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American Gadget News for 27 May 2017

There Are 'Thousands' of BugsThe more of our lives are wired, the more they become vulnerable to things like software glitches and hackers. That includes pieces of technology we put in our bodies--recently, it's become clear that... vital medical devices like insulin pumps and pacemakers possess the same vulnerabilities as those ill-advised connected...
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BMW's latest motorcycleNo doubt, BMW has come up with some cool conceptual vehicles lately, with a color-changing Mini and a futuristic, self-driving Next 100 auto. Its Motorrad Vision Next 100 motorcycle, revealed last... October, is maybe the coolest yet with a gyroscopic s...
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Now you can design GoogleAmong the many things Google announced at I/O 2017 last week, one of them was the ability for people to create and order physical albums with Google Photos. The only problem with that, however, is you... could only use it through a desktop browser. Than...
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Arsenal taps AI to shootThe number of people who own a DSLR versus the number of people who know how to effectively use them are at odds. Even if you’ve mastered shooting a particular type of scene, it can be difficult to... get the best shot in an unfamiliar environment, not to mention the time it takes manually adjusting the camera’s settings. That’s where …
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MIT invented shape-shiftingImagine purchasing a package of pasta that is slim, flat, and contains minimal bits of cardboard or plastic. Now imagine removing that flat, uninspiring pasta and, a few minutes after boiling it,... discovering that the noodles had transformed into new shapes. Such is a possibility introduced by MIT’s Tangible Media Group, with researchers developing a new type of past that …
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US lost 33% of bee coloniesThe Bee Informed Partnership has released a new study conducted in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors of America, and the results are largely favorable. According to the study, beekeepers lost a... bit over one-third of their bee colonies over the past year, and while that sounds like a startling number, researchers say it is the second-best figure recorded over the …
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Lyft drivers can startJust as it does for riders, Lyft continues to improve the experience for its drivers. The latest effort is a feature that lets contractors deal with scheduled pickups up to seven days in advance,... instead of only being aware of a passenger's planned d...
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The search for a habitable second Earth

Engadget - 27 May 2017 21:00
The search for a habitableContact with extraterrestrial life would be an epochal event. Even the discovery of a simple alien organism would be transformative, giving us unprecedented insight into how life forms on Earth and... other planets. Yet, there's exactly zero proof that...
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British Airways IT failureAirline glitches and the ensuing pandemonium are nothing new, but they've just hit one of the world's largest travel hubs. British Airways has suffered a global IT system failure so serious that it... cancelled all its flights out of London's Heathrow a...
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How to Abandon iOS and Switch to Android

Gizmodo - 27 May 2017 19:10
How to Abandon iOS and SwitchHaving guided you through the not-all-that-straightforward process of switching from Android to iOS, we're back to tell you how to go in the opposite direction. (Make your mind up will you?) Going... from Apple-powered devices to Google's platform is either ridiculously easy or rather taxing, depending on your current...
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Free Over-the-Air TV Is Going to Get Better James K. Willcox, Consumer Reports Thanks to a new standard known as ATSC 3.0, over-the-air TV broadcasts will include all the newfangled tech like 4K and... HDR. Consumer Reports has the run down on what t...
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Snapchat buys California droneIn the past year we’ve seen Snap Inc., the parent company of the well-known social media app Snapchat, make an interesting entry into the hardware market with their camera-outfitted Spectacles. It... seems drones could be next on the company’s list, as Snap has reportedly just acquired Ctrl Me Robotics, a small drone manufacturer located in Los Angeles, California. Details on …
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Gunman at Phoenix Comicon,A man was arrested Thursday for sneaking into Phoenix Comicon with a collection of guns and other weapons, saying he wanted to hurt law enforcement. More details have since emerged that paint a... disturbing picture about the incident, including a vendetta against one of the Power Rangers.
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British Airways GroundsIt's a holiday weekend, but British Airways passengers aren't getting the relaxing time off that they'd hoped for. Following a "major IT system failure" that "is causing very severe disruption to our... flight operations worldwide," the airline says that flights will have to be grounded until the problems are resolved.
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'Fallen London' and the secretWriting a video game is nothing like penning a novel. But writing a never-ending, nonlinear, text-driven video game about a hellish alternate London stuffed with gothic intrigue and nearly a decade of... backstory? That's a different beast altogether....
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British Airways suffers majorBritish Airways is having a bad start to this holiday weekend. The airline has announced that its computer systems are having problems around the globe due to a “major IT system failure,” and as a... result it’s had to cancel a number of flights departing from the UK, as well as hundreds more being delayed. The “severe disruption” is extended …
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The Wizarding World Theme ParkThe Wizarding World of Harry Potter is obnoxiously overpriced, small, and pretty gimmicky. And yet it is a much better experience for a Harry Potter fan than Fantastic Beasts, Cursed Child, or any of... J.K. Rowling's endless Pottermore essays.
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ICYMI: Control D-ing this show

