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If you're looking for a fun activity to add to your Memorial Day plans, here's an easy one: look up. According to NASA , Mars will be making its closest approach to Earth since 2005 on May 30th, coming within 46.8 million miles of our planet. DON'T MISS:  The definitive guide to not updating to Windows 10 Although Mars has been appearing brighter than usual in the night sky since May 18th and will continue to do so until June 3rd, this Monday night at around midnight will be the best time to catch it at its largest (providing you're in an area where you can actually see the night sky). Here's a chart of the planet's progress: As NASA explains, because of the elliptical nature of the orbits of Earth and Mars, as well as the gravitational pull of other nearby planets, the shape of their orbits is constantly in flux. In other words, not all close approaches are the same, which is why we won't see an approach as close as we did in 2003 until 2287. Also, if you see any Facebook posts about Mars looking as large as the moon, don't fall for it. NASA warns that if Mars were to ever get that close to Earth, we'd all be in a whole heap of trouble. And finally, if for some reason you can't find Mars in the sky tonight (or just can't be bothered to go outside), know that an even closer approach will occur on July 31st, 2018 — just a little over two years from today.

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UK Creative Ideas Limited (UKCI) has signed an agreement with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to launch the new .ART domain. .ART, which launches in fall 2016, is an internet domain dedicated to serving the arts and culture communities to enhance the art industry's presence online. "Our goals are to support existing museums, galleries, artists, auction houses and others in protecting and enhancing their brands, to inspire new organizations to build on .ART real estate, and to make domain names available to younger players to the art scene whose names are no longer available in other TLDs and want to immediately be identified with the art world," said John Matson, CEO of UKCI.

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Asus continued unveiling new products at the Computex trade show in Taipei on Monday, with three 2-in-1 hybrids -- the Asus Transformer 3, Asus Transformer 3 Pro and ZenBook 3. The Asus Transformer 3 is sleek and thin, at just 6.9mm thick, with a 12.6-inch screen and a screen brightness of 450 nits, making it a good option for outdoor use. It boasts a 9-hour battery life on a single charge, and comes with a full-size backlit Transformer Sleeve keyboard as well as a glass touchpad.

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We’re not done mourning Hodor yet, but the Game of Thrones universe doesn’t just simply stop. Each character has new adventures to deal with, adding to the plethora of plots and subplots the viewer has to keep track of to make sense of everything in the Seven Kingdoms. HBO just aired episode 6 of its most popular TV show and we're going to dive into it right here. But stop reading right now if you haven’t seen it yet, as major spoilers will follow . DON’T MISS: Asus has a Retina MacBook clone that’s thinner, lighter and faster than Apple's The episode naturally picks up where The Door left off. We’re following Bran, who’s processing the vision gained from the now-dead Three-Eyed Raven, and he wakes up in shock next to Meera, who has no idea how to defend them against the horde of White Walkers following close behind. It’s right then that a knight comes to the rescue. Right in the nick of time, Benjen Stark returns to kill some of the White Walkers and save the two teenagers. Benjen disappeared a while ago – this is why all the subplots in Game of Thrones are so important – and he has returned to save the new Three-Eyed Raven. That would be Bran, if it wasn't clear enough from last week’s episode, and he will play a significant role in defeating the undead in the upcoming conflict. Benjen explains that the Children of the Forest prevented him from turning into a White Walker by sticking a piece of dragon glass into his heart. But essentially, he too is living dead. Samwell, Gilly and Little Sam finally arrive home at the Tarly's where we get to meet Sam's father. Randyll Tarly appears to be a ruthless lord, one who’s not very proud of Sam, his first-born son. He's not even considering an attempt at improving they're relationship, especially after finding out that Gilly is a wildling. But Gilly does clean up quite nicely. Sam doesn’t defy his father in the presence of others, in order to ensure that Gilly and Little Sam have a home. But Sam decides to leave his family for good, and he takes his new family with him. On the way out, he grabs the Heartsbane, the family’s Valerian sword that should be passed along to him according to tradition – but something his father had just vowed not to do. Meanwhile in King’s Landing, we were expecting the ultimate confrontation between the High Sparrow's men and the Lannisters and Tyrells. Fighting doesn’t break out, though, as the High Sparrow announces there will be no walk of atonement for Margaery. That’s because he appears to have brainwashed her into embracing religion. In turn, the Queen manages to convince her husband, King Tommen to follow her lead. Not only does the High Sparrow wins this battle, but he gets a powerful ally, a king who appears to be willing to do anything for his beloved queen — even if that means stripping Jaime off his rank of head of the Kingsguard and sending him to help Freys take Riverrun. As much as some people might hate the Lannisters, the High Sparrow might be a bigger danger at this point. Jaime wants to deal with the Sparrows with the help of Bronn and his assassins, but it’s Cersei who convinces him to wait and instead show his strength in the Riverlands. Speaking of Riverrun, Walder Frey desperately wants it back, and his sons appear to be incapable of conquering it from Brynden Tully. Frey plans to use Lord Edmure Tully as leverage – remember the Red Wedding – to beat the Blackfish he desperately hates. Elsewhere, someone else has unfinished business. Queen Daenerys is still not over her wish to have Westeros for herself. She meets up with Drogon and delivers a powerful speech to the Khalasar while riding the menacing dragon. It all sounds spectacular, but it’s pretty much what we’ve seen before from Dany, time and time again. The Mother of Dragons does motivate the Dothraki to follow her, and who would dare to resist her? In one hilarious turn of events, at least for the viewer, it’s Daario, her lover and bodyguard, who tells her she’ll need more than 1,000 ships to move her powerful army across the sea. We all know that Euron Greyjoy wants to build such a fleet and offer it to Dany. Finally, we can't but wonder what Arya will be up to in the coming episodes. She apparently can't become no one, or at least that's what she realizes after watching the satiric version of the death of the Lannister King she hated in a play. She can't kill Lady Crane, as ordered, and she probably figures out she won't like wearing a different face for the rest of her life. The Faceless Men will no doubt haunt Arya, as the Waif is given permission to chase and kill her. It's clear, though, that Arya isn't done surprising us, as she recovers Needle along with her identity as a Stark. GIF animations above courtesy of BingeWhale .

