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Long-range smart rifles now come in semi-automatic

What type of computerized rifle could make it even easier for novice shooters to hit targets several football fields away? A semi-automatic rifle that does the same thing.

Texas-based startup Tracking Point debuted its newest series of rifles this week and these guns are capable of shooting high-velocity rounds at distances of up to 500 yards, or five football fields. Dubbed the 500 Series ARs, these weapons are offered in 7.62, .300 BLK, and 5.56 calibers. They come with a high-powered digital scope with LCD display, laser range finder, and Wi-Fi.

What's different about these guns from … Read more

Flir thermal-imaging gadget lets iPhone see the heat

LAS VEGAS -- Thermal imaging doesn't usually come cheap. Devices that pick up heat signals can cost thousands of dollars, or you have to be an alien born with the capability, like Predator was. Now there's another option. At CES 14, Flir Systems announced the Flir One, a thermal-imaging gadget for iPhone 5 and 5S, which comes with a sub-$350 price that won't kill your pocketbook.

The Flir One slips onto your iPhone's back and sports both a visible and thermal camera. It has its own battery pack, which can power the device for up to four hours. It also can be redirected to act as a battery backup for your phone.… Read more

Synology showcases NAS DiskStation Manager OS 5.0 at CES 2014

Here's some exciting news for Synology NAS server owners. The storage vendor announced at CES 2014 the latest version of its best-in-class Linux-based operating system for its NAS server, the beta of DiskStation Manager (DM) 5.0.

Since its inception, DiskStation Manager has been by far the most advanced operating system for NAS server and helped Synology NAS sever to win many of CNET's Editors' Choice awards, such as the Synology DiskStation DS1513+. The current version is 4.3.

Synology says DSM 5.0 brings a new, streamlined interface and some new and enhanced features. One area of … Read more

3D Systems' Gentle Giant buy: More toys for you?

Start stockpiling those Bitcoins, toy enthusiasts! It appears that since 3D Systems acquired Gentle Giant Studios, it plans to make more products from franchises including Marvel, "Star Wars," Disney, "The Walking Dead," and "Harry Potter," to name a few.

According to the 3D Systems press release: "3DS plans to immediately leverage Gentle Giant Studios technology and vast library of digital content into its consumer platform and extend its existing brand relationships to further the reach of 3D scanning, modeling and printing for entertainment, toys, collectibles, action figures in conjunction with numerous blockbuster films, and evergreen licensed properties." … Read more

Samsung's party-friendly Giga system gets wheels

One of the quiet home audio trends from 2013 was the introduction of jumbo all-in-one audio systems from several companies, including Samsung's Giga sound system.

For 2014, Samsung is expanding its Giga Sound System line to three models, including the midrange MX-HS8500. Samsung rates the 2.2-channel audio system at 2,500 watts of power, including two 15-inch subwoofers. The MX-HS8500 also sports wheels on the bottom, making it easier to transport to where the party is. There's also built-in Bluetooth, plus the MX-HS8500 can wirelessly connect to a compatible Samsung TV if you'd like to use … Read more

FAA picks six projects to tackle drone technology development

The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday designated six projects across the US for research into drones, the unmanned aircraft that have the potential to alter everything from package delivery to surveillance.

The government agency conducted a 10-month review before naming the sites -- the University of Alaska, the state of Nevada, Griffiss International Airport in New York, the North Dakota Department of Commerce, Texas A&M University's Corpus Christi campus, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Each will be open to various parties who want to test the aircraft, subject to constraints involving safety, privacy, and civil rights.

Drones, also … Read more

A non-Windows OS? Microsoft drops clues

Over the past couple of weeks, there were two interesting developments around Microsoft's "Midori" operating system project.

First, I heard from two of my contacts that Midori -- Microsoft's non-Windows-based operating system project -- moved into the Unified Operating System group under Executive Vice President Terry Myerson. (Before that, it was an incubation project, without a potential commercialization home inside the company.)

Secondly, Microsoft officials seemingly gave the green light to some of the Midori team to go public with more details about the project. Specifically, Joe Duffy, one of the Midori team members, blogged on December 27 about the language used to develop Midori, … Read more

How to find your Mac's serial number

Your Mac's serial number is required for warranty service, among other benefits that Apple offers its customers. Therefore, while not commonly used, you may occasionally need to look it up. While you can always look on your Mac's chassis to find the printed label that contains the serial number, there are a number of additional ways do do this, some of which are more convenient than others.

Besides using the Mac's chassis, the easiest way to find your Mac's serial number is to use the About This Mac information panel that's in the Apple menu. … Read more

This Piper packs a punch

This review was updated on February 20th to account for the new Android app.

Piper is a $239 Wi-Fi-enabled home security system with an intriguing all-in-one style that diverges from the DIY security system mainstream. Lately we've seen a lot of starter kits that come with motion and door/window sensors, but no camera. Examples include $199 iSmartAlarm, $199 Oplink Security TripleShield, $229 Viper Home, and $229 SimpliSafe. It's tempting to compare Piper with simpler IP-based cameras like the Dropcam Pro, but it does much more than that.

While these systems offer individual accessories, and therefore more installation … Read more

Control every corner of your home, at a cost

Most of today's home automation options come in the form of old-guard systems like Insteon or crowdfunded Internet startups like SmartThings. The Iris Home Management System, a descendant of the UK-based AlertMe, is a little bit different, as it has the full backing of US retail giant Lowe's. You can order Iris online, or pick it up from one of the hundreds of Lowe's across the country that showcase the system, along with the multitude of compatible Z-Wave switches and sensors you can add to it.

As a system capable of working with such a wide range … Read more