Gadgets

Toshiba is releasing a $120 Windows 8 tablet

Toshiba Encore Mini
Microsoft is partnering with Toshiba on a small screen tablet with a low price. Microsoft and Toshiba announced the Encore Mini at the IFA conference in Berlin. The Encore Mini is a 7-inch Windows powered tablet and is a smaller version of the 10-inch Encore 2 tablet released earlier this year.

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The Sony SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk can track daily activities

The Sony SmartWatch 3 and the SmartBand Talk are a couple of new smartwatches that can be used as activity trackers. The devices work with the Lifelog activity tracker, which is an app that lets you track everything that is done throughout the day.

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This asthma inhaler company has raised $14.5 million

Propeller Health

Propeller Health is a Madison, Wisconsin based company that has built a device that fastens to an inhaler and uses GPS to report where and when the inhaler was used, according to VentureBeat. The data is reported to an app and the data can be accessed by healthcare companies.

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Dyson releases first robotic vacuum cleaner

Dyson 360 Eye
Dyson has announced its first automated vacuum cleaner — called the 360 Eye. Dyson CEO James Dyson said that the device is the world’s first robotic vacuum cleaner and said that it is not a “gimmick.”

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Nintendo announces the New Nintendo 3DS

New Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo announced the New Nintendo 3DS console, which is a new version of the 3DS featuring a built-in second stick along with new shoulder buttons. The New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS LL have a smaller analog nubs above the A, B, X and Y buttons.

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Samsung announces Gear S smartwatch

Samsung Gear S
Samsung has announced a new smartwatch called the Gear S. The Gear S is a Tizen-powered smartwatch that has a curved display.

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Hackers hit PlayStation Network with DDoS attack and claim to have grounded SOE president’s plane

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A group of hackers have claimed to take down the PlayStation Network with the use of a DDoS attack. The hacker  group Lizard Square claimed responsibility. No personal details were leaked in the attack. The outage lasted for around 10 hours after the attack started. The threat also included a security threat against the plane that Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley was on. The plane was diverted to Phoenix and had its cargo inspected. The FBI is now investigating the incident.

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Barnes & Noble and Samsung launches $179 Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

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Barnes & Noble has partnered with Samsung to launch the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, which is a 7-inch Android tablet running a custom version of the Nook software. The tablet is available in black or white for $179 at Barnes & Noble retail stores nationwide.

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