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Google’s mobile app gains keyboard shortcuts, busiest hours in search results & more

Google’s native search app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad today received a pretty significant update on the App Store, bringing the app to version 15.0. People who use an external keyboard with their iPad can now use time-saving shortcuts within the app to search faster and navigate the app more easily. Other improvements in this release […]

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Will iPhone 7 camera support laser auto-focus?

Recently leaked images of a purported iPhone 7 backplate have since puzzled technology watchers, who scratch their heads over an additional hole that sits between the rear iSight camera and the LED flash. iPhones already have one hole on the back for a microphone that improves Siri reception and suppresses background noise during phone calls.... Read the rest of […]

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Evidence of gargantuan asteroid strike unearthed in Australia

A close-up of the spherules that led the researchers to suspect an asteroid impact on Earth ...

All it takes is a quick look up at the moon to understand what a violent place the early solar system was. All those craters are the results of asteroids smashing into the lunar surface. The Earth was likewise battered all those billions of years ago, but the evidence of many asteroid strikes has long been erased through topography changes. Researchers at Australian National University (ANU) though, have found clues to a massive asteroid that impacted our planet about 3.5 billion years ago, when the Earth was less than a quarter as old as it is now.

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Apple just loves China these days

Apple is having a hard time in China these days. The economy of Apple’s largest market after the US is slowing down, which led the company to sell not as many iPhones it would have hoped in the last quarter. Just as worrisome, Apple is also facing some pushback from the government, which recently shut […]

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Apple hires two wireless charging engineers from controversial startup uBeam

Jonathan Bolus and Andrew Joyce, engineers who worked on wireless charging and ultrasonic technologies for the startup uBeam, are Apple’s most recent hires. The Cupertino firm has been bolstering its wireless charging team over the past two years. News that Apple is staffing up on such experts came amid swirling rumors of wireless charging coming to the next […]

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Programmable robot trainer pitches ping-pong practice anywhere

Measuring 32 cm tall and 16 cm in diameter (12 x 6 in) at only 1.2 ...

Practice makes perfect, and many types of sports offer ways for individuals to hone skills alone on their own time. But what if your game happens to be ping-pong? A team has developed the first smart robot that provides players a programmable opponent to challenge. Trainerbot is designed to sit on a table and lob shots with complete spin, direction, and trajectory control.

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