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Laser scan analysis reveals that trees ‘sleep’ at night, perk up to catch sunlight during day

Feel like the forest is closing in on you at night? That creepy feeling you experience may be more than just your imagination. A new research study from Hungary suggests our forest friends may be resting their limbs at night by allowing…
Home Theater

Google has officially discontinued the Nexus Player, its set-top box

The Android TV platform may be going strong, but the Nexus Player isn't -- in fact, as of Tuesday, the device has been discontinued. It's unknown exactly why the device has been discontinued.

Police departments in smaller cities getting real-time street surveillance centers

High tech street surveillance centers are coming to smaller cities to fight crime. Often funded by drug forfeiture money and federal grants, the tech centers enable real-time information transfer to officers on the street.
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Some crazy California distillery is making vodka with San Francisco’s fog

Fog is familiar to Bay Area residents, whose days are often graced by the famous phenomenon. Now, thanks to Hangar 1’s Fog Point vodka, people from around the world can enjoy the low-hanging clouds late at night as well.

Apple to rehire security expert in wake of showdown with FBI

Apple said its upcoming iPhone and iCloud services would be more secure thanks to its recent showdown with the FBI. Now, the Cupertino, California, company has rehired security expert Jon Callas.

Meet the camera that shows you a stranger’s images instead of your own

A French artist and engineer has created a wacky Raspberry Pi-powered camera that not only doesn't show you the image you took, but instead display someone else's from Google Image search.

Survey: More than half of consumers want to put the brakes on driverless cars

A pair of University of Michigan surveys conducted 10 months apart show no change in Americans' feelings toward driverless cars. Only 15 percent want totally driverless cars, with more than half preferring cars with no self-driving…
Movies & TV

New 'Creating Warcraft' featurette looks at adapting the game to film

Turning a popular game franchise like Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft into a movie is no small feat. In a new featurette, director Duncan Jones and other crew members open up about adapting the game to film.

The Philips Hue collection expands, white ambiance lights now available

Adding to its already impressive collection of Hue light bulbs, Philips has added a line of white ambiance bulbs which can mimic the movement of the sun. Announced in March, the bulbs are now available.

Alphabet exec Eric Schmidt uses an iPhone, but thinks the Galaxy S7 is better

Given his deep involvement with Google, it's somewhat of a surprise to hear that Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt actually uses an iPhone -- and he's proud of it. Still, the former Google CEO says Samsung's Galaxy S7 is the superior…

NYC-based Gett picks up a $300 million investment from Volkswagen

Staying relevant in the automotive industry seems increasingly tied to the ride-sharing industry, and now, Volkswagen Group has become the latest to join the foray. Volkswagen has made a $300 million strategic investment in Gett.

FBI finally warns private businesses about snooping KeySweeper devices

The FBI has issued a warning to private businesses about KeySweeper, a gadget revealed in January 2015 that looks like a mobile device charger but sniffs out and captures keystrokes transmitted by wireless keyboards from…