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Review: Symphonized NRG 3.0 wood earbuds

Review: Symphonized NRG 3.0 wood earbuds

Earbuds are not hard to come by, unless you want a pair that doesn't sound like garbage without costing a minor fortune. The ones from the dollar store? Garbage. The ones that come with your phone? Maybe not garbage, depending on the phone you bought (e.g., Apple Earpods are alright), but they're not blowing anyone out of the water. What lies above good enough and below breaking-the-bank? The Symphonized NRG 3.0 wood in-ear headphones.

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Netflix will be the only home of Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar movies soon

Netflix will be the only home of Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar movies soon

Netflix recently announced the upcoming shows and movies we can expect to see on the service soon, and casually amongst it all, almost as if were a minor note, was a simple statement: ”From September onwards, Netflix will become the exclusive US pay TV home of the latest films from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar.” And just like that, Netflix has become the most important streaming service for many.

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Facebook Live Video gets ‘continuous’ mode for non-stop broadcasting

Facebook Live Video gets ‘continuous’ mode for non-stop broadcasting

Facebook Live Video is great, but not if you want to give the world a 24/7 look at your hamster, backyard, or whatever you’ve got around that’s at least mildly interesting. That changes with Facebook’s new Continuous Live Video support launch, adding a non-stop broadcasting option to the social network’s live video platform. There is a downside, though — you won’t be able to save the videos for viewing later on.

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Polaroid 4K UHD LED smart TVs unveiled with Google Cast

Polaroid 4K UHD LED smart TVs unveiled with Google Cast

Polaroid has announced plans to enter the smart TV market with a new line of 4K Ultra HD LED offerings. The company announced a new partnership with Google in recent days at the latter's I/O event; because of that partnership, these new TVs will feature Google Cast technology, allowing owners to cast content from their preferred gadget to the television. The company has five TVs planned for this 4K line.

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NASA uses crash dummies in extreme Orion drop tests

NASA uses crash dummies in extreme Orion drop tests

NASA’s Orion spacecraft will eventually make a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean with living astronauts inside — those astronauts will experience “some of the greatest forces on the human body,” according to the space agency. Before that time comes, though, NASA is fitting Orion with crash test dummies and sending them through this rapid deceleration first to see what happens.

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Pittsburgh Steelers test robot tackling dummies

Pittsburgh Steelers test robot tackling dummies

The Pittsburgh Steelers are experimenting with robot tackling dummies that chase players across the training field, potentially ramming into them with columnar, padded bodies. The robot dummies are able to operate independently, featuring a base upon which they can roll and brake. In a demonstration video posted by the NFL, the dummies are able to zoom after someone, brake when they dodge, and reverse course quickly.

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Ancient beer discovery hints China had ‘advanced brewing’ 5,000 years ago

Ancient beer discovery hints China had ‘advanced brewing’ 5,000 years ago

China was home to ‘advanced beer-brewing’ techniques 5,000 years ago, a new study suggests, and it may have been the reason barley was imported and established in the region. Researchers have reached their conclusion based on the analysis of pottery vessel remnants with ancient beer residue inside; this ancient beer recipe includes millet, Job’s tears, tubers, and barley in the ingredients.

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Google Magenta research project will create an AI artist

Google Magenta research project will create an AI artist

Google DeepDream didn’t just create a bunch of trippy, fascinating, slightly schizophrenic images — it also inspired an entirely new research project within Google, and it’s called Google Magenta. Starting the first of June, a small team of Google researchers will use the company’s TensorFlow AI platform to develop an AI artist capable of creating its own visual art. The resulting artwork could eventually be made public through an app where anyone can browse creations as imagined by machines.

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Wayv Adventurer is a portable, rugged microwave for lazy camping

Wayv Adventurer is a portable, rugged microwave for lazy camping

Forget toiling away with kindling, fire starters, mini cooking dishes, and hot coals -- a microwave is more convenient, and soon it will be possible to carry one with you wherever you go. Called the Wayv Adventurer, this portable gadget is small and rugged, and it heats foods and liquids the same way as an ordinary microwave. Because the unit is powered by swappable batteries, anyone can stuff it in a backpack and use it on the go.

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DARPA awards contract for underwater positioning system

DARPA awards contract for underwater positioning system

The U.S. Navy has autonomous watercraft aspirations, and it needs a way for future unmanned (and manned) subs to navigate accurately. Here to help is DARPA, which has selected BAE Systems to create an underwater positioning system for deep ocean navigation (POSYDON). The program will produce a navigation system that eliminates the need to surface for updated GPS data.

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AT&T’s simplified device plans ask: lower payments or faster upgrades?

AT&T’s simplified device plans ask: lower payments or faster upgrades?

AT&T has tweaked its installment device payment options, narrowing them down into two plans that ask consumers a question: do you want lower monthly payments or the ability to upgrade your phone more quickly? If you answer the latter, you’ll choose the A&T Next Every Year plan starting June 9, whereas everyone else will get the cheaper AT&T Next installment plan. This reduces the previous options from four down to a less confusing two.

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Genetically modified foods are safe, so stop freaking out

Genetically modified foods are safe, so stop freaking out

Genetically modified foods are the subject of conspiracy theories and uneducated fearmongering…despite study after study that has found the foods to be perfect okay to eat. Anti-GMO groups are still out there, and there advocating against modified foods despite the benefits they offer and their potential to help improve food security around the globe. More than half a decade ago, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released a report that found nothing wrong with GMO foods. The report didn’t help things, and so now six years later, it’s back with yet another.

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