Category Archives: Gadgets

Watch a SpaceX Falcon 9 take off from NASA's historic launch pad

SpaceX’s February 18th launch is an ISS resupply mission carrying quite a few new instruments and scientific experiments. One of them is Raven, a module that will test technologies designed for autonomous rendezvous in space. It has three different sensors that can image and track the vehicles visiting the ISS. Raven will convert those images […]

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Germany bans creepy doll over privacy concerns

German watchdog group the Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway) warns that hackers can use Cayla to steal personal data through an unsecured Bluetooth connection. It’s already removed the doll from store shelves, and it’s encouraging parents to take precautions. “Items that conceal cameras or microphones and that are capable […]

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Barbie becomes a hologram version of herself

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Yes, after pulling herself out of her 1950’s rut as a swimsuit model to become everything from a doctor, lawyer, computer scientist, astronaut and even the president of the United States, Barbie has now become a 3D-animated hologram that can serve up the weather on command. As first reported in Wired, The Hello Barbie Hologram debuted at the […]

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YouTube will do away with unskippable 30-second ads next year

If you’re not paying for YouTube Red, you’re likely used to the many different types of advertising the video service features. But next year, one of the more irritating formats will be going away. YouTube says that it’ll stop supporting “unskippable” 30-second pre-video advertisements in favor of shorter formats. A YouTube spokesperson confirmed the change […]

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Cravin’ a Shavin’? We Review 4 Electric Razors for Men

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Beards are all the rage right now, but for the baby-faced, facial hair just looks wrong. Photos of my misguided mid-’90s goatee back this up. But just because you might want a hairless chin doesn’t mean you want bother of shaving with a razor. Solution: The electric razor, Jacob Schick’s 1923 invention and the morning […]

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Alphabet won't need all those internet balloons after all

Back in September, the project’s engineers showed how the system learned to ride air currents and stay in place over one area for months at a time. “The reason this is so exciting,” Teller elaborated during a press conference at X’s Mountain View headquarters, “is we can now run an experiment and try to give […]

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Oxsight uses augmented reality to aid the visually impaired

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One percent of the world’s population, approximately 70 million people, are blind. That is not a huge number when you think of it in terms of a potential use base for a consumer product, but it is massive when you consider that there are currently few assistive technologies available as an aid to make the […]

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Verizon buys Skyward, a drone operations company

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Forget about Yahoo for a minute. Verizon just announced it has acquired Skyward, a drone operations and management company based out of Portland, Oregon for an undisclosed amount. Verizon says Skyward will help developers and businesses better create and manage drones that also happen to utilize Verizon’s mobile network services and infrastructure. Skyward had raised […]

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The Cute Robot That Follows You Around and Schleps All Your Stuff

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In the summer months of 2015, Jeffrey Schnapp and a few of his colleagues started collecting rideables. The hoverboard craze was in full swing, and OneWheels and Boosteds were showing up on roads and sidewalks. Schnapp and his co-founders rode, drove, and crashed everything they could find. For Schnapp, a Harvard professor and longtime technologist […]

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Play 'NBA 2K17' and 'Rocket League' for free on Xbox this weekend

Still, for those who have yet to own arguably the best multiplayer game of this console generation, free Rocket League is perfect weekend-fodder. Thanks to its unique premise, the game quickly became a sleeper-hit. Featuring colorful physics-based gameplay that pits two teams of rocket-powered cars against each other, Rocket League tasks players with scoring the […]

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