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Brain controlled robotic arm lets paralyzed man drink

Brain controlled robotic arm lets paralyzed man drink

Picking up a cup from the counter to take a drink is something that we all do hundreds of times a month without putting much thought into it. The process of picking up a cup is rather complex when you stop and think about it since we have to hold the cup in a way that it doesn’t spill and need to put enough pressure on the cup to keep it from dropping, but not so much that we crush the cup.

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Windows 10 headed to Xbox One after the summer

Windows 10 headed to Xbox One after the summer

Microsoft plans to put Windows 10 on everything from PCs to smartphones and tablets. That Windows 10 love will spill over to your Xbox One gaming console as well getting just about every hardware device Microsoft fiddles with into the Windows 10 love fest. If you are looking forward to trying out Windows 10 on your Xbox One exactly when it will land for the game console is a bit clearer now after some details were offered from Phil Spencer.

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Zotac Zbox R mini PC supports RAID 0 and 1

Zotac Zbox R mini PC supports RAID 0 and 1

There are plenty of tiny mini PCs on the market today for folks that need a PC that takes up as little space as possible. Typically, these tiny PCs have very few features when it comes to connectivity and storage, but that's not the case with Zotac's latest. This machine is the Zotac Zbox R series and it has room inside for a pair of 2.5-inch drives.

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BMW 435i ZHP gets more power and better handling

BMW 435i ZHP gets more power and better handling

BMW fans may remember the ZHP Performance Package that was offered on 2003-2006 E46 3 Series cars. That special package was iconic in the BMW community and to celebrate that BMW has announced a special ZHP version of the 2016 435i Coupe. The 2016 BMW 435i ZHP Coupe will be a very limited edition car with only 100 units being built.

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Bloxels lets you build your own video games one block at a time

Bloxels lets you build your own video games one block at a time

Video games on tablets are very popular with just about every age group from grandparents down to kids. One of the most popular games out there is Minecraft because it lets players build anything they want in the digital world with blocks of material. A new game system has debuted that brings that ability to build anything you want to the real world and keeps its digital component as well.

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Black Silicon solar cell efficiency pushed to 22.1%

Black Silicon solar cell efficiency pushed to 22.1%

The sun puts out all the clean and free electricity that we could ever need and the big problem in harnessing it is the low efficiency of solar panels today. Much of the solar energy that hits solar panels in use today isn’t turned into electricity. Researchers are constantly working to improve solar panel efficiency and recently researchers from Aalto University and Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya have set a new record for the most efficient solar panel.

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Porsche 911 Carrera and Boxster Black Editions pack enhanced features

Porsche 911 Carrera and Boxster Black Editions pack enhanced features

Porsche has created special editions of its popular 911 Carrera sports car and the Boxster roadster. The special editions are called the Black Edition and as you can guess, the key styling feature for the models is black paint and black interior. The standard paint for both models is a normal black color on the outside with Jet Black metallic available as an option. The best thing about these cars isn't the black paint color; it’s the features that Porsche crams inside.

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Hyundai Sonata Hybrid SE promises 40 mpg in the city

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid SE promises 40 mpg in the city

Hyundai has pulled the wraps off its second-generation Sonata Hybrid this week and it gets some unique touches to set it apart from the normal Sonata models in the line. Those unique touches include unique wheels, and unique front and rear fascias. Those unique front and rear fascias are there to do more than just make the car look visually different from the other Sonatas in the range they also improve aerodynamics.

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Hitachi whole home wireless speakers powered by AllPlay

Hitachi whole home wireless speakers powered by AllPlay

Hitachi has stepped into the whole home audio market with a trio of new wireless speakers that will bring your favorite music to any room of your home or office. The three speakers are WiFi enabled and all are powered by AllPlay technology under the hood from Qualcomm. All three of the wireless speaker solutions support streaming music via WiFi from both iOS and Android platforms.

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