Gadgets

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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This Samsung spin-off reinvented the Post-It (for some reason)

This Samsung spin-off reinvented the Post-It (for some reason)

If there's office contraband then it's probably the humble - but coveted - Post-It pad, but one Samsung spin-off is aiming to give the sticky note a tech upgrade. Mangoslab began life as a Samsung Venture funded start-up courtesy of the South Korean company's internal incubator back in 2016, and its first product is Nemonic, a sticky note printer making its debut at CES 2017. Rather than a pad of Post-Its on your desk, you have a small printer block instead.

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Project Fi airport ‘Travel Trolley’ lures subscribers with goodies

Project Fi airport ‘Travel Trolley’ lures subscribers with goodies

Project Fi subscribers can grab some travel goodies if they happen to be passing through the San Jose Airport. Google calls the vending machine a 'Travel Trolley,' which itself is plastered with the Project Fi logo and a style akin to the Project Fi website. The items are free, but only if you have a Project Fi subscription, otherwise you're going to have to find an ordinary (read: not free) vending machine.

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Philip Morris’ new smoking gadget could replace its own cigarettes

Philip Morris’ new smoking gadget could replace its own cigarettes

Philip Morris has introduced a new smoking gizmo called iQOS, and it could one day replace the company's own tobacco cigarettes. The company introduced the product in the UK recently, describing it as a small electronic gadget that works by vaporizing tobacco rather than burning it. By doing this, per the claims, users will inhale the same amount of nicotine as they get from a cigarette, but without all the toxins and carcinogens in tobacco smoke.

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Eight Smart Mattress has four foam layers and one layer of tech

Eight Smart Mattress has four foam layers and one layer of tech

Everything is going smart these days, it started with our phones years ago and more recently our watches. Today even your mattress is getting smarter in an effort to help you sleep better. I think we can all get behind tech that helps us to sleep better and wake up more refreshed. The Eight Smart Mattress has four layers of high-density foam and a technology layer that is able to track sleep.

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Sevenhugs Smart Remote control anything you point it at

Sevenhugs Smart Remote control anything you point it at

Sevenhugs has a very cool remote control that is on Kickstarter and has destroyed its funding goal. The product is called the Smart Remote by Sevenhugs and this remote claims to be able to control any device you aim it at. The screen on the remote will adapt to the device you are aiming it at to give you control you need.

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Bonjour Smart Alarm Clock with AI aims to make you on time

Bonjour Smart Alarm Clock with AI aims to make you on time

We all know at least one person who is perennially late and never on time. If you don't know one of those people, odds are you are that perennially late person. A new smart alarm clock has landed on Kickstarter that wants to help you be on time and it's called the Bonjour Smart Alarm Clock with Artificial Intelligence. The Bonjour clock does things other clocks are unable to do.

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Amazon Dash Button orders up 5x in the last year, more brands added

Amazon Dash Button orders up 5x in the last year, more brands added

Amazon has been peddling a very cool way to order the things you need all the time for your home using your Prime account called the Amazon Dash Button. Amazon is talking up how well the Dash Buttons are performing with orders up over 5x using the buttons in the last year. The Dash Button is a small digital button for a specific product.

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Kindle update makes Manga readable : 5 best to try

Kindle update makes Manga readable : 5 best to try

Amazon Kindle devices will have a manga update in the next few weeks that allows swift reading. Amazon has heard the cry of manga fans everywhere, bringing faster page turns to the platform. This update will work for all titles - everything from Black Butler to Vampire Knight. Each of the digital editions of these titles will be able to push through your mind at high speed, at last.

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