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Amazon UK Prime members get free streaming music

Amazon UK Prime members get free streaming music

Amazon has announced one more reason why people in the UK might want to sign up for a Prime membership. If the cheap, fast shipping and free streaming video wasn't enough to get you to plunk down the £79 per year membership fee for Prime, a massive catalog of streaming music might do the trick. The music plays on mobile devices via iOS and Android apps or on Fire devices.

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Researchers create transistors using a single molecule

Researchers create transistors using a single molecule

The heart of a processor inside a computer and other devices is the transistor. The more transistors that can be crammed inside a CPU, the better the device performs. There is a limit to how small a working transistor can be and a group of researchers has made a significant breakthrough in transistor size. The team was able to show for the first item that a single molecule can operate as a field-effect transistor.

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Pi-Boy Classic is an homage to the Gameboy

Pi-Boy Classic is an homage to the Gameboy

If you are looking for your next project to work on, something cool has turned up over at Thingiverse called the Pi-Boy Classic. The device is said to be an homage to the original Nintendo Gameboy, only on a smaller scale. The Pi-Boy is about 75% of the size of that original Gameboy Classic. The custom controller under the display is more like a SNES controller than the original Gameboy.

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Galaxy S6 Mini pics leak, launch tipped for August

Galaxy S6 Mini pics leak, launch tipped for August

Samsung is facing declining sales with its Galaxy S6 devices having been on the market for a while now. To push new sales it needs a new smartphone and some new images have leaked showing that the company is set to launch a smaller version of the Galaxy S6 dubbed the Galaxy S6 Mini. A Mini version of the smartphone would indicate that it will have a smaller screen and should be less expensive to purchase as well.

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Jewelbots open source wearable teaches girls to code

Jewelbots open source wearable teaches girls to code

I have a ten-year-old daughter so my house is often filled with bracelets of one sort or another that her friends give her or she gives them. A new open source wearable friendship bracelet has debuted called Jewelbots and they are more than just a pretty bracelet for girls to share. Jewelbots are intended to teach girls to code.

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Thor robot wins 2015 RoboCup in China

Thor robot wins 2015 RoboCup in China

There are more robotics competitions around the world than you can shake a stick at. Some of these competitions have robots trying to do things like drive cars and navigate obstacles in an effort to create a robot capable of saving people in a disaster. Other competitions are more laid back and feature robots that are designed to do human things like play soccer. A robot called Thor built by researchers from UCLA and the University of Pennsylvania has won a big soccer match.

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People can legally listen to your butt dials

People can legally listen to your butt dials

I'd wager that anyone who uses a smartphone has probably butt dialed before, even if you don’t realize you did it. Butt dialing occurs when you accidentally hit the buttons on your smartphone and start a call without realizing you did. Some people immediately hang up when they receive a butt dial, but others like to listen in to see what they can hear being said.

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