2020 Robot Olympics?

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Shinzo Abe, the prime minister, has said he wants to use such an event to showcase the latest global robotics technology, an industry in which Japan has long been famed as a pioneer. Mr Abe also outlined plans to create a special task force to develop a ‘robotic revolution’ and treble the size of Japan’s robotics industry to a value of 2.4 trillion yen (£13.8 billion). ‘In 2020, I would like to gather all of the world’s robots and aim to hold an Olympics where they compete in technical skills,’ said Mr Abe, according to Jiji Press agency. ‘We want to make robots a major pillar of our economic growth strategy.” w/ photos

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Insane Pogo Jump

“…the highest forward flip pogo stick jump measured 8ft 0.85 in and was achieved by Biff Hutchison (USA) on the set of a CCTV Guinness World Records Special, in Beijing, China. Biff still holds the record, which now stands at 8ft 2in and was achieved at Pogopalooza 10 in New York City.” — GWR

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Brain-Enhancing Smart Drugs Are Going Commercial

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It’s one of an increasingly popular, if controversial class of drugs and supplements called nootropics that are designed to boost memory, attention span and cognitive function, even in people with otherwise healthy brains. And as the demand for cognitive enhancements expands, nootropics have grown from the stuff of internet-driven self-experimentation to an expanding sector in the massive supplements market… Some online merchants try to get around the FDA’s regulations by labeling piracetam and other nootropics as lab chemicals not meant for human consumption, and at least one vendor takes a more aggressive stance. LifeLink, which sells piracetam under the brand name NoöRacetam, essentially argues that the FDA restricts the compound and the information vendors can provide about its efficacy as part of an effort to keep Americans stupid.” w/ photos

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Are Rideshare Services Like Uber Legal?

“When one thinks of city travel, taxis and new ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft often come to mind. We use them to get just about anywhere in the city. But are these rideshare businesses even legal? And how have they affected the long dominant taxi services?” — TestTube

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Digital Grand Piano

“Whaletone is one of the premier digital grand piano designers in the world, noted for their advanced aesthetic and technical designs. Discover how Truphone helps Whaletone stay connected and stay productive in this Whaletone case study.” — Truphone

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Klik Belts

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Klik Belts combine the strongest quick release buckle on the planet with premium materials to craft a belt that will outlive you. Belts are an accessory worn everyday, yet they haven’t been updated since their inception. Until now… Your belt should be a complimentary tool to your wardrobe, and function without question. Our aim is to present you with the world’s strongest belt; one without holes, absolutely zero stretching, and a buckle that doesn’t slip.” w/ photos

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Top 32 Best Photo Apps

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“Here is the definitive guide to the best photo apps around, covering iOS (that’s iPhone and iPad) and Android apps. Some you won’t have heard of, others you’ll be more familiar with. None are going to replace a DSLR and a couple of hours with a photo editor like Photoshop CC, but they’re all great at what they do…” w/ photos

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