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Beep sees ex-Googlers take on Sonos with sleek streamer

Beep sees ex-Googlers take on Sonos with sleek streamer

A team of former Google employees are taking on Sonos with a new music streamer, aiming to do for whole-home media playback what Google's own Chromecast did for easy video access. Beep is up for preorder now, a stylized volume knob that's actually a touch-sensitive control, and which funnels music over your WiFi network to whichever speakers you plug in. Then, using Beep's control apps for iOS and Android, users can pipe audio from Pandora and their phone or tablet.

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NVIDIA SHIELD gets a GRID boost with Saints Row and Dead Island

NVIDIA SHIELD gets a GRID boost with Saints Row and Dead Island

This week the already burgeoning library of games available in NVIDIA GRID (Beta) to the NVIDIA SHIELD handheld gaming system is growing by two. This cloud-based gaming system will now have a total of 12 full-sized games made available to all users of the machine, with more on the way. These aren't some half-sized iterations, mind you, they're the full-sized Dead Island and Saint's Row: The Third!

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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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