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A Chinese city's police department is arming itself with more than 20 drone-jamming rifles to crack down on illegal drone flights. SEE ALSO: Use Jedi mind tricks to command this drone Police in Wuhan, central China , are going to be equipped with 20 of these rifles, which work by emitting radio signals that force the drones to land purportedly without damaging them. Image: Weibo The drone-killing rifles will be used during the upcoming 2017 Wuhan Marathon, to raise security. Image: WEIBO Wuhan police demonstrated the drone-killing rifles last week, where they shot down six drones, according to the Chutian Metropolitan Daily.  The rifles don't come cheap, at 250,000 yuan ($36,265) each, and they will have a range of roughly 1 km (0.6 miles). Image: Weibo Unauthorised drone flights have disrupted airport safety in China, as well as large-scale events, according to the Wuhan police. Earlier this year, a drone pilot in Hangzhou was arrested for flying a DJI Mavic Pro dangerously near civilian airliners. And in Hong Kong, three operators were arrested for flying a drone over a Formula E event. Operators of drones that are more than 7kg have to be licensed, according to draft law issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of China in 2015. Rules are generally more relaxed in rural China than in urban, built-up areas, but drones must keep out of restricted airspace and follow rules set by the military and the government.  The new rules also forbid deliveries made by drone in built-up, urban areas, and require all drones to register to their place of manufacture, weight and maximum altitude before they are allowed to take off. WATCH: Flame-throwing drones make for badass trash removers

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If humans do ever get to colonize Mars, it's likely some of them will want to enjoy the occasional beer. Well, Budweiser says it'd like to set up a brewery on the red planet to "officially be the first beer on Mars."

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Allbirds’s Wool Runner sneakers are a hit among tech workers. Walk the streets, halls and open offices of Silicon Valley, and you’ll notice many tech workers wearing them: Allbirds’s Wool Runner sneakers. “Wearing Allbirds is like wearing slippers everywhere,” said one startup founder, who likes the comfort they offer because of the materials used and relative lack of structure.

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Fake news writers Jestin Coler (center) and Jeffrey Marty (left) speak at SXSW. AUSTIN — A keynote offering a sometimes-uncomfortable perspective on fake news at the South by Southwest Conference here started with a pitch suggesting a different story. The description below a generic title on the conference’s website for Tuesday’s talk by Yasmin Green, director of research at Google’s Jigsaw project, implied she’d speak about countering the radicalization of at-risk audiences.

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This gym bag does more than carry your smelly workout clothes. With the push of a button, Paqsule will deodorize, sanitize and kill bacteria to keep everything inside clean and smelling fresh. The company that makes it says its PaqTech system is chemical free, and uses UV and O3 (activated oxygen) to zap bacteria. The device has a rechargeable battery with 72 hours of cleaning life, and can be used to charge your cellphone or tablet. If you want to get your hands on Paqsule, check out its Kickstarter project at Kickstarter.com. More:

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Early one Sunday morning my editor, Yahoo Finance’s Erin Fuchs, checked her personal email and was surprised to have a message from PayPal (PYPL). It doesn’t matter who you are, or what email service you use. If you have an email account, you’ve absolutely received some kind of scam, or phishing email just like my editor.

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By Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A diplomatic spat between Turkey, the Netherlands and Germany spread online on Wednesday when a large number of Twitter accounts were hijacked and replaced with anti-Nazi messages in Turkish. The attacks, using the hashtags #Nazialmanya (NaziGermany) or #Nazihollanda (NaziHolland), took over accounts of high-profile CEOs, publishers, government agencies, politicians and also some ordinary Twitter users. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has accused the German and Dutch governments of Nazi-style tactics, drawing protests from both countries, after Turkish government ministers were barred from addressing political rallies there to boost his support among expatriate Turks.

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Carvana is betting convenience will make used-automobile lots a thing of the past.

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Everyone's favorite self-driving vacuum cleaner, the Roomba, just added an Amazon Alexa integration, allowing you to communicate with your cleaning assistant with naught but your voice.

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We spoke to Facebook's AI team about "video understanding," which will one day help identify the contents of the videos you watch on the social network.

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Innovation in TV design is moving away from the dark and sleek to something a little more home-y...

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Here’s a sneak peek at what we could be driving around in 2020. The startup Nio debuted the Eve at SXSW. This futuristic self-driving machine does more than just drive – it has an artificial intelligence engine called Nomi that acts like a personal assistant, and can understand and talk to its passengers. Nio has sliding glass digital doors and an interior that displays data to passengers. The cabin is more like a living room, with reclining seats and folding tables. ...

