Amazon closes down its shopping-focused Instagram rival Spark

imageAmazon Spark, the e-commerce giant's social network, has seemingly shut down after only a couple of years. If you don't even know what it is, we don't blame you. You can think of it as Amazon's version of Instagram, except it focuses on shopping disc…

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Hitting the Books: We won’t colonize space without a Weyland-Yutani

imageWelcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we've done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and…

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Facebook researchers are building virtual spaces to improve AI and AR

imageWill virtual assistants be able to tell the difference between your living room and your kitchen? Or even help you find a missing book or set of keys? With embodied AI — which relies on data from physical surroundings — they soon might. Facebook's…

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YouTube TV gifts free Showtime subscriptions to ‘longtime friends’

imageIf you've subscribed to YouTube TV for a while, then it's likely you're getting free Showtime this summer. If you are a "longtime friend" of the service, then you'll get the cable channel for "no cost" through September 5th, 2019. Users can activate…

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Samsung’s $100 Galaxy Fit tracker focuses on the basics

imageIt's been more than a year since Samsung last updated its Fit line of activity-tracking bands, and it's high time for a refresh. After first announcing the new Galaxy Fit in February alongside the new Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Watch Active, the company i…

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‘Orphan Black’ is returning as a ten-episode audiobook series

imageA little under two years after its five-season run ended on BBC America, Orphan Black is returning with a bang, and probably loads more sound effects. Fiction publishing startup Serial Box is reviving the beloved sci-fi show this summer as a ten-epis…

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The Link’s Awakening remake feels exactly like it should

imageLink's Awakening for Nintendo Switch is a faithful recreation of the original game, except when it's not.

Although I remember watching my older brothers playing the original Zelda on their NES, the Game Boy was my first console, and Link's Awakening…

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The Morning After: Google leaked the Pixel 4

imageHey, good morning! You look fabulous.

We've seen a lot of phones leaked on Twitter lately, but Google dropping a pic of its own device months before we expect it to launch is a new twist on the genre. Also, we're powering through to the final day of…

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MIT algorithm helps robots guess where humans are going next

imageAutomation is increasingly a reality in the workforce, and that means robots working alongside humans. But there's a problem: robots are often lousy at predicting where humans are going, leading them to either freeze up or risk collisions with their…

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US weather forecast model gets a much-needed upgrade

imageMeterology revolves as much around good weather models as it does good weather data, and the core US model is about to receive a long-overdue refresh. NOAA has upgraded its Global Forecast System with a long-in-testing dynamical core, the Finite-Volu…

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