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SpaceX returns to space on Sunday as investigation closes

SpaceX returns to space on Sunday as investigation closes

What should have been a glorious end to SpaceX's 2016 ended up in a blaze when, on 1st September, its Falcon 9 exploded even before it could get off the ground, taking Facebook's first satellite down with it. Now four months later, SpaceX is closing the books on its joint investigation with government agencies and industry experts. Having traced down the cause of that failed attempt, SpaceX will once again try its luck on 8th January in an attempt to start the year right.

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Rare dinosaur egg embryo hints at 6-month incubation times

Rare dinosaur egg embryo hints at 6-month incubation times

The popular image of dinosaurs is that of giant lizards. After all, that's where their name came from. Science, however, paints us a different and more complicated story. They were warm-blooded, unlike reptiles and some were actually closer to birds than lizards, having feathers and wings. There were, however, nonavian dinosaurs that were indeed closer to crocodiles than chicken. And these, according to scientists, laid eggs that took 6 months or more to hatch, which, in a sad way, helped bring about their extinction.

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Galaxy S8 leaked to get Continuum-like experience

Galaxy S8 leaked to get Continuum-like experience

Our smartphones are very capable computers in their own right and some have even taken that to its logical extension. Features like Microsoft's Continuum and Ubuntu's Convergence give the promise of turning our smartphones into our desktops, give or take. It seems that Samsung might be joining the fray in just a few months if this leaked slide means what we think it means. Supposedly taken from a presentation for the Galaxy S8, it shows what Samsung is calling its Desktop Experience, which looks pretty much like Windows 10 Mobile's Continuum feature.

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PS4 2017 exclusives revealed, excludes Detroit, Dreams

PS4 2017 exclusives revealed, excludes Detroit, Dreams

The holiday season might be over, but, for gamers, that really only means that the sales are done. The new year also heralds the arrival of new titles that have once been teased and will soon become real. That is practically Sony's message when it gave an appetizer of a video showing off the PlayStation 4 exclusives that fans can look forward to this year. That is, if all goes well. Unfortunately, the editors over at Sony missed the erroneous inclusion of two titles, briefly raising false hopes.

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Samsung Smart TVs to get Chromecast-like powers

Samsung Smart TVs to get Chromecast-like powers

TVs have changed a great deal in just the last few years or so. And we're not just referring to curved screens or quantum dot buzzwords. TVs, especially the smart ones, have become capable of sourcing content from a wide variety of sources, including from our smartphones. Or in this case, through our smartphones. That seems to be the path Samsung Smart TVs are traveling. Based on screenshots of its companion Smart View app, Samsung might be including a feature similar to Google Chromecast in its next Smart TVs.

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ASUS C302CA Chromebook Flip starts with Pentium, not Core M

ASUS C302CA Chromebook Flip starts with Pentium, not Core M

Sometimes, when something sounds too good to be true, it turns out to be exactly the case. That might also be the case with the ASUS "Chromebook Flip 2", a.k.a. the "accidentally" sold C302CA. The listing on Newegg raised hopes of a rather decent Chromebook, one with an Intel Core M processor and 64 GB of storage. Chrome Unboxed immediately purchased one before the product page was pulled down and discovered somewhat to their disappointment that the $499 Chrome OS device actually came with slightly lower specs.

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LG will put robots under the CES 2017 spotlight

LG will put robots under the CES 2017 spotlight

LG has its hands in almost every consumer electronics cookie jar except one: robots. Well, except maybe for the HOM-BOT robot vacuum, which everyone makes these days, and the "G5 Friend" Rolling Bot, which is practically a hi-tech toy for cats. At CES 2017, however, LG will get serious with robots as it unveils its first team of non-cleaning robots for both private and public use. And, of course, like any "smart" thing these days, they will be equipped with AI to make them feel more personal and maybe even human.

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Samsung FlexWash+FlexDry laundry system mixes 4 machines in 1

Samsung FlexWash+FlexDry laundry system mixes 4 machines in 1

There usually is no one size fits all when it comes to washing machines, as different household sizes will need different capacities. For extra big households, or people with a wide variety of clothes with varying caring requirements, some might think multiple washing and drying machines are in order. Not so, says Samsung. At CES 2017, it will show off its FlexWash + FlexDry solution, which is basically a 4-in-1 laundry system. Yes, four machines in one, combining 2 washers and 2 dryers, each with a different calling.

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OnePlus 3, 3T get Android Nougat in time for the new year

OnePlus 3, 3T get Android Nougat in time for the new year

Just in the nick of time. OnePlus gave itself an end of the year deadline and it has just beat the deadliest of deadlines. With just a few hours to spare, at least from OnePlus HQ, the high-profile Chinese OEM announced the incremental rollout of Oxygen OS 4.0, which brings Android 7.0 Nougat not only to the OnePlus 3T as promised but also to the OnePlus 3 as well. A fitting way to start the new year and end the old one, provided the update actually gets to users quickly.

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Galaxy Note 7 problem unlikely due to battery only, say sources

Galaxy Note 7 problem unlikely due to battery only, say sources

Samsung has already concluded its investigations and already knows what made its ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 explosive. It has already shared its findings with independent labs and is expected to share those results with the rest of the world soon, probably this month even. And yet, in an industry notorious for leakS, there how been very little info about that data and Samsung is exercising extreme caution with leaks. That may be because, according to industry sources, the root cause of the Galaxy Note 7's problem isn't simply a battery issue, contrary to what Samsung kept on insisting months ago.

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Next Dell XPS 13 to be a 2-in-1 convertible

Next Dell XPS 13 to be a 2-in-1 convertible

The PC isn't dead. It has just changed its face. Laptops today have started looking more like their tablet cousins, bearing touch screen displays and flat slate modes. That trend has seemingly trickled down even to Dell's orthodox laptop line, the XPS. "Accidentally" leaked by Dell's own website, a new Dell XPS 13, model 9365, is shown boasting of a very flexible spine, not unlike to Lenovo YOGA. This makes the still to be formally announced XPS 13 the first of its kind to finally cross over to the convertible side.

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LG “All Day Gram” boasts 24-hour life in lightweight size

LG “All Day Gram” boasts 24-hour life in lightweight size

Compared to today's powerful laptops (excluding gaming ones), the laptops of yesteryear look like hulking giants. And they weigh like one two. Especially if you compare them with these new notebooks from the LG Gram line. Introduced in late 2015, the LG Gram aimed to outdo the Apple MacBook Air in the weight department. At CES 2017, LG wants to do one better. It will be showing off its LG "All Day Gram" that not only boasts of one of smallest three-digit gram figures but also lasts you a full day of battery.

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