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Next-Gen Microsoft Surface Tablet Announcement Coming September 23

Microsoft's reportedly got something big under its hat related to its Surface Tablets. The organization's been sending out invites to a New York Event, which is to be hosted on September 23. Word is; there's a new product announcement on the way, perhaps even the launch of the next-gen Surface 2.

Coordinated Aerobic Exercise & Strength Training: The Low Impact Fitness Trampoline

Few of us today have time to do all the types of exercise we need to stay fit.  Not only should aerobic exercise be an integral part of our daily routines, but strength training is also very important.  Fitness experts advise you to focus your strength training on upper body or lower body, rotating them on different days and, further, on large muscle groups and small muscle groups. If you can't spend a few hours at the gym every day, here's at least one exercise machine that works several muscle groups and gives you an aerobic workout too: The Low Impact Fitness Trampoline.

 

No New Apple TV Hardware Expected

The new Apple TV won't feature new hardware, which may be a disappointment for those betting their future on this device for the living room battleground, but we can expect quite a few software updates.

The De-Stressing Vest: It Sure Doesn't Look Like A Medical Device!

No, the de-stressing vest, invented by a quartet of Cornell University students, doesn't look like a medical device, and I bet it doesn't feel like one either.  I just have two questions: Where do I have to go to get into the device testing pool? and When?

Samsung's Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Isn't All It's Cracked Up To Be

Back when it was first announced, Samsung's Galaxy Gear Smartwatch enjoyed considerable hype as an enormous leap forward for mobile technology. Unfortunately, early reaction to the product hasn't exactly been glowing. Matter of fact, most critics have panned it as a 'limited, overpriced toy.'

Legs AND Arms Pedal The Varibike

I bet you could win the Tour de France with this bike, but it probably would not be legal - at least not yet.  German bicycle enthusiast, Martin Kraiss, always felt there was something missing from his favorite sport - upper body involvement. After years in development, Kraiss has invented an 11-speed bicycle for his legs and arms to pedal.  It's the Varibike, and with all the upper body action it adds to the sport of biking, it's sure to attract many new biking enthusiasts.

Microsoft Will Enable Digital Game Trading In The Future

When Microsoft backpedaled on the Xbox One's 24-hour authentication, it also removed one of its most promising features: digital games trading. Turns out, that decision wasn't permanent: Microsoft's Albert Penello today announced the studio will bring the feature back "when the time is right."

Dog Training By Remote: Premier 'Manners Minder' Remote Controlled Treat Dispenser

Whether you're training your dog to jump hoops or just trying to get him to stay away from the door when the doorbell rings, you'll appreciate having the help of the ingenious Manners Minder Treat & Train Remote Reward Dispenser for your dog.  It works so well you may decide your old dog does need to learn some new tricks.

Nine Awesome Old School Party Games

It's a shame that Nintendo seems to be one of the only studios that remembers the meaning of the term 'party game.' These games demanded in-person interaction: the Internet was irrelevant. Today, it's time for a bit of nostalgia - time to pay homage to some of the best party games of ages past.

Nokia 515: A Dumbphone Built Like a High-End Smartphone

While still unlikely to be too popular in the face of the ever-growing smartphone juggernaut, the Nokia 515 brings premium build quality and a few new software features to the dumbphone bracket. No Android, though.