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Dear Apple: Don’t Use the iPhone As the Remote for Your TV

Dear Apple: Don’t Use the iPhone As the Remote for Your TV

Although all of the talk surrounding Cupertino currently centers on Apple’s iPhone, I can’t get the company’s television out of my head. I own an iPhone and have an iPad. And although I’ll likely buy Apple’s next handset, it’s the company’s television that has me drooling.

Based on the reports surrounding Apple’s television at the moment, I can all but guarantee that I’ll be buying one. I love the idea of iCloud integration and I firmly believe that it’ll come with an App Store. Better yet, it’ll deliver high-quality visuals that should make its competition reevaluate their future decisions.

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Kuratas mech brings us one million dollar step closer to Gundam

Kuratas mech brings us one million dollar step closer to Gundam

You remember Suidobashi Heavy Industries, don’t you? The company previously created a 12.5ft tall mech prototype, that was partially controlled using Microsoft’s Kinect sensor. It wasn’t quite ready back in April, but the company showed off a completed version of the Kuratas recently in Japan. On top of that, Suidobashi has created a video detailing how to use the Kuratas, which you’ll be able to purchase down the line for a cool $1.3 million.

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Sonos Android Controller updated with tablet UI

Sonos Android Controller updated with tablet UI

Sonos Controller for iPad isn't the only app from the multi-room audio company to get an upgrade today, with the Android version of the software tweaked to suit tablets. We spotted Sonos' new iPad app earlier today, complete with Retina Display graphics; the iPhone app has also been updated to suit the smartphone's Retina panel. Now, though, Android tablets can join in on the Sonos Controller fun.

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Sonos for iPad gets Retina upgrade

Sonos for iPad gets Retina upgrade

Sonos has updated its free controller app for the new iPad, bringing Retina Display graphics support to the multi-room remote software. Sonos Controller for iPad v3.8.1, fresh to the App Store today, also introduces a new - and much requested - feature for controlling volume, repurposing the iPad's physical volume buttons to control audio levels from Sonos rather than the tablet's own media playback.

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Spy Hawk gives you an eagle eye in the sky

Spy Hawk gives you an eagle eye in the sky

Remote control helicopters were all the rage not too long ago, but how about an even cooler spy plane? RED5 is offering a Spy Hawk plane that has a 5-megapixel camera attached to the nose, able to beam video back to a 3.5-inch screen embedded in the remote control. The plane is capable of being controlled up to 600m away, and you can record video onto a 4GB SD card for later viewing.

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Seed drone Samarai swarms will dominate the skies [Video]

Seed drone Samarai swarms will dominate the skies [Video]

Lockheed Martin's terrifyingly simple Samarai maple seed drone has emerged for another demonstration, promising swarms of remote surveillance small enough to be launched by hand indoors. The drone - which has just two moving parts and uses complex image stabilization processing to produce a stable video stream despite its tumbling movements - has been shrunk down along the way, with Lockheed developing a smaller, 17cm version of the 30cm original. The goal is simple: bypass expensive and vulnerable spy planes and large drones with a cloud of near-disposable Samarai.

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Apple begins selling Nest thermostat

Apple begins selling Nest thermostat

There were several rumors last week that Apple was planning to sell the Nest thermostat in online and retail stores. The online Apple store went down not too long ago, sparking excitement as to what we might see, and it turns out that the Nest is indeed the culprit. The unit has been notoriously difficult to track down in retail stores in the past, so hopefully the inclusion in Cupertino’s glass sanctuaries will make it somewhat easier.

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Cheap onboard tracking system tested on UAV

Cheap onboard tracking system tested on UAV

More and more uses for drones and UAVs seem to be cropping up, but there are limitations. The Department of Defense in coordination with the University of North Dakota has developed a UAV that is capable of recognising specific objects on the ground and tracking them accordingly. Traditionally this was a hard exercise, requiring large computation powers, but the duo have come up with an imaging processing machine that’s light enough to be installed on the UAV itself.

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