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Nikola Tesla's contributions to modern technology can't be overstated, and the fact that some of his original designs are so darn cool to look at is really just icing on the cake. But even he probably never imagined a world where his resonant transformer, better known as a "Tesla coil," could be turned into a wearable weapon. DON’T MISS:  How to enable the secret emoticon keyboard hiding in your iPhone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fTC_Ud_k3U Popular YouTuber SmarterEveryDay was doing a segment on Nikola Tesla when he tracked down someone who is probably the biggest Tesla fan on the face of the planet. His name is Cameron Prince, and not only does he run an impressive website dedicated to Tesla, he also has some homemade versions of Tesla's designs, like a nine-foot Tesla coil that sounds like it could destroy a city. But as impressive as the rest of Prince's collection is, the real star of the show is his portable Tesla gun, which he built from a design created by a friend. It's basically a Tesla coil designed to be held in your hand, and it draws power from a huge, water-cooled backpack that's crammed with electrical bits. The gun itself has a built-in display and control panel, and there are various settings to play with that affect the size and range of the electricity it spews forth. It's an extremely intimidating piece of hardware, though as the video shows, the bolts of handheld lightning it produces aren't actually all that dangerous. Prince himself notes that the current of the gun is low enough that it shouldn't cause any problems with vital human functions like heartbeat, though it's still probably a good idea not to try such a thing at home. In fact, don't try anything you see in this particular video, ever, just to be safe.

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Netflix has a big, flashy action movie in time for the holidays. The streaming giant is set to release Spectral — a fantasy movie about Delta Force soldiers going up against ghosts — next week on December 9th, and it just released the film’s first trailer. It’s odd that there’s been little fanfare for this film from Netflix, although the company only just acquired the movie from Legendary Pictures last month.

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President Barack Obama issued an executive order which prohibits China's Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund from acquiring the U.S. business of German semiconductor equipment maker Aixtron , the Treasury Department said on Friday. The White House said it was blocking the deal following an assessment done by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, an inter-agency task force led by the Treasury Department. Aixtron has said that the deal would be called off if the U.S. president opposed it.

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Ever since AT&T announced that it was launching a $35 TV plan with unlimited mobile streaming for AT&T customers, the FCC has been all over the company's case. In a first letter , the FCC laid out its problems with AT&T's "zero rating" policy and how it violates the principle of net neutrality. In a response, AT&T said (paraphrasing a little here) "nah, we thought about it, but it's all good." The FCC's response? Not so fast. DON'T MISS:  Apple says iPhone battery problem a result of too much air In a letter seen by  Ars Technica , the FCC takes issue with AT&T's zero-rating of data for DirecTV, saying that AT&T's "practices inhibit competition, harm consumers, and interfere with the 'virtuous cycle' needed to assure the continuing benefits of the Open Internet." At stake here is AT&T's policy of "zero-rating" data used to stream its new DirecTV Now service. AT&T customers streaming DirecTV Now over AT&T's network won't use their data cap to do so, something that AT&T has been selling hard in adverts for its new service. But preferring one kind of data over another undermines the key tenent of net neutrality, which is that all data should be treated equally. T-Mobile already walks a fine line with its "Binge On" policy, which allows users to stream shows from services like Netflix and YouTube without it counting against data. The only saving grace for T-Mobile is that the plan is free for content providers; YouTube and the like just have to work with T-Mobile to make sure their data is optimized for mobile streaming. In the case of AT&T, there's no free offer for other providers. AT&T says that DirecTV pays for any mobile data used to stream DirecTV shows, but the FCC strongly disputes that claim. In the letter seen by  Ars , the Commission lays out its concerns: "We estimate for purposes of illustrating our concerns that an unaffiliated mobile video service provider would have to pay AT&T $16 a month to offer zero-rated service to a customer who uses just 10 minutes of LTE video per day, increasing to $47 for a customer using 30 minutes per day," the FCC wrote. "These costs alone would represent 46 percent to 134 percent of DirecTV Now's $35 retail price, against which third parties will be competing for AT&T Mobility customers, and would be borne in addition to all other costs of providing service by the unaffiliated provider." In other words: no way is DirecTV Now paying the full wholesale price for that data. This isn't the final decision from the FCC. The Commission has requested more concrete data from AT&T by December 15th in order to finalize its review. But whatever the FCC says right now probably won't matter. President-Elect Trump will have control, at least through appointments, over the FCC, and his telecommunications advisers are strongly anti-net-neutrality and against the very existence of the FCC. This may well be a calculated move by AT&T to run out the clock on the Obama administration until the new regime takes charge.

