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Google to test fly its crazy Internet balloons over Australia

Google is continuing to make progress with its bold plan to use high-altitude balloon to deliver Internet connectivity to remote areas of the planet, with a new round of test flights scheduled to take place in Australia next month.

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Awesome tech you can’t buy yet, for the week of November 16, 2014

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 it sure is fun to gawk!

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Tailio turns your cat's litter box into a smart health monitor

Cat lovers: Your kitty’s litter box doesn’t have to be just a dumb sandbox of unpleasant treasures. Thanks to the Tailio, litter boxes can now be turned into smart monitors that tell cat owners about the health of their feline friends.

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Starved of sunlight, Philae Lander goes into sleep mode

The Philae Lander on board Comet 67P has taken some incredible images and recorded some valuable data, but thanks to its sheltered landing spot and a lack of sunlight, it's now hibernating.

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Watch inspired by bats and moths uses sonar and vibrations to guide the blind, costs $60

Professors and students at Wake Forest University have created a watch that mimics the echolocation tactics used by bats and moths to help visually impaired wearers know when they’re getting close to an obstacle in their path.

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Some developers are giving up on Google Glass, says report

Google Glass faces an uncertain future if the software companies Reuters has been speaking to are any indication — but Google says it remains committed to the device and other wearables.

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These cans don’t just turn any surface into a speaker, they sound good doing it

Revolution Acoustics has developed a different kind of transducer that can convert nearly any surface into a (potentially) giant speaker that seemingly creates invisible audio. We go hands on with the system in this video to find out if it's all it's cracked…

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Sharp’s 736-pixel-per-inch display packs more pixels than any other

Sharp made a super pixel-dense screen that's just the right size for a smartphone. the 4.1-inch IGZO screen sports a pixel density of 736 pixels-per-inch. It's the most high-resolution screen of its size.


The U.S. government is building the world’s fastest supercomputers

Summit and Sierra are two supercomputers that the U.S. government is working on. Learn more about what they'll be able to do here.


Samsung's counting on curves in the right places to sell its expensive future smartphones

Samsung has a new plan to make us want to buy its more expensive smartphones. It's to introduce curvier touchscreens, just like that seen on the new Galaxy Note Edge, to make its hardware more desirable.


Philae landed in a bad spot. Now it can't drill, and might run out of power soon

Philae had a bit of trouble touching down on the comet's surface, and now, unless the ESA can figure out a way to reposition the lander, the mission might end sooner than expected.

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Heating your home with cloud servers could be bigger in Germany than David Hasselhoff

A German cloud service supplier has developed an intelligent way to use excess heat produced by servers as an alternative energy source.


See the Teenage Wasteland: Behind the scenes of The Who's upcoming Oculus Rift VR app

The Who, celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, are bringing their music and some related content to the Oculus Rift via an app gives users an immersive dive into the band’s legacy.


Amazon looks set to ramp up Prime Air development at new R&D base in UK

In a bid to attract local talent in a city that's been steadily making a name for itself in the tech world, Amazon will reportedly open a huge R&D center in Cambridge, UK, geared toward developing its Prime Air delivery drones.

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