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Invader Zim will rise again…in the form of a TV movie

Invader Zim will rise again…in the form of a TV movie

The Nickelodeon cartoon Invader Zim invaded our hearts and imaginations more than a decade ago, only to end up short-lived and relegated to online streaming services. If you've long awaited the classic cartoon's return, there's good news coming your way: Invader Zim will be hitting televisions soon(ish) in the form of a made-for-TV animated movie. A teaser trailer for the movie has already been released.

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Xiaomi Mi Panoramic Camera has two sensors for 360-degree content

Xiaomi Mi Panoramic Camera has two sensors for 360-degree content

Chinese company Xiaomi has introduced its new Mi Panoramic Camera, a slim square-shaped camera with two image sensors for capturing 360-degree content. Xiaomi designed the camera to function as something like a multi-purpose camera -- it can be used traditionally when panoramic content isn't needed, and that is joined by three other camera modes. Joining the camera is a tiny included tripod.

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LG G6 is now available in the US: free Google Home included

LG G6 is now available in the US: free Google Home included

LG Electronics' newest flagship Android smartphone, the LG G6, is now available to consumers in the United States. Buyers can grab the handset for the four big carriers -- Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint -- as well as a U.S. Cellular model. Best Buy is also offering the handset if you prefer to buy from the big blue retailer rather than through a carrier. Those who get the handset will also receive a free Google Home device.

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Call of Duty mobile game being made by Candy Crush developer King

Call of Duty mobile game being made by Candy Crush developer King

King, the company behind hit mobile game Candy Crush, is making a Call of Duty game designed specifically for mobile. The news was revealed in a grandiose job listing on the company's website; in it, King seeks individuals to fill four positions, including an art director, level designer, senior-level systems designer, and a senior-level UX/UI designer. Whomever the lucky individuals are will have to be located in or willing to relocate to Stockholm, Sweden.

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Samsung drops digital cameras in favor of ‘new camera product category’

Samsung drops digital cameras in favor of ‘new camera product category’

It's not entirely clear what is going on with Samsung's camera business, but the writing has been on the wall for over a year. Rumors appeared in early 2016 making various claims about Samsung's dedicated digital camera plans -- mostly that it was abandoning the market -- something further spurred by a tweet that appeared from the Samsung India account. Yet another source has cropped up with information about this, and assuming the source is correct, it seems Samsung has entirely stopped its digital camera production.

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Canon PowerShot SX730 HS 20MP digital camera has 40x optical zoom

Canon PowerShot SX730 HS 20MP digital camera has 40x optical zoom

Those in the market for a dedicated digital camera have a new option: the Canon PowerShot SX730 HS. This compact camera brings with it some advanced features, such as hinged, tilting LCD display and 40x optical zoom, as well as 20.3-megapixel CMOS sensor and WiFi connectivity. Canon plans to release the camera this upcoming summer, and it'll be priced at a decent $399.99 USD.

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These glowing Alien Xenomorph eggs should be in your Easter basket

These glowing Alien Xenomorph eggs should be in your Easter basket

Easter is nearly upon us, and with it comes some expected items -- annoying plastic grass, a last-minute snowstorm, and lots and lots of eggs. Boiled eggs. Colored eggs. Plastic eggs, real eggs. No matter which version you use, they'll probably be cute and colorful and maybe full of candy. It's all quite saccharine sweet, one might say. Why not make things interesting, then, by bringing some Xenomorphs to the party?

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MacBook Air 13-inch gets a big price cut, is now $799 new

MacBook Air 13-inch gets a big price cut, is now $799 new

If you dream of owning a MacBook Air, now is as good a time as any to pick one up. While used and refurbished models are still the cheapest options, nothing beats buying new, and that makes Best Buy's recent price cut a great incentive. The retailer recently slashed the 13-inch MacBook Air's price down to $799 USD, and that's for a new model with 8GB of memory and an Intel i5 processor. The 'open box' models are even cheaper.

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Adobe’s AI selfie tech will make you look better, no skill necessary

Adobe’s AI selfie tech will make you look better, no skill necessary

Proper portrait photography takes skill: you have to know how to frame the subject, the proper lens to use, how to set up the lighting, and more. Taking a selfie, by contrast, doesn't require much skill at all, and that is generally reflected in the average selfie's quality. Compounding issues with taking good-looking selfies is the lens limitation, one of multiple things Adobe Research addresses with its latest mobile photography technology.

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‘Most important’ exoplanet GJ 1132b found to have an atmosphere

‘Most important’ exoplanet GJ 1132b found to have an atmosphere

A couple years ago, researchers discovered what they called the 'most important planet found outside [our] solar system,' the exoplanet named GJ 1132b. This planet is about 16-percent larger than our own, and it is located about 39 light-years away. While this planet is itself far too hot to sustain life, researchers had said that if GJ 1132b has an atmosphere, that'll be a monumental discovery indicating other -- potentially cooler -- planets nearby may likewise have an atmosphere. That makes this latest discovery all the more exciting: GJ 1132b does, indeed, have an atmosphere.

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Polar M430 is a GPS fitness wearable for runners

Polar M430 is a GPS fitness wearable for runners

Polar has launched a new fitness wearable designed specifically for runners, the Polar M430 GPS running watch. This wearable offers a bunch of features, not the least of which is built-in GPS. As with similar products, the Polar M430 keeps track of the runner's various metrics, such as their heart rate, running information, and even sleep data, assuming the watch is worn during the night. The wearable is available now to pre-order.

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YouTube’s new ad revenue restrictions target video thieves

YouTube’s new ad revenue restrictions target video thieves

Back in 2007, YouTube launched its YouTube Partner Program, a way for its creators to monetize their videos. In the years since, many scammers and opportunistic intellectual thieves have swiped creators' videos and re-uploaded them under their own accounts to try and make some ad revenue money. This has been a persistent complaint among creators, and so YouTube is taking a step to prevent this kind of IP theft: minimum lifetime view thresholds for earning ad revenue.

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