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Google has 'paused' its deployment of Fiber internet in 11 U.S. cities

Google has "paused" its deployment of gigabit internet service Fiber in 11 cities following layoffs and the departure of its parent company's CEO. It's already available in nine U.S. cities.
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Delta’s app now offers a map view so you can watch your bags go AWOL in real-time

Delta has been helping its passengers to track their checked luggage from airport to airport for a while now. Now the feature includes a map to let you know its real-time location – and so you can be sure it's arrived at the same airport…
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Jony Ive’s next design masterpiece will be a Christmas tree

Apple design chief Jony Ive and buddy Marc Newson, himself an acclaimed designer, have taken up the challenge to create a Christmas tree for London's upmarket Claridge's hotel. Whether the finished tree will be unapologetically Christmassy…

Chronos high-speed camera can shoot at 20,000 frames per second for $2,500

The home-brewed, Linux-powered Chronos high-speed camera will deliver ultra slow motion capabilities at just $2,500. The latest prototype can pump out over 20,000 frames per second, and over 1,000fps at HD resolution.
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Harvard’s 3D-printed heart on a chip hopes to make drug testing safer

Scientists at Harvard University have developed the world’s first 3D-printed heart-on-a-chip device, which could allow experiments on human hearts without requiring testing on a living and breathing person.
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Book-sized battery can power a TV for 4 hours or a mini-fridge for 8

With enough juice to power a smartphone 28 times, the two-pound Plug is still small enough to easily fit in a backpack or purse. The fully-funded Indiegogo is expected to ship before the end of the year.

Ecobee wants you to donate your smart thermostat data to combat climate change

Connected thermostat maker Ecobee has launched an opt-in program that lets users volunteer to share their data for a large-scale study in home energy efficiency and climate change.
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Lips like sugar: Everything can taste sweet with the Taste Buddy gadget

Researchers have developed a gadget called Taste Buddy, which uses a low-level electrical current to stimulate the tongue’s taste buds -- to fool people into thinking they are trying sweet, sour or salty flavors.

With 102 cameras, Metapixel can create photorealistic 3D models in 30 minutes

The era of not-quite real video game characters is almost at an end. Using an amazing 102-camera rig, Metapixel can scan and recreate a digital version of you with uncanny accuracy. We tried it out.

FlashTorch Mini, the closest thing to a lightsaber that fits in your pocket

The 2300-lumen halogen FlashTorch Mini fits in your pocket but produces enough heat to light fires and cook your meals. When you do not need to light up the whole campground, you can dial back the brightness to save battery life.

Always losing your wallet? Never again, thanks to Zillion's Tile-powered wallet

Meet the Zillion Slimline Wallet, a brand new wallet that not only has Tile's location technology built right into its sleek design, but also doubles as a powerbank capable of charging your smartphone on the go.
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Data science artist shows 'virality' of 'Pokémon Go' with data visualization

Swiss artist and data scientist Kirell Benzi has created a stunning data visualization project to show how 'Pokémon Go' exploded in popularity online, as seen through the spread of YouTube videos.