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If you have even a passing interest in NASA, you should know about two upcoming events set to air in the coming days. First, NASA will cover the departure of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft from the International Space Station on August 26. The Dragon spacecraft arrived at the station on July 20 to deliver 5,000 pounds of supplies, experiments and equipment. Part of the payload were the parts necessary to create an additional docking port for future missions. On July 20, you can watch NASA TV’s coverage of the dragon departure beginning at 5:45 am EDT. The craft will detach from… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s time to dig out the Game Boy classic. Dust it off, pop in some fresh batteries and use it the way the 1989 handheld was supposed to be used — to pilot a drone. With a few simple modifications, Gautier Hattenberger of the French Civil Aviation University (ENAC), managed to breathe new life into his classic handheld by using it to pilot an ARDrone2 from Parrot. After finding an old Game Boy at his parents’ house, Hattenberger immediately thought: “can I fly a drone with this?” Turns out, he could. Using a GameLink — an accessory originally created to facilitate… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you live in a non-Google Fiber market, you’re paying too much for Comcast’s ‘Gigabit’ internet. Google Fiber is already in select locations in Atlanta. It’s coming soon to Nashville. In both of these markets, Comcast’s competing service, Gigabit, is priced at $70 a month with a three-year contract or $140 if you elect not to sign on the dotted line. For $70 (or $140), the company offers 1 Gbps download and 35 Mbps upload without usage caps — eerily similar to Google’s packaged offering. If you don’t live in a Google Fiber market, the $70 package doesn’t even exist.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Rdio, the now-dead music streaming service, lives on via a Spotify theme for the desktop. While it’s not a recreation of Rdio, Spotio at least makes your Spotify experience feel a lot more like Rdio. To get it, you’ll have to ump through a few hoops, but design-concious listeners may just want to do that. As Engadget points out, you’ll have to close the official Spotify app on your Mac, and make sure your settings allow downloads from all developers (as Spotio isn’t released via the Mac App Store). Then you have to delete Spotify from your Mac. Spotio may… This story continues at The Next Web

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Twitter’s dark mode has finally made its way from Android to iOS. If you’re not clear on what a ‘dark mode’ does, it’s simple: it changes your background color to a darker grey, and tweet text to white. Check it out: Rolling out today – we’re bringing night mode to iOS! 🌙 https://t.co/XxNZHQdth9 pic.twitter.com/WLwKi4H0Oe — Twitter (@twitter) August 22, 2016 To activate it, Twitter says you just need to tap the Me icon at the bottom of your screen, then the gear icon towards the top. Select ‘turn on dark mode,’ and away you go. If you ever want to… This story continues at The Next Web

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We’ve already heard plenty of rumors that Apple is introducing a curved display for the 2017 iPhone, but new reports are suggesting that this will be a third tier in the company’s product line. A report from Nikkei indicates the flagship 2017 iPhone won’t have a completely wraparound display, as previously rumored, but instead will be a 5.5-inch (or larger) model with an OLED display that curved at the sides much like the S7 Edge or Note 7 (LCD can’t typically curve, so it has to be OLED). Samsung is alleged to be the primary provider for these panels, but there’s concern over… This story continues at The Next Web

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It’s finally here: Android 7.0 Nougat is now rolling out to everyone via an over-the-air update. Here’s are the devices that can expect the update first: Nexus 6 Nexus 5X Nexus 6P Nexus 9 Nexus Player Pixel C General Mobile 4G (Android One) Also notable is the LG V20, which Google says will be the first device to launch with Nougat. We expected as much, but it’s interesting Google wouldn’t make the incoming Nexus devices the first to carry Nougat out of the box. The update is the exact same as the last developer preview, replete with 72 new emoji and… This story continues at The Next Web

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A recent study shows that Apple and Samsung are the only company making any money from smartphone sales. Cannaccord Genuity recently compiled operating margins for all major smartphone OEMs, and compared them to the company’s mobile device margins. What is discovered is that Apple is the most profitable with a 38 percent margin for smartphones. Samsung is also highly profitable with a 17 percent mobile device operating margin. Other notables — not so much. Both HTC and Microsoft run at a 22 percent loss in their mobile divisions. Even LG, which has some of the best Android handsets around, has… This story continues at The Next Web

