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Sharp RoBoHoN walking robot phone starts shipping next month

Sharp RoBoHoN walking robot phone starts shipping next month

It’s a robot and a phone, and it’s called RoBoHon. No, it’s not a mobile phone in the shape of a robot — it’s an actual walking robotic that happens to be small enough to carry around with you while out and about, never mind how eccentric you’ll look holding a humanoid robot against your head. RoBoHoN is particularly focused on hands-free control, featuring a projector, speaker, and camera, among other things.

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AirTV set-top box tipped to bring local OTA channels to Sling TV

AirTV set-top box tipped to bring local OTA channels to Sling TV

Sling TV will soon include local TV channels acquired through a new set-top box and antenna setup called “AirTV,” according to a new report. The set-top box would help solve a big problem for Sling TV and streaming live-TV services like it — regional affiliates of national networks like CBS and ABC, and the troubles that come with providing those local channels — and their advertisements — over the Internet.

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Haier convertible Chromebook prototype spotted at IDF in China

Haier convertible Chromebook prototype spotted at IDF in China

Chinese company Haier, which entered the Chromebook market last year with its ultra-cheap Chrome OS laptop, is back with another model, and this one has 360-degree hinges. The convertible Chromebook's display can be folded fully backward, putting the laptop in tablet mode. Though pricing details haven't been revealed at this time, we do know it'll be arriving in the U.S. in the next couple of months.

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Deadpool 2 is happening with Ryan Reynolds back as Wade Wilson

Deadpool 2 is happening with Ryan Reynolds back as Wade Wilson

Prepare yourself! Deadpool 2 is happening, it has been announced, and Ryan Reynolds will be returning as Wade Winston Wilson. The second movie will be directed by Tim Miller, the same man behind the first movie. The news is exciting but certainly not surprising — Deadpool was the highest-grossing movie with an R-rating across the globe, raking in $757.3 million worldwide. The news was announced by Fox’s co-chairman Stacey Snider earlier today.

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Star Wars Original Trilogy light box illuminates your favorite posters

Star Wars Original Trilogy light box illuminates your favorite posters

Posters are great, but hanging them on your wall is a tad boring. Enter light boxes and their simple, welcomed ability to light up your favorite posters. If you’ve been putting off getting one, now’s the time — ThinkGeek has a light box for original trilogy Star Wars posters, making it easy to both showcase and toggle between the three posters.

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Takata recall could expand to include another 85 million airbags

Takata recall could expand to include another 85 million airbags

The Takata airbag recall could expand to cover another 85 million airbags in the United States, according to government officials. The announcement was made yesterday; to avoid the recall, auto makers would be required to show those airbags aren’t faulty. The number drastically eclipses the already massive 28.8 million recalls in the US, something that is necessary in light of the 11 deaths resulting from the defective inflators.

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LG gram 15 laptops are ultralight, 0.7″ thin, and feature USB-C

LG gram 15 laptops are ultralight, 0.7″ thin, and feature USB-C

LG has announced the launch of its LG gram 15 laptop series, bringing its ultra-slim high-performance laptops to the United States. The series is comprised of two 15-inch models, both said to be “perfect for the everyday user.” Despite having a 15.6-inch display, the laptop weighs only 2.2lbs and measures in at 0.7-inches in thickness. These two laptops join the maker’s 13-inch and 14-inch ultra-lightweight laptops.

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Minecraft Education Edition early access launches in June

Minecraft Education Edition early access launches in June

Minecraft: Education Edition will be coming to more than 100 schools in 30 countries as part of a beta program kicking off in May. Following that, Microsoft will release the software for any educator to download as part of an early access program starting in June. The educational edition will be available in 11 languages and 41 countries upon the June launch, and it’ll be free for teachers to download and use. In return, Microsoft seeks feedback for the product.

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Why Microsoft just sued the US government

Why Microsoft just sued the US government

Microsoft has sued the United States government for the right to tell users when they are being spied on. The lawsuit was filed in a Seattle-based federal court today, and marks the latest battle between tech company and government over the state of consumer privacy. According to Microsoft’s lawsuit, preventing Microsoft and companies like it from notifying users about government data requests is in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

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Boost Mobile adds Samsung Galaxy J7, LG and Kyocera phones

Boost Mobile adds Samsung Galaxy J7, LG and Kyocera phones

Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile are adding a trio of new smartphones, giving prepaid customers more options for no-contract plans. Chief among the new models is the Samsung Galaxy J7, a phone that resembles the other Galaxy devices Samsung has released. Joining it is the LG G Stylo 2, an update to the original phone by the same name. Lowest (and cheapest) on the list is the new Kyocera Hydro REACH, a waterproof smartphone that can be used while wet.

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Instagram ‘Explore’ adds video channels

Instagram ‘Explore’ adds video channels

Instagram has updated Explore with video channels, making it easier for users to find the ones they’re interested in. Most notably, Instagram offers a personalized channel called “Videos You Might Like,” which is exactly what it sounds like — videos suggested for you based on the content you typically view. As well, Instagram is featuring some channels in Explore, aggregating them based on topics.

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Study suggests consciousness happens in small, fast intervals

Study suggests consciousness happens in small, fast intervals

A new study suggests that consciousness is not a constant state, but rather a series of intervals — frame rates, essentially — that play in series. The moments between each interval are spent in an unconscious state, though we obviously don’t perceive it that way. The work was done by researchers with the University of Zurich, Ulm University, and the EPFL; they came to their conclusion by studying both behavioral and psychological studies.

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