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Samsung's big Galaxy Tab 4 gets the Barnes & Noble treatment

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 15:46
We weren't terribly fond of Samsung and Barnes & Noble's first tablet mashup, but it seems at least a few people were. If you happen to fall into that category, congratulations -- that odd couple has something else that might be up your alley. The...

iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 now available in certain UK stores

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 15:20
Apple began accepting online orders for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 shortly after the new tablets were announced last week, but if you'd rather not wait for a delivery, you can pick one up in-store as of today. Apple's own retail outlets now have...

iMac with Retina display review: A best-in-class screen makes it worth the high price

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 15:00
When Apple held one of its big keynotes last week, it was easy to think of it as "iPad day." Sure enough, the company announced some upgraded tablets, but it was a desktop, of all things, that stole the show. Though the new 27-inch iMac with Retina...

Smart earpiece with biometric sensors wants you to ditch your fitness bands

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 14:28
Yes, there are a lot of wearable devices that can monitor your activities and health, but an earpiece called SensoTRACK claims to be able to do it all. By "all," we mean it can measure respiration and heart rates, detect oxygen saturation in your...

Nielsen and Adobe are teaming up to apply TV-style ratings to the internet

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 13:44
You've probably heard of the Nielsen Ratings, which are the figures relating to the number of people who watch a particular TV series. It's these statistics that Hollywood uses to decide if your favorite show gets a second season or if it'll only...

Uber brings its larger-car option to London and Manchester

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 13:15
We haven't heard much out of Uber since it reduced the price of trips across London in its standard vehicles a few months ago. Today, the disruptive taxi service is back on our radar with the announcement of a new fleet of vehicles intended to serve...

Hands-on with the Xbox One's TV tuner

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 13:00
The Xbox One's €29.99/£24.99 TV Tuner is now available, but it's far from just a glorified channel changer for Microsoft's console. As we mentioned, it came out only in Europe because many of us across the pond get our TV fix from over-the-air...

Avegant Glyph personal theater headset gets closer to market

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 13:00
When we first saw the Avegant Glyph earlier this year, it was still in its alpha stage. The home theater headset that literally looks like a pair of chunky headphones for your eyes did impress us with its stunning visuals, but the overall thing was...

Bowers & Wilkins' first Bluetooth speaker oozes Brit style

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 12:15
Bowers & Wilkins wants you to keep up appearances with the T7, its first portable Bluetooth model. The bespoke UK audio company has certainly nailed the design, with an elegant honeycomb "micro matrix" cabinet designed to reduce vibration and...

CeX begins trading in Bitcoin at stores across the UK

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 11:50
Technology swap shop CeX has today become the first UK retailer with a far-flung high street presence to widely support Bitcoin. Earlier in the year, CeX briefly experimented with the cryptocurrency at one of its Glasgow locations, which also became...

Smart skates can help prevent figure skating injuries

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 11:31
A team of engineers at Brigham Young University are developing smart skates specifically for athletes who spin, jump and do crazy pirouettes on ice. Why? Well, figure skaters land with a force equal to six times their body weight when they jump...

Finally, an open-source smart toothbrush with a subscription plan

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 10:26
If you ever thought to yourself, "Self, I need a crowdfunded toothbrush that tracks my oral activities," you're in luck. The folks at Goodwell estimate that we'll each go through some 300 toothbrushes over the course of our lifetime. As such, it...

Apple Maps now lets small business owners add their own info

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 09:50
When Tim Cook apologized for Apple Maps in 2012, he promised to do everything to make the app better. The company's latest push to improve its navigation app involves putting all the small businesses it can on Apple Maps -- that is, with a little...

Moto 360's latest update brings better battery life and mood lighting

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 09:02
When the Moto 360 last got an update, the painfully handsome smartwatch seemed to get a noticeable boost in battery life. Now, with a new bit of software, Motorola's itching to improve its battery life just a little more... as well as stamp out a few...

Watch baby geese gliding down a cliffside in the BBC's latest 4K documentary

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 08:01
In the early days of HDTV, BBC's nature docs were the go-to showpieces for your new home theater gear. Some time has passed since then, and Planet Earth on Blu-ray doesn't look quite as good as it used to. With Life Story, however, the outfit's...

Drop it like it's hot with Illumibowl's disco toilet light

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 06:20
Does your lack of cat-like night vision mean you make messes when hitting the bathroom at 2 a.m.? Thanks to Kickstarter, that could become a thing of the past. The Illumibowl is an LED light that sticks onto the outside of your toilet and casts a...

Carnegie Mellon University wants to bring the moon home with virtual reality

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 05:29
Google's Lunar Xprize is still alive and well, and researchers at Carnegie Mellon University think they have the $30 million answer to beaming video from the moon: a telepresence robot. Naturally. Instead of simply broadcasting footage of the moon's...

Someone put Spotify inside this old cassette recorder

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 04:36
The above contraption may look like the kind of cassette player bygone teens used to use to create mix tapes, but it's not -- it's a Raspberry Pi-powered Spotify speaker with NFC-based playlists. Its creator, a British builder named Matt Brailsford,...

Windows 10 brings Windows Phone's notification center to the desktop

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 03:33
If Windows 10 is going to unify your experiences on devices ranging from smartphones to PCs, it only makes sense that key mobile features would reach the desktop, right? Microsoft certainly thinks so. The team in Redmond has released an updated...

Google backs Magic Leap, a mysterious augmented reality startup

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 03:13
Google has just thrown its weight behind an augmented reality startup shrouded in mystery. Along with Qualcomm and film production Legendary Entertainment (among many other companies), Mountain View has funded Magic Leap to the tune of $542 million....

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