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NORAD and Microsoft produce Santa tracker with 3D claymation and touch support

NORAD and Microsoft produce Santa tracker with 3D claymation and touch support

NORAD's Santa Tracker is a fun way for kids to keep an eye on Santa's journey around the globe on December 24, when he delivers presents to homes around the world. This year, the service has received an upgrade due in no small part to work with Microsoft, which has dabbled in the area in the past. For Santa watchers this December, the NORAD tracker has 3D claymation animations and is completely touch-friendly.

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Apple Touch ID working with trackpad and display in patents

Apple Touch ID working with trackpad and display in patents

If you felt like the Apple Touch ID sensor in the iPhone 5s wasn't enough, that you'd like so much security in your Apple products that it's easier to get locked out than get in, you're in luck. There's a set of patent applications out there this week that show how Apple's Touch ID system could work with touchpad and display abilities in the near future. With these systems in place, Apple would be looking to incorporate multiple pieces of hardware and/or multiple use-cases of the hardware already in place into the secure system they've started with the phone.

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Samsung Series 7 SC770 touchscreen monitor Review

Samsung Series 7 SC770 touchscreen monitor Review

With the newest in Samsung touchscreen technology for the PC universe, the Series 7 SC770 monitor hits the market with a look that's as sleek as it is minimalistic. We've had the opportunity to get an extended look at and feel for this particular monitor working with Windows 8 quite recently, and came away quite impressed. Whether this is your first time considering a touchscreen monitor to enhance your otherwise non-touch PC or you've worked with several in the past, the Samsung Series 7 SC770 may well be right up your alley.

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Lenovo tablet event predictions: magnets, battery life, grippiness

Lenovo tablet event predictions: magnets, battery life, grippiness

There's nothing like a few odd previews that say seemingly nothing about a product to get your brain rolling, and Lenovo knows this. They've released a trio of product pre-announcements with the tag "BetterWay" teasing an event set for the 29th of October at 7PM PST with none other than celebrity Ashton Kutcher set to help host. They say that "a #betterway is coming", and suggest that this machine (or these machines) will work with a variety of features that've never been combined on a single tablet before.

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Honeywell WiFi Smart Thermostat with voice control hands-on

Honeywell WiFi Smart Thermostat with voice control hands-on

Think of smart home thermostats and you probably think of Nest, but HVAC stalwart Honeywell wants to change all that with its WiFi Smart Thermostat with voice control. The touchscreen heating and air conditioning control unit not only allows you to fiddle with your settings with a fingertip, but call out instructions not only from up close but from across the room and, potentially, elsewhere in the house. We stopped by to pretend we were talking to the computer out of Star Trek; head on past the cut for some early impressions.

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Windows 8.1 Active Pen support revealed by Synaptics: “Note” realized

Windows 8.1 Active Pen support revealed by Synaptics: “Note” realized

It would seem that one of the biggest names behind the touchscreens you use every day, Synaptics, have made the push for a next-generation solution for Windows 8.1 with Active Pen abilities. What this means for future Windows 8.1 device makers is that they'll be able to say they've got pen support right out of the box and/or include a pen with the device they're creating. In what may prove to be a situation similar to what we've seen with the rather successful Samsung Galaxy Note series, the folks at Synaptics are making pen usage on devices - both mobile and stationary - a feature baked in at a hardware level.

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