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Surface Pro Special Edition NFL Type Covers celebrate your favorite team

Surface Pro Special Edition NFL Type Covers celebrate your favorite team

Every football fan in the US knows that the kickoff to the 2016-2017 NFL season is right around the corner. Microsoft wants to capitalize on that passion for NFL football and is offering people who have the new Surface Pro some cool Type Covers to choose from. There are covers for every single NFL team to choose from. Microsoft says that the first concept it made of the new NFL cover was for the Seattle Seahawks.

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Omega2 IoT Linux computer has WiFi and tiny price

Omega2 IoT Linux computer has WiFi and tiny price

At some point in the future just about everything will want to get on your WiFi and connect to the internet. Comcast will love that, since most cheap plans limit the number of devices you can connect to your account at once. A new Linux-powered computer specifically made for the IoT has landed on Kickstarter and it is called the Omega2. This little gizmo has its own integrated WiFi and sells for the princely sum of $5.

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Walk Again Project uses machines to help people regain mobility

Walk Again Project uses machines to help people regain mobility

One of the most devastating types of injuries that a person can suffer is a spinal injury that makes them unable to walk again. An international collaboration of scientists is working with robotic equipment under the umbrella of a project dubbed "Walk Again Project" to use non-invasive brain-machine interfaces to allow people to walk again. The process involved having people with injuries perform brain training while interacting with robot-like machines.

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Rolls Royce Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornaments can’t be stolen

Rolls Royce Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornaments can’t be stolen

Back in the late '80s, it was in fashion for people to steal hood ornaments from Mercedes-Benz cars and wear them on a necklace. It's a bit foggy how this all started, but I think it had to do with one rapper or another wearing it in a video back when MTV actually played music videos. That means that every Mercedes within 25 miles of a school was missing its hood ornament. Rolls-Royce isn't having any of that.

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Bionic hand made from Keurig Coffee Maker

Bionic hand made from Keurig Coffee Maker

I've seen enough '80s action films to have a dubious disposition on anything bionic or cybernetic. I think we can probably rest assured that a bionic arm made out of a used Keurig coffee maker won't take over the world. A YouTuber called Terminal Cornucopia has created a bionic hand almost entirely out of parts taken from a disassembled Keurig coffee maker and called the hand Hedberg. I don't know why.

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Researchers create stretchable touchpad that could be implanted

Researchers create stretchable touchpad that could be implanted

I readily admit going into this that the thought of implanting a touchpad inside the body is very disturbing to me. That is exactly what scientists at Seoul National University have come up with. This touchpad can be used to write words and play electronic games according to the inventors. It's made from the same sort of soft and stretch hydrogel that is used to make soft contact lenses.

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ZenWatch 3 images show round device with black and gold face

ZenWatch 3 images show round device with black and gold face

A couple of days ago, word surfaced that Asus has a new smartwatch in the works that would be called the ZenWatch 3. This name was tipped by a leaked line art image of the back of the watch bearing the FCC and other logos. Today some new images of the smartwatch have surfaced as it was getting certifications somewhere.

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Vizio update brings HDR10 support to SmartCast P-series and M-series displays

Vizio update brings HDR10 support to SmartCast P-series and M-series displays

Vizio has announced a new update that is ready for users of certain Ultra HD HDR home theater monitors. The update brings support for the new HDR10 format to the Vizio SmartCast P-Series and M-Series Ultra HD HDR home theater displays. Both of those monitor series launched with Dolby Vision content support and adding HDR10 support expands the compatibility of the devices for more content.

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Gene expression imaging could lead to new treatments for brain disorders

Gene expression imaging could lead to new treatments for brain disorders

The image you see here represents a first for scientists and researchers and could usher in a new era for treating some brain disorders. The image is the first time that the visualization of epigenetic activity has been performed in a living human brain. The researchers behind the technology hope that it may one day help to figure out the role epigenetics plays in certain brain disorders.

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HP Elite X3 smartphone orders available directly from HP

HP Elite X3 smartphone orders available directly from HP

Almost exactly a month ago we knew that HP was getting set to officially launch the Windows 10 flagship smartphone called the Elite X3 because it finally began talking about the smartphone officially. Last week pre-orders kicked off for the device via Microsoft's online store in the UK. This week pre-orders are underway for the Elite X3 directly from HP. HP is promising that the device will land at your door within 5-10 business days.

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Galaxy Note 7 with 128GB of storage talked about for the first time

Galaxy Note 7 with 128GB of storage talked about for the first time

The Galaxy Note 7 launched not long ago and the massive phablet has appealed to buyers thanks to its big screen with curved edges and overall performance. Rumors have been flying for a while now that Samsung is working on another version of the Note 7 that will pack 128GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM. The rub with this rumor is that the hopped up Note 7 has been tipped to be for China only.

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Pokemon Uranium is a fan-made game that looks official

Pokemon Uranium is a fan-made game that looks official

There have been hoards of Pokemon games made over the years and some of them are very hard to find today if you want to play them. Some fans got together several years back and decided to make their own Pokemon game and dubbed it Pokemon Uranium. To say the project was ambitious would be an understatement.

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