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Curiosity rover can now choose some targets autonomously

Curiosity rover can now choose some targets autonomously

Now that the Curiosity rover has been cruising around on the surface of Mars for a long time, NASA is giving the machine the ability to choose some of its own targets for more study. Curiosity is now able to select rocks to target its laser spectrometer on autonomously. NASA says that this is the first time that an instrument of this kind has been autonomously operated on any robotic planetary mission.

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Galaxy Note 7 images leak along with iris scanner demo video

Galaxy Note 7 images leak along with iris scanner demo video

Some new pictures, a video and some details on the iris scanner claimed to be of the Galaxy Note 7 have turned up to shed more light on the coming smartphone. The video, which you can see at the bottom of this story, shows the iris scanner in action. I think maybe showing a video of a phone you are leaking with footage of your face unlocking the iris scanner isn’t the best way to stay anonymous, but it's very nice to see how fast the scanner unlocks the phone.

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Apple Watch bands celebrate countries participating in the Olympics

Apple Watch bands celebrate countries participating in the Olympics

Every time the Olympic games are held, be it summer or winter games, you can count on lots of clothing and other tie ins to the games turning up. It’s no different for the Rio summer games kicking off soon. One of the first tech brands to offer something special for the Olympic games was Samsung with a special edition Galaxy S7 edge with Olympics colors and themes. Apple is now getting in on the Olympics fever with some bands for the Apple Watch that support all fourteen countries who are participating in the games.

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Petcube Bites and Petcube Play let you monitor and play with pets from afar

Petcube Bites and Petcube Play let you monitor and play with pets from afar

Pet owners who are forced to leave their furry pals at home alone all day might want a way to keep an eye on them so they know that their pet is ok and happy. A pair of devices that let you keep watch on your pet remotely have hit Kickstarter called the Petcube Bites and Petcube Play. The standard Petcube Play is a camera that allwos you to play with your pet from afar. Users can play with pets by dragging or taping a finger on the Petcube app running on your smartphone.

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AppleCare+ class action suit clams refurb devices aren’t as good as new

AppleCare+ class action suit clams refurb devices aren’t as good as new

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Apple in California having to do with how the AppleCare+ warranty operates. The suit was filed on Wednesday of this week and argues that Apple isn't meeting the contract that comes with an AppleCare+ warranty. Specifically the suit claims that devices that are replaced under warranty with refurbished replacements don’t meet a specifically clause in the contract.

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Pokemon live-action flick in the works featuring Detective Pikachu

Pokemon live-action flick in the works featuring Detective Pikachu

With the massive popularity of Pokemon Go, the movie industry is looking to capitalize on the craze with a live action movie set in the Pokemon universe. Legendary Entertainment has landed the rights to make a Pokemon movie and this will be the first live action film in the franchise. Legendary is said to be basing the movie on the Detective Pikachu character introduced in a video game in Japan.

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VCR manufacturing ends in Japan this month

VCR manufacturing ends in Japan this month

Any child of the '80s will have fond memories of watching their favorite movies on VHS tapes. You may even remember when VHS and Betamax battled it out to determine the format winner, very much as Blu-ray and HD DVD did years later. While the VCR has been obsolete for many years as far as a format for buying and renting movies with DVDs having replaced the cassette wholesale, VCRs were still being made. That is ending this month.

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Kinsa Elmo smart ear thermometer tracks temps via app

Kinsa Elmo smart ear thermometer tracks temps via app

Everything is connected today from your toothbrush to your TV. It's no surprise that our thermometers are now connected as well. Kinsa has debuted a new ear thermometer that is designed to look like Elmo from Sesame Street and is called the Elmo Smart Ear Thermometer. The connected device mixes the ability to take your temperature along with the ability to track symptoms via the app.

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Google Arts & Culture app updated with Cardboard support

Google Arts & Culture app updated with Cardboard support

You don’t have to travel to major cities to check out some of the coolest art and cultural pieces in the world, all you have to do is hit up the Google Arts & Culture website to do so. This website is what Google says is the home for hosting the world's cultural treasures online. The Google Arts & Culture app has also been redesigned along with the website.

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Blu Studio Touch smartphone lands at Amazon

Blu Studio Touch smartphone lands at Amazon

Anyone in the market for an attractive and reasonably priced smartphone that they can purchase outright with no contract at a modest price might want to give the Blu Studio Touch a look. The smartphone supports 4G LTE networks and is an unlocked GSM device supporting 4G LTE, (2/4/7/12/17), 4G HSPA+ (850/1700/1900/2100)GSM Quad band.

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Ori modular robotic furniture transforms your micro apartments

Ori modular robotic furniture transforms your micro apartments

In many parts of the world, the best you can hope for when it comes to a home or apartment is a very small space that can be challenging to furnish. The catch is that if you need things like a desk, bed, entertainment center, and sitting areas but you are in a tiny space normal furniture won't cut it. This is where the Ori robotic homeware and furniture created at the MIT media lab comes in.

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Pokemon GO map visualization shows all the Pokemon in your area

Pokemon GO map visualization shows all the Pokemon in your area

With Pokemon Go being such a smash hit and wooing players of all ages and from all walks of life to get outside and track down some Pokemon, people are building accessories and software to help players get along. One such bit of software comes from a reddit user called waishda and is a Pokemon Go map visualization.

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