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Philips Hue has been having a holiday outage, too – Rare Norm

a few months ago

Alexa wasn’t the only thing that crashed over Christmas due to an influx of new users. Apparently, Philips Hue has been having an outage, as well. A multi-day outage, in fact. The company confirmed on Wednesday that customers were experiencing issues creating new accounts, logging in and linking their account to third parties. It blamed […]

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SpaceX’s Starship goes sci-fi shiny with stainless steel skin – Rare Norm

a few months ago

SpaceX’s futuristic Starship interplanetary craft may embody the golden age of sci-fi in more ways than one: in addition to (theoretically) taking passengers from planet to planet, it may sport a shiny stainless steel skin that makes it look like the pulp covers of old. Founder and CEO Elon Musk teased the possibility in a […]

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Researchers are putting fish into augmented reality tanks – Rare Norm

a few months ago

Researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, while testing the “station keeping” functions of the glass knifefish, have created an augmented reality system that tricks the animal’s electric sensing organs in real time. The fish keeps itself hidden by moving inside of its various holes/homes and the researchers wanted to understand what kind of […]

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Drones ground flights at UK’s second largest airport – Rare Norm

a few months ago

Mystery drone operator/s have grounded flights at the U.K.’s second largest airport, disrupting the travel plans of hundreds of thousands of people hoping to get away over the festive period. The BBC reports that Gatwick Airport’s runway has been shut since Wednesday night on safety grounds, after drones were spotted being flown repeatedly over the […]

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12 really useful gifts for the friends who just had a baby – Rare Norm

a few months ago

Welcome to Rare Norm’s 2018 Holiday Gift Guide! Need more gift ideas? Check out our Gift Guide Hub. Buying the right stuff as a new parent is tough. Buying the right things for a new parent? Even harder. There’s just way, way too much junk out there marketed at new parents. A lot of it […]

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IBM Research develops fingerprint sensor to monitor disease progression – Rare Norm

a few months ago

IBM today announced that it has developed a small sensor that sits on a person’s fingernail to help monitor the effectiveness of drugs used to combat the symptoms of Parkinson’s and other diseases. Together with the custom software that analyzes the data, the sensor measures how the nail warps as the user grips something. Because virtually any […]

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A startup’s guide to CES – Rare Norm

a few months ago

The Consumer Electronics Show, like Burning Man, is a massive event in the middle of the desert. Also like Burning Man it is populated by some of the greatest minds in technology. But, unlike Burning Man, these people are all dressed and only a few of them are on hard psychotropic drugs. Also CES is […]

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How Juul made vaping viral to become worth a dirty $38 billion – Rare Norm

a few months ago

A Juul is not a cigarette. It’s much easier than that. Through devilishly slick product design I’ll discuss here, the startup has massively lowered the barrier to getting hooked on nicotine. Juul has dismantled every deterrent to taking a puff. The result is both a new $38 billion valuation thanks to a $12.8 billion investment […]

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The best and worst gadgets of 2018 – Rare Norm

a few months ago

There were countless gadgets released in 2018. It’s the end of the year, so Brian and I rounded up the best of the best and the worst of the worst. Some where great! Like the Oculus Go. Or the Google Home Hub. But some were junk, like the revived Palm or PlayStation Classic. CES 2019 […]

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