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American Technology News for 21 Feb 2017

VR may be hyped, but it'llDespite burying us up to our neck in hype, the virtual reality industry is off to a very slow start. Apparently, VR hardware penetration in Australia will only reach 25.5 percent of households in... 2021. Currently, about 2.3 percent of local households have some sort of VR available. SEE ALSO: How virtual reality is changing storytelling For the moment, high-tech, pricier VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are not dominant. According to consumer research company Telsyte's Australian VR & AR Market Study 2017, mobile VR headsets accounted for some 70 percent of the 216,000 VR headsets sold in Australia in 2016.
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The President of the UnitedOver the years, the Trump Organization has invested in thousands of domain names for potential business ventures, political campaigns, and often, simply in an attempt to be a step ahead of the haters... or cover his tracks if things went awry. DonaldTrumpSucks.com, IHateTrumpVodka.com, TrumpRussia.com, and TrumpFraud.org...
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Forget RoboCop, this policePrompted by the shooting of two police officers during routine traffic stops, Sentinel's creators built a robot that can carry out remote inspections and report back findings to officers. The post... Forget RoboCop, this police robot is designed to make traffic stops safer appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Android ransomware up moreA recent report stated that, over the past year, Android ransomware detections rose more than 50%, with many attacks occurring in the first half of 2016.
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Boeing wins contract forThe JCSAT-18/Kacific-1 spacecraft will be owned by Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation and Kacific Broadband Satellites. SpaceNews.com
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Forget flying cars, BMW'sBMW's Hover Ride Concept is a full-size flying motorcycle based on a Lego model. BMW says it has no intention to build a production version, but it could be a glimpse into the future of... transportation. The post Forget flying cars, BMW's Hover Ride Concept is futuristic transport with style appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Tiny 'engine' turns naturalHere's the dilemma with hydrogen: fueling your car with the stuff is faster than charging an EV, but making and distributing it is inefficient and polluting. A team from the Georgia Institute of... Technology has created a four-stroke "engine" that conv...
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Did Mars Once Have Three Moons?

Forbes - 21 Feb 2017 17:00
Did Mars Once Have ThreeThe two moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, are incredibly odd. But a new theory claims to explain them... if they had a third, larger companion.
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Science Asks: Do Pretty PeopleIs there really a "beauty premium" and an "ugliness penalty" when it comes to how much money people make?
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Sources say the bureau's offices in Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Washington are investigating the alleged hack.
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Horizon Zero Dawn is aHorizon Zero Dawn appeared unique from the start – a PlayStation 4 exclusive, a novel setting, with an all-new franchise, combining survival game elements with cover shooter mechanics and real-time... strategy play, all while you hunt mechanized dinosaurs in a lush, natural setting. A game with that kind of apparent quirk could go one of two ways – luckily, this one ends up being…
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The Pentagon Is Still WorriedEven if the White House isn't.
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Tomasz Chmielarz and Devin McArthur get two years of probation for involvement in a hacking scheme affecting 60M people.
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How to clear your browsingAs you browse the internet, websites will leave temporary internet files, as well as cookies, on your smartphone. Sometimes, you want to get rid of these files to clean up your browser's history.... Here's how. The post How to clear your browsing history on your iPhone or Android device appeared first on Digital Trends.
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Alexa Can Now Diagnose AndYou can now use your Amazon Echo to seek medical advice and assistance. HealthTap has partnered with Alexa to bring medical help to those with limited mobility.
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Windows 10 privacy settingsEuropean Union data protection authorities continue to have privacy-related concerns about Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system, despite the company making some tweaks to privacy settings for... users of the OS after criticism and concerns were raised last year.
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Epson Home Cinema 3700 offersWhen it comes to watching a movie or a big game back at home, most of us would settle for a regular TV. However, there is the option of having a projector to get the job done, which ought to be able... to deliver a far larger viewing experience — assuming you have a wall or projection screen that is large enough, that is. How about catching the upcoming Academy ...
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Battle of the buds: how AppleYou don't need wireless earbuds yet, but you probably will in a few years.
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Philadelphia's Old City is now home to a new style of hotel that seeks to erase the barriers between visitors and their destination with "invisible" service hospitality. The post Boutique hotel opens... with a no-front-desk invisible service appeared first on Springwise.
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Sigma Announces New 24-70mm and 100-400mm Zoom Lenses

The Phoblographer - 21 Feb 2017 07:02
In addition to the attention-grabbing 14mm and 135mm F/1.8 prime lenses, Sigma has also announced tow new zoom lenses today at CP+, their new 24-70mm F/2.8, and 100-400mm F/5-5.3. Both of which will... be very enticing to their respective niches.
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(American Association for Cancer Research) Cancer mortality rates vary considerably within the growing Hispanic population in the United States, with significant differences among the major Hispanic... ethnic groups.
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(University of Wisconsin-Madison) Listeria, a common food-borne bacterium, may pose a greater risk of miscarriage in the early stages of pregnancy than appreciated, according to researchers at the... University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine studying how pathogens affect fetal development and change the outcome of pregnancy.
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New Horizons scientists wantAlan Stern and his fellow New Horizons scientists really want Pluto to become a full-fledged planet again. The principal investigator of NASA's mission to Pluto, along with a few members of his team,... want to change the definition of planets. Accordin...
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Who wins the three-way cloudWhen choosing a cloud platform, newcomers may only look at the cost, but many different business needs should be taken care of before making the final call. We hope to help you get a clear perspective... on three major cloud platforms. Right now, there are three main players in the market: Google Cloud Platform (GCP),...
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Japan's latest mascot is aWhat a cute little flying doggo. The Japanese town of Oji — in Nara, south of Japan — has introduced a flying drone puppy as its official mascot. Image: YOUTUBE SEE ALSO: Mascot simply cannot stay... on his feet during ice rink commercial shoot Yukimaru, which is powered by a quadcopter, has debuted in a promotional video about the town, in which he buzzes serenely through its attractions such as the Daruma Temple, the Yamato River and Mount Myojin: In the video, Yukimaru also passes the burial spot of its namesake: the pet dog of 7th century royal Prince Shōtoku:  Image: YOUTUBE Yukimaru also chases after a jogger on the banks of the Yamato River:
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