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Low light? No problem — Smart new drone camera can see in the dark

Why it matters to you Bright light? Low light? This new camera helps drones fly autonomously no matter what the lighting. For a drone to navigate autonomously requires it to have an extremely good sense of its own location. That’s especially tricky indoors, where GPS — the technology used by all commercial drones — doesn’t work. One way around this is to use onboard sensors, such as lasers or cameras. However, lasers are expensive and consu...
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3 modern car ‘conveniences’ that are more hassle than they’re worth

Cars are the ultimate modern convenience: you get in, you drive where you need to go, you come back — all without the need to feed a horse or develop marathoner lungs. Innovations like automatic transmissions, power steering, and electronic window wipers have improved our cars to the point where almost anyone can safely operate one, and now we’re rapidly barreling towards full autonomous vehicles . Maybe driving is the most inconvenient par...
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The pioneers of wireless electricity want to bring it to your next campsite

I magine the end of a long, sweaty day hiking through the backwoods. You arrive at last at a cabin, strip off your smart boots and stash your thermo-sensitive sleeping bag, and wash your hands and your face — and while you recharge, your GPS, fitness tracker, and all your smart gear can do the same, even while tucked securely in your backpack or pocket. Ossia’s Cota wireless charging  platform could eventually make this reality. At least, t...
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Get your pup trail-ready with this essential hiking gear for dogs

Most dogs love to be outdoors. They eagerly jump into the car as soon as their owners starting putting on a pair of hiking boots or pull out their paddles. Before venturing out with your canine friends, it’s imperative to make sure you’re prepared — packing those dog-specific essentials for food , water, and gear that is suitable for the conditions . Deciding what gear to buy for your dog can be daunting which is why we put together this li...
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How to exercise like a pro, according to expert trainer Mike Barwis

What exactly separates the pros from the Joes? Other than being born with a 6′ 6″ frame and natural hand-eye coordination, that is. We asked Mike Barwis — professional athlete trainer, senior advisor of strength and conditioning for the New York Mets, and founder of BARWIS Methods  — how you and I can train insane like Richard Sherman (cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks) and Yoenis Céspedes (outfielder for the Mets), both of whom he  has c...
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New Windows Insider build focuses on bugs, resumed reading on mobile

Why it matters to you The latest release of Windows 10 for the Insiders club shows that the Fall Creators Update is getting close to mass distribution. Heads up Windows Insiders : A new build of Windows 10 is out, but don’t expect a major release. Now that the Fall Creators Update  is essentially baked in the Redmond, Washington oven, the team is now ironing out the bugs and performing tweaks to get the update pushed out to the masses. That...
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How to post GIFs on Instagram

Animated GIFs are a great source of amusement — not to mention, a big business opportunity . It’s entertaining to come across a hilarious GIF your friend posted while scrolling through your social feed. Uploading them to Facebook is easy , but what if you want to post them on Instagram? Sadly, posting a GIF on Instagram is not as straightforward as one would like, though, you can use video as a work around until the social platform adds nat...
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Veteran character actor Harry Dean Stanton has passed away at age 91

Why it matters to you Harry Dean Stanton didn't hit it big until his fifties, but quickly became one of Hollywood's best-loved actors. Harry Dean Stanton, the gaunt, laconic character actor whose career spanned more than six decades and appeared in more than 100 films and 50 TV episodes, has died at the age of 91. Stanton passed away Friday of natural causes in Los Angeles at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Stanton never married, but he is sur...
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AI could help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease a decade earlier than doctors can

Why it matters to you Early diagnosis can help patients make lifestyle changes which may help slow the progression of Alzheimer's. A devastating chronic neurodegenerative disease, Alzheimer’s disease (AD)  currently affects around 5.5 million people in the United States alone. Causing progressive mental deterioration, it ultimately advances to impact basic bodily functions such as walking and swallowing. Looking for a way to help, researche...
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Google Pixel 2 and 2B news and rumors

Why it matters to you The Pixel was Digital Trends' best phone of 2016, and we're plenty excited to see what Google has in store for this year's follow-up. The Google Pixel was the Android smartphone to beat last year, and Google is looking to capitalize on that success. As we get closer to the expected launch of the Pixel 2, rumors are ramping up. It’s possible LG is building one of the phones for Google, and HTC may be behind the second, ...
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