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US to mandate V2V car-to-car communications for safer roads

US to mandate V2V car-to-car communications for safer roads

US road safety legislators have outlined a plan to demand all new cars and trucks be able to intercommunicate wirelessly, with the aim of reducing car accidents through a dynamically-evolving mesh network detailing location, direction, and speed. The Vehicle-2-Vehicle (V2V) scheme revealed by the NHTSA would not, at least initially, allow cars to react independently to potential dangers out of view of their human drivers, though future iterations of the system could well tap into brake-assistance, lane-guidance, and other technologies showing up in modern vehicles.

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Nextel brand will not return from the dead

Nextel brand will not return from the dead

Rumors have circulated since late last year that wireless carrier Sprint might be considering a revival of the defunct Nextel brand name. That rumor first started circulation with a claim that Nextel might be on the comeback trail to help lure enterprise customers back to the fold.

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Fon inks Qualcomm and Google funding for US social WiFi drive

Fon inks Qualcomm and Google funding for US social WiFi drive

Communal WiFi hotspot service Fon could be showing up in many more wireless routers in the near future, closing a $14m funding round that will also see the company's technology baked into new Qualcomm chipsets. The new round - led by Qualcomm Ventures but also featuring cash from Google, Deutsche Telekom, and others - will be used to fund Fon's US expansion, having begun quietly offering its routers in America late last year, while the partnership with the chip manufacturer could exponentially increase compatibility with the sharing service.

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Apple iBeacon arriving in 100 American Eagle Outfitters stores via Shopkick deal

Apple iBeacon arriving in 100 American Eagle Outfitters stores via Shopkick deal

In late November 2013, Apple's iBeacon technology made its first big public debut with Macy's in Union Square and Herald Square in conjunction with Shopkick, which has penned a deal with American Eagle Outfitters. Under this deal, iBeacon will be installed in 100 American Eagle stores across the nation, as well as its Aerie brand stores. As such, this marks the biggest apparel deployment to date.

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Xbox One Titanfall wireless controller unveiled for game’s March launch

Xbox One Titanfall wireless controller unveiled for game’s March launch

As we reported, Titanfall will be arriving in March for the Xbox One, as well as its older sibling and the PC. To coincide with this, Microsoft will be releasing a limited edition Titanfall wireless game controller, which is decked out with game-themed artwork created to feel "as if it is a piece of military spec hardware transported from the universe of Titanfall and into players hands," according to Respawn's Joel Emslie.

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Mionix inductively charged mouse prototype hands-on: always wireless

Mionix inductively charged mouse prototype hands-on: always wireless

While it's not headed to market for a while yet, seeing a completely wireless* mouse capable of recharging itself on the go wasn't something we expected to see this week from Mionix. Then again we have discovered - over the past year or so - that this relatively small group of creators are capable of making fantastic gaming peripherals, and don't put it past them to figure out the dilemma they've got facing them in this product here this past week at CES 2014. While we can sit still and charge with this prototype mouse - wirelessly - we'll still have to stop with the charging while we're playing.

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Airtame dongle offers wireless HDMI streaming from computer to TV

Airtame dongle offers wireless HDMI streaming from computer to TV

Whether for an impromptu movie session or to use as a giant monitor, there are occassions where one needs to connect their laptop to their television or other display. Such involves cables, and cables are inherently limiting -- that's where Airtame's wireless dongle comes in. The company has shown off its device at CES, which plugs into the HDMI port on a display and connects with a laptop via an accompanying app.

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