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Weekly Rewind: The tech trends changing the world, the latest in Apple’s battle with Qualcomm, the bot that feeds your pets

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A lot can happen in a week when it comes to tech. The constant onslaught of news makes it nigh impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of this week’s top 10 tech stories, from what else to watch on Hulu (other than The Handmaid’s Tale) to everything you need to know about artificial intelligence — it’s all here.

5 tech trends that will change the world in 2017

2016 also had its share of important technological breakthroughs that changed how we live, work, and play. Virtual reality made a big comeback in 2016 and is sure to get even hotter this year. Virtual assistants moved out of our cell phones and into our homes, and smart home technologies may have finally broken through to the mainstream. So what do we expect in the new year? There’s a myriad of tech trends we’re watching that will change the world once again in 2017; here’s the top five you should keep an eye on.

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Your wireless carriers are doing better, and we have the numbers to prove it

People hate their wireless carriers, yet we put up with them anyway. Alongside death, taxes, and the Star Wars prequels, wireless carriers are something we must accept. While they’re trying to repent their ways with new plans, deals, and enticing features, carriers in America are still capable of displeasing their customers. But if you look at wireless companies in other countries, and the actions of our carriers from a few years ago, you start to realize something: U.S. carriers are charging less than they were before, and they’re more in line with their European and Asian counterparts.

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Demystifying artificial intelligence: Here’s everything you need to know about AI

Crazy singularities, robot rebellions, falling in love with computers … artificial intelligence conjures up a multitude of wild what-ifs. But in the real world, AI involves machine learning, deep learning, and many other programmable capabilities that we’re just beginning to explore. Let’s put the fantasy stuff on hold — at least for now — and talk about this real-world AI. Here’s how it works, and where it’s going.

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Guess who Mitsubishi hired to turn its first production car into a plug-in hybrid

Mitsubishi celebrates 100 years in the car business this year, and instead of a cake, it’s cooked up a rather unusual custom car idea. The Japanese automaker commissioned West Coast Customs — the shop made famous on Pimp My Ride — to customize its first production car, the 1917 Model A. While Xzibit probably won’t be involved with this one, the century-old ride will get some unusual modifications.

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When you run out of TV shows to binge, check out these great movies on Hulu

The streaming wars seem destined to rage on forever, which is great news for cinephiles eager to expand their horizons. Hulu, once merely an upstart among a swath of veteran broadcasters, now features a particularly robust library of films to choose from. As with any catalog, however, Sturgeon’s law still applies, and it might seem difficult to find the real gems housed within Hulu’s massive library. That said, our strictly curated list is a one-stop guide to the best, smartest, and most intriguing films currently streaming on the platform.

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Canned food-opening robot wants to feed your pets in your absence

Do you trust a robot arm to be able to exhibit the kind of fine-grain precision movement needed to not only open a can and pop its lid, but also to place its contents neatly into a bowl and eject it? What better, lower-stakes way to test such cutting-edge innovation than by placing it in control of keeping your beloved pet alive while you’re away on vacation? PawBot boasts a touchscreen LCD display for selecting the times to feed your furry friend.

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Apple vs. Qualcomm: Everything you need to know

Qualcomm is back on the offensive after Apple decided to suspend royalty payments to the chip manufacturer. Bloomberg reports the company will soon make a request to the International Trade Commission to prevent the importation of iPhones into the U.S. The American market comprises 40 percent of Apple’s total sales, Bloomberg notes, and the iPhone is responsible for 60 percent of its global revenue. Here’s everything you need to know about the lawsuit battle so far.

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How 8K cams and torpedo tech made ‘Guardians Vol. 2’ a big-screen blast

his week, the galaxy’s eccentric saviors return in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which promises another spectacular story from director James Gunn set in the colorful corners of Marvel’s cinematic universe. In order to make it more than just spectacle, however, Gunn and Marvel Studios recruited veteran cinematographer Henry Braham as the film’s director of photography. Digital Trends spoke to Braham about his approach to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and the experience of making his first foray into Marvel Studios’ blockbuster movie-verse.

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Surfer Kai Lenny reinvents the boogie board by adding a hydrofoil to it

Water and Kai Lenny go hand in hand, so when the 24-year-old surfer injures his ankle, he finds a way to keep going. Since surfing could worsen the injury, Lenny has turned to the good, old-fashioned boogie board. To spice it up a little, his version happens to have a hydrofoil attached to it. Lenny injured his ankle while windsurfing a few weeks ago. Itching to get back in the water, he used his down time to create what he is calling the Boogie Foil.

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Exclusive: CeeLo Green bares his soul on remix of Childish Gambino’s ‘Redbone’

CeeLo Green is one of music’s most enigmatic characters, someone who is as likely to drop dozens of lyrics about his favorite MCs as he is to show up to the Grammys covered in gold. So when he sends you a text message of a new song at 2 a.m., you are not shocked — you are excited. That is how CeeLo’s remix of Childish Gambino’s infectious Redbone ended up at Digital Trends — and it’s now being shared with the world.

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The Oura Ring 4 just leaked. Here’s what it looks like
A person holding the Oura Ring 3rd generation Heritage model.

It’s been nearly three years since the Oura Ring 3 was released. Now, new certification suggests the Oura Ring 4 could be released very soon.

As Android Authority reports, an Oura Ring with the model number “OA11” has been uncovered. The purported images of the next Oura Ring are for a size 10 model. As you can see, the Oura Ring 4 looks to be sticking with a flat design like its predecessor. This contrasts with the recently announced Samsung Galaxy Ring, which has a concave structure.

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Whatever you do, don’t buy this smart ring
A person wearing the Circular Ring Slim smart ring.

Revisiting a product, sometimes months down the line after I initially reviewed it, can be really enjoyable. I found I still liked the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro when I wore it for weeks again. And I realized that the Amazon Fire Max 11 is still a fantastic purchase a year after I first tried it out. So, when a revised Circular Ring Slim came along after a few months, I was very keen to get it back on my finger.

You see, the first Circular Ring Slim has one of the lowest scores I’ve ever given to a product in a review, and I really wanted to change it for the better. Unfortunately, I gave the Ring Slim a second chance, and it rewarded me with just as much disappointment as — plus a little bit more than — the first time around.
Does it look any different?
Small scratches are already visible on the edge. Andy Boxall / Digital Trends

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A popular Samsung app is missing from the Galaxy Z Fold 6 and Flip 6
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If you’re a Samsung user with the Galaxy Z Flip 6 or Galaxy Z Fold 6, you may have noticed a popular Samsung app missing. According to Max Winebach on X (formerly Twitter), Samsung has removed the preinstalled Samsung Messages app in favor of moving everyone over to Google Messages with RCS enabled default.

Winebach posted the full message from the Samsung Members app, which suggests that the change only applies to the Flip 6, Fold 6, and newer models, which would be anything upcoming in Samsung’s future lineup, like the anticipated Galaxy S25 series. Digital Trends' mobile section editor Joe Maring also confirmed that Samsung Messages is not on the Fold 6 or Flip 6 by default.

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