July’s once in a blue moon: rare ‘extra’ moon visible tomorrow

July’s once in a blue moon: rare ‘extra’ moon visible tomorrow

Tomorrow brings with it a blue moon, which, you may be disappointed to find out, isn’t actually a blue-colored moon. Rather, it is an “extra” full moon that only happens in some years, hence the term, “Once in a blue moon”. This year, 2015, is one of the special years with an extra full moon, in that every month has had (and will have) one full moon, which is typical, with the exception of July. In total, 2015 will have had 13 full moons instead of 12.

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Philae’s last gasp: final Rosetta mission data published

Philae’s last gasp: final Rosetta mission data published

The European Space Agency's Philae lander has sent what's likely its last batch of data home to Earth. Having gone regretfully silent only days after it hit the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko back in November of 2014, the Rosetta mission's Philae lander re-established connection in June of 2015. Now the team's final connection was set for July 9th, and it's entirely possible the ESA won't end up being able to make contact again. We'll have to wait until August, right as the comet makes its closest approach to our Sun.

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Lenovo Flex 3 11 highlights: three things to know

Lenovo Flex 3 11 highlights: three things to know

When it comes to budget laptops, you usually have two choices: cheesy design or inadequate features. Lenovo challenges both of those issues with its new Flex 3 11, a small laptop that starts at $299 and looks like it was designed for grown ups. We recently reviewed the laptop, and per usual we’re back with a few highlights that’ll jump start your knowledge about the machine. For all of the details and more pictures, be sure to check out the full review!

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Galaxy Note 5 release may see price cuts to S6 and Edge

Galaxy Note 5 release may see price cuts to S6 and Edge

Samsung is set to reveal the Galaxy Note 5 on the 13th of August, and along with it, price "adjustments" for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Speaking this week on their Q2 2015 earnings, Samsung suggested that they'll be adjusting, or dropping, that is to say, prices for their two hero smartphones. This is due to the less-than-stellar sales of both devices, and likely a prepared punch to the events set to take place in the middle of next month, right alongside the Note and the larger S6 Edge Plus.

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Android app Beta testing expanding in Google Play

Android app Beta testing expanding in Google Play

Early adopters of software are about to get a lot easier-to-use tools in Google Play this week as Google ramps up testing options for developers. While Google has offered up some early testing tools to developers in the past, this week they're moving forward with a solid set of three options for Beta testing apps with the public. Open Beta is joined by Closed beta using email addresses and Closed beta with Google+ community or Google Group access. In short, it's about to get a lot easier to use apps earlier for the greater good of the software community.

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Parrot’s drones are so popular, they’ve split off the company

Parrot’s drones are so popular, they’ve split off the company

This week Parrot's quarterly earnings call played host to an interesting tidbit of information: they're splitting their company. Not in a super major way - they're just creating a subsidiary. But a subsidiary that's dedicated entirely to drones. Instead of keeping Parrot a company that's all about car accessories and drones, they've decided to dedicate their main, original company to their original goals, while their subsidiary concentrates on the drones bit.

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Exploding Kittens shipping today

Exploding Kittens shipping today

The Kickstarter-smashing card game by the name of Exploding Kittens has begun shipping as of today. Created by a crew that includes The Oatmeal's Matthew Inman, this game was created with the hope of selling 500 decks of cards through a crowdfunding campaign. The campaign saw unimagined success, winding up selling 460,000 decks instead. As such, the crew would be forgiven for not meeting their original projection of a July delivery of the game. Lucky Kickstarter backers, though, they tightened their bootstraps and went to work - the game begins shipping today.

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Angry Birds 2 Review: riddled with potential and purchases

Angry Birds 2 Review: riddled with potential and purchases

Today we're having a peek at the next big release from Rovio, the game called Angry Birds 2. The name is a strange one, coming from a company that's actually releasing its THIRTEENTH Angry Birds game this week, but it is a return to the basics... in a sense... anyway. No seasons here, no special characters or cross-brand relationships. Just Angry Birds and their popping of Pigs. And a whole lot of extras. Lots of extras. So many extra features that you're going to get confused at what you're looking at.

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Google partners with Aclima to map air quality with Street View cars

Google partners with Aclima to map air quality with Street View cars

Google's Street View cars are great at providing detailed maps and imagery of roads and intersections, but what if they could collect more data to add to their maps, like the quality of air in an area? That's just what Aclima hopes to achieve, as they've just announced a partnership with Google that will put their environmental sensors on a handful of Street View cars in a new pilot program aimed at improving pollution awareness.

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Prince releases ONE SONG to Spotify

Prince releases ONE SONG to Spotify

This morning Prince released a singe by the name of "Stare" to Spotify exclusively. This is now the one song available from Prince on Spotify other than tracks on soundtracks and associated labels. After removing all of his singles and albums from Spotify and other streaming services earlier this month, Prince has returned with one song. The idea here, clearly, is that Prince doesn't need to have all of his music available all the time. Instead, he'll reveal one track at a time, pushing the hype machine in strange new directions.

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