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The Android Mediaserver is back in the critical column for vulnerabilities. Get the highlights of the November 2016 bulletin.

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Apple's decision to charge $19 for a charger and then $19 for a cable to plug in has had the effect you'd expect on the world: everyone just buys knockoff chargers off Amazon instead. But although most chargers you buy off the internet will work just fine most of the time, a series of recent tests have shown that there's real danger to having a fake charger plugged in at home. DON'T MISS:  Here comes the OLED iPhone 8 The UK Trading Standards Institute, a consumer protection group,  ran a series of basic electrical safety tests on fake chargers bought online and found in stores, both from the UK and around the world. The results weren't good: of the 400 counterfeit Apple chargers bought online, 397 failed a basic safety test conducted by the UL laboratory: "Several tests were conducted including an electrical strength test in which high voltages are applied to the units to see how much voltage will flow between the input and output. If the current is above the threshold the unit is determined to have insufficient isolation with potential for electric shock. Only three of the 400 passed." So that doesn't mean the chargers will definitely shock you; rather, if a power surge hits your house, it's likely to fry your phone at best, or cause a fire at worst. This isn't some kind of impossible bogeyman, either. We see pictures all the time of people who have been burned by faulty batteries or chargers while charging their smartphones overnight, and the Galaxy Note 7 debacle is a good reminder of how much damage a low-voltage electrical device can do. The Trading Standards test also examined second-hand chargers by looking in thrift stores and markets around London. Of 3,000 chargers tested, 15% were found to be unsafe in some way. On the plus side, that's orders of magnitude better than a fake charger bought online; bad news, a 15% chance of electrical fire still isn't "safe." To avoid buying a counterfeit charger or accessory, you might want to take a look at Apple's guide to spotting fake products. The company has an entire support page dedicated to telling the difference between fake cables and the real thing. It’s also worth mentioning that there are two different standards to look for here. Apple produces and sells its own iPhone accessories, but it also certifies third-party accessories (although not the standard USB-to-Lightning cable!) under the “Made for iPhone” program. Under the terms of that agreement, manufacturers pay a licensing fee to Apple to use the Lightning port and Apple’s proprietary design and circuitry. That makes accessories more expensive, but it also makes them far more likely to work correctly. The MFi logo should be found on the packaging of any officially certified accessory, like battery chargers, cases, docks or speakers — basically, anything that attaches to your iPhone. There’s one exception to this, though — Apple doesn’t certify any USB-C to Lightning cables, so any of those with an “Made for iPhone” logo is guaranteed to be fake. As for spotting counterfeit cables against the genuine Apple product, there’s plenty of details on Apple’s site . “An Apple Lightning to USB cable has “Designed by Apple in California” and either “Assembled in China,” “Assembled in Vietnam,” or “Indústria Brasileira” on the cable about seven inches from the USB connector. You’ll see a 12-digit serial number at the end of this text.” When it comes to the wall chargers themselves, the most important thing to look for are the UL and CE markings that those testing bodies put on devices, and to buy from a reasonably reputable source. You don't have to buy the genuine, made-by-Apple product; just make sure you're buying a charger that's been appropriately tested, puts out 2.1A of current, and doesn't have strange writing on the side.  

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If you're using your mouse's scroll wheel to scroll down this page, you're doing it wrong. In an interview with IGN, Jack McCauley, a co-founder at Oculus who claims to have invented the scroll wheel, said that the ubiquitous feature is "not used in the way that I intended it to be used." He said that the scroll wheel was designed to let users interact in new ways with their computers and move along the X and Y axis. The scroll wheel has proven to be an invaluable asset on the mouse, making it easy for users to get up and down a page.

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The breakup of Hideo Kojima and Konami — the creator and the publisher of the action-espionage video game franchise Metal Gear — was long, messy, and complicated. Kojima’s squad — which includes The Walking Dead actor and would-be Silent Hills star Norman Reedus — rolls deep.

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Amazon wants Alexa in as many products as possible, so it’s partnering with Intel to make it easier for manufacturers to incorporate the voice assistant into their devices. The two companies announced plans yesterday to release reference designs for a connected speaker within the first quarter of 2017, which will provide manufacturers with a plan to follow when making a new device. Amazon opened up its Alexa API around a year and a half ago, and in the time since then, product manufacturers have integrated Amazon’s assistant into various devices, including watches, tablets, and even singing fish.

