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Roombas can now be automated even further with IFTTT

Even before the whole smart home and IoT market exploded, there was the Roomba. Looking more like a squished trash can, iRobot‘s flagship product defied your expectations of robots and vacuum cleaners. But just because you came first doesn‘t exactly make you the clear winner. iRobot has, in fact, been trying to catch up with the increasingly connected homes, and Continue reading

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Our first interstellar visitor is a long, ominous asteroid

Asteroids passing us by, and even potentially sending us to our deaths, is not news even for astronomers. But one that comes from outside our solar system definitely is. That is exactly why the asteroid named `Oumuamua has astronomers all over the world scampering when it passed by almost undetected. In addition to the asteroid‘s unusual shape, `Oumuamua has been Continue reading

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Huawei P8 Lite gets unofficial, barely working Android Oreo port

Huawei might have become one of the world‘s top 3 smartphone manufacturers, but there are some things that still haven‘t improved over the years. Things like tightly, locked phones, the heavily customized EMUI skin, and the not so global rollout of updates. The latter means that only the latest and greatest, and even then not all, get to enjoy the Continue reading

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 unofficially pops up again with 18:9 screen

You can definitely tell that 18:9 is the new black when even mid-range smartphones are starting to sport them. The latest to join that group is Xiaomi, whose Redmi Note 5 has yet to be even announced. But like many smartphones these days, almost everything about the phone has been leaked, one way or another. The latest comes from e-tailer Continue reading

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Honda will use Facebook to alert customers about Takata recall

Honda will start using Facebook to alert its customers about the deadly Takata air bag recall, which continues to affect many drivers throughout the US. The recall revolves around the ongoing issue of faulty air bags that, when deployed, may rupture with too much force, causing injury or death to the person in the vehicle. Honda will produce its targeted Continue reading

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OnePlus 5 will soon be discontinued

OnePlus has done it again. It has brought out a flagship device at half the flagship price. And it has also ruffled the feathers or some of its own loyal fans. Although the gap between the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T is now just a wee bit longer than the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, so is the gap between Continue reading

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Samsung Gear S3 update makes it easier to do things on your wrist

The smartwatch market is a curious one. On the one hand, you are seeing more and more new models coming out, mostly from fashion brands and accessory makers rather than manufacturers. On the other hand, there hasn‘t exactly been any major progress on the platforms themselves, especially lesser known ones like the Tizen OS used on the Samsung Gear smartwatches. Continue reading

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Hulu sued over claims of discrimination against the blind

Hulu has been sued over what is being called discrimination against the blind and visually impaired. According to the lawsuit, which was filed in the US District Court of Massachusetts, Hulu is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act; it is accused of ongoing exclusion of blind and visually impaired Americans. The lawsuit was filed by what is described Continue reading

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Kevlar cartilage uses nanofibers to imitate the real thing

Researchers with the University of Michigan and Jiangnan University have developed a synthetic cartilage they‘ve dubbed Kevlartilage. The name is a joining of the words cartilage and Kevlar, the latter being the material this synthetic material is made from. As with the real thing, Kevlartilage is made mostly from water and it is incredibly strong. Real cartilage is incredibly strong Continue reading

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USPS has a VR app, but it‘s not about delivering mail

The United States Postal Service has launched its own virtual reality app, it seems, but the app has nothing to do with the post office or delivering mail at all. This has left many confused, as the app itself concerns kayaking, and not even the kind where there‘s a mail delivery at the end. The app listing shows that it Continue reading

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2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo First Drive: A rocket not a wagon

Whatever you do, please don‘t call the new 2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo a station wagon. Even describing it as a hatchback is off-limits. I can understand why you might be tempted, since the roofline is ever so slightly stretched in order to accommodate a smaller fifth passenger. But this is not your grandfather‘s wagon, not least because - and Continue reading

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GE‘s connected bulbs get Alexa and Google Assistant bridge

GE is adding voice control to its C by GE Lighting smart bulb range, with a new bridge that will open the door to Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant. The hub, dubbed the C-Reach bridge, plugs into a spare outlet and connects to two of GE‘s smart bulb lines. First off, there‘s the C-Sleep range. These have support for Continue reading

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Don‘t plug the Xbox One into a surge protector says Microsoft

