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This futuristic exoskeleton convinced me to take aging seriously

This futuristic exoskeleton convinced me to take aging seriously

One day you will die, but, before then - and assuming all goes to plan - you’ll be trapped in an old body. Failing eyesight, hearing plagued with tinnitus, and limbs progressively seizing until just getting up from your chair is a challenge too great: death may be considered the biggest taboo, but aging is arguably a more uncomfortable one. With all that to look forward to, it’s no surprise that nobody wants to talk about getting old. Could a futuristic exoskeleton kick-start that conversation?

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Spotify takes on Apple Music with AI personalized mixtape

Spotify takes on Apple Music with AI personalized mixtape

Spotify is rising to the challenge of Apple Music's human-curated playlists, promising the sort of individualized mixtape that only a computer could deliver. Dubbed Discover Weekly, Spotify's new service looks at each user's listening history and then comes up with suggestions based on that, along with what related tracks other people are listening to and adding to their own playlists. That's then wrapped up into a new "mixtape" every week.

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CNN, Fox, other news networks still think we’re all technology idiots

CNN, Fox, other news networks still think we’re all technology idiots

While the endless filler and sometimes mind-numbing commentary that comes with 24-hour news networks provide plenty of subject matter worthy of eye-rolling criticism, it's hard to find any subject that is approached with a deeper level of maddening condescension and downright idiocy than when a breaking technology-related story unfolds. Watching CNN and others last Wednesday was just the latest example in this continuously absurd area of mainstream journalism.

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Tesla “Ludicrous Mode” added to Model S

Tesla “Ludicrous Mode” added to Model S

Tesla is adding a Ludicrous Mode to its Model S, introducing a new "smart fuse" that allows the 0-60 mph time to be cut to just 2.8 seconds. Rather than using a traditional fuse that melts if the voltage gets too high, Tesla has developed an electronic version with its own battery, which tracks current in real-time and is pyro-actuated to cut the power if necessary. That's allowed Tesla to increase the maximum throughput from 1300 to 1500 Amps on the Model S P85D and P90D.

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Finding a place for the new iPod Touch

Finding a place for the new iPod Touch

Apple just announced something both expected, if you've been reading the signs, and unexpected: a fresh new iPod Touch. Calling it "The Best iPod Touch Yet", the sixth generation of this peculiar device sported new color options and updated hardware with a touch of the iPhone 6. Given the two long years between fifth and sixth generations, one might ask why Apple suddenly showed interest in the device again and if the iPod Touch is still relevant at all. It turns out, it might actually be more relevant to Apple than ever.

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Apple and Samsung said eyeing e-SIM for easier carrier switching

Apple and Samsung said eyeing e-SIM for easier carrier switching

Apple and Samsung plan to use embedded SIM cards in their upcoming smartphones, the GSMA claims, potentially allowing owners to switch between carriers more easily. Rather than expect smartphones users to switch SIM - the identity card currently provided by each network - when they want to change operator, the so-called e-SIM would be reprogrammable. Apple has already used the technology in its LTE-equipped iPads, though only with a limited number of carriers, but according to the latest reports some of the biggest names in telecoms are about to get onboard.

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Motorola teases July 28 announcement, new Moto inbound

Motorola teases July 28 announcement, new Moto inbound

Motorola has just sent out press invites to a July 28th event that promises to "change our relationship status." Other than the coy message, there's few details about what will be announced, except for that events will be held in both New York City and London. Seeing as how the last 48 hours alone have seen leaks of both the new Moto G and Moto X, it seems likely we'll be hearing about a new phone.

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Oculus acquires Pebbles to bring hands into the mix

Oculus acquires Pebbles to bring hands into the mix

Oculus has acquired Pebbles, a company all about tracking your hands with visual computing. For Oculus, this means bringing next-level hand-sensing, tracking, and visualizations into the mix with virtual reality. Instead of having to use a controller, soon you'll be able to see and use your hands - without the aid of controllers. While we've seen glimpses of hand-tracking with the most recent version of Oculus Rift before the consumer edition, this technology should jolt Oculus forward. The demonstration you're about to see will make the visual situation super simple to comprehend.

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New iPod touch 6th-gen packs iPhone 6’s A8 heart

New iPod touch 6th-gen packs iPhone 6’s A8 heart

Apple has introduced the iPod touch 6th-gen, faster and with higher resolution cameras front and back, along with new colors for all of its iPods. The new iPod touch is priced from $199, keeping its 4-inch display but now powered by an Apple A8 processor that, the company says, will run graphics 10x as fast as its aging predecessor. Meanwhile, there are new fitness features along with, of course, support for Apple Music.

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Go West : The march of Chinese Mobile OEMs to the U.S.

Go West : The march of Chinese Mobile OEMs to the U.S.

ZTE made an unexpected, if you haven't been monitoring the rumor mill, announcement yesterday. A new Axon smartphone brand that puts mainstream flagships on notice with its high-end specs and sub-premium price. That is, however, just the tip of the Chinese iceberg. Crowd favorite Xiaomi has made its slow crawl to markets outside China. Huawei made an interesting proposition when it announced the P8 lite smartphone and seems to be a crowd favorite for the next Google Nexus smartphone. The dragon is rising and OEMs should take note. But this journey to the West, just like the novel, is fraught with challenges.

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ZTE Axon brings high-end metal smartphone to the USA

ZTE Axon brings high-end metal smartphone to the USA

Not heavy metal, but a full metal body comes with the ZTE Axon, the newest smartphone from the China-based company. This device is aimed squarely at the United States, being the next big step in the company moving in on the top guns in North America. This device isn't a budget machine, like most of ZTE's efforts in the states thus far. Instead, it's a premium smartphone, coming with a set of of cameras at its back for super-quick focus and high-end video capture.

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Apple TV’s cable-killer said close to all-important deals

Apple TV’s cable-killer said close to all-important deals

Apple is hoping to do to cable TV what Apple Music looks set to do to radio, with deals for a broadcast TV service reportedly close to being finalized. The Cupertino firm's ambitions to offer live TV content - only without the typical cable pricing - are long-standing, dating back to the days when Steve Jobs was still at the helm according to some rumors, but have traditionally stumbled on the scale of the agreements Apple would need to organize with networks and affiliates. Now, insiders claim, Apple may have figured out a workaround.

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