Brazil targets zika virus with smelly, mosquito-killing billboards

Brazil targets zika virus with smelly, mosquito-killing billboards

Brazil, epicenter of the growing zika virus outbreak, is now home to a pair of billboards that smell like sweaty humans and exist merely to lure mosquitoes to their death. The billboard — the kind that is placed on a city sidewalk — emits a mixture of carbon dioxide and lactic acid aromas to mimic the scent of human sweat, attracting mosquitos from as far away as 2.5km. It is called, appropriately enough, the Mosquito Killer Board, and it was created by ad agencies NBS and Posterscope. Even better, blueprints for the board have been released for free.

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Blizzard “failed horrifically” on Project Titan

Blizzard “failed horrifically” on Project Titan

There's no question that World of Warcraft is the most successful MMO of all-time. After 11 years, the game is still running strong, with more current subscribers than any other. But this wasn't going to be their only MMO. For years there were whispers about another planned MMO, named Titan. But what happened?

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SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive launches with flexible Lightning connector

SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive launches with flexible Lightning connector

If Lexar's newly launched microSD Lightning dongle isn't quite to your tastes, SanDisk has launched a similar offering, this one in the form of a thumb drive. The new iXpand Flash Drive refreshes the maker's former iXpand offerings with a new slim, sleek design and a Lightning connector attached to a flexible arm. The drive is available now in capacities ranging from 16GB to 128GB.

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VLC Media Player for Xbox One is finally happening

VLC Media Player for Xbox One is finally happening

When I want to watch a video on my computer, there's really only one program that I open up. VLC is simple, and plays virtually any video format that I throw at it. Plus, I happen to be a fan of traffic cones. Unfortunately, my favorite media player isn't available on my Xbox One. But it sounds as thought that's going to change soon.

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Android phone user DIY upgrades from 16 to 64GB internal storage

Android phone user DIY upgrades from 16 to 64GB internal storage

Imagine our surprise when the first smartphone with upgradable internal storage wasn't a Project Ara phone from Google, it was a Nexus 5 from LG. Project Ara is still a concept - blocks that fit in to a smartphone casing, allowing you to upgrade whenever you like. The LG Nexus 5, on the other hand, is a device made back in 2013. Hardly the age of a device we'd expect to be so versatile. But here it is - the way in which you might upgrade your own internal storage from a paltry 16GB all the way up to a hefty 64GB - easy peasy.

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Did AMD just confirm the PlayStation NEO, and a new Xbox One?

Did AMD just confirm the PlayStation NEO, and a new Xbox One?

Everyone's doing their quarterly earnings calls around now, and we've gotten a lot of interesting information from them. The latest call was from AMD, and once again, there was at least one tidbit that hints at things to come. Specifically, they are planning on releasing three new chips that are typically used for gaming consoles, and one of those will be released later this year.

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How to present an iPhone Pro

How to present an iPhone Pro

In 2015, Apple introduced the iPad Pro - a device that they intended the public to see as an alternative to the oft-underutilized power of the notebook. Why have something more powerful when you're only going to do a few things? On that note, why use a notebook and limit the number of apps you can use when iOS has one of the most explosively innovative app stores in the world right this minute? In the year 2017, on the 10th anniversary of the iPhone (originally introduced in the year 2007), I'd like to imagine Apple will release the iPhone Pro.

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AI’s next big challenge is a Doom deathmatch

AI’s next big challenge is a Doom deathmatch

Computer AI has long been defeating humans in the game of chess, and earlier this year Google's AlphaGo became the first to beat a world champion in the ancient Chinese board game Go, but now it's time to settle the score in a game that really matters: a classic FPS. That's what a group of AI researchers hope to see, with a new challenge inviting computers to face-off in Doom, but playing as humans would.

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New Google Travel app invites sent to Android users

New Google Travel app invites sent to Android users

This morning the folks responsible for development of Google's "Local Guides" program have sent out invites to some users for Beta Testing. What this app does is tap in to the Google Maps feature you may or may not have heard of - a feature by the same name Local Guides - to assist users in finding awesome local sights and events when they travel through a new city. Both Android and iOS users will be given the opportunity to test this app.

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HTC 10 and LG G5 aren’t USB Type-C compliant, says Google engineer [update]

HTC 10 and LG G5 aren’t USB Type-C compliant, says Google engineer [update]

Benson Leung is someone that we've talked about before. He's the Google engineer that rounded up all of the USB Type-C cables and put them through a series of tests to see if they're up to snuff. As it turned out, a number of them weren't, and one even managed to permanently damage his laptop. Well he's back at it again, this time he's looking at phones that use the Type-C spec. And he calls out two big names for being non-compliant, the HTC 10 and LG G5.

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Amazon won’t sell certain games to non-Prime customers

Amazon won’t sell certain games to non-Prime customers

Amazon Prime has a lot of benefits that I personally enjoy. However, the $99 per year price tag can be a bit steep, and not everyone cares enough about the benefits to shell out that much money. Well it seems that if you're not interested in picking up a Prime subscription, Amazon doesn't want to sell you certain video games anymore.

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Garmin’s new Approach X40 is a golf-based fitness wearable

Garmin’s new Approach X40 is a golf-based fitness wearable

Garmin has announced a new fitness tracker today, and it has a specific appeal for golfers looking to keep active. The Approach X40 takes on the appearance of a standard digital display-equipped wearable, and has several features that are right at home on the golf course, but it balances that with other tracking options that will keep it useful even when wearers aren't teeing off.

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