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Rally Driver Claims He Didn’t Know He Hit A Spectator; WRC Calls BS, Fines Him

Jari-Matti Latvala failed to stop and check on the photographer he hit in a low-speed crash during Stage 11 of the Rallye Monte-Carlo, and the World Rally Championship isn’t happy about that. Latvala claimed that poor visibility kept him from seeing the man on his hood, and the series didn’t buy that excuse.

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Appeals court says first patent troll hit with fees under Octane must pay up

FindTheBest CEO Kevin O’Connor and Director of Operations Danny Seigle. (credit: FindTheBest.com)

The top US patent court has upheld an award of attorneys’ fees (PDF) against a patent troll that sued a startup called FindTheBest (now Graphiq) in 2013. The fee award against Lumen View Technology was the first one granted under new rules that came into effect as a result of the Supreme Court’s 2014 Octane Fitness decision.

The ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, published Friday, serves as a signpost as to what kind of fees will be upheld under the new standard. But, it’s not a complete win for Graphiq. While the three-judge appeals panel upheld the basis of the fee award, they vacated the award itself, which was a little more than $300,000. The panel’s opinion said that the lower court’s decision to double the requested fees wasn’t justified.

“It’s been a lengthy battle, but seeing the Federal Circuit explicitly inviting the District Court to award sanctions under Rule 11 is a great signal,” said Graphiq CEO Kevin O’Connor in an e-mailed comment to Ars. “We’re confident that a fair assessment of fees will occur back in the District Court. This is just one more step in our fight against Lumen View, and believe me, it’s nowhere near over.”

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Logitech’s Bluetooth Audio Adapter Turns Any Pair of Speakers into Wireless Ones

Logitech's Bluetooth Audio Adapter Turns Any Pair of Speakers into Wireless Ones

If you have a great pair of bookshelf speakers or even computer speakers, but wish you could stream music from a phone, a laptop, or another device without rearranging wires, Logitech’s Bluetooth Audio Adapter is for you. It’s tiny, affordable, and makes any set of speakers you plug it into Bluetooth and wireless.

For about $27 at Amazon, Logitech’s Bluetooth Audio Adapter can turn just about any set of speakers into Bluetooth ones. That’s a huge deal if you have an audio setup that you love, or invested good money into, but you want the good sound your quality speakers offer but have laptops, tablets, smartphones, and other audio sources in your home that aren’t connected to them. Just connect the audio adapter to your receiver or your speakers via 3.5mm or RCA, power it up, and you have a new Bluetooth audio device in your home.

Put the adapter into pairing mode, and pair it with any other Bluetooth devices—your laptop that’s not connected to your stereo, your iPad or Android tablet, your friend’s phone (who’s over to visit and wants to play you his new favorite track), your spouse’s computer, whatever you want. Think of it as a more universal approach to technologies like AirPlay, Google Cast, or even a non-geeky approach to DLNA. Pretty much everyone understands Bluetooth, and you don’t need to download a special app or use a special tool to make this puppy work.

Of course, if you’re already a DLNA master and don’t need another gadget, or you’d prefer a Chromecast audio for your in-home streaming needs, you may not need something like this—but even for the money, the convenience, simplicity, and broad cross-platform, cross-device support just can’t be beat.

Bluetooth Audio Adapter | Logitech

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Inhabitat’s Week in Green: Fisker Karma gets a price cut, and more!

Architects are constantly pushing boundaries to redefine what buildings can do. Baca Architects just unveiled the UK's first "amphibious house," which is able to rise up and float when floods strike. Designer Michael Weeks has developed a self-suffic…

Donald Trump gets his own blustery programming language

Have you ever wondered what code would look like if it were dictated by a presidential candidate's grandiose statements rather than such radical concepts as accuracy and logic? No? Well, you're going to find out regardless. Rice University students C…

Mission: Red Planet brings steampunk Martian domination to your tabletop

Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage right here—and let us know what you think.

