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NASA has big plans for DARPA’s scary “Deep Web”

NASA has big plans for DARPA’s scary “Deep Web”

NASA is weighing in on the Memex "Deep Web" search project, hoping to harness DARPA's at-times ominous index to crunch vast quantities of space data. A team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to add a contextual layer to search, not only allowing the system to view webpages more like humans might, but even capable of drawing links between images and individual frames of videos. If it succeeds, it could be a much-needed blast of positive PR for a project that has become mired in controversy.

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BlackBerry slashes smartphone workforce

BlackBerry slashes smartphone workforce

BlackBerry is axing jobs across its smartphone business, as the ailing Canadian company attempts to coax out a profit amid dwindling demand. The job losses, confirmed by BlackBerry this week, are a result of moves to "consolidate our device software, hardware and applications business," a spokesperson for the firm said, with a renewed focus on pushing software and licensing revenues rather than relying on handsets that have singularly failed to set enterprise or consumer markets alight.

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Mercedes and Qualcomm team on wireless charging cars

Mercedes and Qualcomm team on wireless charging cars

Your Mercedes-Benz EV may soon wirelessly charge just like a Formula-E car, with Daimler inking a deal with Qualcomm around high-tech car gadgetry. The two companies are partnering up on automotive development, including wireless charging both for cars and the smartphones and tablets inside them, as well as ways to get connected cars online and at high speed while on the move. For Qualcomm, it's an opportunity to branch out beyond the increasingly competitive smartphone chipset market.

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Here’s what it looks like when your rocket launch aborts

Here’s what it looks like when your rocket launch aborts

A pilot's eye view of what happens when a rocket launch goes wrong is not something most would like to experience, but SpaceX can help you live it vicariously. Elon Musk's commercial space flight company has released capsule footage from the Dragon craft used in the launch abort system test completed successfully earlier this month, a vital backup should something go wrong when the ship starts taking human passengers up into Earth's atmosphere and beyond.

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2016 Volvo XC90 first-drive – Scandinavia on wheels

2016 Volvo XC90 first-drive – Scandinavia on wheels

Nordic noir has invaded our television and our bookshelves, and now Volvo wants to do the same for luxury SUVs with the all-new 2016 XC90. As many companies, automotive and otherwise have discovered, throwing money at a problem isn’t necessarily the best way to fix it. Nonetheless, it helps to have deep pockets when you’re tasked with completely reinventing your line-up, and Volvo has spent over $11bn since it was sold to Geely in 2010 and began to rebuild its range from the ground up. Now, we’re getting a taste of what that money bought, and like moody Scandinavian detectives, it turns out to be complicated.

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Man sets world record riding hoverboard over lake

Man sets world record riding hoverboard over lake

You still can’t go down to the store and buy yourself a hoverboard, and that is disappointing. You can, however, watch one Canadian man hover above a lake like the Green Goblin, and that’ll do for now. The man in question is Catalin Alexandru Duru, and he recently took off on a hoverboard over Lake Quareua in Quebec, Canada. He created the prototype hoverboard himself, something he says is the first real hoverboard and proof that it is something that can be done.

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Java, java! Three coffee makers to fuel your day

Java, java! Three coffee makers to fuel your day

Life is busy business and coffee is the fuel upon which it runs (for many of us, anyway). Coffee shops have their place, but discerning coffee drinkers know making their own cuppa is the best way to make sure it tastes just right...and that there's enough for a second or third cup when needed. Coffee makers are nothing new, but the three we've detailed are -- and they're smart, too, able to accommodate your tech-filled life. Fancy a cup? Read on.

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Oculus VR’s founder sued over alleged confidentiality breach

Oculus VR’s founder sued over alleged confidentiality breach

The founder of Oculus VR, Palmer Luckey, has been hit with a lawsuit from his former employer Total Recall Technologies. According to the lawsuit, Luckey used confidential information he acquired during his job at Total Recall to later launch his own Oculus Rift headset. As a result, Total Recall is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. Oculus has likewise been swept up into the lawsuit, but there are no statements from the company, which was acquired by Facebook, at this time.

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Lil Bub the cat will have her genome sequenced

Lil Bub the cat will have her genome sequenced

Lil Bub is perhaps the most interesting cat on the Internet, and she enjoys a hefty fan base. She’s instantly recognizable due to her unique appearance: large green eyes, a short snout, and a tongue that is perpetually sticking out. She also is small and has very short legs, has extra digits on her paws, and sadly has no teeth. The reasons behind this are believed to be DNA mutations, something a pair of researchers want to definitely pinpoint. Thusly, they’re going to sequence Lil Bub’s genome.

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MPOW Edge Bluetooth headset mini-review

MPOW Edge Bluetooth headset mini-review

Whether you're using your smartphone or your smartwatch, using Bluetooth headsets has become necessary in many instances -- when driving, when multitasking, and such. There are full Bluetooth headsets that resemble headphones, but often times a small ear piece is all you need, something small tucked behind the ear that can be popped in and out without fanfare. MPOW has a couple of them, but one in particular has enjoyed a healthy fan base, the MPOW Edge Bluetooth 4.0 headset. We grabbed one for ourselves and have all the details in this mini-review!

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