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US laptop ban lifted for flights from Istanbul and Dubai

US laptop ban lifted for flights from Istanbul and Dubai

The US government has lifted in-flight laptop bans for flights originating from Istanbul and Dubai, a follow-up to the recent ban removal for flights from Abu Dhabi. The ban removal follows recently announced enhanced security measures that, if enacted by airports, may result in their in-flight gadget bans being removed. All of this, of course, follows the US ban on certain large in-flight electronics that may be modified so that the batteries function as bombs. The UK implemented a very similar ban immediately following the US's ban.

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US may drop in-flight laptop ban in favor of ‘enhanced’ security

US may drop in-flight laptop ban in favor of ‘enhanced’ security

The Department of Homeland Security is preparing to announce new 'enhanced' security measures that will lift in-cabin laptop bans currently in place against passengers in flights originating from certain cities. According to sources, the laptop ban will be dropped for airlines that adopt and follow the new security measures, though airlines that reject them may still be subject to the in-cabin ban. The ban itself is said to be the result of new intel indicating terrorists may try to weaponize large batteries found in laptops and tablets.

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New Sony A9 camera revealed [with sample photos]

New Sony A9 camera revealed [with sample photos]

This morning Sony showed off a new flagship 24-megapixel camera in the Sony A9, able to shoot photos very, very fast. This camera is able to shoot up to 20 frames per second with no blackout - that's intense. It's also able to capture at 1/32,000 of a second with vibration-free shooting using "Silent Shooting." This is also the first full-frame stacked CMOS sensor with integral Memory "for 20x faster data readout speed" according to Sony.

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Star Wars Turntable launches to celebrate 10th annual Record Store Day

Star Wars Turntable launches to celebrate 10th annual Record Store Day

Crosley Radio has taken the wraps off its new Star Wars Turntable, a turntable featuring iconic Star Wars imagery to coincide with both A New Hope's anniversary and the 10th annual Record Store Day. As we'd expect, the Star Wars Turntable is a limited edition model; Crosley says it'll be available to purchase from select indie record stores starting on April 22. This marks the company's fourth annual exclusive release for Record Store Day.

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Lightform device details from the company’s CEO

Lightform device details from the company’s CEO

Yesterday we brought you a brief rundown of what Lightform was and will be, and today we’ve got a few more bits and pieces from the company’s CEO. Lightform is a company and a device - the device works with a projector to scan any environment and project light into that environment unique to that environment. This sort of technology has existed in the past, but with Lightform, it’s being prepared for the everyday average consumer.

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CROSS Peerless TrackR is the world’s first trackable ink pen

CROSS Peerless TrackR is the world’s first trackable ink pen

A.T. Cross Company, the business behind the CROSS writing instrument brand, has teamed up with TrackR to launch what it says is the world's first trackable ink pen. The CROSS Peerless TrackR utilize's Bluetooth connectivity and a mobile app to enable owners to keep track of their pen using a smartphone. The system include's TrackR's Crowd Locate tech to help search for the pen if it is lost, among other things.

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New NETGEAR Orbi Router and wall plugs make the internet stronger

New NETGEAR Orbi Router and wall plugs make the internet stronger

A new collection of NETGEAR Orbi home internet hardware has been revealed with packages including routers and wall plug satellites. To make this extremely simple: the router sends the internet out into the users’ home, while the satellite picks up the signal and bounces it back, making it stronger throughout the area. Two new Orbi Tri-band WiFi Systems are coming to stores very soon, both made by NETGEAR.

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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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US, UK ban consumer gadgets on flights from several countries

US, UK ban consumer gadgets on flights from several countries

Passengers flying to the U.S. from one of eight particular countries will not be able to bring most of their gadgets on the plane as carry-on items. Such is the nature of a temporary ban imposed by the U.S. government that took effect today; why the ban is in place hasn’t been clearly stated. Statements from officials have been somewhat scattered, with one indicating that nine airlines are covered by this ban, and another indicating that ten airlines are covered.

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Dyson undercuts its flagship cordless with V8 Animal

Dyson undercuts its flagship cordless with V8 Animal

Dyson knows you had your eye on a V8 Absolute cordless vacuum but might have blanched at the $599 price, and so now the company is rolling out two more battery-powered models that are a little more affordable. The Dyson V7 Motorhead and Dyson V8 Animal each pack more suction than the vacuum-maker's old V6 models - up to 150-percent in the case of the V8, in fact - but are both priced under $500. Meanwhile, there's also a pair of new Dyson uprights.

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Senstone voice-recorder makes Star Trek comms badge an AI notetaker

Senstone voice-recorder makes Star Trek comms badge an AI notetaker

Mix a dictaphone with a connected Post-It note, add voice-to-text transcription, and you get Senstone, the latest "AI" equipped gadget aiming to corral your moments of genius. Launching on Kickstarter today, the discreet pendant promises not only a simple way to capture voice recordings, but transcribe and organize them on your iPhone, too. I've been trying a prototype Senstone over the past week; read on for some first impressions.

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Micro-drone swarm launched by US Department of Defense

Micro-drone swarm launched by US Department of Defense

The Strategic Capabilities Office of the United States Department of Defense and the Naval Air Systems Command have demonstrated a micro drone swarm. If that set of three words weren't enough to terrify your senses, just wait until you see the demonstration video. This demonstration showed 103 Perdix drones launched from three F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets. The goal with this program is to be able to launch 1,000 drones at once.

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