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The world's biggest technology showcase CES (the Consumer Electronics Show) is held every year in Las Vegas over the last 50 years. New 2017 is not an exception – the event ran from January 5 to January 8. 

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Koenigsegg FreeValve: New Life For The Gas Engine

For more than a century, the internal combustion engine has relied on the ungainly camshaft. This spinning rod with variable lobes sits atop the engine, where it opens and closes intake and exhaust valves during the combustion cycle. But the camshaft has a limited range of motion, so its control over the valves is imprecise. This is the root of engine inefficiency. In April, Swedish supercar-maker Koenigsegg debuted the world’s first camless engine—the FreeValve—on a Chinese Qoros concept car. FreeValve forgoes the camshaft for electro-hydraulic-pneumatic actuators. They attach right to intake and exhaust valves, so engineers can control combustion within each cylinder. The design gets more power—imagine a four-cylinder getting 250 horsepower, sans turbo—and greater fuel economy out of otherwise standard engines. Cams, may you rest in peace.

Finding the Qibla is not always easy, especially if you are traveling around the world. However praying facing directly to Mecca has never been that easy with modern smartphone apps. All you need is to install it on your gadget and avoid electromagnetic fields. Here you can find a selection of the best apps of this kind.

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Just imagine that more than 2 billion smartphones will be sold across the globe in 2016 and most of them will be bought as a replacement for outdated gadgets. In fact, every fourth person on Earth will use a brand new smartphone! You want to be among them? Then we recommend to consult our list of reasons that will help you to understand whether it is time to change the smart phone or you can wait a little longer. 

If for some people buying a laptop is just like buying any other random device, since they know exactly what to look for, there are a lot of users out there who see this purchase as an investment. And we can totally relate!

A laptop is something that you will use each day, for a long period, and it’s highly recommended to make some proper research before deciding upon a model, no matter if you’re looking for an entry-level, mid-range or high-end model.

If you’re not the most tech savvy user, you’re in the right place. We’ve put together a short list with general tips on how to buy the best laptop, suitable for your needs, alongside a few recommendations of excellent laptops, for every budget. Let’s begin, shall we?

The Best Wireless Chargers

This review is aimed to introduce the best models of Qi wireless chargers for smartphones. Some of them are suitable for different smartphones, others fit not fully, while some of them may not suit at all.

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DAQRI Smart Helmet is an elegant fusion of the most sophisticated display and sensor hardware with next-generation computer vision.

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Lenovo Introduces Modular ThinkPad X1 Tablet

At CES 2016 Lenovo have unveiled an X1 systems portfolio. Top billing is given to the modular ThinkPad X1 Tablet. The tablet can be expanded and adapted for use in three different positions. Functional modules of the tablet can be clipped to the bottom edge:

The ethical Fairphone 2 is now shipping

The developers of modular Fairphone 2 announced the coming start of the first batch of smartphones' delivery. Let us recall, this summer the prototypes were presented, and in October the accepting of pre-orders for this unusual model started. The first batch is quite small - only 200 units. The second one will contain 800 ones. Those who ordered a smartphone in December, will get it in January. On the official website of Fairphone 2 (fairphone.com/phone/), it can be ordered for the price of €529.

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LG Unveils HOM-BOT Turbo+: Smart Cleaning with Smart Technology

LG Electronics introduces the industry's first robotic vacuum cleaner equipped with augmented reality technology called Hom-Bot Turbo+.