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The 404 1,445: Where we beat up on Bluetooth (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- The PonoPlayer ain't no ordinary MP3 player.

- A cheaper Pono alternative: FiiO's nifty $200 portable high-resolution music player is a knockout.

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- Poll: What's the worst audio format?.

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Theft happens. Someone I know very well just had her phone plucked right out of her zippered purse on a crowded bus.

Bummer, right? When something like this happens, you feel pretty helpless. It's not like your stolen device can "phone home" to tell you where it ended up.

Actually, it can, if you've installed some kind of tracking app/service. Apple's excellent Find My Phone allows for remote tracking, data erasure, and more, and there are similar apps for Android. Ah, but laptops? You probably think your only tracking option is something like Absolute … Read more

Military starts testing smart rifles for battlefield use

The US military spends a lot of time and money training world-class snipers, which could be why it's started to look into the use of computerized rifles that can make anybody a sharpshooter.

The Army has announced that it made its first purchase of six high-tech rifle kits from smart rifle-maker Tracking Point. The goal is to "begin exploring purported key target acquisition and aiming technologies," said Alton Stewart, the Army's Program Executive Office spokesman.

For Tracking Point, which typically markets its guns to hunters, the Army's use of its weapons is both a welcome … Read more

Chase the Stig around 'Top Gear' Google Street View track

If you've ever wanted to take a spin around the "Top Gear" test track in the UK, but don't qualify as a Star in a Reasonably Priced Car, now's your chance. The famous airport-based track has just debuted on Google Street View.

An added bonus to the series of photos is that the Stig accompanies you along the way, starting off with a drag race from the starting line. Just look for the white Mercedes SLS AMG Black with the gull wing doors and the helmeted mystery man behind the wheel. The Street View Opel four-door doesn't stand a chance.… Read more

Review: Track any interesting event and share group photos with friends using Tracks

Tracks combines a few well-known apps into one hodgepodge of photo sharing and social networking. It's a unique app that will win over a lot of fans from other networks, especially since it looks and performs admirably. While the intended purpose of this app isn't really clear, it's safe to say that it's worth exploring.

Tracks lets you take and share photos to a social network or to a small group of your friends. While that sounds like Instagram or other photo-sharing apps, the app's tackboard layout harkens back to Pinterest. This application shares features … Read more

Samsung Galaxy S5 could include head tracking

Samsung could be planning to follow up the eye-tracking technology it introduced in the Galaxy S4 with new features in the Galaxy S5 that will keep track of the position of your entire head.

A newly published European patent application from Samsung details a method for controlling a smartphone through what basically amounts to head tracking with a front-facing camera. And while there's no indication in the document or from Samsung itself when or where we might first see this tech put in place (many innovations get patented but never become publicly available), intomobile points out that the application was filed in July, not too long after the release of the Galaxy S4, so it could be part of an R&D iteration cycle in preparation for creating a successor.… Read more

Top 10 most dangerous race tracks

Motorsport is getting safer and safer but it has and always will have an element of danger to it. Some say that's why both the spectators and the participants love it. Some race tracks have proven to be more dangerous than others though. We've listed the 10 that have claimed the most lives to date.

Imola didn't make this list, incidentally. Although it will always be remembered as the scene of that horrible weekend the sport lost both Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna it has not claimed nearly as many lives as the rest of this list.… Read more

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

CES 2014 gadgets offer new ways to track your life

All week long, CNET Update will break down the top stories from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The show floor isn't open to all attendees yet, but the media got an early peek at many of the new gadgets debuting this week. Several getting early buzz are Internet-connected devices that keep track of your daily activities -- and it goes beyond tracking your steps.

Learn more on the products mentioned in this episode:

- Sense Mother

- Kolibree smart toothbrush

- StickR TrackR

- Fitbug Orb fitness program

- Netatmo June

- Sapphire Wellness Watch

- PrioVR gaming exoskeletonRead more

Easily attachable StickR TrackR locates and tracks devices

LAS VEGAS -- Last year we got a look at Phone Halo's thin and durable wallet tracker, and this year the company unveiled the smaller, more versatile StickR TrackR. The device works in conjunction with the TrackR iOS or Android app and easily attaches using -- naturally -- a sticker, or the attached keychain.

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The app displays how close you are to your tracked device within 100 feet, similar to a Wi-Fi range, and you can keep track of up to 10 devices. If you're ever out of range of … Read more