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EHang 184 manned drone to flight test in Nevada

EHang 184 manned drone to flight test in Nevada

The last time we talked about EHang the company was showing off its EHang 198 automated flying machine. The drone aircraft looks like a quadrotor you might use to fly your GoPro into the sky for aerial shots, but is sized to allow human passengers to climb aboard and take flight. The idea is that the EHang automated drones could pick people up, the person could enter a destination with a smartphone app, and takeoff.

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Zero Latency and Sega Live Creation bring free-roam VR to Japan

Zero Latency and Sega Live Creation bring free-roam VR to Japan

Zero Latency and Sega Live Creation have announced that they are teaming to bring the first free-roaming multi-player VR game to Japan. The Zero Latency experience is launching in celebration of the Tokyo Joypolis 20th Anniversary. The game will be a permanent fixture at the venue starting in July 2016.

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Galaxy Note 7 name tipped again

Galaxy Note 7 name tipped again

Back in late May, we first reported on a rumor that the next Galaxy note smartphone would change the naming convention that Samsung has used. If Samsung followed its traditional naming convention, the new Note phablet would be the Galaxy Note 6. The rumor suggested that the next device would instead be called the Galaxy Note 7.

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FoldiMate removes wrinkles and folds clothes for you

FoldiMate removes wrinkles and folds clothes for you

Most people loathe doing the laundry. Sure, we have machines that wash and dry our clothing for us today, but the folding and ironing that goes with putting them away means that time is still spent on laundry that most would rather use for something else. A company called FoldiMate has a machine of the same name that comes into play after you run clothing through the washer and dryer that will dewrinkle and fold your clothes for you.

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Android Open Source Project adds recovery-based brick function

Android Open Source Project adds recovery-based brick function

For the most part Android smartphones and tablet users never want their devices to get bricked because of a failed update or a hack they are trying to install themselves. However, there are times when rendering your own device into a useless brick is very appealing. Specifically when your phone is lost or stolen and you don't want the thief able to use your device or access data you have stored there. The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) has integrated a new feature to allow users to brick devices when needed.

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Prophix electric toothbrush has a tiny camera to show you how you clean

Prophix electric toothbrush has a tiny camera to show you how you clean

There are plenty of electric toothbrushes on the market today that promise to make cleaning your teeth and oral health more efficient and effective. Some of them connect to your smartphone to give you an idea of how long you should stay in one section of your mouth like the Oral B Genius from early 2016. A new electric toothbrush called the Prophix has a new way to help you be sure that you are cleaning your teeth as efficiently as possible by adding a video camera to the brush.

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Lumigon T3 smartphone has a night vision rear camera

Lumigon T3 smartphone has a night vision rear camera

Lumigon has unveiled a new smartphone called the T3 that has some interesting features packed away inside. The T3 is constructed from stainless steel and damage resistant glass. The screen is a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED and the smartphone has both physical and soft keys for navigation. The smartphone packs three different cameras.

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BEAM inflatable ISS module hatch opened for the first time this week

BEAM inflatable ISS module hatch opened for the first time this week

In late March, a resupply capsule lifted off and headed to the ISS and among the gear and supplies on board was the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module known as BEAM. After many weeks of work, the BEAM module was finally inflated and astronaut Jeff Williams entered the BEAM module for the first time this week. Upon entering the new module, Williams checked sensors, installed air ducts, and reported to controllers on Earth that the module was in working order.

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The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering is packed with dead sexy cars

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering is packed with dead sexy cars

One of the events that car lovers of all types look forward to each year is Monterey Car Week, which knocks off in August. As part of car week, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering will have some incredibly sexy cars that will be on display with some of these rides being worth multiple millions of dollars. A few of the highlight cars are being teased ahead of the event and include a 1957 Lancia Aurelia B20 "Outlaw" coupe owned by William E. Conner.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz E400 4Matic Wagon is a sexy crossover alternative

2017 Mercedes-Benz E400 4Matic Wagon is a sexy crossover alternative

With much of the US market content to drive crossovers and SUVs, the wagon is becoming scarce. Not everyone wants a big SUV though and for those buyers seeking a wagon with luxury, three-row seating, and power underfoot Mercedes-Benz has announced that the 2017 E400 4Matic Wagon will land in US dealerships in early 2017. The wagon will come in two styles with the Luxury model getting classic styling and a hood ornament, the Sport model will get sleeker sport bumpers and grille.

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Google AI team crafts off-switch in case AI becomes maniacal

Google AI team crafts off-switch in case AI becomes maniacal

The thought of a true artificial intelligence scares many people out there because an AI able to think might not have the same goals and desire to protect life that most humans have. We can look to movies like the "The Terminator" for a worst-case scenario of what could happen with an AI run amuck. While a Terminator scenario might not happen, something along the lines of what happens in the TV show "Person of Interest" could be a more likely result of an out of control AI. Google's AI team thinks they have a solution to prevent an AI from going rogue.

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TiVo Bolt gains out-of-home streaming and in-home premium download services

TiVo Bolt gains out-of-home streaming and in-home premium download services

TiVo Bolt users have a couple new features to take advantage of that will make it easier to watch streaming and downloaded premium content out of the home. Content can be streamed from the Bolt to compatible mobile devices using the TiVo iOS or Android apps. To stream content from the Bolt to the devices app version 3.7 for iOS or 3.2 for Android is required.

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