Deploy the space harpoon
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Deploy the space harpoon

Watch out, starwhales. There’s a new weapon for the interstellar dwellers whom you threaten with your planet-crushing gigaflippers, undergoing testing as we speak. This small-scale version may only…

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Samsung is preparing to launch a sports smartwatch and AirPods-like earbuds
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Samsung is preparing to launch a sports smartwatch and AirPods-like earbuds

Samsung’s newest product launch happens next week, but already the Korean tech giant has revealed its entire upcoming range of wearable devices that will seemingly be unveiled alongside…

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Apple acquires talking Barbie voicetech startup PullString
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Apple acquires talking Barbie voicetech startup PullString

Apple has just bought up the talent it needs to make talking toys a part of Siri, HomePod, and its voice strategy. Apple has acquired PullString, also known…

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DJI is updating its geofencing system across Europe after Gatwick drone debacle
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DJI is updating its geofencing system across Europe after Gatwick drone debacle

Following the pre-Christmas drone debacle in the U.K. — which plunged thousands of people into travel misery after repeated drone sightings closed the runway at Gatwick, and later also…

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Audio tech supplier to Rolls Royce and Xiaomi secures another $13.2M in funding
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Audio tech supplier to Rolls Royce and Xiaomi secures another $13.2M in funding

As autonomous driving eventually transforms cars from transportation devices to mobile theaters or conference rooms we will need better audio inside them. And we’ve already seen that VCs…

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Opportunity Mars rover goes to its last rest after extraordinary 14-year mission
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Opportunity Mars rover goes to its last rest after extraordinary 14-year mission

Opportunity, one of two rovers sent to Mars in 2004, is officially offline for good, NASA and JPL officials announced today at a special press conference. “I declare…

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Nintendo announces Super Mario Maker 2 for Switch, so goodbye forever
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Nintendo announces Super Mario Maker 2 for Switch, so goodbye forever

Nintendo has ruined my life, and all our lives, by announcing Super Mario Maker 2, the sequel to the level-constructing game on Wii U that produced thousands of…

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Nintendo makes the old new again with Mario, Zelda, Tetris titles for Switch
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Nintendo makes the old new again with Mario, Zelda, Tetris titles for Switch

The afternoon brought an eventful series of announcements from Nintendo in one of its Direct video promos, and 2019 is looking to be a banner year for the…

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The Opportunity Mars rover’s greatest shots and discoveries
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The Opportunity Mars rover’s greatest shots and discoveries

Opportunity’s mission is complete, and the rover that was supposed to last 90 days closes the book on 15 years of exploration. It’s sad, but it’s also a…

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Dandelion Energy, the Alphabet X spin out, raises another $16M led by GV and Comcast
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Dandelion Energy, the Alphabet X spin out, raises another $16M led by GV and Comcast

As tech companies continue their race to control the smart home, a promising energy startup has raised a round of funding from traditionally tech and strategic investors for…

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Devialet’s Phantom Reactor turns music into an emotional experience
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Devialet’s Phantom Reactor turns music into an emotional experience

French startup Devialet has done it again. The new Phantom Reactor is a smaller, more effective speaker that packs in everything that made Devialet speakers good in the…

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DARPA wants smart bandages for wounded warriors
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DARPA wants smart bandages for wounded warriors

Nowhere is prompt and effective medical treatment more important than on the battlefield, where injuries are severe and conditions dangerous. DARPA thinks that outcomes can be improved by…

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Another fine mesh
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Another fine mesh

Amazon’s acquisition of mesh router company Eero is a smart play that adds a number of cards to its hand in the rapidly evolving smart home market. Why…

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Lenovo Watch X was riddled with security bugs, researcher says
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Lenovo Watch X was riddled with security bugs, researcher says

Lenovo’s Watch X was widely panned as “absolutely terrible.” As it turns out, so was its security. The low-end $50 smartwatch was one of Lenovo’s cheapest smartwatches. Available only…

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Amazon looked to the past to build the future
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Amazon looked to the past to build the future

Over the last 20 years, smart home gadgets have evolved from fantasy to commodity. Walk into Best Buy and there are dozens of products that take just a…

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Feel the beep: This album is played entirely on a PC motherboard speaker
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Feel the beep: This album is played entirely on a PC motherboard speaker

If you’re craving a truly different sound with which to slay the crew this weekend, look no further than System Beeps, a new album by shiru8bit — though…

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The Raspberry Pi store is much cooler than an Apple Store
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The Raspberry Pi store is much cooler than an Apple Store

The Raspberry Pi Foundation just unveiled a brand new project — an actual store. If you live in Cambridge in the U.K., you can now buy a bunch…

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Google makes it easier for cheap phones and smart devices to encrypt your data
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Google makes it easier for cheap phones and smart devices to encrypt your data

Encryption is an important part of the whole securing-your-data package, but it’s easy to underestimate the amount of complexity it adds to any service or device. One part…

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iOS 12.2 beta includes new Animojis and fake 5G logo
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iOS 12.2 beta includes new Animojis and fake 5G logo

Apple released a new beta version of iOS 12.2 yesterday. While the final version isn’t available just yet, here’s what you should expect: new Animojis and a fake…

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Two more bangers for the Switch’s NES selection: Kirby and Super Mario Bros. 2
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Two more bangers for the Switch’s NES selection: Kirby and Super Mario Bros. 2

Nostalgia for the NES is high following the success of Nintendo’s classic mini consoles and the launch of its Switch Online service, which just got a couple more…

