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It costs $50 to plug an Xbox One Kinect into your PC

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by Timothy J. Seppala 2014-10-22 19:11:00

What's stopping you from creating the first killer Kinect 2.0 hack? Well, now that Microsoft's released the do-all sensor's SDK to the public for free you don't have many more excuses. The software development kit is available without any fees and...

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Microsoft Android Wear app lets you search Bing by twisting your wrist

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by Jon Fingas 2014-10-22 18:40:00

Slightly irked that you have to say "OK Google" whenever you want to use voice search on your Android Wear smartwatch? Microsoft, of all companies, is coming to your rescue. The developer is leading a trio of experimental Android releases with...

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AT&T's focus on connected cars is beginning to pay off

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by Brad Molen 2014-10-22 18:04:00

It's no secret that the US wireless market is saturated, and that most people who want a mobile device have already purchased one by now. Naturally, this means that the national players in the industry are looking for other points of revenue to aid...

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Google Earth for Android is now faster, better at 3D exploration

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by Chris Velazco 2014-10-22 16:50:00

Heads up, Android fans: Google Earth for your phones is about to get a lot better. That's what the folks in Mountain View are promising, anyway -- they've released an update to the app brings with it snappier performance and improved labels for maps...

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Bank of America issues refunds after double-charging Apple Pay users

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by Jon Fingas 2014-10-22 16:17:00

Went on a spending spree with your Bank of America debit card the moment Apple Pay hit your iPhone? You might be in for a (brief) shock. The bank is now issuing refunds after it charged at least some Apple Pay users twice when they made purchases at...

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Technology changed product placement (and you didn't even notice)

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by Aaron Souppouris 2014-10-22 15:45:00

As the music video starts, Avicii nonchalantly wanders into Stockholm's Tele2 Arena. He strolls past the venue's reception; a Grand Marnier poster gets some vital screen time. The bass drops. The crowd goes wild. For some reason, I feel like...

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Engadget Daily: New iPad and Retina iMac reviews, the do's and don'ts of social media, and more!

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by Andy Bowen 2014-10-22 17:33:00

Want to upgrade to an iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3? Maybe you're just drooling over the new Retina iMac. We reviewed them all, so you're covered either way. But that's not all we have on deck -- read on for Engadget's news highlights from the last 24...

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Google partners with Jane Goodall to capture Tanzania's chimp heaven

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by Steve Dent 2014-10-22 14:49:00

Google has joined forces with the Jane Goodall Institute to bring Street Views of Gombe National Park and its numerous chimpanzees. Using portable Trekkers, Google's intrepid photogs captured thousands of 360-degree images in the jungles where...

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The NSA can now use Samsung's Galaxy phones for classified work

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by Steve Dent 2014-10-22 13:01:00

Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets have just become the first consumer mobile devices approved by the US National Security Agency (NSA) to carry classified documents. The edict covers most of its newer Galaxy devices, including the Galaxy S5, Galaxy...

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Pivotal Living hopes you'll pay $12 a year to use its fitness tracker

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by Dana Wollman 2014-10-22 15:19:00

Fitness trackers come a dime a dozen and worse, they all seem to do the same thing: monitor your step count, calorie burn and sleep quality. As it happens, the Life Tracker 1, the first device from a startup called Pivotal Living, does all these...

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