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Cornell University creates soft robotic hand that senses shape and texture

Cornell University creates soft robotic hand that senses shape and texture

Sometimes hands created for robots need to be very strong with the ability to grasp things very tightly and use them. Other times robot hands need to be very delicate to prevent any injury to humans they are working with or damage to fragile items they might be holding. Researchers at Cornell University have invented a hand for a robot that is able to grip things gently and can also sense the shape and texture of the item as well.

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Facebook Android app adds HD video upload support

Facebook Android app adds HD video upload support

Facebook is making a change that lots of people out there will be thrilled to hear. Support for HD video uploading is finally coming to the Facebook app for Android users. This is something that many Android users have been bitter about lacking for a while as the iOS app has offered a toggle for uploading HD videos for a long time.

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Super Nintendo World coming to Universal Studios Japan

Super Nintendo World coming to Universal Studios Japan

Universal Studios Japan has given up more details about the coming Nintendo themed rides and attractions at the park. The new attractions will be called Super Nintendo World and the theme park edition is slated to be in place and open before the 2020 Olympic Games kickoff in Tokyo. We talked about Universal Studios parks around the world getting Nintendo themed rides and attractions last month.

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Dual UHD 4K USB Docking Station adds two 4K screens to your laptop

Dual UHD 4K USB Docking Station adds two 4K screens to your laptop

Targus and DisplayLink have teamed up for a new USB 3.0 docking station for laptop and desktop users that will support dual 4k monitors. The docking station is the Targus Universal USB 3.0 DV4K Docking Station (DOCK160USZ) and it will support up to 4096x2160 resolution via DisplayPort or HDMI.

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MIT ChainFORM robot is made up of a bunch of small modules

MIT ChainFORM robot is made up of a bunch of small modules

As robotics matures many of the components that go into making a functional bot are shrinking in size and that allows the robots themselves to get smaller as well. The catch is that depending on what the robot needs to do, you may not want the bot to be particularly small. MIT is working on a mobile robotic platform that takes lots of little modules and those modules can be configured on the fly to create a robot of the size you need and the capability you need when you need it. The bot using this modular approach is called the ChainFORM

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Apple CarPlay gains 50 new car models, over 200 vehicles now supported

Apple CarPlay gains 50 new car models, over 200 vehicles now supported

Support for Apple CarPlay is booming right now with Apple having unveiled via the CarPlay website that 50 new automobiles now have, or will have CarPlay support. That brings the total number of vehicles supporting CarPlay to over 200. The 50 new rides include a number of coming 2017 model vehicles.

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Samsung at work on two types of folding smartphones tips source

Samsung at work on two types of folding smartphones tips source

There have been rumors that Samsung was working on smartphones with screens that fold going back for years now. A new report has surfaced that claims Samsung is working on a two-track strategy for folding devices. The strategy will see Samsung roll out a smartphone with a flat display on each side and then later roll out a smartphone that has a single flexible OLED display.

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Feathered dinosaur tail found in Amber is the first of its kind discovered

Feathered dinosaur tail found in Amber is the first of its kind discovered

The chunk of amber seen in the first photo here is something very unique and unusual. It holds a segment of a feathered tail from a Cretaceous-era dinosaur along with an ant and various plant segments and other debris. The tail is the big draw though as it is the very first of its sort ever discovered.

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Google offers virtual tour of Manhattan Christmas store windows

Google offers virtual tour of Manhattan Christmas store windows

It's a Christmas tradition in Manhattan for stores along Madison, Fifth Avenue, and other streets to put up elaborate and beautiful store window displays for Christmas. According to Google, over 5 million people travel to Manhattan during the holiday season just to see these holiday displays. If you can't make it to Manhattan in person, Google is offering you a way to view these Christmas displays from the comfort of your home.

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DOOM free update 5 adds Infernal Run multiplayer mode and bots

DOOM free update 5 adds Infernal Run multiplayer mode and bots

DOOM has turned out to be one of the coolest games launched this year and Bethesda has been making gamers even happier about the game with free updates since launch. Free update five is now available and it adds in some cool new features that players will be thrilled about. One of the biggest additions in the update is a new multiplayer mode.

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Galaxy S8 tipped to ditch the bezel and home buttons, go all screen

Galaxy S8 tipped to ditch the bezel and home buttons, go all screen

The rumors have been coming swiftly about features tipped to turn up on the new Galaxy S8 smartphone when it launches. The most recent rumor has to do with the screen and if the rumor is true this will mark a major change to the design of the Galaxy S devices. According to this rumor, Samsung will make the front of the smartphone all screen with no bezel and ditch the physical home button.

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Windows 10 coming to ARM mobile devices thanks to Microsoft and Qualcomm tie up

Windows 10 coming to ARM mobile devices thanks to Microsoft and Qualcomm tie up

The big problem with small and less costly computers that run Qualcomm chips under the hood is that they were unable to run Windows, which is almost a requirement in the business world. That will change with Microsoft announcing a partnership with Qualcomm that will see Windows 10 come to ARM-powered devices. This means that Qualcomm Snapdragon PCs will be able to run x86 Win32 and universal Windows apps such as Photoshop, Microsoft Office, and Windows video games.

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