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Google Project Loon explains smart balloons for flocking internet

Google Project Loon explains smart balloons for flocking internet

Google borrowed flocking patterns from birds for early design of its ambitious Project Loon, rolling out blanket coverage simulations to prove to naysayers that delivering wireless internet access from the stratosphere is practical. While some have questioned how the project expects to be able to consistently provide service when the mesh-networking balloons responsible are moving at speed through the changeable atmospheric winds, Project Loon pointed to research done by one of the search giant's Rapid Evaluators that proves it can be achieved.

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Logitech G602 wireless gaming mouse dishes 250 hours of battery life

Logitech G602 wireless gaming mouse dishes 250 hours of battery life

Aiming to "dispel wireless gaming myths" with its ability to work with 250 hours of "gaming battery life" as well as a new Delta Zero sensor, the Logitech G602 arrives this week. This device is indeed a wireless gaming mouse, connecting to your computer with its own unique wireless protocol (with a 2.4GHz wireless connection) - similar to that of the G peripherals announced earlier this year. This mouse offers up to 2 meters/second (80ips) with Logitech Gaming Software and it works with both Windows and Mac operating systems right out of the box.

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Chromecast iOS setup app arrives in the App Store

Chromecast iOS setup app arrives in the App Store

Google may have released the Chromecast with support for Android and iOS, however it wasn't until today that a setup app arrived in the iTunes App Store. This didn't mean that iOS users were left waiting for the app, but it should make the setup process a bit easier for some. If nothing else, it means iOS users will no longer need a web browser to get the Chromecast up and running on their home network.

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Pure Jongo T6 and T2 expand Sonos-rival range

Pure Jongo T6 and T2 expand Sonos-rival range

Streaming speaker company Pure has revealed the latest models in its assault on Sonos, with the Jongo T2 and Jongo T6 arriving ahead of the renamed Pure Connect Spotify rival due to hit the US in September. Slotting in as Pure's cheapest all-in-one streaming speaker, the $149 Jongo T2 has 3-inch drivers and a 20W Class D amp, while the $349 Jongo T6 sits at the top of the range with 100W split between two 5.25-inch drivers.

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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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