The Digest: Microsoft unveils fitness band… and 5 other things people are talking about today

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Microsoft unveils $199 wearable fitness device | The BBC

“Microsoft has unveiled its first wearable device that can track a user’s sleep and exercise as well as connect to a health service on smartphones. The Microsoft Band will retail for $199 (£125) on the company’s online store. The device can operate for two days on a single charge and has 10 sensors that can track heart rate, calories, stress and even a person’s sun exposure.”

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Flying car prototype is most advanced yet | The Guardian

“With its sportscar cockpit and dragonfly wings that fold in neatly behind the cabin, it looks like something straight out of the Batcave or Q’s secret laboratory. But the creators of AeroMobil’s Flying Roadster insist their innovation is more than just a boy’s toy dreamt up by science fiction fans. The time of the flying car, they announced at Wednesday’s unveiling of their most advanced prototype, has come.”

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Google Maps images of buildings turned into typeface | The Telegraph

“An avid Google Maps user picked out 26 buildings which look like letters of the alphabet and brought them together to assemble a typeface made up entirely of satellite images of New York buildings.”

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Stephen Colbert takes on Gamergate with Anita Sarkeesian | The Verge

“Anita Sarkeesian, the creator of feminist video game critique Tropes vs Women in Video Games, appeared on The Colbert Report to discuss the Gamergate movement. Ostensibly a ‘consumer revolt’ focused on ethics in video game journalism, Gamergate has been criticised for focusing much of its attention on harassing and threatening prominent women in the gaming industry, with Sarkeesian herself the focus of much of the vitriol.”

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Xiaomi moves into third place in global smartphone war | Reuters

“China’s Xiaomi has become the world’s third-largest smartphone vendor just three years after first hitting the market, trailing only Samsung and Apple, according to a new industry study. Strategy Analytics said Xiaomi accounted for six per cent of all 320 million smartphones shipped during July-September. Samsung made up 25 per cent, down from 35 percent a year earlier due to rising competition from several directions.”

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Movie theaters ban Google Glass and other camera-toting wearables | Engadget

“Many individual American movie theaters are already hostile to guests who use wearables like Google Glass, and they’ve now made that opposition official on a national level. Both the Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theater Owners have instituted a zero-tolerance rule that bans recording-capable wearables during showings.”

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Stuart O’Connor

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