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Pokémon Go one-year anniversary: Last July, the world was introduced to Niantic‘s famous game. It broke download records and still has around 65 million active users. Are you one of them?
Facial Recognition and OLED screens in the new iPhone?: Another week, another set of rumors about the upcoming newest edition of Apple’s iPhone. Touch ID is reportedly on it’s way out of the newest update, with a new 3D Facial Recognition system to possibly take over. Could the fact that the camera would always be on, be a deterring factor? Also, Apple may be buying a massive amount of OLED screens from Samsung.
Red introduces the Hydrogen One: Digital Cinema and very high end cameras have been Red’s forte, up until now. They have just put the Hydrogen One, Android-powered smartphone on presale. Is the promise of a holographic screen enough or you to shell out $1200?
Augmented Reality for Bicyclists: Augmented Reality is still in it’s infancy, but new adaptions are popping up all the time. A company from Israel is now adapting cutting edge technology used by Fighter Jet Pilots, to help out Bicyclists. The AR Goggles are pretty incredible and are giving us a look at what kind of advantages can be gained.
Should AI receive Human Rights?: This is a very important discussion to have, as we rapidly progress towards AI that truly thinks for itself. There are strong arguments for either side and a lot of common ground at the same time.
The saga of the Chinese ‘Straddling Bus’: The incredible demonstration of a possible new solution to mass transit, the ‘Transit Elevated Bus’. A viral video spurred $1.3 billion in investments, but now something seems to be up with the company that raised the funds.
Hulu bolsters it’s catalog: The streaming service now offers live television, in addition to premium options such as Showtime and HBO. If you’re thinking of cutting the cord, it’s worth checking out their new offers.
Steph repels down a building: Stephanie Stricklen will be repelling down a building in downtown Portland, LIVE on Facebook, on Friday, July 14th. Would you be willing to do the same?

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