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The latest gadgets, games and toys, not to mention the generally cool stuff we do outside of work.

A ‘Smart Bracelet’ That Tells You to De-Stress

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The jury’s still out on whether wearable electronics will grow into a huge market, but that hasn’t stopped manufacturers and designers from rushing into the space. Apple, Motorola, Samsung, Nike, and other big-brand tech names have devices either in development or available to purchase—if you want to record your activity, while receiving email notifications via a hunk of metal and plastic strapped to your wrist, you now have a variety of options, all capable of doing a great variety of… continue…

Microsoft CEO on Windows 8: Whoops

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella just admitted what many people are thinking: Windows 8 is a mess. “Let’s face it, we got some things wrong in Windows 8,” Nadella told the audience during the annual Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, according to Business Insider. But he tempered that assessment by saying he felt “very good” about the progress on Windows 10, which he framed as an “upgrade” from Windows 7. Click here to find Windows-related jobs. Windows 7 was the last major hit in… continue…

These Old Keyboards Make New Music: Video

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Lots of folks have a thing for old keyboards. Something about striking the key on an IBM Model M keyboard (29 years old and still going strong, thanks to a community of aficionados) or a Lettera 32 Olivetti manual typewriter (no Internet connection, but so what?) gives them a major thrill. Maybe it’s the way those older keys spring back after your finger presses down on them; or maybe it’s the satisfying click-click-click of the keyboard going at full speed,… continue…

Tech CEOs Talk Their Favorite Apps, PCs, Drones

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Dice recently spoke with a number of tech CEOs and entrepreneurs about what hardware and apps—old and new—rank among their favorites. Many of the top apps focus on squeezing more productivity out of the workday. On the hardware front, a drone even made an appearance—but all in all, the picks were pretty practical: Lisa Falzone, CEO of Revel Systems, a San Francisco-based iPad POS solutions provider: Tried & True Tech: The iPhone… the iPhone 6 Plus is a brand-new favorite.… continue…

Tesla Hype Machine Gears Up With Elon Musk’s ‘D’

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Earlier this week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk (who’s also CEO of private-space-flight firm SpaceX) issued a cryptic Tweet. “About time to unveil the D and something else,” it read, accompanied by a photo of a garage door rising to reveal part of a shadowy vehicle: So what will Tesla unveil? Over at car blog Jalopnik, the assumption is that “D” refers to an all-wheel-drive vehicle equipped with dual motors, the better for cruising around in cold, icy conditions; other websites… continue…

Observing Shellshock Attacks in the Real World

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A look at some of the Shellshock-related reports from the past week makes it seem as if attackers are flooding networks with cyberattacks targeting the vulnerability in Bash that was disclosed last week. While the attackers haven’t wholesale adopted the flaw, there have been quite a few attacks—but the reality is that attackers are treating the flaw as just one of many methods available in their tool kits. Bash is widely used in Linux and Unix systems, and many applications—such… continue…

Windows 10: Microsoft Retreats to the Past

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As The Who once sang: Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. In a high-profile Sept. 30 presentation in San Francisco, Microsoft whipped back the curtain from the next version of Windows, which looks suspiciously like the versions of the operating system that predated the ill-received Windows 8. Click here to find Windows Administrator jobs. Whereas Windows 8 tried to take the operating system in a radical new direction, welding the traditional desktop to a Start screen composed… continue…

Meet the Robot Tasked With Tasting Thai Food

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Thailand’s government cares about the quality of the country’s restaurants. It cares so much, in fact, that it’s building a robot capable of sampling Thai cuisine and judging it against a government-mandated standard. In an episode of bureaucratic nomenclature that seems right out of a George Orwell novel—if Orwell had become a celebrity chef instead of a writer of political parables—the Thai government has named the group tasked with designing the robot the “Thai Delicious Committee.” According to The New… continue…

Microsoft Might Make Windows 9 Free for Some

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Over the weekend, a listing for a “Windows TH” appeared on a Windows Technical Preview for Enterprise website, leading to rampant speculation about the final name for the next version of the company’s popular operating system. As The Verge and other news outlets have suggested, “TH” almost certainly stands for “Threshold,” the longtime codename for the updated platform. It seems virtually certain that the final name will be something along the lines of “Windows 9,” as Microsoft’s habit of giving… continue…

You’ve Seen Drones Fly. Now Watch Them Dance.

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Drones serve a lot of uses these days. The U.S. military relies on flying ones for battlefield activities; hobbyists around the world also send machines skyward, sometimes to take a look at things like Apple’s $5 billion “spaceship” headquarters under construction in northern California. Rolling drones clean our houses and chase our pets around (the latter for fun, of course). Click here for drone-related jobs. But we’re betting you’ve never seen drones dance. Fortunately, Cirque du Soleil, ETH Zurich, and… continue…