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Nebula glass set adds stunning space photos to every beverage

Nebula glass set adds stunning space photos to every beverage

It's difficult to find a unique mug or drinking glass; there's one for every sports team, one with every witty saving, amusing picture, and pithy platitude. Perhaps that makes the new Nebula Glass Set so special -- these black glasses feature stunning photos of space nebulas, ones that are both beautiful and arguably classy. The set is comprised of four glasses, each featuring a specific nebula spotted by the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Galaxy S8 tipped to feature front camera with autofocus

Galaxy S8 tipped to feature front camera with autofocus

The Samsung Galaxy S8 will feature a front-facing camera with autofocus functionality, according to sources, a relatively rare feature aimed at improving the quality of user selfies. Front-facing smartphone cameras are largely fixed-focus modules, with few exceptions, due to their limited use. However, the increased popularity of selfies, as well as broadcasting one's self using a phone, has spurred maker's to use higher-quality camera modules.

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Lyft gets more transparent with upfront ride prices in some cities

Lyft gets more transparent with upfront ride prices in some cities

Lyft is making the cost of a ride more transparent in some cities, announcing the launch of upfront price totals — that is, the ability to see how much your full trip will cost with everything factored in, including the company’s version of surge pricing (when applicable), taxes and such. This eases riders' minds when it comes to cost, and also keeps the no-longer-pink-mustachioed company at pace with competitor Uber.

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Immersive Nintendo attractions are coming to three Universal theme parks

Immersive Nintendo attractions are coming to three Universal theme parks

Nintendo attractions are heading to the Universal theme parks in Hollywood, Orlando, and Japan’s Osaka, the company has announced. Plans to launch Nintendo attractions at Universal resorts were announced early last year, and while we still have some waiting before they go live, we now have more info about what to expect. Among other things, Nintendo says these attractions will target all age groups and will be both 'immersive and interactive.'

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Hulu’s live TV streaming service will merge the best of both worlds

Hulu’s live TV streaming service will merge the best of both worlds

Hulu is working on a live television streaming service, something we've known for a while, and it'll be offering it long after a few competitors have launched their own similar products: Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and starting tomorrow, DirecTV NOW. Though it's moving more slowly, Hulu may also be best poised to dominate the live streaming television market, as it is in the unique position to offer the best of both worlds.

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Insta360 Air VR camera clips onto any Android smartphone

Insta360 Air VR camera clips onto any Android smartphone

A new VR camera product has launched on Indiegogo, this one designed for use with any Android smartphone that features a micro USB or USB-C port. When attached, the camera records 360-degree content that can be broadcast live, uploaded to services like YouTube, or shared directly with friends via social networks. The camera can also be connected directly to a laptop where it functions as a 360-degree webcam.

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Instagram sends alert when you screenshot ‘disappearing’ content

Instagram sends alert when you screenshot ‘disappearing’ content

Instagram recently introduced 'disappearing photos and videos' messaging, a Snapchat-'inspired' feature that allows you to send temporary content to someone directly, after which point it'll disappear. As with anything sent to someone else, though, the possibility exists that they'll save it, and the easiest way to do that is with a screenshot. Assuming someone does take a screenshot of your disappearing content, Instagram will send an alert letting you know.

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GM’s self-driving tech detailed in NHTSA letter: facial recognition and more

GM’s self-driving tech detailed in NHTSA letter: facial recognition and more

General Motors' self-driving technology has been detailed in a letter from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In it we see details about the automaker's autonomous features, including a facial recognition system that monitors the driver's face for signs of issues like falling asleep or distraction. The letter highlights features related to GM's Super Cruise system, as well as one note of caution about it.

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Waze adds Top Gear trio as latest celebrity navigation guides

Waze adds Top Gear trio as latest celebrity navigation guides

Waze has announced that former Top Gear hosts Clarkson, May and Hammond will be its newest celebrity navigation guides, lending their voices to make your turn-by-turn navigation directions more appealing. Celebrity navigation guides aren't new to the platform, and in fact are one of its most beloved features -- past celebrity voices have included Morgan Freeman and others.

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Devialet raises $106 million to expand its audio tech

Devialet raises $106 million to expand its audio tech

Devialet raised $106 million in venture capital, it has announced, to fund the expansion of its proprietary tech amongst the smart devices, auto, and television sectors. As well, Devialet will expand its distribution network, adding more U.S.-based stores and ‘immersive rooms’ to its roster; this follows the launch of its sixth overall store, one located in NYC's SoHo neighborhood.

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Five things you should know about DirecTV NOW

Five things you should know about DirecTV NOW

AT&T has officially unveiled its own live streaming television service: DirecTV NOW. The anticipated TV service is set to take on Dish Network's Sling TV and Sony's PlayStation Vue when it goes live on November 30, but it may not be adequate enough to replace those services at launch. There are a few things you should know about DirecTV NOW before making the switch, including details about DVR, channel lineup, and more.

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DirecTV NOW unveiled: $35/month, mobile access, HBO add-on and more

DirecTV NOW unveiled: $35/month, mobile access, HBO add-on and more

AT&T has introduced DirecTV NOW, a “completely new platform” that enables subscribers to stream live television over the Internet. The service allows users to stream up to two streams at once, and while it doesn’t support 4K (for now, at least), it does target most of the features users want, with the pricing starting at $35/month for at least 60 channels. DirecTV NOW offers nearly all the big networks, including Viacom, Turner, AMC channels, and more.

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