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Science made a safer avocado, but you can’t get it yet

Science made a safer avocado, but you can’t get it yet

If you've ever prepared a meal containing an avocado, you're likely aware of how annoying the process can be. The large seed in the center makes slicing an avocado a little more tricky than other fruits, a problem compounded by the slippery flesh. The fruit's popularity has resulted in a growing number of avocado-related hand injuries, a problem that now has an adequate solution: a new variety of seedless avocado that doesn't need peeled.

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Google ‘appsperiments’ test three new mobile photography tools

Google ‘appsperiments’ test three new mobile photography tools

Google has taken the wraps off what it calls "appsperiments," an awkward moniker for a trio of new experimental apps that all center around mobile photography. These apps were designed to help explore "the potentials of mobile photography," says Google, which calls its new apps Storyboard, Selfissimo!, and Scrubbies. Each name refers to the app's primary function, though you won't be able to use all three on the same device.

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Stranger Things season 3 may not arrive until 2019

Stranger Things season 3 may not arrive until 2019

Netflix recently confirmed that it has ordered a third season of its hit original series Stranger Things. However, the announcement was very slim, merely confirming that season 3 will happen without any additional details to go alongside it. The biggest missing detail was the season's anticipated launch date, and while it was assumed Netflix hadn't yet penciled one in, many fans expected it would be around autumn of next year.

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Alexa music alarm wakes you up with news and tunes

Alexa music alarm wakes you up with news and tunes

Amazon has bestowed Alexa with new abilities, ones that surround its alarm functionality. Alexa can be used to set an alarm; that is nothing new. However, thanks to a new update, these users can now set Alexa to wake them up with specific music, bringing back the days of being awoken with a radio alarm clock. This functionality covers multiple music services, including the company's own Amazon Music app (if you're a subscriber).

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T-Mobile Apple Watch Series 3 deal discounts wearable for the holidays

T-Mobile Apple Watch Series 3 deal discounts wearable for the holidays

Thinking about picking up an Apple Watch Series 3 for yourself or someone else this holiday season? T-Mobile is hoping you'll get the device through it, and to help sweeten the deal comes a special offer: $50 off the wearable starting today. The deal is being offered to both new and existing customers who can get up to 5 watches per account at the discounted rate.

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Samsung’s $400 trade-in deal is back: get a Note 8 or Galaxy S8

Samsung’s $400 trade-in deal is back: get a Note 8 or Galaxy S8

Samsung has brought back its $400 trade-in promotion, giving customers a way to get a substantial discount on the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and the Galaxy Note 8 smartphones. This isn't the first time Samsung has offered this deal -- in fact, it was available as recently as Black Friday. A look at Samsung's trade-in website shows that the $400 savings offer is back, you'll just need an acceptable phone to swap in.

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Samsung energy-harvesting clothes could charge your Galaxy S9

Samsung energy-harvesting clothes could charge your Galaxy S9

Samsung has patented smart clothing that is able to harvest energy for powering personal gadgets or embedded sensors. The patent details a shirt that contains this energy-harvesting technology, making it not just a shirt that could charge your gadgets, but one that could actually harvest the energy needed to do it. This is in contrast to previously unveiled "smart clothes," which typically involve a battery that needs to be charged elsewhere.

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Google Home Mini update brings back the touch function

Google Home Mini update brings back the touch function

Google has an update for the Google Home Mini that restores its touch functionality, a feature that was stripped away shortly after launch due to a potential issue that some device owners faced. The update is bringing back the functionality, but doing so with a somewhat big change in how it works: rather than tapping the top of the device to give it a command, you'll instead need to long-press the side.

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Ransomware takes out major county servers in North Carolina

Ransomware takes out major county servers in North Carolina

Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, where the city of Charlotte is located, was hit with a ransomware attack this week that took out major city servers and has forced some officials to work with old fashioned pen and paper. The ransomware was able to infect the network after a city employee opened an email attachment containing the software. The hacker is demanding a payment of $23,000 to restore the system, but so far city officials are refusing to pay.

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Apple may acquire Shazam and announce it on Monday

Apple may acquire Shazam and announce it on Monday

Apple is acquiring the music identification app Shazam and will be officially announcing it on Monday, according to sources. The deal isn't quite finalized, per a new report detailing the alleged business matter, but reportedly will be any time now followed by an official statement next week. The deal is rumored to have a nine-figure purchase amount attached, but that is speculation at this point.

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Hoopla Marvel deal brings digital comics to public library users

Hoopla Marvel deal brings digital comics to public library users

Hoopla has finally struck a deal that brings Marvel graphic novels and other published content to the public library app. This announcement comes a couple years after Hoopla made similar deals with Dark Horse, Image Comics, and DC Comics; it greatly expands the app's comics offerings, adding some of the most coveted content for anyone to access. All you need is a public library card.

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Plex on Android updated with DVR time shifting and more

Plex on Android updated with DVR time shifting and more

Plex has just blessed its Android product with proper DVR functionality, including the ability to watch a show even if it is currently being recorded via a single tuner. This new functionality applies to both the mobile version of the Android app and the Android TV version. This is joined by full time shifting functionality, enabling users to do things like rewind and pause DVR content during Live TV.

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