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{FD} Robot helper: Pepper’s latest gig is at the Smithsonian

Pepper’s latest gig is at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. It’s hiring 25 of the diminutive droids to assist at several of its locations in the capital, with visitors encouraged to interact with the friendly robot. Continue reading

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{FD} SpaceX in the clear over ‘Zuma’ spy satellite disaster, report suggests

So what exactly happened in January of this year when a SpaceX mission ended in failure with the loss of the “Zuma” spy satellite? Investigators reportedly have the answer, and it absolves SpaceX of any blame. Continue reading

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{FD} As the HomePod hits stores, Apple shares tips to get the most out of it

Apple’s long-awaited HomePod smart speaker is finally here, and to ensure new owners get the most from it, the tech giant has posted an official user guide offering lots of useful tips and tricks. Continue reading

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{FD} Alexa loses her voice in Amazon Super Bowl tease starring Jeff Bezos

Can Alexa really lose her voice? Is Amazon about to launch a new version of its Echo-based digital assistant? Can Jeff Bezos act? Watch Amazon’s Super Bowl ad teaser for the answer to at least one of those questions. Continue reading

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{FD} Pepper the robot fired from grocery store for not being up to the job

Pepper recently started work in a grocery store as part of a trial to see how a robot might benefit customers. While popular with some shoppers, Pepper’s apparent limitations showed it still has some way to go. Continue reading

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{FD} Drone ban: FAA adds to the list of places where you can’t fly your bird

The FAA has banned drone flights over nuclear sites … not that you were thinking about flying your machine over such a facility, of course. Violators face criminal charges, the FAA confirmed. Continue reading

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{FD} Drunk droning: New Jersey aims to get tough on sloshed drone pilots

New Jersey lawmakers are going after drone owners who fly their machine while drunk. A bill to punish the behavior may become law next month, a little late for festive drinkers unwrapping their brand new quadcopter this Christmas. Continue reading

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{FD} Missing plane: US firm in talks to use its tech to help find MH370

Malaysia Airlines’ Flight MH370 went missing in 2014. Despite a huge search effort, the passenger plane has never been found, but now a U.S. firm is hoping to use its underwater technology in a renewed bid to locate the aircraft. Continue reading

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{FD} This ‘inflatable space yacht’ could be orbiting the Moon by 2022

Las Vegas-based Bigelow already has one of its inflatable space habitats attached to the space station. Now it wants to send one to the moon to aid astronaut training and act as a base for missions far beyond. Continue reading

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{FD} SpaceX is getting really good at launching and landing recycled rockets

SpaceX is getting really good at launching and landing used rockets, achieving the feat for the third time this year on Wednesday. CEO Elon Musk said he wants to cut the turnaround time for reflights from months to just 24 hours. Continue reading

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{FD} Dubai’s ‘space simulation city’ aims to pave the way for life on Mars

Dubai in the UAE is planning to build a huge “space simulation city” in the desert so scientists can develop life-supporting systems on Mars. Last year the UAE said it wanted to build a city on the red planet within 100 years. Continue reading

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