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raD rugged wireless speaker supports multi-room use

raD rugged wireless speaker supports multi-room use

Mass Fidelity is the company behind The Core speaker that we talked about back in September, 2014 that had some cool features and tech packed inside. The company is back with another speaker and this time it's a wireless and rugged portable speaker called the raD that also supports multi-room features when home. The raD will connect with any The Core speakers that you already own.

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Apple patent app outlines folding smartphone that clips to your shirt

Apple patent app outlines folding smartphone that clips to your shirt

All you have to do is go anywhere that people who have a penchant for skinny jeans hang out and you will see quickly that there is an issue with some people carrying smartphones as they grow larger. Phones stick out of the pocket of tight jeans everywhere you look. Apple has filed for a new patent and the patent would be for a folding screen smartphone that is able to clip onto your clothing.

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Galaxy S7 to come in onyx black next month

Galaxy S7 to come in onyx black next month

Samsung is still taking it on the chin with the failure of the Galaxy Note 7. The company has convinced many Note 7 owners to turn the devices in and is working to convince those who remain to do the same. Samsung desperately wants the Note 7 owners who return their devices to stick with the brand and has offered $100 credit to Note 7 owners to get another Samsung phone. To help woo those people to the Galaxy S7, Samsung will offer it in a color first seen on the Note 7 according to an industry source- onyx black.

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Facebook Aquila drone crash under investigation by NTSB

Facebook Aquila drone crash under investigation by NTSB

Facebook has been flying a drone aircraft in testing that it hopes to be able to use to beam internet access to unserved parts of the world. The first test flight of the massive unmanned drone occurred on June 28 of this year. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the test flight in June was a success. However, there was a significant issue with that test flight as the aircraft came in for a landing.

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Nokia to return to smartphones in 2017

Nokia to return to smartphones in 2017

Nokia was the biggest name in mobile phones before the smartphone generation really kicked in. The firm had a hard time competing with Android devices from Samsung and iOS devices from Apple and eventually vacated the smartphone realm altogether and focused on feature phones. With feature phones being all but dead today in the face of decent low cost smartphones, Nokia wants back in the game.

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Stanford scientists figure out how to send texts using window cleaner and vinegar

Stanford scientists figure out how to send texts using window cleaner and vinegar

Researchers at Stanford University have devised a way to allow for communication that sounds like something out of a science fiction film. The team working on the project figured out how to send messages using household chemicals. Researcher Nariman Farsad began working on the project and it is an area of study that few in the world are investigating at this time.

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Linq mixed-reality headset projects games onto the real world

Linq mixed-reality headset projects games onto the real world

There are lots of virtual reality headsets on the market that will allow you to play video games that make you feel as if you are in another world. Linq has a new headset that is different from the other virtual reality headsets on the market today that it is calling a mixed reality headset. The big difference between MR and VR is that the MR headset projects the game over your environment.

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NOAA GOES-R weather satellite launch goes off without a hitch

NOAA GOES-R weather satellite launch goes off without a hitch

NASA has announced a successful launch of a highly advanced National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather satellite. The satellite is called the NOAA Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R or GOES-R. The launch happened at 6:42 p.m. EST on November 19 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The GOES-R satellite will boost the nation's weather observation capability allowing more accurate and timely weather forecasts, watches, and warnings.

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iPhone 6S shutting down unexpectedly? Here’s what to do

iPhone 6S shutting down unexpectedly? Here’s what to do

Apple has admitted that there are a "small number" of iPhone 6S smartphones that have an issue that causes them to unexpectedly shut down. If you have one of these devices Apple says that while this is not a safety issue and only affects a small number of devices, it wants to fix them. Devices affected by the unexpected shutdown issue were made between September and October of 2015 within a limited serial number range.

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Ballu is part blimp and part robot

Ballu is part blimp and part robot

The robotics researchers at the UCLA Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory have created a cool new robot that looks very different from the fancy and complex robots we are used to seeing researchers kick out. This robot is called Ballu and that stands for Buoyancy Assisted Lightweight Legged Unit. It has a body made using a helium balloon and that balloon stands on a spindly pair of legs that look like a crane's legs.

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Amazon Prime Video ready for global rollout soon

Amazon Prime Video ready for global rollout soon

Right now Amazon Prime Video is a streaming service rather like Netflix that is available in only a few countries around the world. Those countries include the US, UK, Germany, Austria, and Japan. A launch in India is planned as well. Hints have started to surface about the global rollout, most notably via a tweet from "The Grand Tour" and former "Top Gear" star Jeremy Clarkson.

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SpaceX wants to launch 4,425 satellites for global internet connectivity

SpaceX wants to launch 4,425 satellites for global internet connectivity

Documents have been filed with the FCC in the US by SpaceX that shows the company wants approval to put into orbit a network of satellites to provide internet access at high speeds all around the globe. SpaceX is wanting to put a communications array into orbit around the Earth that would eventually total 4,425 satellites. SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that the project would cost the company about $10 billion.

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