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Boosted Boards (2nd-gen) recalled over battery pack water vulnerability

Boosted Boards (2nd-gen) recalled over battery pack water vulnerability

The electronic longboards called Boosted Boards are now into their second generation, and have proven popular with those who want something akin to a hoverboard, but faster and with a more traditional style. Unfortunately, the second generation version of the Boosted Board is the subject of a new recall being initiated “out of an abundance of caution.” According to the company, a couple customers have experienced issues with their boards’ battery packs smoking, something traced back to ‘quality control issues.'

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Proposal seeks kill switch and mandatory registration for ‘smart’ robots

Proposal seeks kill switch and mandatory registration for ‘smart’ robots

The distant future once detailed and imagined in science fiction movies and books is now upon us, and humans are scrambling to stay ahead. Robots are no longer a foreign concept to the average consumer, and indeed you may even find versions of them, such as the Roomba, in the average home. Innovations in robotics will no doubt move quickly over the coming years, and will happen in step with advancements in artificial intelligence, painting a picture of a future where advanced robots can learn and think for themselves. To keep such advanced technologies in check, humans need a plan.

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Resident Evil 7 preorders will include free digital copy of ‘Retribution’

Resident Evil 7 preorders will include free digital copy of ‘Retribution’

Those who preorder a video game usually get some perks for doing so — special downloadable gaming content, exclusive vehicles or weapons, or early access to the game, for example. The same is true for those who preorder Resident Evil 7, only with a bit of a twist: gamers will receive a code to download a free copy of one of the Resident Evil movies. The perk varies a bit, though, depending on where you preorder the game.

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Fifth Third Bank now supports Android Pay and Microsoft Wallet

Fifth Third Bank now supports Android Pay and Microsoft Wallet

U.S. company Fifth Third Bank (53rd) has announced support for Android Pay and Microsoft Wallet, bringing the total number of mobile payment platforms it supports up to five. Customers with a Fifth Third Bank account can use, in addition to the two above, Samsung Pay, Apple Pay, and MasterPass to make payments using the app and their phone instead of their debit or credit card at supported stores.

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Researchers use salmonella to attack deadly brain cancer tumors

Researchers use salmonella to attack deadly brain cancer tumors

Researchers with Duke University have detailed a new project in which salmonella was successfully tapped to target cancerous brain tumors. According to the university, biomedical engineers set their sights on a solution for one of the deadliest forms of brain cancer, the glioblastoma. Patients have only a 10-percent chance of surviving five years following their diagnoses of this cancer, but a potential new treatment may double those numbers.

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WhatsApp Enterprise references found in beta apps

WhatsApp Enterprise references found in beta apps

We’ve known for a while now that WhatsApp has plans for businesses, and now references to those plans may have been found in the messaging app’s latest beta release for mobile devices. According to @WABetaInfo, references to "Enterprise" have been found in the newest Android, iOS, and Windows Phone versions of the beta app, as well as some changes to how messages are handled.

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Halo Wars 2 for Windows 10 will get a physical retail release

Halo Wars 2 for Windows 10 will get a physical retail release

THQ Nordic has announced a partnership with Microsoft Studios and 343 Industries that will result in the physical release of Halo Wars 2 for Windows 10. Those who pick up the physical retail version of the game will also be given access to the digital Xbox One edition thanks to Xbox Play Anywhere. Both Ultimate Edition and Standard Edition will be offered in retail stores.

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How to link Uber to your phone’s calendar app

How to link Uber to your phone’s calendar app

Uber wants to make it a bit easier to get to your appointments and other scheduled events, and so it has introduced a new way to link your phone's calendar to the Uber app itself. By doing so, you'll see a small calendar icon with an event and time upon opening the Uber app, assuming you have something planned and scheduled. Tap it and you'll have the event's address and details plugged directly in the trip page, but only after you link the two together.

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US Transportation Department reveals new self-driving cars advisory committee

US Transportation Department reveals new self-driving cars advisory committee

The United States Department of Transportation says it is assembling an advisory committee that will focus on automation as it relates to the automotive industry. More than two dozen committee members have already been named, including co-Chair Mary Barra of General Motors and co-Chair Eric Garcetti, the mayor of Los Angeles. The advisory committee’s Vice Chair position is held by Stanford University engineering professor Dr. J. Chris Gerdes.

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Saturn’s moon looks like the Death Star in new NASA photo

Saturn’s moon looks like the Death Star in new NASA photo

Back in 1789, the Saturn moon Mimas was discovered by William Herschel, the man after whom the moon's Herschel Crater is named. This crater is massive and fairly round in shape, with rising walls around the edge and a large triangular peak in the middle...all of which are reminiscent of the Death Star, earning Mimas its nickname. NASA has just released a new photo showing off the moon and its giant crater with sharp, high-contrast clarity.

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Google Voice updates are inbound, company confirms

Google Voice updates are inbound, company confirms

Google Voice, the company’s seldom mentioned VoIP service, is going to be on the receiving end of some updates soon. News of the updates first arrived via a link some users were seeing when they visited Google Voice. The link and notification encouraged users to click to see the new Google Voice, but the related web page isn’t live at this time. Having accidentally revealed its efforts, Google has since confirmed that yes, it is working on some new updates.

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Google planned a Project Ara aquarium module

Google planned a Project Ara aquarium module

Project Ara, the codename for Google's modular smartphone project, has been dead for months. Though originally set for a consumer model release in 2017, Project Ara ran into troubles apparently too great to overcome, and Google ultimately scrapped it. The idea of using modules to customize and upgrade a smartphone one component at a time was tantalizing, though, and many were thinking outside of the box at all the possibilities...including Google itself, which had planned a small aquarium module.

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