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Tap wearable keyboard is a fidgeter‘s dream

Drumming your fingers on your desk might no longer be a sign of boredom, with the Tap wearable keyboard and mouse promising a surreptitious way of typing on a phone or tablet. The gadget, into which your fingers slot, turns text entry into chording, measuring the movement of your fingers and translating them into text or navigation commands. Now, chording Continue reading

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Amazon is bringing Iain M. Banks‘ Culture to Prime Video

Iain M. Banks‘ Culture Series is headed to Amazon Prime Video, with the studio snapping up the rights to Consider Phlebas. The TV series will be adapted by Dennis Kelly, who created TV series Utopia, while Plan B Entertainment, responsible for World War Z and Moonlight, will produce. It‘s an ambitious undertaking by Amazon Studios. Banks, who died in 2013, Continue reading

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Galaxy S9 release date might be coming up fast

By this point, we‘ve had so many Galaxy S9 leaks that it would be a wonder if there were any surprising announcements left to make during Samsung‘s reveal event on February 25. In fact, assuming the various rumors we‘ve heard about hardware are true, pretty much the only thing left up in the air is the Galaxy S9‘s release date. Continue reading

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Peugeot Rifter van seats up to seven, debuts in Geneva

Peugeot has announced its latest van and the vehicle is called the Rifter. The automaker says that the vehicle is built for everyday adventures be those adventures in the urban jungle or some remote mountain road. The Rifter uses the new Peugeot i-Cockpit and can be ordered in two lengths. The shorter length seats five people while the longer version Continue reading

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Researchers charge a smartphone using a laser from across the room

Researchers from the University of Washington have devised a new way to charge a smartphone from across the room using lasers. The team says that the method of charging is safe and uses a narrow invisible beam from a laser emitter to deliver a charge the smartphone battery. The system is also designed with multiple safety features. The researchers say Continue reading

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2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS gets official ahead of Geneva unveil

Porsche plans to make the first real public debut of the 2019 911 GT3 RS sports car at the Geneva Auto Show next month. Ahead of that debut, the automaker has given up most of the details on the 911 GT3 RS and the car is a beast. It packs a 4.0L flat-six that makes 520hp without needing turbos to Continue reading

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Ads on the Web: it‘s time to make a change

Google has just recently implemented a rather hard-handed change in its Chrome web browser that would effectively remove many of the most annoying ads on the Web. Some hail it as a huge step forward in ad control, others bemoan Google‘s self-serving interests on the matter. Whichever side you‘re on, the controversy around it, plus Google‘s industry clout, could very Continue reading

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Qualcomm‘s WiFi 11ax mobile chip is a pre-cert powerhouse

WiFi 11ax is headed to smartphones and laptops this year, with Qualcomm announcing its newest chip combining speedy WiFi and Bluetooth 5.1. The Qualcomm WCN3998 jumps the gun on 802.11ax, arriving well in advance of the new standard being finalized. However, the chip-maker says, it‘ll offer the key features - and probably those you‘ll get the most benefit from - Continue reading

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AT&T 5G rollout starts in these three cities

5G, the next step after 4G, is also the communications industry‘s next big push, whether you‘re ready or not. And most are probably not. Unless you‘re a chipset maker like Qualcomm or a network carrier like Verizon and ATT. The latter has just revealed a small piece of its promise to bring what it brands as ‘mobile 5G‘ to parts Continue reading

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Reply from Google Area 120 now available unofficially

Are your fingers tired of typing a reply that is almost rote and common? Ever wished your phone could read your mind and know what to reply even before you did. Google created Smart Replies exactly for that purpose, but its reach has been very limited. That‘s why its skunkworks RD Area 120 is working on an Android app simply Continue reading

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Reply from Google Area 120 now available unofficially [APK Download]

Are your fingers tired of typing a reply that is almost rote and common? Ever wished your phone could read your mind and know what to reply even before you did. Google created Smart Replies exactly for that purpose, but its reach has been very limited. That‘s why its skunkworks RD Area 120 is working on an Android app simply Continue reading

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ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset available now

It seems that the dust around VR has settled down. CES 2018 was almost eerily silent about the nascent technology. Except, perhaps, for a few peeks here and there, including ASUS‘ first foray into the field. The latest and so far last major PC OEM to join Microsoft‘s brand of artificial reality, ASUS showed off its Windows Mixed Reality headset Continue reading

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iOS 11.3, tvOS 11.3 beta 3 rips out AirPlay 2