Having power issues with your Xbox One console? The reason may be how it is getting power, or more specifically, how you‘ve set it up to get power. Microsoft recently fired off a tweet via its Xbox Support Twitter account explaining that it designed the Xbox One to plug directly into a wall outlet. Don‘t use a surge protector even Continue reading

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Galaxy X leaked by none other than Samsung itself

While some companies will stop at nothing to prevent their flagship devices from leaking out ahead of time, Samsung takes a more laid back approach to leaks. For all of its major devices over the past few years, it seems that Samsung has had its hand in at least a few leaks, and with the rumored Galaxy X, things are Continue reading

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AT&T Time Warner merger may be blocked by DOJ lawsuit

The Department of Justice is filing a lawsuit to block the merger between ATT and Time Warner, sources have said, marking a big turn of events for the planned and controversial deal. Details are still rolling in, but sources claim the Justice Department will officially announce an antitrust suit today regarding the merger. For its part, the DOJ Continue reading

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Amazon Echo PRODUCT(RED) makes Alexa charitable

Amazon has a new Echo PRODUCT(RED) edition, cladding its Alexa-powered smart speaker in a charitable sleeve. The new model joins Amazon‘s sensible, dare we say rather dour line-up of colors and finishes which, for the first time with the second-gen Echo, are interchangeable. When the smart speaker launched back in October, there were six finishes on offer. In fabric, there Continue reading

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Star Wars: Battlefront 2 loot box controversy hits EA where it hurts

The controversy surrounding the loot boxes found in Star Wars: Battlefront 2 should be well known to most by now. Even before the game launched, Star Wars fans were up in arms over the game‘s heavy handed progression system, which incentivized purchasing loot boxes in a way few other pay-to-play games have in the past. This led to a massive Continue reading

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Mars streaks are probably caused by dust and sand, not water

Mars photos show an interesting landscape feature: dark streaks that appear to show flowing movement, which some thought may be water. A new study says that is probably not the case, though, instead being more likely attributed to dry flow processes. This is based in part on assessments made with the Mars orbiter‘s telescopic camera. That‘s bad news in the Continue reading

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4 ways to fix Google‘s Pixel Buds

It‘s fair to say the Google Pixel Buds didn‘t have the reception the Android team might have hoped for them. Intended to give Pixel 2 owners something to fend off pangs of Apple AirPod jealousy - not to mention pacify complaints about the Oreo smartphone‘s missing headphone jack - the Pixel Buds may have talents like translation, but they fell Continue reading

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Why won‘t Apple enable Portrait Lighting for older iPhone photos?

Portrait mode photos taken on the iPhone 7 Plus could be edited with the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus, if only Apple felt inclined to enable the hidden feature. The new Portrait Lighting effects - which replicate the impact of different types of creative lighting on an image - were launched as a feature of the new 2017 iPhones, Continue reading

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Lynx is your Alexa-powered robot assistant

Company UBTECH Robotics has announced the launch of Lynx, the first ever humanoid robot with Amazon Alexa baked in. The robot utilizes Amazon‘s personal assistant along with UBTECH‘s robotics tech to offer a variety of services and abilities, such as a surveillance mode for keeping an eye on your home while you‘re away and playing music via voice commands. Lynx Continue reading

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Should I trust the OnePlus 5T?

As the OnePlus 5T is released worldwide, we‘ve discussed the lifecycle of each OnePlus device - and the software updates therein. Upon setting out the entirety of OnePlus‘ short company history, it‘s clear that this is no ordinary brand. Updates come quicker in some areas, and not at all in others - this is no Apple, that‘s for sure. Android Continue reading

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Pokemon Bank update out for UltraSun and UltraMoon

Pokemon UltraSun and UltraMoon have only been available for a few days, but Nintendo has nonetheless been quick to make Pokemon Bank compatible with those two new games. Today Nintendo and GameFreak pushed an update to Pokemon Bank that will make it play nice with UltraSun and UltraMoon, meaning you can transfer any Pokemon you had in storage over to Continue reading

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Kudos is a Black Mirror nightmare brought to life

The same crew that tried bringing an Uber-like model to city busses is now attempting to replace server tips with digital ratings. Instead of an amount of cash given to a restaurant server after friendly, prompt, helpful service, they‘d instead receive some stars in an app. The Black Mirror episode Nosedive is about almost exactly this same thing. There‘s also Continue reading

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