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PlayStation Plus launched back in 2010 and since that day the price has been $49.99 for a year of exclusive content, online play, free games, cloud storage and a handful of other features. Starting next month, you’ll have to tack on an additional $10. Current subscribers aren’t going to see the new price hike until their subscription ends. Monthly subscribers won’t notice a price bump at all — there isn’t one. But for those on three-month or one-year subscriptions, expect to pay a few extra dollars once it’s time to renew. New membership prices are: $59.99 for one year (up… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple has made another move that could make iOS the de facto health platform of the future. According to a new report from Fast Company, it has purchased Gliimpse, a startup aimed at secure medical record transfers. Gliimpse allows users to gather records from various sources (like doctor’s offices or emergency care facilities), add their own documents and journal how they’re feeling. The service also offers surveys and a way to share your data to help researchers gather metadata, which dovetail nicely with Apple’s HealthKit and CareKit platforms. With iOS 10, Apple is allowing patients to request and store health… This story continues at The Next Web

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Though it’s been 31 years since its first release, Super Mario is still going strong. First, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dressed up as the iconic character, and now there’s this. Japanese YouTuber yutako55 recently created something he calls ハムマリオ or ‘hamumario’ — a version of Nintendo’s famous game made exclusively for hamsters. There’s not a lot to it. The hamster gets to run a replica of level 1-1 of the original Super Mario Bros. NES game, and we get to watch. Yutako55 is no stranger to making hamsters do weird stuff, as becomes apparent in the other videos on his channel: Viewing… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google’ dead-simple video-chatting Duo app was just released to the masses, and it’s been doing pretty well for itself. That means Allo, its text counterpart, likely isn’t very far behind. One of the big features in Allo is its private conversations, which allow for Snapchat-like timed messages. Android Police was able to get some hands on time recently with a test version of the app; this is what we know so far. First off, you lose one of Allo’s best features when you enter incognito mode, the Google Assistant. That means you won’t be able to let Google invoke context… This story continues at The Next Web

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Console manufacturer Analogue has been making waves with its Nintendo throwback systems. It sold out of the NES-based Nt console at the beginning of the year and in April, showed off a $5,000 24-karat gold NES remake. Then Nintendo stole back its thunder with the $60 NES Classic, which is a palm-sized game system for your TV that packs 30 pre-loaded games. The only bummer about it is that it won’t let you add any more titles. It seems as though Analogue took that as a challenge: Its new Nt Mini is 20 percent smaller than its predecessor, supports a… This story continues at The Next Web

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Soon after Instagram launched, things got a little bit out of hand. People around the world increasingly shared more pictures of their food and posting it to their new favorite social network. In 2016 people we’ve come to a point where even multinational corporations are making fun of us because of it. As it turns out, not everyone is taking it for granted. The video above shows the start of some kind of revolution. Apparently some people think it’s time for something else than lunch and dinner pictures flooding our feeds. Are you taking pictures of your food or messing up meals… This story continues at The Next Web

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Every time I board a plane, I’m probably the one who paid the least for his ticket. Not because of luck, but thanks to careful planning and booking. Last year, I flew from Amsterdam to Tokyo for only $370. Shocked? Jealous? Don’t be — I’m going to show you exactly how to do it, too. Airfare might seem like a complex system, regulated by algorithms designed to make sure you’re always paying the optimal price. Part of that is true — airlines are definitely trying to squeeze as many dollars out of you as possible. However, that doesn’t mean it’s… This story continues at The Next Web

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Every week we send out a weekly update with some of the best stories of the week, a few apps we like and the ‘Red faces of the week’. Sign up now to get it delivered to your inbox every week. Here’s my introduction text for last weeks issue: A few years ago my back began hurting. It eventually got to the point that I couldn’t sit in a chair for longer than five minutes. As these things go, I ended up talking to a plethora of experts, who collectively assumed the pain was stress related. So I scheduled a few sessions to talk to… This story continues at The Next Web

