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Intel Compute Card will power NexDock’s next “thin” laptop

Intel Compute Card will power NexDock’s next “thin” laptop

At CES 2017 earlier this month, Intel unveiled something new yet something also familiar, a nearly complete computer board just a little larger than a credit card. Intel wants its new Compute Card to be the dockable brain of future devices, including smart appliances. NexDock, the people behind a more or less successful crowdfunded device of the same name, is taking that brain and putting it inside its next ambitious project, which, unsurprisingly, is another NexDock.

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ZTE Hawkeye crowdsourced phone specs are mid-range at best

ZTE Hawkeye crowdsourced phone specs are mid-range at best

ZTE announced the formal name and existence of its first, and probably last, crowdsourced smartphone back at CES earlier this month. So it's a bit puzzling that it chose to withhold the actual specs of such an equally puzzling smartphone until the last minute. Well it is finally spilling all the beans about the ZTE Hawkeye, the product formerly known as Project CSX ("Crowd Source X"). Now the question whether it's to late for those details to do its struggling Kickstarter any good.

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Lily camera drone shuts down: $34m preorders just aren’t enough

Lily camera drone shuts down: $34m preorders just aren’t enough

Ill-fated camera drone startup Lily has shuttered without delivering a single device, blaming a lack of financing despite having raised millions in preorders. The project, which made headlines back in 2015 for its promised abilities to launch from the hand, follow a user around while filming them, and generally take the piloting headaches out of drone ownership. A successful preorder campaign followed, raising more than $34m.

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ZTE Hawkeye, formerly Project CSX, jumps on Kickstarter

ZTE Hawkeye, formerly Project CSX, jumps on Kickstarter

From crowdsourcing to crowdfunding. That basically sums up the conception and infancy of the ZTE Hawkeye, the formal and final name of the smartphone that was born out of ZTE’s unexpected Project CSX, short for “Crowd Sourced X”. Now that smartphone, which is basically a self-adhesive device with built-in eye tracking, will be put to the test to see if there really is a market for such a smartphone. Or if supporters of the CSX initiative are truly ready to see this through and raise $500,000 to start the Hawkeye’s production.

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Stealth turns your entire body into a game controller to get you fit

Stealth turns your entire body into a game controller to get you fit

Plenty of video games over the years have launched to try and help people have fun while getting fit. All you need to think about is the Nintendo Wii for a perfect example. A new video game system has landed on Kickstarter that uses your smartphone and your body as the controller called Stealth. Stealth is intended to help you get in shape while playing games on the smartphone.

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Star Citizen space sim moves to Amazon Lumberyard game engine

Star Citizen space sim moves to Amazon Lumberyard game engine

Star Citizen, the new brainchild of Wing Commander Chris Roberts, blasted into the gaming scene with its unique crowdfunding system and ambitious and unique spin on the space sim genre. If you have been sold on the idea, and maybe even put in money yourself, and have been waiting for that 1.0 release, you might have to wait a bit longer. Already four years in the making, developer Cloud Imperium Games just revealed that the game has switched from CryTek's CryEngine to Amazon's fresh new Lumberyard game engine.

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MagNeo magnetic USB-C adapter looks like something Apple would build

MagNeo magnetic USB-C adapter looks like something Apple would build

One of the things that I always thought Apple was smart for building was the MagSafe connector. Having tripped on a power cord before and broke a notebook, having a magnetic adapter that comes apart to prevent that sort of damage is a big deal. A new power adapter that is similar to MagSafe has landed on Kickstarter and it is called MagNeo.

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Everlast Notebook is real paper and pen digital notebook that is erasable

Everlast Notebook is real paper and pen digital notebook that is erasable

If you write down lots of notes in a notebook there comes a time where you end up with full notebooks that you have to toss or file away somewhere. A new project on Kickstarter is a notebook for the modern age that still gives users the feel and ease of traditional paper and pen, but combines that with digital storage of anything you write or draw.

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Pebble details what users should expect next year

Pebble details what users should expect next year

Fitbit’s acquisition of Pebble is undoubtedly one of the biggest news to rock the mobile tech community, and not in a good way. Considering how it unambiguously put a stop to Pebble’s hardware business, including the unfulfilled Pebble Time 2 Kickstarter, there has been no shortage of fear, uncertainty, and doubt (a.k.a., FUD) surrounding those smartwatches already out in the wild. Pebble has come out to officially clear the air somewhat. Bottom line: stay calm and keep on Pebbling. At least until the end of 2017.

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HyperDrive Compact Thunderbolt 3 USB-C hubs adds all the ports to Macs

HyperDrive Compact Thunderbolt 3 USB-C hubs adds all the ports to Macs

Mac users know that the thin and svelte design of the latest MacBooks means that the connectivity options for the notebook are limited. You need a different dongle for just about anything you want to connect to the Mac. A new product called the HyperDrive has turned up on Kickstarter and it may be the ideal thing for MacBook users looking for expanded connectivity.

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RetroEngine Sigma wants to cure your NES Classic hang-ups

RetroEngine Sigma wants to cure your NES Classic hang-ups

Nintendo’s NES Classic (Famicom Mini in Japan) is definitely one of the hottest gaming items this half of the year but it suffers from two fatal flaws. It is terribly in short supply and it is woefully limited to 30 old NES titles. Fortunately for gamers (unfortunately for Nintendo), it has inspired not a few takes on the palm-sized mini-console. RetroEngine Sigma might simply look like one of those, but it is going the extra mile. Not only does it not limit you to 30 NES titles, it doesn’t even limit you to NES titles alone, boasting of supporting 28 gaming systems.

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XGIMI H1 4K 3D smart projector throws a 300-inch image

XGIMI H1 4K 3D smart projector throws a 300-inch image

A very cool 3D smart projector made by XGIMI using Harman Kardon audio has hit Indiegogo and it is called the H1. The projector supports 4k resolution and is a 3D smart projector capable of turning 2D films into 3D content. The projector can throw a 300-inch image if your room is big enough.

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