Bang & Olufsen’s pricey new wireless speakers look like martini shakers

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 If nothing else, Bang & Olufsen knows how to make an impression. The Danish audio company announced a pair of new wireless speakers – or rather, one speaker in two different sizes – with conical aluminium designs that, if nothing else, certainly stand out. The BeoSound 1 and 2 (names, interestingly enough, already used for a pair of shiny multi-room speakers about ten or so… Read More

You too can bid on Steve Jobs’ turtleneck and other random junk!

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Screen Shot 2016-08-31 at 1.13.17 PM If you’re a founder who’s feeling hot after getting some new seed funding and want to treat yoself, may I recommend purchasing the entire wardrobe of Silicon Valley’s greatest Versace menswear aficionado and wearing it as you berate employees in your office? Steve Jobs, the late co-founder of Apple, famously posited that good artists copy and great artists steal, so why… Read More

Megaphone vs. bagpipe

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A bagpipe playing student drowned out a homophobic bigot who compared being gay to bestiality in megaphone rant.

Brave Brice Ehmig confronted the preacher who was wearing a “Jesus saves from hell” T-shirt on the campus at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, USA, on Friday August 19.

Despite the preacher’s best efforts to have his voice heard, the fourth year student follows him around continuing to play the loud Scottish music.

As the video ends, applause and cheering can be heard from out of shot as Brice calls her girlfriend over.

Hasselblad’s new $250 MotoMod adds 10x optical zoom to the Moto Z

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A prestigious brand is joining Lenovo’s MotoMod lineup today: it’s Hasselblad. Confirming some recent leaks, both companies have just announced the new Hasselblad True Zoom. The True Zoom is a camera attachment that magnetically latches onto the back of the Moto Z and expands the phone’s photography prowess by adding optical zoom up to 10x. It will launch in September for $250 when purchased from Verizon, or $299 if you buy it from Motorola.com.

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Lenovo’s Yoga 910 takes on Dell’s XPS 13 with a new edge-to-edge display

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Dell first introduced its stunning edge-to-edge display with the XPS 13 last year, and now Lenovo is starting to bring a similar screen to its Yoga range. Lenovo’s new Yoga 910, the successor to last year’s Yoga 900, includes a “near edgeless display” that’s just 5mm of bezel. That’s slightly less than the XPS 13, and it’s designed to make the screen bleed into the bezels around the display. Just like Dell, Lenovo has had to reposition its webcam as a result, but the Yoga 910 has the camera positioned in the center so hopefully it won’t be as awkward as the XPS 13’s camera placement.

Lenovo’s new edge-to-edge display comes in two options: 4K or full HD. It’s the real highlight of the Yoga 910, and Lenovo is claiming 10 percent more…

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Lenovo’s Yoga Tab 3 Plus is designed for binge-watching TV shows

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At first there was the Yoga Tab 3 and Yoga Tab 3 Pro, and now Lenovo is adding a Yoga Tab 3 Plus into the mix. The latest addition is designed to be an Android-powered tablet for binge-watching TV shows and movies. Lenovo claims this Tab 3 Plus will last 18 hours for general use, and it has a 10.1-inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600) display for viewing media content.

Unlike other Tab 3 models, the Plus doesn’t have a projector to project your movies onto walls while you’re mobile. Instead, you can cast to other devices with Miracast or Bluetooth. Lenovo has also added Dolby Atmos to give the tablet a boost of sound from the four JBL speakers. The Yoga Tab 3 Plus will be available in October priced from $299.99.


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Lenovo’s unlocked Moto Z and Moto Z Play are coming to the US in October

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Verizon Wireless is about to lose its exclusive grip on the Moto Z. Today Lenovo announced that on September 15th, customers will be able to order an unlocked version of what’s billed as “the world’s thinnest premium smartphone” for $699.99; it will begin shipping sometime in October. The unlocked Moto Z will operate on GSM networks such as AT&T and T-Mobile.

The just-announced Moto Z Play will also be available unlocked in October following its own brief window of exclusivity with Verizon; the Droid version hits shelves on September 8th for $408 full retail. The unlocked device will actually cost slightly more when it launches at $449 a month later.

Today’s announcements don’t include any mention of an unlocked version of the Moto Z…

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The first commercial flight between the US and Cuba in over 50 years just landed

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JetBlue Airways Flight 387 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida just landed in Santa Clara, Cuba, marking the first scheduled flight between the US and Cuba in over half a century.

Onboard was US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, who said in a statement, “Transportation has a unique role in this historic initiative and we look forward to the benefits these new services will provide to those eligible for Cuba travel.”

Earlier this year, the two former Cold War foes signed an agreement to restore commercial air travel….

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Give the internet a Stranger Things tool, and you’ll get penis jokes and dirty words

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Virality is a funny thing. Two weeks ago, the mad hackers at creative studio Nelson Cash cobbled together the single-purpose site makeitstranger.com as a way of capitalizing on Stranger Things’ newfound popularity. The show is deeply influenced by the horror aesthetic of the 1970s and ‘80s, right down to the font. So the group gave people a way of writing anything they wanted in the style of the now-iconic title card. Naturally, people went crazy for it:

Which is to say, people were about as creative as they were very, very blue. The team found that, in addition to obvious fare…

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IFA 2016: the best laptops, tablets, and more

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If you haven’t heard, the biggest tech event in Europe is IFA, and this year typically sleepy tech categories like laptops, smartwatches, and tablets are seeing a big shakeup. A lot of that is thanks to new processors from both Intel and Qualcomm, but there’s also some wild innovation coming direct from Lenovo. From ridiculously massive powerhouse laptops to surprisingly thin, Wacom-powered tablet computers, we’re collecting the most important stories from IFA right here.

