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Review: MacBook Air killer from ASUS

ZenBook UX305 is a Windows Ultrabook that copies the MacBook Air’s look, but not its price.

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ASUS UX305: Looks like a MacBook Air, costs $300 less

Network World reviewer Howard Wen gives a quick overview of the ASUS UX305 notebook, which includes a 1080p screen and quick bootup of Windows 8.1

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Is this tree playing music?

The Listen Tree is a research project that uses a transducer to play music and ambient sounds. Get close and you'll hear.

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Acer back-to-school lineup includes new Chromebook and Windows laptops

The Taiwanese company also gave a sneak peak at a whole new range of gaming products and wearables.

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World Tech Update: April 24, 2015

On WTU this week two US agencies warn airlines about hackers, a robot explores a crippled nuclear power plant in Japan and stilts give virtual worlds steps.

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Hands on: Activity-tracking Swiss smartwatches with real hands and dials

Loaded with the same step- and sleep-tracking algorithms as early Jawbone UP wristbands, these watches from Frederique Constant and Alpina ooze with luxury even the Apple Watch can't meet.

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Fullpower CEO riffs on Swiss smartwatch platform, Apple Watch and disposable 'Kleenex' technology

A one-on-one interview with Philippe Khan, who argues his case for activity-tracking Swiss smartwatches, and comments on Fullpower's changing relationship with Jawbone.

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Review: Docker Swarm soars, and the sky's the limit

Swarm combines easy cluster creation and management with powerful container scheduling, but HA and other key features are still in the works

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Google Chromebook Pixel: It's beautiful, powerful, and impossible not to love

Packed with advanced features, the Chromebook Pixel can hold its head high among other high-end flagships, and it's the best Chromebook available, period.

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Media Lab project wants to change how you read

Fold from the MIT Media Lab is a new content management system that helps authors add context to their stories in a richer form than hyperlinks.

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Control your TV by waving your arm

Vtouch is using set-top 3D motion sensors to control content on TV screens and connected appliances in the smart home.

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Climb virtual stairs with these boots

The boots are attached to motorized stilts that go up and down on command, instantly giving the user additional height.

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Review: Tableau makes sophisticated analysis a snap

Innovative, self-service data visualization tool makes quick work of exploratory data analysis from 50-odd sources

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Solo drone has Linux smarts, GoPro mount

The Solo drone from 3D Robotics has preset flight features like the "orbit shot" which will fly around a central point or the "selfie shot" which will fly away from the pilot while keeping him in the frame.

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BMW's Mini augmented reality glasses give you X-ray vision

Move over Google Glass, BMW thinks these aviator-inspired goggles are the future of augmented reality for drivers.

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Microsoft researchers turn VR into a hands-on experience

Handpose tracks your hand and finger movements in real time using an Xbox One Kinect's depth camera and software developed by Microsoft researchers.

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Robots provide glimpse inside Fukushima reactors

A pair of shape-shifting robots have ventured into the pressure vessel of reactor 1 at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan - one of three reactors that suffered meltdowns after the devastating March 2011 tsunami.

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Indoor Atlas: Smartphones can navigate inside buildings using magnetic fields

Once you’re inside a building and there’s no GPS signal WiFi geolocation might give you a rough fix but usually you’re “off the grid.” But knowing where you are inside a structure can be crucial in large factories or office buildings....

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