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NASA just broke a photography record with photos taken in Kuiper Belt

NASA just broke a photography record with photos taken in Kuiper Belt

Back in 2017, NASA published an image taken by the New Horizons Long Range Reconnaissance Imager, also called LORRI. That was the farthest-from-Earth image that had ever been taken by a spacecraft, breaking the last "farthest" record set by Voyager 1 about 27 years ago. Now New Horizons has just broke its own record, delivering a new "farthest" milestone image.

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VLC 3.0 released: Chromecast, 8K, HDR, Android PiP, iPhone X optimization

VLC 3.0 released: Chromecast, 8K, HDR, Android PiP, iPhone X optimization

VLC 3.0 has officially launched and it brings with it a bunch of new major features, not the least of which is the official arrival of Chromecast support. The app is now better suited for modern displays and content, packing in things like High Dynamic Range (HDR) and 8K support, and more. The 3.0 version of the software has been named "Vetinari."

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Apple TV app adds News section to make finding live news easier

Apple TV app adds News section to make finding live news easier

Back in September, Apple promised that it would add a News section to its TV app. In the months since, we've seen the company introduce a Sports section, but now News is finally getting its turn. The TV app has been updated with this News section, and in it users on both iOS and tvOS can easily browse and launch live news streams from many different providers.

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Nest Cam IQ gets familiar face merging, better Activity Zone notification control

Nest Cam IQ gets familiar face merging, better Activity Zone notification control

This week Nest pushed out updates to its iOS and Android mobile apps, bringing new features for Nest Cam owners, as well as a new wiring guide for the Nest Thermostat. The new Nest Cam features are available in both versions of the apps, though owners will need a Nest Aware subscription to benefit from from the changes. Both app updates are available to download now.

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Moto Z2 Force screen peeling repair fee waived

Moto Z2 Force screen peeling repair fee waived

Earlier this week, attention was called to an issue experienced by some Moto Z2 Force owners: the ShatterShield coating on their phones has started peeling off. That issue follows previous ones in which users complained that the shatter-proof display used with the Moto Z2 Force is prone to scratching. Motorola has reached out to SlashGear with a statement, saying it will offer free repairs for impacted customers.

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NASA bio implant may slow muscle deterioration in astronauts

NASA bio implant may slow muscle deterioration in astronauts

NASA is experimenting with a bio implant that may help slow the rate of muscle deterioration in astronauts. The experiment involves rodents that spend time on the International Space Station and Earth, some with a placebo, others with a nano channel drug delivery chip. This chip delivers drugs to the animal's system, potentially helping reduce muscle loss experienced in low-gravity environments.

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Hulu Live TV adds 60fps support for Showtime, Adult Swim, NBC and more

Hulu Live TV adds 60fps support for Showtime, Adult Swim, NBC and more

Hulu has just introduced 60fps support on its Live TV service. The new support is in testing now and only available on a certain number of channels, though some of them are quite popular ones. According to Hulu, 60fps support has been the feature most requested by subscribers. The support will be rolling out in phases "due to the dependencies required," Hulu explained in a Reddit post.

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PocketSprite is a tiny open source ‘Game Boy’ for retro games

PocketSprite is a tiny open source ‘Game Boy’ for retro games

A tiny palm-sized "Game Boy" called PocketSprite has appeared on a crowdfunding website where it has nearly hit its funding goal. PocketSprite is small enough to fit on a keychain, but is fully functional despite its tiny size. The miniature gaming console offers a variety of retro games and presents them all on a tiny high-contrast OLED display.

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Plex Live TV arrives on Xbox One, plus major new features for Roku

Plex Live TV arrives on Xbox One, plus major new features for Roku

Plex just introduced its Live TV functionality on Xbox One, giving console owners access to live stations delivered over the air. It's a major update for the Xbox version of the software, and it comes with full time-shifting functionality so users can pause, rewind, and fast-forward content. That's only a taste of what all Plex has released, though, and Roku users are in a treat.

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Galaxy S8 Oreo update arrives just ahead of S9

Galaxy S8 Oreo update arrives just ahead of S9

The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones are on the receiving end of the big Android Oreo software update. The update is rolling out to handsets now, but not everyone is getting it at the same time. Those who do get it will see a software update clocking in around 500MB with the February security patch. Galaxy S8 owners who are feeling impatient can manually check for a software update now.

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DJI Olympics no-fly zones will make sneaking an aerial shot difficult

DJI Olympics no-fly zones will make sneaking an aerial shot difficult

DJI is making it difficult for drone owners to fly their UAVs during the 2018 Winter Olympics Games. Such drone use is forbidden during the Games, but that's not likely to stop everyone from trying to sneak a couple aerial shots or videos. Though Olympics security officials have their own plans in place to deal with unwanted consumer drones, DJI is planning to release a software update that will put the brakes on usage near the facilities.

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Instagram Regram feature makes it easy to share public content

Instagram Regram feature makes it easy to share public content

Instagram users have long had to jump through hoops to share other users' content on their own accounts. Whereas the current workaround to the lack of a share button is taking a screenshot, a new Instagram test available to some users changes that. With the new "Regram" feature being tested, Instagram users are able to directly share another user's content in their own Stories.

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