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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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Smaller Xiaomi Mi Mix packing 5.5-inch screen could be called Nano tips leak

Smaller Xiaomi Mi Mix packing 5.5-inch screen could be called Nano tips leak

If you really liked the idea of that Xiaomi Mi Mix smartphone that is available in China rocking that 6.4-inch bezel-less screen packed into the body of a 6-inch device, you will dig this new leaked Xiaomi device as well. That Mi Mix would still be a pocketful and anyone wearing skinny jeans would be hard pressed to fit the thing into their pocket. If a new leak is accurate, it looks as if Xiaomi might be getting ready to out a smaller yet similar device with a 5.5-inch screen in the body of a 5-inch phone.

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Scientists say asteroid strike that killed dinosaurs made a crater higher than Mt. Everest

Scientists say asteroid strike that killed dinosaurs made a crater higher than Mt. Everest

Most people all around the world know that an asteroid strike on the Earth is what killed off the dinosaurs. Scientists have been studying the crater left in Mexico for many years now trying to wrap their brains around what the colossal forces created by that impact were like. We know that it caused a mass extinction event that nearly killed all life on the planet.

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Hyundai Ioniq Blue Link supports Amazon Alexa voice commands

Hyundai Ioniq Blue Link supports Amazon Alexa voice commands

Hyundai has announced a new feature that owners of the Ioniq EV and plug-in EV can use that takes advantage of Blue Link and Amazon Alexa. By using Amazon Alexa voice commands owners of Ioniq vehicles can perform tasks such as starting and stopping charging of the EVs.

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Line Dock USB-C notebook charging device packs power and storage

Line Dock USB-C notebook charging device packs power and storage

Notebook users with machines that have a USB-C port that need more power for life on the road might want to pay attention to the Line Dock. This device claims to be the first USB-C device in the world that integrates a battery to keep your notebook running longer, connectivity, active cooling, and an SSD for storage. Line Cooler packs all that stuff into a 9mm chassis making it very portable.

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AKiTiO Node external graphics enclosure upgrades notebooks, AIOs, or SFF PCs

AKiTiO Node external graphics enclosure upgrades notebooks, AIOs, or SFF PCs

AKiTiO has rolled out a new external graphics enclosure that is designed for users of AIO, notebook, and SFF computer systems who want a graphics upgrade. The device is called Node and it connects to your computer or other device via a Thunderbolt 3 port and inside the Node enclosure is a discrete graphics card. The enclosure is large enough to support video cards that have very large cooling solutions.

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MiNT SLR650-S is a limited edition Polaroid SLR

MiNT SLR650-S is a limited edition Polaroid SLR

MiNT is celebrating the production of 10,000 SLR670 cameras and to do so the company has crafted the limited edition SLR670-S camera. If you were around in the '80s you will definitely recognize the SLR670-S for what it is, a Polaroid instant camera. The limited edition camera has two major advancements that other cameras in the MiNT line don't offer.

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Domino’s Pizza delivers first pizzas by drone

Domino’s Pizza delivers first pizzas by drone

Pizza fans who like Domino's the best will be thrilled to hear of a new delivery method that the pizza chain is trying out. Domino's has announced that it began delivering fresh, hot pies by air via a drone delivery service this week. The first deliveries are happening in New Zealand as part of a tie up between Domino's and drone maker Flirtey.

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Boom Technology XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator subscale prototype debuts

Boom Technology XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator subscale prototype debuts

A company called Boom Technology has debuted a subscale prototype of what it thinks will be the future of commercial passenger aviation. The subscale prototype is of a supersonic passenger jet called the XB-1 and nicknamed "Baby Boom." The aircraft as unveiled this week at a VIP event for airline and aerospace executives and media. Boom says that the XB-1 is the world's fastest civil aircraft and will demonstrate key technologies for affordable supersonic travel.

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