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Snapchat drops up to $40M to buy Cimagine augmented reality platform

Snapchat drops up to $40M to buy Cimagine augmented reality platform

Snapchat has wrapped up its very first major acquisition in Israel according to reports. The purchase was of a company that has been around for four years called Cimagine. Cimagine has an augmented reality platform that allows customers to visualize products they want to buy in their locations. According to Calcalist News, Snapchat plunked down $30 - $40 million for the company.

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MagNeo magnetic USB-C adapter looks like something Apple would build

MagNeo magnetic USB-C adapter looks like something Apple would build

One of the things that I always thought Apple was smart for building was the MagSafe connector. Having tripped on a power cord before and broke a notebook, having a magnetic adapter that comes apart to prevent that sort of damage is a big deal. A new power adapter that is similar to MagSafe has landed on Kickstarter and it is called MagNeo.

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Village opens world’s first solar road spanning 0.6 miles

Village opens world’s first solar road spanning 0.6 miles

A tiny French village called Tourouvre-au-Perche has become the first in the world to open a road that is covered in solar panels. The route spans 1km, or about 0.6 miles and the surface of the road is covered in solar panels that will collect electricity. The span of road has 2,800 square meters of solar panels on it and was unveiled on Thursday by French ecology minister Ségolène Royal.

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Study shows how many bugs are migrating over England (it’s a LOT)

Study shows how many bugs are migrating over England (it’s a LOT)

If you have ever taken a random insect to the face and wondered just how many of the little buggers are in the sky a new study sought to answer that question. The study was published in the journal "Science" and found that there are over three trillion migrating insects flying over south-central England each year. One of the scientists on the study figures that number would expand significantly if you conducted similar research elsewhere.

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Prankster changes SSID of smartphone to Galaxy Note 7, flight nearly diverted

Prankster changes SSID of smartphone to Galaxy Note 7, flight nearly diverted

There are places for pranks and jokes and there there are places where you don't want to joke. A passenger on Virgin America flight 358 from San Francisco to Boston found this out the hard way after he changed the SSID of his wireless device to Samsung Galaxy Note7_1097 during the flight. The passenger was apparently using his smartphone and a hotspot during the flight.

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Ebola outbreak fears in Africa squashed as new vaccine proves effective

Ebola outbreak fears in Africa squashed as new vaccine proves effective

The last major Ebola outbreak that struck in West Africa several years back may be the last such outbreak in history as a new vaccine has proven effective in preventing infection. During that last outbreak there was no vaccine and over 11,000 people died from the vicious disease among the almost 30,000 people that were infected with Ebola.

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XDynamics Evolve drone with dual screen controller will launch at CES 2017

XDynamics Evolve drone with dual screen controller will launch at CES 2017

XDynamics has announced that at CES 2017 kicking off in a few weeks it will have a very cool new consumer drone called Evolve on display that has a world's first feature. This drone has a dual-screen controller that lets you see from the drone's perspective as it flies. The drone is designed for aerial photography and filming.

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Kamerar ZOOM iPhone 7 Plus accessory adds telephoto and fisheye lenses

Kamerar ZOOM iPhone 7 Plus accessory adds telephoto and fisheye lenses

Masses of people all around the world rely exclusively on their smartphone for photography. We always have smartphone with us therefore we always have cameras. If you are an iPhone 7 Plus user there is a new photography accessory for the big iPhone that will add dual lenses to the mix giving you some new photographic options. The accessory is called Kamerar ZOOM.

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Artificial leaf uses captured light to make drugs

Artificial leaf uses captured light to make drugs

The tiny artificial leaves you see here are not cute little toys, these are mini-factories that are capable of manufacturing drugs anywhere. They would function just as well in the deepest jungle as they would on the surface of Mars. The design of the artificial leaves is patterned after the way leaves on a tree capture sunlight to make food.

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Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) renders shown off

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) renders shown off

If you are the sort of smartphone user who only really cares that the device works for calls, texts, and the occasional Facebook when the boss isn't looking and doesn't like to be stuck to a long contract with high monthly rates, a cheaper more mediocre phone might be for you. Samsung has a new Galaxy J7 (2017) in the works and some renderings have leaked. Those renderings show a device that looks rather premium while presumably being much cheaper than the Galaxy S line of devices.

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T-Mobile One Plus makes HD video streaming more affordable

T-Mobile One Plus makes HD video streaming more affordable

If you remember when T-Mobile One first came out the carrier wanted us all to think that it was going to be a cheaper way to get unlimited data, but there was one big catch. That catch had to do with the way T-Mobile limited streaming video to 480p streams only on the plan. You could get HD streaming, but to do so cost you a whopping $25 more per line. That caveat has been addressed somewhat with the new T-Mobile One Plus plan that was just announced.

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Breakthrough non-surgical treatment or low-risk prostate cancer uses light therapy

Breakthrough non-surgical treatment or low-risk prostate cancer uses light therapy

Professor Mark Emberton has pioneered a new non-surgical treatment for low risk prostate cancer that uses light therapy to kill cancer cells. The breakthrough treatment is being used in a clinical trial that includes 413 patients right now. Emberton is the Dean of UCL Medical Sciences and a consultant urologist at UCLH.

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