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TIM robot keeps the Large Hadron Collider in tiptop shape

TIM robot keeps the Large Hadron Collider in tiptop shape

Robots might be thought of taking over human’s jobs or, in the future, the world, but their first real-world uses were in areas too dangerous for humans or for tasks that human physiology just isn’t equipped for. Such is the job of TIM, the Large Hadron Collider’s “security” robot. But unlike what you might think of a security bot, TIM doesn’t protect the LHC and its humans from external threats. Instead, it prowls the innards of the facility, monitoring for environmental dangers to one of the world’s most sophisticated scientific equipment.

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Galaxy S8 rumor overload: Bixby/Kestra AI, 256GB storage

Galaxy S8 rumor overload: Bixby/Kestra AI, 256GB storage

Having missed the chance to be called the smartphone hardware innovator for 2016, Samsung may have no choice but to instead put its focus on software in 2017. And when it comes to software innovation in the mobile space, there is perhaps nothing hotter than personal assistants. It is perhaps no secret by now that Samsung is eying that arena where Microsoft, Apple, and Google all fight in. What was, perhaps, a secret is that Samsung might actually have two. That is, two names for the same virtual assistant.

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OnePlus 3T unboxed to the extreme inside a fighter jet

OnePlus 3T unboxed to the extreme inside a fighter jet

One do you do when you have a new, high-end, smartphone that’s not exactly getting purely praises by word of mouth? Kick the marketing into high gear, of course! And what could be better than having that smartphone unboxed in a death-defying stunt? Well, minus the death-defying, leaving only the stunt. That is exactly what OnePlus did when it invited YouTuber Jake Paul to Prague to unbox the OnePlus 3T in the most unlikely location: up in the air, inside a fighter jet.

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That Facebook, LinkedIn image you downloaded could be malware

That Facebook, LinkedIn image you downloaded could be malware

Social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, or even “professional” ones like LinkedIn have become so ingrained in our modern lifestyles that we sometimes take for granted that they aren’t really as secure as real-world, physical social circles. That is a fact that cybercriminals seem to be trying to exploit, taking advantage of users’ propensity to just click on images and files downloaded from social hubs. Unsurprisingly, those images might contain or are themselves malware in disguise, ready to hold users’ data for ransom.

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LG G6 could have iris scanner, mobile payment features

LG G6 could have iris scanner, mobile payment features

Features for LG’s next flagship smartphone are piling up and they’re all talking about the latest and, maybe, greatest in mobile tech. It isn’t surprising considering the big opportunity for the LG G6 to snatch the crown from rival Samsung. In this latest round, the smartphone is believed to play host to iris scanning technology as well as LG’s own mobile payment system, both of which have already been prefigured in the past. Despite coming changes, LG might still be sticking to removable batteries, which should continue to delight fans.

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Best mid-range Android phones for the 2nd half of 2016

Best mid-range Android phones for the 2nd half of 2016

Unlike flagship smartphones, those on the mid-range are a dime a dozen. In fact, some manufacturers have more than two in that category at any given time. It results in an irony of choice, which, while giving you dozens of options to fit your budget and style, can also paralyze you with indecision. To help you in that crucial decision-making process this shopping season, we present you some of the best wallet-friendly smartphones that have landed this second half of the year, offering you the best bang for your buck when you don’t have much bucks to spend in the first place.

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Best mobile apps for coding and learning on the go

Best mobile apps for coding and learning on the go

With holidays approaching, you will likely have some free time to kill. Even if you're the gaming type, such moments can be exploited to start a new project or learn something new. In this digital age, that something new can easily be learning how to code. Of course, it's not something you can completely learn in a weekend, or even a week.

Fortunately, it's entirely possible today to learn at your own pace, anywhere through your smartphone or tablet. Even better, you can actually code right on your phone or, preferably, tablet. No desktop or laptop required. To help get you started on the road to become a developer rockstar, we present 8 of the best apps on Android or iOS to code right on your Android or iOS device

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Vivaldi web browser can directly control Philips Hue bulbs

Vivaldi web browser can directly control Philips Hue bulbs

There are tons of web browsers in the world today, not counting the big three or four. Each has their own unique aspect but most of them congregate towards offering simple and minimalist interfaces. Vivaldi, from Opera co-founder Jon von Tetzchner, is, in that sense, a breed apart. It is unabashedly marketed at power users and stacks feature upon feature that would probably overwhelm everyone else. And its latest is probably as strange as it gets. As of version 1.5, Vivaldi claims to be the first web browser to have built-in support for controlling color-changing Philips Hue bulbs.

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Microsoft Holoportation makes working anywhere freaky and cool

Microsoft Holoportation makes working anywhere freaky and cool

Move over tele-commuting. Microsoft’s Holoportation will be the remote office of the future. The somewhat distant future. Microsoft has just published an update to its Holoportation idea that is making Star Wars like holographic communication a reality. And while the technology has already been proven to work, it’s far from being something you can really use anytime anywhere. In this latest iteration, however, Microsoft takes one step closer to that ideal, by allowing Holoportation to fit and be used inside a moving car.

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Chrome OS getting Wake on Voice, Google Assistant predicted

Chrome OS getting Wake on Voice, Google Assistant predicted

After a brief period of hype brought about by official Android apps support, it seems that discussions around Chrome OS and Chromebooks have once again been reduced to murmurs. Things, however, might pick up again if the speculation presented by Chrome Unboxed turns comes to pass. Some code sleuthing revealed that at least one upcoming Chromebook could get an always-listening “OK Google” feature, just like on smartphones. But more than just the feature itself, it is hinted that it could be paving the way for the arrival of Google Assistant on Chrome OS.

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Schiaparelli lander’s mysterious crash partially solved

Schiaparelli lander’s mysterious crash partially solved

On 19th October, the European Space Agency rejoiced as its first ExoMars mission successfully completed one of two initial goals. The Trace Gas Orbiter was finally in orbit around its red planet target. However, rejoicing gave way to scratched heads and furrowed brows as the second part of that phase remained in question. The Schiaparelli lander had mysteriously vanished after it detached from the orbiter to land on the surface. Its remains were found three days later and now the ESA has released its initial findings on what may have caused its premature demise.

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Xiaomi Mi Mix Nano debunked by company exec

Xiaomi Mi Mix Nano debunked by company exec

Just as Xiaomi knows how to make dreams come true, it also knows how to kill them. The Mi Mix that was launched just last month is perhaps the closest we’ve gotten so far to a near bezel-free smartphone. It wasn’t perfect, however, especially when it came to its gigantic size. Hopes were raised when sightings of a smaller Mi Mix Nano came to light. Now those hopes are officially dashed when Xiaomi marketing director Zang Zhiyuan took to Weibo to confirm what fans were dreading to hear: it doesn’t exist.

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