Polaroid Goes After GoPro With a $99 Action Camera

“GoPro has done an incredible job building a new category in the digital imaging space,” says Polaroid Chief Executive Officer Scott Hardy. “But when we look at that market, we think it can be much bigger by not just targeting the professional and amateur and aspirational thrill-seekers but going after more of the lifestyle segments.” The Cube, which goes on sale today, is geared toward people who are more likely to strap a camera to the handlebars of their fixed-wheel bike than to swim with sharks.

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Parrot’s new headphones are made for the world’s pickiest music lovers

A lot about the headphones has changed, but the coolest and most futuristic aspects of the headphones remain. They’re wireless, connecting via Bluetooth to your phone, and there’s NFC built in to quickly pair your device. They know when you take them off, and automatically pause your music; they’ll resume when you put them back on. You can swipe on the outside of the cup to change volume or songs, or tap on it to activate Siri and Google Now. It’s much faster and easier than looking for the microphone input on your headphone cables, though swiping on your ear never stops feeling a little crazy.

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Apple Watch makes first public appearance at Paris Fashion Week
Colette is one of those ultra-hip Paris shops that may tempt you with its eclectic toys, clothing, tech and art — until you see the prices. For Fashion Week in Paris, it’s about to have a shiny new bauble: the Apple Watch. The store has announced a one-day only preview of the 1.53- or 1.33-inch wearable so that le public can see it for the first time. So far, only the press have glimpsed it, though we couldn’t try any functions since it was just running a demo program. Apple told us that it’ll be a strictly look-but-don’t-touch event, with no new details — and there’s no word if Colette will actually sell it yet.
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Apple Watch makes first public appearance at Paris Fashion Week

Colette is one of those ultra-hip Paris shops that may tempt you with its eclectic toys, clothing, tech and art — until you see the prices. For Fashion Week in Paris, it’s about to have a shiny new bauble: the Apple Watch. The store has announced a one-day only preview of the 1.53- or 1.33-inch wearable so that le public can see it for the first time. So far, only the press have glimpsed it, though we couldn’t try any functions since it was just running a demo program. Apple told us that it’ll be a strictly look-but-don’t-touch event, with no new details — and there’s no word if Colette will actually sell it yet.

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Flying cars are here but regulations keep them grounded
"A flying car is the ideal solution for middle-distance travel of up to 700 kilometres," Stefan Klein, chief technical officer for Aeromobil, told online magazine Dezeen. "According to our calculations, there is no better or more efficient solution for door-to-door travel."
Along with Juraj Vaculik, Aeromobil’s CEO, Klein contends that shifting road traffic to the air may be necessary to make personal transportation sustainable. 
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Flying cars are here but regulations keep them grounded

"A flying car is the ideal solution for middle-distance travel of up to 700 kilometres," Stefan Klein, chief technical officer for Aeromobil, told online magazine Dezeen. "According to our calculations, there is no better or more efficient solution for door-to-door travel."

Along with Juraj Vaculik, Aeromobil’s CEO, Klein contends that shifting road traffic to the air may be necessary to make personal transportation sustainable. 

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Post-it Notes now have a productivity app to capture your scribbles
Even with all of the digital options, Post-it Notes are still a handy way to jot things down for future reference. To help you keep those small pieces of paper organized and with you at all times, 3M released the Post-it Plus app for iOS. Capable of capturing up to 50 of the squares at once with the camera on an Apple device, the software allows to you sort by category and share with your fellow collaborators for further brainstorming.
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Post-it Notes now have a productivity app to capture your scribbles

Even with all of the digital options, Post-it Notes are still a handy way to jot things down for future reference. To help you keep those small pieces of paper organized and with you at all times, 3M released the Post-it Plus app for iOS. Capable of capturing up to 50 of the squares at once with the camera on an Apple device, the software allows to you sort by category and share with your fellow collaborators for further brainstorming.

