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3D print your own 'Skylanders' hero with the Creator app

Design and order a custom character on the go.

Blue Origin will test its spacecraft’s in-flight escape system on October 4th

Jeff Bezos’ private spaceflight company Blue Origin has announced that the next launch of its New Shepard rocket will take place on October 4th at 10:50AM ET. The company will live stream the event...

Meet the 3D-printed robots with soft skins | ZDNet

MIT says that soft shells can make robots more shock-absorbent, safer, and less prone to damage.

Facebook launches Marketplace, a friendlier Craigslist

450 million people already visit "buy and sell" Groups on Facebook each month, and now the company is launching a whole tab in its app dedicated to..

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Facebook Messenger Lite is here for slow connections and older Androids

However, not all users will be able to switch to Lite versions of Facebook apps. Facebook Lite does not exist on iOS, and neither does Messenger Lite. It's somewhat logical, given that Facebook's target audience for the apps is people with slow, old Android phones and poor connections. But given the impact on battery life, it'd be nice to have the Lite option on iOS as well.

Facebook is replacing Craigslist with a new tab in the center of its app

As you may notice in the screenshots of Marketplace, Facebook is also working on a dedicated tab for videos. A spokesperson said that the tab (a version of which the company said would replace the Messenger shortcut months ago) is being tested with some users, but hasn't rolled out to everyone yet.

Google Pixel smartphones leaked by Carphone Warehouse

CW’s pages reveal pretty much everything about the two new handsets, save for pricing and availability. It’s worth noting that since that these details are from a third-party retailer and not directly from Google, so they may be subject to change.

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Facebook Marketplace takes on eBay, lets you sell your junk

Got some old furniture clogging up the loft? A cellar full of old CDs and "vintage" clothing? The usual route for these items would be either a trip to the local charity stop, or an eBay listing. But Facebook is now making a play for your used goods with its new Marketplace feature.

What to expect from Google's hardware launch event

Google will reveal its secrets at an event in San Francisco on October 4, and it’ll likely have a lot to talk about. Here’s everything you can expect in one handy list.

Fuze case for iPhone 7 wants to bring back the jack

This sneaky little accessory puts a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter and an extended battery pack onto the bottom of a single, contained case for the Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

Nobel prize in medicine awarded to Yoshinori Ohsumi for ground-breaking cell repair research

Yoshinori Ohsumi has been awarded the Nobel prize in medicine for his research into the ways the body's cells repair themselves.

Toyota to Sell ‘Cuddly Companion’ Robot in Japan

Kirobo, a combination of the Japanese word for hope and robot, can hold basic conversations while blinking its oversize eyes and wagging its limbs. It also comes with a cradle that fits in a car’s cupholder, “helping it fulfill its role as a cuddly companion always on hand for heart-touching communication,” the company said.

Canadian Company Ruins Google's Super Secret Phone Reveal [Updated]

Google did a whole fancy hush-hush thing about a new phone the company is birthing that is totes not a Nexus. It rolled out a cryptic website the other week with little information except for that the release date would be October 4. But the world is wild and unpredictable, and the Google’s new phone, the Pixel, got LEAKED by the Canadian phone company Bell, ostensibly by accident, when it posted a preorder page for the phone earlier this evening. The phone company has taken down the webpage, but everything you post online is forever, so the images remain.

Facebook intros new Marketplace feature through iOS & Android apps

Facebook on Monday began rolling out a new feature in its iOS and Android apps called the Marketplace, where users can buy and sell items locally in a manner similar to Craigslist.

Microsoft expands Azure data centers to France, launches trust offensive vs AWS, Google

Companies like Microsoft, Amazon and Google continue to compete fiercely in the area of cloud services for consumers, developers and enterprises, and today Microsoft made its latest moves to lay out its bid to lead the race, while also launching a new mission to position itself as the cloud provider you can trust.

The Verge is turning five on November 1st, and we're refreshing our entire brand

To me, The Verge feels most mature in the depth of our editorial mission and the scope of our ambition: we are more committed than ever to investigating how technology changes culture for a massive mainstream audience. But it feels like we’re just getting started in really understanding how our audience will find and return to us in a world dominated by platforms, and that gives us an enormous opportunity to take everything we’ve learned over the past five years and refresh and refocus The Verge for the next weird future.

14 Andreessen Says He’s ‘Free as a Bird’ Since Quitting Twitter

Marc Andreessen feels “free as a bird” since quitting Twitter, joking that his well-publicized hiatus is unlikely to diminish the company’s valuation.

