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British company Pi Supply has created a low-power, low-cost e-ink display module for the Raspberry Pi do-it-yourself single-board computer. PaPiRus, as it's called, comes in three interchangeable screen sizes (1.44, 2.0, or 2.7 in), and like all e-paper devices it's readable in sunlight and it remains on (which is to say it can display a static image) for a very long time without power. Its creators note that it is particularly well suited to data-logging applications and outdoor displays.

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Tools like email and instant messaging have made it easy for us to share information with people around the world. It can still be overly complicated to share something with people in the same room as us though. Google Tone allows users to share URLs with computers that are within earshot.

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Apple snuck some Mac updates out the door today, giving the 15-in Retina MacBook Pro the upgrade it didn't get earlier this year, while adding a new entry-level version of the iMac with Retina 5K Display.

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A team of big picture-thinking researchers has developed a novel way of creating stable time-lapse videos by sewing together millions of public photos taken from the internet. The resulting sequences document everything from retreating glaciers to the construction of Las Vegas skyscrapers, without the team even needing to leave the lab.

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From the company that brought us Otto, the gif-capturing camera, comes CHIP, the US$9 computer. Its endowments of 1 gig processing, 4 gig storage, and 512 MB of RAM would only be average, were it not for the price, and the fact that it's ready-to-go despite its svelte stature – small enough to fit on a Post-It note. As with Otto, the company is seeking funding on Kickstarter and is also offering PocketCHIP, an enclosure to turn CHIP into an affordable smart device with touchscreen and keyboard.

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If you were geared up about that Skype Translator that Microsoft announced a year ago, but weren't a fan of the signup process, then today is your lucky day ... well, that is, as long as you own a Windows 8 or 8.1-running machine.

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