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This cute little dancing robot smartphone costs a small fortune

Sharp’s RoBoHon is definitely not your normal smartphone. For starters, it’s a robot. Secondly, it dances. Can your iPhone or Android phone dance? Exactly. How much for Japan’s quirky robot smartphone? Too much! Sharp’s taking pre-orders for RoBoHon at 198,000 yen (about $1,800) with shipments slated for May 26 in …

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HTC Vive can already play Rift ‘exclusive’ games

<p>One of the biggest scandals in the lead-up to the release of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets was the news that Oculus was pushing for exclusivity. We <a rel=”nofollow” href=’http://www.digitaltrends.com/virtual-reality/virtual-reality-and-exclusivity/’>even checked in with Valve and HTC</a> to make sure they weren’t attempting the same, but it was definitely …

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Microsoft sues U.S. government over data requests

By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO, April 14 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp has sued the U.S. government for the right to tell its customers when a federal agency is looking at their emails, the latest in a series of clashes over privacy between the technology industry and Washington. The lawsuit, filed …

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How scientists want to send a spacecraft to the next closest star

This week, a bevy of scientists including famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking announced a new way to explore space called Starshot — and how it works is something that sounds straight out of science fiction. The project involves developing a way to send a tiny spacecraft to the next closest star, …

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Does virtual reality fit in your home?

In our review of the HTC Vive, we praised the room-scale feature, which allows a person to walk around their real room while being inside of virtual reality. We had less flattering things to say about the setup process of installing two cameras on opposite corners of the room, pairing …

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A closer look at Android N's new emoji

Google announced this week that it’s making a bunch of changes to the emoji in Android: namely, it’s finally introducing emoji that look like people, and it’s largely doing away with its freaky blobs. The blobs are still here, but they’re better But there’s a bit more to it than replacing …

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