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DJ Earworm's annual tradition of cramming all of the year's biggest pop songs into one undeniably catchy mashup continues with United States of Pop 2016 , which just debuted on YouTube. The video, which clocks in at just under four minutes, features no fewer than 25 song samples. MUST SEE:  The Galaxy S8 might not copy the iPhone 7’s best feature after all https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XL8CpaE5T34 If you're interesting in the song list, here's everything that's featured in the new mix: Bruno Mars - 24K Magic Calvin Harris and Rihanna - This Is What You Came For D.R.A.M. and Lil Yachty - Broccoli Desiigner - Panda DJ Snake and Justin Bieber - Let Me Love You DNCE - Cake By The Ocean Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla - One Dance Fifth Harmony and Ty Dolla $ign - Work From Home Flo Rida - My House Justin Bieber - Love Yourself Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling! Lukas Graham - 7 Years Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MØ - Cold Water Mike Posner - I Took A Pill In Ibiza Rae Sremmurd - Black Beatles Rihanna - Needed Me Rihanna and Drake - Work Sia - Cheap Thrills The Chainsmokers and Daya - Don't Let Me Down The Chainsmokers and Halsey - Closer The Weeknd and Daft Punk - Starboy Twenty One Pilots - Stressed Out Twenty One Pilots - Heathens Twenty One Pilots - Ride Zayn - Pillowtalk What you'll notice right out of the gate is that there's all kind of Twenty One Pilots in this year's mashup, and that's because the band had a ridiculously successful year. The Chainsmokers and Rihanna are also featured multiple times throughout the course of the mix. Earworm has been doing these year-end mashups since 2008, and it's become a bit of a tradition to relive the year's most popular songs via his all-encompassing mixes, so sit back and relive 2016 in under four minutes.

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As I ate eel for lunch today, I found myself wondering what eels themselves ate. Plants, probably. Maybe seaweed. Wrong. I should have known better. After all, eels are basically the snakes of the sea, and snakes eat more than plants. Snakes are carnivores and eels are, too; they consume microscopic creatures called plankton. Yes, the humble garden eel and the majestic blue whale eat the same thing. Unlike the blue whale, eels don’t flow through the water, swallowing water and mourning beautifully. ...

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Ixia , a U.S. provider of equipment and applications that help maintain computer networks, is a potential sale, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The company's move comes as the ever increasing volume of data traffic flowing through social media, smart phones and cloud computing tests the resilience and integrity of networks, making offerings such as those of Ixia more popular. Ixia is working with an investment bank on a sale process that is already underway and has attracted the interest of other companies and private equity firms, the people said, asking not be identified because the negotiations are confidential.

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A few weeks ago we wrote about the B.S. Detector plugin . It's a handy little tool that automatically produces a hard-to-miss pop-up tooltip whenever you're about to click on a site from a questionable news source. It arose due to the flood of fake news stories that seem to breed on Facebook, and now, rather than rolling out steps to prevent its fake news epidemic, Facebook took the extraordinary step of banning links to the plugin. Then they unbanned it. DON'T MISS:  Here’s how much money your cable company actually loses when you unsubscribe B.S. Detector's creator, Daniel Sieradski, suggested on Twitter that Facebook banned links to the plugin initially due to a report by TechCrunch that erroneously suggested that the social network itself was producing the fake news flags for some individuals. Apparently some B.S. Detector users forgot they had the plugin installed and thought the little red warning boxes were a product of Facebook itself rather than the plugin. https://twitter.com/selfagency/status/804737519720038400?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Shortly thereafter, links to the plugin began producing a notification whenever the link was pasted in. The "Message Failed" error claimed that the link was "blocked by [Facebook's] security systems," but offered no further clarification of exactly why the link was being banned. Sieradski took to Twitter to voice his feelings about the peculiar ban, and predicted hours ahead of time that Facebook would shortly unban the link and then issue a statement claiming that it was an error or an automated process. https://twitter.com/selfagency/status/804766814995673096 With the link now unbanned, Sieradski is already half right, though Facebook has yet to issue a statement on the incident. The social network has also not announced any concrete steps it's taking to stem the fake news flood in the first place, though CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said that efforts are currently in the works.

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When giving a demo, make sure you keep the focus on your software, site, and message—not your apps, bookmarks, and extensions.

