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NASA tech that converts heat into electricity may recharge your car battery one day

NASA has licensed thermoelectric material -- material that converts heat into electricity -- for commercialization. It may make its way into cars, manufacturing plants, and more.

This suitcase-style record player looks like it belongs to a secret agent

The suitcase-style record player is making a comeback, and now Electrohome is offering its take on the retro design with this highly affordable fold-up job known as the Archer.
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MakerBot lays off 20 percent of its staff and closes its three retail locations

MakerBot, one of the most recognizable names in the world of 3D printing, has laid off 20 percent of its staff in one fell swoop. The company is calling the move a “reorganization” to better align to what matters most to its customers.

Listen to Garbage jam, Ava Luna mix musical styles, and more with out top 5 songs to stream

Not sure what new music to listen to? We'll let you know what new tracks and albums dropping this week that are are worth using your bandwidth on. Up this week: Ava Luna, Garbage, Crystal Castles, and more.

Steam cracks down on spammers, restricting new accounts until users pay up

Steam users have likely noticed a recent influx of spammers sending bogus friend invites and trade requests. To fight this increase in spam, Valve is limiting new accounts until users pay at least $5 USD.

A cluster of lenses is better than one: Startup to bring super cameras to smartphones in 2016

Smartphone photography has come a long way, but photos you can snap with your phone still fall short of photos you can snap with a DSLR camera. A startup called Light has a way to bridge that gap: a cluster of small lenses each coupled with…

Good news, Aliens: NASA’s MRV is bringing sideways performance to a planet near you

NASA’s Modular Robotic Vehicle, or MRV, is a battery-electric people-carrier designed for transport on other planets. The agency has released a test video of the MRV, which shows off the vehicle’s lateral driving prowess.
Movies & TV

Looking for something good to watch? Check out Hot Fuzz and four more films to stream

How are you going to get through this week? By pulling up your favorite streaming service and queueing the finest films and TV shows available now. Up this week: Hot Fuzz, Goodbye to Language, and more.

One gamer has made an OnLive alternative in preparation for its end

Larry Gadea, an OnLive gamer, posted a blog update on April 12 detailing how to create your own gaming cloud service. This comes on the heels of OnLive's announcement that it will be ending its service on April 30.

Bing now powers 1 in 5 desktop searches in the US

Which search engine are you using these days? Google might have the upper hand in terms of global statistics, but Microsoft's Bing is starting to make significant inroads in the United States.
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WhatsApp hits 800m active users, could top a billion by year’s end

Messaging app WhatsApp is now used by 800 million people globally, founder Jan Koum said Friday. At its current growth rate, the Facebook-owned cross-platform service looks set to top a billion users by year's end.