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MIT’s underwater robot can sniff out contraband hidden underneath ships
That object above might look like a benign, slightly deformed bowling ball, but it’s actually something far more advanced. It’s an aquatic robot designed by a couple of MIT researchers, which can surreptitiously inspect the hulls and propeller shafts of ships at port to bust anyone trying to smuggle contraband. The device is perfect for the job, not only because it’s small, but also because it doesn’t leave visible bubble trails as it moves underwater. Also, its propulsion system’s housed within the permeable half of the device itself, so it can potentially hide in clumps of algae to avoid being spotted without getting itself tangled when it starts up. The other half is watertight and houses its circuits, batteries, antenna and other electrical components.
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MIT’s underwater robot can sniff out contraband hidden underneath ships

That object above might look like a benign, slightly deformed bowling ball, but it’s actually something far more advanced. It’s an aquatic robot designed by a couple of MIT researchers, which can surreptitiously inspect the hulls and propeller shafts of ships at port to bust anyone trying to smuggle contraband. The device is perfect for the job, not only because it’s small, but also because it doesn’t leave visible bubble trails as it moves underwater. Also, its propulsion system’s housed within the permeable half of the device itself, so it can potentially hide in clumps of algae to avoid being spotted without getting itself tangled when it starts up. The other half is watertight and houses its circuits, batteries, antenna and other electrical components.

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Consumer Reports tests Apple’s iPhone 5 and 6 for bends against Android rivals
The company’s line is that the iPhone is more than tough enough to exist in your pocket, as well as undergo potentially worse rigors of activity. Now Consumer Reports has published its own comparison using one of the same tests we saw — the three-point bend test. That’s when phones are held up at two points, while a bar comes down on the middle of the phone, and pressure is applied to see how much it can take before bending.
The product reviews company did this to one model of each the iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus, along with an HTC One M8, LG G3, and Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The goal was to see how much pressure each model could take before bending, as well as completely separating from the case. The big takeaway, it seems, is that 2012’s iPhone 5 held up better than both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
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Consumer Reports tests Apple’s iPhone 5 and 6 for bends against Android rivals

The company’s line is that the iPhone is more than tough enough to exist in your pocket, as well as undergo potentially worse rigors of activity. Now Consumer Reports has published its own comparison using one of the same tests we saw — the three-point bend test. That’s when phones are held up at two points, while a bar comes down on the middle of the phone, and pressure is applied to see how much it can take before bending.

The product reviews company did this to one model of each the iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus, along with an HTC One M8, LG G3, and Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The goal was to see how much pressure each model could take before bending, as well as completely separating from the case. The big takeaway, it seems, is that 2012’s iPhone 5 held up better than both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

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Inside the building where Apple tortures the iPhone 6

“We’ve designed the product to be incredibly reliable throughout all your real world use,” Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller told me. “And in designing that we then have to validate heavily, and see how does it live up to real world use, and what are the forces and pressures on it, and how do you measure and prove that you’ve delivered on a specification.”

In case you hadn’t guessed, Apple doesn’t often show this facility to outsiders. The only reason I’m here today is because Apple’s latest iPhone, the iPhone 6, bends. At least for some people. The real question up until now is just how many people that’s happening to, and whether that would happen during normal use in a human pocket.

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 Samsung puts on its designer suit: Galaxy alpha review 

Instead of tacky chrome accents on cheap plastic, the Alpha has a real metal frame. It looks an awful lot like a smaller and thinner Galaxy S5 — because that’s what it is — but the way that it feels is dramatically different. I first laid my hands on the Galaxy Alpha at IFA earlier this month and was immediately hooked by its svelte and subtle design. For the first time ever, I was drawn to a Samsung phone because of its design, not in spite of it. The last member of Samsung’s expansive smartphone family to even come close to such status was the Galaxy S II, which came out more than three years ago. The Alpha is, therefore, aptly named as the inaugurator of what may be a brave new era for Samsung.

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