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LG’s 2018 budget phones have better specs but 2016’s displays

LG has announced the 2018 updates for its K Series of budget smartphones, with new versions of the K10 and K8 that focus on improved cameras and specs at the cost of some extremely mediocre 720p displays. The K10 — which comes in three versions: the top K10+, middle-of-the-road K10, …

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Bigelow Aerospace’s new company will find customers for its space habitats

Bigelow Aerospace — the Las Vegas-based company manufacturing space habitats — is starting a spinoff venture aimed at managing any modules that the company deploys into space. Called Bigelow Space Operations (BSO), the new company will be responsible for selling Bigelow’s habitats to customers, such as NASA, foreign countries, and …

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Caterpillar has an updated version of its thermal phone, but it costs as much as an iPhone X

Caterpillar, the construction company that’s probably best known for its bright yellow bulldozers, dump trucks, and excavators, has been dabbling in the smartphone industry for the past few years — most recently with the Cat S60, an ultra-rugged phone with a thermal camera built in. At MWC this year, Caterpillar …

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How to upgrade an iPod for 2018 with flash memory and a new battery

Apple’s iPod is probably the pinnacle of personal audio devices. Sure, Android and iOS phones can play music with their fancy streaming services and gigabytes of storage, but nothing beats the elegant style, refined design, and tactile click wheel of a classic iPod. Using an iPod in 2018 can be …

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This startup wants to use AI to prove that it knows your skin

+ A new beauty startup, Proven, is using artificial intelligence to determine the best skincare routines for people based on their skin type and needs, and all of the products will be made in-house. Amy Yuan, one of Proven’s co-founders, uses her computational physics background to build an “AI engine” …

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Pentax’s new K-1 Mark II camera can shoot at up to ISO 819,200

Ricoh announced a new camera yesterday: the Pentax K-1 Mark II 35 mm DSLR. It’s a refreshed version of the original Pentax K-1 that was released in 2016. (For those who are still using the original Pentax K-1, Ricoh is offering a limited time deal to upgrade the older camera’s …

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Amazon drops Echo Show price after YouTube fallout

The Echo Show currently costs $200, down from its original asking price of $230. Amazon is hoping the temporary sale price will convince you to overlook the fact that the device no longer supports YouTube. Google removed its popular video service from Amazon’s touchscreen smart speaker late last month, and it may never …

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Condom-detecting fingerprint test ‘set for court use’

Fingerprint technology which can detect the brand of hair gel used by a suspect or whether they have handled a condom could soon be admissible in court. The technique uses a form of mass spectrometry to detect traces of various substances within a fingerprint. It can provide “diverse information” about …

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