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Nest Cam review: a slightly better Dropcam

Keeping an eye on your family, pets, neighbors and maybe a thief or two is the pitch for the Nest Cam. The evolution of the Dropcam Pro WiFi camera isn't much more than a modest hardware upgrade with the Nest name now attached. And while the $199 device shoots higher-quality images and features a better stand, unlike the other two products in Nest's lineup, it doesn't work with anything else you might have in your connected home. Still, it's a great way to keep tabs on your abode while you're away.

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Ubisoft's undead-infested, survival-horror game ZombiU was exclusive to Wii U when it launched in 2012, and back then we called it a "wonderfully frightening experience" thick with tension, death and a brilliantly unforgiving atmosphere. Now, the game is dropping the "U" and heading to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC as Zombi on August 18th, complete with a few upgrades and changes. Since Zombi can't take advantage of the Wii U's second screen -- which displayed the mini-map, radar and gear -- these aspects have been moved to the main screen. "We maintain a minimal HUD as much as possible," Zombi producer Hélène Henry says. "It disappears when not required, giving the game a very lonely feeling."

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man wearing suite in a car smoking marijuana

With cannabis legal in nearly half the US in some form or another, there are a lot more opportunities for people to drive while high. While a number of studies have suggested that driving stoned may not be as dangerous as driving drunk, you try explaining that to the officer who pulls you over. So after the last bong rip, but before you grab your car keys, give yourself a once-over with the My Canary app. It's been designed by NORML (the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) as a quick and personal means of roughly estimating your impairment. The $5 iOS app runs the user through a series of mental and physical tests designed to measure coordination, reasoning, reaction time and balance. Pass the test and you're probably ok for that Taco Bell run. Fail, and maybe you're going to want to call an Uber for that Taco Bell run. Because even if that "breathalyzer for weed" is bullshit, getting a DUI isn't.

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Hacker Samy Kamkar unveiled his latest triumph this morning: OwnStar, a tiny box that acts as a Wi-Fi hotspot and intercepts commands sent from a driver's OnStar RemoteLink app, allowing an unauthorized user to locate, unlock or start the vehicle. Simply place the box somewhere in an OnStar-connected car and wait for the driver to start up the RemoteLink app within range of the vehicle. The driver's smartphone should automatically connect to OwnStar's network and, voila, the hacker now has all of the car owner's information (email, home address, final four digits on a credit card plus expiration date), and control of the car. GM has already issued one patch this morning aimed at securing the RemoteLink app, but it was unsuccessful, according to Kamkar.

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French artist Ob Rey mashes together a number of different media for his latest series, dubbed "V"HS. The five apparitional black and white images, each of which is accompanied by a short film, is supposed to represent a post-human world in which monstrous beings burst forth into a confusing and frightful existence, their skeletal frames clad in VHS ribbon and whatever detritus could be found during the Icelandic production. Their visages are meant to invoke thought and questions regarding the forced obsolescence of humans and their electronics in our ever-accelerating march of technological advancement. Or something like that, at least. It's art -- it means whatever you think it means.

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President Obama has signed an executive order demanding that the US build the world's fastest supercomputer by 2025. The National Strategic Computing Initiative has been implemented to get the country building an Exascale machine and not fall behind rival nations in the technological arms race. This supercomputer will be developed by arms of the federal government and then be harnessed to speed up research into a wide variety of topics. One example is that the hardware will be used to help NASA better understand turbulence for aircraft design, while another is to crunch the numbers for medical researchers.

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F1 Grand Prix of Hungary - Practice

Gran Turismo, Forza Motorsport, Project Cars and other racing games offer a surprisingly realistic depiction of motorsport. It should come as no surprise then to hear that professional drivers are starting to use these virtual depictions as training tools. Max Verstappen, a Formula 1 driver that placed fourth in last weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix, is joining the sim racers at Team Redline to hone his skills. The squad has been running for 15 years and competes using games such as iRacing, Assetto Corsa and rFactor 2. Verstappen isn't the first professional driver to make the leap to virtual racing though -- Richie Stanaway, Nick Catsburg and Kelvin van der Linde have all been snapped up by Team Redline too. It's effectively the reverse of GT Academy, a scheme run by Nissan and PlayStation which gives players the chance to compete in real-life motorsport.

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Mr. Robot - Pilot

You'd be forgiven for being skeptical about Mr. Robot, USA's new hacker thriller starring Rami Malek and Christian Slater. In general, movies and TV shows haven't done a great job of portraying hackers, and really, technology of any sort. Even the king of cinematic cool, director Michael Mann, couldn't make cybersecurity exciting with the film Blackhat. But that's what makes Mr. Robot so special: It's a show about hackers that actually features live computer screens with working code and viable cyberattack vectors. It centers on a disaffected cybersecurity expert named Elliot (Malek), who stumbles on a clandestine group of hackers dedicated to disrupting the global economy. We sat down with the show's creator, Sam Esmail, for a long conversation about how it came to be.

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Back in March, Olio introduced a new kind of smartwatch to the world: the Model One. Olio aimed to set itself apart from other smartwatches by going premium; really premium. We're talking surgical-grade stainless steel, precision forged housing, leather sourced from Italian tanneries and basically the same materials and processes you'd expect from a high-end Swiss watch. It's so premium that Olio only made 1,000 of them -- 500 in black and 500 in steel -- in its first, limited batch. They were priced over $500. They were also sold out in a matter of weeks. Today, Olio is introducing its second batch of watches. It has the same black and steel options as before but now? The watch also comes in two different shades of gold.

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The Raspberry Pi mini computer is proof that good things really do come in small packages: It's a small but mighty tool for building interactive projects like robots and sensors while learning popular programming languages. If you've ever wanted to start your own Raspberry Pi project, this comprehensive five-course bundle will help you get the most out of your device through hands-on training. Get it now for $39 at StackSocial.

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