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Boston Dynamics’ freakish SpotMini is the robodog we secretly want 2:23

Robot dogs are not new, unless Boston Dynamics is making one, at which point things get pretty weird. Plus: YouTube goes live, Uber stops playing the surge game - sort of.
Cool Tech

Green city or ghost city? Masdar a failed experiment in sustanainble planning

The Abu Dhabi government had high hopes for what was once heralded as the "city of possibilities," but over the last decade, Masdar has proven to be anything but that.
Cool Tech

This scrappy Russian startup is beating Google and Facebook at facial recognition

“We have found a special type of internal architecture for neural networks, that perfectly fits the face recognition tasks,” NTechLab CEO and founder Artem Kukharenko tells Digital Trends. And they're putting it to work!
Virtual Reality

Oculus drops DRM check from Store software, leaving modders free to play games on Vive

Oculus VR has updated its Home software, taking the surprising step of removing the headset check from its DRM. That means that modders can make games work on the Vive or other headsets, which may mend some bridges in the community.
Movies & TV

Ignore the rumors: Lucasfilm pres says ‘Rogue One’ reshoots won’t alter character of film

There have been some wild rumors emerging from the set of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy addressed concerns over the much-discussed reshoots in a recent interview.
Cool Tech

Meet Toru, the German robot that’s picking through your packages

German Robot Toru is designed to navigate warehouses, identify single objects, such as an envelope or book, and use an artificial “tongue” and “arm” to hold surrounding objects in place as it picks the desired parcel from the shelf.
Virtual Reality

Oculus’ head of content thinks VR exclusives are better for everyone

Oculus has been aggressive in its recent attempts to secure exclusive games, and now the company's head of content has aired his thoughts on why it's good not just for Oculus, but for VR as an industry.
Home Theater

Streaming woes? Sources claim Netflix could offer offline viewing by year’s end

While some companies like Amazon offer the ability to temporarily download shows or movies for offline viewing, Netflix doesn't. That could be set to change,as Penthera says the company could offer offline viewing by the end of the year.
Home Theater

Drop the bass for days on end with the Geek Beats Jolt5 Bluetooth speaker 2:31

Designed by geeks, for geeks, the Geek Beats Jolt5 Bluetooth speaker is meant to make your life easier by filling it with hours of music despite everything life throws at it -- a high-water mark it succeeds at admirably indeed.
Computing

Arrival of Android apps for ChromeOS forces introduction of new storage manager

An upcoming features lets Chrome OS users see how much space remains on hard drives, and what's taking up that space. This points to an app-filled future for Google's OS, long reliant entirely on web browsing.
Computing

Get your GPUs ready: New DX12 3Dmark demo is just around the corner

As you might expect from any graphical demo produced by futuremark, the trailer for its new 3Dmark demo is astoundingly pretty. It even includes just about every one of the 3Dmark demos from its history in glass cases.
Home Theater

Turn your Windows 10 tablet into the ultimate remote with new Roku app

Roku has offered a Windows 8 app for some time, but now the company is releasing an app for Windows 10 laptops and tablets. It features remote control functions and Cortana support.