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GPD MicroPC focuses on IT pros consumer

GPD MicroPC focuses on IT pros consumer

There seems to be an ironic trend in computing these days where phones are getting larger and PCs, specifically laptops, are getting smaller. Of course, the latter can only go so far but some companies, especially Chinese ones, dare to take things to the extreme. GPD is one of those that has had a relatively successful run with reviving pocket PCs and palmtops. Perhaps seeing another niche market it can address (and profit from), GPD is creating yet another tiny laptop, this time with a rugged personality aimed at network and system administrators.

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Rocketboard by Rocketbook pulls old whiteboards into the digital age

Rocketboard by Rocketbook pulls old whiteboards into the digital age

Businesses and offices are getting more tech-savvy in the tools they use to collaborate, from video conferencing to group chats to cloud file sharing. One such growing market is the digital whiteboard that tries to recreate the experience of markers and collaboration while burning a hole through your company’s pockets. Now you can save that money for more important things (like victory parties) with the Rocketboard, four magical stickers that can turn any bored whiteboard into an exciting productivity and collaboration tool.

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Puppyoo T10 Home Vacuum Review

Puppyoo T10 Home Vacuum Review

I did not expect to be reviewing a vacuum this season. Not least of all because I've had the same pet-aimed vacuum cleaner for the past decade, and it's not as if there's a major calling out there for reviews of vacuum cleaners. But this device was strange - and intriguing enough that I had to give it a whirl. As it turned out, I didn't know what I'd been missing these past 10 years. Apparently vacuums have gotten a lot more awesome since I was last in the market for a tool such as this.

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Hover 2 AI camera drone flies itself so you won’t have to

Hover 2 AI camera drone flies itself so you won’t have to

Artificial intelligence is permeating almost every electronic product today, from consumer electronics all the way up to cloud services and, of course, software. Most of these consumer AIs are designed to take the drudgery out of things we should be handing over to computers rather than doing them ourselves. Two years ago, Zero Zero Robotics brought that idea to the field of camera drones and now it’s back with the Hover 2, now smarter than ever and an extra pair of eyes to keep an eye on the target while not bumping into trees and posts.

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SpyFinder Pro camera detector review: fight fire with fire

SpyFinder Pro camera detector review: fight fire with fire

Today's age is a privacy nightmare made real. Never mind rampant spying and hacking of our digital lives, technology as also made it easier for others to spy on us in places where we should feel safe. All hope is not lost though. Because while technology enables such illicit not to mention illegal behavior, it also empowers regular people to take their privacy back into their own hands. One such product is SpyAssociates' new SpyFinder Pro hidden camera detector, which turns you into somewhat like a spy to fight other spies.

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Cosmo Communicator phone teases 2x screens and a QWERTY

Cosmo Communicator phone teases 2x screens and a QWERTY

A smartphone-like device called Cosmo Communicator was revealed today by Planet Computers. This is just the newest in a line of similar devices made by Planet Computers, and it's not the first to run Android. This is just the latest and greatest of the machines the company's made to fill the gaps between smartphone and laptop - and don't call it a tablet, because it most certainly isn't that.

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Wowstick Mini is a 62-in-1 pen-sized power screwdriver

Wowstick Mini is a 62-in-1 pen-sized power screwdriver

The folks at Standmac have a device called Wowstick Mini they'd like to deliver unto the world. This device is a pen-shaped and slightly larger than pen-sized device made to screw and unscrew all sorts of stuff. Included with the tool is a set of 56 bits and a built-in battery that's rechargeable with an included USB cord.

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Animoodles Collection 2 adds 6 more characters to mix and match

Animoodles Collection 2 adds 6 more characters to mix and match

In an age of smartphones, tablets, and the Internet, there's almost a presumption that toys need to be smart in order to keep up with more tech-savvy kids. Kids, however, need more than just smart learning toys. They also need to have emotional and tangible ones. Last year, two designers from Disney, Pixar, and Apple teamed up to bring Animoodles to life through Kickstarter. Now they're back, on Kickstarter again no less, to bring a second batch of magnetic, safe, and imaginative plushies for kids to enjoy.

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Woojer Ryg haptic feedback vest supports all gaming platforms

Woojer Ryg haptic feedback vest supports all gaming platforms

Company Woojer is seeking funding for Ryg, a haptic feedback vest that supports "pretty much" all gaming consoles, VR systems, PC games, and smartphones. The device adds a new layer of experience to one's gaming sessions, enabling players to feel actions in their body as they happen on the screen. This can include, for example, feeling the roar of a dinosaur rumble in one's chest.

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SuperScreen Kickstarter fails, takes $2.5M down the drain

SuperScreen Kickstarter fails, takes $2.5M down the drain

Crowdfunding projects work - sometimes. Transcendent Designs' SuperScreen is not an example of a successful crowdfunding project. The group collected pledges of over $2.5-MILLION USD and 1.5 years after the end of the campaign, it's gone. No delivery of a final product was made, and no refunds will be made (according to the campaign's creator.) Let this be a good reminder: Giving money to companies for products that do not exist is a bad idea.

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Luna Display turns an iPad into a second monitor for Macs

Luna Display turns an iPad into a second monitor for Macs

Multi-monitor setups are so common these days that even notebooks that are normally meant to have only one screen are being used with external monitors. Those external monitors, however, are often expensive, bulky, and stationary. There are, of course, portable monitors which are just as expensive. If, however, you own a MacBook and happen to also have an iPad, you're in luck, because Luna Display can wirelessly join those two screens together to give you a bigger but still portable digital workspace.

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Pictar Pro grip turns your smartphone into a makeshift DSLR

Pictar Pro grip turns your smartphone into a makeshift DSLR

Smartphone cameras these days can almost rival DSLRs in many ways, especially with their more convenient portability and general purpose functions. There are still, however, things that a dedicated camera will always be able to do better, like offering tactile and more precise physical controls and having a viewfinder that works under the brightest of days. Rather than spend twice on a smartphone and a camera, miggo is offering a more practical alternative: the Pictar Pro Advanced camera grip that transforms your iPhone or Android phone into one.

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