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Robin’s robotic mowers now have a patented doggie door just for them
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Robin’s robotic mowers now have a patented doggie door just for them

Back in 2016 we had Robin up onstage demonstrating the possibility of a robotic mower as a service rather than just something you buy. They’re still going strong,…

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Two more bangers for the Switch’s NES selection: Kirby and Super Mario Bros 2
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Two more bangers for the Switch’s NES selection: Kirby and Super Mario Bros 2

Nostalgia for the NES is high following the success of Nintendo’s classic mini consoles and the launch of its Switch Online service, which just got a couple more…

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Google Home can now translate conversations on-the-fly
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Google Home can now translate conversations on-the-fly

Just last month, Google showed off an “Interpreter mode” that would let Google Home devices act as an on-the-fly translator. One person speaks one language, the other person…

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NASA cubecraft WALL-E and EVE sign off after historic Mars flyby
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NASA cubecraft WALL-E and EVE sign off after historic Mars flyby

A NASA mission that sent two tiny spacecraft farther out than any like them before appears to have come to an end: Cubesats MarCO-A and B (nicknamed WALL-E…

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Nintendo to open its first official store located in Japan
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Nintendo to open its first official store located in Japan

Fourteen years after unveiling its first location in New York, Nintendo is finally opening an official store in Japan, too. Nintendo Tokyo will be located in Shibuya Parco,…

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Juul Labs hires former Apple employee to lead the fight against counterfeits
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Juul Labs hires former Apple employee to lead the fight against counterfeits

Juul Labs, the e-cig company under fire for its product’s popularity with young people, has brought on a new VP of Intellectual Property Protection with Adrian Punderson, formerly…

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Aibo hangs out with some (real) dogs
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Aibo hangs out with some (real) dogs

I had this fun idea to make a video called “Real dog vs. robot dog,” where Henri (my Maltese Shih Tzu) and Aibo would go head to head…

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Let’s save the bees with machine learning
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Let’s save the bees with machine learning

Machine learning and all its related forms of “AI” are being used to work on just about every problem under the sun, but even so, stemming the alarming…

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This light-powered 3D printer materializes objects all at once
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This light-powered 3D printer materializes objects all at once

3D printing has changed the way people approach hardware design, but most printers share a basic limitation: they essentially build objects layer by layer, generally from the bottom…

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Don’t worry, this rocket-launching Chinese robo-boat is strictly for science
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Don’t worry, this rocket-launching Chinese robo-boat is strictly for science

It seems inevitable that the high seas will eventually play host to a sort of proxy war as automated vessels clash over territory for the algae farms we’ll…

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Your smartphone may soon pack 1TB in storage thanks to Samsung’s new memory chip
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Your smartphone may soon pack 1TB in storage thanks to Samsung’s new memory chip

Sick of filling the limited space on your phone with apps, photos and videos? Sometime in the near future, your smartphone could ship with more than one terabyte (1TB) of…

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You can pre-order Meizu’s crazy phone with no port for $1,299
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You can pre-order Meizu’s crazy phone with no port for $1,299

If you’re interested in Meizu’s insane smartphone that doesn’t have any port or button, you can now pre-order it on Indiegogo for $1,299. Supply is limited as the…

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Cheap Internet of Things gadgets betray you even after you toss them in the trash
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Cheap Internet of Things gadgets betray you even after you toss them in the trash

You may think that the worst you’ll risk by buying a bargain-bin smart bulb or security camera will be a bit of extra trouble setting it up or…

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Casper announces the Glow — a portable, sleep-friendly light
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Casper announces the Glow — a portable, sleep-friendly light

Over the past few years, mattress company Casper has expanded its product lineup to include everything from dog beds to nap pillows. (It’s also opened its own nap…

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Apple unveils new in-store sessions covering photography, Garage Band, health and more
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Apple unveils new in-store sessions covering photography, Garage Band, health and more

Apple is launching 58 new Today at Apple sessions to beef up its in-store education offerings for people who want to explore Apple’s products. The sessions, which cover…

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Apple spent $60 billion with American suppliers in 2018
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Apple spent $60 billion with American suppliers in 2018

Apple has released an update on its spending in the U.S. According to the company, Apple is now working with 9,000 different companies in the U.S. Those companies…

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BioWare’s ambitious Anthem is off to a rough start as players bring servers to their knees
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BioWare’s ambitious Anthem is off to a rough start as players bring servers to their knees

The gaming world is excited to play Anthem, BioWare’s answer to Destiny and other big-budget online shooters — but an exclusive preview weekend for the mech-flying game has struggled…

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New iPad mini and entry-level iPad are around the corner
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New iPad mini and entry-level iPad are around the corner

Apple has registered new iPad models in the Eurasian Economic Commission reference database. The Moscow-based commission keeps a product database pretty much like the FCC in the U.S.…

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Hidden screen in iOS 12.2 beta hints at AirPods that can handle ‘Hey Siri’
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Hidden screen in iOS 12.2 beta hints at AirPods that can handle ‘Hey Siri’

It’s a weird quirk of the current generation of AirPods: they support Siri, but only if you double-tap one of the earbuds first. Unlike with iPhones, iPads, Apple…

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Luna Display updates its video engine for faster performance
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Luna Display updates its video engine for faster performance

Astro, the company behind Luna Display and Astropad, is releasing a major software update that will drastically improve performance. According to the company’s own testing, you should expect…

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