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Apple products: they just work, unless you hold them wrong, or apparently, they're exposed to too much air. DON'T MISS:  Here comes the OLED iPhone 8 Facing a growing numbers of iPhone 6s devices randomly shutting down due to battery problems, Apple has instituted a free repair program for some devices. In a message on its Chinese site (spotted by Business Insider ), the company explained what it thinks caused the battery issues in the first place: "We found that a small number of iPhone 6s devices made in September and October 2015 contained a battery component that was exposed to controlled ambient air longer than it should have been before being assembled into battery packs. As a result, these batteries degrade faster than a normal battery and cause unexpected shutdowns to occur. It's important to note, this is not a safety issue." In true Apple style, the statement goes on to remind people that if their iPhone is breaking, it's probably the fault of the dumb humans: "We also want our customers to know that an iPhone is actually designed to shut down automatically under certain conditions, such as extremely cold temperature. To an iPhone user, some of those shutdowns might seem unexpected, but they are designed to protect the device’s electronics from low voltage." Thus far, Apple says the problem is only limited to a select group of iPhone 6s devices. You can go check your phone's serial number on an Apple webpage , which will tell you if you're eligible for a free repair. If you do qualify, your best bet seems to be to make an appointment at the Apple Store. According to reader reports we've been hearing, the repair is performed as a one-hour in-store procedure, but it will take a few weeks for the battery to come in to the store, even if you have Apple Care. According to Apple, the battery fault only affects some iPhone 6s models produced between September and October 2015. However, the China Consumers Association has said  that Apple needs to take further measures, as the battery problem affects other iPhone versions, including the iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. There’s also a theory going around on the internet that the problems are being caused by iOS 10.1.1, and are not limited to the iPhone 6s. Apple has been adamant that this is a limited hardware problem, but it is possible that iOS 10.1.1 has a bug that's causing battery draining or abrupt shutdowns as well. Apple has steadfastly avoided addressing that possibility so far.

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Starting today, you can stream 4K content from Hulu on Xbox One S and the PlayStation 4 Pro. But the selection of shows and movies available at launch is pretty underwhelming compared to rivals Netflix and Amazon Video, who’ve both been offering 4K for some time now. Hulu’s first batch of 4K includes the company’s lineup original shows and 20 James Bond films. So while that’s pretty good news for 007 fanatics, well, it doesn’t do much for everyone else. Hulu Originals (11.22.63, The Path, Chance, etc. ...

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Anyway, fast-forward almost 20 years and my obsession with human-made climate change has just gotten worse, as has climate change itself. Keep talking to people who don’t believe climate change is the biggest threat facing our future. It’s a great way to keep up with the latest climate change news and meet the people who are working in the field, doing research and making stuff happen.

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This week AT&T announced that it would give special treatment to DirecTV’s new streaming service by excluding it from AT&T customers’ wireless data caps. Ever since we started writing about net neutrality, we’ve argued that zero rating is a bad, anti-competitive idea that in the long run will hurt consumers, though it may appear like a huge consumer benefit in the short-term. Now we know the FCC seems to agree, based on letters it sent today to Verizon and AT&T about their zero rating and sponsored data programs.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will meet later on Friday with the head of a presidential commission aimed at strengthening the nation's cyber defenses, the White House said. Asked about the panel's upcoming report, White House spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters he could not preview any of its recommendations but that Obama and panel chairman Tom Donilon would discuss cyber security efforts during the meeting. (Reporting by Eric Walsh; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Matthew Lewis)

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Jon Stewart earlier this week appeared at a "Times Talk" event to help promote a new book which outlines the history of The Daily Show  during the Stewart era. During the event, Stewart opened up and didn't mince words as he laid into Trump and the overall sorry state of the media in 2016. Indeed, with the recent U.S. Presidential election being one of the most bizarre and contentious elections in recent memory, Stewart's willingness to call out BS and hypocrisy across both sides of the political divide was sorely missed over the past few months. While Stewart made a few cameo appearances here and there, there's truly no substitute for Stewart going in full-throttle on a particular topic. DON'T MISS:  NES Classic and Hatchimals might actually be in stock at one store this weekend That said, Stewart's appearance at the New York Times sponsored event was something of a breath of fresh air as the iconic comedian spoke freely about Trump and the media's role in helping to create what was nothing short of an embarrassing, albeit entertaining, circus of an election. Of particular interest is that Stewart completely bashed the notion that all of Trump's supporters must be racist to a certain degree. Indeed, one of the more common refrains that some on the left have raised in the wake of the election is that Trump voters are either openly racist or tacitly approve of a racist assuming power. Stewart explained (via a transcript provided by The Huffington Post ) why he thinks this point of view is nonsensical. Not everybody that voted for Trump is a racist. I don’t give a f*ck what any of you say to me. You can yell it at me, you can tweet it at me. They’re not all racists. Or they’re not giving tacit support to a racist system … We all give tacit support to exploitative systems as long as they don’t affect us that badly. Interestingly, Stewart also touched on how many of the 9/11 first responders he's met over the past few months are unabashed Trump supporters. A sh*tload of them voted for Trump. The same people that voted for Trump ran into burning buildings and saved whoever the f*ck they could no matter what color they were, no matter what religion and they would do it again tomorrow. So, if you want to sit and tell me that those people are giving tacit approval to an exploitative system ― I say, ‘OK, and would you put your life on the line for people who aren’t like you? Because they did.’ I get mad about this stuff. Make sure to hit the source link below for Stewart's full thoughts on Obama and what he thinks the next 4 years might look like.

