Festo’s latest insect-like robots: BionicANTS, eMotionButterflies

Festo’s latest insect-like robots: BionicANTS, eMotionButterflies

The German robotics company, Festo, is up to its impressive tricks again, making robots that are modelled on real-life insects and animals. Festo has quite a penchant for animal-like robots, and its latest creations include BionicAnts which move like ants and can operate as a hive-minded group, eMotion butterflies which can flutter and fly, and the FlexShapeGripper which can pick up objects like a chameleon's tongue. These newest little bots join Festo's previous creations such as the BionicOpter robotic dragonfly and the pneumatically powered BionicKangaroo.

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OnePlus launches DR-1 drone on April Fools Day

OnePlus launches DR-1 drone on April Fools Day

While it was probably a fun tradition in the past, and might still be for a few, April Fools Day has become a mixed bag, especially when it comes to the Internet and news. Company's in the West, or at least those who are mindful of their Western and international audiences, have come to learn to refrain from making serious announcements on the day when people are less likely to take things seriously. And yet, once again defying convention, OnePlus is launching its new product right on April 1, its not so secret DR-1 drone.

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Phase One Industrial’s iXU 180: compact 80MP drone camera

Phase One Industrial’s iXU 180: compact 80MP drone camera

Phase One Industrial is coming out with a new camera, the iXU 180, specifically designed for to be mounted on drones and aircraft. So, you could even mount it on an awesome Star Wars themed drone like this. The camera has an 80 megapixel CCD sensor, allowing it to gather huge amounts of information from a single shot. The camera body weighs 2 pounds and measures in at 97.4 x 93 x 110mm. Phase One is claiming that the iXU 180 is the world's smallest medium format 80 megapixel aerial camera.

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Volkswagen at New York Auto Show: four Beetles, SportWagen Alltrack

Volkswagen at New York Auto Show: four Beetles, SportWagen Alltrack

The New York International Auto Show 2015 kicks into high gear this week, and Volkswagen is ready not with one nor two but five models to show off. Granted, four of them are concepts, but considering they're legacy, they are more than noteworthy. In time for the 60th anniversary of the Beetle line, the car maker is announcing four Beetle concepts, two of which are convertibles: the Beetle Convertible Denim, the Bettle Convertible Wave, the Beetle R-Line, and the pink, yes pink, Beetle Pink Color Edition. Plus, the Golf SportsWagen gets an all-terrain brother.

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You can finally opt out and remove Verizon’s “supercookie”

You can finally opt out and remove Verizon’s “supercookie”

Verizon Wireless is finally letting users completely opt out of its tracking program which uses undeletable tracking codes called "supercookies". Prior to this, customers no longer received targeted advertizing after opting out from Verizon's data collection program. Still, customers' browsing history and metadata was being stored by Verizon. Under its data collection program, Verizon tracks personal data by tagging customers with a unique customer identifier code. This "supercookie" code was un-removable under Verizon's previous opt-out policy wherein users could halt the gathering of their browsing habits, but they would still be tagged with a customer identifier code. Now, users can ask Verizon to remove their customer ID code supercookie.

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2016 Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan makes its official debut

2016 Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan makes its official debut

It hasn't been a secret that the 2016 Cadillac CT6 would be making it public debut at the New York Auto Show, and leading up to it the auto maker has teased the car in a myriad of ways. We can finally put those teases to rest: the luxury sedan has arrived, and it fulfills all of Cadillac's promises. The CT6 is a big deal for Cadillac for multiple reasons, not the least of which being due to its designation as one of eight new models being launched as part of a multi-billion dollar investment by the auto maker.

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Facebook said to be violating European law by tracking users

Facebook said to be violating European law by tracking users

Facebook has been found running afoul of the law in Europe, at least according to researchers commissioned to look into the matter. Last month a draft report pegged the social network as being in violation of European law, and so a further look into the matter concluded that Facebook is tracking all of its users...even if they are opting out of being tracked, or if they have visited a Facebook page but don't have an account with the company.

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Flickr introduces public domain option: SpaceX gets on board

Flickr introduces public domain option: SpaceX gets on board

Flickr, the Yahoo-owned photography storage and sharing website, has been slowly adding features it hopes will make it appeal to a larger audience of photographers, and latest among its efforts is the introduction of two new copyright designations: Public Domain and Creative Commons 0 (CC0). Both designations have been long-requested by Flickr users, and it has already kicked things off in a big way, announcing that SpaceX was one of the first accounts to switch over to a "Public Domain" designation -- making those gorgeous rocket shots available to anyone.

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Limited Edition PS4 Batman: Arkham Knight bundle unveiled

Limited Edition PS4 Batman: Arkham Knight bundle unveiled

Sony has announced the new Limited Edition PlayStation 4 Batman: Arkham Knight bundle. With the bundle comes a Steel Grey PS4 console decked out with a partial silhouette of Batman and a subtle emblem reading out the name of the game. A controller with the same steel grey color is included with the bundle, as well as the expected game. That's not the only bundle Sony will be offering, however; it has a second similar one up its sleeve, only for a lower price point and with less flashy designs for those who find that option more preferable.

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Appkettle smart kettle lends mobile control

Appkettle smart kettle lends mobile control

Appkettle is a smart kettle that allows users to set the temperature, monitor the process, and more when warming up water for their morning coffee or afternoon soup. It works, as you'd expect, in conjunction with a mobile app lending hands-off control of the kettle, which can be left on its own in the kitchen (after the water is added, of course). The design itself is modern with a shiny outer shell, but conservative enough to blend in with most kitchens with its round shape and matte black base. According to its maker, this is the first kettle that offers volume and temperature control in real-time on a mobile device.

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