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Intel to acquire computer vision company Itseez Inc

Intel to acquire computer vision company Itseez Inc

Intel has agreed to acquire computer vision company Itseez Inc, the company has announced, for its computer vision technology in a bid to bolster Intel’s own Internet of Things and automotive portfolio. Itseez, says Intel, will soon be a ‘key ingredient’ in the company’s Internet of Things Group, helping it further its focus away from the PC and toward the growing number of connected smart gadgets.

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Samsung S Health updated with faster heart rate checking

Samsung S Health updated with faster heart rate checking

Samsung has updated its S Health fitness app, bringing it up to version 4.8.9.0085. With the new version comes some new features, including the option to contrast your step count with those of other users, including your friends. If you use a fitness tracker or other fitness apps, as well, S Health can show all the steps that have been recorded by/in other products.

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Google wins “fair use” ruling in Oracle’s $9bn Android trial

Google wins “fair use” ruling in Oracle’s $9bn Android trial

Bad news for Oracle and Larry Ellison today, as a San Francisco jury ruled in favor of Google and dismissed a $9bn attempt to take a bite out of Android. The lengthy legal saga had seen Oracle contend that, in developing Android, Google should've paid for a license to the Java programming language; not so, Google countered, insisting that it was all done under fair use given copyright law.

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HBO may put ‘True Detective’ on the chopping block

HBO may put ‘True Detective’ on the chopping block

The first season of True Detective was great, and it looked like the newest drama hit on HBO’s hands. That notion promptly disappeared with the second season, a notable flop that certainly didn’t follow in the first season’s footsteps. Now it’s looking pretty likely that HBO will cancel the series rather than try and alter the course. The change would follow then-head of programming Michael Lombardo’s departure.

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Urbanears ‘Limited Sweat Edition’ are actual sweaty Hellas headphones

Urbanears ‘Limited Sweat Edition’ are actual sweaty Hellas headphones

Urbanears has a bizarre new campaign in which they're offering 'sweat-soaked' headphones that are 'drenched in some real sweaty inspiration' via the workouts of somewhat notable individuals. The headphones are a pair of Hellas, and they were worn by seven individuals who worked up a sweat, apparently got them sweaty, and then had their headphones sealed in a bag right after. No, this isn't a joke.

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A new Apple TV could be supercharged Siri’s attack on Alexa

A new Apple TV could be supercharged Siri’s attack on Alexa

Apple's answer to Amazon's Echo and Google Home may come in the form of an updated Apple TV, insiders claim, packaging a supercharged Siri in the set-top box. The project to upgrade Siri and turn the virtual assistant into a helper for the whole home had previously been tipped to come in an all-new piece of hardware, but new rumors say Apple has discounted that idea.

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My iPhone 7 Wishlist in 3 parts (Not Just Android)

My iPhone 7 Wishlist in 3 parts (Not Just Android)

Today in light of the surprising lack of iPhone leaks and relative deluge of details we've seen unofficially so far, I'd like to share what I'm hopeful for in a new iPhone. The next iPhone, one we'll safely assume will be called iPhone 7, will be a device - I hope - of unparalleled processing power and battery life. It'll have a better camera and a slightly modified body, and of course it'll have a display that's better than before. But what's more than that, most important to me - it'll have a little more freedom.

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As Kickstarter soars, Pebble answers questions (but early-adopters won’t be happy)

As Kickstarter soars, Pebble answers questions (but early-adopters won’t be happy)

To call Pebble's latest Kickstarter a success is a wild understatement, but that didn't stop would-be smartwatch buyers having questions about the company's 2016 line-up. Crowdfunding for Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2, and Pebble Core hit the company's $1m goal in just over an hour, and with 34 days still to run on the campaign there's already around $8m in the pot.

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Amazon will release 8 new pilot episodes on June 17

Amazon will release 8 new pilot episodes on June 17

Amazon has taken the wraps off its next roster of pilots, and as before, it is hoping its members will watch them and give their feedback. The new shows will be available starting on June 17, and they’re mostly composed of kids shows, though there are a couple hour-long pilots for adults. Those latter two offerings will be made available in 4K UHD HDR, as well, assuming you have devices with applicable support.

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Mass Effect Trilogy comes to EA Origin Access Vault

Mass Effect Trilogy comes to EA Origin Access Vault

When EA first launched Origin, there was a lot of backlash from PC gamers. With Steam dominating the PC platform, many people thought it was unnecessary for a publisher to open their own store, which only supported their titles. However, since then, EA has had a fair amount of success with the store. One of the big successes has been Origin Access, which just added a few great titles to its roster.

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DARPA-backed electric military stealth bikes can also run on jet fuel

DARPA-backed electric military stealth bikes can also run on jet fuel

Back in early 2014, DARPA issued grants for the development of stealthy military motorcycles, with the idea being that silent motorcycles will be an efficient and fast way to get soldiers across difficult or long stretches of ground. Now, more than two years later, the first two prototypes created for that project have been unveiled with dark dirt bike-like designs.

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Nexus 9 not actually discontinued quite yet

Nexus 9 not actually discontinued quite yet

HTC has confirmed that though their tablet has ceased being manufactured, they have not "discontinued" the tablet altogether. The word "discontinue" suggests that the device has stopped being made AND stopped being available for purchase. Only one of those necessities has been fulfilled. While the information appearing this week VIA a source speaking with CNET suggested the tablet wont be around for long, HTC Senior Global Online Communications Manager Jeff Gordon said the following this afternoon: "I can confirm Nexus 9 has not been discontinued. We still sell and support it at HTC dot com."

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