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AOptix’s laser-radio tech could be Internet’s future

AOptix’s laser-radio tech could be Internet’s future

The ubiquity of mobile devices is starting to push the limits of the Internet's infrastructure to the breaking point. Add that to the fact that a lot more regions don't have quality connections or don't have Internet at all, and you have a scenario where service providers are scrambling to add more and more cables, especially fiber optic ones, on land and on sea. But such installations cost time, money, and, in some cases, political will. AOptix's solution is cheaper as it uses a combination of laser and radio waves to bring the Internet anywhere.

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IOGEAR Wireless 5×2 HD Matrix Review

IOGEAR Wireless 5×2 HD Matrix Review

Five HD sources of media with HDMI cords out, one box in, two sources out. This is what the IOGEAR Wireless 5x2 HD Matrix (GWHDMS52) is all about. You've got a bunch of different TV boxes, gaming units, and media center units in your home, but they're all relegated to the living room. What if you want to watch TV with one box in one location and play games in another? You're not going to take one of those boxes and haul it back and forth every time this situation arises, are you?

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Creative Sound Blaster Roar SR20 Review

Creative Sound Blaster Roar SR20 Review

The team at Creative have made something special in the Sound Blaster Roar SR20. This isn't just a Bluetooth speaker. It's not just an alarm clock. It's not just a collection of wireless and wired sound-centric features in a single package. It's part of the future - one in which multiple abilities doesn't mean lower quality in any one of those abilities. The Creative team have made a masterpiece of personal, portable sound. Multiple connections, multiple uses - a real do-everything-well machine.

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Selfie toys post baby’s photo automatically

Selfie toys post baby’s photo automatically

Without the express permission of your child, are you allowed to post photos of your children on Facebook? Of course you do. But designer Laura Cornet wants you to ask - and wants you to discuss - whether or not permission is something you should attain from everyone, even your infant. To do this, she's created a set of toys that activate automatic shares of photos, sounds, and movements of the child that touches them. Automatically, and without the parents' permission.

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Netgear Arlo cuts all cords for weatherproof security cameras

Netgear Arlo cuts all cords for weatherproof security cameras

Netgear has launched a new wireless security camera, Arlo, promising complete liberation from wires thanks to WiFi and some long-lasting batteries. Streaming 720p video to iOS and Android apps, and delivering low-light vision for nighttime use, the Arlo cameras are weatherproof for outdoor use. At first glance, then, they seem like the ideal alternative to a Dropcam for the wire-averse; however, there are some compromises to be made if you want to cut your cords completely.

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Samsung Gear Circle release set for USA

Samsung Gear Circle release set for USA

There's a device called the Samsung Gear Circle out there in the wild today - have you heard of it? It's not gotten one whole heck of a lot of press thus far. Mostly because it's not a smartphone, it's not a smart watch, and it's not part of a category of devices that gets much innovation all that often. The Samsung Gear Circle is a pair of earbuds - sort of. This pair of earbuds is meant to be worn as a necklace, and at any time.

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Onyx: the Star Trek communicator made real

Onyx: the Star Trek communicator made real

After a year in development, the team at OnBeep have created a device by the name of Onyx. This device closely replicates the abilities of a walkie-talkie, a push-to-talk phone, and of course - a Star Trek communicator. One from The Next Generation, of course, not one of those old-school communicators you had to hang on your belt. That'd just be madness... or a smartphone. The Onyx was made to work in emergency situations at first, but it's prepared to work in any environment in the real world.

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Epson WorkForce WF-100 printer: small, light, and wireless

Epson WorkForce WF-100 printer: small, light, and wireless

It used to be that you only ever needed to print when you were at home or in the office. The proliferation of mobile devices as well as the lifestyles, both personal and professional, that go with them have also turned printing into an "on the go" necessity. But heaven forbid that you have to lunge around a desktop printer just to get a document or a photo printed from your pocket-sized smartphone. Enter the WorkForce WF-100 which Epson claims to be the smallest and lightest wireless portable printer. At least for those under 400 bucks.

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Amped Wireless TAP-EX mixes WiFi extender and touchscreen

Amped Wireless TAP-EX mixes WiFi extender and touchscreen

There was a time when homes would be serviced by a single modem cable, but now even a simple wireless router setup isn't enough anymore. Houses and buildings do not and cannot easily adapt to the growing number of devices in a given area, leading to weak signals and dead spots. While WiFi extenders do the job of giving your home network a needed boost, they need not be as drab as your router or modem. Enter TAP-EX from Amped Wireless, an extender that adds a bit of flair thanks to a touchscreen of its own.

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Woman turns home into anti-WiFi zone with shielding paint

Woman turns home into anti-WiFi zone with shielding paint

There's an interesting story coming out of the United Kingdom this week about an elderly woman who has paid a substantial amount of money to turn her house into an anti-wireless technology zone. Stefanie Russell, who is 72-years-old and from Steyning, according to The Argus, has spent several thousand dollars to have her home painted in a type of radiation shielding paint that keeps all wireless signals out, making it an Internet and cell phone-free zone. The reason, she says, is concern about her health.

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