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Google is hiring creative writers to make Assistant more personable

Google's artificially-intelligent bot, Assistant, is now available in a "Preview Edition" in Google Allo, a messaging app. Support for Hindi is coming soon, and here's everything you need to know.

Let there be light! Compact sterilizing pod uses UV light to kill bacteria

A new product called Ellie might make that task a bit easier for parents. The compact sterilizing pod, which uses ultraviolet light to eliminate harmful bacteria, was recently launched in an Indiegogo campaign.
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Rent the Runway is opening up a new flagship location, and it’s all about tech

Rent the Runway first became popular for bringing the catwalk onto your computer, but now, it's taking things offline again -- into its first flagship store. It's opening on December 6.

Use this tool to help you decide if the news you're reading is the real deal

In an attempt to make fake news a bit more ... flashy, a team from TechCrunch Disrupt London has created an algorithm that tells you when that "news" you're ready is not as newsy as you may think. It's called

Paper is so last century — reMarkable tablet aims to make it obsolete

Meet the reMarkable, a rather self-confidently named tablet now available for preorder geared towards folks who want the feel of paper, and the convenience of a tablet. It's slated to begin shipping next summer.
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Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity SpaceShipTwo makes a successful debut solo flight

It's been over 2 years since a tragic crash derailed the SpaceShipTwo program, but Virgin Galactic has rebounded with a successful glide test of its new space plane, VSS Unity.
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Will AI built by a ‘sea of dudes’ understand women? AI’s inclusivity problem

The programs written today will inform the systems built tomorrow. If designers all have one worldview, we can expect equally narrow-minded machines.

This smart mattress wants to help you get a better night’s sleep

For being so important, it really can be quite hard to get. We're talking, of course, about a good night's sleep. Here to help is Eight Sleep, who has just released a new smart mattress.
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Buzz Aldrin still recovering after emergency airlift from the South Pole

Buzz Aldrin had no trouble returning from the Apollo 11 moon flight back in 1969, but illness interrupted his most recent South Pole adventure and he required an emergency evacuation.
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Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Smart glasses and a bed that makes itself

Check out our roundup of the coolest crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You can't buy this stuff yet, but there's no denying that it's fun to gawk!

Olympic giant Michael Phelps takes aim at Silicon Valley

When you've won 28 Olympic gold medals, two things are for sure. You can't ever top that, and you've got cash to invest. Michael Phelps, please meet the companies of Silicon Valley.

Phantom limb pain may be addressed by computer games

As per a new study led by Max Ortiz Catalan of the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, amputees who engaged in computer games with a virtual on-screen arm reported relief from phantom pain.