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Amazon tipped to expand Whole Foods stores across the US

Amazon tipped to expand Whole Foods stores across the US

Amazon is planning to expand its physical store presence throughout the US in a big way, a new report claims, by building new Whole Foods destinations. The alleged business plan will put more people within the coverage range for Amazon's two-hour delivery service, the sources claim. The Internet giant has reportedly already scoped out multiple potential retail spaces for the expansion.

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Researchers turn mono audio into 2.5D sound with machine learning

Researchers turn mono audio into 2.5D sound with machine learning

Researchers with the University of Texas at Austin and Facebook AI Research have used machine learning to transform monaural audio into binaural audio. The method involves using a video to determine object and scene configuration, the result being "2.5D visual sound" offering a more robust experience. The technology provides a method for turning common mono audio into an immersive product suited for applications like VR headsets.

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China deploys school uniforms with built-in trackers and alarms

China deploys school uniforms with built-in trackers and alarms

In China's latest dystopian move, a state news agency has detailed the deployment of "intelligent" school uniforms that feature tracking technology. The uniforms were first launched in some schools in 2016 and have recently been adopted by another 10 school facilities, according to the report, which says the uniforms work alongside facial recognition technology installed within the facilities.

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Super Blood Wolf Moon total lunar eclipse 2019: Everything you need to know

Super Blood Wolf Moon total lunar eclipse 2019: Everything you need to know

Late next month, the public will get to witness the Super Blood Wolf Moon, a total lunar eclipse that will take place on January 20. The celestial event will come nearly a year after the 2018 Super Blue Moon total lunar eclipse, this one featuring a red tinge caused by the moon passing through the Earth's shadow. Want to see it for yourself? You'll need to be in North America.

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Apple’s latest transparency report arrives as an interactive website

Apple’s latest transparency report arrives as an interactive website

Apple has released its latest transparency report, one that has been redesigned compared to past disclosures to help users better sort through the information. In addition to the typical PDF transparency report, Apple has a new dedicated website that offers the data in an interactive way. Joining this year's data is historical information highlighting changes and trends over multiple years.

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Rogue drones shut down UK’s second largest airport

Rogue drones shut down UK’s second largest airport

One of the UK's biggest airports has been shut down for more than 17 hours, after rogue drones were spotted over the runway. The sightings above Gatwick Airport, one of the airports serving London and the second largest in the UK, have forced air traffic controllers there to cancel all incoming and outgoing flights across all airlines.

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Lighthouse AI security camera company shuts down, offers refunds

Lighthouse AI security camera company shuts down, offers refunds

Security camera company Lighthouse AI is shutting down, the company has revealed. The announcement was made by CEO Alex Teichman, who said Lighthouse "did not achieve the commercial success we were looking for," resulting in the closure. Customers can request refunds for the cameras they purchased from the company until January 25, 2019, at which point the company will shutter its regular customer service.

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‘Farout’ pink dwarf planet is the Solar System’s most distant object

‘Farout’ pink dwarf planet is the Solar System’s most distant object

A pink dwarf planet called 2018 VG18 is our Solar System's most distant object, researchers have announced. The planet, which is informally known as 'Farout,' is described as pink in color with an icy environment and tiny diameter. Farout is one of around only 50 dwarf planets in our solar system. The system's biggest dwarf planet, Pluto, has a diameter of approximately 1,470 miles; in comparison, Farout measures somewhere between 310 and 375 miles.

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Huge Geminid meteor shower fireball caught on police dashcam

Huge Geminid meteor shower fireball caught on police dashcam

This week brought a treat for astronomy enthusiasts: the Geminid meteor shower. The shooting stars were visible last night in areas where the sky was clear, and now content is starting to roll in. Among the images and videos is a clip featuring a big, green fireball caught streaking across the sky by a police cruiser's dashcam.

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Microsoft Hummingbird uses AI for smarter, personalized news

Microsoft Hummingbird uses AI for smarter, personalized news

News feeds, a.k.a. RSS/Atom, have been said to have gone the way of the dodo. In its place has risen curated news services, initially like Flipboard. Pretty soon, however, that was no longer enough and companies, including Google, have started riding on the AI train to spread the news around. The latest to hop on board is Microsoft but not via its existing MSN News app. Instead, it has just silently released Hummingbird, offering “stories for you” as selected by AI.

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Puma RS-Computer Shoe revival pairs modern tech with ’80s design

Puma RS-Computer Shoe revival pairs modern tech with ’80s design

Footwear company Puma has revived its RS-Computer Shoe, a classic sneaker from 1986 that -- at the time of its launch -- included sophisticated hardware targeted at athletes and enthusiasts. Though the technology has long been made obsolete by modern alternatives, the design itself retains a certain retro appeal and the model enjoys a number of fans. Puma's upgraded version retains the same classic design.

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Texas starts using 3D-printers to create dentures for prisoners

Texas starts using 3D-printers to create dentures for prisoners

Inmates in Texas prisons will soon have a new way to get prosthetic teeth: through a dedicated denture clinic that uses 3D-printing technology to produce dentures. The new plan will be implemented by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in spring 2019, hopefully speeding up production and helping more inmates get the prostheses they need.

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