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Hulu’s live streaming TV service will include Turner networks

Hulu’s live streaming TV service will include Turner networks

Following rumors about such plans, Hulu confirmed back in May that it will be launching its own live streaming TV service, something similar in nature to Sling TV and PlayStation Vue. Following this, Time Warner cable has announced that it will soon be a 10-percent owner of Hulu, and that the latter company will offer Turner networks on its live TV service. Those networks will span many categories, including things like Cartoon Network, TBS, TNT, CNN, Adult Swim, and Turner Classic Movies, among others.

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Chrome for Android now loads videos faster and uses less energy

Chrome for Android now loads videos faster and uses less energy

Chrome for Android is now up to version 52, and with it comes a handful of benefits, not the least of which is demonstrably faster video load speeds. Per a demonstration video Google posted, the browser now loads a YouTube video five times faster than before, and the playback is smoother than it was in the previous version. As well, video playback is now more energy efficient, meaning you won’t see your phone or tablet’s battery die so quickly.

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Moon Express gets permission to land on the moon in 2017

Moon Express gets permission to land on the moon in 2017

Moon Express has made history as the first private enterprise to get U.S. government permission for traveling to and landing on the moon. The planned mission, which still has some hurdles to overcome and will be of the unmanned variety, is currently scheduled to happen next year, and will involve Moon Express putting a robotic spacecraft of some sort on the lunar surface. The approval has been a long time coming, and includes involvement from the White House, Federal Aviation Administration, NASA, and the State Department.

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WOOLF wearable for bikers warns when you’re speeding

WOOLF wearable for bikers warns when you’re speeding

WOOFL is a wearable wrist band made from Italian leather and designed specifically for bikers, aiming to prevent them from getting speeding tickets. The wearable uses vibrations to alert the wearer of any speed issues, doing so in conjunction with a mobile device and sensors that track things like speed. Fast vibrations mean you’re very close to an area where you need to be extra careful — somewhere with a known speed camera, for example.

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‘The Division’ is being turned into a movie

‘The Division’ is being turned into a movie

Ubisoft has announced that the wildly popular video game ‘The Division’ will be turned into a movie staring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain. The movie will be made by Ubisoft Motion Pictures and both Chastain and Gyllenhaal’s own production companies Nine Stories and Freckle Films. What storyline will the movie focus on? Ubisoft won't say, teasing instead that "we'll have to wait to find out what avenues the film will explore."

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Rithmio EDGE app uses Android Wear to track weightlifting

Rithmio EDGE app uses Android Wear to track weightlifting

Assuming you already have an Android Wear smartwatch and you enjoy lifting weights, there’s a new app for you: Rithmio EDGE. The app works with Android Wear to track the wearer’s weightlifting sessions and provide snapshots of how their fitness goals are progressing. The app aims to take the hassle out of workout tracking by learning what moves you’re performing and automatically adding them to the day’s workout log, among other things.

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Google Project Wing drone delivery testing will take place in US

Google Project Wing drone delivery testing will take place in US

Google has been given the go-ahead to test its Project Wing delivery drones in the United States, permission announced by the White House itself to highlight research in the field of UAVs. The Project Wing testing is set to eclipse Amazon’s own drone testing, becoming the currently largest drone delivery trials in the U.S. Google will be given access to one of half a dozen drone testing sites approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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HoloLens now available to all developers in US and Canada

HoloLens now available to all developers in US and Canada

Microsoft has announced that all developers in the United States and Canada can now buy their own HoloLens Development Edition headsets (up to five units each). Says the company, interested buyers don’t have to submit an application; business customers can also get their hands on the device. The announcement coincides with the introduction of the Microsoft HoloLens Commercial Suite, a set of features tailored specifically to business users.

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Lenovo plans to offer Endless OS laptop in Mexico

Lenovo plans to offer Endless OS laptop in Mexico

Lenovo plans to offer a low-cost laptop in Mexico soon, shedding the Windows operating system in favor of Endless OS, which is available freely for anyone to download. The laptop will be one of its more budget-friendly models, the Lenovo B41-30, helping the entire product hit a modest price point for buyers who are as concerned about cost as they are usability. Endless OS includes dozens of app preinstalled, all of them targeted at the average consumer's needs.

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IOFIT smart golf shoes launch on Kickstarter

IOFIT smart golf shoes launch on Kickstarter

IOFIT, a Samsung spinoff, has launched its previously unveiled smart golf shoes, doing so on Kickstarter where it aims to raise $30,000 in funds. The shoes, as we’ve detailed in the past, use smart technology to determine the force put on specific parts of the soles, as well as the overall balance of the golfer who is wearing them. This data is available on a mobile device like a smartphone or tablet, allowing the player to immediately see their own data, compare it to the data of other golfers, and more.

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Philips Nitro audio line uses LED lights to show the music

Philips Nitro audio line uses LED lights to show the music

Philips has a new line of audio products called Nitro, and the line presently has three products in it: the NTX400 tower speaker, the HX50 headphones, and the HX10 earbuds. All three items are unique because of the colorful LED lights embedded in them. When you listen to music, these LEDs illuminate and keep pace with the music, making your tunes visible for yourself and anyone else who’s around to enjoy.

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Urbanista Seattle headphones let you share your music

Urbanista Seattle headphones let you share your music

Swedish company Urbanista has announced a new pair of headphones called “Seattle.” The Seattle headphones have an on-ear foldable construction with a fairly plain design and, in the case of three out of four models, a single-color scheme. The company hails this as Scandinavian minimalism, and it does hold its own sort of appeal compared to the myriad of complex, flashy alternatives. The headphones are designed for modern users, and as such has an integrated microphone for taking calls, as well an interesting social feature.

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