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TorrX smart air pump auto-inflates to the right pressure

TorrX smart air pump auto-inflates to the right pressure

You decide to play a pick-up game, but when you fish the basketball out of the old bin in the garage it is flat and useless. That leads to the air pump, which is a process of trial and error -- you pump up the ball until it looks decent, give it a couple test dribbles, add a couple more pumps again, dribble it a couple more times, add a little more air, and then find that you've over-inflated it and have to reverse the process. TorrX aims to eliminate this process with a dose of smart technology.

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Baidu Smart Bike rolls with onboard navigation, activity trackers

Baidu Smart Bike rolls with onboard navigation, activity trackers

How would you like to roll with a bicycle that's able to charge your smartphone? How about one that works with onboard navigation? One that monitors your health while you ride? All of these bits and pieces work with the Baidu DuBike, a smart bicycle created by the Chinese search engine company, one that'll be released in China very, very soon. For the moment though, details are limited to features - no pricing or distribution is prepared for the public at this time.

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Adidas accessories revealed for smartphones, tablets, laptops

Adidas accessories revealed for smartphones, tablets, laptops

This near-end of 2014 has a surprise release from the company that generally outfits your feet: Adidas. They've come out swinging this week with accessories - cases, mostly - for Apple and Samsung devices of all kinds. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are covered, as is the Samsung Galaxy s5, the iPad Air, iPad mini, both 13-inch and 15-inch MacBooks, and a bunch of other devices with general sleeves. And if you're all about outfitting your Motorola Razr, BlackBerry Z10, or Lumia device, Adidas has you covered too.

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Tony Hawk’s YouTube-funded skateboard channel just did a 360

Tony Hawk’s YouTube-funded skateboard channel just did a 360

Skateboard veteran Tony Hawk's production company, 900 films, have teamed up with Complex media this month to expand their already-massive RIDE Channel into something much bigger. The YouTube-funded RIDE Channel is turning into a full 360 media brand, working with a new jump-off point, content, and the same aim - covering skateboard culture and nothing but. RIDE Channel originally launched in 2012 as a Premiere YouTube channel, and will now be working with Marc Ecko's Complex system for massive expansion well past the basic YouTube destination.

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ZTE becomes smartphone sponsor for NBA team trio

ZTE becomes smartphone sponsor for NBA team trio

ZTE USA is upping its game, announcing yesterday that it has become the official smartphone sponsor for three NBA teams: the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, and Golden State Warriors. Its sponsorship of the Rockets is nothing new -- ZTE previously sponsored the team, and having seen success, has now moved to bring the other two on board. As part of its sponsorship, ZTE promises to aid the teams' various charitable activities. This followed news earlier this month that ZTE might be buying Pantech.

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SensoTRACK monitors biometric health through your ear

SensoTRACK monitors biometric health through your ear

If you’re part of the biometric sports monitoring device craze, you’re going to want to listen up. SensoTRACK is a wearable device you attach to your ear. You’ll be able to monitor 4 major vital signs at once, count steps, and check your body position. As Dr. Vahram Mouradian, Founder and CTO of Sensogram Technologies suggests, "SensoTRACK is designed to be more than a fitness gadget." You wanted to know absolutely everything about yourself while you jog or exercise in any way at all - you got it.

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Zepp sports sensor now pits you against pro athletes

Zepp sports sensor now pits you against pro athletes

Zepp's fancy sports tracking nugget could always show you how your golf or baseball swing was shaping up, but a new deal with pro-level athletes can now tell you how you compare with those earning big bucks in the sports. Zepp launched back in 2013, a 1-inch square dongle that clips to your golf glove or baseball/softball bat and comes filled with sensors to track movement in 3D and then feed performance stats to a companion app. Now, though, there's a whole new level of training aid integrated, including 3D modeling, as well as a free version of the app to get an early taster.

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Glassy Pro One is a smartwatch for surfers

Glassy Pro One is a smartwatch for surfers

The average smartwatch can meet a variety of different needs, but that hasn't stopped some companies from launching wrist-bound wearables that are designed for a specific activity. TomTom, as an example, has made a smartwatch designed for golfers. If your activity of choice involves the ocean rather than the greens, there's a smartwatch for you: the Glassy Pro One for surfers. Earlier this week, the wearable went up for pre-order on the company's website for £190/$279 USD, though when it'll start shipping isn't yet known.

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Watch: Slow-motion skateboard trick videos by Adam Shomsky

Watch: Slow-motion skateboard trick videos by Adam Shomsky

This afternoon we’re kicking back wishing Summer wasn’t over, preparing for the oncoming spring with a pack of slow-mo skateboard tricks. These are part of a series of videos called "Skateology", aiming to be informative about ground-level skating. For everyone that’s ever done any one of these tricks on their own board, this is your chance to see what you’ve done in detail. For everyone else - even when you see these tricks done moment-by-moment, they still might seem impossible. There’s a reason why skateboarding tricks are so rewarding.

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