8 Modern Gadgets That Look Like They Macarena'd Out of the '90s

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The dream of the '90s is alive in modern technology.

The decade, which left its mark in the form of absurdly colorful outfits and zany cartoons, has never really left the building. It's still a popular reference point in terms of style and culture — which is probably why there are so many gadgets that have taken cues from the '90s.

From portable CD players to the high-tech return of the Furby, here are eight modern contraptions that creators lifted right out of the not-so-distant past.

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Topics: 90s, Gadgets, Tech


Nike Fires FuelBand Team in Move to Ditch Wearables

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Image: Mashable/Christina Ascani

Nike made an abrupt exit from the crowded wearable technology market Friday. The sportswear giant fired much of the team responsible for the development of its FuelBand and shelved plans for a new version of the fitness tracker, CNET reports.

Up to 55 people from Nike's 70-member hardware team were let go from the company Thursday. In an email to CNET, a Nike spokesperson confirmed "a small number of layoffs." But added: "We do not comment on individual employment matters."

News of the impending firings appeared on the anonymous social app Secret last week.


For now, Nike plans to continue selling the FuelBand SE. But it looks like wearable competitors Pebble and Samsung have one less wristwear accessory maker to worry about.

Topics: fuelband, Gadgets, Hardware, Nike, Small Business, Tech, wearables

Republican Candidate Shoots Drone in Campaign Ad

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DroneAn unmanned drone used to patrol the U.S.-Canadian border.

Image: U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Associated Press

Drones are a hot topic these days — but not everyone is a big fan of the idea of having flying robots meander through America's skies.

Take Matt Rosendale, a GOP House candidate from Montana, who expresses his disdain for flying robots by shooting one with a rifle in his latest campaign ad (embedded below) — making it probably the first-ever anti-drone political ad.

"This is what I look like from a government drone," Rosendale, who is currently a state senator in Montana, says at the beginning of the video. "And this is what I think about it," he adds as he loads a rifle and shoots it.

"Spying on our citizens? That's just wrong," he says. "I'm ready to stand tall for freedom and get Washington out of our lives."

As bizarre an ad as it is, this is not the first time a public figure has encouraged the idea of shooting down drones. In May of 2012, Fox News commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano said that the "the first American patriot that shoots down one of these drones [...] will be an American hero."

And last year, a small Colorado town considered a proposal to reward residents who shot down drones with a $100 bounty. The measure was ultimately rejected.

It's a probably a good time to remember that destroying or damaging FAA-regulated aircraft — including drones — is a serious federal crime.

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Topics: Drones, Politics, surveillance, US & World, World

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Microsoft's Windows Phone User Review Policy Puts Spotlight on Apple

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Microsoft, ever eager to cozy up to developers, is making a change to the Windows Phone Store that should please them. App developers will now be able to respond to user reviews, leaving Apple the only major platform manager to lack the feature.

The responses are private — they won't post to the app's page in the store, Trip Advisor-style. Instead, when a developer responds to a review, the user will receive an email that they can reply to or choose to ignore.

Initially, a small group of pre-selected developers will get the ability to respond as part of a pilot program. They'll only be able to respond to reviews posted from Windows Phone 8.1 devices, or any Windows Phone device in the U.S.

Microsoft is allowing the responses so app makers can better communicate with their users, address bugs quicker and get feedback. The blog post announcing the pilot program explicitly states that responses should not be used for marketing, and users will be able to report developers who abuse the feature.

Importantly, developers will not be able to see the user's personal information, such as their real name or email address.

With the move, Microsoft joins Google and Android, which also allows developers to respond to reviews on Google Play. The odd man out now is Apple, which doesn't allow responses in either the iOS or Mac App Stores, despite developers asking for the feature again and again.

"I hope Apple tries something similar in iOS 8," says developer David Barnard, founder of Contrast. "Policing it could be tough. There’s just no telling all the ways crappy developers will try to abuse this system. It’s a really tough problem ... but at least Microsoft is giving it a shot."

Microsoft says it'll expand the pilot program in May, assuming there are no significant issues. No enrollment is necessary; the company will prioritize invitations to new developers based on the number of downloads.

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Topics: Android, apple, Apps and Software, Dev & Design, Google Play, iOS, Microsoft, Tech, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 8.1

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