Admit it: you would secretly love to launch a private army to Mars. Luckily, Mission: Red Planet lets you do so as part of a steampunk Victorian mining conglomerate. Along the way, you’ll sabotage the rockets carrying other astronauts, redirect opponents’ ships to unimportant patches of Martian soil, take over Phobos, and just generally run riot in your quest to exploit the Red Planet’s hidden resources.

To do this, each player gets nine role cards. The roles each grant a set of specific moves, such as placing three astronauts on the same docked rocket (“Travel Agent”) or placing one astronaut in a rocket and then killing another player’s astronaut on Mars and then moving three of your own astronauts down from Phobos onto the Red Planet itself (“Soldier”). Other roles let you destroy docked ships (“Saboteur”), force not-yet-full ships to launch early (“Secret Agent”), or change the destination of a rocket even in flight (“Pilot”).

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Saturday’s Best Deals: Garmin Forerunner, Flameless Fried Turkey, and More

Kick off your weekend with a popular GPS watch, a safer method of frying turkey, a more convenient blender, and the rest of today’s best deals. Bookmark Kinja Deals and follow us on Twitter to never miss a deal. Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale. Click here to learn more.

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Saturday’s Best Deals: Garmin Forerunner, Flameless Fried Turkey, and More

Saturday's Best Deals: Garmin Forerunner, Flameless Fried Turkey, and More

Kick off your weekend with a popular GPS watch, a safer method of frying turkey, a more convenient blender, and the rest of today’s best deals. Bookmark Kinja Deals and follow us on Twitter to never miss a deal. Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale. Click here to learn more.


Saturday's Best Deals: Garmin Forerunner, Flameless Fried Turkey, and More

If you need a little more motivation to get out and run, this ultra-popular GPS fitness watch is below $200 for the first time ever, today only. To give you some context, this is an all-time low price by nearly $50, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it sold out quickly. [Garmin Forerunner 225, $190]

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Saturday's Best Deals: Garmin Forerunner, Flameless Fried Turkey, and More

We’ve all seen those unfortunate deep fried turkey mishap videos on YouTube, but there is a safer way. This all-in-one turkey fryer is 100% electric, meaning no open flames, and it includes everything you need to fry a delicious, juicy bird. In fact, it’s certified for indoor use, which just seems…wrong? Anyway, today’s Gold Box deal is an all-time low, and $40 less than usual. [Masterbuilt Butterball Indoor XL Fryer with Accessory Pack, $90]


Saturday's Best Deals: Garmin Forerunner, Flameless Fried Turkey, and More

If you’ve ever thought about pulling out your blender to make a smoothie, sauce, or dip, and then held off because you didn’t want to clean 3,000 different parts, this deal is for you.

The big advantage of Cuisinart’s 4.6 star-rated Smart Stick is that, unlike a traditional blender, you can dip it into whatever container you were already using to hold your ingredients; be it a single-serve cup or a huge mixing bowl. That saves you time, and means fewer dishes to clean up once you’re done. Reviewers also say it chops through everything from fruit to ice cubes with no trouble, so it really can be a full blender replacement for most use cases.

As always, we don’t know how long this deal will be available, so be sure to grab one before the price shoots back up. [Cuisinart CSB-75BC Smart Stick 2-Speed Immersion Hand Blender, $31]

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Saturday's Best Deals: Garmin Forerunner, Flameless Fried Turkey, and More

At first glance, this looks like any other pocket-sized USB battery pack, and in fact, it’ll work just fine as one. But it’s also a battery-powered hand warmer, which can maintain a pleasant 109 degree temperature for up to five hours on a charge. [EnergyFlux Slim 4400mAh Rechargeable Double-Sided Hand Warmer, $28]

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Saturday's Best Deals: Garmin Forerunner, Flameless Fried Turkey, and More

It never hurts to have extra microSD cards lying around, especially when they’re this cheap.

