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The 2019 Acura MDX can be yours for $44,300, with new A-Spec variant

Previous Next Earlier this year at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, Acura revealed a new addition to its growing line of A-Spec-equipped models in the form of an MDX with the treatment. But if you were followed this year’s show, you probably didn’t notice since the new MDX A-Spec model kind of flew under the radar as it was overshadowed by the reveal of a new RDX and its A-Spec version. Now, the 2019 Acura MDX gets its moment to shine as the new model-year MDXs hit showrooms…

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Pilot’s sneaky puff on his e-cigarette causes chaos on passenger plane

A copilot’s decision to enjoy a puff on his e-cigarette caused chaos during the flight and ended up costing him his job. The incident happened last week during an Air China flight from Hong Kong to Dalian, a city about 300 miles east of Beijing, the South China Morning Post reported. To prevent the e-cigarette’s vapor from reaching the cabin, the co-pilot thought it would be a good idea to switch off the ventilation fan. But he accidentally shut off the air-conditioning system instead. The mistake caused oxygen levels in…

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The MediaTek A-series aims to bring premium features to budget phones

Qualcomm may have recently unveiled its 700-series chipsets, but the competition is just heating up. MediaTek is unveiling a new series of chipsets too — the MediaTek A series. It has also announced the first product in the new series — the MediaTek A22. Like the Qualcomm 700-series, the A-series is targeted directly at companies building so-called “affordable premium” devices — or devices that aren’t as expensive as flagship phones, but still boast many of the same features. To that end, MediaTek says the “A” stands for “Advanced.” Under the…

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This high-end Android smartphone only costs $250 for Amazon Prime Day

Previous Next The Essential Phone, from the creator of Android, is getting an insanely good discount thanks to Amazon’s Prime Day. The phone initially cost $700 when it was announced late last year, but the price quickly dropped to $500. Now, you only have to shell out $250 to own one — but the deal ends when Prime Day ends on Tuesday, July 17. #PrimeDay Alert: Amazon is offering Essential Phone at the unbeatable price of $250! Help spread the good word by RT'ing this and you'll be entered to win…

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Aston Martin’s cars figuratively fly. The Vision Volante does it literally

Previous Next Aston Martin has joined the race to put flying taxis in the skies above the world’s most crowded cities. The British company introduced a futuristic design study named Volante Vision at the biennial Farnborough Airshow that illustrates what the vehicle might look like when it embarks on its maiden voyage. The announcement describes the Volante Vision concept as a hybrid-electric aircraft with vertical take-off and landing capabilities. Think of it as a giant drone developed to carry passengers. It offers space for three adults arranged in a triangular…

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AirSelfie’s second-gen selfie drone with better flight time is now available

AirSelfie debuted its original drone of the same name more than a year ago, and now the company is back with a follow-up. The AirSelfie 2 was first shown off at CES 2018 in Las Vegas earlier this year, but now the improved device is finally available for purchase. The new drone builds upon the original design, upgrades the camera from five to 12 megapixels, increases the camera’s field of view to 85 degrees, and improves battery life by 50 percent. If you’re a selfie addict, the AirSelfie2 might be the…

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FCC proposal could help Google Fiber roll out to more cities

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering a proposal that would eliminate bureaucratic red tape and speed up the delivery of gigabit internet from providers like Google Fiber. Called the one-touch make-ready (OTMR) system, the proposal could accelerate the deployment of broadband services and 5G by requiring new service providers do the work of moving existing lines on utility poles if they want to add their own lines. The change would make it easier for new providers to enter a market. Under the current system, if a new provider…

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Servers cause issues for ‘Fortnite’ Summer Skirmish Series event

[embedded content] Everything had been smooth sailing for Epic Games’ Fortnite over the last couple months, with astronomically higher player-counts and cultural pervasiveness we haven’t seen since Pokémon Go launched, but the game’s latest esports tournament probably wasn’t what the company was hoping for. The Summer Skirmish Series is an eight-week event mixing together “community creators” and particularly skilled Fortnite players, with $8 million in prize money up for grabs. It began with a duos tournament consisting of 50 teams battling it out in battle royale mode, with $50,000 going to…

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Trek now lets you build your bike, right down to the paint job

Previous Next With the Tour de France in full swing, major cycling brands are unveiling new super bikes as they continue to push the envelope in terms of weight and performance out on the road. Not to be outdone, Trek joined the fray by taking the wraps off of its new Madone SLR and SL models, which bring improved geometry, a smoother ride, and the option for either rim or disc brakes. But perhaps even more intriguing to cyclists is a new program that the company has launched that gives riders the option to…

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Spider silk could be used to create artificial skin to help heal wounds

Unless your name is Peter Parker, you may not be aware of quite how versatile spider silk is as a material. In fact, aside from spinning webs, spider silk can also be used for a plethora of applications — from improving the quality of microphones in hearing aids to forming incredibly strong-yet-lightweight shields to forming microcapsules for delivering anti-cancer vaccines. Now researchers from Sweden and India have come up with yet another novel use for spider silk’s unusual mix of strength and elasticity: Creating artificial skin and wound dressings for…

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