Track your sleep and activity on the cheap with Misfit’s ‘Flash’
Your average wrist-worn fitness tracker, a molded piece of rubber with a handful of accelerometers and gyroscopes inside, costs around $100 at the low-end. For someone who’s not sure if they need or want such a device, that’s pretty steep. Misfit Wearables, which debuted its first fitness tracker, the Shine, last year, is lowering that barrier with a new option called Flash. Priced at $50, it’s cheaper even than erstwhile cheapie Fitbit Zip. Like the latter, the Flash tracks steps, distance, and calories. Unlike the Zip, it also tracks sleep, as well as swimming and cycling activities with help from its companion smartphone app.
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Track your sleep and activity on the cheap with Misfit’s ‘Flash’

Your average wrist-worn fitness tracker, a molded piece of rubber with a handful of accelerometers and gyroscopes inside, costs around $100 at the low-end. For someone who’s not sure if they need or want such a device, that’s pretty steep. Misfit Wearables, which debuted its first fitness tracker, the Shine, last year, is lowering that barrier with a new option called Flash. Priced at $50, it’s cheaper even than erstwhile cheapie Fitbit Zip. Like the latter, the Flash tracks steps, distance, and calories. Unlike the Zip, it also tracks sleep, as well as swimming and cycling activities with help from its companion smartphone app.

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Pioneer is spinning off its DJ hardware business to focus on cars
If you’ve been in a club at any point in the last couple decades, odds are very good your ears have been exposed to Pioneer music equipment: its CDJ decks and DJM mixers are something of a standard in DJ booths around the world (so much so, in fact, that competing decks and controllers often strive to match the feel of the CDJ’s jog wheel). But now, Pioneer’s selling that iconic part of its business to private equity firm KKR so it can focus on its automotive electronics unit, a burgeoning business thanks in part to the launches of Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto (Pioneer has committed to supporting both). The deal is valued at around ¥59 billion, roughly $551 million.
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Pioneer is spinning off its DJ hardware business to focus on cars

If you’ve been in a club at any point in the last couple decades, odds are very good your ears have been exposed to Pioneer music equipment: its CDJ decks and DJM mixers are something of a standard in DJ booths around the world (so much so, in fact, that competing decks and controllers often strive to match the feel of the CDJ’s jog wheel). But now, Pioneer’s selling that iconic part of its business to private equity firm KKR so it can focus on its automotive electronics unit, a burgeoning business thanks in part to the launches of Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto (Pioneer has committed to supporting both). The deal is valued at around ¥59 billion, roughly $551 million.

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Panasonic puts a 1-inch sensor and a Leica lens on new CM1 smartphone

Panasonic has made the biggest news of Photokina so far with the announcement of its new Lumix CM1 Android smartphone. The Japanese company quit making smartphones after the failure of its Eluga handsets two years ago, but now it’s returning with an imaging-focused device that’s as much camera as it is phone. The CM1 comes with a 1-inch sensor that dwarfs most imaging sensors in smartphones today and is on a par with what you’d find inside Sony’s RX100 and Nikon’s 1 Series of cameras. It has a 20-megapixel resolution and is paired with an f/2.8 Leica lens, a mechanical shutter, and a manual control ring. Interestingly, the lens extends out of the body, but is not a zoom lens, its adjustments are purely for focusing purposes.

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Chinese city opens ‘phone lane’ for texting pedestrians
In Chongqing, China, with a degree of seriousness that has yet to be determined, the city authorities have designated a 30 metre (100ft) “cellphone lane” for people who use their phones while walking. “First mobile phone sidewalks in China,” declares a notice next to it.
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Chinese city opens ‘phone lane’ for texting pedestrians

In Chongqing, China, with a degree of seriousness that has yet to be determined, the city authorities have designated a 30 metre (100ft) “cellphone lane” for people who use their phones while walking. “First mobile phone sidewalks in China,” declares a notice next to it.

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Custom Ultra-Limited PS4 Air Jordans Cost $950

The recent resurgence of sneaker culture is at an all time high. And it’s not just because folks are once again lining up in droves for Nike’s coveted retro releases. There’s a new excitement building and it’s being brought to the community by buyers who create custom pieces. The “JRDN 4 X PS4″ is an amazing custom that combines the classic Air Jordan 4 silhouette with design influences from Sony’s PlayStation 4 . The creative mind behind this custom pair of “jays” is Jonny Barry from FreakerSNEAKS.

