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NASA has found the first potentially habitable Earth-cousin

NASA has found the first potentially habitable Earth-cousin

NASA's Kepler Space Telescope has made a planet-spotting breakthrough, catching sight of the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the so-called "habitable zone" where liquid water could be supported. Dubbed Kepler-186f, and around 500 light years away from our own Earth, the new planet is found in the constellation Cygnus; however, while it may be in the habitable zone in theory, it would be dimmer and probably cooler on the surface than Earth is.

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Facebook Nearby Friends tentatively tracks friendslist

Facebook Nearby Friends tentatively tracks friendslist

Facebook has added a new feature to its mobile apps, Nearby Friends, allowing users of the social network to find those on their friendslist when they're nearby, though Facebook is clearly wary of a privacy backlash. The feature, which will be rolled out to the Android and iOS apps over the coming weeks, shows your GPS position and that of your friends on a map; however, Facebook is turning it off by default, and relying on users to opt-in instead.

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Toyota FT-1: Inside the Gran Turismo 6 car made real

Toyota FT-1: Inside the Gran Turismo 6 car made real

As concept cars go, Toyota building a real-world FT-1 racer to celebrate the car's inclusion in Gran Turismo 6 really goes the extra mile, so we couldn't pass up the chance to get inside with designer William Chergosky of the company's CALTY Design Research team. CALTY cooked up the FT-1 concept after Toyota global president Akio Toyoda fell in love with the in-game version when he first played it, resulting in a car that teases the hotly-anticipated next-gen Supra.

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RunKeeper Breeze tracks fitness with context using iPhone 5s’ M7

RunKeeper Breeze tracks fitness with context using iPhone 5s’ M7

Fitness app RunKeeper has launched a new iPhone app, Breeze by RunKeeper, aiming to not only track movement but put it into context, making suggestions as to the best times to boost your health. The app, only available for the iPhone 5s since it relies on Apple's M7 co-processor for tracking movement, uses a combination of traditional tracking and push notification prompts, as well as classifying you by animal.

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Why you might not want a $50 Google Project Ara

Why you might not want a $50 Google Project Ara

Over the past several days it’s become apparent that Google’s next big release - Project Ara - is one aimed for a $50 price point. The idea that you’d be able to buy a $50 smartphone is pretty exciting - but it’s not that simple. In fact, not only is the $50 price point not set for consumers, but the device that’ll come with a point anywhere near that amount of cash will be so extremely basic, you’ll consider it a Feature Phone.

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This is Apple CarPlay hands-on in Hyundai’s 2015 Sonata

This is Apple CarPlay hands-on in Hyundai’s 2015 Sonata

Hyundai has brought along its new 2015 Sonata to the New York Auto Show, and it already has one passenger in the shape of Apple's CarPlay to put your iPhone 5s in the dashboard. The new car - now in its seventh generation - introduces more distinctive look than before, tightened up for what Hyundai hopes will be more appealing to younger drivers, but it's CarPlay and how it will take over the 8-inch touchscreen later in the year that got us really intrigued. Read on to see how it works.

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Designing the Lamborghini Huracan: Inside Italy’s supercar

Designing the Lamborghini Huracan: Inside Italy’s supercar

Lamborghini's new Huracán looks incredible in photos, but there's nothing quite like getting up close with a 610HP supercar in the metal to see how design shapes the experience. The replacement for the much-loved Gallardo was shown privately during the New York Auto Show this week, a month after its Geneva debut, and we caught up with Lamborghini to find out more about the coveted coupe.

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HTC One M8 Dual Lens SDK unlocks bokeh camera for devs

HTC One M8 Dual Lens SDK unlocks bokeh camera for devs

HTC is allowing developers to tap into its depth data from the twin cameras on the HTC One M8 smartphone, releasing the Dual Lens SDK that Google has already relied upon to make the Google Play edition of the flagship. The SDK Preview allows access to the depth information the second lens on the back of the One M8 grabs with each shot, and will initially allow for bokeh-style refocusing and HTC's pseudo-3D DimensionPlus manipulation in third-party apps.

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