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Amazon patents noise-blocking headphones that turn off with a keyword

Amazon patents noise-blocking headphones that turn off with a keyword

Last month, Amazon was granted a patent for a pair of noise-cancelling headphones that listen for a specific keyword in order to suspend the noise-cancelling feature. They could, it seems, be set up with something like your name as the keyword, causing the headphones to suspend the noise-cancelling aspect whenever someone nearby says your name. The headphones can also listen for specific noises or patterns of noises — a car horn, perhaps, for extra safety while jogging.

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Philips unveils new line of smart health wearables

Philips unveils new line of smart health wearables

Philips has announced a new line of connected wearable devices, including a blood pressure monitor, a health watch, body analysis scale, and an ear thermometer. According to the company, these are the first in a larger product line of smart health products, with each one being medical-grade and designed to work with the HealthSuite Health companion app. The company will be launching the four products on August 1.

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Diablo 3 patch 2.4.2 brings three new difficulty levels

Diablo 3 patch 2.4.2 brings three new difficulty levels

Diablo III owners will be getting patch 2.4.2 very soon, and with it will come a trio of new difficulty levels — levels XI, XII, and XIII. If that’s not enough to satisfy you, the patch will update existing items and add new items, including updates to a lot of Legendary and Set goods and additions to the Legendary items and powers. The update goes on from there, including some UI tweaks and some enhanced Adventure Mode rewards.

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Instagram will soon let all users filter and block comments

Instagram will soon let all users filter and block comments

Instagram will give all of its users the ability to moderate the comments on their posts, according to a new report, with the feature being set to rollout gradually soon and more broadly in the next handful of months. This news follows Instagram’s launch of comment moderation for businesses, something that allows them to block comments that contain words and phrases flagged as offensive. In this case, the planned moderation feature will be going live for high profile accounts first, aiding in the elimination of abuse and more.

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Batman: The Killing Joke can now be preordered on Blu-ray

Batman: The Killing Joke can now be preordered on Blu-ray

Warner Bros announced plans last year to create an animated adaption of “Batman: The Killing Joke,” an R-rated movie with Mark Hamill voicing the Joker. The movie made its limited theatrical debut this month as promised, giving the first round of fans a chance to catch the movie before everyone else. Now, for everyone who enjoyed it or haven't yet had a chance to see it, the Blu-ray and DVD versions are available for preorder from Amazon.

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Pokemon GO players get a German bridge to themselves

Pokemon GO players get a German bridge to themselves

Pokemon GO players in Germany now have a bridge (mostly) to themselves, a move made by the Mayor of Dusseldorf to address the large number of players who gather in the area. As it turns out, the Girardet bridge — which is normally open to both cars and people — has a Pokestop on both ends. Because of this, players tend to congregate on the bridge, and during those times it can become dangerous or difficult for cars to get through. As a solution, the city has put traffic directors in place to, when necessary, close down the bridge to vehicular traffic.

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Warcraft arrives on DVD and Blu-ray this September

Warcraft arrives on DVD and Blu-ray this September

Can't wait to grab the disc version of Warcraft for your movie collection? There's a little less than two months remaining before you can get the Warcraft DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD editions, per a new announcement. You can preorder the unit now if you want to make sure you get it as soon as possible, otherwise you'll be able to pick it up from your nearest retail store starting September 27.

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Facebook boosts birthday celebrations with next-day recap video

Facebook boosts birthday celebrations with next-day recap video

Facebook doesn’t make it easy to avoid having your birthday broadcast to all your friends; in fact, it has taken steps to boost birthday celebrations on the social network, including things like launching the Facebook Birthday Cam earlier this year. If you love the digital celebrations, then good news: Facebook has launched a new cheesy birthday recap video that takes at least three of your birthday well wishes and mashes them up into a cake-filled celebratory video.

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Apollo astronauts are dying from diseases caused by space radiation

Apollo astronauts are dying from diseases caused by space radiation

Florida State University Dean of the College of Human Sciences Michael Delp has detailed a sad reality affecting the Apollo astronauts: cardiovascular health issues caused by their exposure to space radiation. According to the study recently published in Scientific Reports, the astronauts who travelled into space as part of the lunar missions are largely suffering cardiovascular effects as a result, with 43-percent of the deceased individuals having died for reasons related to cardiovascular issues.

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OvRcharge wireless charger makes your phone levitate

OvRcharge wireless charger makes your phone levitate

We've seen levitating products with increasing frequency, one of the coolest ones being that Mars levitating speaker. Equally fascinating is a newly surfaced wireless phone charger that causes your smartphone to levitate above the charging base: OvRcharge. The device is being funded on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, where the company behind it, AR Designs, details the voodoo that makes this seemingly magical device work.

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UberCENTRAL lets companies book and pay for customer rides

UberCENTRAL lets companies book and pay for customer rides

Uber makes it possible for individuals to get to wherever they’re going whenever they want rather than on a specific shuttle or bus schedule. Still, there are those who can’t easily use the service for one reason or another, such as an elderly individual who may not own a smartphone or be comfortable using the mobile app. To help fill that void is UberCENTRAL, a central hub for companies to order rides for their customers and clients.

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Galaxy S7 and S7 edge get WiFi calling update on AT&T

Galaxy S7 and S7 edge get WiFi calling update on AT&T

AT&T has rolled out WiFi calling to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. The carrier announced the software update and its features on Wednesday, with WiFi calling being the big change that comes with it. The update is being delivered as firmware over the air (FOTA); if you have either handset on the carrier, you may have already seen it arrive, otherwise check your device for updates to grab the download.

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