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Bitcoin price dribbles at $9k at Gox update

Bitcoin price dribbles at $9k at Gox update

This week the Bitcoin market stuck in around $9k just after reaching down to $7k less than a week ago. Back at the tail end of February, Bitcoin price in USDT hit above $11k, and promptly fell to 10, 9, and 7 over the next week. Now we're seeing a bit of news that'll likely lead to a new rally.

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Why Stephen Hawking avoided end-times talk in Japan

Why Stephen Hawking avoided end-times talk in Japan

This week Professor Stephen Hawking produced a lecture on the beginning of time, available free on the internet. In this lecture, he mentioned an event in his recent history in which he was asked to exclude part of a talk he'd been scheduled for. The part he'd been asked to exclude was on the possibility and timing of the end of the universe as we know it.

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New tardigrade creature found in Japanese parking lot

New tardigrade creature found in Japanese parking lot

A brand new kind of tardigrade was discovered in an apartment parking lot in Japan. A tardigrade is a little weirdo of a life form that's been found to be unusually hearty under many conditions. This newest version of a tardigrade is even stranger than the ones known before it - even stranger, indeed.

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Nissan begins testing self-driving taxi service in Japan

Nissan begins testing self-driving taxi service in Japan

The US has been at the forefront of self-driving technology, with Silicon Valley serving as a hotbed for its development and Uber as a pioneer for the ride hailing market. But Japan's tech and auto giants are eager to catch up, with Nissan announcing that its new autonomous taxi service, Easy Ride, is ready to begin live testing with passengers next month.

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This glitch could’ve destroyed Bitcoin, but it didn’t

This glitch could’ve destroyed Bitcoin, but it didn’t

Zaif exchange had cryptocurrencies - including Bitcoin - available for free for approximately 18 minutes on February 16th. Fortunately, the mistake was mitigated. Fortunately, none of that "free" cryptocurrency was allowed to leave the exchange. One user essentially got as far as the front door with 2,200-trilion-Yen (approximately $20-trillion USD) worth of coins - but was stopped in the nick of time.

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Pokemon GO: Mew code in game

Pokemon GO: Mew code in game

Since Pokemon GO launched with the first 250 monsters, trainers across the planet have anticipated the launch of Mew. The first official teaser for the game - after the April Fools Day joke - showed Mewtwo, so surely the game would also contain a Mew. Today we're having a peek at what it'll take for Niantic to release this super duper legendary Pokemon into the wild.

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Robots deployed in Japan hospital to ease nurse workload

Robots deployed in Japan hospital to ease nurse workload

A hospital in Nagoya, Japan, has deployed robots to help nurses during the overnight shift. The robots aren't involved with patients, instead designed to serve as something like a rolling delivery cabinet. Less nurses work the overnight shift, leaving less humans to take items where they're needed. These robots fill that void, transporting medicine, samples and other items between in-hospital destinations.

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2020 Tokyo Olympics facial recognition tech will scan thousands of faces

2020 Tokyo Olympics facial recognition tech will scan thousands of faces

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will heavily rely on facial recognition technology for security purposes, according to sources who say the tech will ultimately scan up to 400,000 faces during the event. The technology will be primarily used for getting athletes and journalists to their destinations quickly, the sources claim, with the overall system making it more difficult for stolen or forged credentials to be used for access.

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NichePhone-S Android phone is the size of a credit card

NichePhone-S Android phone is the size of a credit card

What is the size of a credit card and looks like a calculator? NichePhone-S, a tiny, slim Android smartphone that was just announced for the Japanese market. No, you'll probably never be able to buy this phone outside of Japan, but the oddity is worth talking about anyway. NichePhone-S weighs only 38 grams, which works out to about 1.3 ounces.

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Sharp’s Aquos R Compact barrows the Essential’s camera notch

Sharp’s Aquos R Compact barrows the Essential’s camera notch

It's been less than half a year since the Essential Phone debuted with a camera cutout in its display, introducing us to the soon-to-be-ubiquitous "notch." Apple's iPhone X was next, of course, and now the design is making its way to Japan's domestic market smartphones. Sharp has announced its latest Aquos model, complete with barely-there bezels on three sides of the display, and a camera notch that's just like the Essential Phone's.

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Japanese banks prep J-Coin digital currency in move against cash

Japanese banks prep J-Coin digital currency in move against cash

Cash is king in Japan, but the nation's biggest banks are hoping to change that. A new report out of The Financial Times reveals that Japan's central bank is planning to launch a cryptocurrency called J-Coin, one that will be based on blockchain technology. Assuming everything goes according to plan, J-Coin will co-exist alongside yen with a one-on-one value.

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Japanese invent robot dog to sniff out stinky feet

Japanese invent robot dog to sniff out stinky feet

We've probably all seen the commercial on TV for Febreze that talks about going nose blind. My son has this problem, his room smells like an armpit's, armpit and will make your eyes water whilst he happily plays Destiny 2 oblivious to the stink. At least if your room stinks, you can leave, but if your feet stink the smell follows you around.

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