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Cassia Hub extends Bluetooth range to 1,000 feet

While Bluetooth has become a popular way to connect devices within very close proximity (30 ft/9 m or less), its range limitations and inability to connect more than one device to another have limited its use. A new Bluetooth-enabled hub introduced by Cassia at CES could change that by extending the range to 1,000 feet (304 m) or through three interior walls, and allowing up to 22 different devices to be connected at once.Read More

Lenovo's new Yoga mouse doubles as a remote control

The humble computer mouse hasn't changed much since it was first conceived back in the 1960s, but the new Logitech Yoga Mouse has an interesting trick up its sleeve. It doubles as a Windows remote control for taking command of your media player, presentation software and other applications.Read More

AirBar brings touch control to existing PCs

Having a touchscreen on your PC could certainly be handy at times, but perhaps not enough so to bother replacing your whole computer with a new one. Well, that's where Neonode's AirBar comes in. It's a slim module that magnetically attaches below the screen of an existing PC that's running Windows or Chrome, instantly providing it with touch functionality.Read More

Use the Force Block Chrome extension to save yourself from Star Wars spoilers

For those unable to make the early screenings, navigating the online minefield of storyline giveaways for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be nigh on impossible. But one forward-thinking developer has got your back. The Force Block extension for Chrome scans the dark side of the web to shun such spoilers and preserve the plot's purity for your own precious premiere.Read More

Disney software lets directors change actors' expressions in post-production

Already, audio engineers can use software such as Pro Tools to change the inflection of a person's voice after it's been recorded. Soon, however, movie directors may likewise be able to alter an actor's facial expressions after their performance has been shot. They could do so using FaceDirector, a program created through a collaboration between Disney Research Zurich and the University of Surrey.Read More

Courtroom fibs used to develop lie-detecting software

There's a challenge when you're developing new lie-detection software – you can get people to lie for you in a lab setting, but their behaviour won't be the same as it would be in a real-world scenario. In order to see authentic lying behaviour, you need to go somewhere where the stakes for the liars are higher. That's why scientists from the University of Michigan turned to videos of courtroom testimonies.Read More

3D animation tech puts other peoples' words in celebrities' mouths

Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) recently demonstrated how 3D video images of Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig and several other celebrities could be created by piecing together still images and sound bites retrieved from the internet. They also showed how their algorithms could animate those digital models, getting them to say things that were actually said by someone else. Read More

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