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Drone noise is driving people crazy

Do drones characteristic lawnmower-on-helium sounds drive you batty? Youre not alone. NASA researchers have conducted a study indicating that people find drone noise more annoying than that of any ground vehicle, even when you put the two at simi...

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This Japanese VR arcade put me inside ‘Mario Kart‘

Back when Bandai Namco opened its first VR arcade in Tokyo last April, I was keen to check out its various HTC Vive-powered VR games. My first ride there would have been Gundam VR: Daiba Assault, just so I could get a taste of what its like hitching...

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Leaked memo says hackers may have compromised UK power plants

State-sponsored hackers have probably compromised the UKs energy industry. A leaked memo from the National Cybersecurity Centre (NCSC) identifies links from multiple UK IP addresses to infrastructure associated with advanced state-sponsored hosti...

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Twitch teams up with Crunchyroll for five-day anime marathon

Twitch marathons try to target different demographics, and an upcoming one specifically caters to anime and manga fans. The video streaming platform has teamed up with Crunchyroll for its first ever anime marathon, which will run from 6:30PM ET on Ju...

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Snapchat now lets you record up to six video snaps at once

Snapchat has unveiled two new features designed to give users greater flexibility in their storytelling. Multi-Snap lets you record up to six consecutive 10-second Snaps at once, while Tint Brush does pretty much exactly what it says on the tin. To a...

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Amazon‘s Meal Kits are already available for some customers

Earlier this week, reports surfaced that Amazon had registered a trademark for a meal kit service with the slogan We do the prep. You be the chef. And apparently those kits are already available to some AmazonFresh customers, one of whom told GeekW...

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Brain implants help nervous mice find their competitive side

Social competition and establishing dominance are a part of the culture of many species, from humans to mice. Thats why the results of a recent study published in Science are so interesting. A team of Chinese scientists changed the behavior of mice...

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Bluetooth mesh networking could connect smart devices city-wide

Bluetooth is one step closer to connecting smart devices on a large scale. The wireless standards Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced support for mesh networking. With the new technology, manufacturers can build devices that can all talk to o...

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Engadget giveaway: Win a Nightingale home sleep system!

While some city dwellers have developed the ability to tune out loud noises, not everyone can ignore disruptive sounds come bedtime. Using optimized frequencies and decibel levels, Nightingale can do what white noise machines and fans fail to accompl...

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Propaganda bots dominate social networks in some countries

It wont shock you to hear that governments and shady political groups will use social network bots in a bit to control the flow of information. But just how prevalent are they? Depending on where you live, they might just dictate the social media...

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India‘s first solar-powered train makes its debut

Indias diesel-powered train network has a new kid on the block. The gas-guzzling Indian Railway system has just debuted its first solar-powered train, called the Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU). It will operate in the city of New Delhi.

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Can an app stop you from drinking on a work night?

A new app, likened to a nagging cyberparent, has been designed to help drinkers moderate their boozing. The snappily-named Mobile Intervention for Drinking in Young People (MIDY) pushes notifications to your phone during your nights out. So, as you...

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ISPs barred from telling users they‘re under FBI investigation

Back in 2013, a federal judge ruled that the FBI couldnt force ISPs to hand over a users private data without the suspect being informed first. Now, however, a change in the law means thats no longer the case. Thanks to a federal appeals court rul...

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Just add an iPhone to experience AR with Mira‘s 99 headset

While mobile VR is a vibrant market these days, thanks to the Gear VR and Googles Daydream View, the same cant be said for AR. If you want to dabble in augmented reality, youd better be prepared to shell out at least 950 on hardware like the Meta...

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Fender‘s Bluetooth speakers look just as you‘d imagine

Fenders first set of Bluetooth speakers is unmistakably on brand. For better and for worse, the compact Newport and its bigger brother the Monterey resemble guitar amps. Both come complete with adjustable volume knobs (so you feel like youre tuning...

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Google job listings app Hire now available in the US

Google might be able to help a lot of Americans find their next jobs. Mountain View has officially launched its job listings app and LinkedIn competitor Hire, a few months after its website was first spotted. The company designed Hire to integrate se...

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Google Glass is officially back with a clearer vision

If you thought that Google Glass was killed by a lack of practicality and privacy concerns, think again. Alphabet X, Googles moonshot branch, has unveiled a reboot of the original eyeglass-like wearable called Glass Enterprise Edition. As the name...

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Apple made it likelier you‘ll get an App Store review reply

Most App Store users dont leave negative ratings to be jerks -- rather, they may have just had trouble figuring out an app or felt it was missing a key feature. If the developers spot the issue and can deal with it, they can turn a bad user score in...

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Samsung will mine scrapped Note 7s for parts and rare metals

Samsung will kick off its Galaxy Note 7 recycling efforts this month and expects to recover 157 tons of rare metals from the controversial device. The phones fiery history is pretty hard to forget, but to refresh your memory, Samsung had to pull it...

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Tech Hunters: Looking back at Nintendo‘s failed Virtual Boy

Long before the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, Nintendo was experimenting with a VR headset of it own. At first glance, the black-and-red Virtual Boy looked every bit as capable as the virtual reality headsets that were popular in the 90s, promising acces...

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‘Wolfenstein 2‘ and ‘Evil Within 2‘ will support 4K on Xbox One X

Youd be forgiven for thinking that most of the games getting 4K support on Xbox One X will come from either Microsoft itself or Ubisoft, but there will definitely be some high-profile releases in the mix beyond whats been mentioned so far. The offi...

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MelodyVR‘s music app will have songs from the biggest labels

When MelodyVR finally launches its virtual reality platform for music, itll have experiences to offer from all three major record labels. After signing up both Warner and Universal Music within the past few months, it has now forged (PDF) a worldwid...

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‘Windjammers‘ brings 16-bit frisbee duelling to PS4 and PS Vita

Youd be excused if all of Sonys tentpole game announcements during the PlayStation Experience show last December blinded you to the best news of all: The 16-bit deep cut Windjammers would get ported to current systems. But the time for excuses has...

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Netflix blows past the 100 million subscriber mark

A year after subscriber growth slowed due to price hikes, Netflix says (PDF) it added more US customers in the last quarter than it has since 2011. The company is now up to 103.95 million subscribers worldwide, up 5.2 million from last count. The com...

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