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Amazon just surprised everyone with a crazy speaker that talks to you

It's called Echo, and it's shipping 'in the coming weeks'<p>Well this one came out of nowhere: Amazon is building a speaker that's controlled with your voice. It's called Echo, and Amazon tells <i>The Verge</i> it will be "shipping in the coming weeks." Available on an invite-only basis to start, Echo is …

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Twitter Bot Helps Chicago Officials Find Dirty Restaurants

The bot led to 133 restaurant inspections and 21 shutdowns in a 10-month period.<p>Those <i>moules frites</i> you had at the French bistro last night were delicious, but now you're feeling kind of funny. Worse than funny. Actually, you're trapped in your bathroom, suffering from food poisoning. Who are you …

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Swarm of 1,000 Kilobots cooperates like an ant colony

An autonomous team of swarming robots is the first of its kind on such a scale.<p>Each individual Kilobot doesn't look like much: just a few centimetres in diameter, on three almost comical matchstick-like legs. Powered only by a pair of coin batteries, they move by vibrating, shuffling forward on …

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The Drew League Dunk Contest was better than most NBA Dunk Contests

A split!<p>I guess when a Dunk Contest includes a dude called "Airdogg," it better be something special, but these highlights from the Drew League (Los Angeles) Dunk Contest are pretty spectacular:<p>Among the best: An under-the-legs, some spins exceeding 360 degrees, jumping obstacles of increasing …

The Alienware 13 is the smallest and lightest gaming laptop in Dell's lineup

Y'all remember the Alienware M11x, right? That compact, netbook-sized gaming laptop with the glowing keyboard that made it look like a spaceship? Anyway, Dell discontinued it back in 2012, only to release several big-screen machines the following year. Well, it looks like someone at the company saw …

Three Ways To Protect Yourself From Hackers

Another day, another data breach. At least that’s what it feels like after the data firm Hold Security made public its discovery that a gang of Russian hackers has made off with a cache of 1.2 billion user name/password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses. As reported by the New …

Eaze launches an Uber for marijuana

We can’t imagine why, but some people who buy medical marijuana may feel too lethargic to pick up the product at a store. Fortunately, technology was made for these kinds of problems.* And a startup called Eaze has a solution. With just a few taps from your thumb, you’ll have a friendly caregiver …

This Site Lets You Check If A Hotel’s WiFi Sucks Before It’s Too Late

There are lots of things that review sites should rank hotels on, but don’t. Is it known for bed bugs? Is the “heated pool” only heated during summer when the sun is out? How many ghosts live there? How fast is the WiFi?<p>This site won’t help you with all of those, but it <i>will</i> help you with that last …

Maingear Pulse 15 gaming laptop arrives in 8 colors

A new svelte laptop for gamers is available from Maingear, and with it comes Intel and NVIDIA hardware under the hood. This is a smaller, more …

Threat of Data Breaches Creates Lucrative Opportunities in Cybersecurity

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Cybersecurity is a hot industry. The need to protect our digital infrastructure and sensitive data is at an all-time high.<p>Cybersecurity regulations and policies are evolving quickly as the frequency and magnitude of targeted cyber-attacks …

New technique could boost internet speeds tenfold

The problem with TCP/IP<p>Data is sent over the internet in "packets," or small chunks of digital information. The exact format of the packets and the …

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