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Jamstik+ smart guitar plays through your tablet

Jamstik+ smart guitar plays through your tablet

Instruments, like all things, are getting a modern makeover that gives them new functionality you will not get from wood and varnish. The newest among them is Jamstik+, a smart guitar that plays music through one's paired tablet, offering some big benefits over a traditional offering: those in apartments can play it without producing any noise, recordings can be made without ambient noise disrupting the song, and more. The instrument recently launched on Kickstarter, where it has already blasted through the goal amount.

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Sling TV: A&E, History, H2 and Lifetime channels go live

Sling TV: A&E, History, H2 and Lifetime channels go live

Earlier this month, Sling TV announced that it would be adding more channels to its core package for subscribers: History, H2, Lifetime, and A&E. Fast-forward to today, and those channels are now live, giving subscribers more options without requiring the purchase of an add-on package. There are several add-on packages available too, however, which cost $5 each and tack on groups of channels that are in some way related, such as cooking networks.

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DARPA “rethinking” how it develops new tech innovations

DARPA “rethinking” how it develops new tech innovations

DARPA has released its "Breakthrough Technologies for National Security" report, and in it the agency discusses its plans for the upcoming years. This time around, DARPA has laid out its plans to boost tech innovation to help it keep pace with the innovations being seen in other nations around the globe. The report claims the US is a technological leader in many areas, but that the wars it has been involved in over the last decade have required a lot of focus and during that time other nations have been moving quickly to close the gap.

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NomadKey for Pebble charges your smartwatch on the go

NomadKey for Pebble charges your smartwatch on the go

Nomad has introduced a new charger designed specifically for Pebble owners who always want to have their charger on hand, but without the hassle of carrying a full-size charging cable. It's called NomadKey for Pebble, it is smaller than your finger and equipped with a keychain hole for attaching it to a key ring. This gives owners the ability to carry it with them at all times, topping off their Pebble when the battery runs low while out and about. As of now, the charger is available from Nomad via its website.

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Google tipped to bring ‘Ingress’ game to TV

Google tipped to bring ‘Ingress’ game to TV

Google's Ingress, the brainchild of its Niantic Labs game studio that was launched a handful of years ago, is a game that mixes the digital world with the real one involving people all over the world, and it has proven widely successful. Many people play the game daily, and that popularity is spurring Google take Ingress further, at least according to some sources that have cropped up. If the word going around is correct, Niantic Labs will be turning the game into a television show.

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Endangered “Magic Rabbit” caught on camera in China after 20 years

Endangered “Magic Rabbit” caught on camera in China after 20 years

The endangered Ili pika ("Magic Rabbit"), a small rabbit with mouse-like ears, has been caught on camera in China for the first time in two decades. The images were published by National Geographic last week, giving a glimpse at the decidedly adorable little mammal as it perched on rocks in the Tianshan Mountains in China. The mammal is commonly described as resembling a teddy bear, due to its rounded ears, and it was first discovered back in 1983 entirely by accident.

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Grand Theft Auto V update will fix graphics quality issue

Grand Theft Auto V update will fix graphics quality issue

If you're an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 owner and you've recently updated Grand Theft Auto V with Title Update 1.08, you've likely noticed a problem that has managed to catch Rockstar Games' attention: the graphics quality took a nose dive, and the enjoyability of gameplay went with it. Gamers have been complaining about this issue, and today Rockstar announced that it has set its sights on the problem. There's no fix yet, but one is being looked into, and as you'd expect, gamers will be given an update about when it is available.

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Researchers create new form of ice using graphene sheets

Researchers create new form of ice using graphene sheets

Researchers have managed to create a new type of ice, something that results from using a couple sheets of graphene to flatten a drop of water. This is done on the microscopic level, and the new type of ice is called "square ice", referring to the square grid-like pattern of the atoms. The ice is created at room temperature, which makes it all the more notable, and follows an initial discovery made back in 2012 when a team of researchers noted that water vapor will pass through graphene oxide, but not helium gas or related gases.

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Students create bass-blasting extinguisher to put out fires

Students create bass-blasting extinguisher to put out fires

A pair of students have developed a modern version of the trusty and ever-handy fire extinguisher, and it's a rendition that is sure to titillate dubstep lovers far and wide: it uses a blast of bass to put out the flames. The extinguisher was made by engineering students Seth Robertson and Viet Tran, who funded the creation themselves and used it as a class project for a senior-level class. The result is a 20lb hand-held device that puts out flames without making a mess, and that has the potential to aid in putting out big fires.

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Star Destroyer is latest Star Wars replica drone

Star Destroyer is latest Star Wars replica drone

Another Star Wars drone has surfaced today, and it is the brainchild of "Olivier C", the same creator behind the Millennium Falcon and TIE Interceptor drones we've seen in the recent past. The production quality is just as top-notch as the past creations, and as with them it is able to fly around the same as any other quad-copter. The replica's creator has shown off the entire construction process in a gallery we have for you after the jump, and has shown off the final product in action via his YouTube account.

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