Engadget - 27 May 2017 15:30
ICYMI: Control D-ing this showToday on In Case You Missed It: When this show was announced on Engadget two years ago, we promised to find you the offbeat tech and science news you might have missed while following the previous... day's big headlines. I've felt a great responsibi...
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Google's AlphaGo AI to retireEarlier this week in China, AlphaGo, the artificial intelligence from Google‘s DeepMind division, defeated Ke Jie, the world’s number one Go player, in a three-part match. Now the company has... revealed that the AI will be hanging up its gloves, so to speak. As the 3-0 win over Ke Jie marks “the highest possible pinnacle for AlphaGo as a competitive …
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Whippet British Folding Bicycle

The Gadget Flow - 27 May 2017 15:00
Whippet British FoldingLive more freely when you have the Whippet British Folding Bicycle. As the name suggests, this nifty bike actually folds down when it's not in use. In fact, it folds down to just 30% of its original... size. This makes it ideal for city dwellers with commutes as well as those with limited space. The Whippet Bicycle comes in a sleek silver design which makes the black wheels really pop. The folding design allows the Whippet Bicycle to stash away...
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MVMT Watches Black Rose Edition

The Gadget Flow - 27 May 2017 15:00
MVMT Watches Black RoseIntroducing the all-new MVMT Watches Black Rose Edition. Featuring a stunningly stylish color combination, this series of watches is sure to make your style pop. The Black Rose Edition features five... different styles. They all sport the classic minimalist MVMT design. However, they each have their own right to the spotlight. In fact, the watches in this collection are all architecturally identical to previous designs. However, the difference lies in the beautiful color scheme. The all-black watches all have a...
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Razer Hammerhead Pro V2 Earbuds

The Gadget Flow - 27 May 2017 15:00
Razer Hammerhead Pro V2Leave the tangled web of cables behind with the Razer Hammerhead Pro V2 Earbuds. Nestling in your ears with a perfect fit, this set of headphones treats your inner audiophile. Extending from each... earbud is a stunning flat cable. Coming in neon green, this cable is a cinch to keep tangle-free. In addition, the Hammerhead Pro V2 feature 10mm extra-large dynamic drivers. This completes the audio cycle to deliver extra crisp and clear sound right to your ears. These headphones...
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Coronado Americana Leather Duffle

The Gadget Flow - 27 May 2017 15:00
Coronado Americana LeatherTravel in ultimate style with the Coronado American Leather Duffle. This bag sports a uniquely vintage look yet has the durability to last and last. Featuring stunning Horween leather, the Coronado... Americana comes in a beautiful chestnut color. Made in the USA, this all-brown design is complete with faux distressed and wear. In addition to the aesthetic, this style also makes the leather superbly soft. Extending from end to end is a long and comfortable shoulder strap. Totally adjustable, you...
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JinGoo Birdcage Speaker Light

The Gadget Flow - 27 May 2017 15:00
Set the right mood every time with the JinGoo Birdcage Speaker Light. This delightful light source creates a stunning ambience in any space through its dual functionality. Featuring a cage and a... minimalist bird design, the JinGoo emits your song of choice from your device. The tweeter and woofer combination ensures you get true-to-life audio no matter the genre. The mono 2-way speaker has a large frequency range. In addition, the bird has a ceramic tail to help reflect sound...
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Chewbelta Chewbacca Seat Belt Cover

The Gadget Flow - 27 May 2017 15:00
Chewbelta Chewbacca Seat BeltAarrragghuuhw! Er, check out the Chewbelta Chewbacca Seat Belt Cover! Featuring real Wookiee fur, this cover is the perfect addition to any car for any Star Wars aficionado. The Chewbelta is designed... to cover the bit of seat belt that extends over your front. In addition to the fun aesthetic, the Chewbelta also provides a level of extra comfort which is perfect for long journeys. Through the use of Velcro, the Chewbelta stays in place for every single journey. It...
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