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This robot can grow and it may help perform surgery one day

This robot can grow and it may help perform surgery one day

Researchers have developed a proof-of-concept robot that is able to grow, a functionality that may have big implications for the medical field in coming years, though there are other potential uses for such a creation. The robot doesn't grow how you're likely imaging -- it's not like a human, that is. Instead, the growing robot can be imagined as something like a climbing vine, being equipped with the ability to extend its reach via a growing tip. That tip itself can accommodate many types of environments.

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iPhone SE 2: Don’t hold your breath

iPhone SE 2: Don’t hold your breath

Apple brought back its classic look with the iPhone SE, but it may not be moving forward with the model, according to an analyst. This smaller phone features a more traditional iPhone design and the smallest display you can get on a newer iPhone model, and it has become a staple for those who refuse to gravitate toward larger displays. Unfortunately, an iPhone SE 2 may never see the light of day.

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Razer Phone will target ‘hardcore gamers’ say sources

Razer Phone will target ‘hardcore gamers’ say sources

All signs point toward Razer launching its own smartphone, and now sources have appeared claiming the handset is in the pipeline to target 'hardcore gamers.' Assuming the sources are correct, Razer is aiming to make an initial public offering in the next few months, anticipating that it will list this upcoming October. If it does, the valuation could set the maker at about $5 billion, and may help bring in funding for the phone.

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Alexa is rolling out in Amazon’s shopping app for Android

Alexa is rolling out in Amazon’s shopping app for Android

Alexa is primarily accessed through Amazon's Echo products, but she has also made her way onto other devices over past months. The personal assistant is, for example, available on the Kindle Fire tablets, and it has also made its way onto iPhone via Amazon's iOS shopping app. Those on Android have had access to a standalone Alexa app, but that's just the start: this week Amazon is rolling out its personal assistant in its Android shopping app.

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Call of Duty: WWII Nazi Zombies trailer revealed (officially this time)

Call of Duty: WWII Nazi Zombies trailer revealed (officially this time)

We got a look at the Nazi Zombies in the upcoming Call of Duty: WWII game a few days ago, but we weren't supposed to. That leak spoiled the fun for Activision, perhaps, but gave fans their first look at the nazis that will be included in the franchise's next iteration. Following on its heels comes the official trailer for the game...or, specifically, for the nazi zombies part of it, arguably the part we care most about.

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Fidget spinners branded mind-controlling western evil by Russia

Fidget spinners branded mind-controlling western evil by Russia

Fidget spinners -- they came from seemingly nowhere to win the hearts and empty hours of youth across the world, and Russia isn't happy about it. The nation has been spouting some odd anti-fidget spinner nonsense as of late, indicating that they may be a diabolical anti-Russia trinket from the West set to zombify and turn Russian youth. In case this sounds like a joke, it's not: the nation is officially 'investigating' the toy.

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Moto Z2 Force US model tipped with stunted specs and smaller battery

Moto Z2 Force US model tipped with stunted specs and smaller battery

The Moto Z2 Force may prove a disappointment for U.S. buyers if a new report is accurate. According to leaked marketing materials, the model sold in the U.S. will have more modest specs than the versions sold elsewhere, one example being the inclusion of only 4GB of RAM versus the 6GB everyone else will get. The battery, too, will shed considerable capacity according to the materials.

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Smart fish tank helped hackers infiltrate a casino

Smart fish tank helped hackers infiltrate a casino

Internet-connected gadgets can be great, but they're not without their risks. We've seen warnings over poor IoT security from watchdogs and the government alike, and we've seen multiple instances where poor security has resulted in various data breaches. The latest example of this risk comes from a North American casino which was left exposed to hackers due to a smart fish tank. This fish tank, which was connected to the casino's network, served as an access point for hackers who then used it to find other network vulnerabilities.

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China’s artificial intelligence plan aims for world-leader status by 2025

China’s artificial intelligence plan aims for world-leader status by 2025

Artificial intelligence is a hot industry with governments and private companies alike scrambling to stay ahead. Earlier today, China announced a plan to make itself one of the global leaders in AI technologies, something that would see the nation's core artificial intelligence industries exceeding the $22 billion valuation mark by the year 2020 and, assuming everything goes as planned, exceeding $59 billion by the year 2025.

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Super Mario makeup kit is the bizarre brainchild of Nintendo and Shu Uemura

Super Mario makeup kit is the bizarre brainchild of Nintendo and Shu Uemura

Popular cosmetics line Shu Uemura has teamed up with Nintendo to launch a special new makeup set. Why Nintendo? Because the makeup set revolves around the company's most popular video game franchise: Super Mario. The makeup is inspired the massively popular game franchise, though it's more accurate to say that the packaging is inspired by it: the makeup is just makeup, after all.

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YouTube TV arrives in 10 new US markets: here’s the list

YouTube TV arrives in 10 new US markets: here’s the list

YouTube TV is now available in 10 additional markets, representing a big uptick in the number of still-limited regions in which the livestreaming television service is available. YouTube TV is, in case you hadn't heard, Google's own alternative to DirecTV NOW, Hulu Live TV, PlayStation Vue, and Sling TV, giving consumers access to (in this case) a skinny bundle of channels delivered straight over the Internet.

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Terminator 2 restored 4K Blu-ray box set will include giant robot arm

Terminator 2 restored 4K Blu-ray box set will include giant robot arm

Terminator fans are in for a treat. Company StudioCanal has announced the upcoming release of a new 2D/3D Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray of Terminator 2. That news alone isn't terribly exciting, but the special content in the box set is: there will be a life-size Terminator robot arm included with the kit. The box set is expected to arrive later on this year likely following a remastered version of the film heading to some theaters.

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