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Withings Smart Hairbrush hands-on: listening to your broken ends

Withings Smart Hairbrush hands-on: listening to your broken ends

CES 2017 has barely begun and I'm already brushing my hair with a smart hair-tracking brush from Withings. This brush goes by its full name, "Kérastase Hair Coach Powered by Withings," and looks the part of a smart hairbrush indeed. A single black sensor sits in the center of an array of standard fine brush pegs - looking at your hair, judging you, combing your hair, telling you what you're doing right and oh, so wrong.

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Zhor-Tech self-lacing smart shoes hands-on: one-upping Marty McFly

Zhor-Tech self-lacing smart shoes hands-on: one-upping Marty McFly

This week we're having a look at a pair of smart shoes that take the Nike MAG (Back to the Future self-lacing shoes) to a new level. These have nothing to do with Nike, nor are they to be mistaken for any other official Back to the Future technology. According to the folks representing this shoe, Zhor-Tech, the real challenge in creating a shoe like this is mixing electronic knowhow with footwear - dust, shocks, humidity - and of course wireless electronic lacing.

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The Google Pixel shipping nightmare (and Verizon’s XL role)

The Google Pixel shipping nightmare (and Verizon’s XL role)

Google and Verizon are not doing a very good job handling supply and demand with the Pixel. In a Reddit thread 2,888 messages long (at publication time), potential Google Pixel smartphone users discuss delays in shipment and inconsistencies in stories from Google and Verizon. This situation is unique in that Verizon is selling the same phone as Google is supplying AND selling. What we're asking here is why there's an issue with shipping at all with what should be a well-oiled machine.

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How to opt out of Facebook ads that track you

How to opt out of Facebook ads that track you

Facebook has an opt-out page which shows how they track users for Facebook ads across the entire planet. This page lists the ways in which Facebook works with data providers that "help businesses connect with people who might be interested in their products or services." These are the the groups that show an advertisement of a movie ticket sales site to people that've been searching for information about which movies are out in their area. For the Ron Swanson in you, this is your page, this is how you get out.

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Cortana in Creators Update: clipboard, notification sync

Cortana in Creators Update: clipboard, notification sync

Siri might be the oldest player in the personal assistant game and Alexa might be the new darling, but Microsoft's Cortana has one thing the others, even the new Google Assistant, don't. It's available on multiple platforms and devices, including Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, Android, and iOS. In the upcoming Creators Update for Windows 10 next year, Microsoft will take advantage Cortana's cross-platform abilities to bring at least three new features to the platform, including a universal and improved notifications across devices.

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Mega Man Mobile pre-registration is up, no rewards offered

Mega Man Mobile pre-registration is up, no rewards offered

Nintendo may be taking its sweet time to bring its sweet time to bring even just its characters to mobile, other Japanese gaming giants aren't so slow-paced. Square Enix, for example, has practically ported its entire Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest series to smartphones and now Capcom is following suit with Mega Man Mobile. The company has just opened up its pre-registration page for the game but, if you were hoping to get something in return for being an early bird, no such luck.

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Galaxy S8’s secret audio weapon : tipped to be wireless

Galaxy S8’s secret audio weapon : tipped to be wireless

The Samsung Galaxy S8 will launch at the same time as a wireless audio solution that'll take on Apple's AirPods. Information on this set of wireless earbuds is thin, but given Samsung's recent acquisition of Harman audio technology, things could sound mighty nice. This is just the latest in a long line of rumors surrounding the next release from Samsung - the device that'll almost certainly be called Galaxy S8.

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Google Mobile Search dishes up recipes for food queries

Google Mobile Search dishes up recipes for food queries

Google has tweaked the way it presents recipes for food searches on its mobile search. Pull out your phone and search for any particular food item or multiple items using Google Mobile Search, and you'll see an array of recipe cards at the top of the results. Above those cards you'll find related search terms that, when tapped, will themselves pull up additional recipes, all of which can be scrolled through in their own dedicated section.

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Wileyfox drops CyanogenMod, LineageOS may wait in the wings

Wileyfox drops CyanogenMod, LineageOS may wait in the wings

According to an email sent by Wileyfox this week, their first smartphone will be updated away from CyanogenMod this week. Despite this - somehow - Wileyfox Account Executive Michelle Johal suggests that "all user's experience will remain unchanged." Johal went on to say, "This was expected and we are confident with the smooth transition planned in an upcoming over-the-air update for the entire Wileyfox product range that will migrate away from Cyanogen’s refocus strategy, and on to a purer Android experience – enhanced."

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This iPhone feature may re-start the Android hardware wars

This iPhone feature may re-start the Android hardware wars

Apple has long been rumored to bring a set of hardcore components to the iPhone lineup - next year they just might do it. A set of patents this week shows how Apple is preparing for - or at least protecting itself in case of the eventuality of - next-level hardness in outer components. This isn't only for the iPhone, but the Apple Watch too.

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Best apps to increase your productivity

Best apps to increase your productivity

It's that time of year again when people are drawing up resolutions that they may or may not, most likely not, keep for the next 12 months. Almost everyone, however, like to use the opportunity at the changing of the year to get their lives in order. Luckily, there's an app for that. In fact, there are apps for that. There are admittedly dozens, if not hundreds, or productivity apps and tools out there promising you the world and future. Sometimes choosing which one to stick to is ironically the most unproductive thing you can do. So to help you get started, here are some of our favorites to kickstart your journey towards a rocking 2017.

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Today is when your T-Mobile Galaxy Note 7 will die

Today is when your T-Mobile Galaxy Note 7 will die

Battery troubles with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will begin today for all T-Mobile Galaxy Note 7 units. So long as the user hits the OK button for T-Mobile's OTA software update, the end is near. The Galaxy Note 7, once updated, will no longer charge up with battery power. From here on out, it's time to die.

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