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American Gadget News for 19 Oct 2017

'Mythbusters' reboot comes toWhat do you do when your highly-successful reality show goes out with a bang? If you're Discovery-owned Science Channel, you quickly reboot it and find new hosts to replace the iconic ones. If you're... a fan of the original and willing to give the new...
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CIA Fires Very Good Girl forIn a troubling series of tweets with more emotional intensity than an entire season of Homeland, the CIA's official Twitter account told the story of Lulu, an adorable bomb-sniffing dog who refused... sniff bombs.
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Pixel 2 teardown discovers theWith the Pixel 2 now available around the US, there’s no better time for the arrival of iFixit’s teardown. As it does with all flagship phone releases, iFixit has cracked open the Pixel 2, giving... us a look at its internal hardware and determining just how easy it will be for end-users to perform DIY repairs. Beyond the fixability rating …
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Octopus-like rubber skin couldOctopuses are awe-inspiring creatures. They're smart, and they can camouflage themselves by changing colors and changing the texture of their skin to mimic the environment's. A group of scientists... from Cornell University in New York and the Marine Bi...
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This faux skin gives robots a sense of touch

Slash Gear - 19 Oct 2017 00:06
This faux skin gives robots aResearchers with UCLA and the University of Washington have created a faux skin that gives robots a sense of touch, enabling them to better grasp objects and more. This fake skin, which is described... as a flexible sensor, can be stretched over robotic parts or a prosthetic limb, giving the device a sense of vibration and shear force. A sense …
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Google considers 'fixing' theWhile Google's Pixel 2 XL has generally been well-received, there have been some complaints about its LG-made P-OLED screen. It's supposed to reflect "natural" colors, but many see it as downright... dull after years of seeing extra-punchy OLED display...
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With content peddlers Facebook and Google still struggling to combat fake news, especially during crises like the Las Vegas shooting, the proliferation of such false content might seem like an... unstoppable flow. If that's your opinion, you're in the (...
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'Aztez': The bloody indieImagine: It's 2012 and Matthew Wegner is sitting at his desk in the back of a one-bedroom apartment in Tempe, Arizona, pounding away at a keyboard. It's night but thick black drapes are pulled over... the window; the room is suffused with dim yellow lig...
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Amazon's largest wind farm yetGreenpeace slammed Amazon earlier this week for its environmental practices -- namely, the fact that it doesn't disclose much about its energy use or materials. But today, the company announced that... its largest wind farm yet is up and running. The Am...
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Back in June, we reported that Facebook was working on a subscription deal with The Wall Street Journal. Then in July, we learned that the social platform was launching a news subscription service... which would layer a paywall above Instant Articles. N...
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Reading Time: 4 minutesSamsung is holding its annual Developer Conference this week in San Francisco. At the day one keynote on Wednesday, it pushed a vision centered on “Connected Thinking” as... its major theme for not only the conference but its strategy in relation to its software and services in the coming year. That was reflected in a…
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Amazon's Alexa Land Grab

TechPinions - 19 Oct 2017 19:49
Reading Time: 4 minutesWithout a doubt, in my mind, Amazon’s Alexa has been the star of the tech industry this year. Starting with CES where the banner of “works with Alexa” was first raised... with support from nearly all major appliance and smart home brands. The presence of an ambient, always on, smart speaker with digital assistant has…
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Congress seeks transparentFollowing revelations that Kremlin-backed online actors bought and ran divisive social media advertising during the 2016 presidential election, three Senators introduced a bipartisan bill aimed at... regulating online ad buys. If passed, it would requir...
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Smart lock company August homeSmart-lock outfit Yale's parent company is buying August Home, in a move that may consolidate some of the smart lock market. The regulatory bodies involved are expected to approve Sweden-based Assa... Abloy's purchase by year's end. "August Home strengt...
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What This Coming Winter Has inNOAA's Climate Prediction Center has issued its forecast for the 2017-18 winter season and, for the second year in a row, La Niña is poised to be a major factor in how the season shapes up. In... general, the forecasters are predicting a cooler, wetter north, and a warmer, drier south.
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Huawei didn't need AmericanOn October 16th, Huawei announced its latest smartphone, the Mate 10, alongside a Porsche Design-ed version of the same device. In previous years, the phone might have been seen as little more than a... me-too clone of Samsung's Galaxy Note. But these d...
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The FDA Just Approved AnotherOn Wednesday--for only the second time--the Food and Drug Administration approved a cutting-edge therapy that genetically modifies a patient's blood cells in order to attack cancer. This time the... therapy, known as CAR T-cell therapy, is designed to treat aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
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Google has a history of not playing nicely with Microsoft. The company has previously posted publicly about their competitor's software vulnerabilities, and understandably, Microsoft hasn't been very... happy about it. But now, the company has turned th...
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What it takes to be a drone racer

Engadget - 19 Oct 2017 18:30
What it takes to be a droneOne cold, dreary afternoon in 2014, Jordan Temkin took his drone to Chautauqua Park in Boulder, Colorado. He put on a pair of goggles that filled his view with the live video feed from the drone's... tiny camera. He'd built the drone frame from scratch...
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When VR meets human emotionsBy its very nature, virtual reality is an immersive medium. But for Rama Allen, that bar is higher. The interactive artist and Executive Creative Director at The Mill has made a name for himself... leading inter-disciplinary teams of designers, filmmake...
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Sonos One review: A betterSonos may have undercut Apple's HomePod before it even launches.
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'Star Wars Battlefront II'Star Wars: Battlefront did a lot of things right, but it was criticized for not having a lot of depth, primarily due to the utter lack of a story-driven single player campaign. That's a shame, because... the Star Wars universe is rich enough that fans a...
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Thor: Ragnarok May Be theThor: Ragnarok is the funniest Marvel movie to date. In fact, it may be the funniest superhero movie ever. From the first scene until the very last, it's a non-stop cavalcade of jokes wrapped around... an epic, sweeping space adventure. The whole thing will make you absolutely giddy.
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Smartwatches for Kids Are aKids' smartwatches are usually intended to help parents feel at ease that their children are safe when they're not around. But as it turns out, a number of these devices may do more harm than good. A... 49-page report on smartwatches for children (with the unfortunate title of #WatchOut) details all the ways in which...
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People with advanced lymphoma now have another type of treatment to consider. The Food and Drug Administration has approved Yescarta, a cell-based gene therapy designed to treat large B-cell lymphoma... created by Kite Pharma. It's the second time the F...
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