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Siri’s creators just showed off Viv, a brilliant new AI assistant

Viv wants to be the one-stop place for you to interact with everything. Its creators want you to book a hotel or an Uber, send money to friends -- all through the digital assistant, instead of an app.
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Painted optical illusion road blocks trick drivers into slowing down near school zones in India

Painted optical illusion speed bumps are getting drivers to slow down in the school zones of Ahmedabad, India. The two-dimensional creations look like 3D road blocks from a distance, but reveal themselves as flat paintings when drivers get…
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ModiFace can show you what you look like in 20 years

You can already get a virtual makeover with ModiFace, but now, the app is applying augmented reality for the sake of health, not just aesthetics. On Monday, the virtual makeover app announced a new suite of skin-focused medical AR…
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Here's how to watch Mercury in transit

Mercury is on the move, friends, and it doesn't happen all that often. You know what that means -- time to get outside and "ooh" and "ahh" over one of nature's great miracles. We've broken down how for you.
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Springfree Trampoline featuring Tgoma encourages kids (and adults) to get bouncing

Springfree, the "world's safest trampoline" now comes complete with an app from Tgoma that turns the whole jumping experience into an interactive gaming system that encourages kids to be active.
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The anti-Uber: Karhoo levels the playing field for London’s old-school cabbies

In the unending battle between Uber and traditional taxi cabs, there's a new weapon at play. Its name is Karhoo, and it's a new app that just launched in the streets of London on behalf of cabs and cabbies.
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Canada is using drones to discover the cause of its massive wildfire

As the Fort McMurray wildfire continues to burn, the Canadian authorities are hoping drone technology will be able to help it determine exactly how the devastating blaze started.
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Samsung’s remarkable ‘sliding seat’ lets sports fans keep up with the action

Samsung's built a set of sliding seats that move up and down a sports field so fans can stay close to the action. The Slider will be unveiled at a major sports event in London later this month, and is set to give a few lucky spectators a…
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Nike’s microclimate chair heats and cools exactly where athletes need it 2:20

At first glance, it looks like a chair with ideas way above its station. But look closer and you'll see there's good reason for its outlandish design. This is Nike's "Microclimate Chair" with tech that it says can enhance the…
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This heated waterbed keeps you dry but makes you feel like you’re floating

Starpool’s Zerobody dry bed is a cross between a waterbed and heating pad that supposedly lets you feel like you're in a sensory deprivation tank, though without having to get wet.
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Could this massive, wind-powered skyscraper solve global warming?

Italian firm Paolo Venturella Architecture says the key to cooling the globe is to build a massive skyscraper that extends toward the sun and guides hot air away from Earth, lowering temperatures around the planet.