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Moto X Skip dongle hands-on with Moto Maker custom phone

Moto X Skip dongle hands-on with Moto Maker custom phone

The Moto X is only showing up in AT&T stores today, but since we got our order in early through our Moto Maker walkthrough last week, we've had an early opportunity to try out the new Skip security dongle system. Effectively a wearable NFC tag, the Skip clips to your jacket, jeans, or purse, and - when tapped against the Moto X - bypasses its PIN code lock so that users can access the "touchless control" Google Now functionality straight away. There are a few other little surprises in the box, though, too, so read on for more.

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XO Tablet native mesh networking added with Open Garden preload

XO Tablet native mesh networking added with Open Garden preload

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project has paired with Open Garden to bring mesh-networking to the new XO Tablet, allowing users of the low-cost open source slate to get online via bridged connections with other owners. Part of what OLPC describes as its vision of "a network made of connected devices and internet access to everyone", the new deal will see the XO Tablet - which hit retail back in July - preloaded with the Open Garden app, and able to create and join dynamically created mesh networks even if they're far from the original access point.

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Garmin VIRB and VIRB Elite action-cams pack ANT+ and 1080p

Garmin VIRB and VIRB Elite action-cams pack ANT+ and 1080p

Garmin has weighed into the action camera market, taking on GoPro with the VIRB and VIRB Elite, each with a waterproof casing and Full HD recording. Promising IPX-7 waterproofing and ruggedization - rather than demanding separate cases - the VIRB and VIRB Elite can shoot up to three hours of 1080p footage from a full battery, and have a 1.4-inch reflective display for low-power reviewing of footage, using ambient lighting rather than an active backlight.

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AirCast Chromecast “any video” app released by Koush in Beta

AirCast Chromecast “any video” app released by Koush in Beta

Earlier this year Google's Chromcast device became (rather quickly) one of their biggest hardware hits, selling out not long after it was first put on sale. Almost as quickly, developer Koushik Dutta began work on prospective apps for the device, aiming to expand the functionality of the miniature HDMI-friendly dongle to allow more than Google's own services and a handful of 3rd party apps. Here Koush releases the beta of the first of a set of apps: AirCast - able to play any video to Chromecast.

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MiFi Tower Smart Home hub due Q3 from “Tier 1″ operator

MiFi Tower Smart Home hub due Q3 from “Tier 1″ operator

MiFi creator Novatel Wireless is developing a new home hub, dubbed the "MiFi Tower", not only cutting the cord on traditional voice and data, but integrating smart home functionality as well. The LTE device, already in testing and outlined during the company's recent financial results call, is billed as "MiFi Powered" and blurring the distinction "between fixed line and cellular infrastructure" with home connectivity, digital phone service, and internet access all wrapped up in a portable device that, one day, could enable total migration of voice and data services to IP-based equivalents.

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