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Lunar XPrize extends mission deadline and adds extra milestone prizes

As well as an extended deadline, two new milestone prizes have been announced for the Lunar ...

The deadline for the Google Lunar XPrize has again been pushed back, this time to March 31, 2018. After over 10 years and multiple deadline extensions, it is hoped that this is the final delay for what has undeniably been an ambitious competition to get the first privately funded spacecraft onto the Moon.

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Three-mile asteroid is the largest Earth-buzzing object NASA’s ever seen

Measuring 4.4 km (2.7 miles) across, asteroid Florence will zip past Earth in September, making it ...

Asteroids whizz past Earth on a regular basis, and thankfully they’re usually only a few meters wide. But next month we’re due for a close encounter with a monster space rock measuring 4.4 km (2.7 mi) across, making it the largest near-Earth object (NEO) to come this close to the planet since NASA began tracking them almost 20 years ago.

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Machine gun-toting drone threatens to change combat forever

Drones with guns are coming

In 2015, a video showing a semi-automatic handgun being fired from a custom-built drone went viral, raising concerns for authorities, including the FAA. The development of such a DIY device was only a matter of time, as was the commercialization of the technology. Now Florida-based startup Duke Robotics has unveiled the TIKAD, a custom-built quadcopter that can carry and fire various military weapons, including semi-automatic rifles and grenade launchers.

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Apple Shares New Series of How To Videos Focusing on iPad and iOS 11

Apple today uploaded several iPad Pro how to videos to its YouTube channel, focusing on new features that are coming to the iPad in iOS 11. Each video is just under a minute in length and all of the videos were made in the same style — with two hands demonstrating new iPad functionality.



There are six how to videos in total, covering the following features: mark up with Apple Pencil, multitasking, document scanning and signing, file management, drag and drop, and the new dock.










iOS 11 brings a ton of new features to the iPad, essentially introducing a whole new user interface, so it’s no surprise that Apple has designed a series of videos to show off its capabilities. Some of these features, like the ones that require Apple Pencil, are limited to the iPad Pro, but others will be available on a wider range of iPads.


Apple’s new operating system update is currently available to developers and public beta testers, but should be launching to the public soon. We expect Apple to release the update in September alongside new iPhones.



For a complete overview of what’s new for the iPad in iOS 11, make sure to check out our iOS 11 roundup.

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Apple Shares New Series of How To Videos Focusing on iPad and iOS 11

Apple today uploaded several iPad Pro how to videos to its YouTube channel, focusing on new features that are coming to the iPad in iOS 11. Each video is just under a minute in length and all of the videos were made in the same style — with two hands demonstrating new iPad functionality.



There are six how to videos in total, covering the following features: mark up with Apple Pencil, multitasking, document scanning and signing, file management, drag and drop, and the new dock.










iOS 11 brings a ton of new features to the iPad, essentially introducing a whole new user interface, so it’s no surprise that Apple has designed a series of videos to show off its capabilities. Some of these features, like the ones that require Apple Pencil, are limited to the iPad Pro, but others will be available on a wider range of iPads.


Apple’s new operating system update is currently available to developers and public beta testers, but should be launching to the public soon. We expect Apple to release the update in September alongside new iPhones.



For a complete overview of what’s new for the iPad in iOS 11, make sure to check out our iOS 11 roundup.

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Chevy ZR2 takes to the desert with Hall Racing

Outside of some safety and race-required changes, the Colorado ZR2 is otherwise stock off the shelf ...

The Vegas to Reno race is the longest-distance and most gruelling desert offroad race in the United States. This year, Baja 1000 dominators Hall Racing have teamed up with Chevrolet to put a Colorado ZR2 pickup into the mix. For the most part, the truck is stock with just a handful of modifications for this competition.

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Review: Kuickwheel Serpent-C is fun and easy, but don’t get cocky

This is almost exactly the opposite of what the author looks like riding the Serpent-C e-skateboard

The idea of a small, lightweight, portable, and electrified skateboard like the Kuickwheel Serpent-C is intriguing. We can all imagine ourselves going Tony Hawk all over the place on a board that propels itself. We’d be doing that, of course, on our daily commute to work on that “last mile.” You know, to give a practical side to the deal. The reality is that most of us can’t really board that well. Not like Hawk, anyway. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun. Lots of it.

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iOS 11’s SOS Feature Allows You to Temporarily Disable Touch ID and Require Passcode

In iOS 11, Apple has added an “Emergency SOS” feature that’s designed to give users a quick and easy way to summon emergency services should the need arise. As it turns out, there’s a secondary benefit to Emergency SOS – it’s also a way to quickly and discretely disable Touch ID.



Emergency SOS is activated by pressing on the sleep/wake button of an iPhone five times in rapid succession. When the requisite number of presses is complete, it brings up a screen that offers buttons to power off the iPhone, bring up your Medical ID (if filled out) and make an emergency 911 call.






Along with these options, there’s also a cancel button. If you hit the sleep/wake button five times and then hit cancel, it disables Touch ID and requires a passcode before Touch ID can be re-enabled. Touch ID is also disabled if you actually make an emergency call.



This is a handy hidden feature because it allows Touch ID to be disabled discretely in situations where someone might be able to force a phone to be unlocked with a fingerprint, such as a robbery or an arrest. With Touch ID disabled in this way, there is no way to physically unlock an iPhone with a finger without the device’s passcode.



It’s also worth noting that there’s no real way to tell that Touch ID has been disabled in this manner. Once you hit the sleep/wake button and then tap cancel, it’s locked in the same way and with the same message that the iPhone uses when it’s been more than 48 hours since a device was last unlocked with a fingerprint.



Apple’s Emergency SOS feature will be available on all iPhones that run iOS 11. Along with disabling Touch ID, SOS can also be used to summon emergency services and alert your emergency contacts when an accident occurs.



iOS 11 is available to developers and public beta testers at the current time and will be released to the public in September alongside new iPhones.

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Best Music Apps for Xbox One

Crank up the volume with six of our favorite music apps for Xbox One.

When the Xbox One first debuted back in 2013, Microsoft drove home its focus as an “all-in-one” hub for home entertainment. While over time the console’s focus has shifted back to its gaming roots, the breadth of the platform is still evident to this day.

Some major changes have been made to the Xbox One since launch – one of those being the unification of the Xbox Store with its Windows counterpart. A compelling range of music apps has debuted on the console, offering their services as a backdrop to your gaming experience. We’ve rounded up the best music apps available on Xbox One today, all which take advantage of background audio playback.

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Spotify

One of the world’s leading music streaming services is finally available on Xbox One! Similar in nature to its PlayStation 4 counterpart, the Spotify app provides full access to its extensive music catalog, while also tapping into the defining features of the service.