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Razer Destiny 2 peripherals collection is made for PC gamers

Razer Destiny 2 peripherals collection is made for PC gamers

Razer has taken the wraps off a new line of PC gaming peripherals, all of them branded with Destiny 2 imagery. The collection is comprised of a keyboard, mousepad, and headphones, all of them designed specifically for gamers; the game itself, of course, doesn't arrive for a couple months, and so it's no surprise the peripherals aren't available yet, either. Fortunately, we do have the details.

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Game of Thrones pirates beware: HBO is watching you

Game of Thrones pirates beware: HBO is watching you

One of the most popular television shows is also one of the most pirated television shows: Game of Thrones. The series has been marred by piracy in various ways throughout its life, not the least of which was the major leak that resulted in a handful of episodes hitting torrents networks before airing on HBO. Now that the seventh and final season is underway, HBO is in overdrive trying to protect its property, and it has its sights set on pirates.

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Ancient human ‘ghost’ species revealed by saliva protein

Ancient human ‘ghost’ species revealed by saliva protein

A simple salivary protein has revealed a so-called 'ghost' species of ancient humans, a new study reveals, hinting at the existence of an archaic species that swapped genetic material with human ancestors. It is well known that ancient hominin species contributed to the rise of modern humans, not the least of which is the Neanderthals and lesser known Denisovans. Such rendezvous took place in Europe and Asia, but it seems similar encounters may have happened in ancient Africa, too.

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Chrome OS lock screen apps hinted by notes feature

Chrome OS lock screen apps hinted by notes feature

It seems a new feature is inbound for Chromebooks, and it'll involve being able to take notes from the lock screen. The feature was spotted recently in the Chromium repository, and it indicates the feature will be arriving soon as a new tool for the laptop's primary account holder. The feature itself, though, is part of a larger effort that brings apps to the lock screen.

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Apple sued by State Farm over iPhone 4S fire: battery blamed

Apple sued by State Farm over iPhone 4S fire: battery blamed

State Farm, a major insurance company, has sued Apple over a house fire allegedly caused by a defective iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4S contained the original battery, according to the lawsuit, which names both State Farm and Wisconsin resident Xai Thao as plaintiffs, when it experienced a 'significant and localized heating event' that set fire to Thao's house.

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Phobos makes surprise appearance in Hubble Mars photo

Phobos makes surprise appearance in Hubble Mars photo

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope recently captured a time lapse of Phobos, a tiny rock-like moon, orbiting around Mars. The resulting composite image of the 13 total exposures shows what appears to be a bright dot of light near Mars...it looks something like a spec of dust that reflected light back at a camera. That 'speck of dust,' though, is a great look at one of the Red Planet's two small moons.

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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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