There is a new dog breed, and it needs all the hugs

The American Kennel Club introduced the 190th dog breed this week: a whimsical, hard-working herding pooch called the Pumi. The Pumi comes to us all the way from Hungary, and will be eligible to compete at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show next February. Just look at this floppy-eared guy: …

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Boston Dynamics made a giraffe robot

Boston Dynamics — the (for now) Alphabet-owned company behind BigDog and other impressive machines — has just unveiled its latest robot: SpotMini, an all-electric, smaller version of its Spot robot. One notable change: the ‘bot can now be equipped with an elongated neck, which it shows off in a demonstration by helpfully picking …

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Xiaomi's cheap, foldable electric bike looks perfect for city commutes

Xiaomi continues to push the message that it’s not just a phone company — it’s a technology company. Over the past year or so the company has launched various internet-connected devices, including air purifiers, wearables, rice cookers, and kettles. And it’s latest? A folding electric bicycle, released under Xiaomi’s QiCycle brand. …

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First Click: Before Brexit and Trump vs. Hillary there was the mascot war

The subsequent fight was between two moneyed and monolithic entities, but as is always the case in war, it was the little people that suffered. Vicious battles were fought in schoolyards, the combatants trading barbs about parental income, social standing, and mental fortitude. Among them wandered evangelists like priests, proselytizing …

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Opera says it crushes Microsoft in browser battery wars

The browser battery wars are heating up. Microsoft made a bold claim earlier this week that its new Edge browser in Windows 10 is better for your laptop’s battery life than Opera or Chrome. While everyone who uses Chrome is aware of the bad effect on battery life, Opera introduced a …

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