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Asus' mammoth GX700 — a gaming laptop with a separate water-cooling station that allows for some ridiculous overclocking shenanigans — blew our minds when it was unveiled last fall, and now it's getting a younger sibling. Asus is keeping the GX800's specifics close to the vest for now, the same strategy it employed when the GX700 was unveiled.

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Big leaps in engine tech (gas and electric) mean sharper clips and fewer headaches.

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There are now even more options for capturing shots worthy of a highlight reel.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Students from an all-female arts college in Philadelphia attended a conference for video game developers last year and, without even trying, they stood out.

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It might be Memorial Day in the United States but half way around the world, Computex kicked off early with a big press conference hosted by Asus. The company had a number of interesting announcements in store for attendees, including a sleek MacBook clone and a new smartphone that pulls off a stunning design feat not even Apple can manage with the iPhone 7. But the new Zenbo home robot may have been the company's most intriguing announcement on Monday, offering users an adorable interactive machine that's smarter than any dog or cat. Also of note, it doesn't poop or scratch up your furniture. DON'T MISS:  iPhone 6s and Galaxy S7 faced off in a drop test and it was brutal Zenbo is a small robot that putters around your house on wheels, combining key features from a tablet, a smart home hub and a home speaker like the Amazon Echo into a single device that's far more huggable than any similar robot we've seen. The robot's face is actually a large display that shows all sorts of information when it isn't being occupied by Zenbo's eyes and mouth. According to Asus chairman Jonney Shih, Zenbo can connect to a wide range of smart home devices and follow you around so that voice-powered controls are always within reach. A lack of mobility is the biggest problem with devices like Amazon's Echo, and Asus has seemingly solved it. The screen also adds a whole new dimension to the experience — for example, when someone is at your front door you can see a video feed from a connected camera right on Zenbo's face. Seeing is believing, so here's an 11-minute video of Zenbo in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz5bWCna5uM Asus hasn't yet announced anything along the lines of a release date but at $599, Zenbo will be more affordable at launch than rival devices. More info is available on Asus's Zenbo site .

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The truck-size metal container sitting in a downtown park here isn't meant to raise awareness about the global shipping industry, though it may nudge some people's curiosity in that direction.

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Hodor is gone, but we hardly have any time to mourn losses on Game of Thrones . The show is moving at a very fast pace, as there are plenty of converging subplots to follow — that’s why not all our favorite characters get screen time in every episode. There’s simply no room to expand on all the story lines in just under 60 minutes, but the closer we get to the end of the sixth season, the more action we’re bound to see. Without spoiling last night’s episode for you, we can tell you that war is looming in the Seven Kingdoms. At least that’s what the fresh trailer of episode seven, due to air on June 5th, suggests. But spoilers are coming below , so avoid the new trailer if you haven’t seen episode six yet. DON’T MISS: The iPhone 7 might actually be in trouble For starters, Jon Snow and his sister Sansa have an army, or at least part of one. The wildlings seem to be ready to fight for the Starks and help them take back Winterfell from Ramsay. Meanwhile, Jaime Lannister is going to The Riverlands to take on Blackfish, but Jaime can’t be too happy about what’s been happening at King’s Landing. Thankfully, Bronn is back to help Jaime with whatever he’s set out to do, and we're thrilled to see him return. A third conflict will see Yara and Theon attempt to take over the Iron Islands from the newly anointed king Euron, who plans to make the Iron Islands great again. Ser Davos brilliantly says that “the real war is between the living and the dead, and make no mistake, the dead are coming,” suggesting that all these conflicts might pale in comparison to what's coming. The full trailer for episode seven, titled The Broken Man , follows below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pq-97rH6P_8

