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Red Dead Redemption 2 shown off in new screenshots (oh, and it’s delayed)

Red Dead Redemption 2 shown off in new screenshots (oh, and it’s delayed)

We've got some good news and some bad news. The good new is that Red Dead Redemption 2 has been shown off in a few new screenshots, and the game looks fantastic, to put it bluntly. The bad news, though, is that you're going to have to wait longer before you can play the game for yourself. The company behind the game, Rockstar, has revealed that it won't be able to release the game inside of 2017 as originally planned.

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Ringly Go classy smart bracelet features leather and stone

Ringly Go classy smart bracelet features leather and stone

Back in early 2016, Ringly introduced a stylish wearable with a metal bracelet and a fancy jewel called Aries. The company is back with a new similar wearable product, this one called Ringly Go. As with the original model, Ringly has designed its wearable to be classy, something you could wear during a formal engagement without anyone realizing the tech behind it. The big difference, though, is its more modest, somewhat casual design.

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Science figured out the most nutritious way to cook mushrooms

Science figured out the most nutritious way to cook mushrooms

Mushrooms have long been a staple food item in the human diet, offering a wide array of nutrients alongside a bunch of filling fiber but a relatively small number of calories. As with most food, eating mushrooms raw is the best way to experience their full nutritional profile, but that's also the least tasty way to consume them. Researchers recently set out to find the best compromise between raw and cooked-to-ruin and the end result is the best (two) ways to prepare mushrooms.

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Mophie Juice Pack Battery Case for Google Pixel XL now available

Mophie Juice Pack Battery Case for Google Pixel XL now available

Mophie has announced the launch of a new Juice Pack Battery Case for the larger of Google's two somewhat new smartphones, the Pixel XL. This case, as with ones before it, offers both protection and extended battery life via an integrated battery that piggybacks off the phone's own internal battery. The end result, according to mophie, is battery life (read: talk time) that tops out at 50 hours per charge.

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DJI will restrict drones that aren’t activated after new update

DJI will restrict drones that aren’t activated after new update

DJI has announced that drone operators with one of its aerial vehicles will experience restricted operation if they update to the latest firmware or software but fail to properly activate the product afterward. This is part of a 'new application process' the company detailed over the weekend, saying that it applies to all of its customers except those located in China. Failing to update will cause camera streaming to be disabled and more.

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NASA will have an emergency ISS space walk tomorrow

NASA will have an emergency ISS space walk tomorrow

A failed computer will result in two astronauts conducting an emergency spacewalk at the International Space Station tomorrow, NASA has announced, enabling the ISS to resume operations with its primary (rather than backup) system. The computer is one of two units that control systems on the space station, though NASA reassures everyone that none of the astronauts have been or will be in danger from the computer failure.

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LG X Venture rugged smartphone launches in US via AT&T

LG X Venture rugged smartphone launches in US via AT&T

LG has announced that its latest X-series smartphone, the LG X Venture, is launching in the United States through AT&T. This handset is designed for 'active lifestyles' and others who require a rugged phone capable of withstanding demanding use. The LG X Venture, among other things, is MIL-STD 810G tested and includes things like a waterproof design able to handle submersion in up to 1.5m of water for up to half an hour at a time.

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Nest 4K security camera tipped with ‘smart features’ like auto-zoom

Nest 4K security camera tipped with ‘smart features’ like auto-zoom

Nest is working on a new security camera product, at least according to a newly surfaced source, that features 4K resolution able to facilitate high-resolution zooming within a 1080p Full HD video. According to the leak, this camera product will be intended for home security and feature 'advanced smart features' like automatic zooming in on a region when the camera detects motion. The camera will work with a home's WiFi network to provide remote access, as well.

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Duolingo Japanese course finally arrives for all users

Duolingo Japanese course finally arrives for all users

The language-learning app Duolingo has announced the addition of a new course, one that users far and wide have been requesting for years: Japanese. The course, like ones before it, offers learners free lessons on the language, starting at a basic level and working up toward 'fluency.' Duolingo announced the new course today, explaining some of the difficulty that went into developing the system.

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Zipbuds’ 26 earbuds are wireless, waterproof and designed for athletes

Zipbuds’ 26 earbuds are wireless, waterproof and designed for athletes

Zipbuds has launched a new pair of earbuds, the '26.' These earbuds are wireless and designed for sports enthusiasts -- those who will be out jogging, working out, and more. The Zipbuds 26 boast a bunch of features, including a waterproof design that can handle being exposed to water, rain, sweat or other liquid nuisances. Among other things, this model promises to give wearers 15 hours of run time per charge, meaning you can charge once and then get through a full day with power to spare.

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Spotify acquires Niland, a machine learning and AI startup

Spotify acquires Niland, a machine learning and AI startup

Spotify has announced the acquisition of Niland, a machine learning startup based out of Paris. The music company made the announcement itself this week, explaining that Niland shares its 'passion for surfacing the right content to the right user at the right time.' Spotify plans to use the company's technology and know-how to improves its own recommendation abilities, doing so with the power of artificial intelligence behind it.

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‘Doomsday’ seed vault flooded and a warmer planet is to blame

‘Doomsday’ seed vault flooded and a warmer planet is to blame

Far up in the frigid Arctic region is a rectangular structure embedded in snow and ice -- the Global Seed Vault, a place where seeds from all over the world are stored in case disaster ever strikes our planet. The idea behind the seed vault is simple -- if something takes out a particular plant, or many plants, humans can acquire seeds from the seed vault to ensure our food supply isn't affected. The plan seemed foolproof, but that's not the case: the Global Seed Vault recently suffered a failure that directly resulted from rising temperatures.

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