Apple teases HomePod challenger to Amazon Echo and Google Home

June 6, 2017

The HomePod drives hands-free with Siri voice requires and will cost $349 and come out this December in the U.S ., UK and Australia . Image: karissa buzzer/ mashable We just got our first look at Apple’s long-awaited Amazon Echo rival. Following months of rumors and gues about the Siri-powered home speaker, Apple eventually confirmed the device, announced HomePod, during WWDC in San Jose. SEE ALSO: Apple’s next move: Siri…

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These jellyfish-like balloons are delivering internet to people affected by Peru floods

May 19, 2017

One of Project Loon's balloons.Image: alphabet/project loon During natural disasters, the ability to communicate with loved ones and get basic information is vital. But communication infrastructure is often one of the first things to be knocked out by high winds, massive rain, and flooding especially in remote and rural regions. Massive jellyfish-like balloons traveling at the edge of space, however, are making that problem a thing of the past. SEE…

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Bjrk would really like Bill Gates to clean the oceans. Can you do that, Bill?

May 11, 2017

Image: Carlos Tischler/REX/Shutterstock If Bjrk sings in the forest and no one’s there to Instagram it, well, everything’s going great. The legendary musician outlined a pretty simple tweak she’d like see in human behavior to Pitchfork and suggested occasionally taking a breather to check out some trees and “do shit” instead of scrolling through Facebook. “Maybe there are a lot of kids now who dont know how to walk in…

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OnePlus 5 confirmed for launch this summer

May 6, 2017

The OnePlus 3T replaces the the OnePlus 3, which was released less than six months ago.Image: lili sams/mashable The smartphone you should be talking about is coming. The OnePlus 5, the successor to the OnePlus 3T, the best phone most people have never heard of, but hopefully have because you read Mashable obsessively, will launch this summer. SEE ALSO: OnePlus 3T in Midnight Black is the phone Batman’s been waiting…

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Primitive Technology: Water Powered Hammer (Monjolo)

April 30, 2017

YouTube channel Primitive Technology built this water powered hammer called a “Monjolo”. It’s used for pulverizing materials into powder and the one in the video was built as a proof of concept. It’s the first machine he’s built using primitive technology that produces work without human effort. Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/primitive-technology-water-powered-hammer-monjolo/

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‘Digital wellness lady’ wants students to unplug or at least look up

April 23, 2017

Put down the phone.Image: bob al-greene/mashalbe Step into the Center for Digital Wellness and you’ll likely hear people chatting and that’s about it. Because that’s what the Wi-Fi disabled room at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, is for re-connecting and interacting with your fellow humans no screens, gizmos, or gadgets in the way. You might find the center’s founder, Sylvia Frejd, a minister and counselor by training, in the conversation…

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