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2018 LG OLED and Super UHD TVs will have Google Assistant

2018 LG OLED and Super UHD TVs will have Google Assistant

LG has announced some news that it'll be fleshing out during CES 2018: its upcoming OLED and Super UHD TVs will have Google Assistant support via the maker's ThinQ AI platform. Though LG doesn't point toward Google Assistant specifically, instead saying that ThinQ will allow for "third-party AI services," it includes an image of one of its flat screen TVs with Google Assistant visible on the screen.

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Speed breeding crops inspired by NASA grow ultra-fast

Speed breeding crops inspired by NASA grow ultra-fast

More than ten years ago, NASA research looked into the idea of increasing the rate of crop production, and now researchers have used that as inspiration for technology that achieves such a goal. Called "speed breeding," the research involves a method for causing crops to grow at a much faster rate than they would out in a field, bringing food to the market more quickly...or to astronauts that rely on it on a far away planet.

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Galaxy S8 wakeup bug turns on screen and drains battery

Galaxy S8 wakeup bug turns on screen and drains battery

Some Galaxy S8 owners are reporting an annoying bug that causes the screen to wake back up after being turned off. This causes the phone's battery to drain more quickly than it otherwise would, not to mention the issues that can be caused by touching a screen you don't realize is turned on, resulting in random apps being opened or wrong pattern codes locking the phone down.

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Lyft self-driving cars will be giving rides during CES 2018

Lyft self-driving cars will be giving rides during CES 2018

Lyft is expanding the public presence of its self-driving cars via upcoming demonstrations during CES 2018. These won't be carefully tailored showcases in special limited lots, though; the company alongside Aptiv will be offering the public rides in its autonomous vehicles next week in Vegas to more than 20 different destinations. The news was announced by Aptiv, which is working in partnership with Lyft to offer these ride demonstrations.

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Snapchat video ads may get three second delay to stop rapid skips

Snapchat video ads may get three second delay to stop rapid skips

Snapchat is considering a new monetization method that will upset users should it go live: three-second wait times before skipping advertisements. According to sources speaking on the matter, Snapchat is "serious" in its contemplation of the change, which would come close to mirroring the skip-button used on YouTube video advertisements. The reason, according to the sources, is young users' tendency to immediately skip ads.

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China’s first space station is about to crash back down to Earth

China’s first space station is about to crash back down to Earth

China's first space station, the Tiangong-1, was launched in late September 2011 with a massive weight of about 19,000lbs. The space station was pushed past its usable lifespan, and in 2016 it became clear that Chinese officials had lost contact with it...and, therefore, control of it. That triggered a process that will end this upcoming March, when the vessel will fall back to Earth with pieces of it likely surviving the reentry.

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Robots deployed in Japan hospital to ease nurse workload

Robots deployed in Japan hospital to ease nurse workload

A hospital in Nagoya, Japan, has deployed robots to help nurses during the overnight shift. The robots aren't involved with patients, instead designed to serve as something like a rolling delivery cabinet. Less nurses work the overnight shift, leaving less humans to take items where they're needed. These robots fill that void, transporting medicine, samples and other items between in-hospital destinations.

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Drinking raw water is a terrible idea

Drinking raw water is a terrible idea

A recent report highlights a concerning new trend: drinking "raw water," which means water that hasn't been treated in any way. The motivation behind this trend seems to be a misguided attempt to avoid harmful elements that may be found in tap water while gaining beneficial elements believed to exist only in untreated spring water. The reality, though, is one that could involve serious illnesses uncommon in modern America.

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30 fossilized dinosaur eggs found on Christmas day in China

30 fossilized dinosaur eggs found on Christmas day in China

Construction workers in China discovered a cache of fossilized dinosaur eggs on Christmas day. The eggs, which were found in what appears to be a dinosaur nest, are described as being in great condition, a fortunate reality considering the use of explosives in the area during the construction process. The preserved nest and egg cache is located on a site that will ultimately be a middle school.

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VPN services that let you pay with unwanted retail gift cards

VPN services that let you pay with unwanted retail gift cards

Internet-related privacy concerns are growing, but many people still haven't signed up for a VPN service. If you received any unwanted gift cards over the holidays -- perhaps ones for a coffee shop you'll never visit or a store that doesn't exist in your region -- now is the time to subscribe. Several VPN services accept gift cards as a form of payment, and using them has the added benefit of being a little extra anonymous.

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Facebook apologizes for inconsistent hate speech enforcement

Facebook apologizes for inconsistent hate speech enforcement

Facebook has apologized for its uneven enforcement involving hate speech, allowing some offensive content to remain while removing others. A recent report called attention to the discrepancy, showing some offensive posts that were allowed to remain while others were deleted. When asked to review 49 questionable content decisions, Facebook said that there were 22 instances in which its content reviewers made mistakes.

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Forever 21 reports credit card breach: encryption issue blamed

Forever 21 reports credit card breach: encryption issue blamed

Clothing franchise Forever 21 disclosed a security breach involving credit cards last month, and now the company is back with an update on its investigation. According to the company, it was alerted to a potential security issue by a third-party back in October of this year. That triggered an investigation by the company, which found that some stores' point-of-sale devices didn't always utilize encryption.

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