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MIT’s cheetah-inspired robot can leap and bound
Moment’s lenses add versatility to your iPhone camera, for a price
Moment, a new company from one of the founders of Contour Camera, launched a crowdfunding campaign earlier this year to develop and produce two new accessory lenses for smartphones: the Moment Wide and Moment Tele. The Moment lenses seperate themselves from the rest of the field with their machined metal and glass construction and unique, bayonet style mounting system. The Moment lenses aren’t cheap — they are shipping now for $99.99 each from Moment’s online store — but they promise to offer better quality than anything else on the market.
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Moment’s lenses add versatility to your iPhone camera, for a price

Moment, a new company from one of the founders of Contour Camera, launched a crowdfunding campaign earlier this year to develop and produce two new accessory lenses for smartphones: the Moment Wide and Moment Tele. The Moment lenses seperate themselves from the rest of the field with their machined metal and glass construction and unique, bayonet style mounting system. The Moment lenses aren’t cheap — they are shipping now for $99.99 each from Moment’s online store — but they promise to offer better quality than anything else on the market.

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Toyota tests ride-sharing with its adorable electric vehicles
"The sharing economy" is a buzzword that’s thrown around to talk about services like AirBnB and Lyft, and now it looks as if Toyota wants in on the trend. The automaker is putting 70 electric cars into commission in France, half of them being i-Road EVs, as spotted by Gizmodo. Instead of competing with the existing public transit system that’s in place, however, Toyota says this will work alongside the city of Grenoble’s infrastructure making the likes of one-way trips, among other things, easier.
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Toyota tests ride-sharing with its adorable electric vehicles

"The sharing economy" is a buzzword that’s thrown around to talk about services like AirBnB and Lyft, and now it looks as if Toyota wants in on the trend. The automaker is putting 70 electric cars into commission in France, half of them being i-Road EVs, as spotted by Gizmodo. Instead of competing with the existing public transit system that’s in place, however, Toyota says this will work alongside the city of Grenoble’s infrastructure making the likes of one-way trips, among other things, easier.

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DARPA’s jetpack will help soldiers run faster

We’ve seen several attempts at making jetpacks that fly, but over at Arizona State University, a team is developing one for those who prefer staying closer to the ground. The DARPA-funded project (naturally) is called 4MM or 4 minute mile, and it aims to develop a jetpack that can provide soldiers that extra boost needed to run a full mile within four minutes. Sure, soldiers are physically fit, but the jetpack will make sure each one can do a 4-minute mile, even if they’re not particularly fast runners, and even if they’re carrying heavy equipment and armor.

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Motorola Moto X (2014) review
Last year, Motorola had a good phone, but it wasn’t good enough. This time around, the company learned from its mistakes, and came out swinging with one of the best Android phones ever made. The new Moto X has the specs, design, performance chops, and user experience to rival and surpass the best from Samsung, HTC, and even Apple. There really isn’t anything that other smartphones have that’s missing from this year’s Moto X. It’s a great looking device that’s a joy to use. It’s the premium flagship smartphone that was missing from Motorola’s lineup last year.
But having the best smartphone doesn’t necessarily guarantee sales (just ask HTC), and Motorola is going up against the juggernaut marketing efforts of Samsung and Apple. It will soon have a new parent in Lenovo once its transition over from Google ownership is complete, and it will need all the help it can get to have people considering the Moto X as an option when looking for a high-end phone.
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Motorola Moto X (2014) review

Last year, Motorola had a good phone, but it wasn’t good enough. This time around, the company learned from its mistakes, and came out swinging with one of the best Android phones ever made. The new Moto X has the specs, design, performance chops, and user experience to rival and surpass the best from Samsung, HTC, and even Apple. There really isn’t anything that other smartphones have that’s missing from this year’s Moto X. It’s a great looking device that’s a joy to use. It’s the premium flagship smartphone that was missing from Motorola’s lineup last year.

But having the best smartphone doesn’t necessarily guarantee sales (just ask HTC), and Motorola is going up against the juggernaut marketing efforts of Samsung and Apple. It will soon have a new parent in Lenovo once its transition over from Google ownership is complete, and it will need all the help it can get to have people considering the Moto X as an option when looking for a high-end phone.

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