To see everything happening at IFA, be sure to check out our story index here, and there are lots of videos available on our YouTube page too!

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This sweet baby gorilla will be named by popular vote, dear god

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The Philadelphia Zoo welcomed a new baby gorilla to its sweet zoo family on Friday — its first in 20 years, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Like all nervous, expectant caregivers, the zookeepers baby-proofed the gorilla exhibit by removing nets, firehoses, and logs. Zoo leadership has so far displayed appropriate care for this miracle of life.

Well… almost. The baby gorilla will be named in a public contest. I really don’t want to be rude, but I feel like somebody needs to shoot a quick warning over to the Philly zoo team, regarding that idea. Nothing should be named by popular vote — not a boat, not a whale, not a Mountain Dew flavor — but more than anything, a gorilla should not be named by popular vote in 2016.

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DOE small biz voucher awards include vehicles and fuel cells

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DOE is plugging into alternative fuels The US Department of Energy has awarded $8 million in Small Business Vouchers to 43 businesses, including ten projects aimed at making hydrogen fuel cells cheaper and more efficient, and six projects that will improve vehicle fuel efficiency, including better batteries.
In addition to funding from the DOE, participants in this second round of the SBV project will be working with 12 of the… Read More

Qrates lets you press your hot beats onto vinyl

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IMG_6240 Hello, fellow young people! I, like you, love vinyl. It offers richer, more realistic (pet) sounds and it is great for lugging from squat house to squat house and for sharing on a portable record player while you enjoy some fine beverages on the front stoop of your Williamsburg duplex. But how can you press your own music onto vinyl with a minimum of (hot) fuss?
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CBS’s streaming service debuts a $10 per month ad-free tier

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cbs all access CBS’s streaming TV service for cord cutters, CBS All Access – and soon to be home to the new “Star Trek” series – is today rolling out the option of a commercial-free subscription for the price of $9.99 per month. The existing subscription is still available at $5.99 per month, and includes the same content lineup. The launch comes at a time when the network… Read More

Samsung Delays Shipments of Galaxy Note 7 For Quality Control Testing

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Samsung unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 7 earlier this month. But the company is now delaying its shipments as it conducts additional quality control testing delaying its shipments as it conducts additional quality control testing. The Guardian adds: There have been several unconfirmed local reports of users claiming that the battery of the Galaxy Note 7 battery exploded during charging. Samsung did not elaborate on what further testing was required and to where shipments of the high-priced phablet were being delayed. Quality-control problems delaying the release of the latest Samsung flagship phablet could be a major blow for the worldâ(TM)s largest smartphone manufacturer. Its recent sales saw it capture more market share and return to solid profits, but high sales of the Note 7 along with the Galaxy S7 line are required to maintain momentum in the second half of the year.

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Google Search For Android Now Finds Info Hidden Inside Apps

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An anonymous reader writes: First Google created a centralized place to search the web, and now Google has a centralized spot to search your Android phone. The company just announced a new feature for the Google App called In Apps. As its name implies, In Apps lets you search for content inside your Android apps, such as a specific song, contact, or note in Google Keep. To start, the new feature will only work with a select number of apps, including Gmail, Spotify, and YouTube. Google also has plans to add Evernote, Facebook Messenger, Glide, Google Keep, LinkedIn, and Todoist in the coming months. All app searches happen on your device itself, not Google’s servers, which means you don’t need an Internet connection to use the feature. It’s not clear how often the app will index your content or how much of a hit it will take on your battery or device performance.

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Elon Musk reveals a ‘major’ Tesla Autopilot update is coming soon

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Elon Musk just teased a major update for Tesla’s semi-autonomous Autopilot system, which will be released in the next few weeks.

The over-the-air software update will be available to Tesla customers following a “minor” revision to the upcoming 8.0 software is made, Musk says.

This is just a software update, though, not the hardware update that reportedly is also in the works to add more cameras and radar sensors to its vehicles. Tesla has been under pressure since a Tesla Model S driver with Autopilot activated was involved in a fatal crash last May.

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Samsung’s Gear S3 has GPS, LTE, and a bigger screen

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Samsung hit on a good formula with last year’s Gear S2 smartwatch. So for this year’s model, it’s making small changes and sticking with what already works.

That’s the gist of the Gear S3, which Samsung is unveiling today in Berlin. It’s basically a blown up version of the Gear S2 with a bit more tech inside, which should be good news for anyone who wants a big smartwatch.

And “big” is really one of the key changes here. Where the S2 was relatively small for a smartwatch, the S3 feels downright chunky. Its actual dimensions aren’t that much larger — it has a 46mm casing and a 1.3-inch display, compared to 44mm and 1.2-inches on the S2 — but the jump feels significant. Samsung claims this big size is “on trend in the luxury watch space…

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