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Hycopter drone uses hydrogen gas to fly for 4 hours

Hycopter drone uses hydrogen gas to fly for 4 hours

With the rising buzz around drones, some have started envisioning them to become bearers of good news. Or at least the packages you ordered. But while Amazon might have gotten a bit of green light for its delivery drone plans, there remains one technical problem. Drones can't really stay up in the air for long, with some of the best lasting only half an hour. Horizon Unmanned Systems, however, might have a solution in the works. Its Hycopter UAV can fly 2.5 to 4 hours, depending on payload, by using fuel cells instead of lithium batteries.

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Google Maps rolls out traffic alerts and alternate routes

Google Maps rolls out traffic alerts and alternate routes

Memorial Day is just around the corner and for some, nay many, that means a lot of traveling. And when traveling is involved, especially by land, then headaches and tempers caused by traffic are as well. Just in time for the holiday, however, Google is coming to the rescue of drivers across the country. The search giant has updated Google Maps to include more vital information when navigating roads, including alerts for unusual traffic conditions, road congestions, and even suggestions for alternate paths to take.

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NVIDIA confirms existence of 500GB SHIELD Pro box

NVIDIA confirms existence of 500GB SHIELD Pro box

There you have it folks. More or less official confirmation that we weren't just imagining things or Amazon wasn't just messing things up. The NVIDIA SHIELD Pro, with a 500 GB of storage space, is real and it's coming. At least according to an NVIDIA employee who we hope is at liberty to confirm such things without endangering his employment. In any case, now that the question has been answered, the next one is "exactly when". Followed by, "will it have Netflix out of the box?"

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Huawei embraces all with LiteOS Internet of Things OS

Huawei embraces all with LiteOS Internet of Things OS

As the mobile industry are starting to settle down around major players, some manufacturers are turning their eyes onto the next big target after our pockets: our homes, and sometimes our cars. The amorphous "Internet of Things" or IoT that encompasses almost anything and everything that can be made "smart" has become the most recent industry buzzword. Naturally, Huawei wants in on it as well, and it is going to do so with its own "Agile IoT Solution", starting with its very own operating system, LiteOS.

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Brazilian agency approves Apple Watch, reveals demo base

Brazilian agency approves Apple Watch, reveals demo base

Anatel, Brazil's National Telecommunications Agency, has just been reported to have finally approved the Apple Watch, both the Sport kind and the stainless steel model. This takes Apple's smartwatch one step closer to its promised 2015 date. But although that fact alone might be interesting enough to Apple fans, especially those in Brazil, the approval had one other, perhaps more interesting tidbit. It showed, for the first time, the mysterious demonstration bases found in Apple retail stores, revealing the secrets inside the interaction between the Apple Watch and the iPad embedded within.

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Galaxy Note 5, Project Zen leaked with puzzling details

Galaxy Note 5, Project Zen leaked with puzzling details

It's not unusual for OEMs to venture outside of their comfort zones in search of the perfect pitch. That is especially true for Samsung, who has, at least for the time being, diverged from its usual path with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. That said, there are some choices that still boggle the mind and confound imagination. Like these new tidbits that are coming about Samsung's rumored two high end smartphones, particularly the one called Project Zen, the Galaxy Note Edge successor that might not be a successor at all.

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Spotify Now cooks up playlists for morning, lunch, and running

Spotify Now cooks up playlists for morning, lunch, and running

Music streaming services are becoming a dime a dozen, with almost anyone and everyone launching their own biz to join the fray. Differentiation, then, becomes a matter of who gets the most appealing customization features that make the services feel more than just a music storage and streaming store. Spotify may have just gotten the upper hand in that department, at least for now. With Spotify Now and Spotify Running, the service promises to cover all your needs, no matter the time of day, no matter the shoes you wear.

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Microsoft’s secret Flow app sounds like a messenger app

Microsoft’s secret Flow app sounds like a messenger app

Microsoft's Outlook mobile app, basically a rebranded app from newly acquired Accompli, is just starting to take root on Android and iOS. There is no rule, however, that says Microsoft can't start dreaming up and working on the next e-mail killer. A hidden download page for a certain "Flow" app for the iPhone was just discovered, and with it a description of what Redmond might be planning for its next stab at bringing its own brand productivity and communication to mobile platforms that aren't its own.

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This drone uses origami principles to become foldable

This drone uses origami principles to become foldable

Personal drones are all the rage now, even hitting mainstream media because of rather questionable antics. But not everyone might be interested in hulking quadrocopters the likes of which Amazon plans to use for deliveries. There are, of course, more than a dozen "mini" drones in the market, but these are pretty much just toys with very little strength for any sort of payload. So what to do if you want a slightly more capable UAV that can still fit on the palm of your hand? Try origami.

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Dropbox’s web image preview now supports even PSD, AI, EPS

Dropbox’s web image preview now supports even PSD, AI, EPS

If those three acronyms made sense to you, congratulations, you're a designer! Or at least someone who's in the loop. While Dropbox has a commanding presence on mobile and on the desktop, there are some moments when all you have is a web browser. And usually in those moments, download a large Photoshop PSD file is not only time consuming, it might also be futile since you wouldn't have the proper software to open it. Thank goodness, then, that Dropbox thought of supporting those files out of the, well, box.

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