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GeniCan smart garbage can builds your next shopping list

GeniCan smart garbage can builds your next shopping list

A new smart home appliance has just cropped up, and it aims to make throwing out your kitchen waste a convenience. It’s called GeniCan, and it is a smart device that attaches to the top of your existing kitchen trash can. When an item is thrown away, the GeniCan scans the product and adds it to a growing shopping list for the next time you go shopping. It eliminates the need to write things down on a shopping list, and is joined by a few convenient features like finding coupons for the product (if available), and more.

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BitTorrent confirms layoffs: 40 workers rumored gone

BitTorrent confirms layoffs: 40 workers rumored gone

BitTorrent has been putting a lot of work into growing, and it has seemingly been progressing well with its BitTorrent Originals entertainment effort and BitTorrent Sync, among other things. Sources have cropped up to reveal that things may not be going so well behind closed doors, however, and they claim that yesterday the company laid off “dozens” of employees. The move was said to be in an effort to focus on a smaller bunch of products, and to “streamline business operations”.

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‘Warcraft’ movie pushed to summer 2016

‘Warcraft’ movie pushed to summer 2016

We’ve known for a while now that a movie based on World of Warcraft was in the works, but those who are eager to see it will have to wait a wee bit longer. Universal has decided to shift around the dates for a few upcoming movies, and one of them is “Warcraft”, the film based on Blizzard Entertainment’s popular game. Previously the movie was scheduled to arrive in theaters on March 11, 2016, but now with the schedule change it has been bumped a few months ahead to June 10.

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2016 Chevy Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition to offer 650 horsepower

2016 Chevy Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition to offer 650 horsepower

Today Chevrolet announced the upcoming arrival of its 2016 Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition, a limited edition rendition of its Corvette Racing C7.R racers. The car won’t be available until some time later on this year, and only 500 units will be made. When they do arrive, however, they’ll be offered in black and yellow livery with accents and interiors to match. Included with the models will be “a specially serialized” vehicle identification number, marking its limited-edition uniqueness, as well as the Z07 Performance Package.

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NASA and UrtheCast partner to bring livestreaming from ISS

NASA and UrtheCast partner to bring livestreaming from ISS

UrtheCast, a Vancouver company, announced a new partnership with NASA on Thursday that will soon bring livestreaming video footage from the International Space Station, giving the public a birds-eye view of the planet so they can see what the astronauts see. The video footage will be fed to UrtheCast's own Web platform starting this summer from NASA's high-definition earth-viewing system, more commonly referred to as NASA's HDEV.

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Nextear wireless earbuds include multi-purpose case

Nextear wireless earbuds include multi-purpose case

Earbuds used to be the ultimate audio convenience, but they’re not anymore. The cable is an unwanted shackle between smartphone and ears, and while Bluetooth earbuds eliminate that tether, they don’t often eliminate the actual wire. Nextear is different, being two individual and entirely wire-free earbuds that work together to produce stereo audio. They come with a case that features an integrated battery for charging the earbuds while on the go, but it does more than that — the case is multi-purpose, and brings with it several features including an LED flashlight.

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Black Pearl motorcycle is a steampunk locomotive bike

Black Pearl motorcycle is a steampunk locomotive bike

Steampunk has a faithful following, and so it isn’t surprising that every now and again we see a steam powered contraption pop up. The latest is called the Black Pearl, and it is a motorcycle styled after an old steam-powered locomotive. It’s not just a pretty shell, however; the Black Pearl is powered by a literal steam engine. It was made by Revatu Customs, a Dutch company, and it was recently shown off at the Bigtwin Bike Show in Holland.

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Wren V5US wireless speaker includes AirPlay, Play-Fi, aptX Bluetooth

Wren V5US wireless speaker includes AirPlay, Play-Fi, aptX Bluetooth

Wren has introduced a new wireless speaker, and it hails it as a unique offering due to its inclusion of Apple AirPlay, aptX Bluetooth, and DTS Play-Fi, something said to be the first of its kind. It's the Wren V5US (universal) speaker, and it can serve the needs of just about any user, where that user prefers AirPlay or Bluetooth. The myriad wireless support is coupled with an attractive, somewhat conservative design available in two colors. The speaker itself is available now through Wren and its authorized dealers for $499 USD.

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Researchers: thinking causes some brain cancers to grow faster

Researchers: thinking causes some brain cancers to grow faster

Researchers have discovered something a bit terrifying: the mere act of thinking causes some cancerous brain tumors to grow faster, with a paper detailing the phenomenon pointing specifically to high-grade gliomas. These tumors are said to account for 80-percent or so of the malignant brain tumors found in humans, and they are often very difficult to treat. Discovering the role brain activity plays in fueling their growth, however, will aid in the development of future treatments and a potential cure.

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Microsoft’s Q3 financials show continued PC market slump

Microsoft’s Q3 financials show continued PC market slump

Microsoft's third-quarter 2015 financial report is in, and overall it shows good things for the company. Not all was stars and sunshine, however, and it suffered in the same area many of it competitors have been feeling the squeeze: PCs. The PC market has been in a slump for a while now, suffering from the proliferation of mobile devices and a consumer trend away from traditional computers, and no exception was made for Microsoft, which saw its Windows revenue decline sharply.

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