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Xiaomi Mi 6 mimics the iPhone’s camera tricks without the bump

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After the swanky limited edition Mi MIX, you’d think it’d be pretty hard for Xiaomi to top that with its next flagship phone, but the new Mi 6 unveiled today still had some tricks up its sleeve. First off, the company has revived the Mi 5’s awesome curved glass back design along with a special ceramic edition, and this time …

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Toyota is testing a hydrogen fuel-cell powered semi

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Toyota built a larger sibling for the hydrogen fuel cell powered Mirai, a semi truck. The automaker is testing a water-expelling big rig at the Port of Los Angeles that it hopes will yield data to help build a fleet of zero-emission trucks. Gallery: Toyota Portal Project | 11 Photos Called the “Portal Project,” the study will determine how well …

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Baidu wants to work with everyone on self-driving tech

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Like many big technology companies, Chinese giant Baidu has been working on self-driving cars for a few years now, even investing with Ford in LIDAR sensor company Velodyne. Collaborations between tech firms and carmakers are now commonplace, but after an unsuccessful marriage with BMW, Baidu is seeking new partners — or rather, all the partners. In a project Baidu calls …

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BMW is adding 100 EV charging stations to US national parks

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Today BMW turned on a EV charger at Thomas Edison National Historical Park, the former home of the inventor. It’s the first of 100 stations that the German automaker plans on installing in US national parks over the next few years. The partnership between National Park Foundation, National Park Service (NPS), Department of Energy and now BMW of North America …

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Dyson’s updated air purifiers remove more harmful gases

It’s been a little over a year since Dyson launched its first connected air purifier, the Pure Cool Link, and to celebrate this occasion, the company is about to update its entire line of air purifiers with improvements aimed at the Chinese market. Well, what’s going to be different is really just the replaceable cylindrical glass HEPA filter: the new …

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Lenovo’s convertible Chromebook is built with Android apps in mind

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Convertible Chromebooks are all the rage lately, but you wouldn’t have known it by looking at Lenovo’s offerings. It did release the Chrome-powered ThinkPad Yoga 11e, but that was aimed at schools. Now, however, Lenovo is building a 2-in-1 Chromebook aimed at the mainstream — it just launched the Flex 11 Chromebook, a budget 11.6-inch hybrid designed to run Android …

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V-Moda’s wireless earbuds pack fitness features in a familiar design

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If what’s been holding you back from a neck-worn set of earbuds is the bulky plastic horseshoe you need to wear with them, the folks at V-Moda would like a word with you. The thing is, the company claims the Forza Metallo are the “world’s first ergonomic neckband headphones” but the form factor has been around for awhile. More than …

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Facebook’s latest drone delivers internet during a disaster

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Internet connectivity is kind of like air: something we take for granted until we can’t get it. To help make communications easier during disaster scenarios, Facebook has come up with the “Tether-antenna.” At its simplest, it’s a small, unmanned helicopter that can hook onto undamaged fiber-and-power lines (when cellular connectivity has been damaged or is otherwise unavailable) and then hover …

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Sling TV streams live broadcasts to your LG Smart TV

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If you’re a cord cutter, you no longer have to worry about buying a dedicated media player just to watch live broadcasts on your LG TV. Sling TV’s internet-only service is now available on “most” of LG’s 2016-era webOS sets as an app, with 2017 models due to get it in the months ahead. In theory, that puts internet -only …

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Facebook details its plans for a brain-computer interface

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Facebook wants you to use your brain to interact with your computer. Specifically, instead of using something primitive like a screen or a controller, the company is looking into ways that you and I can interact with our PCs or phones just by using our mind. Regina Dugan, the head of Building 8, the company’s secretive hardware R&D division, delved …

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Do You want to live inside Facebook’s vision for social VR

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Over the last few decades, there have been several attempts to merge the mundane aspects of the real world with the digital. All of these, while catering to a niche, have failed to conquer the world in the way that Mark Zuckerberg hopes that Facebook’s social VR efforts will. Facebook Spaces was announced at the social network’s F8 conference as …

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Logitech’s sub-$100 deck tempts new mechanical keyboard fans

Mechanical keyboard aficionados may extol the virtues of their chosen device like speed and feel but often downplay how much that luxury will cost you. Many good mechanical keyboards run between $150 and $200, with gaming-centric models jacking up the price thanks to features like RGB lighting and programmable keys. Logitech’s new G413 hopes to indoctrinate the less hardcore by …

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Sony’s A9 is a powerhouse full-frame flagship camera

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Sony has just launched its most impressive, and most expensive mirrorless camera yet, the 24.2-megapixel Alpha A9. Equipped with the first ever full-frame stacked CMOS sensor, it’s all about speed, not resolution. The pixel count isn’t that high compared to the 42.4-megapixel Alpha 7R II, but it can shoot up to 241 RAW, full-frame images at a scorching 20 fps, …

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Early Galaxy S8 owners complain of red-tinted screens

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Samsung started shipping the Galaxy S8 to customers in South Korea who pre-ordered the flagship phone almost a full week ago. They were probably thinking of how lucky they were to get the phone early until some of them noticed something off about their screen. According to multiple reports posted on Korean forums like PPOMPPU and social networks like Instagram, …

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Facebook’s new 360 cameras bring multiple perspectives to live videos

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Last year, Facebook announced the Surround 360, a 360-degree camera that can capture footage in 3D and then render it online via specially designed software. But it wasn’t for sale. Instead, the company used it as a reference design for others to create 3D 360 content, even going so far as to open source it on Github later that summer. …

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