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Global Technology News for 5 Jan 2015

You knew that Linksys wouldn't sit idly by while competitors like ASUS and Netgear rolled out extra-fast WiFi routers -- sure enough, the Belkin-owned networking giant is coming to CES 2015 with some... speedy wireless of its own. The company's EA8500 p...
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How Did We Find the Distance to the Sun?

Universe Today - 5 Jan 2015 01:15
How Did We Find the DistanceHow far is the Sun? It seems as if one could hardly ask a more straightforward question. Yet this very inquiry bedeviled astronomers for more than two thousand years. Certainly it’s a question of... nearly unrivaled importance, overshadowed in history perhaps only by the search for the size and mass of the Earth. Known today […]
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Ring wearable gesture device hands-on

Slash Gear - 5 Jan 2015 02:40
Ring wearable gesture deviceRing is a wearable smart device that connects to your smartphone with Bluetooth. It wirelessly allows you to make gestures in the face of your phone to launch apps and perform certain functions. At... CES 2015, we've seen this device do several things - take a photo, launch a basic music app, and even Tweet. Users are invited to work …
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A Self-Adjusting Smart Belt:You can keep your 4K TVs and your autonomous puppy dog drones. The Belty promises to have a greater impact on humanity than even the wheel. It's the world's first smart belt featuring an... electric-powered motor built into the buckle that automatically loosens the strap when you sit down, and then tightens the belt again when you stand up to head off any Benny Hill-esque pant droppings.
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Up Close with Ring: MaybeIn the wide world of crowd-funding unicorns, smart rings have been hustling for the top of the heap. Among them is Ring, a gesture device that promised to let you someday control your own home with a... series of arcane finger wags. I just saw it in action and seems like it works but god damn does it look dumb.
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TV, TiVo, OTT: HowTelevision has been an invaluable source of news and entertainment since the late 1930s, connecting us globally and ensnaring our attention spans for over 80 years. Although how we've watched TV has... changed, our fascination with the medium remains the same. In the beginning, watching TV was often a community activity, with neighbors joining each other around one screen to take in the daily news, a boxing match or a new sitcom. Now, with the advent of the DVR, Netflix and OTT services like Roku you can watch pretty much anything you want, any time you want — and that's exactly what everyone is doing
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Roku to be built into more TVsThe Roku streaming player will be built into even more TV sets in 2015, the company announced at CES 2015. Last year, Roku announced a partnership with TV makers HiSense and TCL to integrate its... content device directly into an HDTV This year, the company is increasing its number of TV partners and will also be working on a prototype 4K Roku TV product. See also: The evolution of the Consumer Electronics Show Roku has sold more than 10 million of its streaming players in the U.S. alone. Much of its growth has been organic, driven by word-of-mouth, as well as increased interest in original programming from services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime.
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Video: First look at the LG GWe've taken our own look at the new LG G Flex 2 -- for sure check out our hands-on here -- but we've also taken a spin around the new flexible phone with LG executive Dr. Ram-chan Woo, Vice President... of Product Planning for LG Mobile Communications Company, who played an integral part in the design of this beast. Here he walks us through the major features of the G Flex 2, including improved self-healing ability should (and when) you scratch it. Plus there are the new selfie features, and you'll get a peak of the new glance feature as well. For more, be sure to check out the complete LG G Flex 2 specs.
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CES 2015 brings new GarminCES always delights if you're looking for new products, and Garmin never disappoints. Lately, the leader in GPS technology has been focussing on wearables, and this year is no different. At CES 2015,... the company is announcing updates to their Vivofit lineup, bringing in a few new features while keeping the legacy functionality put. Vivofit also has some new style …
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Daredevil climbs 1,500 feet toImagine walking five street blocks in a city like, say, New York. Then think about climbing that distance straight up. That’s what Kevin Schmidt does for a living: changing the airplane warning... lights at the top of super tall TV…
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The Mint Breathalyzer CanThe term breathalyzer is most commonly associated with a device used by law enforcement to measure someone's blood alcohol content after they've been pulled over. But with a few tweaks made to the... chemicals used in a breathalyzer's sensor, the device can also be used for detecting other problems. Instead of measuring BAC, Breathometer's new MINT can tell if you're dehydrated after a workout, or are making your co-worker's uncomfortable with your halitosis--or bad breath.
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What to Expect Scientists to Do in 2015

