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Telltale’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ game arrives on Android, iOS and consoles

Telltale’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ game arrives on Android, iOS and consoles

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is now available on the Google Play Store, iTunes, and for console gamers with either an Xbox One or a PlayStation 4. The game is priced at $4.99 USD regardless of which console or platform you get it on. If you particularly enjoy it and you have one of the two aforementioned consoles, you'll also be able to pick up the game on a special season pass disc starting on May 2.

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Chrome with built-in ad-blocker may target the most obnoxious ads

Chrome with built-in ad-blocker may target the most obnoxious ads

Google is planning to add a built-in ad-blocker to Chrome, according to sources, and it will target the Internet's most obnoxious types of advertisements. These sub-standard advertisements include things like videos that automatically start playing and advertisements that won't disappear until a long countdown timer is finished. The sources indicate that Google hasn't ironed out all of the details yet, and that it may not ultimately go through with the feature.

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Study: LSD causes a higher state of consciousness (sort of)

Study: LSD causes a higher state of consciousness (sort of)

Psychedelics -- those who have tried them have a hard time describing what they're like, and those who haven't tried them have no idea what they're missing. Or something like that. Proponents have long described a type of higher consciousness that accompanies drugs like LSD and magic mushrooms, and now a new study have found evidence that this is true. Volunteers who took psychedelics were discovered to experience a higher state of consciousness...but not in the way you're probably thinking.

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Xiaomi Mi 6 arrives: 5″ display, USB-C, 12MP camera with OIS and more

Xiaomi Mi 6 arrives: 5″ display, USB-C, 12MP camera with OIS and more

Xiaomi has officially launched the Mi 6, a sleek Android smartphone with a bunch of high-end features, including USB-C, a ceramic back (with the Exclusive Edition), 3D curved glass, optical image stabilization, dual rear cameras, and more. This follows several leaks surrounding the handset, which Xiaomi says achieved a 184,292 AnTuTu benchmark score. Storage capacity goes up to a huge 128GB.

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Sony’s A9 camera: 5 big surprises

Sony’s A9 camera: 5 big surprises

Sony has officially introduced its anticipated A9 camera, and with it comes a bunch of features packed into a compact, relatively speaking, body. This model is the latest addition to Sony's massively successful interchangeable camera lineup, and it brings with it a huge array of features -- ones that far eclipse the smartphones that are otherwise dominating the camera industry. We've already given a rundown of the camera, including some sample photos; here are the top five features that really stand out.

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Master & Dynamic MA770 Wireless Speaker is made out of concrete

Master & Dynamic MA770 Wireless Speaker is made out of concrete

Master & Dynamic has introduced its new MA770 Wireless Speaker, a model that is made out of a concrete composite. The speaker was made in partnership with Sir David Adjaye, an architect, and it is intended for consumers who need a home speaker. According to the company, the MA770 has a 'robust, tactile' heft; the material itself is said to have positive acoustic properties that suit a speaker well. All of this is complemented by integrated Chromecast tech that enables multi-room setups.

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Instagram for Android now works offline, iOS may be next

Instagram for Android now works offline, iOS may be next

Instagram is introducing offline features in its Android app that will enable users to in some way utilize the service without an Internet connection. The same features may make their way to the iOS version eventually, but that rollout hasn't taken place yet. The move appears to be a new way to cater to users in developing countries where mobile Internet access is limited and where users may want to download content while on a WiFi hotspot before venturing out beyond it.

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BMW launches first of 100 EV charging stations in US National Parks

BMW launches first of 100 EV charging stations in US National Parks

Electric vehicles are only as great as the charging network available to those who buy them. We've seen different companies roll out charging stations at destinations all over the U.S., and now BMW is adding its name to the list (again) with plans to launch 100 electric vehicle charging stations at National Parks throughout the nation. The first of those 100 planned stations has gone live at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park, the former home of Edison.

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Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook arrives with durable design and 360-degree hinge

Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook arrives with durable design and 360-degree hinge

Lenovo has announced the new Flex 11, a 2-in-1 Chromebook with a 360-degree hinge that allows the display to fold all the way back or at any angle in-between. This particular model, as its name suggests, sports an 11.6-inch display, as well as a durable design thanks to its drop-resistant construction. According to Lenovo, this Chromebook can handle accidental drink spills, drops from heights up to 2.4ft, and more.

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Panasonic unveils Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH lens

Panasonic unveils Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH lens

Joining its newly unveiled Lumix camera is a new lens from Panasonic, its Leica-branded DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH. This lens offers a 16-36mm 35mm camera equivalent, and is the newest model in Panasonic's Leica DG Vario-Elmarit F2.8-4.0 Series. The company says its latest lens is a great option for both video and photos, offering a focusing distance range that varies from 'ultra-wide angle to super telephoto.'

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Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS70 is a compact 20MP camera with 30x optical zoom

Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS70 is a compact 20MP camera with 30x optical zoom

Panasonic has launched a new camera in its Travel Zoom ZS Series lineup: the Lumix DC-ZS70. Despite its compact size, this camera packs a bunch of features into its small body, including a 20.3-megapixel sensor and a large 30x optical zoom rate, the equivalent of 24-720mm. The camera is targeted at prosumers, those who are willing to spend more than average to get an above average device, but who don't need something as big or pricey as a full-blown DSLR.

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These magazine covers were shot with the iPhone 7 Plus

These magazine covers were shot with the iPhone 7 Plus

News of the camera industry's troubles is everywhere you look, and some companies have buckled under the weight. Mobile photography, on the other hand, is thriving as mobile cameras increase in quality and more consumers upgrade their handsets to better models. Chief among the best of the mobile camera offerings is the iPhone, and we've seen it put to the test more than a few times.

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