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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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Is your food tainted? ‘Smart’ chopsticks take stab at food safety
China’s biggest search engine may have an ingenious way of helping consumers avoid food poisoning and tainted water while also improving their diets.
Baidu, like its Silicon Valley counterpart Google, is investing heavily in the development of autonomous vehicles and in augmented reality smart headsets. However, Google is yet to publicly announce plans to develop smart cutlery.
The idea behind Baidu’s smart chopsticks, which the company will be marketing as Baidu Kuaisou, is to act as a food safety device, essentially telling you if the meal you’re about to tuck into is tainted.
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Is your food tainted? ‘Smart’ chopsticks take stab at food safety

China’s biggest search engine may have an ingenious way of helping consumers avoid food poisoning and tainted water while also improving their diets.

Baidu, like its Silicon Valley counterpart Google, is investing heavily in the development of autonomous vehicles and in augmented reality smart headsets. However, Google is yet to publicly announce plans to develop smart cutlery.

The idea behind Baidu’s smart chopsticks, which the company will be marketing as Baidu Kuaisou, is to act as a food safety device, essentially telling you if the meal you’re about to tuck into is tainted.

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Sony, the catch-up king
Sony’s not making PCs any more. It recently announced it wouldn’t be making new e-readers, either. The company’s also taking a long hard look at the TV business that it dominated for decades. In the ’90s, its TVs stood up alongside the Discman, Walkman and even that new games console that could play CDs. Sony was cool; it had cachet. But a narrow focus on proprietary technology and its slowness to adapt to the dizzying speed of consumer tech in the last two decades have taken their toll. While it’s created a new department solely dedicated to making the next big thing, it remains to be seen if the company can bounce back from decades of failures.
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Sony, the catch-up king

Sony’s not making PCs any more. It recently announced it wouldn’t be making new e-readers, either. The company’s also taking a long hard look at the TV business that it dominated for decades. In the ’90s, its TVs stood up alongside the Discman, Walkman and even that new games console that could play CDs. Sony was cool; it had cachet. But a narrow focus on proprietary technology and its slowness to adapt to the dizzying speed of consumer tech in the last two decades have taken their toll. While it’s created a new department solely dedicated to making the next big thing, it remains to be seen if the company can bounce back from decades of failures.

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Meet the Smartisan T1, a unique Android phone from China

A little over a year ago, a fresh Chinese startup by the name of Smartisan (“smart” and “artisan” combined) showed off its first work: the Android-based Smartisan OS. What caught our attention was its truly unique UI and insanely thoughtful UX features, so naturally, we had very high expectations for the company’s own hardware back then. At long last, the Smartisan T1 phone was unveiled in front of some 5,000 people — along with 2.74 million online viewers — at the two-hour long event earlier this week, and despite the usual flagship-level specs, it was still full of nice surprises. Don’t be mistaken: unlike the low-cost, high-end devices from Xiaomi, OnePlus, Nubia and other young Chinese brands, the T1 isn’t about affordability; it’s positioned as a more premium smartphone with much more differentiation.

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