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LONGER flights burning MORE fuel can CUT planes’ climate impact
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Boffins show how airlines can choose between CO2 emissions or heat capture British scientists have suggested that the world’s airlines could cut their climate impact – by flying further and therefore burning more fuel.…

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Google's Voice Search will now understand English spoken in an Indian accent
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English speaking Indians can now find answers on the web more quickly and efficiently with Google’s Voice Search. The company over the past one year claims to have made several improvements to better recognise the Indian accent. Google’s Voice Search feature is available on all devices running Android 2.3 or higher, on iOS devices via […]

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Samsung releases new 4K TVs great and small
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Samsung has announced six new 4K TVs which include an 85-inch screen, a curved series, and a selection of smaller sized televisions.

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Get a DeathAdder gaming mouse and $50 Steam credit for $69.99
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Pump up your aiming accuracy with this top-rated ergonomic mouse, which typically sells for $50 all by itself.

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Google's Nest Thermostat talks to your car, washing machine
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Nest Labs opens its platform so the smart thermostat and smoke detector can communicate with other appliances and apps. And Intel shows off a walking, talking 3D-printed robot anyone can build and program.

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The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of Battlefield</em>
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An anonymous reader writes: Ben Kuchera at Polygon recommends against buying the upcoming Battlefield Hardline first-person shooter. Not because it’s bad — in fact, he doesn’t really offer an opinion on how good the game is — but because it’s time to stop incentivizing poor behavior from Electronic Arts and its Digital Illusions CE development […]

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FAA Bans Delivering Packages With Drones
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An anonymous reader sends this report from Ars Technica: The Federal Aviation Administration has said that online shopping powerhouse Amazon may not employ drones to deliver packages, at least not anytime soon. The revelation was buried in an FAA document (PDF) unveiled Monday seeking public comment on its policy on drones, or what the agency […]

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Oculus buys the design firm behind the Xbox 360 controller
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As Oculus continues its long grind from early prototype to refined developer kit to eventual consumer product, the company has spent a small portion of its Facebook billions to acquire Seattle’s Carbon Design Group. Gamers may not know Carbon by name, but they probably know the design house’s work on the ubiquitous Xbox 360 gamepad, […]

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Three great walls would end tornado threat on the Great Plains
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NASA It’s often said that everyone complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it. In one of the more unusual physics papers I’ve come across recently, Temple University’s Rongjia Tao suggests we could change that. He used the International Journal of Modern Physics B to suggest what might be called the Game of […]

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