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Razer Blade 15 Advanced debuts world’s first optical laptop keyboard

Razer Blade 15 Advanced debuts world’s first optical laptop keyboard

You may have already heard of optical mice, which have been around for decades. You may have even heard of optical keyboards, which have also been around for quite a while, at least on desktops. Razer, however, claims to have one-upped its rivals and, by extension, allows its users to gain an "unfair" advantage over their competition. It has just announced what it bills is the world's first optical laptop keyboard which can be yours provided you're willing to buy the only laptop it is available on.

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Society 5.0: Japan’s plan to take civilization to the next level

Society 5.0: Japan’s plan to take civilization to the next level

You've heard of Web 2.0 and perhaps even the Web 3.0 that browser maker Opera loves talking about. But have you ever heard of Society 5.0, much less the previous versions that came before it? No, it's not a hot new piece of software but Japan's trendy label for what historians often refer to as "ages". With Society 5.0, the Japanese government and companies are working together to put developments in technology, especially in AI and automation, at the service of improving human society and evolving civilization as a whole.

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Kyocera unveils world’s first gyro-based portable carbohydrate monitor

Kyocera unveils world’s first gyro-based portable carbohydrate monitor

When talking about the convergence of consumer electronics and health, most will probably think of wearables like fitness trackers and smartwatches. These do often have a variety of sensors used to track vitals like heart rate or, in the case of the Apple Watch 4, ECG. But while these devices do give wearers an idea of their activity and heart health, they lack data on one important factor in fitness. That is why Kyocera has made a new system that can monitor your carbohydrate intake but is also small enough to slip into your pocket.

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ANA Avatar-in lets you “teleport” to places using robots

ANA Avatar-in lets you “teleport” to places using robots

As one of Japan's major airlines, All Nippon Airways or ANA knows just how many people wish they could go places easily. It also knows just how much that travel is beyond the reach of most people, even when it is necessary to reach out to or help a loved one. That is why parent company ANA Holdings is developing a new platform called "avatar-in" that will let you "teleport" your consciousness even when your body can't. And it is starting with a robot arm that can cook or even fish for you in your stead.

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Google announces new Titan security key model with USB-C

Google announces new Titan security key model with USB-C

Google has announced an updated Titan security key featuring a USB-C connector. The dongle is a more secure option for users who need more reassurance than traditional two-factor authentication (2FA) offers and who have upgraded to devices featuring the latest USB connector type. The new security key comes from Yubico and will be available to purchase from Google directly starting tomorrow.

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Facebook Watch is getting exclusive shows from FOX Sports

Facebook Watch is getting exclusive shows from FOX Sports

Joining the NFL and ESPN is FOX Sports with plans to release exclusive shows on Facebook Watch, the social media company's video streaming platform. Under the collaboration between the two companies, FOX Sports will release what it calls interactive shows exclusively on Facebook Watch, including ones that involve sports wagering and football.

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Netgear Orbi Dual Band Mesh WiFi System is made for large homes

Netgear Orbi Dual Band Mesh WiFi System is made for large homes

Netgear has introduced Orbi Dual Band Mesh WiFi System, an expansion of the company's Orbi Whole Home WiFi System. The new mesh networking product is designed for medium-to-large homes, according to the company, which it specifies as domiciles measuring at least 3,000sqft. The system is comprised of a router and satellites, plus it includes support for Google Assistant and Alexa.

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Microsoft Store workshops help Girl Scouts earn STEM badges

Microsoft Store workshops help Girl Scouts earn STEM badges

Microsoft is working with Girl Scouts of the USA to offer badge workshops in its retail stores. By completing these workshops, Girl Scouts can earn up to five different badges for STEM-related topics. The workshops, according to Microsoft, are intended to help teach 'vital digital skills' and encourage girls to pursue future careers in technology, math, and related fields.

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Apple’s next iPhone will cost less than your iPhone 6

Apple’s next iPhone will cost less than your iPhone 6

So you've read the rumors of the next iPhone SE 2, the affordable iPhone made to appease owners of the iPhone 6. So you're to understand that there's a calling for a new iPhone for people who do not care about the newest hardware - they just want to keep up with the software features, and the security, afforded by a new iPhone. It would appear that not only is part of that next-gen release quite likely, there's also an iPhone at Apple right now that's even more inexpensive than the original iPhone SE.

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Lyft partners with security company ADT for new safety features

Lyft partners with security company ADT for new safety features

Ridesharing company Lyft has announced a new partnership with the security company ADT to offer new features on its platform. Under the partnership, Lyft will launch a pilot early next year that'll allow customers in select markets to directly contact ADT if there's a security issue. The ADT-powered feature will be available in Lyft's mobile app; the company indicates it will be the first of multiple new features.

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Google Nest Mini leaks out and looks awfully familiar

Google Nest Mini leaks out and looks awfully familiar

Tomorrow is a big day for Google and its fans, as the company is set to reveal the Pixel 4 at long last. While the Pixel 4 will be the star of tomorrow's show, we're also expecting it to be joined by a variety of other devices. One of those devices could be the Google Nest Mini, which leaked out today, though those of you who are familiar with Google's smart speakers will likely get a strong feeling of deja vu when you see it.

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5x Google Assistant Halloween commands for 2019

5x Google Assistant Halloween commands for 2019

Today we're looking at a set of Halloween-related Google Assistant actions that are active as of this October, 2019. Google Assistant is the smart voice-activated system with which Google interacts with Android smartphone users. This system is also on iPhone, but not all actions may be available on all Google Assistant devices - we'll just have to check and see!

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