Tesla's electric car deliveries surge by 70 percent

Tesla didn't have the best spring thanks to sub-par deliveries, but it made up for that in style this summer. The company reports that it delivered 24,500 electric vehicles in the third quarter, or a whopping 70 percent more than it did in the second quarter -- and over twice the 11,580 it shipped a year earlier. It's not simply a matter of clearing a backlog, either, as production was up 37 percent (to 25,185 cars) over the second quarter.

16 Wanted: Facebook users to buy and sell stuff on new Marketplace

This isn't the first time that Facebook has made a bid for the second-hand market. In 2007, it introduced a feature, also called Marketplace, which never took off. In late 2014, the company launched For Sale Groups. Be it surfboards, last year's iPhone or kids' clothing and toys, people have been buying, selling and trading stuff in those groups ever since. Some of those people say they were in search of a more personal way to buy and sell stuff online. Plus, they say in Facebook groups, they are less likely to fall prey to scam artists and spammers.

How an IBM Typewriter and Snail Mail Led to the Release of Trump's Tax Returns

Trump is the first Presidential candidate to refuse to release any of his tax records since 1972. There are numerous questions about his finances and charitable giving that his tax returns could clear up but no one has been able to get a copy. That is until a three-page document showed up in Craig’s mailbox. The document appeared to be his tax records from ’95 and it showed that he declared a $916 million loss that year—that huge deduction would have entitled him to wait up to 18 years before paying any federal income taxes.

DJI Mavic Pro means never having to leave your drone home (pictures)

The ultracompact quad offers the power of the company's high-end Phantom 4 with a fold-and-go body and a gaming-style controller.

New Jersey town decides to pay Uber instead of building a parking lot

Some have characterized this as an attempt by Uber to replace public buses. But while public buses are accessible to all residents, Uber is only available to people who own a smartphone and a credit card. Nonetheless, Uber has been praised by transit advocates for its potential to help bolster, rather than replace, trains and buses, as well as help reduce the demand for scare parking spots, as it’s doing in Summit.

Facebook launches pared back Android chat app to keep growing its messaging empire

We’ve asked Facebook whether it will be removing access to messages from its web app for users in the markets where it’s launching the new Messenger Lite for Android and will update this post with any response. It seems prudent to expect this to happen though, assuming it hasn’t already done so…  Update:  Facebook declined to provide an on-the-record statement about this.

I bought Apple's Upgrade Program but I'm still saying 'no' to the iPhone 7 | ZDNet

So there you go. Even though we made a big deal about getting the iPhone Upgrade Program, we're not upgrading. To be fair, the program is still a good deal (except for the in-store hassle). It's flexible enough that if we do change our minds, we can still upgrade. Upgrading will still be no more expensive than purchasing the phones outright, or through a carrier contract.

Microsoft Creates New AI Research Group as Qi Lu Leaves

Microsoft Corp. executive Qi Lu, a key architect of Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella’s strategy for artificial intelligence and bots, is leaving the company due to health issues, the software giant said Thursday.

GTA 5 Mod Adds Exploding Galaxy Note 7

In the real world, where people enjoy keeping all their fingers attached, these are highly undesirable qualities in a smartphone. But on the crime-ridden streets of Los Santos, the Note 7 makes a great if snarky replacement for the handy sticky bomb: plenty of mayhem, with the added benefit of plausible deniability.

How it feels to learn Javascript in 2016

Ok. I’m going to stop you there. All that is good and fine, but I think all that is just so complicated and unnecessary for just fetching data and displaying it. I’m pretty sure I don’t need to know these people or learn all those things to create a table with dynamic data. Let’s get back to React. How can I fetch the data from the server with React?

New Clean Energy Report: America May Not Be Screwed After All

Much of this progress can be attributed to the falling costs of the aforementioned technologies, as illustrated by the chart above. But more basic research is needed to continue driving costs down and help clean energy expand further. In particular, the DOE report highlights the need for aggressive expansion of grid-scale batteries that can store extra electricity produced on windy or sunny days for another time. Other emerging technologies, like smart building controls and fuel cells, are also expected to slim down our carbon footprint once they’re ready for prime-time.

Arduino on Arduino battle ends in reconciliation, merger

Last November, [Arduino's main boards manufacturer] SmartProjects appointed a new CEO, Mr. Musto, who renamed the company to Arduino Srl and created a website called 'Arduino' copying our [Arduino LLC] graphics and layout, claiming to have invented Arduino with no mention of us four [co-founders]. They even started printing this new URL on all the new boards.