Scientific American - 5 Jan 2015 15:06
What to Expect Scientists toNature looks at what the New Year holds for science --
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This chair is an invisible gymLAS VEGAS — Most people dream of burning calories, as they power through episode after episode of their favorite Netflix show. And if you could do that while sitting down — without noticing that... you're working out — then all the better. Enter the Tao Chair, a quirky, but useful product that acts like an invisible gym for your living room. Despite being designed to feel and look like a normal lounging chair, it works the user's core, improves posture, burns calories, reduces stress and strengthens muscles. Tech startup Tao-Wellness unveiled the product at the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas
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New EAGLE Simulation ShowsScientists have cooked up a stunning new simulation of the universe that captures the wide variety of galaxies we see in the universe.
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FlipBelt Running & WorkoutWhile the FlipBelt Running & Workout Belt does not quite come to be on par with Batman's very own utility belt since this particular belt has just four pockets as opposed to the Caped Crusader's... unique utility belt that seems to hold a whole lot of stuff all around – and just the right ones too, I might add. Having said that, this does not detract from the importance and ...
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These Headphones Do For YourFrench company 3D Sound Labs is showing off a new set of headphones called Neoh. They're a personal 3D sound system capable of reproducing surround sound from any movie. But more than just a 3D... virtualization of the kind we've seen before, the Neoh headphones create something closer to a virtual reality experience.
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Netflix VPN access locked downDespite claims from Netflix that it hasn't changed its policies, overseas residents trying to access the US Netflix service via VPN may soon be locked out.
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SpaceX's Next Frontier: Landing a Rocket on Earth

The New York Times - 5 Jan 2015 03:10
SpaceX's Next Frontier:On Tuesday, the company hopes to upend the economics of space travel, by landing the first stage of a rocket intact on a barge floating in the Atlantic Ocean.
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The Robot That Can Destroy You At Beer Pong

TechCrunch - 5 Jan 2015 02:05
The Robot That Can Destroy You Robots. They can wipe the floor with us at Flappy Bird, Ping Pong, and chess. At least we’ve still got the last great bastion of human sportsmanship that is beer pong, right? Wrong. Built by... Empire Robotics to show off yet another thing that their trippy spherical robot gripper “hand” is capable of, watch on as it destroys the competition in one flawless turn. If…
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Lenovo LaVie Z Convertible HZ750 hands-on

Slash Gear - 5 Jan 2015 22:01
Lenovo LaVie Z ConvertibleThis week we're taking a look at the new Lenovo LaVie Z set of notebooks - we had a peek at the HZ550, now we're checking out the Convertible HZ750, the Ultrabook of the two. These two devices are... VERY similar to one another, but this one, the HZ750 is the more powerful of the two. This device is what …
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Amazing Imagery CapturesAmazing images of falling rocket debris from a spent Chinese booster were captured in the final moments of its plummet back to Earth outside a remote village located in southwest China. The images... were taken by a photo journalist during the final seconds of the descent of the first stage of the Long March 3A […]
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Tales From The GrumpyBob Pendleton is a 60-something year old blogger who has (probably) been programming since before you were born. His blog, thegrumpyprogrammer.com, documents the lessons he's learned from decades in... the technology trenches. The most important thing you need to know about Pendleton is his blog's mantra: Programming doesn't have to suck. We've worked with Pendleton to present his tales in Web comic form. You can find the first installment, What Old Farts Can Teach You, here. The second installment follows.  Illustrations by Nigel Sussman for ReadWrite; story by Bob Pendleton as told to Lauren Orsini.
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Canon Connect Station CS100 isCanon has announced its own storage system for photos that enables you to back up shots without needing a PC. The Canon Connect Station CS100 has 1TB of storage and NFC connectivity so you can... transfer pictures or videos from an NFC-enabled Canon camera...
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Audi Prologue bringing NVIDIAAt NVIDIA 2015, Audi's VP of electronics development Ricky Hudy joined Jen-Hsun Huang onstage. There he spoke on how Audi was at the forefront of in-car computing 10 years ago, aligning themselves... with the future by realizing the potential for in-car supercomputing. It was the way of the future. Here in 2015, it is the present. They key to this …
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CNET drools over the HealbeFor a large chunk of last year, Pando’s James Robinson followed the utterly ridiculous story of the even more ridiculous “Healbe GoBe”. The device, which raised over a million dollars on... Indiegogo, claimed to be able to count the number of calories you had consumed throughout the day by reading blood glucose levels through your wrist. Despite the fact that doctor after doctor after scientist after scientist lined up to […]
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