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Tivoli Intros Model One Digital

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Tivoli presents the Model One Digital-- a speaker featuring modern features, such as Bluetooth connectivity, streaming service access and a colour display, inside a retro-style design.

Tivoli model one digitalAn update on the company's Model One FM radio, the Model One Digital connects to audio services including FM, DAB, wifi, Bluetooth and Spotify Connect. A companion Tivoli Wireless app allows mobile device control and pairing with other ART Tivoli speakers to create stereo pairs, wireless hi-fi systems or multi-room audio experiences.

The cabinet is in "furniture-grade" wood (with walnut, black or white finishes) and the speaker grill is covered with Gabriel fabric.

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TAG Heuer Presents Modular Smartwatch

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Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer announces a second take at the smartwatch-- the Connected Modular 45, an Android Wear device the company describes as one of the most customisable around.

TAG Heuer modularThe "modular" part of the Connected Modular 45 comes in the shape of interchangable 45mm watch "heads," with a choice of either connected or mechanical modules. The connected module comes courtesy of Intel, since it features an Atom Z34XX CPU (on a Swiss-made motherboard), an AMOLED display, 4GB built-in storage and connectivity via wifi, GPS and NFC. On the Swiss-made mechanical side one can choose from the Calibre 5 or the more accurate Heuer O2T Tourbillon.

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RadioShack Faces Bankruptcy... Again!

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RadioShack is in the red for the 2nd time in 2 years, as owner General Wireless Operations (GWO) files for Chapter 11 protection after the failure of a co-branding deal with US mobile carrier Sprint.

RadioShackGWO bought the RadioShack brand and its best stores in a series of bankruptcy auctions in 2015. It runs 1500 outlets, and plans to close 187 stores, either close or sell to Sprint another 364 stores and evaluate the remaining 1000 locations, with the option to liquidate.

The bankruptcy filing has CEO Dene Rogers claim a number of improvements and sales milestones during the short tenure of GWO. These include a 23% reduction in operating expensive and an 8% increase in gross profit dollars for 2016, the sale over over 1 million private-label headphones and 700000 Hulu login pins, a revamp of its e-commerce site and the integration of FedEx pick-up/drop-off points in 140 stores.

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Intel Buys Into Self-Driving Cars

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Intel announces the $15.3 billion acquisition of Mobileye, a maker of chips for vision-based self-driving cars. In addition, Chipzilla plans to invest $250bn in autonomous vehicles over the next 2 years.

Self driving car"The acquisition of Mobileye brings together the assets of Intel’s Xeon processors, FPGAs, 3D XPoint memory, and 5G modems with the world leader in automotive computer vision," Intel CEO Brian Krzanich says. "This acquisition essentially merges the intelligent eyes of the autonomous car with the intelligent brain that actually drives the car."

Mobileye works on systems allowing vehicles to navigate autonomously and provide collision warnings. Tesla used to be a Mobileye partner, but ties were severed after a fatal accident caused by Mobileye technology failing to distinguish between a laterally crossing truck and the sky behind it.

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How to Add Android to an iPhone

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Customers with the want to run iOS and Android on the same device might get a solution with the Eye-- an case putting an entire Android smartphone on the back of an iPhone.

The Eye caseMade by a startup named Esti, the Eye is a standalone device, even if it shares the speaker, microphone and cameras of the iPhone. It has a 5-inch AMOLED display, 2 SIM card slots, storage via microSD card, a 2800mAh battery and even includes a 3.5mm headphone jack and IR blaster. The Android version of choice is Android 7.1.

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