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IDC: Smartwatch sales decline for the first time

The Apple Watch saw a sharp year-over-year drop in sales, according to IDC estimates, but it still leads in overall smartwatch market share.

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Harry Potter's invisibility cloak just took a big step towards becoming real

Harry Potter fans, take note: Scientists have made an object "disappear" using a cloaking device similar in many ways to the invisibility cloak imagined by author J.K. Rowling.

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IBM just found a way to turn toxic old smartphones into medical-grade plastic

The technology industry's e-waste problem isn't expected to go away anytime soon, but IBM just made a discovery that could help.

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Escaped robots, 'electronic persons' and safety threats, oh my!

There's been a compelling story in the news over the past week or so about a robot that apparently longs for freedom. Last week it was filmed disrupting traffic in Russia after it reportedly escaped the confines of its laboratory home; this week, reports suggest that it has escaped a second time, and may be dismantled as a result.

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Now when you play the 'world's smallest violin,' everyone can hear it — thanks to Google

There's no better way to express mock sympathy than by playing the "world's smallest violin," but the sad song you mime can now actually be heard.

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BeagleBone board gets long-overdue Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities

Before Raspberry Pi rocked the world, a board called BeagleBone was the development computer board of choice among makers looking to create cool gadgets.

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This ping pong robot can be programmed to be the perfect partner

Practice makes perfect. But for a collaborative sport like ping pong, it’s not always easy to find the perfect partner, so two brothers solved this problem by building the “Trainerbot.”

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Oculus software update breaks Revive hack, locks games down to only Oculus VR hardware

The update breaks a hack that allowed Oculus games on non-Oculus headsets, but is the company really reneging on a promise, as some have suggested?

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Someone got Windows 95 running on an Apple Watch, because of course they would

Windows 95 on an Apple Watch isn't exactly practical, but it looks like a fun way to relive the 90s on your wrist.

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New crowdfunding campaign wants to bring Amazon's Alexa to smartwatches

The crowdfunded CoWatch aims to put Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant on your wrist.

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Microsoft adds Android Wear support to Outlook for Android

The latest update lets you view notifications, read new emails, and reply to messages from the comfort of your wrist.

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Record-breaking Kickstarter darling Coolest Cooler asks backers for more money

The Coolest Cooler Kickstarter project is looking for help to deliver 36,000 coolers to backers.

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Sphero’s BB-8 can be your screening buddy for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Sphero BB-8 gets a “Watch With Me” mode to react in sync with the film.

Augmented reality gets practical: Here's how Hololens could transform car buying

Microsoft's Hololens promises to merge the real and virtual worlds in ways that haven't been possible before, and on Thursday morning, it demonstrated one way the gadget could transform the way we buy cars and just about any other major product.

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Segway succeeds in stopping hoverboard imports to U.S.

Many hoverboards are now banned from entering the United States amid patent disputes.