Ikea joins the smart home biz with Trådfri connected lights

Ikea joins the smart home biz with Trådfri connected lights

Although not exactly present in all corners of the globe, the name Ikea is well-known for ready-to-assemble furniture, and sometimes overpriced products. It isn't, however, known for being on the cutting edge of technology. Although it has dabbled a bit in augmented reality and wireless charging, it has yet to jump on the home automation market. It isn't jumping yet, but it is now at least dipping its toes in that still young segment. And like any budding smart home product, it's Trådfri line is starting with the simplest one of all: connected lights.

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Microsoft Surface Book 2, Surface Pro 5 might skip April event

Microsoft Surface Book 2, Surface Pro 5 might skip April event

Forget the Surface Phone, there might not even be a new Surface Book or Surface Pro. At least not in Microsoft's Spring event next month. Given what the Surface Book 2 is rumored to be, which is quite different from its predecessor, there might be no tears shed. Microsoft does have a new Surface device prepared, however, though what exactly that will be is still anyone's guess.

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LG TONE FREE mixes neckband with removable earbuds

LG TONE FREE mixes neckband with removable earbuds

Just a few weeks ago, LG formally started the retail availability of one of its weirder TONE headsets, the LG TONE Studio. This time, it is launching its other odd headset. At first glance, the LG TONE FREE looks like any old around-the-neck Bluetooth headset, like many of LG's other TONEs. That perception, however, changes when you pull out the earbuds. Because unlike other neckband headphones, these earbuds completely detached from the neckband, giving you truly wireless freedom.

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Intel brings Optane Memory storage to desktops with a caveat

Intel brings Optane Memory storage to desktops with a caveat

If you're a desktop user still green with envy from Intel's big Optane announcement last week, you can now revert to your regular color just a wee bit. Intel is now bringing that same ultra fast memory technology to the desktop, but not in the way you might think. Last week's announcement was about bringing Intel Optane SSDs to servers and workstations. This week, Intel is bringing Optane Memory to desktops in limited capacities of 16 and 32 GB not to replace your SSD or HDD but to supplement it.

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Cortana comes to Android lock screens and Australia

Cortana comes to Android lock screens and Australia

In just a few days, Samsung will finally be showing what its own Bixby personal assistant is truly capable of, but not before Microsoft has had a chance to cement the position of its own. Cortana is gaining a few new abilities, at least on Android. And to make sure more people will be able to bridge their smartphones and their Windows 10 PCs, Microsoft is making Cortana officially available in Australia, both on Android as well as on iOS.

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Moto X 2017 leak reveals dual cameras, Snapdragon 625

Moto X 2017 leak reveals dual cameras, Snapdragon 625

Both CES and MWC 2017 have come and gone but Motorola has been relatively silent on its other smartphone lines. While it did unveil the 5th gen Moto G, it hasn't said a word yet about a new Moto X or even a new Moto E. This latest leak, however, seems to reaffirm that, yes, the 2017 Moto X is still a thing. But more than just giving a glimpse at its near final body, we're also seeing some confirmation of features, which include a dual camera system.

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OnePlus 3T Midnight Black limited edition now in the US

OnePlus 3T Midnight Black limited edition now in the US

Black is the new black, or at least as far as high-gloss black smartphones are concerned. Ever the contrarian, OnePlus is adding a different twist. It's not glossy mind you, but not its usual matte or old standstone either. It's all black but still also all metal, giving the new OnePlus 3T Midnight Black a very dark visage while still keeping the surface free of fingerprints. But if you have your heart set on this, better be quick on those fingers. There's no telling how long this limited edition will last.

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HTC Vive aims high with Ready Player One, Vive Trackers, and more

HTC Vive aims high with Ready Player One, Vive Trackers, and more

Virtual reality, the hottest thing in gaming and computing these past weeks, has seemingly taken a backseat to the Nintendo Switch, the glitchy Mass Effect: Andromeda, and the ambivalent Iron Fist. HTC, however, is making sure you don't forget. It has just unloaded a bunch of news, all at the same time, showcasing how virtual reality, and the HTC Vive specifically, is a driving force in both entertainment, like the Ready Player One partnership, as well as productivity.

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Americans are eating less beef, and the climate is benefiting from it

Americans are eating less beef, and the climate is benefiting from it

Americans are eating less beef, and the results of that are positive: the average American diet's carbon footprint has shrunk by 9-percent, reducing the amount of greenhouse gases released into the environment. Such is the conclusion of a new analysis that found a significant decrease from 2005 to 2014. Multiple dietary changes in America are cited as the cause of the emissions decrease, with reduction in beef consumption being chief among them.

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Verizon FiOS is testing Ultra HD 4K programming

Verizon FiOS is testing Ultra HD 4K programming

Verizon has teamed up with SES to test the latter company's Ultra HD platform as part of an effort to bring 4K content to FiOS customers. It's a welcomed move for UHD TV owners who have long waited for Verizon to offer such channels; many of the company's competitors have already introduced their 4K offerings. It is unclear when these tests will begin.

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Consumer tech plane ban was triggered by iPad bomb threat

Consumer tech plane ban was triggered by iPad bomb threat

Both the U.S. and the U.K. recently banned most consumer gadgets from flights originating from several countries, a move that Canada is also considering implementing. The move is unusual given that the bans went into effect only hours apart, leading to speculation about possible security threats that had been discovered. Now, according to a new report, we have more info on that -- sources say the threat of a bomb disguised as an iPad had spurred the restriction.

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Elon Musk’s tipped Neuralink wants to put chips in the human brain

Elon Musk’s tipped Neuralink wants to put chips in the human brain

Elon Musk has launched a new company called Neuralink, according to sources, and it aims to develop a technology that could connect human brains with computers. This connection would allegedly be facilitated via small electrodes implanted in the brain, enabling the individual to download and upload thoughts. Though the existence of the company has been confirmed, Musk's precise role within it is unclear.

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