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Alphabet Verily wearable project tipped with exploding micro-needles

Alphabet Verily wearable project tipped with exploding micro-needles

Alphabet company Verily is working on a health device that collects blood using exploding micro-needles, according to sources. The device reportedly features magnets and tiny needles, attaching to the patient's body to collect blood in a less invasive way than existing blood collection tech. Sources claim the company has been working on this device for several years.

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Budget airline Spirit will offer in-flight WiFi starting next summer

Budget airline Spirit will offer in-flight WiFi starting next summer

The US is home to several ultra-low cost airlines, one of them being Spirit Airlines. The carrier has announced that it will be the first budget airline to offer in-flight WiFi, though customers won't have access to it until next summer. Once available, travelers will have access to the network on all Spirit flights via tech partner Thales Group.

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Syfy cancels The Expanse, but the show may live on

Syfy cancels The Expanse, but the show may live on

Syfy, the network notorious for cheesy but fun movies, has canceled its science fiction hit The Expanse. It's a surprising blow to fans who have fallen in love with the futuristic drama, which itself has earned ample praise as one of the best sci-fi shows currently on TV. This season will wrap up and mark the end to The Expanse's life on Syfy, but the series may live on.

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HP Chromebook x2 preorders appear early at Best Buy

HP Chromebook x2 preorders appear early at Best Buy

Last month, HP took the wraps off a gorgeous new detachable laptop running Chrome OS. Called the HP Chromebook x2, this model features a tablet that connects to a keyboard using a magnetic hinge. The model runs the latest version of Google's OS that doesn't require a keyboard, putting it up against Apple and its newest iPad model.

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SpaceX’s new Falcon 9 just landed perfectly, and it’s a game-changer

SpaceX’s new Falcon 9 just landed perfectly, and it’s a game-changer

SpaceX has successfully landed its Falcon 9 Block 5, the rocket that will used to transport astronauts to the International Space Station. This is the most powerful version of the private space company's Falcon 9 rocket, one featuring upgrades that enhance its reusability. Today's success marks the first time this rocket has been launched and successfully landed.

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Rick and Morty renewed for another 70 episodes on Adult Swim

Rick and Morty renewed for another 70 episodes on Adult Swim

Rick and Morty, the hit adult animation with an obnoxious fanbase, will be returning to Adult Swim with another 70 episodes. The renewal was announced by series co-creator Justin Roiland, who revealed the network's order on Twitter. That's a huge success for the series; it's more than double the current number of episodes.

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Study finds antibiotics may interfere with vital vaccines in infants

Study finds antibiotics may interfere with vital vaccines in infants

A newly published study warns that antibiotic use in infants could interfere with the efficacy of five vital routine vaccines. According to Associated Professor David Lynn of Flinders University, administering antibiotics to infants before the age of 1 could change how their body develops immunity and responds to these routine vaccines.

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Secure Data Act bill may block encryption backdoor orders

Secure Data Act bill may block encryption backdoor orders

Newly introduced bipartisan legislation called the Secure Data Act aims to prevent government access to encrypted data via backdoors. The proposal follows multiple government attempts to get access to encrypted devices, as well as increasing concerns that courts or government agencies could force a company to introduce backdoors into its products.

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Third-hand cigarette smoke is a big problem in non-smoking rooms: study

Third-hand cigarette smoke is a big problem in non-smoking rooms: study

Most people know about second-hand smoke -- the cigarette smoke you inhale when in close proximity to someone who is smoking. Less known is "third-hand" smoke, which is the residue that persists on smokers' clothes and other things after they've finished smoking. This third-hand smoke may have a bigger impact on health than thought, with researchers finding that it makes its way into non-smoking environments.

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Star Wars Battlefront 2: Han Solo Season with Jabba’s Palace arrives May 16

Star Wars Battlefront 2: Han Solo Season with Jabba’s Palace arrives May 16

Electronic Arts and DICE are gearing up to launch Han Solo Season for Star Wars Battlefront 2, the game that faced a massive boycott and drew political attention to loot boxes last year. The company has since eliminated many of the unwanted elements it tried to pass onto gamers, leading some to finally buy a copy of the game. If you're counted among them, brace yourself: an update later this month will bring Jabba's Palace.

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Skim Reaper is NYPD’s possible solution to ATM card skimming

Skim Reaper is NYPD’s possible solution to ATM card skimming

The New York Police Department is testing a new tool called the Skim Reaper that may help prevent ATM-based credit card fraud. Card skimmers are a growing problem impacting people around the world; the scam works by placing a physical skimmer on an ATM, then retrieving it later after numerous cards have passed through it. The same devices can be placed on gas pumps and other terminals.

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YouTube HDR support for iPhone X is quietly rolling out

YouTube HDR support for iPhone X is quietly rolling out

YouTube has quietly introduced High Dynamic Range (HDR) support for the iPhone X. Some handset users report being able to view HDR videos using the latest and greatest iPhone model, hinting at a slow rollout that, unfortunately, hasn't made its way to the iPad Pro. Though it's not available to all users at this time, iPhone X users can check whether they have access via the app's "Quality" menu.

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