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‘AmazonFresh Pickup’ offers drive-thru grocery shopping

Why it matters to you Amazon grocery shoppers who don't want to wait in for delivery or who need something quickly could find the new service useful. Amazon’s checkout-less grab-and-go store may have hit a snag, but the company isn’t letting that get in the way of other grocery-focused initiatives. The Seattle-based giant on Tuesday teased a new AmazonFresh Pickup service where Prime members will be able to order their ......
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This drone is inspired by one of the most deadly hunters in the insect kingdom

Why it matters to you This microdrone borrows from one of nature's most efficient predators to (hopefully) become one of tech's most efficient drones. If you’re a company called Animal Dynamics looking for inspiration for a new type of drone, you naturally go in search of the most awesome flying creature in the animal kingdom. That creature? According to Chief Security Officer Adrian Thomas, who is also a professor of B......
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Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Self-cleaning gym bags and coffee table Pong

At any given moment, there are approximately a zillion crowdfunding campaigns on the web. Take a stroll through Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you’ll find no shortage of weird, useless, and downright stupid projects out there — alongside some real gems. In this column, we cut through all the worthless wearables and Oculus Rift ripoffs to round up the week’s most unusual, ambitious, and exciting projects. But don’t grab your wallet just yet. K......
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For the Dollyrots, crowdsourcing fans free them from labels, keep them authentic

“People are smart enough to know if they really want to support us, they’ll come to a show, buy a shirt, or get a copy of the vinyl.” Musicians with their eyes on the prize tend to have two dreams that they prefer not be mutually exclusive: 1) Make it big, and 2) Make music on their own terms. These days, however, many artists have been leaning more and more towards Option 2 because it affords them better control of their creative destiny ......
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Watch your favorite shows, save money with these high-definition TV antenna deals

Watching your favorite TV shows doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Most TVs from 2007 onward have an internal scan that allows them to recognize broadcast signals, meaning all you need to watch TV is an HDTV antenna. And using an HD antenna to watch your favorite shows involves a one-time purchase that doesn’t lock you down with any monthly or annual fees. Best of all, they’re low cost — as in lower in price than many monthly television......
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Finally, iTunes movie rentals now let you ‘rent once, watch anywhere’

Why it matters to you If you have more than one Apple device, this update gives you more freedom when it comes to watching your movie rentals. Up to now, if you rented a movie on iTunes, you had to finish watching it on the same device. In other words, if you started watching it on your Apple TV one evening and wanted to watch the rest of it in bed on an iPad or iPhone, you couldn’t. There was no way of switching betwee......
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Microsoft Edge browser fails to fend off five attacks at Pwn2Own hacking event

Why it matters to you If you're using Microsoft's Edge browser, then you could be opening yourself up for attack if successful hacks at the Pwn2Own's event are any guide. One of the premier hacking contests is Pwn2Own, where security teams get together and see if they can break into the leading operating systems and web browsers. The 2017 version of Pwn2Own is now in the past, and Microsoft’s Edge is the loser. Edge is ......
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Tesla is doing away with its two least expensive Model S cars

Tesla is doing away with its most accessible car. Late last week, Tesla began emailing folks who had previously expressed interest in the Model S 60 and 60D, noting that the least expensive members of the Tesla family will soon be discontinued. While the Tesla Model 3 will be cheaper when it finally becomes available, starting at $35,000, the Model S 60 and 60D were otherwise the most affordable Tesla cars, starting at $68,000. But no longe......
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Jim Eno of Spoon gives us the scoop on ‘Hot Thoughts’ and streaming music

“If everybody wants to listen to their music through streaming, we, as artists, have to find a way to play in that environment.” Could the indie art-rock gods known as Spoon have come up with a better name for their electrifyingly great new album than Hot Thoughts? Not bloody likely. On Hot Thoughts, their first studio effort in three years, which is out today in various formats via Matador Records, the Austin, Texas-based collective is fi......
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The last final ‘SNL’ episodes of the season will bring a historic change

Why it matters to you Western time zones will get to watch SNL live for the first time in the show's 40-year history, giving the entire country the chance to tune in together. Saturday Night Live has been on the air for decades, but the late-night sketch comedy show is still changing with the times. For the first time in its 40-year history, SNL will air live across the country, Deadline reports. Audiences will say good......
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Newegg is giving away RX 480s with HTC Vive purchases

Why it matters to you If you have been sitting on the VR fence because of pricing or graphics card concerns, Newegg's deal could give you the push you need. Spending $800 on an HTC Vive virtual reality headset might seem like a lot, but deals like the one on offer at Newegg certainly help. The retailer is giving away a brand new Gigabyte Radeon RX 480 4GB graphics card with the headset, making it a better deal and upgra......
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Google will use your health data to help make Fit a better personal coach

Why it matters to you Are you looking for a personal assistant? With future versions of Google Fit you may not need to pay for one. Most major tech companies are stepping into fitness and health tracking and Google is no exception. The company launched Google Fit in 2014 and subsequently revamped it alongside Android Wear 2.0. As is the case with any fitness tracking program, Google Fit is most helpful when it has acces......
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What to do when you feel lost in ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the most open-ended game in the series since the original Legend of Zelda over 20 years ago. That game handed you a sword and told you, essentially, “good luck.” Breath of the Wild quickly gives you a multitude of tools, from bombs to a paraglider, but the message is effectively the same. More: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild survival guide: Tips for getting by in Hyrule It can be easy to g......
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Latch shows off its new Latch R Series, a smart access system for the modern home

