheap cost, easy deployment and different camera configurations, including night vision and infrared. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is about to spend $300,000 on a ShadowHawk drone which will help them to pursue suspects, aid in SWAT operations, and looking for missing people, but the American Civil Liberties Union says there’s cause for concern over the potential for weapons to be added.

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PlayBook OS 2.0 finally released

PlayBook OS 2.0 finally released

RIM has released BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 for its 7-inch tablet, finally adding much-needed features like a native email app and social networking integration, as well as turning your BlackBerry phone into a remote control. The free upgrade is available today, bringing with it select Android app compatibility; RIM says the BlackBerry App World is also being updated with "a range" of Android apps that will work with the PlayBook.

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BMW remote iOS app arrives in the US

BMW remote iOS app arrives in the US

The My BMW Remote app has already been available to the company's European customers and now the iOS version has been launched for US customers. This means that you can now remotely control certain features of your BMW directly from your iPhone. But if you're an Android user, you'll have to wait a bit as that's being worked on still.

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VooMote Zapper iPhone Universal Remote Control Review

VooMote Zapper iPhone Universal Remote Control Review

The device you're about to see is a tiny piece of technology that plugs into the 30-pin port on your iPhone, your iPod Touch, or your iPad. What you'll get when you connect to the application that comes free from the iTunes App Store is a universal remote for essentially any television-connected device you've got in your living room. We've got the original release of the VooMote Zapper here, and what you'll see is only the beginning of your VooMote experience.

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Samsung Smart Touch Control revealed and detailed

Samsung Smart Touch Control revealed and detailed

Samsung has officially dropped details on its upcoming 2012 upgrade to the Smart TV world with its Samsung Smart Touch Control, complete with touchpad, Edge, and voice control. This controller will work with Samsung's entire 2012 range of Smart TV units including the ES8000 which will be the first to be working with this remote's voice recognition engine. Other than that, Samsung TVs, set-top box, and Blu-ray players will all function well with this magic stick.

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Sean Kinkade Park Hawk Ornithopter reminds us that Da Vinci had it right

Sean Kinkade Park Hawk Ornithopter reminds us that Da Vinci had it right

There's nothing quite like a lazy afternoon flying your remote-controlled airplane, helicopter, or in this case, ornithopter, around the back yard. The airwaves are aflutter today as everyone outside the RC circuit realizes that not only are ornithopters a reality now for at-home enthusiasts, they've been around for over a decade. The video you're about to see, in fact, features an original model Sean Kinkade Park Hawk, originally released all the way back in 1993 and purchased just this week by RC lover, Nuvaero Flight System's Robert Eaton.

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WristQue wireless bracelet offers smart home motion control

WristQue wireless bracelet offers smart home motion control

A sensor-packed wireless wristband could individually control home and office HVAC systems and, one day, act as a motion-sensing interface between humans and machines, if researchers have their way. Part of MIT's MediaLab responsive environments research, WristQue is 3D-printed band containing a CPU, sensors for temperature, humidity and light, and a UWB radio used for communicating with home automation systems as well as pinpointing the wearer's location.

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ZMote Smart Cord makes home automation Bluetooth-simple

ZMote Smart Cord makes home automation Bluetooth-simple

Home automation needn't be difficult if there's just one or two things you want to turn on and off remotely, with the ZMote Smart Cord packing Bluetooth into a regular power cable. A three foot extension cord with a regular US three-prong plug and outlet, a compact box partway along contains a Bluetooth chip that can be used to turn the power on or off from your iPhone, iPad, other smartphone, tablet or laptop.

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