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Leap Motion Controller Review – Airspace and Apps

Leap Motion Controller Review – Airspace and Apps

Leap Motion isn't convinced that a touchscreen is enough: instead, it wants you to start waving. While gesturing wildly at your electronics may bring to mind Jean Michel Jarre or trying to play a theramin, the Leap Motion controller is a whole new ball-game. Little larger than a packet of gum, the USB peripheral sits in front of your keyboard and tracks everything that moves in the space around it, with the theory being that reaching out and grabbing a virtual interface is a whole lot more natural than pushing a mouse around or even swiping at a touchscreen. Is the reality so clean-cut? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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Google Glass vulnerable to malicious wireless networks, says Symantec

Google Glass vulnerable to malicious wireless networks, says Symantec

Earlier this week, an exploit surfaced by way of Lookout Mobile Security that would allow Google Glass to be controlled by a hacker using malicious QR codes. This was quickly - and quietly - patched, but another threat remains, one that extends beyond Glass and could facilitate data theft: a WiFi-based vulnerability that utilizes a man-in-the-middle attack to get the device to connect to a malicious wireless network.

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Amped Wireless ACA1 500mW dual-band AC WiFi adapter available for pre-order

Amped Wireless ACA1 500mW dual-band AC WiFi adapter available for pre-order

On July 8, Amped Wireless put its 700mW 802.11AC dual-band Wi-Fi router up for pre-order, and now it has announced the same for its ACA1 500mW dual-band AC Wifi USB adapter. The device is currently available for pre-order from Amped's website for $89.99, with the shipping date being pegged as July 22. On an unspecified date later this month, it will also be launched in retail stores.

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Samsung and HTC home automation plans teased with ZigBee

Samsung and HTC home automation plans teased with ZigBee

Samsung and HTC are flirting with advanced home automation control in future Galaxy and One smartphones, it's reported, turning new smartphones into universal remotes for lighting, entertainment, and more. The two companies are each separately working on plans for what Pocket-lint's source describes as "home smartphones" that blur the line between mobile products and gadgets found around the home.

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Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 High Density Battery: fly higher longer

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 High Density Battery: fly higher longer

This week the folks at Parrot have revealed several additions to the AR.Drone 2.0 ecosystem, not least of these being a new High Density Battery. While the current iteration of the Parrot AR.Drone's in-box battery does offer quite a bit of flight time, there's always room for more action - and longer-lasting action, at that: a non-stop 18 minute flight is in store with this slightly more orange-looking Lithium-Polymer battery pack.

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Amped Wireless 802.11ac WiFi router goes up for pre-order

Amped Wireless 802.11ac WiFi router goes up for pre-order

Amped Wireless has announced that it is now shipping its 802.11ac 700mW dual-band WiFi router, which allows users to download large amounts of data faster than current router offerings. The device is packed full of amplifiers in addition to its high-power design, and as such offers long-range coverage, boosting it in a two-stage system for a speed increase over average wifi router's of about 3x.

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Google white space broadband plans get boost with FCC approval

Google white space broadband plans get boost with FCC approval

Google's plans to squeeze wireless internet access into the "white space" in-between TV channels - and in turn further prise web control from ISP dominance - has received a boost, with its TV bands database system getting the green-light from the FCC. The TV white space (TVWS) database, which lists the existing TV services along with the frequencies they operate on in each area, and as such highlights the spare spectrum where other services could operate, gained FCC approval this week, after having been run in a public trial from March.

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Wi-Vi lets smartphones see through walls

Wi-Vi lets smartphones see through walls

Using WiFi to "see through walls" and track people when they're moving could be a new feature on your next smartphone, if MIT researchers have their way, with a low-cost method of tracking relying on the wireless connectivity cooked up in their labs. The project, dubbed Wi-Vi, repurposes WiFi in a similar manner to sonar or radar, pinging out radio waves and then tracking how they're bounced back. Since WiFi can pass through walls, so Wi-Vi can give a glimpse of what's happening through barriers, albeit with some limitations.

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Withings Pulse hands-on

Withings Pulse hands-on

The days of pedometers and manual activity estimations are long behind us thanks to devices like Jawbone UP and Fitbit Flex. The latest entrance to this relatively niche market is Withings Pulse, which is a neat little device that - at $99 - beats out the Jawbone UP in the price department and matches the Flex dollar-for-dollar. We've got a hands-on for you after the break, and a full review on the way.

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