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The Marine Corps is ready for laser weapons, but officials say they need to shrink them first

The Marine Corp is only the latest division of the Armed Forces to express interest in directed energy weapons, but current systems are just too big. That may change soon, however.
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Man brings retro Curta calculator back to life by 3D printing one over 18 months

Charlotte, North Carolina-based software engineer Marcus Wu has used his 3D-printing prowess to bring the vintage Curta calculator back to life -- over the course of 18 months and 240 printed parts.
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Case IH’s self-driving tractors are the Terminators of the agricultural world

Anyone who thought Google’s puny self-driving car was the most badass autonomous vehicle around has clearly never seen agricultural equipment manufacturer Case IH’s newly unveiled robotic tractor.
Podcasts

Trends with Benefits: IFA, iPhone 7, and SpaceX’s no good, very bad day

Excitement for next week's iPhone 7 unveiling is peaking and the latest set of very credible rumors are certainly worth talking about on this week's show.
Home

You can videoconference like never before with Hello

Meet Hello, branded as an affordable, all-in-one, 4K TV communication platform that connects to any television set and allows you to control your smart home or office devices with your voice.
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Luigi the robot ventures into the sewers so you don't have to

MIT's Underworlds project has resulted in Luigi, a sewer-diving robot, capable of acting as a smart, remote control sampling pole by venturing into manholes, controlled via iPhone app.
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We found the best 4 hoverboards (and how to avoid the ones that explode)

With widespread reports of cheap, knock-off Chinese hoverboards exploding, these self-balancing scooters may be getting a rough reputation. They're not all bad, though. Ride in style with our picks for the best -- and safest -- hoverboards
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Self-cleaning towel uses the natural power of silver and bamboo

Powered by natural antibacterial agents silver and bamboo, this is the world’s first dermatologist-recommended self-cleaning towel. And it's hoping to clean up on Kickstarter as well.
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‘Alexa, what’s in the news?’ Your Echo will now read you Digital Trends headlines

Starting today, you can get the latest headlines from Digital Trends and others directly through the new Alexa Flash Briefings feature.
Business

Walmart is cutting 7,000 jobs due to automation, and it’s not alone

The World Economic Forum warned of a "Fourth Industrial Revolution" involving the rise of the machine in the workforce, and the latest company to lend credence to that claim is Walmart, which is cutting 7,000 jobs on account of automation.
Deals

Hubsan H501S X4 quadricopter packs an array of drone tech into a $260 package

The Hubsan H501S X4 quadricopter offers first-person-view flying for just $260. A built-in 1080p camera facilitates capturing aerial videos, whereas a multitude of flying modes were designed to suit novice and intermediate pilots alike.
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Chinese firm Qihan launches robotics-as-a-service with Sanbot

We met Qihan's cute Sanbot, a sensor-packed domestic robot that it's launching as part of a robotics-as-a-service model for businesses in health care, education, and security. It can navigate, answer questions, dance, and more.