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8 Modern Gadgets That Look Like They Macarena’d Out of the ’90s

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The dream of the ’90s is alive in modern technology

The decade, which left its mark in the form of absurdly colorful outfits and zany cartoons, has never really left the building. It’s still a popular reference point in terms of style and culture — which is probably why there are so many gadgets that have taken cues from the ’90s.

From portable CD players to the high-tech return of the Furby, here are eight modern…

8 Modern Gadgets That Look Like They Macarena’d Out of the ’90s

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The dream of the ’90s is alive in modern technology

The decade, which left its mark in the form of absurdly colorful outfits and zany cartoons, has never really left the building. It’s still a popular reference point in terms of style and culture — which is probably why there are so many gadgets that have taken cues from the ’90s.

From portable CD players to the high-tech return of the Furby, here are eight modern…

Kitestring App Texts Your Friends If You Don’t Make It Home

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“Let me know when you get home.” We’ve probably all said this to a friend or family member at some point after parting ways for the night. And, if you’re like me, you usually forget by the time you get there.

A new app promises to automate this process so friends and family will always know you got home safely. Kitestring is a “safecall” service that alerts your contacts if you fail to virtually check in at designated times after going out

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Nike Fires FuelBand Team in Move to Ditch Wearables

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Nike made an abrupt exit from the crowded wearable technology market Friday. The sportswear giant fired much of the team responsible for the development of its FuelBand and shelved plans for a new version of the fitness tracker, CNET reports

Up to 55 people from Nike’s 70-member hardware team were let go from the company Thursday. In an email to CNET, a Nike spokesperson confirmed “a small number of layoffs.” But added: “We do not comment on individual employment matters.”

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This Fan-Made Spider-Man Web Shooter Really Works

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A German laser-weapons hobbyist has put together a Spider-Man-inspired web shooter that shoots a harpoon-tipped fishing line instead of a liquid web

Patrick Priebe, who’s no stranger to making real-life versions of superhero powers (he also created a pair of X-Men Cyclops glasses) — has created a wrist gadget that can shoot projectiles, and he designed it to resemble the one a certain Peter Parker sometimes wears.

iBeacons Are Ready for Showtime at the Tribeca Film Festival

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The Tribeca Film Festival is getting iBeaconified. The annual film festival is taking advantage of one of 2014′s hottest tech trends by integrating iBeacon support in its official iOS app and at venues across New York City.

The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) is using iBeacons as a way to alert app users of nearby venues, screening times and offers. If you have the official TFF iOS app [iTunes link] installed on your phone and you’ve enabled Bluetooth notifications, you’ll get alerts when you’re…

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I, for One, Welcome Our New Robot Underlings

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I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty tired of seeing robots and artificial intelligence systems get kicked around

The Jonny Depp movie Transcendence hits theater screens Friday, and it’s only the latest example of slander against sentient machines. Depp’s character creates a self-aware computer, programmed with all knowledge and human emotion. Spoiler alert: it turns evil. Who would have thought?

If AI ever does arrive, and that’s a huge “if,” the first thing it should do is watch all of…

What Can IFTTT Do for You?

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In the latest video of our Mobile Minute series, we discuss the powerful web service IFTTT (“If This Then That”). While IFTTT has been around since 2010, the company has only recently started to work with sensor devices.

IFTTT allows apps to communicate with each other through “recipes”. These recipes are simple conditional statements that can sync with your Facebook, Twitter, and more to create some fun automated actions like texting the…

Dutch Student Sells All of His Personal Data for 350 Euros

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A Dutch student has taken the bold decision to sell all his data at auction. It’s a decision that should make us think about the future of our own information.

In an auction on April 12, Shawn Buckles sold his complete “data soul” — his location records, his medical records, his personal calendar, the content of his emails and all the information from his social media communications. He sold his online conversations, his consumer preferences and his Internet browsing history. The lot. And…

7 Incognito Wearables You’d Never Guess Were Gadgets

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The state of wearables seems to be divided into two contrasting design ideas: the visible and the subtle.

On one side, wearable tech is futuristic and cool, and the design of objects should reflect that. At the other end of the spectrum, “Glassholes” are very real, so subtlety is key.

For those of us slightly embarrassed by our more techie side, there are plenty of concealed wearables on the market and in…