How startups can use open source software to compete against the big guys

When all the technology available meant investing in a large platform, small companies could not access the type of technology that would allow them to compete against the giants. With open source software, these small companies can gain access to the technology they need in an affordable way, which means they can change how they operate with more data and tools to provide solutions that consumers may prefer over these giants that simply dominate because they have an endless supply of resources with which to do so. –  Angela Ruth ,  Due

Nobel Prize Awarded for Work on Cellular 'Self-Cannibalism'

This year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to Japan’s Yoshinori Ohsumi for furthering our understanding of autophagy, the biological process wherein the body eats some of itself in order to survive.

Iceland’s capital switched off its street lights for a better Northern Lights show

Far enough north, Iceland has become a popular spot to view the Northern Lights, and last week the country’s capital took an unusual step to make the show extra special for visitors and residents alike.

A Bowling Ball Slingshot Is Exactly As Destructive As You Hope it Would Be

It’s capable of turning cinder blocks into pebbles, but you can also swap a bowling ball for a watermelon or a pumpkin and turn those gourds into a massively satisfying explosion of pulp.

Chevrolet’s Colorado ZH2 fuel cell Army test truck is made for modular power

“One of the things we started testing about 10 years ago is this exportable power take-off,” explained GM Executive Director of Global Fuel Cell Activities Charlie Freese in an interview. “Whether you’re using the vehicle in a site where you have no access to plug-in power, or if you’re a camper, or if you’re in this military environment, the ability to export 25 kW continuous, or up to 50 kW at its peak, is a really great functionality that comes out of this fuel cell system.”

How to install Odoo ERP with NGINX on Ubuntu - TechRepublic

Odoo is an outstanding ERP system, says Jack Wallen. He walks you through the process of installing this free open source wonder on Ubuntu with NGINX.

Welcome to Australia, Home of Toad Stacking

Some people try to get rid of them, because cane toads are largely considered to be pests. However, Australian page Frogsafe advises residents not to, “use clubs or sticks to bash cane toads or grab toads by their legs and bash them against objects,” because in addition to that being a weird, sadistic way to pass the time, “most of the poison in a cane toad is concentrated in two raised areas just behind it’s eyes called paratoid glands. If you bash a toad and rupture either of those glands, the toxic fluid can splatter you.” Wonderful.

What to Expect From Google's October 4th Event

Google’s October 4 gadget extravaganza is quickly approaching, and if the rumors are true, there’s plenty to be excited about. The company is supposedly getting ready for an entire hardware overhaul, and that means we expect to see not just new phones but possibly also laptops, streaming devices, and more. Have there been rumors? Many! Here’s what we think we know about what Google’s got in store.

10 Tricks to Make Yourself a GoPro Master

The GoPro brand is synonymous with the action cameras. Whether you use it daily or occasionally, many of you probably have one model or another sitting around the house. Even though GoPro’s point-and-shoot simplicity makes it easy to use, there are plenty of extra tricks you can learn to take your filmmaking to the next level.

Solar road tiles get their first public test

No, that's not an elaborate new Lite-Brite kit-- that's the possible future of energy. After years of work (and some last-minute delays ), Solar Roadways has installed its first public energy tiles in Sandpoint, Idaho as part of a test. On top of producing a light show, the panels will generate power for the fountain and restrooms in a public square. They have heating elements, too, so they should keep running even in the heart of winter. And if you're not sure how well they'll work in practice, you can check on them yourself -- Sandpoint has a live webcam pointed at the tiles.

Jeopardy viewers complained about fire, health care, and conspiracies to FCC

The best game show in the history of television is Jeopardy! and it is very obvious why. Every week, three contestants answer trivia questions out loud on TV, and in tandem, viewers try to answer trivia questions out loud in their living rooms. This is the best thing television can do — instigate light sporting events in American homes and give intellectualism a 30-minute spot to shine after the nightly news.

New Google Pixel leak reveals pretty much everything a day early

There's sure to be more to learn about the Pixel XL and Pixel phones, but we don't have long to wait until we find out - Google's October 4 event starts at 9am PST, 12pm EST and 5pm BST.

Google Said to Tap Lazard to Review Potential Bid for Twitter

Google, the largest subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., has long been viewed as a natural suitor for the struggling social-media firm known for its 140-character Tweets. The companies have cut deals around advertising and mobile publishing products. Twitter recently agreed to integrate its content inside Google search results, after an earlier collaboration fell apart. Google’s previous social effort, centered on its Google Plus product, flopped, leaving the company without a viable service to rival its primary ads competitor Facebook Inc.