PNY U3 64GB MicroSD Card ($20) | Amazon

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Samsung EVO 16GB MicroSD Card ($7) | Amazon

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Saturday's Best Deals: Garmin Forerunner, Flameless Fried Turkey, and More

If you’ve been in the market for a ~250GB SSD, you’ve already had two great deals to choose from this week. If you missed out though, here’s a third. [Crucial BX200 240GB SSD, $57]

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Saturday's Best Deals: Garmin Forerunner, Flameless Fried Turkey, and More

The Nexus 5X is one of the best midrange phones you can buy, and you can pick one up for $312 unlocked today. That’s about $38 less than usual, and while it was slightly cheaper around the holidays, this is still a great bargain if you’re in the market for a new handset. [Nexus 5X, $312]

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Saturday's Best Deals: Garmin Forerunner, Flameless Fried Turkey, and More

If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party in a few weeks (or just, you know, like snacks), Amazon’s offering 20% off various chocolate products, and 25% off Cheez-Its and Pringles today. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any chicken wing coupons.


Saturday's Best Deals: Garmin Forerunner, Flameless Fried Turkey, and More

One thing I’ve learned in my extensive personal research into toaster ovens is that, with very few exceptions, you need to spend about $200 to get a good one. Sure, there are hundreds of cheap metal boxes with three knobs that will (inconsistently) brown your bread or heat up a slice of pizza, but when it comes to features, speed, and above all, consistency, you really do get what you pay for.

That logic certainly applies to the Cuisinart Chef’s Toaster Convection Oven, which is marked down to $220 today on Amazon. Instead of fiddly knobs, you get a digital screen with precise information. Rather than two small heating elements, you get five, plus convection fans to distribute that heat evenly. And while cheap toasters might hold two or four pieces of bread, this can easily accommodate up to six standard slices (or nine if they’re small), and customize the toast time to achieve your preferred level of doneness. Yes, it’s an investment, but as I said before, you get what you pay for. [Cuisinart Chef’s Toaster Convection Oven, $220]

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Saturday's Best Deals: Garmin Forerunner, Flameless Fried Turkey, and More

Logitech’s UE Mini Boom Bluetooth speaker earned a Wirecutter recommendation as the best portable Bluetooth speaker, and you can score a refurb from eBay today for $37 shipped, the best price we’ve ever seen. [Refurb Logitech UE Mini Boom Bluetooth Speaker, $37]

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Saturday's Best Deals: Garmin Forerunner, Flameless Fried Turkey, and More

If you didn’t get a life-changing wake-up light for Christmas, the high-end model is down to $110 today, which is a match for the best price we’ve ever seen [Philips HF3520 Wake-Up Light, $110]

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Saturday's Best Deals: Garmin Forerunner, Flameless Fried Turkey, and More

Motorola’s absurdly tiny, second generation Hint Bluetooth headset went on sale less than half a year ago for $130, but if you act fast, you can grab a set for $80. [Motorola Hint, $80]

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Saturday's Best Deals: Garmin Forerunner, Flameless Fried Turkey, and More

We’ve seen a lot of motion-sensing night light deals, but this one can automatically turn on when it detects a power outage, and will even work as a flashlight for up to 90 minutes while untethered from the wall. [Etekcity LED Night Light, Flashlight: Rechargeable Emergency Light, $14 with code 8FZJEC8C]

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Pluto probe sends back photos of possible ice volcano

The New Horizons spacecraft might already be heading for a Kuiper belt object farther than Pluto, but it continues to give us a closer view of the dwarf planet. Some of the latest photos it sent back taken during the probe's closest flyby in July 201…

The Most Impractically Customized Cars At Tokyo Auto Salon 2016

Entire supercars covered in Swarovski crystals, cars with special modified doors the exhibitors clearly had trouble operating, wheels that won’t turn, speakers and screens that pretty much obliterated storage space, leg room, or in some cases every single seat in the vehicle, TAS 2016 was host to dozens of cars which required a ton of work but no one could actually drive.

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