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Samsung says half of recalled Galaxy Note 7 devices have been exchanged

Samsung says half of recalled Galaxy Note 7 devices have been exchanged

Samsung has issued a statement noting that about half of all the recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that were sold in the US have now been exchanged. The exchanges have all taken place under the Samsung voluntary recall that has been underway for several weeks now after more than 70 cases of the original Note 7 catching fire while charging. Samsung says that about 90% of the Galaxy Note owners have been opting to get the new Galaxy Note 7 as a replacement since it launched on September 21.

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Ghost Robotics Minitaur quadruped robot can open doors and climb stairs

Ghost Robotics Minitaur quadruped robot can open doors and climb stairs

Robotics researchers and engineers all around the world are working on bipedal and quadrupedal robots for various tasks. We want bipedal robots that can use human tools to help us in daily life and in rescue situations where humans might not be able to go to give assistance. The problem is that many of the available robots today are extremely expensive. Ghost Robotics has unveiled a new robot called the Minitaur and this little quadruped robot has some cool tricks up its robotic sleeves.

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Adidas Futurecraft M.F.G. is the first Speedfactory shoe

Adidas Futurecraft M.F.G. is the first Speedfactory shoe

Adidas isn't exactly being forthcoming with all the details on what its new Speedfactory really is. It appears to have something to do with a faster robotic manufacturing process that is more sustainable and allows Adidas to churn out shoes that are more customizable than the norm. Exactly how they are pulling all this customization and futuristic manufacturing off, we are left to guess.

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Apple iOS 10.1, watchOS 3.1, and OS X Sierra 10.12.1 betas appear at once

Apple iOS 10.1, watchOS 3.1, and OS X Sierra 10.12.1 betas appear at once

Developers were excited all around the world this week as Apple tossed five new betas out for the devs to dig into. The betas include macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta (build 16B2327e), iOS 10.1 beta (build 14B55c), watchOS 3.1 beta (build 14S452), tvOS 10.0.1 beta (build 14U54), and Xcode 8.1 beta (build 8T29o). For now, Apple isn't giving up much detail on any of these betas leaving it to the developers to climb in and tinker.

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Makerbot Replicator+ and Mini+ get larger build volumes

Makerbot Replicator+ and Mini+ get larger build volumes

Makerbot has announced some new 3D printing hardware and software that are designed to make it easier for professionals and educators to more quickly and effectively develop ideas and to offer educators a way to integrate 3D printing into the classroom. The Makerbot Print and mobile applications are designed to easily integrated Makerbot into their workflow and to help teachers introduce students to 3D printing.

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Kodak Pixpro 4KVR360 VR camera records 360-degree action in 4K

Kodak Pixpro 4KVR360 VR camera records 360-degree action in 4K

A new Kodak branded action camera has been unveiled that will record 360-degree VR footage in 4k resolution. The new camera is called the Kodak PixPro 360 4K VR camera and is made by K Imaging Ltd. The camera is a single body design with two 4k fixed focus lenses housed on either side of the camera body.

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Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 shoe has laces that tighten themselves

Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 shoe has laces that tighten themselves

There was a bunch of memorable stuff in the "Back to the Future" movie franchise. The Flux Capacitor was one of the coolest, but the stuff that I wanted the most was the hoverboard and the self-lacing Nike shoes. We still don’t get to go back in time when we hit 88mph or float around on hoverboards, but starting November 28, we can get a version of McFly's self-lacing shoes called the HyperAdapt 1.0.

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AT&T’s Project AirGig aims to deliver broadband anywhere there are power lines

AT&T’s Project AirGig aims to deliver broadband anywhere there are power lines

In many rural parts of the world, there are few, if any, choices when it comes to broadband providers. The issue for many broadband firms is that the layout to run the needed cabling to serve rural communities can't always be offset by the number of subscribers that the company might gain. AT&T has a new system that it is in the process of developing that could change this and bring broadband to any location that is served by power lines called AirGig.

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Samsung 960 Pro and EVO SSDs deliver up to 3500MB/s writes

Samsung 960 Pro and EVO SSDs deliver up to 3500MB/s writes

At first glance these might look like sticks of RAM, but they are actually Samsung's latest storage devices the 960 PRO and 960 EVO SSDs. Both of the drives are M.2 form factor SSDs that use Non-Volatile Memory Express technology. Both of the SSDs also use Samsung Magician software package. Samsung is aiming the new SSDs are users who want higher bandwidth and lower latency for gaming or moving large 4K files.

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Phase One IQ1 100MP digital back and new blue ring lenses debut

Phase One IQ1 100MP digital back and new blue ring lenses debut

Phase One has announced some new lenses and a new digital back that are aimed at demanding photographers. The new products include the IQ1 100MP Digital Back and a new wide-angle and fast telephoto blue ring lenses. The new digital camera back has mounting options for the XF and H cameras and supports a range of technical systems.

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Destination: Mars uses Microsoft HoloLens to bring the Red Planet to life

Destination: Mars uses Microsoft HoloLens to bring the Red Planet to life

Visitors to the Kennedy Space Center Complex will get to walk on the surface of Mars thanks to some slick virtual reality features that take advantage of Microsoft HoloLens tech. The new experience is called Destination: Mars and it allows users to walk on Mars using real images from the Curiosity Rover. Destination: Mars is a Kennedy Space Center Visitor complex exclusive, will be located in a pop-up theater, and will be available for viewing through January 1, 2017.

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Hasselblad X1D “4116 edition” and V1D 4116 concept celebrate brand’s 75th anniversary

Hasselblad X1D “4116 edition” and V1D 4116 concept celebrate brand’s 75th anniversary

As part of the celebration of its 75th anniversary, Hasselblad has rolled out a new medium format digital camera called the X1D "4116 edition" that is described as the next phase of the world's first compact mirrorless medium format camera. This X1D camera first launched in June and is less than half the weight of a normal digital medium format camera and the 4116 edition is a new spin on that original camera.

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