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Hands On: FlipBelt

12/11, 12:49am

Often when a person is working out, they need to keep some of their personal items on hand. The armband solution works for phones and MP3 players, but other objects that don't have a market for special active-style containers like inhalers, protein bars, keys and medication are overlooked. Pockets aren't practical most of the time while working out, as items can bounce out, weigh too much, flop about or potentially cause wardrobe malfunctions. The FlipBelt, however, is a wearable pocket that sits around a wearer's midsection, tackling the need for a flexible carry-all while granting users easy access to anything one could need during a workout.

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BitTorrent technology comes to web browsers with Project Maelstrom

12/10, 11:52pm

BitTorrent, for good or ill, was a giant step for pushing data out to clients. While it's most often associated with piracy, it has many practical applications on the correct side of the law. The transfer technology is allowing the company to look in new directions -- such as chat clients and commerce -- but its now looking to additional avenues like web browsing with "Project Maelstrom."

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Electronic payment gateway Charge Anywhere compromised since 2009

12/10, 10:17pm

In a statement, electronic payment gateway provider Charge Anywhere announced that it had discovered "malware that had not been previously detected by any anti-virus program" in their system. The discovery was made after an unnamed party requested the company investigate some unauthorized transactions that appeared to be made legitimately.

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Nokia Here appears on Google Play, iOS version on the way

12/10, 9:52pm

Nokia's Here maps for Android is no longer just for Samsung smartphones and tablets, with Nokia making it available to other Android devices on Google Play, without the need to side load the app. At the same time as the Android expansion, the company has revealed its upcoming Here release for iOS will be slightly later than initially believed, with a version for Apple devices set to arrive in early 2015.

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Google adds Watch Face API in latest Android Wear update

12/10, 7:25pm

The latest update to Android Wear is adding more user-personalizable options to the smartwatch software, among other improvements. Dozens of watch faces for Android Wear wearables are being made available to download, with a new Watch Face API also being introduced to make it easier for developers to create new faces.

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HP Labs will release operating system for memristor computer in 2015

12/10, 3:31pm

HP Labs' attempt to reinvent the computer is going to have its own operating system when it is completed, according to a new report. The company is planning to release Linux++, a version of the open operating system designed to work with "The Machine," which HP hopes will spur developers to support the hardware and create software for it.

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Uber sued by Los Angeles, San Francisco over fares, misrepresentation

12/10, 12:26pm

Uber is being sued by the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco, for unlawful business practices. The District Attorneys of both cities claim the cab company is misrepresenting how effective its driver background checks are to its users, as well as including fare calculations and other fees that have not been approved by the state itself.

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Apple, IBM unveil first 'MobileFirst for iOS' apps for enterprise

12/10, 11:05am

Apple and IBM have unveiled the first iOS apps produced through their partnership announced in July. Available under the "MobileFirst for iOS" banner, the apps target clients in air travel, retail, insurance, banking/finance, government, and telecommunications. Some initial clients include Citi, Air Canada, Sprint, and Banorte.

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Seagate ships first 'Shingled Magnetic Recording' drives to retailers

12/10, 10:47am

Seagate has started to ship drives to retailers using a new technology allowing more data to be placed onto drive platters, increasing capacity without increasing the number of platters used. The first drive to use Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) is an 8-terabyte unit billed as an "Archive HDD," intended for use in long-term storage and back-up situations rather than as a performance drive.

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Holiday Gift Guide for the techies in your life - part two

12/10, 10:15am

The rubber's hitting the road on the Christmas season, and if the throngs around you aren't in the holiday spirit (read "panicked about buying") then they will be soon! Fortunately, its not too late for online ordering, and we've got your back! MacNN and Electronista have been squirreling away ideas for the gadget and accessory freak in your life. We did part one of this list last week, so here's more ideas for those hard to buy for people instead of a boring gift card!

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Bose products return to online, retail Apple stores

12/10, 10:04am

Bose products have returned to Apple's online store and retail chain, reports say. These include products like the SoundLink III and SoundLink Mini speakers, and the QuietComfort 20i earbuds. Bose hardware vanished from the online store on October 17, and went missing from retail around the same time or shortly thereafter.

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Comcast sued for using customer routers as public hotspots

12/10, 8:29am

Comcast is being sued by subscribers of its Internet service for hosting a public hotspot within their home. Joycelin Harris and Toyer Grear filed with the US District Court of Northern California over the company's decision to allow home routers to open up the routers of its own customers to other users, something the suit claims was performed without authorization and is a potential risk to systems on the home network.

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The Pirate Bay offline after Swedish authorities raid data center

12/10, 5:18am

Notorious piracy website The Pirate Bay was taken offline yesterday, as part of a raid by Swedish authorities. The server raid in Stockholm, which took place yesterday morning, is said to be performed as part of a large operation to protect intellectual property, with several servers and other computers seized for further examination by the police.

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HBO outsources standalone streaming service, aims for April launch

12/09, 8:27pm

HBO has hit some stumbling blocks in the creation of its standalone streaming service, it has been revealed. An alleged internal memo states that the broadcaster has decided to cancel its own attempt at the project, and instead will be using an existing streaming provider to provide the eventual service, something which is earmarked to launch by April 2015.

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Uber faces opposition in India, Thailand, Spain, Vietnam, Portland

12/09, 4:48pm

Uber is continuing to have a turbulent week, with issues in a number of different cities and countries within the last few days. The driving service has been banned in Spain, Thailand, and India, with Vietnam also taking a close look at the company's practices, while the city of Portland, Oregon has filed a lawsuit to shutter the service within days of launch.

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