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Gateway phone: Just one try of the OnePlus 2 will make you an addict

The OnePlus 2 is generating Apple-levels of buzz, but can the startup manufacturer produce a fault-fee phone that competes with not only more expensive Android hardware, but also…

  • Pros: Super fast fingerprint sensor , OxygenOS is close to stock…
  • Cons: Not a 1440p screen , Android keys aren’t labeled…

Japanese scientists are sending whiskey up to space so it can age in zero gravity

Since aging whiskey on Earth is obviously a thing of the past, the Japanese distillery Suntory says it will send five bottles of its whiskey to age in space.

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Facebook’s Aquila is a solar-powered drone that beams Internet down to earth

Facebook's testing autonomous, solar-powered aircraft capable of beaming Internet down to earth from the stratosphere. They haven't yet entered the testing phase, but Facebook expects them to deliver downlink speeds of up to 10Gbps.

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Harvard scientists have developed a robot that can walk (and jump) on water

Thanks to a collaboration between Seoul National University and Harvard University, researchers have developed an insect-inspired robot that can stand and then jump on the liquid's surface

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Are you ready for the future? Lexus to unveil its Slide hoverboard August 5

Lexus has revealed that it will fully unveil the Slide hoverboard on August 5. The eye-catching invention uses liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors and permanent magnets to levitate.

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Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney thinks augmented reality will trump virtual reality

While virtual reality is capturing the imaginations of gamers and developers the world over, augmented reality is the technology that Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney sees as the most forward-thinking.

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Watson can now tell you if you’re at risk for diabetes, thanks to CVS partnership

Watson can add one more line to its staggering resume -- thanks to a new partnership with CVS, IBM's Watson can predict who is at risk for diabetes, and can "develop custom care management services for [those] with chronic illnesses."

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WANTED: firefighter-interrupting drone operators

California is really annoyed with whoever manned the drones that impinged upon San Bernardino firefighters' firefighting efforts, so much so that they're willing to pay $75,000 for information

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Kentucky man arrested after shooting down $1,800 drone with shotgun

Perhaps becoming a trend after a New Jersey man shot down a drone last year, a homeowner in Kentucky decided to blast away at a drone hovering over his property due to a perceived violation of his privacy.

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Exaflop supercomputer project begins, thanks to executive order from President Obama

President Obama has signed an executive order that lays the groundwork for the world's first exaflop supercomputer. If the project is successful, it will result in a system 20 times more powerful than any current supercomputer.

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The Oukitel U6 comes with a neat parlor trick: an e-ink display on the back

Though YotaPhone was the first company to launch a smartphone with an e-ink display on the back, Oukitel has now joined the fray with its own version be unveiling the U6. There's currently no word on launch details.

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It’s not a trap! Adidas adds Star Wars options for miAdidas customization

Your new Adidas Star Wars ZX Fluxes and Superstars may have you looking like the freshest Jedi this side of the force, but don't get cocky, kid.

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Ingenious SunPort plug lets you use solar energy even if you don’t have solar panels

Contrary to what you might think, you don't necessarily have to be a producer of solar energy in order to be a consumer of it -- and there's a brilliant new device on Kickstarter that makes it more accessible than ever before.

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Surgeons successfully perform a double hand transplant on an 8-year-old boy

Surgeons at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia successfully performed a double hand transplant on the youngest person ever, an 8-year-old boy named Zion.

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Apple patents a crazy stylus that senses texture to make 3D files

For a company that hates the stylus, Apple sure has a lot of patents for cool styli. Two new patents explain how a stylus could record and transmit different textures on a digital surface to make 3D creations.

Mobile

Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak call for autonomous weapon ban

While the idea of robotic assassins might be fun for sci-fi action flicks, it isn't a joke to the brightest minds of our time. Together, they've signed a letter asking countries around the world to ban the development of autonomous weapons systems.

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Watch Sonya Belousova play Mario Bros. themes on a Nintendo piano

In a rather gimmicky but nonetheless impressive showing of skill, Belousova plays a series of video game theme songs on a Nintendo "player piano" that is certainly far more accessible than "traditional" classical music.

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Never say never: NASA’s ‘impossible’ EM Drive shows promise in tests by German scientists

Thanks to the apparent confirmation of the scientific validity of the EM Drive, the research of British scientist Roger Shawyer has now been accepted by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and published in Acta Astronautica.

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Chop down mountains with the edge of your hand in this augmented-reality sandbox

Researchers from UC Davis and UCLA just unveiled an augmented reality sandbox that lets people modify and alter a topographical map with only their hands.

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Thanks to Project Loon, Sri Lanka will soon have universal Internet access

Project Loon is Google's ambitious plan to provide cheap Internet access to underdeveloped parts of the world via a fleet of high altitude balloons. After years of testing and refining the technology, the company is finally ready to deploy it for real.

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Turn any food into caviar-like pearls with the Wonka-like Spherificator

Our fancy parties never involve caviar, but they could, thanks to the Imperial Spherificator. Well, it will still be fake caviar but in the familiar roe form. Use any liquid to make little spheres that burst when you bite them.

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See how gestures would have controlled Microsoft’s cancelled McLaren phone

Remember that Microsoft McLaren Windows phone from last year? It was supposed to offer Kinect-like gestures, but Microsoft cancelled it. This new video of the device sheds some light on this mysterious device.

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GoFish Cam is…you guessed it…like a GoPro for fishing

Videos of fishing trips involve a lot of posing with dead fish. GoFish cam gives people the chance to show off the action instead. It records HD footage of fish on the line. With video proof the saying "fishermen tell tall tales," will be a thing of the past.

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Sick of waiting for the dryer? In a few years, new technology could dry clothes in minutes

Ayyoub Momen of Oak Ridge National Laboratory has come up with a new technology that dries clothes extremely quickly while using very little energy. He's working with GE to get the technology to consumers in about four years.

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Smart cars are hackable cars. Are the features worth the risk?

Until recently, automotive hacking was a concept that seemed unrealistic and nonthreatening. After two security experts remotely commandeered the systems of a Jeep Cherokee from miles away, the vulnerabilities of the connected car are more apparent than ever.

Cars

This wireless charging technology works with metal phones

Qualcomm says it has solved the problem of enabling wireless charging on phones with metal bodies, and has made the technology available to its partners today. However, the ongoing standards battle may hold back adoption.

Mobile

Amazon wants a chunk of airspace given over to delivery drones

Amazon's at a NASA-hosted conference this week brainstorming ideas for an air traffic control system for drones. With its Prime Air quadcopter in mind, the online giant suggested commercial drones be given a 200-feet band of airspace in which to operate.

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Say hello to Ozo, Nokia’s VR camera ball for professional content creators

Here it is then, Nokia's first major product since Microsoft bought its mobile phone unit 2 years ago. Determined to get into virtual reality early on, the Finnish company has unveiled Ozo, a VR camera ball that helps media pros capture immersive content.

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