Apple giveth and Apple taketh away. The third beta for the company‘s mobile, TV, and desktop platforms has just rolled out to developers. And while they come loaded with new things, including important bugfixes, it‘s the one thing that Apple removed that is making the biggest noise. As of the third beta for iOS 11.3 as well as tvOS 11.3, Continue reading

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Galaxy S9 augmented reality demo extracted from Unpacked app

Samsung fans, and Samsung itself, are just counting down the days before the huge Unpacked 2018 event in Barcelona. But before MWC 2018 even takes place, our idea of the Galaxy S9 is pretty much complete thanks to a plethora of leaks. Of course, there‘s always room for more, especially when the source is Samsung itself. Apparently, the Unpacked 2018 Continue reading

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Watch Boston Dynamics‘ robot shake off an aggressive human

Earlier this month, Boston Dynamics demonstrated a version of its SpotMini robot that contains an arm and claw/clamp on the end of the armature. The robot was demonstrated opening a door and walking through, but that was too simple of a task, apparently. This time around, the robotics company has demonstrated the robot actively resisting an aggressive human who is Continue reading

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Nintendo server maintenance will disrupt Minecraft, eShop this week

Nintendo is going to perform some server maintenance this week that will cause some disruptions for certain gamers. Minecraft is the first scheduled for a disruption, which will start tonight for players in North America. That‘ll be followed by disruptions to some online gameplay for some unspecified games, trouble purchasing from the Nintendo eShop later on this week, and more. Continue reading

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Kratom salmonella outbreak across 20 states prompts CDC warning

The Centers for Disease Control are warning about a salmonella outbreak associated with a plant called kratom. The outbreak has affected individuals in multiple states, according to the CDC, which says it is recommending that people abstain from kratom use until further notice. There aren‘t any common suppliers or brands associated with the illnesses at this time, though information is Continue reading

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Venezuela‘s Petro cryptocurrency is backed by oil and now available

Venezuela is tackling its economic woes by launching its own cryptocurrency called Petro. The country claims this is the first sovereign cryptocurrency, and it‘s backed by the nation‘s crude oil reserves. The digital money is available now; there are plans to sell 100 million Petros total with an initial value matching the price of a barrel of Venezuelan crude oil: Continue reading

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Hennessey‘s 1,000 HP Camaro ‘Exorcist‘ is a 217mph must-see

Not satisfied with putting extra wheels on Ford Raptors, tuners Hennessey Performance have turned their attention to making a 217 mph monster out of Chevy‘s Camaro. Dubbed The Exorcist, the beastly coupe has been turned from a 650 HP racer - hardly anything to be ashamed of - into a 1,000 horsepower custom that can leave supercars eating dust. Stock, Continue reading

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George Washington‘s hair found in old college book

A historical archivist has stumbled across an unlikely and particularly exciting historical artifact: some strands of George Washington‘s hair. The lock of hair was found safe in an envelope that was tucked into a leather book belonging to Union College in New York. That book is titled Gaines Universal Register or American and British Kalendar for the year 1793. According Continue reading

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AT&T Sponsored Data program now covers prepaid customers

ATT‘s controversial Sponsored Data plan has been extended to cover prepaid customers as well as postpaid customers. The program works by giving customers access to certain sponsored content without it impacting their monthly data allotment. Critics point toward net neutrality issues that make the sponsored content program problematic, but the carrier is expanding it regardless. A look at ATT‘s Sponsored Continue reading

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Logitech Powerplay review: The best argument to ditch your wired mouse

Wireless mice have a certain unsavory reputation among PC gamers. Though many will tell you that the latency associated with wireless accessories make wired ones better, that doesn‘t usually come into play unless you happen to be so good at the game you‘re playing that adding 10 or 20 milliseconds to you reaction time is the difference between winning and Continue reading

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Tesla cryptojacked for cryptocoins, but no worries

Tesla‘s computing power in the cloud was infiltrated and utilized by a hacker to mine cryptocurrency. Cryptojacking is the process in which a hacker gains entry into a computer system and implants a cryptocurrency miner. With the miner, the user will use the processing power of the computer to generate cryptocurrency - like Bitcoin, but more likely Ethereum-based coins like Continue reading

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Samsung Pay rewards points slashed in half

The rewards points program Samsung introduced for Samsung Pay users around a year ago has quietly and drastically changed. The company has cut the reward points in half, dropping the rewards its users get for using Samsung‘s mobile payment platform. Samsung Pay‘s rewards are still dished out in tiers, but each tier is now worth 50% of what Continue reading

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