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On July 4th, Declare Tech Independence

On July 4th, Declare Tech Independence

July 4th doesn't have to stop at barbecue food and Will Smith kicking extraterrestrial butt: it's a great opportunity to declare tech independence, too. Whether it's free trials that you signed up for and forgot to cancel before they started charging your credit card, an old cellphone plan that's now looking less than competitive, or your unwatched cable box sucking down cash every month in return for a thousand channels you ignore, there are plenty of ways to make today a more rewarding Independence Day.

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The Tourbillion amusement park ride reaps the whirlwind

The Tourbillion amusement park ride reaps the whirlwind

A group of Swiss engineers has created what looks like the amusement park ride most likely to kill you Final Destination style. The ride is called The Tourbillion, which is a French word that translates to whirlwind. It was created by a Swiss firm called ABC Rides and it looks insane. It has taken three years to create The Tourbillion and the ride is finally ready to be unveiled to the world.

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Geek turns old-school typewriter into a printer

Geek turns old-school typewriter into a printer

A geek named Chris Gregg wanted to convert an old-school typewriter to a printer that could be controlled by his computer. To start the project he laid hands on a Smith Corona electric typewriter from the 60s to use for the project. His original goal was to use the computer to drive the key switches without actually having to touch the keys of the typewriter.

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ILY Family Phone aims to make sharing content safe and easy

ILY Family Phone aims to make sharing content safe and easy

One of the challenges in busy lives of people today is keeping in touch with family. That is easier with things like Facebook, but sharing images and details of your life via social media puts your content out there in a way that could allow some people to take advantage. A new family phone called ILY is set to launch and the main goal of the device is to make it easy for families to stay in contact and share images and make video calls easily.

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You’ll soon be able to car-share your MINI

You’ll soon be able to car-share your MINI

MINI will bake car-sharing technology directly into future models, allowing owners to loan their cars out when they don't need them. The functionality will initially integrate MINI into the DriveNow network, which operates short-term car rental in select North American and European cities. An optional add-on, the tech will temporarily make the car available for rent by the minute, something MINI believes will make city-dwellers more likely to consider owning a car themselves.

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Swedish airport climate pods show you what the weather is like elsewhere

Swedish airport climate pods show you what the weather is like elsewhere

I'd wager that most of us have been traveling and spent a lot of time looking at weather reports trying to get an idea what conditions will be like at our destinations. The catch is that if you are used to warm or cold weather at your home, it can be hard to wrap your brain around just what conditions vastly different from what you are used to will feel like. The Arland airport in Stockholm, Sweden has three climate-controlled rooms that will show you exactly what the weather will feel like.

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Abu Dhabi police get Lykan HyperSport for patrol fleet

Abu Dhabi police get Lykan HyperSport for patrol fleet

Odds are that many of you have never heard of the Lykan HyperSport. It's a very rare and exotic car with only seven examples in existence. In fact, about the only place you might have seen this car was in Fast and Furious 7, this car jumped between buildings in that film. The Lykan HyperSport is hailed as the first Middle Eastern supercar.

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Netflix heads to Spain, Italy, and Portugal in European expansion

Netflix heads to Spain, Italy, and Portugal in European expansion

Netflix has been cranking out some of the best new TV shows out there leading to lots of interest from people who don’t already have a Netflix account for streaming content. There are still some locations in the world where you can't get Netflix, but a few more of those places will get access this fall. Netflix announced this week that it would be expanding in Europe later this year.

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Japan may place emergency toilets and water in elevators

Japan may place emergency toilets and water in elevators

Japan is frequently hit by earthquakes and while they don’t typically cause major destruction, the frequent earthquakes do often leave people trapped in elevators. Recently an earthquake left dozens of people trapped for over an hour after a magnitude 7.8 quake hit the country on Saturday leaving people stuck in lifts inside buildings. Most of the elevators in building stopped at the closest floor and the doors opened to let passengers out.

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Google announces Ubiquitous Computing Summit

Google announces Ubiquitous Computing Summit

Google will hold a dedicated ubiquitous computing event this year, encouraging developers to make software that runs across phones, tablets, smart homes, and wearables. The Google Ubiquitous Computing Summit will take place this fall in San Francisco, the search company announced today at its annual developer event, and focus on blurring the boundaries between form-factors and locations, making better use of the context the user is in, and - perhaps most appealing to coders - reducing the amount of duplication across platforms.

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Narrative Clip 2 camera hits preorder: Here’s what it can do

Narrative Clip 2 camera hits preorder: Here’s what it can do

Narrative has thrown its 2nd-gen wearable camera up for pre-order, offering life-logging fans the updated Clip 2 with better quality and connectivity. Announced back at CES 2015 in January, the Clip 2 outwardly resembles its Kickstarter-success predecessor - a small square that latches onto a lapel and snaps a picture every thirty seconds to photo-document your day - but bumps the camera up to 8-megapixels with improved low-light performance, along with adding WiFi for wirelessly transferring photos to the cloud for content-processing.

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