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Misty II personal robot recognizes faces and supports DIY skills

Misty II personal robot recognizes faces and supports DIY skills

Misty Robotics has unveiled a new personal robot called the Misty II, a model with a fun design and the ability to recognize faces, among other things. Misty II is currently being funded through a crowdfunding campaign where early adopters can get a unit for pledging at least $1,499 USD. The first model was revealed back in January.

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Virgin Hyperloop One wants to replace cargo planes

Virgin Hyperloop One wants to replace cargo planes

Hyperloop's transportation promises may have focused on bussing passengers until now, but two big players are expecting the high speed pod-in-a-pipe technology to have an even bigger impact on cargo transportation. Virgin Hyperloop One and logistics firm DP World have teamed up to create DP World Cargospeed, a new supply system for high-priority shipments.

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T-Mobile and Sprint merger official: $26bn 5G combo

T-Mobile and Sprint merger official: $26bn 5G combo

T-Mobile and Sprint have announced plans to merge, with the two US carriers combining for a concerted push into 5G. The deal, which has been rumored for some time though gained extra traction at the tail-end of last week, will see T-Mobile US CEO John Legere leading a new T-Mobile. The deal values Sprint at approximately $59 billion, and will be worth $26bn in stock.

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MoviePass now limits customers to 4 movies per month

MoviePass now limits customers to 4 movies per month

MoviePass was always too good to be true. Now the day of reckoning has arrived and the company's $9.95/month plan is not the same one it was earlier this week. The company has introduced new limitations, the biggest being a hard cap on how many movies you can see per month: four. That's not the only restriction, however, with others piling on to substantially change the way the service works.

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Intel just poached Tesla’s Autopilot and AI expert

Intel just poached Tesla’s Autopilot and AI expert

Intel has snagged Tesla's Autopilot expert, poaching Jim Keller to lead the chip-mailer's silicon engineering team. The news will see Keller made Intel's latest senior vice president, taking the helm when it comes to system-on-chip development and integration.

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Roku Channel gets free live news, Roku OS 8.1 update detailed

Roku Channel gets free live news, Roku OS 8.1 update detailed

Roku has updated its Roku Channel app to add live news coverage, among other things. The channel is, unlike the other apps on the company's platform, Roku's own service for free content, including movies. Both linear and live news content is now available through the Roku Channel, the company announced today; it features the same advertisements used to support other content available through the app.

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Atlanta paid nearly $3m to recover from ransomware attack

Atlanta paid nearly $3m to recover from ransomware attack

The March, the city of Atlanta was hit with a massive ransomware attack that took down critical systems, in many cases forcing officials to use pen and paper instead of email and digital records. The hackers had demanded $51,000 worth of Bitcoin, according to a report by Reuters last month, but the city apparently declined to pay it. Instead, it appears officials spent substantially more to contractors to recover from the attack, a process that is ongoing.

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Uranus is full of gas that smells like rotten eggs

Uranus is full of gas that smells like rotten eggs

A colorless gas called hydrogen sulfide is flammable, corrosive, and smells like rotten eggs. The chemical compound may also primarily compose Uranus' upper clouds, according to a newly published study. Researchers found evidence of hydrogen sulfide in the planet's atmosphere, providing a clearer picture on how the celestial body formed.

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NASA spots strange “sorta” circles and holes in Arctic sea ice

NASA spots strange “sorta” circles and holes in Arctic sea ice

NASA has published an image showing "sorta circular" spots in the Arctic sea ice, but it doesn't know what they are or what caused them. The landscape features were captured during an annual mission called Operation IceBridge, the space agency explained. Mission scientist John Sonntag saw the circles during a flight on April 14; he captured an image of them later released by NASA.

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Apple’s deal to buy Shazam is under European investigation

Apple’s deal to buy Shazam is under European investigation

Apple's acquisition of Shazam has caught the attention of the European Commission, and not in a good way, with an in-depth investigation being opened over whether it harmfully impacts user choice. The proposed deal had been announced back in December last year, though without confirmation of just how much it would cost the Cupertino firm.

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Green moon hoax will leave many disappointed tonight

Green moon hoax will leave many disappointed tonight

Sorry folks, but there won't be a green moon tonight. The hoax appeared on social media in recent weeks claiming that a special planetary alignment, which supposedly happens every 420 years, would cause the moon to appear green on April 20, every marijuana enthusiast's favorite day. As with many things you see on social media, this isn't true and never will be.

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Jaquet Droz Signing Machine now available four years later

Jaquet Droz Signing Machine now available four years later

There are countless sophisticated ways these days to forge a signature, but none are as exquisite, eccentric, and expensive as this. OK, this isn't an illegal, counterfeiting machine but the Jaquet Droz Signing Machine will save you from the pain of having to sign something over and over again, potentially giving you carpal tunnel syndrome. Presuming, of course, you can afford this odd contraption.

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