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Hyperkin Smart Boy ships December 1, can be preordered now

Hyperkin Smart Boy ships December 1, can be preordered now

The Hyperkin Smart Boy has excited gamers since its appearance early last year — the demand for it to be made into a real product was so great that the company proceeded to do so, and we got our first look at the real-deal product at E3 this week. Coming on the heels of that appearance is the option to preorder the device, as well as an estimated availability date: December 1 of this year.

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ASUS ZenPad Z8 goes up for preorder at Verizon

ASUS ZenPad Z8 goes up for preorder at Verizon

The ASUS ZenPad Z8 has gone up for preorder at Verizon, and it’ll start shipping out to buyers on June 23. The slate features a 7.9-inch 2048 x 1536 IPS display and a bunch of notable features, particularly its 13-hour run time and 23-day standby time. The tablet is priced at $249.99, but Verizon is offering it with both a monthly payment plan and at $149.99 USD with a traditional two-year contract.

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Dish brings Cuban TV to US via new ‘CubaMax’ channel

Dish brings Cuban TV to US via new ‘CubaMax’ channel

Things are warming between the U.S. and Cuba, and that’s means a gradual mix of both nation’s media. Netflix has already made its way to Cuba, and now Cuban media has made its way to the U.S. Dish Network has announced the arrival of a new channel for DishLATINO called 'CubaMax TV' -- it's dedicated to television shows, movies, kids shows, music videos, novelas, and 'variety shows' from Cuba.

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Facebook expands suicide prevention tools around the world

Facebook expands suicide prevention tools around the world

Facebook is rolling its suicide and self-harm prevention tools out to users around the world, the company announced on Tuesday, doing so in collaboration with local partners. This follows a controversial update Facebook had rolled out to its suicide prevention tools last year; in that instance, users flagged as suicidal would be temporarily locked out of their Facebook account, being unable to access it until they viewed helpful materials designed to prevent suicides.

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FDA approves home stomach pump to combat obesity

FDA approves home stomach pump to combat obesity

This week, the Food and Drug Administration announced its approval of a stomach-draining device called AspireAssist; it is designed to combat obesity via a drainage tube and port implanted in the patient’s stomach, allowing the patient to drain some of their stomach contents after they eat. When used properly, the device will drain about 30-percent of a meal's calories, according to the FDA, essentially serving as an alternative to lap band surgeries.

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AVA uses food pics to determine the calories in your meals

AVA uses food pics to determine the calories in your meals

A startup called AVA dreams of a future where you snap a picture of your meal and an artificial intelligence system analyzes it to determine how many calories it contains. The company has such a system, which is currently in a private beta, and it doesn’t involve any apps. Rather, users take an image of their meal using their phone’s camera, then they text that photo to AVA, where the system automatically analyzes it for nutritional details.

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Runcible, a wooden smart pocket watch, launches on Indiegogo

Runcible, a wooden smart pocket watch, launches on Indiegogo

Remember the Runcible, a wooden smart pocket watch that was introduced more than a year ago? It's back again, this time as part of an Indiegogo campaign that hopes to bring the device to market. This is the "public pre-release," says Monohm, the company behind Runcible. Monohm is seeking $250,000 in funding through the crowdfunding website Indiegogo, where it has so far raised about $46,000 USD.

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Uber partners with Capital One to offer free ride rewards

Uber partners with Capital One to offer free ride rewards

Uber has teamed up with Capital One to give some of their mutual customers the opportunity to earn free rides. The new partnership concerns the Capital One Quicksilver and QuicksilverOne card; when used to pay for Uber rides, those payments will earn rewards that eventually lead to a free ride (up to a certain value). Reward tracking is made available directly within the Uber mobile app.

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Libratone ONE Click and TOO portable speakers are easy to carry

Libratone ONE Click and TOO portable speakers are easy to carry

Libratone has taken the wraps off a pair of new speakers, the ONE Click and TOO. Both speakers are portable and wireless, and each one is small but in its own way. The ONE Click is said to be about the size of a paperback book with a shape to match, while the TOO speaker is more like “an overstuffed hot dog,” says Libratone. Both speakers boast 360-degree sound, as well, being able to project audio in every direction around it for a full and robust presence.

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Facebook Messenger has a hidden soccer game, too

Facebook Messenger has a hidden soccer game, too

Remember that 'secret' basketball game Facebook added to Messenger during March Madness? The game ended up being quite popular, even though most people who played it weren't very good. Perhaps due to that popularity, Facebook has added another game to its messaging app, this one revolving around soccer. Send your friends a soccer ball and you'll be taken to a game of "keep it in the air."

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Starbucks for Outlook add-on makes meeting over coffee simple

Starbucks for Outlook add-on makes meeting over coffee simple

Want to meet with an associate over a prospective partnership, meet up with classmates to work on a project, or get together with a group of friends for a game of cards? There’s a good chance you’re considering Starbucks as your meeting location of choice. To make getting together there easier, Microsoft has launched a new Outlook add-on called Starbucks for Outlook, and it simplifies the scheduling process.

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T-Mobile Binge On adds PBS, Dailymotion Games and more

T-Mobile Binge On adds PBS, Dailymotion Games and more

This week, T-Mobile expanded its Binge On streaming program for the sixth time, marking the latest instance it has added video providers in the past seven months. This time around, the Uncarrier has added the video providers PBS and PBS Kids, Dailymotion Games, and more; as with other providers under the program, users can stream videos from these destinations without it counting against their high-speed data allotment.

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