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Toyota is creating more accommodating airplane seats

Toyota is creating more accommodating airplane seats

Airplane seats aren’t the most comfortable places to sit, and as their sizes shrink to accommodate more people they grow increasingly uncomfortable. We’ve seen alternatives to airliner seats in the past — some of them even worse than what currently exist — but Toyota’s new version looks promising: they’re adjustable, able to transform to fit different body shapes. The seats are being made by Toyota in a partnership with All Nippon Airways, and they’ll (at least according to promises) make trips in economy class a little more comfortable.

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Transformers 5 movie confirmed, expected for 2017

Transformers 5 movie confirmed, expected for 2017

Yesterday it was confirmed that a fifth Transformers movie will be produced, expanding the franchise yet again with what will hopefully be a reversal of the progressively disappointing film series. The confirmation was given during a Hasbro earnings call yesterday during which the company’s CEO Brian Goldner said the movie was expected to hit theaters in 2017. The movie itself hasn’t yet begun production — in fact, there’s not even yet a story in place, though it has been teased that we could end up seeing a storyline from any part of the Transformers’ history.

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Lane Splitter car concept transforms into a pair of motorcycles

Lane Splitter car concept transforms into a pair of motorcycles

If you’ve ever dreamed of pretending you’re Batman and splitting your car off into a functional motorcycle, that dream has just gotten a little more real. It’s a concept called the Lane Splitter, and when assembled together it functions as a car. When a couple people need to use it, however, it splits into two motorcycles, giving one a way to let their hair down when appropriate and to avoid the rain those other times. Unfortunately, however, it remains only a fanciful concept at this point.

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Nintendo Wii U bundle ‘Splatoon’ arrives May 29

Nintendo Wii U bundle ‘Splatoon’ arrives May 29

Nintendo has announced the upcoming arrival of a Wii U Splatoon bundle, which will bring with it the title alongside Nintendo’s Wii U console. The bundle will be available starting next month from Best Buy, and will involve a Wii U Deluxe console, pre-installed Nintendo Land games, and a code to download Splatoon for free. The game is a family-friendly offering, being an action shooter with ink-spraying, customizable characters, splatting, squid transformations, ink-swimming, and more. It'll be priced at $299.99 USD when it drops.

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BlackBerry reveals plan to acquire WatchDox

BlackBerry reveals plan to acquire WatchDox

BlackBerry has revealed that it will be acquiring WatchDox, a California company offering enterprise users a secure file-sync and sharing solution, also known as EFSS. With this, users are able to work on and share documents across all of their devices securely. BlackBerry’s acquisition of the company is a bid to draw back in the government and similar customers that it enjoyed for so long, and, according to the Wall Street Journal at least, will also give it another way to expand its R&D efforts into Israel, where WatchDox has its own operations.

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Virtue Pedalist bicycle sports tiny car-like body

Virtue Pedalist bicycle sports tiny car-like body

Commuting on a bicycle has its upsides, but there are some potential problems. Lack of adequate storage can be one issue, for example, and rain is an even bigger problem, especially for those living in rainy places like Seattle. The Virtue Pedalist aims to be a sophisticated solution to many of those problems, serving as a sort of cross between a miniature car and bicycle to offer (many of) the benefits of both worlds without compromising all the things that make bikes worthwhile.

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Audi creates synthetic diesel with CO2 at Dresden plant

Audi creates synthetic diesel with CO2 at Dresden plant

Audi has announced that its Dresden facility has produced the maker’s first batch of “e-diesel”, a synthetic diesel that is made using CO2 and that, by proxy, results in a more efficient use of resources, and that helps protect the climate. The announcement was made earlier today, with Audi saying it was “a huge success”, and that the batch of diesel started being produced only a handful of days ago. Today, to emphasize that it can be used for everyday purposes, the nation’s Federal Minister of Education Dr. Johanna Wanka poured five liters of the fuel into her own Audi.

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Adobe Lightroom CC 2015 brings HDR Merge and more

Adobe Lightroom CC 2015 brings HDR Merge and more

The Adobe Lightroom CC 2015 update has been released alongside some other new offerings, and with it comes a number of new welcomed features, not the least of which is new Facial Recognition functionality, HDR Merge, Panorama Merge, and some advanced video capabilities. Also welcomed are performance improvements, which includes speeds that are now up to 10 times faster than they were in the previous edition. Lightroom on Mobile has also been expanded, including support for tablets in addition to smartphones.

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Researchers analyze 170 year old champagne from shipwreck

Researchers analyze 170 year old champagne from shipwreck

Back in the summer of 2010, 168 bottles of champagne were discovered in a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea, about 50 meters deep and in well-preserved condition due to the protective nature of the cool and dark environment. Some of those bottles went on to be sold a year or so later, but three of them were sacrificed in the name of science, being studied in a “chemical and sensory analysis” to see what bottled champagne was like in the 1800s.

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Netflix confirmed in order for ‘Full House’ spinoff

Netflix confirmed in order for ‘Full House’ spinoff

Earlier this month, an anonymous source surfaced saying Netflix was toying with a spinoff of the 90s sitcom Full House, and that if the rumored series came to fruition it would be called Fuller House. The sources had made it sound like the reboot was a near-deal, and now a few weeks later it has all been proven true with an official announcement: Netflix is bringing back Full House in 2016, and some of the original cast members will be coming with it.

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