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Two different groups of MIT researchers found a way to print out objects with glass instead of plastic and to make a printer spew out 10 different materials at once earlier this year. This particular team along with researchers from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya in Israel, however, have chosen to focus on creating a system that makes it possible for even novices to customize the objects they want to print. Designers typically have to adjust a CAD file to tweak the object's looks by typing in numerical values, and then wait for minutes to hours for a simulation software to make sure the final product is viable. The system this group developed dramatically speeds up the process.

It displays the design along with sliders representing different parameters -- say, the height of a shoe's heel or the base size and width of a mug -- on a web browser. The user can then easily play with the sliders to achieve the look they want. Now, here's the best thing about it: it won't let you design unstable structures or anything that can't be printed or used. Nobody has to spend hours waiting for software to make sure the modified digital object is feasible, and all the user needs to do is to send it straight to the 3D printer.
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IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN. IFA 2015 is upon us, and The INQUIRER team has descended on Berlin to bring you the latest announcements from this year's conference (as well as to sample the region's finest beers and currywurst, of course).

We've created this handy hub as a one-stop shop for all the latest IFA news, and we'll update it as soon as more breaks.

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Samsung took to the stage at IFA on Thursday, firstly to announce the SmartThings hub, a kit allowing user to connect all of their Internet of Things (IoT) devices to one hub where they can monitor, control and secure their home regardless of their location.

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Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.

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I had always assumed that cats thought humans a touch stupid.

Oh, they wander toward us when they want something. Essentially, though, they're even more self-regarding than Donald Trump.

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An Autonomous Submarine Will Hunt Starfish On the Great Barrier Reef For Science

Building a hunter-killer robot that is programmed to terminate an entire species is normally the job of the bad guys. But when said species is the crown-of-thorns starfish, which feeds off coral, that robot is actually fulfilling a vital mission.

The crown-of-thorns is a serious problem for coral reef — it’s a difficult-to-kill pest, the rise of which has contributed to a 40 percent loss in coral cover over the last 30 years. Currently, scientists have to recruit human divers to inject each tentacle of the starfish in order to kill it, a process that’s expensive, time-consuming, and really not worthy of man’s role as this planet’s apex predator.

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The UK grime scene has been an inspiration for some of North America's biggest rappers. Drake and Kanye West have made a point of showing their appreciation for its MCs and the music they produce: the former is friend with grime fixture Skepta and brought him on stage during a London set earlier this year, while Kanye enlisted the help of some of the scene's biggest names during a fiery performance at the Brit Awards. But although they might share a mutual appreciation, some grime MCs do things a little differently than their trans-Atlantic cousins. Where Drake responds to Meek Mill with a trio of carefully calibrated diss tracks that belittled his rap skills, his relationship, and his entire being, prolific British grime artist JME uses something else in his latest diss track — Pokémon cards.

"The Very Best" is rapper and producer JME's response to complaints about his latest video. The track samples the Pokémon cartoon theme tune, and stars an anime-styled version of the artist dressed like Pokémon master and star of the cartoon Ash Ketchum, spitting bars about shiny Charizards and master balls. It could be a joke song, but there's fire in the animated JME's eyes as he reiterates his contributions to grime, taking the time to chastise new MCs who weren't around at the time of the original 151 Pokémon.

JME and his brother, Skepta, have been influential in the rise and recent resurgence of grime, having founded London-based record label Boy Better Know in 2005. JME released grime classic "Serious" soon after, and came back to collaborate with his brother on last year's banger "That's Not Me," just before Skepta released this year's grime anthem, "Shutdown" — for which Drake provided the intro bars. JME's long been an outspoken voice in grime, using Twitter to take swipes at BlackBerry, share his confusion about vaping, and build his own mini-meme out of pointing at things. Where a lot of grime MCs aim to look hard, JME happily raps about Pokémon and appears on stage in a full Iron Man suit.

