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Drone blood deliveries deemed safe: emergency aerial transport is feasible

Drone blood deliveries deemed safe: emergency aerial transport is feasible

Researchers with Johns Hopkins University have determined that blood bag transport via drone is safe, according to a new university release. The team looked at both the cellular integrity and the temperature of the blood throughout the transportation process, finding that both were positive and the transported blood was safe to use. Such findings help pave the way for emergency blood transportation via drones.

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Samsung patents drone designed to look like a small UFO

Samsung patents drone designed to look like a small UFO

A new patent from Samsung has surfaced in which we see a drone designed to look somewhat like a Frisbee. The drone, at least per the patent’s illustrations, feature a circular design with a couple feet on the underside and an open grille on the top, a rotor presumably hidden within. Unlike most other drones, this one resembles a small UFO or a flying food dehydrator tray.

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BB-8 alarm clock rolls, beeps and plays music when it’s time to wake up

BB-8 alarm clock rolls, beeps and plays music when it’s time to wake up

What better way to wake up than having a small BB-8 rolling around on your nightstand, beeping at your sleep face and playing music? Such is the method used by a newly introduced BB-8 alarm clock that will be rolling out in Japan soon. The clock looks similar to the BB-8 by Sphero we reviewed last year, though it includes a small display showing the current time and buttons for managing the alarms. The item is made by Rhythm.

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Hulu adds user profiles — here’s how to use them

Hulu adds user profiles — here’s how to use them

Hulu has taken a page from Netflix's book and added individual user profiles, making it easier for everyone in a household to maintain their personalized content. Once created, each user profile shows the last episodes that user watched, where they left off, and recommendations based on their watching habits. Up to six profiles are supported, and setting them up is as simple as a few clicks.

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Daydream View VR headsets in Crimson and Snow colors start shipping

Daydream View VR headsets in Crimson and Snow colors start shipping

New limited edition Google Daydream View VR headsets in Crimson (red) and Snow (white) colors are now shipping in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia, the company has announced. The limited edition colors are available from the Google Store in all three countries, and will also soon be available from Best Buy and Verizon in the U.S., and Carphone Warehouse and EE in the UK. Google has also announced the launch of new VR titles.

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NASA’s new Earth science mission slips in before possible budget cuts

NASA’s new Earth science mission slips in before possible budget cuts

NASA has announced a new Earth science mission ahead of the possible budget cuts or complete elimination of its Earth science division. The space agency says this is the first geostationary vegetation/atmospheric carbon mission of its kind, and it is aimed at better enabling the US to measure vegetation health and greenhouse gases from space. By doing so, says NASA, researchers will be able to better understand the natural carbon exchanges between the ocean, land, and atmosphere above them.

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YouTube’s 2016 review: rattlesnakes, pineapple pens and more

YouTube’s 2016 review: rattlesnakes, pineapple pens and more

It’s that time of the year when companies evaluate their platforms across the last year, compiling interesting tidbits of data. We’ve already seen Flickr’s end of year data, and now we have YouTube’s year-in-review. The video service calls this YouTube #Rewind, and it highlights the biggest trends it saw over the past year, as well as the top ten videos overall and the top ten music videos.

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VSCO X unveiled for photographers who want more than Instagram

VSCO X unveiled for photographers who want more than Instagram

Sophisticated mobile photography app VSCO has announced the arrival of VSCO X, a subscription-based alternative to the free VSCO app that brings new film-based filter packs, improved technology, and more. VSCO X is invitation-only at the moment, and it’ll cost a total of $19.99-per-year, though the free app won’t be going anywhere if you prefer it. The service will go live for everyone in the coming weeks.

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30 Top bags for techies, gamers, and everyone else

30 Top bags for techies, gamers, and everyone else

Pockets aren't adequate for the modern techie. Your phone is likely the least of your gear, as far as storage needs are concerned. Laptops, tablets, ereaders, handheld game consoles, cameras, spare batteries, accessories...all things found in the average backpack. Given that it's possible to have thousands of dollars' worth of gear in a single bag, choosing the bag itself should be no small matter. Here's you'll find a bag for every gadget and situation, whether you need something for long-haul travel or a simple trot around the block.

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Light L16 camera begins mass production in Q2 2017, will ship soon after

Light L16 camera begins mass production in Q2 2017, will ship soon after

Light's L16 camera, a model that features many small lenses and image sensors to capture multiple shots of the same subject, will enter mass production in the second quarter of 2017, the company has announced. This follows a previous delay and means those who pre-ordered will see their purchase shipping "as possible after mass production begins," assuming no further delays surface. Assuming the camera meets the company's claims, it'll produce DSLR-quality images despite its much smaller form factor.

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C by GE futuristic LED ring lamp includes Alexa voice support

C by GE futuristic LED ring lamp includes Alexa voice support

General Electric has taken the wraps off a new futuristic ring-shaped lamp called the C by GE. Not only does the C feature a design you’d expect to see in some future-minded sci-fi movie, GE boasts that it also has ‘Jetsons-like’ voice support thanks to the inclusion of Amazon Alexa. According to GE, this is the first time Amazon’s personal assistant will be available within a lighting product sans a related hub or other device like an Echo. This means anyone can use Alexa via the lamp itself.

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Sony Project Field merges card games with tablets and phones

Sony Project Field merges card games with tablets and phones

Sony has introduced a new game platform currently only slated for Japan: Project Field. Much like Disney Infinity and Nintendo Amiibo, the system involves a dedicated pad that connects with a device (in this case, a tablet or phone) and enables physical items (game cards) to be used as part of a quasi-digital game. Data can be written to the cards (once they're placed on the base pad) including things like the character evolution for the card.

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