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The US may have won the most medals at this year’s Olympics, but Japan gets the trophy for best stage trick ever. At the handover during the closing ceremony today, where the current host nation makes way for the next city to host the upcoming Olympics, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe showed up as Super Mario. The usually quiet Prime Minister emerged from a green warp pipe that’s commonly seen in Mario games – as well as in the animated presentation that tied into his appearance, shown on the screens in the stadium. Skip to 3:36 to check it out.… This story continues at The Next Web

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What the folks in tech won’t tell you is that there are often trends that seem like a good idea on the surface level, but are detrimental when you dig deeper – especially when you place scientific support into the mix. One of these current trends is telecommuting and it’s picking up some major steam. It’s not without its merits – lowered costs for smaller offices, a cutback on transportation time, and employee happiness all being a credible example of its assets. And heck, Branson is a supporter and he isn’t wrong all too often when it comes to success.… This story continues at The Next Web

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This week, the US patent office issued 6,789 patents. Each patent adds a little something new to the human knowledge base. As we cannot list all six thousand, the PatentYogi team has selected the five most interesting patents. Facebook makes users feel more ‘at home’ Patent number: US 20160239476 Facebook is the most popular social network worldwide. In the second quarter of 2016, Facebook reached 1.71 billion monthly active users. It’s been predicted many times in the past that Facebook is going to face challenges in growing its number of users. However, Facebook has been able to beat such predications with… This story continues at The Next Web

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A year ago, I wrote about how I frequently save interesting articles I stumble upon online to read later – perhaps too frequently. My Pocket reading queue is now impossible to scroll through to the end. However, I found a Chrome extension that helps me cut that list down to size – it adds tags to Pocket items, describing how long each article takes to read. Now, there’s another handy extension that shows you the reading time for any post you come across on the Web, so you can quickly decide whether you should read it right away or save… This story continues at The Next Web

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In a bid to maintain its earnings momentum and smartphone market share around the globe, Samsung is reportedly working on a plan to sell refurbished handsets from its own brand. According to Reuters’ sources, Samsung wants to maximize its cost efficiency and keep operating margins above 10 percent. As such, it will refurbish high-end phones returned to the company by users who’ve signed up for one-year upgrade programs in markets like South Korea and the US; it will then sell these devices at lower prices. It’s unclear as to how deep the discounts for refurbished phones will be, and where… This story continues at The Next Web

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As our phones help us plug into more and more services for streaming music, navigation and messaging, it makes sense to have them power our cars’ infotainment systems. But sadly, not every vehicle supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay straight out of the factory. Sony has a neat solution: its new XAV-AX100 in-car receiver supports both standards and connects to your devices via Bluetooth, so you don’t have to carry a spare phone or worry about getting a new audio system when you switch between Apple and Android phones. That means that Android users will be able to hear their… This story continues at The Next Web

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Exactly a month from now, Samsung is shuttering its oddly-named Milk Music streaming service in the US. Samsung explained its decision to close down Milk Music in a statement: We have made the strategic decision to invest in a partner model focused on seamlessly integrating the best music services available today into our family of Galaxy devices. We believe that working with partners will accelerate innovation, enhance device sales and provide amazing new experiences for our customers. Variety noted that Samsung urged existing users to switch to Slacker’s music service, which has been powering Milk since it was first launched.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Sony is set to make an announcement on September 7 regarding the future of its PlayStation console lineup, and we may be getting the first look at what it has in store. An eBay auction is selling what is billed as a ‘new’ slimmed-down version of the PS4. the seller is only accepting cash, and in-person pickups in the UK. As Engadget points out, this is unlikely to be the Neo. It’s listed with 500GB storage, which is less ‘flagship console’ than expected. The packaging does mention some new-ish Sony stuff like VR, so unless this is a really elaborate… This story continues at The Next Web

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You may not think you need 120,000mAh of battery power, and that might be accurate. Anker’s massive new Powerhouse proved to me that I don’t really need it, but it’s better than the alternative in some cases. The device itself is — day to day — totally unnecessary. When I think about a battery pack, I’m typically thinking about those with a smaller footprint I can easily slip into a backpack or messenger bag. Anker created the Powerhouse to serve as more of a generator, and in that sense — it does its job. I recently took it camping because… This story continues at The Next Web

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