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These glasses can help people with disabilities use technology without their hands

Game Boy Camera and a fancy Canon zoom lens: Low-tech meets high-tech.Image: bastiaan ekeler The Game Boy Camera isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind when you think “high end.” The unusual peripheral, released in 1998, could be inserted into the Nintendo handheld’s cartridge slot to give you a lo-fi digital camera capable of capturing a 128×112 black and white image. Now, a full 20 years later, someone’s managed to make the thing work with a massive Canon zoom lens. SEE ALSO: ‘Neon Advance’ reminds us that some…

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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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Who needs texting when you can send these adorable tiny letters?

A tiny little letter, brought to you by Miniature Mail.Image: MINIATURE MAIL What’s better than receiving a letter in the mail? Receiving an adorably tiny letter in the mail, of course. Miniature Mail, a Florida-based postal company that specializes in designing and mailing customized tiny letters, is here to make your teeniest snail mail dreams come true. The “Littlest Postmasters,” as the group calls themselves, launched on May 5 in honor of National Small Business Week, and has big plans to spread cheer in a technology-obsessed world by putting a…

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Cryptojackers used YouTube ads to secretly mine cryptocurrency

Image: Peter Dazely / Getty Images YouTube is turning passive viewers into cryptocurrency miners, and Google isn’t happy. The issue became apparent earlier in the week as complaints surfaced on social media claiming that YouTube ads were raising red flags in anti-virus software. A service called Coinhive was hijacking a viewer’s CPU and using its power to mine crypto. SEE ALSO: CryptoCelebrities are the newest irritating kid on the blockchain A Friday blog post from Trend Micro, an international cybersecurity company, confirmed the sharp uptick in Coinhive use earlier in…

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Here are the 2017 innovations that changed the world

Image: Morgan’s Inspiration Island; eSight; Petit Pli; Manu Prakash/Stanford 2017 may have been a rough year, but there were plenty of inventions, innovations, and gadgets that made the world just a slightly better place. From global health to social justice to humanitarian aid, a slew of scientists, technologists, and activists came together this year to create impactful solutions to some of our most pressing problems. SEE ALSO: 9 incredible ways we’re using drones for social good In no particular order, here are 30 innovations that made a tangible difference in…

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Pineapple Christmas trees are the newest trend sweeping Instagram

This Christmas, there’s one sweet trend that’s giving the boring old pine tree a run for its money.  The pineapple Christmas tree trend made its holiday debut on Pinterest this holiday season, and soon caught the attention of many Instagram users sparking a new holiday tradition.  SEE ALSO: Upside down Christmas trees are trending, and the internet is outraged Instead of cutting up your pineapples for a quick snack, consider propping them up on top of a table or desk and dangling a few lights, ornaments, and a cute pair…

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Firefox Quantum is finally here, and you really should give it a chance

Image: mozilla Mozilla’s latest browser — Firefox Quantum — is lightning fast, sleek, and ready to handle all six zillion of your tabs after almost two months in beta.  SEE ALSO: Loyal to Google Chrome? Firefox Quantum might change that. Nick Nguyen, Firefox’s vice president of product, told Mashable his biggest fear: Will the Internet full of Google Chrome-enthusiasts give it a chance?   “My biggest fear is that people won’t try it,” he said. “It’s like any release — you do this to make people’s lives better. If people…

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We can’t tell if Boston Dynamics’ new SpotMini dog is cool or creepy or both

Boston Dynamics is the mad robot scientist of our waking dreams. Every few years, they unveil a new robot horror…er…innovation that straddles the fine line between “so realistic its incredible” and the uncanny valley. Its latest robot dog, the SpotMini, which the company casually introduced with this new video, is easily Boston Dynamics most finished looking robot. The company offers no explanation for four-legged, all yellow creation besides an enigmatic “Coming Soon.”  What we can tell you is that this little guy appears to have more personality than all its…

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Travel in the most narcissistic way possible with this suitcase face cover

Image: firebox.com Let’s face it — most suitcases look the same, which makes keeping track of them while traveling quite the hassle. Forget investing in those pesky luggage tags that easily fall off or trying to set your boring black suitcases apart from the crowd with colorful ribbon. Head Case — a new travel case that literally puts a giant picture of your head onto your suitcase — is here to ensure everyone knows your bags belong to you. SEE ALSO: So, this guy checked in a single can of…

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