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Five things to know about the Lenovo Yoga 3 11

Five things to know about the Lenovo Yoga 3 11

Lenovo has a new Yoga laptop, the Yoga 3 11 (because it's, you know, an 11-inch model), which we’ve recently detailed in a full review. In case you missed it, we’re back with the most pertinent highlights about the system, the things you’re likely to want to know before you make the plunge — both good and bad. And, make no mistake, there are a lot of things to like about this tiny laptop. Like what, you ask? Read on to find out.

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Five Nights at Freddy’s short video will scare you ahead of the movie

Five Nights at Freddy’s short video will scare you ahead of the movie

In case you somehow missed the news, the mobile horror game "Five Nights at Freddy's" will be making its way to the big screen. More details on that later. What we have in the meantime is a fan-created short video that has production quality far outpacing what we typically see in fan videos, and it offers a glimpse of the game's world that is simultaneously exciting and frightening. We don't yet know what to expect from the movie, but if it's anything like this, the future is looking bright.

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EO Smart Connecting Car 2 can drive sideways and shrink

EO Smart Connecting Car 2 can drive sideways and shrink

Urban life comes with unique demands, and appropriate transportation is a big one. There’s increasingly less space on the road and finding parking on a Friday night can be near impossible in some cities. Smaller cars are the solution for many, being able to squeeze into smaller spaces and allowing for more cars to be in any given area at a time. Presently the Smart Car and similar vehicles are the only option, but some companies have envisioned better things — cars able to morph when need, able to maneuver in ways that present vehicles can’t. The EO Smart Connecting Car 2 is one such vehicle.

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Hubble spots giant gas halo around Andromeda Galaxy

Hubble spots giant gas halo around Andromeda Galaxy

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a giant gas halo around the Andromeda Galaxy, something that is said to be so large it stretched approximately a million lightyears from the Andromeda Galaxy and halfway to the Milky Way. The discovery was made by a team of researchers being led by Notre Dame’s Nicolas Lehner, an astrophysicist. With this discovery, researchers will be able to discern more about these massive spiral galaxies, including both the Andromeda Galaxy and the Milky Way.

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Spiders spiked with graphene weave ultra-strong webs

Spiders spiked with graphene weave ultra-strong webs

University of Trento researchers have discovered a way to give spiders ultra-strong silk, and it involves spiking the spiders with graphene. The graphene (or carbon nanotubes) is said to only be as thick as an atom, and is mixed with water and then sprayed onto spiders. When those spiders weave silk, the resulting silk is so strong it eclipses the strongest natural spider silk (from a giant riverine orb spider) 3.5 times. The researchers describe most of the silk produced as "super silk".

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Microsoft will kill Patch Tuesday with Windows 10

Microsoft will kill Patch Tuesday with Windows 10

If you’re a Windows user you likely know what Patch Tuesday is, but as with many things future generations will be scratching their heads when they hear the term. The reason is because, according to Microsoft executives, the company is killing off Patch Tuesday with the advent of Windows 10 — specifically, with the continuous stream of patches the company will introduce with it, doing away with the tradition of dropping them all on a specific day. All in all, this is good news for users.

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PlayStations with Silent Hills “P.T.” game banned from eBay

PlayStations with Silent Hills “P.T.” game banned from eBay

In the recent past there was a lot of excitement surrounding the playable trailer "P.T." and the promise of a new game called "Silent Hills". Everything about it was great right up until the moment when Konami decided to cancel the game and break a collective bunch of hearts. Joining the announcement was removal of the "P.T." trailer/game, meaning those who hadn't downloaded it were entirely out of luck. Many who had downloaded it did exactly what you'd expect: ran to eBay with their consoles, where their listings were promptly squashed.

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Uber tipped in bid on HERE mapping service

Uber tipped in bid on HERE mapping service

Uber is best known for matching drivers with riders, but that's not the sum total of its ambitions. The company has been pushing other services that involve transportation, including its UberEATS service, which gets meals to people in select cities. Google Maps is one of the tools it uses to make that happen, but a new business move by the ridesharing service shows that such a reality could be changing. Uber has joined the battle for Nokia's HERE mapping service, placing its own bid for the company.

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Goat Simulator gets “GoatZ” zombie DLC on Steam

Goat Simulator gets “GoatZ” zombie DLC on Steam

The folks behind Goat Simulator have released a DLC that is full of puns and fun jabs, not the least of which is due to its double entendre name "GoatZ". If you don't get what that sounds like, we'll not spoil your innocence. What you do need to know is that this DLC brings zombies. Lots of zombies. In GoatZ, gamers play as a goat decked out with weapons and tasked with surviving in a world filled with the undead. Have you ever seen a goat wield an automatic rifle? You will in the video we have after the jump.

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Researchers create artificial muscle using onion cells

Researchers create artificial muscle using onion cells

We've seen different varieties of artificial muscles -- which will be used in things like robotics -- in the past, though none of them have thus far offered something equal to real muscle. That could be changing soon thanks to onions, particularly the thin skin-like substance that lies beneath the husk and over the meat of the onion. Using that layer, a little bit of gold, and an electrical current, researchers were able to create an artificial muscle that both contracts and bends, solving a problem that has long-plagued researchers.

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