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  • Opinion: Trinity Magnum takes aim at the tricky problem of VR controls

    The Oculus Rift and a renewed interest in virtual reality has prompted a panic about controls--how do you intuitively and accurately manipulate a game while wearing what's essentially a blindfold?

  • News: Netatmo June review: You won't feel burned by this UV-sensing wearable

    "Who loves the sun?" sang the Velvet Underground. "Not everyone." I wasn't alive when Loaded was released, but clearly Lou Reed was talking about me, with my pale skin that refuses to tan. I'm either stark white, or I'm burned. There is no in between.

  • News: BBC website and iPlayer suffer weekend outage

    The BBC hit technical problems over the weekend affecting its website and iPlayer service. Issues are still ongoing.

  • News: Healbe finally releases lab data for its notorious GoBe calorie-tracking wristband

    It's not the independent, peer-reviewed study that wearable watchers have been waiting for, but Healbe has published lab test data that indicates its GoBe activity-tracking wristband can automatically divine the calories in the food we eat with an error rate of +/-13.5 percent.

  • News: Amazon's Kindle Unlimited offers 600,000 e-books for $10 a month

    Even the most voracious readers will take a few months to get the most out of Amazon.com's latest offer: access to 600,000 e-books and 2,000 audiobooks for a monthly fee of US$9.99. What publishers and authors will get out of it remains to be seen.

  • News: Just wave your smartwatch to board this train

    If you're holding out for that multi-functional smartwatch of your dreams, Sony is working to add contactless payments to wearables with a new chip.

  • News: Chat off the grid: goTenna lets you send texts without cellular service

    Your phone is a pocket-sized supercomputer, but when you don't even have cellular coverage to send a text message, it feels more like a paperweight. goTenna is a portable RF antenna that lets you communicate even when your phone has no service whatsoever. You won't be posting selfies to Instagram or catching up on your Hulu queue, but goTenna lets you exchange text messages and GPS coordinates with other goTenna users who are within range--and that range could be a mile or so in a city to a whopping 50 miles if you happen to be standing on top of a mountain.

  • Opinion: Google offers free Glass test drives in LA, SF, and NYC

    Now that anyone in the U.S. with $1,500 in their pocket can pick up a pair of Google Glass, the search giant wants to encourage more people to stop by and try out the high-priced futuristic wearable. Google is now accepting appointments at its "Basecamp" (read: showroom) locations in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco for anyone to get a Glass demo for free.

  • News: Amazon.com mulls unlimited e-book subscription offer

    Amazon.com looks to be prepping a $9.99-a-month e-book and audiobook subscription service dubbed "Kindle Unlimited."

  • Opinion: Insteon's Cortana integration will let Windows Phone users talk to their house

    From the Fire TV's excellent voice search feature to muttering "OK Google" into your Android Wear smartwatch, voice control is a big trend in tech today. Insteon is listening, and on Wednesday the home automation company announced Cortana integration in its Windows Phone 8.1 app.

  • News: Slingbox M1 review: Place-shift TV with minimal hassle

    The idea of placeshifting live and recorded cable and satellite TV--that is, viewing the content on a display other than the one the box is connected to--is less novel than it was several years ago, let alone just a couple when Slingbox's last models debuted. Today, those who haven't yet "cut the cord" can access many of their favorite channels and shows on portable devices with a login and code, and some services even let you access live TV or your DVR's contents on the go.

  • News: SlingTV aims for a unified TV experience at home and away

    If you're paying tons of money for a cable or satellite TV package, you deserve to be able to watch that content on all your screens, both around your house, and on your mobile devices when you're out and about. Sling Media's Slingbox products have let you "place shift" live TV and DVR recordings for years, and on Tuesday the company announced both a new entry-level Slingbox, the M1, as well as a new software interface for its flagship Slingbox, now rechristened SlingTV.

  • LeapFrog LeapTV release date and UK price

    Well-known for its child-friendly tablet, the LeapPad, LeapFrog has announced a brand new games console for kids: the LeapTV. Here's what you need to know.

  • News: Google moves closer to selling smart contacts

    Google has reached a deal with Alcon to work together on smart contact lenses that can monitor diabetics' blood sugar levels.

  • News: Amazon Fire TV streaming box release date, price and features

    Here's where we tell you all you need to know about the Amazon Fire TV streaming box's release date and features. Amazon has, as expected, unveiled its Fire TV media streaming set-top box. It will rival the Apple TV, Roku players and Google Chromecast.

  • Opinion: Android Wear apps already outnumber Google Glass apps

    Google Glass may have captivated our imagination for a few years, but Android Wear is what has developers excited. Just two devices are currently available running the wearables platform and already the number of explicitly Wear-supporting apps exceeds the app catalog for Google Glass, a statistic first reported by Android Central.

  • News: BloomSky's backyard weather stations hope to crowdsource the forecast

    Anyone who's spent much time in San Francisco quickly learns the limitations of typical weather-forecasting apps: "Today's high 68 degrees" they'll say, and in return you'll scoff "Where?!"

  • Raspberry Pi B+ release date, price and specs

    Everything you need to know about the new Raspberry Pi model B+ including release date, price and specs.

  • News: Virgin Media adds new Sky Sports channels and TV Season Ticket

    Virgin Media has announced it is launching new Sky Sports channels and a Season Ticket offering 10 months of access for a one-off payment.

  • News: Samsung, Arm and Nest launch Thread Group to tie home IoT devices together

    Google's Nest subsidiary and heavy hitters including Samsung Electronics and Arm Holdings are launching the latest bid to make sensors, cameras, appliances and other devices in homes easily talk to each other.



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