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The massively popular game is doing little for Nintendo's woeful bottom line, but a plane has circumnavigated the globe without a drop of fuel -- and lots more on this week's podcast.

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The app-enabled interactive art exhibits play with the idea of nature in digital spaces, from kaleidoscopic butterflies to exploding koi.

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The Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences and Samsung are pooling their considerable resources in order to build a connected health and lifestyle platform that will interact with everything from smart TVs to wearables in order to help people make healthier choices. As more and more areas of our lives -- from the homes we live in to the cars we drive -- become more connected and quantifiable, the opportunities to harness this connectivity for increased well-being and greater individual choice, awareness and control when it comes to health are also growing. It's an era where the data from smart sensors and devices in our daily life such as mobile phones, wearables, and smart refrigerators can help us to understand our nutrition and activity and to guide us towards a healthier lifestyle," said Young Sohn, President and Chief Strategy Officer, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd of the new partnership.

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Panasonic Corp said on Friday it would raise up to 400 billion yen ($3.86 billion) in corporate bonds, partly because it needs to bring forward its investment in a Tesla Motors Inc battery factory. Panasonic plans to respond to brisk demand for the electric car maker's upcoming Model 3 sedan, Senior Managing Director Hideaki Kawai told reporters after the company reported earnings. "In the near term, strategic investment (from the money raised) would be mostly in Tesla's Gigafactory. There is a need to speed up investment," Kawai said. ...

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Researchers at MIT have created a database of annotated sentences written by non-native English speakers, the university announced in a press release Friday, in an effort to improve the ways in which computers process written or spoken language. Most natural language processing (NLP) technology is based on machine learning, whereby computers identify patterns in large datasets. The problem, though, is that these systems are based on standard English, and therefore might not be able to pick up on the quirks and subtleties of non-native speakers.

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The summer of 2003 was a difficult one for many of Japan's citizens, as they suffered the after-effects of 10 years of economic stagnation — a period that became known as "the lost decade." But there were beacons of hope to be found in the country: one in the shape of a horse wearing a Hello Kitty mask. The horse, called Haru Urara (the name means "glorious spring"), never won a race, but came to be seen a symbol of spirit, a reminder to try your hardest even if you don't succeed. Haru Urara's story is told in The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere, a short documentary filmed as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series, and shown previously at events like Sundance and SXSW.

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After years of struggles from its phone division, Sony has finally figured out how to break even: by shrinking everything dramatically and benefiting from favorable exchange rates. At this point last year, Sony was reporting a profit four times larger and was, overall, doing much better than it is today, albeit hamstrung by smartphone losses. The good news now is that, with a ¥400 million ($4 million) profit, Sony’s mobile division is actually accretive to the company’s fortunes.

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Want to enhance your home audio setup? Do it with this week's prize, a compact, feature-rich sound stand that goes under your TV, rather than in front of it.

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Japan's Sony Corp on Friday said operating profit fell in its first quarter by 42 percent, less than analysts had estimated, as the electronics maker trimmed the impact of earthquake damage to one of its image sensor factories. Profit reached 56.2 billion yen ($542.7 million) for April-June, versus 96.9 billion yen in the same period a year earlier. The firm maintained its full-year profit forecast of 300 billion yen, a 2.0 percent rise over the previous year.

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PARIS (Reuters) - AXA on Friday said it had forged a global partnership with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and its Ant Financial Services unit to distribute the French insurance group's products and expand in China. "Thanks to Alibaba’s unrivaled knowledge of its home market, this partnership will also help us further accelerate our development in China, where we are already the number 1 international insurer," Thomas Buberl, deputy chief executive of Axa said in a statement. (Reporting by Astrid Wendlandt; editing by Richard Lough)

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Technically Incorrect: During her speech at the Democratic National Convention the candidate digs at her rival's tweeting complex. It turns out to be her most retweeted moment.

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp reported a smaller first-quarter loss helped by restructuring and cost cuts, although overall revenue suffered a steep decline. Sharp said its April-June operating loss was 2.5 billion yen ($24 million) compared with a loss of 28.76 billion yen a year earlier. That was roughly in line with a Thomson Reuters Starmine SmartEstimate of a 2.1 billion yen loss drawn from four analysts. ...

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Back in May, AMD unveiled its Radeon RX480, which became the cheapest VR-capable graphics card available. The 470, which is designed for 1080p gaming and video streaming, can reach up to 4.9 teraflops of power, has a memory bandwidth of up to 211 Gbps, and has 4GB of GDDR5 memory. The 460, which is meant for the vaguely defined purpose of "e-sport gaming," reaches up to 2.2 teraflops, has a memory bandwidth of up to 112Gbps, and either two or 4GB of GDDR5 RAM.

