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NASA retires Deep Impact comet-bashing spacecraft after a month of silence and 5 billion miles

NASA retires Deep Impact comet-bashing spacecraft after a month of silence and 5 billion miles

Almost a decade ago, NASA sent a spacecraft called Deep Impact into space, tasking it with providing the agency with information about comets. This was achieved by bashing the space rocks open, sending particles from the comet spinning free to be analyzed by researchers. Now, after about nine years and traversing nearly 5 billion miles, the spacecraft has officially been retired after disappearing last month.

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Facebook working on “deep learning” artificial intelligence to improve news feed

Facebook working on “deep learning” artificial intelligence to improve news feed

Facebook is aiming to get inside its users' minds, figuratively speaking, to find out what they mean when posting statuses. Such is coming by way of an artificial intelligence being created by the social network that MIT reports as functioning with simulated networks of brain cells, all of them crunching away at data to perform "deep learning," helping it to ascertain the emotions and subtleties behind a status.

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Intel Quark chips in the works for wearable and ingestible technologies

Intel Quark chips in the works for wearable and ingestible technologies

There's no doubt that wearable technologies are picking up speed, and aiming to be in the forefront of the emerging industry is Intel, which is now working on a line of microchips called Intel Quark. These small chips are designed for wearable devices like smartwatches and bracelets, with another variety being designed for ingestible applications, such as medical devices.

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iOS devices now coming with iWork suite free

iOS devices now coming with iWork suite free

Live on stage Apple is set to announce their new iPhone 5S as well as launch iOS 7 to the world. While we're still waiting for the exciting news, Tim Cook is quickly talking about iWork. Which just so happens to be one of the most popular and best-selling mobile productivity apps to date. Focusing more and more on mobile, it's about to get a lot better, and free.

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Qualcomm shows off Vuforia Smart Terrain, makes your living room a game

Qualcomm shows off Vuforia Smart Terrain, makes your living room a game

The Qualcomm Vuforia Augmented Reality platform is just one of many impressive technologies that the San Diego based company has in the works, and this week we they showed off a brand new addition. We've seen Vuforia in the past, making magazines and books come to life on our mobile devices, but at Uplinq they revealed Smart Terrain. Which brings your living room landscape right into your mobile game.

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Gel-based ionic speaker makes music from a clear stretchy membrane

Gel-based ionic speaker makes music from a clear stretchy membrane

In what is perhaps the most science-fiction worthy story of the week, scientists at Harvard have created a gel-based speaker that is both clear and stretchy, able to play music while demonstrating the abilities of ionic conductors. To show off its capabilities, the scientists used it to play the "Morning" prelude from Peer Gynt. You can hear the speaker for yourself in a video we have after the break.

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