Android Wear Is Getting GPS And The Ability To Talk To Other Bluetooth Accessories

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android-wear-hero Google’s Android Wear platform is going to gain more powers on a continuing basis, thanks to frequent significant updates, the Android team has revealed. Upcoming features planned for Android Wear in the immediate future include support for GPS on devices, instead of having to rely on connected smartphones, and the ability to work with other Bluetooth wearables in potentially… Read More

Netflix Taps Facebook To Let You Privately Recommend Content To Friends

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netflixsocial Netflix has just launched a new social recommendation feature that lets you suggest content to friends without posting publicly to social media. After connecting your Netflix and Facebook accounts, Netflix will now ask users a question each time they finish watching a movie or TV show: Do you want to suggest this video to a friend? Read More

Location-Based Video Editing App Clinch Heads To The Deadpool

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Screen Shot 2014-09-02 at 10.44.06 AM Mobile video app Clinch (not to be confused with Klout’s Cinch) is heading to the deadpool, but the company itself lives on, developing products for the digital advertising space. First introduced in 2012, Clinch’s app automatically threaded together video clips and photos based on location, allowing users to then customize the resulting mobile video further by selecting their… Read More

The Movpak Is An Electric Skateboard That Folds Into A Backpack

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movpak backpack skateboard For those with a long commute to work, the hardest part can be the last mile between getting off of the subway or train and walking to the office. The Movpak is an electric skateboard built into a full-size backpack, designed to make that final stretch a bit less of a hassle without making you pay up for a ride through a car-sharing service. Read More

LinkedIn Sales Navigator Comes To iOS As A Standalone App

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linkedin-logo LinkedIn over the weekend launched a standalone version of its “Sales Navigator” service, which is now available on iOS only. The addition of the new, native application follows a recent overhaul for Sales Navigator that saw it split off as its own product, rather than a set of features within the main LinkedIn website. At that time, the company promised mobile apps would soon… Read More

Sony’s about to strap an Alpha lens to your smartphone

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Sony’s Smart Lenses were a delightful surprise at last year’s IFA trade show in Berlin. The idea of transforming a smartphone into a capable camera by strapping a high-quality lens and sensor to it was immediately appealing, however Sony’s execution with the actual hardware and software was less thrilling. Now the company is trying again, it seems, though with a slight rethinking of the concept.

Sony Alpha Rumors has the first images of a purported QX1 smartphone accessory. It’s said to be splitting up the image sensor from the lens, making it possible to attach any one of Sony’s growing range of E-mount lenses that are used on its Alpha series of mirrorless cameras. Previously known under the NEX brand, those APS-C shooters are among…

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AMD FX-8370E CPU Review: Vishera Down to 95W, Price Cuts for FX

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I will be honest, after AMD did not update its FX processor line with the Steamroller architecture, I was not too hopeful for the brand to see anything new in 2014. But since the start of the year the 5 GHz turbo FX-9590 has been rereleased as a consumer part and today AMD is showing it can get four Piledriver modules down to 95W with a few frequency adjustments and cherry picking the dies. This is accompanied with price cuts for the eight-thread FX parts, which AMD is aiming squarely at similarly priced Intel i5 and i3 processors.

Reddit’s new official app is the best way to read AMAs

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Reddit’s AMA (Ask Me Anything) section is one of the most popular areas of the site, but the Q&As themselves can be a little difficult to read — not every question gets answered, other users jump in with their own thoughts, and threads can quickly balloon out of control. Now Reddit has addressed the issue by releasing a free mobile app that streamlines the reading process and makes for a much better experience overall.

The AMA app lets you filter out questions that weren’t replied to by the (often celebrity) thread starter, meaning you can read the whole thing more or less as a straight interview. The app also helps you ask questions of your own, and has features to highlight trending AMAs or those in a given category. “We want to make…

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LG and Samsung keep gluing crystals on their products and we don’t know why

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Curved TVs have already been criticized for being gimmicky and superfluous to user needs, but it seems manufacturer LG has been inspired to go one better in the pursuit of absurdity — it’s covered a curved OLED TV in Swarovski crystals. The model, which LG chooses to call “luxurious” and “quite simply gorgeous” rather than “an upsetting monument to tackiness,” is on show at Berlin’s IFA technology show this week.

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Sony announces adorable ‘Dragon Quest’ limited edition PS4

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At a press conference in Tokyo yesterday, Sony and Square Enix announced Dragon Quest Heroes for PlayStation 3 and 4, the first game in the impossibly-big-in-Japan series to hit PlayStation platforms in close to a decade. It’s a Dynasty Warriors-style action game produced in collaboration with Koei Tecmo, and could give Sony a sales boost next year; the PS4 hasn’t been performing well in Japan so far, with a distinct lack of titles that appeal to the local market. All of this is fairly interesting if you’re a Dragon Quest fan or are into Japanese games.

If you’re neither of those things, though, just look at this awesome Dragon Quest Metal Slime edition PS4 that will accompany the game. It’s decked out in silver and emblazoned with…

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