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  Charter Communications subscribers might soon be able to stream HBO programming to their Apple TV, as an updated HBO GO activation page now lists the U.S. cable company as a participating provider

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While Charter is now showing up as a cooperating HBO affiliate for Apple TV, it seems the provider is not yet accepting HBO GO app activations, as users are reporting problems getting past the login screen. It should be noted that Charter's own support webpage still lists HBO GO for Apple TV as unavailable to subscribers.If Charter is planning to allow access, the move would be an abrupt about face for a company that blocked its customers from activating the HBO GO Apple TV channel when it launched in 2013. Charter took a similar stance with HBO GO on Amazon's Fire TV. The idea of HBO GO is to allow subscribers untethered access to premium programming on a variety of connected platforms, including iOS, Apple TV, Android and others. Unlike the app version, HBO GO for Apple TV requires users to activate their device for streaming via HBO's Web interface, which now displays Charter as a participating provider. AppleInsider has reached out to Charter for clarification and will update this story when a response is received. Apple TV channels like HBO GO, and the standalone HBO NOW subscription service, mark a shift in consumer preference away from cable companies and toward more flexible Internet streaming options. So-called "over-the-top" streaming services are just now gaining traction, and Apple is rumored to throw its hat into the ring with a "skinny bundle" subscription-based package for Apple TV. Negotiations with content owners have so far stymied the service's debut, with some reports now pegging a 2016 launch date.Apple is widely expected to unveil new Apple TV hardware alongside a dedicated App Store at the upcoming iPhone event next week, however, potentially opening the door to a whole new class of television entertainment.
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Who doesn’t love buttered noodles? The only problem I have with them is that I can easily eat them all if they’re set before me.

Noodles, butter, Parm, and parsley. That’s it, with a little salt and pepper. Serve them with chicken, pork chops, or steak. Make extra!

Easy Buttered Noodles

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Baidu, China’s largest search engine and an investor in Uber, is giving its Zuoyebang ‘after school’ service, which helps school students with their studies, wings of its own after it revealed that the business raised an undisclosed Series A funding round.

The new capital was provided by Sequoia China and Legend Capital, and is part of an ongoing Baidu initiative to open some services to external investment opportunities. The company has enabled investment in Baidu Takeout Delivery and 91 Desktop, two companies it span out this summer — with the former raising $70 million.

“This strategy aims to promote the independent quality assets, and to foster Baidu’s open ecosystem,” the company said.

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A new study from Microsoft researchers warns that many types of databases used for electronic medical records are vulnerable to leaking information despite the use of encryption.

The paper, due to be presented at the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security next month, shows how sensitive medical information on patients could be pilfered using four different attacks.

Researchers discovered the sex, race, age and admission information, among other data, using real patient records from 200 U.S. hospitals.

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GPS location information has revolutionized mapping. Google and Apple get high quality position data for cars traveling. Any non-mobile platform system have many barriers to entry (cars traveling around taking photos), verifying road information. Google gets to validate incredibly accurate maps under the guise of providing traffic, location services and so on the the mobile phone users.

LIDAR, particularly those paired with accurate color mapping information for those point clouds are going to be creating

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Before you walk, you have to crawl. Similarly, before you have driverless cars, you need autonomous golf carts, according to MIT.

MIT and the National Research Foundation of Singapore — together called SMART — have collaborated on creating a self-driving golf cart, reports MIT News. The golf carts were tested at a large public garden in Singapore over a period of six days.

SMART also developed an app that lets passengers book a ride at one of 10 stations on the island, rerouting vehicles to meet customer demand as needed.

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From the video for Eminem's "Rap God."

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Earlier this week, a teen in Fresno, CA was arrested by Fresno police after a search of his family's house, which turned up a cache of guns and ammunition. What prompted the search? The day before, the teen had posted lyrics from an Eminem track called “I'm Back.”

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We've Never Seen This Many Massive Storms on the Pacific at Once

It was a historic moment in meteorology late last week, when three Category 4 storms were simultaneously spotted marching across the Pacific. As if that wasn’t ominous enough, a tropical depression has just added itself to the mix.

Yesterday, NASA’s GOES satellite captured this beautifully ominous image (below) of one typhoon (Kilo), one hurricane (Jimena), one tropical storm (Ignacio), and one tropical depression (Fourteen E) churning across the ocean in synchrony. It’s the very first time scientists have seen more than two Category 4 storms on the Pacific at once. But as we know, it’s an exceptional year —there’s a monster El Nino brewing on them thar seas. And if the weather on the water right now is any indicator, the western US is in for a major walloping this fall.