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There’s no question about it, Samsung’s Galaxy S7 is one of the best Android phones money can buy this year. But Asus has come up with a phone that’s not only cheaper than Samsung’s newest flagship, it also packs crazy hardware and specs that should offer an amazing performance. The new Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe has specs so impressive that it could easily power up an ultraportable laptop. We’re looking at 6GB of RAM and up to 256GB of built-in storage – and before you ask, yes, it's the same kind of speedy flash memory that’s found inside Samsung’s Galaxy S7. And yes, you can further expand it via microSD storage. Better yet, Asus seems to have discovered the secret recipe for fixing the worst thing about the iPhone's design: The company has crafted an all-aluminum design that removes the ugly antenna lines from the equation. DON’T MISS: The definitive guide to not updating to Windows 10 The phone is touted as the world’s first full-metal smartphone that packs an invisible antenna design. That’s certainly true – just check out the following image and you’ll notice there are no visible antenna lines on the back. The Zenfone 3 Deluxe has a "strong and light aluminum alloy unibody" with a "rear surface free of unsightly antenna lines." Not even Apple is ready to phase out the annoying plastic antenna bands on the back of the iPhone. The iPhone 7 is believed to have an improved antenna design – instead of four antenna lines on the back we’re only going to have two of them along the top and bottom edges. You can see the new design in this leaked photo , which is likely our first look at a real iPhone 7. The new Zenfone also comes with an always-on display, high-resolution speakers and a hybrid SIM slot. The 64GB version will cost you $500, but pricing for the 256GB model is yet to be announced. Even so, the new Asus phone may be an even better choice than the Axon 7 that ZTE surprised us with a few days ago. Keep in mind that Samsung has a 256GB microSD card about to be made official, which means the best Zenfone 3 Deluxe version could pack an amazing 512GB of fast storage. If you’re not looking to spend top dollar on new Android hardware, you should also know that Asus has more budget-friendly new handsets in store, part of the same Zenfone 3 family: the Zenfone 3 and the Zenfone 3 Ultra.

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Officials of Bangladesh Bank may have been involved in a brazen theft of $81 million from its account with the New York Federal Reserve Bank in February, the head of a government-appointed panel investigating the cyber heist told reporters on Monday. Hackers broke into the computer systems of the Bangladesh central bank and issued instructions through the SWIFT network to transfer $951 million of its deposits held at the New York Federal Reserve Bank to accounts in the Philippines and Sri Lanka. Most of the transactions were blocked but four went through, amounting to $81 million, sparking allegations by Bangladeshi officials that both the Fed and SWIFT had failed to detect the fraud.

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Coaching isn't just for sports. A little outside help can bring big improvements to your team.

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Computex Taipei 2016 comes at a time when there's wider interest in the PC and computer hardware industry than there has been in many years. Taiwanese company Nvidia has just launched the GTX 1080 and 1070 GPUs amid a flurry of hype, much of which is down to the fact that you need a powerful PC to run virtual reality headsets like the Vive from compatriots HTC. VR is likely to be a major theme at this year's Computex, with HTC making an unexpected appearance after years of skipping the show.

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Apple's own iPhone battery case is an acquired taste, as you can see in the photo at the top of this post. The problem is that some people will never acquire that taste. And on top of its odd look, the case is also very pricey at $100, plus it has a small battery compared to other options out there. Speaking of other options, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s owners in search of a new battery case should check out the  iXCC 3100mah External Battery Backup Charging Case for Apple iPhone 6/6s , which is one-third the price of Apple's battery case with 65% more capacity. Here's what you need to know: The powerful 3100mAh Li-polymer rechargeable battery pack can effectively provide 100%+ extra battery life to your iPhone 6 / 6S, which is equivalent to add 14 + hours talk time or 10+ hours web browsing time. Without adding excessive extra bulk, iXCC new fully protective hard-shell battery case protects your Apple iPhone 6/6S from scratches and any other daily wear and tear. While maintaining the slim form factor of your iPhone6 /6S, this phone case is small and convenient enough to fit easily in your hand or in your pocket. Featuring sync-through technology that you can sync your iPhone 6/6S to a laptop or desktop without having to take the new battery case off. Simultaneously charge your iPhone and battery case via the included micro USB cable. The LED battery level indicator lets you know exactly how much power you have; and a softer side that safely holds your iPhone while providing easy access to all buttons and ports. Certified by Apple MFi program, compatible with ios 9 and all future updates. Two years warranty from iXCC to ensure the product quality work the way you need to. This sleek iPhone battery case from iXCC is  just $33.99 on Amazon , and that includes free Prime shipping.

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Apple devices aren't impervious to threats against your data. Here are 5 more methods for keeping your information safe.

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Leveraging their leadership and technology skills, vets are joining one of the fastest-growing industries.

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Computex has already shifted into high gear with Sam Byford in Taipei covering the action live all week long. Asus kicked things off early with a MacBook killer and a trio of nice looking phones as part of its “Zenvolution” event.

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Asus has somehow worked around the iPhone's most glaring aesthetic shortcoming, beating competitors like HTC, Huawei, and Meizu in producing a "full-metal" phone with completely discreet antennas. Alongside the 5.7-inch Deluxe, Asus today also unveiled the 6.8-inch ZenFone 3 Ultra, which resides firmly in phablet territory while also matching the invisible antenna design. Both devices have 1080p displays and an enviable 79 percent screen-to-body ratio, so Asus has truly done its utmost in terms of design measurables.

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