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Ōura smart ring tracks sleep patterns, health metrics

Ōura smart ring tracks sleep patterns, health metrics

Activity trackers and sleep trackers are offered as wristbands nearly across the board, with the most common variation being a clip-on unit for a belt or a bag. The latter, while less obvious, usually isn’t too favorable due to the decrease in accuracy, while the wristband isn’t ideal for everyone: they’re too obvious for some and too uncomfortable for others. The company behind Ōura has side-stepped those too common designs, instead electing to squeeze the technology into a polished unassuming ring.

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Silk LED light bulb promises to bring the sun inside

Silk LED light bulb promises to bring the sun inside

Saffron has introduced its new Silk LED light bulb, and unlike some of its competitors that allow users to play music or set it to different colors, the Silk bulb has a more utilitarian purposes: it is designed to "bring sunlight inside", says the makers, combating the problems of artificial lighting. While artificial light has big effects on one’s internal clock, the Silk light adjusts its lighting colors automatically over the course of the day to mimic the sun.

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Verbatim reveals SD cards for action cams, 4k recording

Verbatim reveals SD cards for action cams, 4k recording

Verbatim has expanded its SD card lineup with Verbatim Pro+ SD cards designed for use with action cameras and Pro range SD cards for 4k cameras. The cards are said to offer UHS-I Speed Class 3 and Class 10 standards, and to have a read speed up to 90MB/s. The write speed is nearly as fast at up to 80MB/s, making them a better choice for DSLRs, action cameras, and any other device that needs to record RAW images, rapid burst shots, or ultra high definition resolutions.

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FLIR One thermal camera for Android and iPhone now available

FLIR One thermal camera for Android and iPhone now available

The FLIR thermal camera allows mobile users to see heat from the comfort of their smartphone or tablet, and it has more news. FLIR announced today that its FLIR One thermal camera for smartphones is now available for purchase, giving interested mobile users anywhere in the world a chance to get one of the heat-viewing cameras. Both iOS and Android is supported by this new model, which was introduced at CES earlier this year, and it has been unshackled from the iPhone with the introduction of an Android SDK.

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Facebook’s latest diversity report shows little change

Facebook’s latest diversity report shows little change

Facebook has introduced its latest diversity report, which details information on its own workforce. There has been little change over last year, unfortunately, showing mostly the same numbers we saw in summer 2014 -- something that doesn't fit well with the social network's diversity goals. Facebook reported its initial diversity numbers in 2014, as did many other big name businesses in the industry. Said the social network’s Global Director of Diversity Maxine Williams, “Having a diverse workforce is not only the right thing to do — it’s the smart thing to do for our business.”

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Google seeking art to put on its self-driving cars

Google seeking art to put on its self-driving cars

Do you live in California and have artistic inclinations? If so, Google has an exciting opportunity for you. Later this year its self-driving cars will be zipping around Mountain View, California adorned with artwork selected from among submissions sent in by the population at large. It is kind of like Google Doodles, only the "doodles" will be on the side of the self-driving cars for a month or longer, depending on how Google feels about it. The Internet giant will accept submissions soon.

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Synthetic blood to be tested with human volunteers soon

Synthetic blood to be tested with human volunteers soon

Blood shortages could soon be a thing of the past, with the UK’s NHS announcing that some time in the next two years human volunteers will be given blood that, rather than being drawn from human donors, will have been created within a laboratory. This doesn’t entirely remove the human element, though — the synthetic blood is made from the blood of donors or from umbilical stem cells. This serves as a clinical trial, and it is believed to be the first ever of its kind, perhaps ushering in a big shift in our medical future.

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Amazon adds Instant Previews for Kindle shares

Amazon adds Instant Previews for Kindle shares

Amazon has expanded Kindle users’ ability to converse about their favorite literature, announcing what it calls Instant Previews. With Instant Previews, a Kindle user can share recommendations and quotes from Kindle books to individual friends, and those on the receiving end will then be given “instant” access to a free preview of that book. It'll come in handy for book lovers who often share recommendations among themselves, but ultimately serves to benefits Amazon as it ropes in new customers.

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NASA will send crew underseas to prep for deep space missions

NASA will send crew underseas to prep for deep space missions

In preparation for future deep space missions, NASA is planning to send an international crew into the watery depths of the Atlantic Ocean. This will be done as part of the space agency’s two week NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations 20 expedition, more commonly referred to as “NEEMO”. The expedition is currently scheduled to start on July 20, and will be tasked with testing techniques and tools that may be used for spacewalks in the future in places with differing surfaces and levels of gravity.

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Hoopla strikes digital deal with DC Comics

Hoopla strikes digital deal with DC Comics

Earlier this month, Marvel and Amazon struck a deal that resulted in more than 12,000 comic books arriving on the Kindle store. Following that, DC Comics has announced a similar deal with Hoopla. Last month Hoopla announced an expansion of its digital comics offerings, and now the company has struck up a partnership with DC Comics that will see the latter company rolling out a couple hundred of its own works on the service. First will come an initial release of 25 graphic novels.

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