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Proxy42 mixes AR and shooters with a smartphone attachment

Proxy42 mixes AR and shooters with a smartphone attachment

If you are any type of gamer, especially of the FPS bent, you will probably have dreamed of a day when you can play out your action fantasies in the real world. Without dire consequences, of course. Laser tag games and their limited, simulated environments just don't cut it. Those dreams might soon become reality thanks to the efforts of Proxy42, its AR game called Father.io, and a new 363R Trigger smartphone accessory that turns the whole world into your virtual sci-fi shooter playground.

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Looking For Group documentary relives 10 years of World of Warcraft

Looking For Group documentary relives 10 years of World of Warcraft

No, this isn't the much-awaited "Warcraft" film, of course, but it could very well be a stopgap filler while fans wait for almost two more years. At BlizzCon last weekend, fans celebrated the 10th anniversary of the now venerable MMORPG title World of Warcraft by watching a documentary that takes a look back at those years, both with fondness and perhaps even a bit of pain. "Looking For Group" takes a look behind and around the scenes, giving viewers a glimpse of the sub-culture that rose up around the MMO that started it all.

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Atlas robot tries to do the Karate Kid “Crane” stance

Atlas robot tries to do the Karate Kid “Crane” stance

If robots of the future start trying to become our new overlords, we could probably trace it back to this day. Well, sort of. Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IMHC) is teaching its Atlas robot a few kickass moves. Or at least is trying to. The latest stunt this humanoid contraption is trying to pull off is that iconic stance from 1984's Karate Kid, popularly known as "The Crane". But while it seems to have its arm movements down to a T, it still needs a lot of work on its legs.

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Elon Musk confirms army of micro-satellites in the works

Elon Musk confirms army of micro-satellites in the works

One can say a lot of things about Elon Musk, but no one can deny that the man has vision and imagination. Confirming in public, at least to the Internet, a rumor that has been floating around since Saturday, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO revealed that his space-faring company is indeed working on small-sized satellites. Unlike the more ambitious goal of propelling humans into space, this endeavor has a more philanthropic bent, aiming to bring Internet to more people. Kind of like Google's Project Loon, but with satellites.

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Rikomagic V5 TV stick crams an Ethernet port inside

Rikomagic V5 TV stick crams an Ethernet port inside

There are a lot of companies that are trying to replicate the Chromecast magic. Just a few days ago, the latest was Walmart who outed its own VUDU Spark HDMI dongle to go with its movie streaming service. Now there's a new contender and it's a slightly odd one. The Rikomagic V5 TV strangely looks bulky compared to other dongles that try to take on the Chromecast. But that added mass on the end suddenly makes sense when you discover that it has an Ethernet port on that side.

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Micro-scallop robot can swim through blood, eyeballs

Micro-scallop robot can swim through blood, eyeballs

Some of us might imagine robots to be big hulking contraptions of mass destruction, but one of the applications of robotics and science goes in the opposite direction, scaling down these objects so that they could be used for medical purposes. But alas, the laws of physics, as often is the case, hinder instead of help, preventing microscopic robots from swimming inside our bodies for whatever purposes. Prof. Peer Fischer and his research team at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Germany, however, might have found a way around that limitation.

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“Warcraft” film theme and cast detailed at BlizzCon 2014

“Warcraft” film theme and cast detailed at BlizzCon 2014

The spate of comicbook superhero themed films might have gotten the majority of our attention of late, but for Blizzard's loyal fans, the one film they're most interested in is only now taking shape. At the annual BlizzCon held last week, director Duncan Jones, whose credits include "Source Code", has shared some tidbits about the upcoming film based on the hit franchise. Colloquially called "Warcraft", the film will focus on the age old war between humans and orcs. But this time, the humans won't be the only heroes.

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HTC One M8 for Windows sneaks into T-Mobile

HTC One M8 for Windows sneaks into T-Mobile

Windows Phone devices outside of the Nokia, now Microsoft, Lumia line do exist but they might as well be non-existent given the rather low profile they have. HTC and Microsoft, however, wanted to change all that and offer the platform's fans a truly high-end option. Now, the HTC One M8 with Windows edition has finally completed its US carrier round, rather quietly creeping into T-Mobile's online catalog. With HTC's admirable design and hardware, this smartphone could very well be the Windows Phone flagship, if the OS can catch up.

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iPhone 6 “prototype” reappears as “unfinished” model, now sold

iPhone 6 “prototype” reappears as “unfinished” model, now sold

Talk about strange. An iPhone 6 that was once billed as a prototype has reappeared on eBay and, unlike that attempt, this one actually got sold. What was different this time, you may ask. Simply the fact that the owner this time around called the device an "unfinished" model of an iPhone 6 rather than a scary sounding prototype that was leaked out. Perhaps that subtle change was what turned it into a success. Or perhaps it was the claim that Apple was the one that verified it.

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Microsoft Lumia 535 details leaked, Lumia 1330 sighted

Microsoft Lumia 535 details leaked, Lumia 1330 sighted

There are two new Lumia devices rumored to be in the works, a smaller Lumia 535 and a murkier Lumia 1330. But with the myriad, though not exactly ubiquitous, Lumias around, what makes these two devices special? If these turn out to be the real deal, the two smartphones would be the first to bear the new "Microsoft Lumia" branding being pushed by the company. And if so, we are likely to see the two of them unveiled in Microsoft's #MoreLumia event scheduled this Tuesday.

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