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Watch Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot go for an untethered jog outside

Watch Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot go for an untethered jog outside

Boston Dynamics has released a couple new videos featuring its robots, chief among them being one of the humanoid Atlas running outside without a cable tether. In addition to running on camera, Atlas also leaps over an obstacle, demonstrating how much progress the team has made over the past few years. This is the same robot that once struggled to simply walk outdoors.

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White House reveals big AI plans with vow to remove regulatory barriers

White House reveals big AI plans with vow to remove regulatory barriers

The White House has announced plans to develop a new committee on artificial intelligence, a move underscoring its focus on AI technology and the ways it can improve lives. The Trump administration has vowed to remove "regulatory barriers" that could get in the way of innovation, as well as prioritize funding for the initiative.

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Uber self-driving car tests may resume in coming months

Uber self-driving car tests may resume in coming months

Uber suspended its self-driving car tests in March following a fatal collision with a pedestrian. News later surfaced that the company wouldn't be renewing its testing permit with California, but according to Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, the tests may resume later on this year. The revelation was made during the company's Elevate event in LA today, though specifics weren't provided.

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Netflix video previews on Android have arrived for some users

Netflix video previews on Android have arrived for some users

In early March, Netflix introduced previews for mobile, a feature that would offer 30-second teaser trailers for certain shows in a vertical orientation. About a month later, the company began rolling out those previews to iOS users, and now some Android users are seeing them appear on their phones. Once available, users will readily notice the previews due to their circular thumbnail.

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Schlage smart locks now support unlocking via Alexa

Schlage smart locks now support unlocking via Alexa

Schlage has announced Alexa support for two of its smart locks, the Sense Smart Deadbolt and the Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt. With this support, smart lock owners can use voice commands to unlock their door, a feature that uses a PIN for extra security. Access is also available through the maker's iOS and Android apps, though a WiFi Adapter is necessary.

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Exoplanet without clouds is the first of its kind ever discovered

Exoplanet without clouds is the first of its kind ever discovered

Researchers have revealed that an exoplanet called WASP-96b, which is described as a "hot Saturn," doesn't have any clouds. This is a first for known exoplanets, according to the team led by University of Exeter's Dr. Nikolay Nikolov. The discovery was made in part using the Very Large Telescope located in Chile. With it, researchers studied the planet as it passed in front of its star.

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Outlook users will soon be able to pay bills from their inbox

Outlook users will soon be able to pay bills from their inbox

Microsoft Outlook users will soon be able to pay their bills directly from their inbox, the company has revealed. The new feature, which is powered by Microsoft Pay, will simplify the bill-payment process by adding support for various payment processors, billing services, and invoicing services. Several companies are in the pipeline for support at launch.

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ZTE says it has stopped major operations following US export ban

ZTE says it has stopped major operations following US export ban

Chinese telecommunications company ZTE has stopped major business operations, it has revealed, as a consequence on the US ban on selling components to the maker. The company mentioned the change in a document published today, stating that "major operating activities...have ceased" without additional details on what, exactly, that means.

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DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 reduces noise, improves video transmission

DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 reduces noise, improves video transmission

DJI has launched a modest update to its professional-tier Phantom 4 Pro drone. The new model, which is simply called the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0, brings a couple updates over the previous model, retaining the same design as the regular Pro 4, but with some important changes. The drone is available now with various bundle options, including one that has first-person-view DJI Goggles.

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eero Labs launches to let users test beta WiFi features

eero Labs launches to let users test beta WiFi features

Home WiFi company eero has announced the launch of eero Labs, a way for customers to get access to features that are still being tested. eero calls the new Labs an "innovation playground." The first beta feature to be made available under the program is called Smart Queue Management (SQM), a way for devices on the network to share bandwidth "simply and fairly."

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UPS modular electric delivery trucks will deploy in London and Paris

UPS modular electric delivery trucks will deploy in London and Paris

UPS and Arrival, a UK-based company, have teamed up to launch 35 modular electric delivery vehicles. As with other electric vehicles, these modular delivery trucks will have zero emissions; Arrival says they'll also feature "advanced safety" and a 150-mile battery range. UPS plans to use the vehicles as a trial in London and Paris.

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Review: Plantronics BackBeat GO 600 headphones with bass boost button

Review: Plantronics BackBeat GO 600 headphones with bass boost button

Plantronics has released a new pair of over-ear headphones with a unique feature: a dedicated button that boosts the bass level when pressed. The wireless model is designed for audio enthusiasts of all kinds, offering a way to instantly adjust the audio quality based on what's playing. At only $99.99, the BackBeat GO 600 are fairly inexpensive, but how do they compare to other budget headphones?

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