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Onyx: the Star Trek communicator made real

Onyx: the Star Trek communicator made real

After a year in development, the team at OnBeep have created a device by the name of Onyx. This device closely replicates the abilities of a walkie-talkie, a push-to-talk phone, and of course - a Star Trek communicator. One from The Next Generation, of course, not one of those old-school communicators you had to hang on your belt. That'd just be madness... or a smartphone. The Onyx was made to work in emergency situations at first, but it's prepared to work in any environment in the real world.

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Epson WorkForce WF-100 printer: small, light, and wireless

Epson WorkForce WF-100 printer: small, light, and wireless

It used to be that you only ever needed to print when you were at home or in the office. The proliferation of mobile devices as well as the lifestyles, both personal and professional, that go with them have also turned printing into an "on the go" necessity. But heaven forbid that you have to lunge around a desktop printer just to get a document or a photo printed from your pocket-sized smartphone. Enter the WorkForce WF-100 which Epson claims to be the smallest and lightest wireless portable printer. At least for those under 400 bucks.

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Amped Wireless TAP-EX mixes WiFi extender and touchscreen

Amped Wireless TAP-EX mixes WiFi extender and touchscreen

There was a time when homes would be serviced by a single modem cable, but now even a simple wireless router setup isn't enough anymore. Houses and buildings do not and cannot easily adapt to the growing number of devices in a given area, leading to weak signals and dead spots. While WiFi extenders do the job of giving your home network a needed boost, they need not be as drab as your router or modem. Enter TAP-EX from Amped Wireless, an extender that adds a bit of flair thanks to a touchscreen of its own.

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Woman turns home into anti-WiFi zone with shielding paint

Woman turns home into anti-WiFi zone with shielding paint

There's an interesting story coming out of the United Kingdom this week about an elderly woman who has paid a substantial amount of money to turn her house into an anti-wireless technology zone. Stefanie Russell, who is 72-years-old and from Steyning, according to The Argus, has spent several thousand dollars to have her home painted in a type of radiation shielding paint that keeps all wireless signals out, making it an Internet and cell phone-free zone. The reason, she says, is concern about her health.

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Headphone Divine: first wireless headphones with DSP

Headphone Divine: first wireless headphones with DSP

Many people grab a pair of headphones and go; as long as music comes through them and nothing about it stands out as inferior, little thought is given towards sound quality. Of course, this doesn't apply to all of us, and so higher-quality headphones are available to appease the tastes of audiophiles, musicians, and professionals. Wireless headphones are more convenient than wired cans, but often produce lesser quality, making them unappealing to some. XTZ has addressed that latter problem with its new Headphone Divine headphones.

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Homeboy WiFi camera cuts power cord with 3 month battery

Homeboy WiFi camera cuts power cord with 3 month battery

WiFi cameras like Dropcam aren't new, but while baking in wireless connectivity has helped cut one cord, they've always needed to be plugged into a power supply. Now, Homeboy claims to have severed that second tether, with its eponymous camera running on batteries and promising around three months of use from a single charge. That makes positioning all the easier, and Homeboy has taken advantage of that with a magnetic base that means the camera can be pointed in any direction or even hung upside-down from the ceiling.

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Hydrogen, the Supercapacitor-powered speaker

Hydrogen, the Supercapacitor-powered speaker

It’s time to get supercapacitor-powered with Blueshift Hydrogen. That’s not a term from Back to the Future, it’s right here and now, and it’s a speaker to be reckoned with. It runs with Bluetooth - connects to your smartphone or tablet with Bluetooth, that is - and it’s set to be rechargeable up to half a million times. That means no cords unless you’re charging, and it means super-powerful sound. This device will be able to be charged fully in 5 minutes, and will be able to play "more than 4 hours at 80% volume." Sound like a winning combination to you?

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Bose SoundTouch Series II expands wireless speaker array

Bose SoundTouch Series II expands wireless speaker array

A wave of new hardware is coming to Bose’s wireless sound system brand, the SoundTouch Wi-Fi Music System Line. Along with units like the SoundTouch Series II, Portable Series II, and CineMate 520 systems, Bose has also revealed that Deezer, Spotify, and iHeartRadio are joining in as compatible music systems. They join Pandora already in effect.

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Euro airlines get exemption from airplane mode

Euro airlines get exemption from airplane mode

Switching your smartphone to airplane mode may well end up a thing of the past in Europe, with regulators giving airlines permission to let passengers keep using wireless devices throughout their flight. The new guidance by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) would mean that phones, tablets, laptops, ereaders, or any other portable electronic devices could be left as normal rather than being switched into a "safer" mode for the duration of travel.

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The Core: Wireless home speakers with revolutionary holographic sound

The Core: Wireless home speakers with revolutionary holographic sound

The Core is a wireless speaker system that connects to your iPhone or Android device and sounds like "two widely separated full size HiFi speakers." The Core can work with any device - OS X, Windows, iOS or Android included - just so long as it has Bluetooth. According to manufacturers Mass Fidelity, it relies on wave field synthesis to produce what they're describing as "acoustic holograms": sound that literally floats in space within your room.

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