How to Use Facebook Live From Your Desktop Without Costly Software : Social Media Examiner

OBS is free software commonly used by live-streamers on the Internet. It allows you to selectively share applications on your desktop and create a layered video for live-streaming. If you already have OBS installed, you can skip to step #2.

Singapore residents can now ride in a self-driving taxi

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Japanese scientist wins Nobel medicine prize for work on 'self-eating' cell mechanism

STOCKHOLM/LONDON Japan's Yoshinori Ohsumi won the 2016 Nobel prize for medicine for ground-breaking experiments with yeast which exposed a key mechanism in the body's defenses where cells degrade and recycle their components.

iPhone 7 Plus review: The dual-lens camera makes it a winner

The iPhone 7 Plus’s Camera app also has a button above the shutter that toggles between a 1x and 2x view, or can be adjusted to any zoom level from 1x to 10x. You might assume that shooting at 1x uses the wide-angle lens, while switching to 2x will use the telephoto lens, and going above 2x will use digital zoom. Well, that’s not exactly true. It turns out that the Camera app will use the wide-angle lens and apply 2x digital zoom in some situations, if that would produce a better result (less noisy or shaky, or lit better) than using the telephoto lens. Glenn dove deep into this phenomenon, but I’m happy to let the Camera app make those decisions since all I want is a good photo. Third-party camera apps like Obscura Camera and Manual let advanced shooters have more control, and can even export images in RAW.

A New Generation of Astronomers Is on the Hunt for the Next Earth

But Proxima b is also notable because scientists know its mass at all. Many of the 44 potentially habitable exoplanets have been found by Kepler-style transit searches, which watch and wait for planets to pass in front of stars and eclipse some of their light. But that only gives you a measure of a planet’s radius. Proxima b popped out of a different technique, one that, for the most part, hasn’t been sensitive enough to see planets like Earth. And advances in that technique—including a new instrument called EXPRES—could improve detection enough for scientists to find and weigh lots of other Earth-mass planets.

7 successful marketing tips through an online presence

Having a strong online presence is a crucial component of your marketing strategy, no matter what size your business is or what industry it belongs to. And while building your online presence can be time consuming and frustrating, it’s not something to be taken lightly.

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BlackBerry May Have Stopped Making Its Own Phones, But It Has No Plans to Disappear

This is what the future of BlackBerry looks like: Modified software powering a third-party host, trading on a name that, the hope is, still holds some juice. The reasons for BlackBerry’s hardware decline have been well-documented, and besides, it’s ultimately just one reason. It collided with a giant, iPhone-shaped iceberg. From here, BlackBerry’s going to focus primarily on its software business, which makes sense. Software has been profitable for the company, to the tune of $29 million just last quarter. Hardware lost $8 million in the same three-month period. It doesn’t exactly take an applied mathematics degree to understand the move.

Everything we expect Google to announce at its biggest product launch event in history

We're expecting Google to answer all the remaining questions about Home, its connected speaker and rival to the Amazon Echo. So far, we have yet to see a live demo of the device and everything it can do. All we know is that it'll have Google's new Assistant living inside, which can help you with search queries, control connected appliances in your home, and play music from streaming services, among other things.

Your Lonely Grandparents Can Now Get a Robot Retriever To Keep Them Company

You can think of the Companion Pet Pup as a sort of Tamagotchi virtual pet for the retired, but without any buttons to press, or goals to chase. You can interact with the tiny golden retriever by either speaking to it, which causes the dog to look at you and respond with puppy-like sounds. Or you can stroke the hair along its back to trigger a soft heartbeat that can be felt while the toy is held close.

What the Twitter Sale Reveals About Twitter, Itself

But in between all of those reasons, there remained one constant at the company: Twitter was a hothouse that succeeded in spite of an undercurrent of chaos, consumed by furtive battles over power and control and subsequently, vision. (Was it a social network? A media company? A messaging platform?) Into this void, Twitter, which became all of those things and more, also became a haven for excreta. And whoever was running Twitter, which has essentially had five chiefs in its decade of life as a company, wanted to prove that they were the ones who could tame the beast and solve all of its problems. This chaos, perhaps more than anything else, is what really stopped potential suitors from swooping up Twitter—and for a long time, that was just the serendipity of the situation.

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