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That’s no moon, it’s a Chinese space light

That’s no moon, it’s a Chinese space light

A Chinese aerospace company has announced an ambitious plan to launch a fake moon into orbit in 2020. The plans were reportedly revealed by the Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute Co. at a Chinese innovation and entrepreneurship event that took place last week.

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NASA’s new podcast series details space agency’s ‘invisible’ tech

NASA’s new podcast series details space agency’s ‘invisible’ tech

Podcasts are popular again and it seems a new one appears every week covering a particular topic or hobby. NASA counts itself among them, revealing the launch of a new podcast called The Invisible Network. The space agency describes this as a limited edition podcast, one that already features six episodes available to download through popular platforms.

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Netflix warns EU’s streaming content quota may hurt creativity

Netflix warns EU’s streaming content quota may hurt creativity

Netflix revealed its third quarter 2018 fiscal results today, taking time to discuss business as well as numbers. Among other things, company CEO Reed Hastings brought up the European Union's heavily criticized "content quota" for streaming companies, warning that it may negatively impact both customers and creativity. Rather than focus on the companies, Hastings says countries can bolster local content by creating incentives for local creators.

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Hulu Live TV may get “skinnier” with price and channel slashing

Hulu Live TV may get “skinnier” with price and channel slashing

Hulu is considering changes to its Live TV product, according to a new report, potentially one day slashing both price and channels to offer "skinnier" bundles. In its present form, Hulu Live TV provides livestreaming access to a relatively small number of networks, these provided alongside on-demand content for a variety of shows. The company may break up the product in the future, though, cutting costs while still offering live access to channels in smaller bundle options.

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NASA tasks experts with finding the perfect Mars 2020 rover landing site

NASA tasks experts with finding the perfect Mars 2020 rover landing site

NASA has tasked its team of scientists with figuring out the perfect spot to land its next Mars rover. The topic will be discussed at a conference in Los Angeles this week, during which time enthusiasts and scientists will gather for a three-day workshop. This is the latest -- and last planned -- of multiple gatherings before a location is selected.

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Stephen Hawking’s final book tackles questions about god, AI, and aliens

Stephen Hawking’s final book tackles questions about god, AI, and aliens

Famed physicist Stephen Hawking was working on a book at the time of his passing earlier this year. Though he wasn't able to finish it before his death in March, Hawking did make substantial progress on his final work, Brief Answers to the Big Questions, which was finished by his family. The book is available to purchase as of today, and it includes some challenging statements.

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Beats by Dre, Disney reveal Solo3 Wireless with classic Mickey Mouse artwork

Beats by Dre, Disney reveal Solo3 Wireless with classic Mickey Mouse artwork

Apple has announced a collaboration between Beats by Dre and Disney to launch a new pair of headphones featuring classic Mickey Mouse artwork. The limited edition Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones celebrate Mickey Mouse's 90th anniversary, bringing the original look of the character alongside the model's various features.

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JLab Flex Sport over-ear wireless headphones are made for the gym

JLab Flex Sport over-ear wireless headphones are made for the gym

JLab Audio has introduced a new pair of flexible Bluetooth headphones designed specifically for athletes and fitness enthusiasts. Despite their large appearance, the new Flex Sport have a design that's suitable for the gym, for outdoor running, or for anywhere someone is active. Among other things, the Flex Sport features removable, washable earpads and Be Aware audio technology.

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Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist, dies from cancer at 65

Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist, dies from cancer at 65

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has passed away at the age of 65, his company Vulcan has confirmed. The news comes only weeks after Allen revealed that his non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cancer had returned, an illness he was treated for nearly a decade ago. Allen died on Monday afternoon from complications related to the illness.

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Apple Watch and iPhone tapped for major joint replacement clinical study

Apple Watch and iPhone tapped for major joint replacement clinical study

Musculoskeletal healthcare company Zimmer Biomet has teamed with Apple to use the Apple Watch and iPhone as part of a clinical study. The work involves a new app called mymobility, which enables hip and knee replacement patients to directly connect with their healthcare professionals. The study aims to determine the app and devices' effectiveness on cost and outcomes for these patients.

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Microsoft Word and OneNote online will soon get a dictation tool

Microsoft Word and OneNote online will soon get a dictation tool

Microsoft has pledged to help individuals with dyslexia access important technologies used for education and more. As part of its mission, Microsoft says its will be expanding its Educational research, products, and materials to help support students with dyslexia. One important change is the addition of a dictation tool to OneNote and Word online.

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Nintendo Switch Diablo III bundle revealed as GameStop exclusive

Nintendo Switch Diablo III bundle revealed as GameStop exclusive

Nintendo is gearing up to release a new Nintendo Switch bundle with Diablo III artwork. The new product will be available starting early next month, bringing with it a styled console, as well as the Diablo III: Eternal Collection and a themed carrying case. The new Switch bundle will only be available through GameStop.

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