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By Krishna N. Das and Serajul Quadir DHAKA (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has asked the Philippines' central bank to help Bangladesh Bank recover the $81 million that was stolen by hackers in February from its account held at the Fed, boosting Dhaka's efforts to retrieve the money. In a letter sent on June 23, the New York Fed's General Counsel Thomas Baxter asked Elmore O. Capule, general counsel for the central bank of the Philippines, "to take all appropriate steps in support of Bangladesh Bank's efforts to recover and return its stolen assets." In the letter, which has been seen by Reuters, Baxter also wrote that the payment instructions that led to four money transfers to beneficiary accounts at the Manila-based Rizal Commercial Banking Corp (RCBC) were authenticated using a "commercially reasonable security procedure", but that they were issued by persons using stolen credentials.

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Something incredible happened last week during the Republican National Convention. No, it wasn't when Ben Carson tried to convince America that Hillary Clinton was in league with Lucifer. It also wasn't when "You Can't Always Get What You Want" blasted through the Quicken Loans Arena following Trump's acceptance speech, as an absurd number of balloons tumbled from the sky. The most celebrated moment of last week was the return of "Stephen Colbert." MUST SEE:  Marvel fans show us how ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ really should have ended I put "Stephen Colbert" in quotes because it wasn't the CBS late night talk show host we saw last week — it was the character from The Colbert Report that we'd all assumed had been retired as soon as Stephen left Comedy Central. As it turns out, Viacom (the company that owns Comedy Central) had also assumed the character was dead, and wasn't too happy to see it resurrected on another network. Viacom's lawyers got in touch with CBS's lawyers to express their disapproval, so on Wednesday night, Stephen finally retired "Stephen Colbert." Thankfully, "Stephen Colbert" has a twin cousin named "Stephen Colbert" who wants to be a permanent correspondent for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert . There are some subtle differences between the two characters (the old "Stephen" went to Dartmouth, the new "Stephen" applied to Dartmouth), but at a glance, they appear to be just distinct enough to appease the lawyers. You can meet the new "Stephen Colbert" in the segment below, which also features a familiar Comedy Central segment with a slightly different name: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvkFkzpVYJ4

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Most Galaxy Note 7 rumors so far have indicated that Samsung is going to launch a single phablet version, and when it comes to design, it won't be a flat-screen model. Reports claimed that Samsung is only looking to sell a Galaxy Note 7 edge model this year which would feature a dual edge display, just like the Galaxy S7 edge. However, more recent leaks suggested that a flat Galaxy Note 7 might be in the works , or that Samsung at least considered one. A brand new report, however, says that the phone will have a dual edge screen, but it’ll be a “barely-curved” display. DON’T MISS: This is when you’ll finally be able to buy the iPhone 7 At least that’s what TalkAndroid ’s source claims, who has already used a “consumer-ready” version of the phone. Apparently, Samsung is “heavily toning” the edges down for the Galaxy Note 7, having heard concerns from potential buyers. An almost-flat display for the Galaxy Note 7 is certainly a feature many people will appreciate, assuming the report is accurate. The display is still tipped to measure 5.7 inches and will be protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The bezels seem “almost nonexistent” and the phone is “thicker than the Galaxy Note 5 but doesn’t feel like it in the hand.” The extensive report also says the phone will pack the same edge-related software features found on the Galaxy S7 edge, and that the new Note will also have an Always On screen. The S Pen is getting a massive makeover, the report notes. The stylus will receive great new features, including acting as a magnifying glass and a translator. It’ll also have special note-taking features that would work with the Always On display. The software on the Galaxy Note 7 would look pretty much like what we’ve seen in existing leaks. There’s “lots of white, a new status bar, and rounded app icons.” Also interesting is the fact that the phone will come with 5GB of Samsung cloud. Apparently, Samsung is also ready to play the cloud game. One other cool software feature concerns battery life. Samsung will let you scale down the screen’s resolution to 720p to save juice, the report notes. Other Galaxy Note 7 features the source revealed include USB-C port, complete with a microUSB adapter, Galaxy S7-like front and rear cameras, an iris scanner that’s “pretty quick,” 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. The Galaxy Note 7 won’t be compatible with current Gear VR models, so a new one would be launched alongside it. The smartphone should be launched in black, silver, blue, and gold. In all, the Galaxy Note 7 should be “the best of everything Samsung has ever offered,” according to TalkAndroid ’s source. Let’s just hope all this information is accurate.

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WhatsApp retains and stores chat logs even after those chats have been deleted, according to a post today by iOS researcher Jonathan Zdziarski. Examining disk images taken from the most recent version of the app, Zdziarski found that the software retains and stores a forensic trace of the chat logs even after the chats have been deleted, creating a potential treasure trove of information for anyone with physical access to the device.

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