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Flexible sheet cameras may one day allow any surface to capture images

Flexible sheet cameras may one day allow any surface to capture images

Researchers at Columbia University are working on a very different approach to imaging that could one day usher in a new era for capturing visual information. The researchers are working on flexible sheet cameras with elastic optics that can be bent and twisted. Ideally this sort of camera system would be made like a roll of plastic sheeting and could be used to image in ways that conventional cameras are unable to do.

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Yamaha 04Gen scooter concept has dragonfly wings

Yamaha 04Gen scooter concept has dragonfly wings

With gas being so cheap these days you don’t see as many people on scooters, but there are still a bunch of folks who ride them around for commuting. Yamaha has unveiled a new scooter concept that looks like it's part bug called the 04Gen concept, the raised wing looking structures that you see in one of the images are not designed to be up while the scooter is in use.

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Jigsaw ransomware delete files hourly, but free decryptor is available now

Jigsaw ransomware delete files hourly, but free decryptor is available now

Ransomware is nothing new; it has been around for a while now. Ransomware is software that is installed on your computer via various means that will encrypt files and offer to decrypt them only if you pay a ransom to the people who have encrypted the content. One of the newest ransomware to hit the web is called the Jigsaw Ransomware and a way to decrypt your files without paying the ransom has been discovered.

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Spider-Man Homecoming is Marvel’s first solo Spidey film

Spider-Man Homecoming is Marvel’s first solo Spidey film

One of the most exciting things in the trailer for Captain America: Civil War was the brief scene with Spider-Man helping Iron Man's team. I particularly like it when Tony Stark yells out "Underoos!" and Spidey flips into action taking Cap's shield. I totally had those Spider-Man Undergoes growing up. While the first time that Spidey shows up in a Marvel film will be in Civil War, Marvel has already announced the title of Spidey's first solo film under the Marvel umbrella.

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Ford GT configurator opens letting us lust after Ford’s supercar

Ford GT configurator opens letting us lust after Ford’s supercar

Ford has been teasing us with the Ford GT supercar for a while now. The new GT has a racing version that has been hitting tracks around the world already and 500 folks that can afford a car that is expected to start at $400,000 will get the chance to own one. For we normal folks, as close as we will come to owning a Ford GT is playing with the car configurator.

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Breakthrough Starshot wants to send a nanocraft to Alpha Centauri

Breakthrough Starshot wants to send a nanocraft to Alpha Centauri

Space certainly lives up to its name with vast distances that we need to travel to reach anything inside or outside our solar system. It's over 230,000 miles from the Earth to the moon and takes days for a spacecraft to reach it. A group called Breakthrough Initiatives wants to devise a tiny spacecraft called the nanocraft and send it to Alpha Centauri, the closest star outside our solar system, and they think they have a plan to get the tiny nanocraft to the star about 20 years after it launches.

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Xperia Z5 Premium lands in pink color

Xperia Z5 Premium lands in pink color

Sony has announced a new color is available for fans of the Xperia Z5 Premium to purchase. The device is now available in pink and other than the new color; the smartphone is exactly the same as versions already available. Under the hood, the pink X5 Premium has a Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor. It will be available in selected countries only.

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Microsoft Surface Signature Type Cover is swathed in Alcantara

Microsoft Surface Signature Type Cover is swathed in Alcantara

Surface users out there wanting a keyboard cover that isn't covered in plastic can now get hands on the Signature Type Cover that has a keyboard and is covered in a two-tone grey Alcantara material. Alcantara is a high-end material that is used in vehicle interiors and other places. The big feature of Alcantara is that it is very soft to the touch and offers good grip.

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Ticketmaster and Eventbrite to sell tickets via Facebook

Ticketmaster and Eventbrite to sell tickets via Facebook

Fans of live music will have two new ways to buy concert and event tickets via Facebook. Ticketmaster is set to begin selling tickets directly on Facebook by the end of April. The move comes as customers for many firms spend less time on websites and more time on social networks like Facebook via mobile apps. Facebook is one of the top destinations for mobile app and social network users.

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Leaked Sony C series smartphone successor pics surface

Leaked Sony C series smartphone successor pics surface

Everyday there are more and more leaked images of smartphones that hit the internet. The latest leak is an unannounced Sony device that might be a follow-up up to the C series of devices as evidenced by the front flash for improved selfies in low light conditions. We don't know much about this leaked device other than it has a 6-inch screen.

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Windows 10 BSOD may get QR codes to help fix problems

Windows 10 BSOD may get QR codes to help fix problems

Windows users have probably all seen the dreaded Blue Screen of Death or BSOD more than a few times. The problem with the BSOD is that it traditionally offers very little information on how to fix the problem that caused the crash this side of a generic description that doesn't help the majority of Windows users much. An image has turned up that shows a new BSOD error page for Windows 10 that aims to make it easier to fix or at least figure out what caused your PC to crash.

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Ford Fusion Autonomous vehicles use LiDAR to see in the dark

Ford Fusion Autonomous vehicles use LiDAR to see in the dark

For autonomous vehicles that will operate in the city, driving at night means that they will most likely have light to drive by. Anyone who has ever driven in a rural area with no streetlights on a night with little or no moonlight knows just how dark it can get. To help autonomous cars operate safely Ford's Fusion Hybrid autonomous research vehicle has LiDAR sensors that allow it to see in the dark.

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