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#LiveFree Backpack sings to digital nomads with wireless charging

#LiveFree Backpack sings to digital nomads with wireless charging

Mobile devices have changed not only our lifestyles but has even changed the nature of our work. Some are no longer tether to any desk, office, or even city while others have some amount of freedom to be out and about, as long as they check in from time to time. These road warriors and digital nomads have also created new needs as far as "office equipment" goes. The #LiveFree Backpack by Knomo tries to address as many of those by providing wireless charging, Bluetooth tracking, and tons of pockets for your devices, all in a bag that looks sleek enough for work.

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Google Perspective puts comment trolls on notice

Google Perspective puts comment trolls on notice

Google is putting trolls on notice, announcing a new project dubbed Perspective which aims to take the vitriol out of comment sections online. Co-developed with Jigsaw, Perspective relies on machine learning to act as a constantly improving filter, just as a human admin might, only without the risk of the AI getting offended or overwhelmed along the way. Each comment is assessed for what potential impact that could have on the ongoing conversation.

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Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 shoe has laces that tighten themselves

Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 shoe has laces that tighten themselves

There was a bunch of memorable stuff in the "Back to the Future" movie franchise. The Flux Capacitor was one of the coolest, but the stuff that I wanted the most was the hoverboard and the self-lacing Nike shoes. We still don’t get to go back in time when we hit 88mph or float around on hoverboards, but starting November 28, we can get a version of McFly's self-lacing shoes called the HyperAdapt 1.0.

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Dronesurfing pulls a surfer around the water

Dronesurfing pulls a surfer around the water

The folks over at Freefly Systems have invented a new sport called Dronesurfing. This isn't an autonomous or robotic surfboard that can be remotely controlled. Dronesurfing uses a flying drone pulling a towrope that a surfer can grab and get pulled around the water on some sort of thin surfboard that looks like a wakeboard.

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LinkNYC disables web browsing in kiosk tablets due to abuse

LinkNYC disables web browsing in kiosk tablets due to abuse

Let’s face it. Humans are adept at turning situations to their benefit, but not all of them for the better. So it isn’t exactly surprising that 8 months after it launched, LinkNYC’s free gigabit Wi-Fi in New York is undergoing a rather major change. No, the Wi-Fi is still free and you can still connect to it with whatever device you have. However, the startup is now turning off the ability to browse the Web using the LinkNYC kiosk’s tablet following reports of abuse, some of them mildly amusing.

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Everyday Bags want to be your everyday best friends

Everyday Bags want to be your everyday best friends

Mobile devices and computers are supposed to help keep us on our feet, mobile, and unencumbered. However, it seems that the number of things we carry hasn’t exactly decreased. In fact, sometimes they have even increased. In the absence of shrinking rays and inter-dimensional space pockets, we’ll just have to settle for bags that almost offer the same. Luckily for us, Peak Design is back in its sixth Kickstarter, and this time it is bringing along not one, not even two, but four Everyday bags to match your style or need, be it a Backpack, a Tote, or a Sling.

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“Harry Potter and The Cursed Child” gets midnight delivery via Amazon Now

“Harry Potter and The Cursed Child” gets midnight delivery via Amazon Now

Fans of the Harry Potter franchise of books and films who are hot to read the script for the play titled "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" will be able to get their hands on the book early, or late as it may be, Amazon has announced that it will be offering midnight BST deliveries of the book to fans who order on the night the book launches, Saturday July 30. To get the order at midnight fans have to choose the Prime Now delivery service, which is no extra cost.

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FoldiMate removes wrinkles and folds clothes for you

FoldiMate removes wrinkles and folds clothes for you

Most people loathe doing the laundry. Sure, we have machines that wash and dry our clothing for us today, but the folding and ironing that goes with putting them away means that time is still spent on laundry that most would rather use for something else. A company called FoldiMate has a machine of the same name that comes into play after you run clothing through the washer and dryer that will dewrinkle and fold your clothes for you.

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Osmo Coding combines toys, programming, and learning

Osmo Coding combines toys, programming, and learning

While major players like Disney and Activision, to some extent, are abandoning the "toys-to-life" ship that they helped establish, their departure leaves room for more takers and innovators to take the market in new directions. Activision, for example, wants to try its luck in the card collecting and battling genre. Osmo, on the other hand, is doing what it does best, make educational toys. Osmo Coding attempt to bridge the divide between physical and digital while, at the same time, giving the young ones what could be their first taste of programming.

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Comixology Unlimited: now there’s a “Netflix for Comics” too

Comixology Unlimited: now there’s a “Netflix for Comics” too

It's been a while since we've heard anything major from Comixology, the industry's biggest distributor of digital comics, after it got swept up by Amazon. Sure, business is booming these days, especially thanks to non-stop servings of live action film adaptations of comic book titles and events. Today, however, Comixology has launched something major indeed. Taking a cue from Netflix, which has become synonymous with digital content subscription, it has unveiled Comixology Unlimited, letting both existing fans and curious readers a chance to dip their toes in the world of sequential art for only $5.99 a month.

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O6 rotary controller frees your eyes, lets your fingers do the work

O6 rotary controller frees your eyes, lets your fingers do the work

While we spend a lot of time on our smartphones, a good majority of the actions we do usually require no more than a few seconds of tapping. Those, however, require us to look at the screen, even for a short while, which can sometimes be dangerous. Voice control tries to mitigate that, but not all actions, or voices for that matter, can be accommodated. That is why Fingertips Lab, a company formed by former GM Innovation head P.K. Mishra, is introducing O6 ("oh-six"), a wireless rotary controller that lets your fingers do the talking, leaving your eyes free from distraction and keeping you out of danger.

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Amazon ditches price drop refund policy for most products

Amazon ditches price drop refund policy for most products

There are a handful of cool features and customer focused policies at Amazon that have made the company what it is today. One of those policies has always been refunding customers the difference if a product they purchased gets cheaper after they pull the trigger. All a customer had to do was call customer service and let them know the price had been reduced and a refund was granted.

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