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Google’s Chromecast Audio beams music to multiple rooms

If you’re been eyeing Google’s Chromecast Audio for your holiday shopping spree, Mountain View just added some new features to sweeten the deal. First, the $35 gadget now supports high-res audio with 96KHz/24 bit lossless playback. This means that if you have the proper audiophile-grade setup, you can expect to hear better than CD quality music coming through your speakers.

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NINTENDO NX MAY BE A PORTABLE/HOME CONSOLE HYBRID

Nintendo has kept a tight lid regarding Project NX–the company’s next-generation console. After revealing initial details about the new console back in March, Iwata confirmed we wouldn’t see anything come until 2016. Or so we thought.

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THESE SPEAKERS USE ULTRASONIC WAVES TO CUT THROUGH THE NOISE

Problem

Everyday speakers—whether they’re in a cellphone, TV, or radio—scatter sound waves as soon as they leave the cone. A single wave can bounce off dozens of surfaces, slamming into other signals and degrading along the way, before reaching your ear in a muddled mess. Adding to this audio chaos, most midrange TVs only emit sound from rear or downward-facing speakers. So turning them up just doesn’t help. Gamers and TV obsessives often turn to soundbars and directional speakers for relief, but even those don’t offer a true high-fidelity fix.

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NOW THE BLIND CAN READ TEXTS ON THIS NEW BRAILLE SMARTWATCH

Touchscreens are not conducive to the blind as they cannot see the shifting pixels on the smooth device. That has not only slowed down the technological literacy for the blind, but has also impaired their reading literacy, cutting them off from most information that isn’t published in print. Some tech companies have found workarounds, like having Siri read texts or creating braille e-readers, but they are often clunky and expensive.

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Engineers Made a Simple Device to Numb Skin So Injections Hurt Less

A group of engineering freshmen at Rice University have come up with a clever way to make needles and injections less painful without the use of drugs. And it uses the same approach as those instant ice packs designed to reduce swelling and reduce the pain from a sports injury.

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MOTION TRACKING TECHNOLOGY COULD KEEP PLAYERS ON THE MOUND FOR JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF TIME

Problem:

Hurtling fastball, after curveball, after slider puts incredible strain on a pitcher’s arm, which, over time, can cause painful tears in the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL).

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