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Wilson X Connected Football hands-on: The IoT gets competitive

Wilson X Connected Football hands-on: The IoT gets competitive

With the Super Bowl upon us, what better time to preview the latest in Wilson X's wirelessly-enabled sports tech, the Connected Football. Though it's stuffed with Bluetooth and a bevy of sensors, at first glance you'd be forgiven for mistaking it for a regular football but, as Wilson demonstrated when I met with them in San Francisco this week, it'll unlock a wealth of new data when it arrives in time for the 2016 season.

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Robot hits hole-in-one, puts other golfers to shame

Robot hits hole-in-one, puts other golfers to shame

Everyone has something that they're good at. Something that they've practiced for years, and done their best to perfect. And sometimes someone else comes along that's new to whatever that activity is, and puts you to shame. Well, golfers everywhere will be disappointed to see a new robot roll up to the tee and sink a hole-in-one.

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Smart soccer ball works with app to improve game skills

Smart soccer ball works with app to improve game skills

Trying to improve your soccer skills, but finding the process difficult? A new smart soccer ball aims to help with that, integrating smart technology into a ball that, when used alongside a related mobile app, gathers and provides data showing skill details. The company behind the soccer ball also envisions third-party training apps that will work with its model.

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Dangerous Golf brings powerups and destruction to the game

Dangerous Golf brings powerups and destruction to the game

I have a strange relationship with golf. I've played a few games with friends over the years. It's enjoyable, but not something I go out of my way to do. Putt-putt, on the other hand, is something that I could do all day long. My relationship with video game versions of golf are similar. I can enjoy serious ones with friends, but give me something a little more silly, and I'll probably enjoy it a lot more. Which is exactly why I'm looking forward to Dangerous Golf.

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Facebook Sports Stadium gives sports rivals a place to vent

Facebook Sports Stadium gives sports rivals a place to vent

No, Facebook hasn't just constructed a real, physical space for people to exercise and play sports. Deity forbid they do something that will actually unhook you from the social network. Instead, they have created the virtual equivalent of a sports forum where both fans as well as rivals can dish it out with words, something people already do on Facebook anyway. But now you can do it officially and with game stats right in front of you. In short, Facebook has just created the social network equivalent of a sports channel.

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DraftKings and FanDuel can operate in New York again

DraftKings and FanDuel can operate in New York again

Last month we brought you the news that the Supreme Court ruled that both DraftKings and FanDuel could no longer operate in the state of New York. Well, specifically, that they were barred from “accepting entry fees, wagers or bets from New York consumers in regards to any competition, game or contest." That pretty much takes all of the fun out of what those companies do. It looks like that ruling is changing, at least for now.

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Surf champ Kelly Slater builds perfect wave machine

Surf champ Kelly Slater builds perfect wave machine

Kelly Slater is an eleven-time world surfing champion and last week he announced that he and his company called Kelly Slater Wave Company has created the ultimate wave machine. According to Slater the machine allowed him to create the longest, ridable open-barrel man made wave in the world. He even posted a video of himself riding the massive wave.

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Judge bars DraftKings and FanDuel from operating in New York

Judge bars DraftKings and FanDuel from operating in New York

Fantasy sports leagues have hit the mainstream in recent years. They used to be things that people just did for fun, with a group of friends or co-workers. But now with companies like FanDuel and DraftKings offering to pay out cash prizes of over $2 billion this year, it seems like everyone is wanting a cut of the action. The only problem is that some states are fighting back against it.

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