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AR.Drone 2.0 “Power Edition” brings on colorful customization

AR.Drone 2.0 “Power Edition” brings on colorful customization

While it might seem a little absurd to fly the mobile device-friendly AR.Drone 2.0 with more propellers then it already has - have no fear - the "Power Edition" of the device delivers said extras as replacements for customization only. This reboot of the rather popular AR.Drone 2.0 works with the same base device as the original, delivering with it a "Piano Black" indoor hull and outdoor hull. The propeller additions come in three sets: blazing red, fiery orange, and cool blue.

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Chromecast ship date confusion heightens pressure for second wave

Chromecast ship date confusion heightens pressure for second wave

This month Google's newest (and tiniest) device to hit the market is seeing some confusion in shipping times through 3rd party sources after the first wave has sold out. This HDMI-friendly dongle was introduced on July 24th as a sort of reboot for the ill-fated Nexus Q which had its production cut short just weeks after its initial introduction. With a $35 price tag attached, Chromecast was set for success, it would seem, as the device sold out in less than a day.

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Revolv home automation hub hits preorder: Controls Sonos, Hue, more

Revolv home automation hub hits preorder: Controls Sonos, Hue, more

Multi-platform home automation hub Revolv has gone up for preorder, offering a $299 way to harness your Sonos, Hue lighting, Yale automatic locks, and more, all from a single app. The smart home base-station - previously known as Mobiplug - packs a total of seven radios so as to communicate with a broad variety of popular remote-control kit, with support for automated macro routines based on your location, the current time, and more.

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Shine activity tracker hits Apple Stores to challenge Flex and Fuelband

Shine activity tracker hits Apple Stores to challenge Flex and Fuelband

Activity tracker Shine is headed to Apple Stores this week, with the discrete wearable the latest option in health monitoring to follow in the footsteps of Nike's Fuelband and Jawbone's UP. Initially funded by an Indiegogo campaign late last year, Shine is arguably the most attractive of the health dongles we've seen so far, being a simple metal disc with hidden LEDs to show your daily progress or the current time.

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Chromecast turnkey app for all videos in development by Koush

Chromecast turnkey app for all videos in development by Koush

Developer Koushik Dutta is creating at least one app for Android devices aimed at allowing any and all video to be "cast" from a mobile device's gallery to Chromecast. The Chromecast device is currently sold out in many areas of the internet and in stores across the country due to its relatively low cost and super-basic functionality with essentially every modern television (with an HDMI port, that is). Koush is aiming to expand this device's abilities from YouTube and Netflix out to a whole lot wider set of media bits and pieces in the very near future.

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BearExtender 1200 and Turbo for Mac 802.11N/AC signal extenders unveiled

BearExtender 1200 and Turbo for Mac 802.11N/AC signal extenders unveiled

BearExtender has been making signal extenders for Macs for a few years now, such as the n3 WiFi adapter we reviewed back in 2010. Now the company has unveiled its latest two offerings, the 1200 being an 802.11n receiver and the Turbo being slated for 802.11AC. The 1200 has already been put up for pre-order and ships later this month, but those wanting the Turbo will need to wait a bit.

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Apple buys low-power wireless specialist Passif Semiconductor

Apple buys low-power wireless specialist Passif Semiconductor

Apple has acquired Passif Semiconductor, a low-power wireless chip specialist with a product range that includes Bluetooth LE support for wearables like smartwatches. The deal, confirmed by Jessica Lessin and AllThingsD, has been confirmed by Apple, but no financial details - nor examples of what the Cupertino company intends to do with the wireless expertise - have been revealed.

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