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AUSTIN—South By Southwest’s most overdressed speaker, like many others, came to talk shop about the internet. The chief internet evangelist for Google (GOOG, GOOGL) made his first SXSW appearance as he does others: nattily attired in a three-piece suit. Cerf’s onstage interview by Susan Hassler, editor of the trade publication IEEE Spectrum (its publisher sponsored the session) touched on the internet’s future, its past, and some present and pressing issues we need to resolve.

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AUSTIN—Chris Sacca showed up at South By Southwest (SXSW) in one of his cowboy shirts and with plenty of cowboy attitude. The Lowercase Capital investor and “Shark Tank” regular spent an hour in a Saturday-afternoon onstage interview holding forth—bluntly and often profanely—on issues ranging from his problems with President Donald Trump to Uber’s self-inflicted PR nightmare to what’s wrong with startup culture. “We are in an absolute unmitigated crisis right now,” Sacca said.

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‘Middle-earth: Shadow of War’ will bring the Tolkien-inspired action to new heights. The Eye of Sauron might see everything, but even the observant dark lord himself probably didn’t see “Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor” coming. It turns out, however, that “Mordor” was just the first chapter.

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A new product called BrilliantPad will let your pooch poop inside. The company that makes it claims it’s ultra-absorbent and eco-friendly and refreshes automatically. After Fido does his business, the motorized pad dries up liquid and dissolves solids…then the system replaces the soiled pad with a fresh one. BrilliantPad is still in the Indiegogo crowdfunding stage and hopes to raise $50,000. If you have a dog that weighs less than 35 pounds, you can get in on the early-bird price of $99. This self-cleaning potty will definitely be a game changer for dogs and their owners. ...

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Airbus unveiled its new self-flying car concept at the Geneva Auto Show.

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Your computer keyboard has about 64 keys on it. That’s great for letters and numbers—but what about symbols, like these?

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Pretend you’re on three meds: Two orange pills once a day with food, one white pill three times a day, and two blue caplets every four hours. Now imagine you’re taking five meds a day, or 15. Record your meds and when you’re supposed to take them, and boom: You get notifications.

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BARCELONA — 5G wireless data is coming, and it will change everything. It will be in your house, your office and the places in between. It will not just follow your car, but speak to it. 5G wants you to be comfortable about all this, because 5G cares about you.

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Nintendo's new video game system, the Switch, isn't able to browse the internet, stream music...

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PARIS (AP) — Peppering the 8,000 pages of purported Central Intelligence Agency hacking data released Tuesday by WikiLeaks are reviews of some of the world's most popular anti-virus products.

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Meet Sedric, Volkswagen’s plan for the future of autonomous ride-sharing. With the press of “The Button” on a remote, your driverless car can both pick you up and take you to any location, or take your kids to school and pick up preordered groceries for you. The windshield will be an OLED display that will show riders information about their surroundings. No word on when we can expect to see Sedric on the streets or how much it will cost, but the thought of having a rolling assistant do your errands sounds pretty convenient. Source: https://www.engadget. ...

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Think you know everything about Tinder? Guess again.  The company is testing a secret version of its app called Tinder Select, a invitation-only service reserved for some of the app's more influential users: the really rich, really famous, really successful and, yes, the really hot. SEE ALSO: Confessions of a Tinder Tourist: The rules of right-swiping abroad Rather than separate app, the service, which was first reported by TechCrunch, is a section of the existing Tinder app that's activated when a user is invited to join. Sort of like an exclusive club within Tinder, users who are part of Select are matched with each other, though they continue to see matches from "normal" Tinder users as well, according to someone who has seen Select.  It's not clear what exactly qualifies someone to be part of Select, but it seems Tinder has curated the group pretty closely. Some users who are part of the service are able to invite others to join as well. Tinder has created features to lure more celebrity users in the past. The company introduced verified profiles in 2014. Apparently, its more famous users had trouble getting dates because people thought their profiles were fake.  "This will allow celebrities to enter Tinder in a different way," Tinder CEO Sean Rad said at the time. Now, it appears the company is looking to do even more to help famous and influential users find each other.  Tinder is far from the first dating app to court "elite" users. The League, another dating app that's only for the good-looking and successful, vets all new users based on their Facebook and LinkedIn profiles, and at times has had a waiting list well into the six digits.  It's not clear if Tinder plans to build out Select as its own offering or keep it around as a quiet experiment. A company spokesperson referred to Tinder Select as "an early test," but declined to comment further.  WATCH: Someone has invented a waterproof toupee that looks just like real hair

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., July 10, 2013. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani brought a marker to a cybersecurity conference Tuesday. The occasional advisor to President Trump had a few things to say to attendees of the V4 Cybersecurity Conference, and he needed a visual aid to get those points across.

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