This LG G6 prototype looks like it had to fight to escape the lab

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I’m imagining a humorless Korean security chief berating her charges for their lapse in vigilance.

“Your one and only job,” she bellows out in white-hot rage, “was to keep the Asset under wraps until February 26th. Dead or alive, the one thing the Asset could not be allowed to do was break cover.”

But, as diligent, committed, and hardworking as LG’s security goons might be, the company’s upcoming flagship, the LG G6, does appear to have broken cover, both literally and figuratively. Pictures of a purported prototype of this new Android smartphone have leaked to Droid Life, and they show a device in a state of distress. The G6’s rear is shorn of its top left corner, exposed at its midriff, and punctured by two curious holes on its side.

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Kickstarter acquires video streaming startup Huzza and opens a Vancouver office

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screen-shot-2017-01-31-at-6-14-18-pm Couple of pieces of news out of Kickstarter headquarters this morning. First, the crowdfunding service has announced the acquisition of Canadian video streaming startup Huzza. The purchase follows a close collaboration between the two parties that led to the launch of Kickstarter Live back in November, a livestreaming feature with real time feedback designed to give creators a direct channel… Read More

Budweiser wades into immigration debate with new Super Bowl ad

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Budweiser has injected itself into the debate surrounding President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration orders with a new Super Bowl ad about the company’s origins. The one-minute ad, titled “Born the Hard Way,” tells the story of how Adolphus Busch immigrated to the US from Germany in the 1800s, which led to the creation of the Anheuser-Busch brewing company (now AB InBev, the world’s largest beer company). The dramatized origin story shows Busch on a long, arduous voyage to St. Louis, where he meets Ebert Anheuser, fittingly, over a beer.

As Vox points out, Budweiser’s ad campaigns have a history of “flag-waving patriotism” — it rebranded its beer as “America” during last year’s presidential campaign — but its latest commercial…

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MIT built a gel-based claw robot that can catch and release live fish

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unspecified MIT’s latest robot looks a bit like one of those claw machines you find at the front of an arcade, only instead of metal, the claws are made of a clear, membranous substance. And instead of stuffed Minion dolls, they pick up live fish. But other than that, the principles are pretty similar.
The robot’s limbs are made from hydrogel, an extremely pliable material that’s… Read More

Google wins ‘right to be forgotten’ battle in Japan

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google-shop13 Google has won a long-standing battle in Japan that drew parallels with Europe’s “right to be forgotten” ruling. The Japanese Supreme Court today dismissed four cases against the U.S. company seeking the removal of allegedly defamatory comments in its Google Maps service, including one high-profile case involving a medical clinic. Back in April 2015, the Chiba District… Read More

Leaked video shows new ‘nightmare-inducing’ wheeled robot from Boston Dynamics

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Boston Dynamics is best known for its bipedal and quadrupedal robots, but it turns out the company has also been experimenting with some radical new tech: the wheel.

The company’s new wheeled, upright robot is named Handle (“because it’s supposed to handle objects”) and looks like a cross between a Segway and the two-legged Atlas bot. Handle hasn’t been officially unveiled, but was shown off by company founder Marc Raibert in a presentation to investors. Footage of the presentation was uploaded to YouTube by venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson.

Raibert describes Handle as an “experiment in combining wheels with legs, with a very dynamic system that is balancing itself all the time and has a lot of knowledge of how to throw its weight…

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Logitech’s Spotlight remote is an expensive solution to a super boring problem

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Presentations are a necessary evil of the corporate world. Eventually, everyone will have to give or sit through one at some point. According to Logitech, that typically means watching someone with a laser pointer gesture at a screen while awkwardly fumbling with an ancient remote (Logitech hasn’t updated its own in years).

Logitech’s new Spotlight presentation remote is an attempt to remedy this by bringing presentations to the present day with a new, modern design. It’s an elegant-looking device, made of machined aluminum and a dramatically simplified interface. Spotlight cuts down on buttons to make it easier to use without looking at the remote, offering only a single oversized forward button, a back button placed below it, and a…

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Detecting Text in an Image on the Web in Real Time

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Last year just before the Chrome Dev Summit, Miguel Casas came up to me and showed me something that blew my mind: in the browser using the Shape Detection API. Shortly after that that allowed me to update my QR Code scanner so that I no longer had to include a massive (albeit awesome) port of a QR scanning library.

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