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Google Wifi Review: Meet mesh networking’s new star

Google Wifi Review: Meet mesh networking’s new star

With its focus on the cloud it's in Google's best interest to get you online as fast, and as consistently as possible, and now that's down to Google Wifi. Handiwork of the same team responsible for OnHub, the system you see today is more than three years in the making. Its goal isn't just raw throughput but addressing what the company claims is the number one pain-point users complain about: inconsistent network coverage.

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German nuclear fusion machine creates 3D magnetic fields as predicted

German nuclear fusion machine creates 3D magnetic fields as predicted

German scientists turned on a new type of nuclear reactor at the end of 2015 and found that it was able to contain incredibly hot helium plasma inside its 3D magnetic fields. The nuclear fusion reactor is called Wendelstein 7-X stellerator or W 7-X for short and the big question that the scientists have been trying to answer is if the reactor was working the way it was designed.

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Android distribution in 2016: updates are still a mess

Android distribution in 2016: updates are still a mess

Google has just updated its Android developer dashboard, the last time it will do so before the year ends, and the numbers are in. Android 5.0 and 5.1 Lollipop, not 6.0 Marshmallow, has the largest piece of the pie. Android 7.0 Nougat, which was released to the public back in August, is only installed on 0.4% of the devices in the market, mostly Nexus and some third-party ROMs. While it might seem good, at a glance, that devices and OEMS are converging on just two to three versions nowadays, the numbers show one undeniable fact. Eight years into its existence, Google and its partners still can’t get updates right.

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Obi the parrotlet wears goggles and flies through lasers for science

Obi the parrotlet wears goggles and flies through lasers for science

Scientists at Stanford University have trained a Parrotlet called Obi to wear some pretty rad goggles and fly through laser sheets in an effort to test models that predict the lift generated by flying animals. The purpose of this experiment is to help develop better flying robots in the future. Obi wears those cool goggles to protect his bird eyes from the laser beams he is flying through.

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Meters Music OV-1 over-ear headphones rock active visual monitoring and noise cancellation

Meters Music OV-1 over-ear headphones rock active visual monitoring and noise cancellation

Meters Music has unveiled a new set of over-ear headphones that have some cool and premium features. The headphones have automatic noise cancelling function to eliminate noise from the outside world to allow focus on the music. Active visual monitoring is a feature that gives a VU meter on the left and right ears of the headphones.

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Meizu M5 Note and Meizu Band break cover, neither available in the US

Meizu M5 Note and Meizu Band break cover, neither available in the US

Meizu has a new smartphone that is debuting today called the M5 Note smartphone. The device is aiming at people who want a budget offering that doesn't look like a budget offering. The M5 Note has a premium looking all metal unibody that is sandblasted for a smooth feel and comes in four colors. The colors include gold, silver, grey, and blue.

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Blink XT outdoor security camera goes on pre-order

Blink XT outdoor security camera goes on pre-order

We have been impressed, though left wanting for more, by Nest’s attempt at bringing its security camera to the great outdoors. Nest, however, is hardly the only game in town. Blink, which also has an indoor home security camera and cloud storage, is almost stepping out of its shell. Introducing the Blink XT, whose only real difference, aside from the price, is that it is fit to be used outdoors, under sun, rain, or snow. All while still providing the same key benefit of the regular Blink camera.

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Visa card info can be guessed, stolen in six seconds

Visa card info can be guessed, stolen in six seconds

It has never been easier to buy stuff online, be they digital goods or ordering for physical ones. But, like many conveniences, that may have come at a price that no one will be willing to pay. According to security researchers from Newcastle University in the UK, that price is security. They have demonstrated that it only takes six seconds to get a Visa credit or debit card’s number, expiry date, and security code, all thanks to a lax security implementation in its online payment system.

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HTC One M9 Nougat US rollout begins with unlocked models

HTC One M9 Nougat US rollout begins with unlocked models

Just weeks after it had started to roll out Android 7.0 Nougat to its HTC 10 flagship, the company is now doing the same for last year’s HTC champion. HTC USA’s Twitter account proudly announced that the HTC One M9 has finally started to get the Nougat update. At least for the unlocked units first. Those who bought theirs from a carrier, however, will still have to wait next year to receive all the nutty goodness of Android 7.0.

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2017 Moto X leak photos try to prove it’s real

2017 Moto X leak photos try to prove it’s real

Rumors of the Moto X’s death are exaggerated, or so the saying goes. Considering how Lenovo and Moto didn’t exactly pull one out of its hat this year, it’s all too easy to conclude its death, despite the company insisting otherwise. This latest pair of leaked photos, then, go in Lenovo’s favor and proves that such a phone still does exist. Well, as much as you can give credence to leaks. Unsurprisingly, this 2017 Moto X, which seems to be in its final form, looks like the Moto Z, without the modules and with a full-metal jacket.

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LG G6 rumors: waterproof, wireless charging, non-modular

LG G6 rumors: waterproof, wireless charging, non-modular

If rumors and leaks were truly prophetic, then we practically have a near complete image of the LG G6’s key features. Those rumors have been pretty consistent in what LG’s next flagship will have. Or, more importantly, what it won’t have. According to the latest sources, the G6 will indeed ditch the modular feature that should have been, but wasn’t, the selling point of the G5 before it. In its stead, the G6 will feature allegedly more expensive waterproofing and wireless charging.

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Leap Motion wants to rid mobile VR of controllers

Leap Motion wants to rid mobile VR of controllers

No matter the visual, and even aural, fidelity of virtual and augmented reality headsets, the illusion starts to break down the moment you want to grab something in the synthetic worlds. You can’t, at least not literally. We are, instead, limited to input devices like sticks or, worse, gamepads, especially on mobile VR with less capable smartphones. If Leap Motion has its way, however, that will be a thing of the past soon. The company specializing in glove-less hand and finger gesture input has revealed a new platform that aims to bring that same freedom of movement and input to mobile VR.

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