Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7 tablet arrives at MetroPCS

Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7 tablet arrives at MetroPCS

MetroPCS users have gotten a new prepaid tablet option, with T-Mobile announcing that the budget-range Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7 slate has arrived at its prepaid stores. This brings a prepaid option for those who want a tablet with a data plan sans contract, and is a direct jab at competing services, with T-Mobile's John Legere saying, "We are blazing trails again – this time with tablets for the prepaid market through MetroPCS. Want a tablet from Boost or Cricket? They've got nothing."

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Yardarm Sensor brings real-time tracking to police firearms

Yardarm Sensor brings real-time tracking to police firearms

Connected technology largely focuses on the average consumer, being used with devices that monitor homes, keep track of kids, locate lost pets, wake us up and lull us to sleep. Some companies are looking outside of those typical realms into other areas that can benefit from the technology, however, and among them is law enforcement and its related entities. One startup in particular called Yardarm has developed a sensor that will bring real-time monitoring to police firearms, offering up information on things like when a gun was drawn and which way it was pointing.

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Elon Musk warns artificial intelligence is “summoning the demon”

Elon Musk warns artificial intelligence is “summoning the demon”

Elon Musk is all about keeping the human race alive, even if that means abandoning Earth at some point. He went into details about this not long ago when discussing Mars colonies and things of an existential nature. Any number of technologies could prove a threat to that survival, with artificial intelligence being counted among them, necessitating plans to prevent possible bad outcomes. Google reportedly formed an ethics board after acquiring AI startup DeepMind, for example, but things like that might not be enough to keep the technology from spiraling out of control.

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B&O’s BeoPlay A2 is maker’s first Bluetooth speaker

B&O’s BeoPlay A2 is maker’s first Bluetooth speaker

Bang & Olufsen has introduced its first portable Bluetooth speaker, marking its entrance into yet another segment of the audio industry. Called the BeoPlay A2, this new speaker is a stylish, relatively compact offering that is -- as those familiar with the brand would expect -- hailed as offering superb audio quality. This is despite being a Bluetooth device, which is often criticized for its compressed, lackluster performance. Even better, for those located in the United States the device has already launched at $399 USD.

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Oculus Rift’s first feature film is now available

Oculus Rift’s first feature film is now available

Halloween is upon us, and so many people are pulling out their favorite scary movies for a night or two of frights. Those who own an Oculus Rift will be able to take this to a whole new level, however, with the device's first feature length movie launching today -- and it's not for the faint of heart. The movie is a horror flick called Banshee Chapter, and the Oculus Rift edition is adapted specifically to the VR device. The movie first came out in 2013, and enjoys a healthy 5.5 stars on IMDB.

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Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight doubles as digital ears

Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight doubles as digital ears

If you haven't yet found a connected device that suits your tastes, there's another contender on the market -- one that is available now, not at some point in the future after a funding project ends. It's called the Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight, and as its name suggests, the device is a mash-up of a couple different tools into one: it's one part nightlight, and one part connected alert system. When used alongside its mobile app, Leeo lets home owners know when one of their "dumb" alarms go off.

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PENTAX K-S1 Sweets Collection adds rainbow of colors

PENTAX K-S1 Sweets Collection adds rainbow of colors

The Pentax K-S1 camera Ricoh introduced in late August will be arriving again in a new collection called the Sweets Collection. Under this, the camera will stay exactly the same in terms of hardware and features, instead arriving with a colorful makeover in cheery, nearly pastel colors. There are a total of three new colors (in addition to the original camera that launched), with Ricoh deciding to give them all saccharine sweet names: Strawberry Cake (red/pinkish), Blue Cream Soda, and Lime Pie.

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Samsung taps Joseph Gordon-Levitt to film 4K short

Samsung taps Joseph Gordon-Levitt to film 4K short

Samsung is looking to show off what its NX1 camera can do by tapping Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his production company HitRECord, which will use the new camera to film a short 4K film. The movie will be called In a City, and it will be filmed entirely with the NX1 in Ultra HD resolution. Joining that version of the short film with be a similar one made using crowdsourced videos contributed by HitRECord members, five of whom will ultimately be awarded an NX1 camera.

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Pichai running Google sounds like the best thing ever

Pichai running Google sounds like the best thing ever

Sundar Pichai was once tasked with a huge job: watch over Android, but also keep tabs on Chrome. Android One? That was his baby. Getting Android and Chrome working together in a more cohesive fashion? Also his thing. Pichai has now been tasked with heading Google’s entire product lineup, which encompasses just about everything you see, touch, and use via Google. Though it’s being positioned as CEO Page’s wish to focus on the bigger picture, here’s why this is a much bigger deal than it may seem right now.

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T-Mobile complains about low-band spectrum auction

T-Mobile complains about low-band spectrum auction

T-Mobile CEO John Legere talks a lot of smack. On stage, he’s a cyclone of cursing and boasting, snide remarks about the competition, as well as a complainer and apologist for T-Mobile. The company he leads seems to need all that help, too. As much as Legere brags up T-Mobile, signs of just how limited their service really is peek out now and then. In asking the FCC for more spectrum at a better price, T-Mobile is also admitting they’re not very competitive — but not humbly so.

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