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American Gadget News for 20 Sep 2017

Lyft offers 400 scholarshipsOnline learning portal Udacity launched its first 36-week "nanodegree" course for self-driving car engineering last year. There's a new, introductory course available now as well, focused on bringing... students with minimal programming into the larger...
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Sex Doll-Sharing Service TaquDamn! Just when someone has a great, not at all weird and disturbing idea, the man has to come in and crush it.
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Twitter transparency reportTwitter has released its most recent transparency report, and in it we see that most of the allegedly abusive accounts reported to it for terms of service violations were allowed to stay live on the... service. The reasons vary, according to Twitter, and include things like the company failing to find evidence of content that violated the company terms, as …
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A new company is trying toLast year, Skully, the startup that crowdfunded its AR motorcycle helmet, shut down following many delays, mounting financial woes and an attempted sale to LeEco that didn't go through. But TechCrunch... got its hands on an email that was sent to those...
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Twitter now displays popularTwitter keeps looking for ways to improve its service to better meet the needs of its diverse and, er, passionate audience. Last September, code in the Android app pointed to an experimental... "tweetstorm" feature aimed at helping longer-form content m...
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Amazon reportedly working onAmazon wants to make Alexa a more formidable competitor to Google Assistant and Siri by letting you put it on your face and take it anywhere, according to a Financial Times report (paywall). The... company is said to be developing a pair of normal-looki...
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Dual-screen Yota3 is officialWell, the wait is finally over. After a teaser back in June, the third-gen dual-screen YotaPhone -- now simply dubbed Yota3 -- was unveiled in China yesterday. Pretty much all the main specs are... identical to the leak Engadget received earlier, but th...
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Audio can be just as important as visuals if you want to make true-to-life VR experiences. That's why Oculus has introduced changes to the Rift SDK that give developers the power to make spatial audio... as realistic as possible. One of the features the...
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Jerk Humans Immediately ShootThe World Wildlife Fund said on Friday it will be pursuing charges against a local official who, upon receiving a report of the first sighting of a wild bison in Germany in over 250 years, promptly... ordered hunters to shoot the animal dead.
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When Male Ducks Hang OutMale ducks have some of the weirdest junk in nature--a ludicrously long, corkscrew-shaped member that evolved on account of an ongoing battle of the sexes. New research shows that the social... environment in which the male duck finds himself in has a pronounced effect on the length of his penis, a finding that may...
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Linda Hamilton and ArnoldLinda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger are both returning for the sixth Terminator film. James Cameron, who made the first two films, is producing, with Tim Miller (Deadpool) directing.
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Researchers at the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) presented a mission plan today at the European Planetary Science Congress that would allow scientists to observe hundreds of asteroids over... the course of just a few years. Their plan is to sen...
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Amazon: OK, So We May HaveOn Tuesday, numerous Amazon users noticed something strange: They'd received emails from the retailer notifying them "someone great recently purchased a gift from your baby registry!"
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Lilu is a pumping bra thatBreast pump technology have come a long way from the awkward manual tools of old. Now there are smart pumps that can pump out milk as nursing mothers carry on with their everyday lives; one even won... our Best of CES award this year for its simple unob...
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LG V30 launches in Korea, restSamsung and Apple have had their time in the spotlight, and, soon, it will be LG's turn. The manufacturer has just proudly announced that the LG V30 will be starting to ship in Korea this week. As... great as that sounds for that market, it does also mean that the V30's global trek will also be starting really soon. And …
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Xperia XZ1 now available inAt IFA 2017 late last month, Sony unveiled its second attempt at putting out a flagship for the second half of the year. And this time, Sony almost gets the formula right. Well, almost. The Xperia XZ1... is now ready for purchase in the US, unlocked and from Amazon, and it rightly doesn't carry the high price of the Xperia …
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Celebrate the 50th AnniversaryIt's been 50 years since the classic British science fiction series The Prisoner debuted on television. Since then the show been remade, re-aired, copied, and referenced, but never duplicated. Though... it wasn't on the air for long, The Prisoner is a show worth celebrating, and these officially licensed posters do just...
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Good news: NASA's administrator nominee is fine with studying climate change! Just not Earth's climate change. In answers to a Senate questionnaire, Rep. Jim Bridenstine says it's important to... understand why Mars changed so dramatically, losing its...
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FOX Sports will offer theFOX Sports has announced plans to broadcast the Michigan State vs Notre Dame football game in virtual reality, giving fans a very immersive way to enjoy the upcoming game airing on September 23. FOX... is calling this a ‘social virtual reality’ experience, saying it will be available through the FOX Sports VR app available for Android, iOS, and Gear VR/Oculus. …
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Secretary of Interior InstallsLike most of Trump's cabinet, Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke is uniquely unqualified for his job. He doesn't really give a shit about conserving federal lands--his primary mission. And today he... demonstrated his own weird internal logic by installing Big Buck Hunter, an arcade game where you're given plastic shotguns...
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Meet the really cheap GoogleGoogle's new hardware will give you sticker shock in both directions.
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HP's rugged Chromebook x360If you saw HP's Chromebook x360 and yearned for the day when you didn't have to be a student to try it, you now have your chance. HP has made the 11-inch convertible Chrome OS machine available to... everyone, with a starting price of $300 in the US for...
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R6 4K Hisense Roku Smart TVHisense has announced its new R6 4K lineup of Roku smart TVs, offering Roku fans an option for playing Ultra HD HDR content sans an external streaming device. The new lineup features television sizes... from 50-inches to 65-inches, and it has a bunch of functions including an upscaler to boost the resolution of non-4K content for the higher resolution. Consumers …
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Looks Like ThatTuesday afternoon, writer and producer Damon Lindelof posted the above image on his Instagram. The caption read "Day One." And if you know comics, the connection is obvious. Lindelof has begun work on... the Watchmen TV series.
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The 'Godfather' of AutonomousHave you ever gazed up at the sweeping blue sky and thought, God, it's boring up there? It seems like Sebastian Thrun--who launched Google's self-driving car program and is the CEO of the flying car... startup Kitty Hawk--sure has. On Tuesday, he shared his vision of a sky clogged with tons and tons of glorious soaring...
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