Humans adapted to survive car wrecks are terrifying

Humans adapted to survive car wrecks are terrifying

Imagine if humans evolved in such a way that we could better handle being in a car crash. It would involve some big changes, as you can imagine; necks, spines, and ribs are particularly vulnerable and often injured in car wrecks, for example. Thanks to a trio of industrious folks, we get a glimpse at what one of those evolved humans may look like. Hint: it’s horrifying. Apparently to withstand car crashes, humans will need to transform into a real-life Juggernaut.

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Google Comics Bubble Zoom makes digital books unique

Google Comics Bubble Zoom makes digital books unique

This week the folks at Google have taken their Google Books platform to a new level at SDCC. Comic books - those participating in the project - will be coming alive (so to speak) with a service called Bubble Zoom. This feature will allow portions of each comic page to zoom and grow when a user's finger moves overhead. This could make the entire medium change and inspire comic artists to change the way they create comics. If nothing else, this feature will certainly make each page pop.

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Amazon Prime Student promo offers discounted loan interest rate

Amazon Prime Student promo offers discounted loan interest rate

Amazon Prime Student subscribers have a new oddball offering: a discounted interest rate for private student loans through Wells Fargo. The Prime product, of course, is intended specifically for students and offers many of the same perks as a regular Prime subscription, plus some extra promotions and offers targeted at students. If shelling out for a Prime Student account wasn't attractive enough, Amazon seems to hope getting discounted interest rates will be enough to draw in new customers.

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Periscope adds tweet embeds, replay highlights to its list of features

Periscope adds tweet embeds, replay highlights to its list of features

Periscope has signaled a significant update to its live streaming platform today, announcing three new features that users will almost certainly get some mileage out of. The first is the ability to watch replay highlights from streams you missed. Now Periscope will automatically create highlight "trailers" covering the broadcasts you missed over the last day and put them in your home feed, meaning you don't need to watch entire streams just to get caught up.

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WhatsApp beta update brings voicemail and call back options

WhatsApp beta update brings voicemail and call back options

WhatsApp is bringing even more features for its users, and those taking part in its Android beta testing can get access to the newest ones as of today. Chief among the new features being tested is voicemail, a welcomed addition considering how many people have replaced their phone's voice and texting services with feature-rich dedicated apps like WhatsApp.

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3D-printed fingerprints may help police access locked phones

3D-printed fingerprints may help police access locked phones

Law enforcement isn't happy about the rise of biometric phone security -- that is, fingerprint sensors -- because it is incredibly hard to bypass. To get around the pesky issue, police have turned to 3D-printing, requesting a lab recreate and 3D print a phone owner's fingerprints in a way that they can be used to unlock the phone. Though the 3D-printed fingerprints haven't yet been verified as functional, the issue has already raised a new round of criticism and privacy concerns.

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Square Enix teases Apple Watch RPG Cosmos Rings

Square Enix teases Apple Watch RPG Cosmos Rings

Anyone who follows gaming will know that Square Enix is capable of doing some wacky stuff. The company's nearly 30 year existence has seen hits and misses with plenty of weird offerings dotted in between, but today we're getting a tease for what might just be the company's strangest decision yet: it would seem that Square Enix is planning a new RPG game for the Apple Watch.

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Honda Softbank partnership to deliver smarter AI for cars

Honda Softbank partnership to deliver smarter AI for cars

Artificial Intelligence will be a primary focus for a new team-up between auto brand Honda Motor Co. and internet company SoftBank. Artificial Intelligence for vehicles - AI that makes vehicles able to read emotions and react to its driver intelligently. This announcement comes not long after release of a deal which would have SoftBank acquire chipmaker ARM. The collaboration between SoftBank and Honda is not an acquisition, but a brand team-up.

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Facebook’s Aquila drone has a successful first full-scale flight

Facebook’s Aquila drone has a successful first full-scale flight

At dawn on June 28, Facebook’s Aquila drone took its first flight; it was a success and marked a new major milestone in Facebook’s effort to bring Internet access to remote parts of the world. Much like Google’s Project Loon — though distinctly different in many ways — Facebook’s eyeing the sky as a way to beam Internet to villages and rural communities below. Rather than using balloons, though, the social network has elected to use very wide but relatively light drones that sip solar power and can spend long periods of time in the sky.

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Modobag wants to bring rideable luggage to airports across the US

Modobag wants to bring rideable luggage to airports across the US

A campaign to fund the Modobag has gone live on Indiegogo, and it promises to be one of the strangest, most unique items you'll come across today. Modobag is a battery-powered, motorized piece of luggage that travelers can use to zip around airport terminals as they rush to catch their flight. The company behind Modobag says it will get you where you need to be three times faster than walking, meaning the frequently late among us may want to pay attention.

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Nintendo NES Classic Edition revealed: super tiny!

Nintendo NES Classic Edition revealed: super tiny!

The newest gaming console from Nintendo is also the cutest - the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition. This device looks very, very similar to the original NES, and indeed has many of the same features, but this time it's a whole lot smaller, and comes with games built-in. Not crappy games - good games. The games you remember playing. And the controllers are the same - it's basically everything you want and nothing you don't. You don't have to blow on any cartridges to make them work - unless you want to!

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BBC iPlayer Radio app arrives in US for iOS and Android

BBC iPlayer Radio app arrives in US for iOS and Android

So, you're a fan of BBC Radio and all of the content it puts out, but there's just one problem: you're American, and those broadcasts can sometimes prove difficult to tune in to over here in the New World. The good news is that the BBC is looking to make it quite a bit easier for folks living outside of the UK to listen to its radio broadcasts, today launching its new iPlayer Radio app on iOS and Android in the US.

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