Why it matters to you The lock and key is old technology that doesn't really fit with your modern home, but the new Latch R Series access system might be a good alternative. The inside of your home is getting smarter, so shouldn’t the exterior be getting the same treatment? At the very least, your modern home should have a modern entry system. We’re talking about getting rid of that old lock and key, and looking to a co......
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Chowbotics is a company that wants a robot named Sally to make your salad

Why it matters to you Robots are playing an ever-larger part in the food industry, and Chowbotics wants its salad-making robot Sally to make a huge splash. First they came for our burgers, and now, they’re coming for our salads, too. We’re talking, of course, about robots — those highly-trained, super-mechanized creatures that have not only been programmed to help us flip patties, but now create healthier meals as well.......
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Jay Farrar on ‘alternative country facts’ and why he’s super serious about vinyl

“In the end, I was aiming for where folk, blues, and country converge.” Fusing traditional song elements with your own original ideas to create a unique signature sound is the ultimate goal of many a gifted songwriter, but it’s easier said than done. One man who’s been successfully straddling the lines between past, present, and future his entire recording career has been Jay Farrar of Son Volt. The SV guitarist/vocalist — whom you may als......
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Logitech Z337 with Bluetooth review

With so many wireless speaker options out there, the lowly PC speaker seems like something of an anachronism. On the one hand, investing in a set of PC speakers, all the way up to full surround-sound 7.1 setups, still makes sense for gamers and maybe video buffs who use their PCs for watching movies and TV. On the other hand, if you’re primarily worried about playing the usual PC sounds, along with a fair amount of music, then a portable Bl......
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Apple may be banning ads in Chinese-language media at the behest of China’s government

Why it matters to you Apple may be censoring ads in publications at the behest of Chinese officials. When it comes to appeasing the local governments of profitable markets, Apple exercises a strong editorial arm. That’s according to The Australian, which reports that the Cupertino, California-based company has deliberately interfered with the Chinese-language print ad campaigns of carriers in Australia in order to curry......
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Oreo just flew 5 ‘cookie drones’ over NY City in a wacky milk dunk stunt

Why it matters to you Companies are discovering a myriad of uses for drones, but this has to be the most absurd yet. Remotely operated multi-rotor flying machines, or “drones” for short, are coming to the attention of not just indie filmmakers who’ve realized how much cheaper they are compared to hiring a helicopter for the day, but also power companies for inspection operations, farmers for crop monitoring, and real es......
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The ProTruly Darling might just be the weirdest phone you’ve ever seen

This ain’t your grandma’s phone. Heck, this ain’t even your phone. Rather, the Darling smartphone from ProTruly is either the phone of the future, or a bizarre idea that will flop and fade. Heralded as the first smartphone with a built-in 360-degree camera, the Darling certainly seems to have locked down a recipe for adoration from photo enthusiasts. But only the photo enthusiasts who do not mind an almost absurdly giant phone. You see, hav......
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Automated gardens and smart beds made my apartment every geek’s domestic dream

Smart-home devices sometimes require complicated installation that just doesn’t make sense for renters. Plus, apartments have different needs than single-family homes. That’s why we decided to outfit a whole condo with smart devices that don’t require rewiring or permanent installation. Each week, we’ll tackle a different category and look at various products, then explain how we made our selections. At the end of the series, we’ll examine ......
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Twitter to live-stream more than 15 eSports events as part of ESL deal

Why it matters to you Twitter is set to live-stream a ton of major eSports tournaments accessible to everyone on the web, regardless of whether you have a Twitter account. Twitter is opening a new front in its battle to become a live-streaming destination. On Thursday, the social platform announced a new deal with the world’s largest eSports company, ESL, that will include a total of 1,500 hours of live broadcasts from ......
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Grace Digital’s Mondo+ is the first internet radio featuring Chromecast built-in

Why it matters to you If you're looking for an internet radio with multiroom features, Grace Digital's Mondo+ is currently your best (and only) option. After rebranding from Google Cast, Chromecast built-in has been making its way into an increasingly large swath of product categories. On Wednesday, Grace Digital announced its new Mondo+ internet radio, which it says is the world’s first to include Chromecast built-in. ......
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Alcatel’s Plus 12 Windows 2-in-1 boasts a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot

Why it matters to you Alcatel's Plus 12 Windows 2-in-1 can help you and 15 colleagues set up a portable office. Although the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 is mostly about the most mobile of devices — namely smartphones and wearables — that doesn’t meant that manufacturers of larger mobile devices like PCs are being left out. Whether it’s traditional notebooks or Windows 2-in-1s, PC vendors are taking advantage of the......
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Even Putin wouldn’t poo-poo this posh pop-up cabin overlooking Pirogovo Lake

Why it matters to you The benefits of prefabricated homes are many and the cabin's architects showed how quickly the innovative practice can help install a home. Located just outside of Moscow, Russian architecture firm Bio Architects took just 10 days to build an innovative prefabricated cabin nestled in the serene forests surrounding Pirogovo Lake. By leaning heavily on a modular design, the company built much of the ......
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