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Brighter beacons: Up close with Qualcomm’s Gimbal for Apple Stores

Brighter beacons: Up close with Qualcomm’s Gimbal for Apple Stores

With Gimbal, Qualcomm has a device that breaks quite a few molds. Open source, secure, and conceptually cool, Gimbal has the ability to actually make a difference in your day-to-day life. If you’re one to shop at an Apple Store, chances are you already know just how sublimely smooth the Gimbal experience can be. We sat down with Kevin Hunter, Qualcomm’s Senior Director of Product Management for Retail Solutions, to find out just how Gimbal makes it happen, both for retailers and consumers.

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Xbox One controller headset and headphones adapter unveiled: BYOH

Xbox One controller headset and headphones adapter unveiled: BYOH

It's time for the bring-your-own-headset change-over in the Xbox One Wireless Controller environment. Xbox Live's Major Nelson let it be known this week that they'd be bringing this simple adapter device to the market for all users wishing to click-in their own headsets rather than buying Xbox One-specific audio devices only. This was one of our only complaints about the Xbox One Wireless Controller in our original Xbox One Review - looks like it's almost time to made an addendum!

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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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