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Acer Leap Ware smartwatch is a fitness wearable for iOS and Android

Acer Leap Ware smartwatch is a fitness wearable for iOS and Android

Acer has introduced a new fitness wearable called the Leap Ware smartwatch. This model works with the Liquid Life app, which itself is available for both iOS and Android. The wearable, likes one before it, is designed to keep track of the wearer's fitness and health data, including things like heart rate, stress, stamina and, oddly enough, exposure to ultraviolet rays. These features are packed into a modern, circular watch that looks classy enough for everyday -- not just fitness-time -- use.

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Honda and Kyoto University partner for AI that works with humans

Honda and Kyoto University partner for AI that works with humans

Honda has teamed up with Japan's Kyoto University to help spur the development of artificial intelligence. This effort will see the two entities researching and developing such technologies, and doing so with particular goals in mind. Honda envisions a future were AI can collaborate with humans, being integrated into everyday life in a way that is beneficial and able to grow with humans. The company notes that humans would have the 'leading role' in this reality.

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B&O Play Beoplay P2 is a minimalist portable Bluetooth speaker

B&O Play Beoplay P2 is a minimalist portable Bluetooth speaker

B&O Play has introduced a new Bluetooth speaker, the small and minimalist Beoplay P2. This speaker is oval-shaped with lightly rounded edges, a lanyard strap, and a construction quality that makes it reasonably safe to take outside. Among other things, the Beoplay P2 features 2 x 50watts of power, and it'll be offered in three different colors: Black, Sand Stone, and Royal Blue.

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USPS ‘Total Solar Eclipse’ Forever Stamp arrives in June

USPS ‘Total Solar Eclipse’ Forever Stamp arrives in June

As we've previously reported, this upcoming August will offer a rare total solar eclipse that stretches a path from the western coast to the eastern coast of the United States. This will be the first time such an eclipse stretches across the entire nation since the last event in 1918. Overall, people in a total of 14 states will be able to witness the event. Ahead of that, though, comes a new US Postal Service Forever Stamp to mark the event.

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Google Assistant SDK developer preview arrives for gadget makers

Google Assistant SDK developer preview arrives for gadget makers

Google has announced the launch of a Google Assistant SDK developer preview, opening the door for Google's personal assistant to exist on many devices. Google highlights some potential uses for its software, including for use on a smart mirror with voice functionality or on a DIY robot. This paves the way for a slew of new devices beyond the bounds of Google Home and select currently supported Android devices.

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Master & Dynamic and Leica launch 0.95 headphones series

Master & Dynamic and Leica launch 0.95 headphones series

Audio company Master & Dynamic has teamed with camera company Leica to launch a new headphones series under the brand 0.95. The headphones lineup is comprised of two over-ear headphone models and one pair of earbuds. The companies explain that the 0.95 brand is itself a homage to the Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH, the fastest aspherical lens in the world. The headphones' designs come from Leica while the audio quality comes from Master & Dynamic.

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DARPA project will use tech to speed up human learning

DARPA project will use tech to speed up human learning

It has long been the stuff of science fiction -- the dream of enabling rapid human learning via microchips, machine-to-brain cables, or some other type of technology. DARPA, as with many of its mad science projects, is looking into making that dream a reality. The defense research agency has announced a total of eight different projects being run by seven different institutions as part of a larger DARPA-funded research program on this topic that will coordinate the efforts of these institutions. If the teams are successful, humans will be closer than ever to tech-based rapid human learning.

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GTA Online Tiny Racers ‘retro-style’ game now available

GTA Online Tiny Racers ‘retro-style’ game now available

Rockstar Games has announced the availability of GTA Online Tiny Racers, a game in which players race tiny cars around various maps while avoiding a fiery explosion. Rockstar says Tiny Racers is a retro-styled game for GTA Online, putting gamers above the roads and cars with a bird's-eye view. This is similar to the Dead Ops Arcade game -- in terms of design -- that appeared in Black Ops.

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Google Pixel camera’s low-light abilities are stunning in new analysis

Google Pixel camera’s low-light abilities are stunning in new analysis

Google's Pixel smartphone is notable for several reasons, not the least of which is its incredible low-light camera performance. We've seen the camera put to the test multiple times, but few analyses compare to the one recently completed by Google Research itself. In the tests, the Pixel camera was able to capture stunning shots of space using only starlight, among other things. The Nexus 6P was also tested, and one shot rivaled a DSLR's photo of the same subject.

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Amazon’s ‘The Tick’ original comedy series arrives on August 25

Amazon’s ‘The Tick’ original comedy series arrives on August 25

One pilot episode and a lot of waiting later and we finally have a premiere date for the first season of Amazon's original 'The Tick' series: August 25. Amazon announced the premiere date in a new (very short) teaser trailer, which doesn't show any footage but does hint at the show's comedic nature. It's not clear whether Amazon will release the entire season at once per Netflix's modus operandi or one episode at a time like Hulu.

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Streaming boxes and sticks with piracy add-ons targeted in latest EU ruling

Streaming boxes and sticks with piracy add-ons targeted in latest EU ruling

Streaming set-top-boxes and sticks are available widely on websites like eBay, and many of them are preinstalled with 'piracy add-ons' that make it easy to watch content outside the bounds of legal sites. A particularly popular example is the Amazon Fire Stick jailbroken with Kodi installed, which is itself used to access illegally-provided TV shows and movies through various repos. One Dutch seller of these products was recently the subject of a legal matter that made its way to the EU, which has now ruled that the sale of such devices is illegal.

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Verizon Unlimited Prepaid plan launched: three things to know

Verizon Unlimited Prepaid plan launched: three things to know

Verizon has announced the launch of a new Unlimited Plan for its prepaid customers. This builds upon the company's recent launch of an Unlimited plan for post-paid customers; through it, Verizon prepaid subscribers receive unlimited data, text and minutes. The service isn't without fine print, however, and those contemplating a transition to this new prepaid plan should read carefully before signing up. Here are three big things to know.

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