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mDrawBot 4-in-1 robot can draw you any picture

mDrawBot 4-in-1 robot can draw you any picture

Artists everywhere, take heed: there's a robot pining for your jobs, and it's pretty good at what it does. The mDrawBot is a 4-in-1 robot that is able to hold a pen or pencil and draw images onto paper, as well as laser engrave if the right hardware is equipped. The drawing capabilities aren't limited to paper, however -- it can draw on just about anything it can reach with its pen, including an easter egg. The four different modes are called mSpider, mEggBot, mScara, and mCar, each of which draw in different arrangements.

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Amazon Home Services briefly appears ahead of tipped launch

Amazon Home Services briefly appears ahead of tipped launch

An Amazon marketplace called "Amazon Home Services" briefly appeared today as a rebranded version of its "Amazon Local Services". It has since been pulled, but a source has cropped up to say that the service will be officially launching this upcoming Monday, and with that launch will come availability much larger than the previous limited Local availability. This includes major cities across the United States (from Boston to San Francisco and many in between), and more are reportedly in the pipeline for inclusion.

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Ram takes wraps off Texas Ranger concept pickup truck

Ram takes wraps off Texas Ranger concept pickup truck

Ram has introduced a new pickup truck concept at the Dallas Auto Show, and most fittingly that truck is called the Texas Ranger. Chuck Norris jokes aside, the Texas Ranger aims to appeal to Texans' love of trucks, and brings with its a distinct Ram 1500 design flavor and a Texas Ranger badge insignia in various places, lending a visual to the name. The concept isn't surprising, given that Texans drive more trucks than drivers in any of the other states; Ram says its truck sales in the state are about 2.5 times higher than its truck sales in the second-slot state.

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Star Wars wall-mounted heads glow, are up for pre-order

Star Wars wall-mounted heads glow, are up for pre-order

Having animal heads mounted on one's wall has thankfully fallen out of fashion, but there's a new type of decoration to fill the void: wall-mounted Star Wars characters' heads, which have the added perk of glowing and add simulated cracks to your drywall. The wall-mounted heads are the type of thing you'd find in a kid's room or similar places, but this isn't a place of judgement -- having a glowing Darth Vader smashing through your entertainment room wall is awesome, and there's no shame in acknowledging that.

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Denon AH-GC20 wireless headphones arrive next month

Denon AH-GC20 wireless headphones arrive next month

Denon has announced the upcoming launch of a new pair of wireless headphones, the AH-GC20 Globe Cruiser Wireless Headphones. These headphones feature an over-the-ear design with round ear cups and a cushioned headband, aluminum metal components, and optional audio wires for those times wireless usage isn't an option. The headphones will not be launching until some time next month, but Denon has detailed all the features and other particulars ahead of time, among them being active noise cancellation technology for blocking ambient nuisances.

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2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid to offer 45MPG using Volt tech

2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid to offer 45MPG using Volt tech

Chevrolet has dished on its upcoming Chevy Malibu Hybrid, saying that thanks to the use of 2016 Volt technology, the newest Malibu will be offering more than 45MPG, something it doesn't hesitate to note trumps the hybrid versions of the Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion, and the Hyundai Sonata. This is promised to be joined by some "unique features" that improve various aspects of the car, including things like its airflow and aerodynamics, as well as a new direct injection 1.8L four-cylinder engine and a modified version of the Volt's drive unit.

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Ford issues three recalls for cars hit with different problems

Ford issues three recalls for cars hit with different problems

Ford has announced a trio of recalls for different models hit with different issues. This includes some of its F-Series Super Duty ambulances, its Lincoln MKT limo and hearse cars, its Police Interceptor vehicles, and its Explorer SUVs. The recall was announced today, and in total includes more than 220,000 cars, SUVs, and trucks located in the United States and Canada. Though several models are affected, it is the Explorer SUVs that primarily make up the brunt of the recall.

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Researchers find shape-shifting frogs in the Andes

Researchers find shape-shifting frogs in the Andes

Researchers have discovered shape-shifting frogs in the Ecuadorian Andes, it has been announced. The frogs are able to change the look of their skin within the span of a few minutes to imitate a surface they are sitting upon, making them what is thought to be the first amphibian discovered with such an ability. The species is called Pristimantis mutabilis, which means "mutable rainfrog", and its shape-shifting revolves around the texture of its skin, which can go from mostly smooth to "high tubercular".

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Taylor Swift’s streaming on Tidal, still snubbing Spotify

Taylor Swift’s streaming on Tidal, still snubbing Spotify

Taylor Swift generated a lot of hoopla last year after pulling all of her music from Spotify, one of the more popular streaming services available. She accused the company of stiffing musicians out of adequate compensation for their music, something it contested just as vocally. That issue hasn't changed, in that Swift's music catalog is still absent on Spotify. It has found itself another place to roost, however, in Tidal, the streaming music service recently bought by Jay Z.

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Xbox One scores Rosetta Stone language app

Xbox One scores Rosetta Stone language app

Your Xbox One is already used for gaming, watching movies, and other assorted activities, and now it can be used to brush up on your language skills...at least if those language skills requiring learning English or Spanish. This is made possible through Rosetta Stone, which has announced the launch of an Xbox One app that teaches the languages through a sort of simulated immersion environment, much like what you would get traveling to a region that spoke the language.

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