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Facebook taps algorithm to improve Trending Topics feature

Facebook taps algorithm to improve Trending Topics feature

Facebook has detailed some changes with Trending Topics, the small feature that earned it a bunch of controversy earlier this year. Among the changes, says Facebook, is that from now on an algorithm will be dealing with Trending Topics as the social network eliminates human-written topic summaries. As a result, the topics will look more simplistic, and will show how many people are talking about the topic rather than a description of what the topic is about.

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Stratasys previews ‘infinite-build’ approach to 3D printing

Stratasys previews ‘infinite-build’ approach to 3D printing

So far, the realm of additive manufacturing, which is the industrial side of 3D printing, has been limited to what is essentially a problem with scale. While 3D printing can be an appropriate solution for some problems, it isn't for all of them, since manufacturers who need large parts can't always make them with current 3D printing methods. Stratasys is looking to change that, demonstrating a new "infinite-build" system that could change the way various industries use 3D printing.

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SolidEnergy may double battery life of smartphones and drones

SolidEnergy may double battery life of smartphones and drones

If you find that your phone's battery capacity leaves something to be desired, you're definitely not alone. MIT spinout SolidEnergy might have a solution to our battery life problems, though, introducing a new "anode-free" lithium-ion battery that could potentially offer double the life of current batteries on the market. Even better news is that the battery could be available for devices like smartphones as early as next year.

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DuoSkin uses temporary gold leaf tattoos to control devices

DuoSkin uses temporary gold leaf tattoos to control devices

Google's Project Jacquard may be investigating the intersection of technology and fashion, but they are more focused on the embedding electronics into textile. Designers and engineers from MIT and Microsoft Research, however, are taking fusion the idea to the extreme. Calling it DuoSkin, the research makes use of gold metal leaf not just as a conduit but also as a fashion statement, allowing wearers to control and communicated with devices, even display some information, using temporary tattoos that are both functional and beautiful as well.

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China’s elevated bus gets tested, cars can pass underneath

China’s elevated bus gets tested, cars can pass underneath

China is no stranger to traffic congestion, having probably held the world's records in worst traffic jams and backups, like the one on the China National Highway 110 back in 2010 which lasted for an astounding 12 days. To help deal with such situations, without getting people stuck without transportation, China is testing a new type of "elevated" bus with a cabin large enough to hold 300 passengers but is also set high enough to let cars to pass underneath it on the highway.

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LG Display pumps $1.75 million into flexible OLED production

LG Display pumps $1.75 million into flexible OLED production

LG Display has its sights set on the future, and it's one that features flexible OLED displays. At least, that's what the company is hoping, as it announced today that it will pump KRW1.99 trillion ($1.75 million) in funding into a new production line of flexible OLED displays at its P9 Plant in Paju, South Korea. The production line is set to kick off in 2018, with the existing P9 plant being expanded to support it.

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Modobag wants to bring rideable luggage to airports across the US

Modobag wants to bring rideable luggage to airports across the US

A campaign to fund the Modobag has gone live on Indiegogo, and it promises to be one of the strangest, most unique items you'll come across today. Modobag is a battery-powered, motorized piece of luggage that travelers can use to zip around airport terminals as they rush to catch their flight. The company behind Modobag says it will get you where you need to be three times faster than walking, meaning the frequently late among us may want to pay attention.

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DARPA CHIPs program seeks miniature, modular ‘chiplets’

DARPA CHIPs program seeks miniature, modular ‘chiplets’

DARPA has a new program called CHIPS, which is short for Common Heterogenous Integration and Intellectual Property Reuse Strategies Program. A mouthful, right? CHIPS seeks innovation as complex as the name behind the acronym: the taking of modern printed circuit boards and doing away with them via the development of miniature, modular “chiplets.” Says DARPA, it wants “an entire PCB” to be condensed down into a single device that is about the size of one present-day chip.

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Teal Drone looks to push limits with high speed and modular design

Teal Drone looks to push limits with high speed and modular design

Drones are becoming more and more commonplace in every day life, and for someone who knows what they want out of a drone, there are plenty of options to choose from. From racing to aerial photography, drones are capable of doing quite a bit. But what about the person who knows they want a drone but doesn't know what they want to do with that drone? The Teal drone has just come racing onto the scene trying to solve that very problem.

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Volata smart bicycle puts a computer in your handlebars

Volata smart bicycle puts a computer in your handlebars

As we become increasingly more connected, it seem manufacturers are adding computers and touchscreens to an ever-expanding range of items. Some of these are more successful than others, and now Volata Cycles is testing the waters with a new high-tech bicycle that puts a touchscreen smack in the middle of your handlebars. The bike, which has simply been dubbed the Volata, is available for reservation now and has a few features that cyclists might actually find handy.

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DJI introduces Zenmuse Z3 aerial zoom camera

DJI introduces Zenmuse Z3 aerial zoom camera

Drone maker DJI has been in the news quite a bit recently for its camera technology, announcing just a couple of days ago that it would be teaming up with Hasselblad to offer drone and camera bundles for aerial photography. Today the company is at it again, this time introducing us to its new Zenmuse Z3. DJI says this is its first integrated aerial zoom camera, offering operators up to a 7x zoom and compatibility with a few of DJI's more popular drones.

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DEKA LUKE prosthetic arm to see commercial release in 2016

DEKA LUKE prosthetic arm to see commercial release in 2016

Mobius Bionics has announced that it will be bringing DEKA Research and Development Corporation's LUKE prosthetic arm to commercial markets later this year. The LUKE has the distinction of being the first arm to be cleared by the FDA for its new integrated prosthetic arm category, passing certification back in 2014. Mobius and DEKA say the prosthetic will be available for folks with forearm through shoulder-level amputations in late 2016, though a more specific date wasn't offered.

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