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Lego Boost teaches kids to bring blocks to life with code

If you've ever wished your childhood Lego creations could come to life, your dreams are now closer to reality. Lego has just unveiled a new subbrand called Boost which promises to do just that. The base set contains a combination of sensors, motors and a unique companion app that teaches kids how to code...

Sevenhugs made a smart remote that’s truly universal

Those "universal remote controls" that control just your home entertainment center? They might need a new name. Meet the Sevenhugs Smart Remote, which not only controls your TV, but also your Nest thermostat, your Philips HUE lights, your Sonos speakers and, well, nearly 25,000 different connected devices. Not only that, but thanks to infrared,...

Shark bites boy wearing “shark-repelling” magnetic armband

Zack Davis started surfing when he was a kid, and never had problems with sharks in that time. But he’s now recovering from a shark bite, after getting bitten for the first time while wearing his new shark repelling armband which he got for Christmas. Now his mum wants a refund, after she...

It’s okay to mourn celebrities and care about world issues at the same time

Flowers are laid beneath a mural of David Bowie in Brixton on January 11, 2016 in London, England. My grandmother's funeral was quiet. I was young, so I can recall only a sliver of that day in Melbourne, but I do remember the silence. In places like Australia, the public tradition of mourning is...

Frank Sinatra to George Michael on coping with fame: “Swing, man”

After he became a global phenomenon, George Michael considered retirement to get away from the demands of fame, telling the L.A. Times' Calendar magazine that he planned to reduce the strain of his celebrity status. One Frank Sinatra wrote in, exhorting him to continue cultivating his talent... September 9, 1990 Dear Friends,...

Beer infusions are taking the humble pint to new levels

Beer infusions lining the wall. SINGAPORE — If you're bored of the same old options when you head out to the bar, more and more adventurous tipple makers are experimenting with new concoctions to grab millennial drinkers. With new artisanal preparation styles and hard-to-find ingredients, these twists on classic drinks are turning them into...

9 times ‘Planet Earth II’ was the greatest show of 2016

@bbcearth'Planet Earth II' was definitely one of 2016's high points. LONDON — It's already been demonstrated on multiple occasions that awesome footage of nature combined with David Attenborough's dulcet tones is perhaps the key to unlocking true happiness. Planet Earth II, the six-part BBC documentary that aired in November, was no exception to this...

Facebook ‘lurking’ is making you unhappy and here’s what to do about it

LONDON — Another study has proved what we already knew but didn't want to admit — Facebook 'lurking' is making you miserable. A new study by the University of Copenhagen has revealed that regular use of social media such as Facebook can harm your emotional well-being and overall satisfaction with life. The study also...

Facebook says government requests for data went up in 2016

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the keynote address at the F8 Facebook Developer Conference in San Francisco. Around the world, governments submitted more requests for data on Facebook users in the first half of 2016. But, despite it being a time of political turmoil, they also asked for fewer posts to be taken...

Proof that Santa hats look even more adorable when worn in space

It's the most wonderful time of the year for people on Earth and astronauts on the International Space Station. While astronauts floating 250 miles above Earth in the Space Station won't be able to come back home for a holiday visit, they will still celebrate in style onboard the orbiting outpost. A new video...
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