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Microsoft and Porsche strike partnership for Forza franchise

Microsoft and Porsche strike partnership for Forza franchise

Microsoft and Porsche have announced a new partnership that will see the duo working together on Forza-related efforts. The partnership is for the next six years, and will have both companies collaborating on 'co-branded initiatives' between Microsoft's Turn 10 Studios and Porsche. All of its starts with the Forza Racing Championship Season 3: The Porsche Cup, which Porsche is sponsoring. Registration for that is now open.

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Verily Study Watch is a health wearable designed for medical use

Verily Study Watch is a health wearable designed for medical use

Alphabet has officially introduced the Verily Study Watch, an unassuming smartwatch packing a bunch of features tailored for the medical and health industries. This watch uses a variety of sensors to monitor a vast array of health metrics, storing the encrypted data on the device until it is synced with Verily's cloud-based platform. Unlike most smartwatches, the Study Watch's battery can go all week without charging, and the internal storage can hold multiple weeks of raw data in between syncs.

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HTC One X10 arrives: 2-day battery, 16MP camera, fingerprint sensor and more

HTC One X10 arrives: 2-day battery, 16MP camera, fingerprint sensor and more

Following a leak yesterday, the HTC One X10 smartphone has been officially launched. The handset brings with it a sleek, familiar design, as well as fairly notable features, including a fingerprint sensor for biometric security, a super-wide-angle lens on the front-facing camera, and a large battery boasting two-day battery life. Info about availability is still scarce, but all the features have been detailed.

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miniRIG is a portable video stabilizer for smartphones and action cameras

miniRIG is a portable video stabilizer for smartphones and action cameras

Smoovie has introduced a new portable stabilizer device designed for smartphones and action cameras: the miniRIG. This new model aims to combine the best of both worlds -- portability and stabilized shots -- into a single device, which collapses into a small unit when not in use. In addition to holding the smartphone or GoPro, miniRIG also features interchangeable support with accessories, a microphone, and lights.

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Synology DiskStation DS1517+, DS1817+ launch alongside DX517 expansion unit

Synology DiskStation DS1517+, DS1817+ launch alongside DX517 expansion unit

Synology has taken the wraps off a trio of new products, the DiskStation DS1517+ and DS1817+, as well as the new Expansion Unit DX517. The two tower servers bring with them 5-bay and 8-bay arrangements, respectively, both featuring a PCIe slot with support for either the maker's M2D17 M.2 SATA SSD adapter or the 10GbE network interface card. Both of the products, as well as the Expansion Unit, are available to purchase now.

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Hulu live TV tipped at $39.99 per month, a penny shy of $40 threshold

Hulu live TV tipped at $39.99 per month, a penny shy of $40 threshold

Hulu's live television service is in a very closed beta at the moment, and we still don't know how much it will cost once it goes live. We've heard various rumors over the past several months, all of them gravitating around the $30/month range, and now a new report has surfaced with a new tipped monthly rate: $39.99/month. If that does turn out to be the case, Hulu will be launching the plan at the highest rate possible while staying under the quoted $40/month threshold.

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iPhone 8 renders reveal what the handset may look like

iPhone 8 renders reveal what the handset may look like

Designer Benjamin Geskin has published a series of high quality renders revealing what the iPhone 8 may look like, assuming many of the biggest leaks and rumors thus far are true. Geskin tasks himself with making realistic-looking renders based on such leaks, and his work is great to say the least. This time around, we see a sleek iPhone with an edge-to-edge design, no physical Touch ID, and more.

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Lockbook is an old school paper notebook with biometric security

Lockbook is an old school paper notebook with biometric security

We don't have much use for paper in everyday life...except when it comes to taking notes. Many people haven't grown accustomed to writing their notes on a tablet and find paper overall easier. The big issue with paper notes, though, is security -- things you write out on a tablet or type out on a laptop can be encrypted, hidden behind a password, or any number of things. If you need similar security but don't want to give up on physical notes, Lockbook aims to be the solution.

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 leak reveals Darth Maul and Yoda

Star Wars Battlefront 2 leak reveals Darth Maul and Yoda

Star Wars Battlefront 2 will be officially unveiled on April 15, but the trailer has leaked early, and it reveals a bunch of details about the game. As expected, the original trailer leak has already been pulled, but not before hundreds of copies were uploaded to YouTube in its place. After looking through it a few times, some details become apparent, not the least of which is an answer to the Yoda mystery.

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Google Home can now manage flights and find fun things to do

Google Home can now manage flights and find fun things to do

Google Assistant is now able to help manage your vacations via a couple new abilities, including finding fun things to do in whatever location you're at (or heading to) and managing your existing flights. Don't have a flight yet? Google Assistant is also now able to find flight prices on your behalf and to keep track of their prices, alerting you whenever something changes.

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Hover Camera Passport drone goes up for sale in Apple stores

Hover Camera Passport drone goes up for sale in Apple stores

A small camera drone from Zero Zero Robotics has launched for sale in Apple stores and through the Apple website, the company has announced. The Hover Camera Passport is a consumer-tier autonomous drone designed for consumers who want to easily capture shots of themselves from perspectives that are more interesting than the average smartphone can produce. In addition to its Apple store launch, the drone has been updated with a new interface, automated media editing, and more.

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NASA: Saturn moon Enceladus is ‘like a candy store for microbes’

NASA: Saturn moon Enceladus is ‘like a candy store for microbes’

NASA has just announced a new milestone discovery revolving around Saturn's moon Enceladus, revealing that it has most of the ingredients necessary to support life, and that it likely contains the rest of the missing -- that is, not yet discovered -- components. Most notably, this ocean world, as the space agency calls it, has ample amounts of hydrogen gas in its oceans, something that may work with carbon dioxide in the oceans' waters to support life.

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