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Boston Dynamics freaky robot dogs, now climbing stairs, may enter society in 2019

The yellow robot dogs that so unsettled people in February by opening a door for one another can now easily walk up and down stairs on their own.  Boston Dynamics CEO Marc Raibert — who founded the robot company known for building machines that mimic real animal and human movements — said Friday at the TechCrunch Robotics Sessions conference at UC Berkeley that the robots, called SpotMini, will be ready for purchase in 2019. While declining to offer a price on the 66-pound, relatively quiet, and uniquely agile robot dogs,…

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Google Chrome finally makes annoying autoplaying video shut up for good

Thank you, Google Chrome.Image: AFP/Getty Images Google just gave us a very long overdue gift: the ability to browse in silence. That’s because Google Chrome will finally mute annoying autoplaying videos by default. The update, part of Google Chrome 66, launched today for the browser’s desktop and mobile apps. SEE ALSO: Google Clips review: AI is not ready to be your photographer With the update, you’ll no longer have to manually mute sites that autoplay videos with sound. Instead, Chrome will block the videos from playing altogether (note that videos…

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Facebook is more dangerous than ever. You can make it stop

Cambridge Analytica's chief executive officer Alexander Nix. His firm recently found itself in the spotlight for misrepresenting itself and harvesting data from millions of Facebook users to aid the Trump campaign / AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRAImage: AFP/Getty Images Remember the Marlboro Man? He was a sexy vision of the American west, created by a cigarette corporation to sell a fatal product. People knew this and used that product anyway, at great detriment to themselves and those around them who quietly inhaled toxic secondhand smoke, day into long…

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LG has announced the world’s first 88-inch, 8K OLED TV

Image: LG Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. If you were planning to buy an OLED TV but nothing out there was big enough for you, LG has a treat: The world’s first 8K, 88-inch OLED display.  The TV has a 7,680×4,320 pixel resolution (that’s 33 million pixels), and that’s all LG shared in terms of specs at this point. Given that it’s an OLED, though, we can expect deep blacks,…

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Apple clarifies Control Center’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth buttons on iOS 11.2

Image: lili sams/mashable When Apple released iOS 11 with a redesigned Control Center in September, they also quietly made a change to how the shortcut buttons for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth worked. On iOS 10 and earlier, tapping them turned these wireless connections completely on and off. But on iOS 11, it merely disconnected your devices temporarily, while still allowing features like AirPlay and AirDrop to work. Apple hasn’t changed how the buttons work back to the old way, but at least it’s more clear what’s happening on iOS 11.2. SEE…

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Here’s why the iPhone X selfie camera is freaking some people out

Image: mashable  So, the iPhone X is in people’s hands now, and with it, the uber-high-resolution and incredible detail of its very good selfie camera.  So good, in fact, that some of the people using it are slightly horrified. SEE ALSO: A hands-on review of the iPhone X The iPhone X comes with Apple’s brand new TrueDepth camera on the front, which shoots selfies using a 7-megapixel camera and employs an infrared camera to capture the nuanced depth features in faces. It’s shockingly better than any other front-facing mobile camera…

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Apple fired the engineer who let his daughter film an iPhone X

Brooke Amelia Peterson, who filmed a video of the iPhone X before its release, revealed in a YouTube video that her father had been fired for letting her get the footage. Peterson’s father was a radio frequency engineer at Apple. She filmed the iPhone X in the Apple cafeteria, in the open, but no one said anything. The video went viral and Apple asked her to remove it, but her father still lost his job. In the original video, Peterson swipes through some of the new features of the iPhone…

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is coming to a PC near you on Oct. 17

The next version of Windows 10 finally has a delivery date. The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will be available worldwide on Oct. 17. Microsoft announced the drop date on Friday at the IFA event in Berlin where PC partners have been unveiling a slew of Windows 10 systems. SEE ALSO: Microsoft’s Windows 10 Creators Update is an OS done right The Windows 10 Fall Creator Update is not a massive overhaul of the popular desktop and laptop OS. (Trust us, this is a good thing.) Since the release of…

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