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Chinese scientists raise eyebrows, genetically modify human embryos

Chinese scientists raise eyebrows, genetically modify human embryos

Scientists in China have genetically modified human embryos, embarking on a slippery slope that could be capable of a calamitous ripple effect in human offspring. Scholarship aside, the ethics questions that sprout from genetically altering human embryos are innumerable. In a paper published by the journal Protein and Cell, a research team in GuangZhou, China, headed by Junjiu Huang, detailed their process and results of genetic editing. The gene in question is responsible for β-thalassaemia, which is a blood disorder that can be potentially fatal. Researchers used the CRISPR/Cas9 technique to edit the genes. As a matter of ethics, the researchers only used "non-viable" embryos that would be unable to make it to a live birth.

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Yahoo to take on Siri and Google Now (again) with Index

Yahoo to take on Siri and Google Now (again) with Index

Yahoo is one company that definitely doesn't have "quit" in its vocabulary. Predating but practically overthrown by Google and perhaps to some extent even Bing, Yahoo is always in search of new ways to generate income but without budging on its true calling. Under CEO Marissa Mayer, the company is hedging its bets on search. But it won't be taking on Google directly, though of course it will do that as well. Instead, it is training its guns on Google Now, Siri, and Cortana. Yes, Yahoo will once again be entering the personal assistant arena. This time perhaps for real.

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Elephone to release dual-OS smartphone, Android 5.0 and Windows 10

Elephone to release dual-OS smartphone, Android 5.0 and Windows 10

Windows Phone users may be getting a new flagship device added to the lineup. A dual-system smartphone capable of Android and Windows 10 is rumored to be in the works by Chinese mobile manufacturer, Elephone. The company just announced its upcoming phones at the HKTDC industry show in Hong Kong. The phones' official names and potential price points have yet to be released.

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Apple Watch iFixit teardown: so it begins!

Apple Watch iFixit teardown: so it begins!

After almost 8 months of waiting, and a few more days for some, maybe weeks more to come for others, iFixit finally got its hands on the rare beast known as the Apple Watch. And what do they do with it? They tear it apart, naturally. Apple's devices haven't exactly been conducive to self or uncertified repairs, especially the newest MacBook. Given the even more intricate electronics found in the smartwatch, will the Apple Watch fare dismally as well? iFixit starts the journey to find out.

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Google Keep for Android Wear allows hands free note-taking

Google Keep for Android Wear allows hands free note-taking

Just like Google's latest updates for Android Wear, Google Keep's organization app for Android Wear is allowing you to do more from your wrist. From now on, to view your grocery list, you won't need to keep your phone in one hand, fumbling to launch an app, while you grab for a gallon of milk with the other hand. If you have an Android Wear powered smartwatch you'll be able to interact with your Google Keep notes, practically hands-free.

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Razer Forge TV pre-orders are now real, shipping April 29

Razer Forge TV pre-orders are now real, shipping April 29

After a brief false alarm early this month, Razer has finally taken off the veils and put up its Android TV offering up for pre-order. Not much has changed, including the speculated price tag. And yes, there is a bundle that will net you both the Forge TV and the Serval controller, which don't come together. More than anything, this reassures fans that the Android TV promise ala Razer is real and coming soon. In fact, it will come on April 29 at the earliest.

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Acer has a strange Android gaming tablet in the work

Acer has a strange Android gaming tablet in the work

Practicing economy of words, space, and resources, Acer just dumped a bunch of device announcements all in one press conference, revealing a broad range of products from a Windows Phone, to a gaming monitor, to 2-in-1 tablets, to Android tablets. It seems, however, that the company has some other things up its sleeves not yet ready for an announcement, at least until the end of this year. Acer is surprisingly dipping its toes in a rather niche Android gaming tablet market tablet market that very few vendors occupy. And that's not without good reason.

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Dropbox Notes beta arrives as Evernote competitor

Dropbox Notes beta arrives as Evernote competitor

Early this month, some Dropbox users spotted hints of a note-taking service that was in-progress, something that had seemed likely as an eventual product after Dropbox made some tweaks to how it showed up once in the public eye. Now the service has been made official, though it isn't open to the public in general yet: it's called Dropbox Notes, and it is in a private beta. Invitations are going out now, and those interested can sign up to (hopefully) get one.

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Flex Cam PIC: a bendy, flexible camera with personality

Flex Cam PIC: a bendy, flexible camera with personality

Sometimes it feels as if all cameras look alike, even if the makers go to an effort to stand out. Many of them are business-chic, and the most playful ones you’re likely to find are of the rugged outdoorsy sort with that typical “rugged” design scheme. It’s this common, nearly bland reality that makes the Flex Cam PIC camera stand out so drastically: it’s a long bendy camera with personality. Literally. There are a few different kinds, each with the camera serving as a single eye in what is perhaps best described as a troll-doll camera.

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Roto retractable charger is sleek and extra long

Roto retractable charger is sleek and extra long

Carrying around a charging cable generally means wrapping up an individual cord and toting it around with an outlet adapter, or carrying a retractable cord that is more compact but likely to get tangled easily or not be long enough for your needs. Roto is similar to the latter offering, but with tweaks that improve the least-liked parts of retractable chargers — in this case, the connectors lock down neatly into the square body, the cable is nearly 3 feet long, and the design is a mixture of sleek and functional. A built-in clip allows Roto to be attached to a bag or belt loop, or even a key ring if you’re particularly absentminded.

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