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Today on In Case You Missed It: We are seriously in awe of the scientific discovery that came from studying squid. Researchers developed a plastic that can reform, no weaker, after getting cut in half-- just so long as water is applied to it. And if you have a couple hundred dollars to blow, you can use it to buy an alarm clock that syncs with Spotify to gently ease you in and out of sleep with a matching glowing light. Also check out the new smart stethoscope product for medical professionals, allowing them to record the heartbeats they hear, then analyze the sounds in an app.

But I know why you're really here, nerds! If you haven't done so yet, check out the video of the Star Wars live stream in which many, many cool new gadgets are unveiled, all with a Galaxy Far Away theme.

If you come across any interesting videos, we'd love to see them. Just tweet us with the #ICYMI hashtag @engadget or @mskerryd.

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Most homes don't have a 3D printer... yet. But just as most homes didn't have a "computer" or an internet connection just a few years ago, technology can change quickly, and 3D printers could become ubiquitous relatively quickly. With 3D printers in your kitchen or living room, you could print up a Left Shark whenever you felt like it, but hopefully, no one will be doing that too often. If you already have a MakerBot or some other 3D printer, check out a few other developments that could be nice to have. After you've finished checking out those links, take a look at our Daily Deals for cool gadgets and other awesome stuff.
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binoculars-story Leica Camera AG Usually when the Germans and Italians get together to make something, it just results in some crappy techno. But the latest collaboration between those ever-fashionable Europeans is aimed not at the dance floor, but at the eyeballs of the elite. Famed German optics company Leica has teamed up with famed Italian automotive design house Zagato to create a new set of extra-fancy binoculars. How extra fancy, you ask? Super-extra fancy: they retail for $3,500. But look at them! They’re gorgeous. The Leica Ultravid 8×32 Edition Zagato are sheathed in stark aluminum, and the design is complemented by red anodized rings around the glass pieces in the front. They’re also an optically excellent set of 8×32-power field glasses, with coated lenses, durable construction, and an all-metal, self-lubricating focus system. If you’re a Leica fan, you’ll recognize these as a highly stylized upgrade of the regular (non-Zagato) Leica Ultravid binoculars, which retail for just under $2,000 for comparable models. The extra dough gets you the fresh aluminum skin, plus a Zagato-designed case and a matching Italian leather carrying strap. Exactly what use would anyone have for $3,500 binoculars? Lots of things. Like, watching the rookie Formula 1 driver you hired zip around the course at Monaco. Or keeping an eye out for the UPS guy arriving with this week’s delivery of yacht wax. Or observing from the tower as the masses rise up, storm the gate, and seize power once and for all. The Leica Ultravid 8×32 Edition Zagato will be available in September from select Leica sellers. Only 1,000 will be made, so be sure to buy two. Go Back to Top. Skip To: Start of Article.
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Boost Your Confidence Before a Presentation With a Little Arrogance

You shouldn’t act like a jerk to other people, but if you’re feeling nervous before a speech or presentation, a little arrogance can help you fight off the jitters.

Mohammed Qahtani is the 2015 Toastmasters International World Champion of Public Speaking, so he knows a thing or two about mentally preparing for a speech. While it might seem a little conceited, Qahtani suggests you take a moment before your speech to tell yourself that you are better than you’re audience. Of course, Qahtani explains to Richard Feloni at Business Insider that this type of ego isn’t something you carry with you always:

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Check your allergies at the door...

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If you really want to get a sense of a place, like from the street level, it makes sense to be closer to the street itself.

In Japan's Hiroshima prefecture, arguably no one has their (really cute little) ears closer to the ground, sniffing out the local scene, than the area's famous cats.

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Later this month, a North Carolina high school student will appear in a state court, facing five child pornography-related charges for engaging in consensual sexts with his girlfriend.

What’s strange is that of the five charges he faces, four of them are for taking and possessing nude photos of himself on his own phone—the final charge is for possessing one nude photo his girlfriend took for him. There is no evidence of coercion or further distribution of the images anywhere beyond the two teenagers’ phones.

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