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Facebook is reportedly working on a feature resembling Snapchat’s Discover for the social network’s News Feed. According to Business Insider, Facebook has “approached media and entertainment companies” in recent weeks for potential inclusion in the new feature, which would highlight curated content from partners directly in the News Feed — giving prominent exposure to stuff your friends might not be sharing or liking organically. This upcoming News Feed section will be called “Collections” according to the report.

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In two letters sent to AT&T and Verizon yesterday, the FCC writes that sponsored data plans from the telecom giants are a threat to net neutrality. In AT&T’s case, the FCC writes that, despite protests from the company, its sponsored data program “strongly favors AT&T's own video offerings” while damaging the opportunity for other video services to compete.

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The last time Rolls-Royce let the world in on its upcoming SUV codenamed “Project Cullinan,” it was testing out the all-wheel drive platform using a freakishly modified Phantom. Now, some 20 months later, we’re getting the first glimpse of the actual SUV that will go up against the Bentley Bentyaga for the title of the most luxurious vehicle that can take you and the kids on a Whole Foods run. If you think Project Cullinan looks like a slightly bigger Phantom, that’s seemingly what Rolls-Royce was going for.

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While it was nice to see a bunch of great games and their developers recognized on Thursday night during The Game Awards, you probably tuned in primarily for the world premiere trailers. And once again, those trailers did not disappoint. E3 might be the premier annual video game event, but with twelve never-before-seen trailers, The Game Awards certainly gave the summer event a run for its money. Below, we've gathered all twelve trailers for your convenience. DON'T MISS:  Every PS4, PS3 and Vita game you can download for free in December Rocket League - Starbase ARC First up we have the trailer for the next Rocket League update, which is scheduled to roll out on December 7th. We're getting a new arena, a new premium Battle-Car, a custom training feature and the ability to set arena preferences: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cF9Y6FgkEZs Bulletstorm: Full Clip Bulletstorm didn't make much of a splash when it launched in 2011, but it has since become a cult classic of sorts. If you missed it the first time around, you're going to get a second chance to play it when the remaster drops in 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDtv9fImfNw Death Stranding Hideo Kojima has enlisted a couple of A-list actors for his latest insane project. We still have no idea what Death Stranding is, but we want it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2Hy96sOnq8 Guardians of the Galaxy Telltales Games is making a Guardians of the Galaxy adventure game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Koy_e_ipwng Dauntless An action RPG from a studio made up of Blizzard, BioWare, Capcom and Riot Games veterans, " Dauntless is an online co-op action RPG set in a savage science-fantasy world where up to 4 players (Slayers in the Dauntless universe) work together to hunt down ferocious beasts called Behemoths": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6FjLGqB-uc LawBreakers LawBreakers is an online FPS from Cliff Bleszinski's new studio Boss Key Productions. A beta is coming early next year ahead of the game's launch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bu_GA-a0OgM Prey Arkane Studios has been working on Prey for years and year, but based on this new gameplay trailer, it looks like the game might finally be ready: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81Ofcp8Pp_U The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Nintendo, please don't wait too long to release Breath of the Wild . We'll all be devastated if it's not ready in time for the Switch release in March: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Na1cIOmfBlU Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment A new campaign for indie darling Shovel Knight : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRwP0P5j05g Halo Wars 2 That Halo strategy game is getting a sequel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Adh46ky_-WI The Walking Dead: A New Frontier The third season of Telltale's groundbreaking (and heartbreaking) The   Walking Dead adventure game series. Clementine is back with some new friends: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PO5g0vVPlM Mass Effect: Andromeda Our first look at gameplay from Mass Effect: Andromeda . It doesn't look much like a Mass Effect game, but it does look absolutely incredible: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOIzH6UcoW4

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The Path Breath and Fat Band is a new set of devices that claim to help users lose weight by giving them a detailed analysis of their metabolism. The set, which just launched on Kickstarter, is comprised of a wearable bracelet and a breath-analyzing device. The device monitors oxygen and carbon dioxide levels to estimate the user’s 24-hour metabolism, or, more precisely, when they’re burning fat.

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