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Duo Gives Daft Punk’s Helmets A Technological Upgrade

Does anyone really know what the members of Daft Punk look like? The electronic group has masked their identities with iconic robot helmets in concerts and promotional materials since the late 1990’s. While the band has updated their helmets every few years, two fans have taken the design to the next level. LoveProps, a prop-making duo, recently posted a video online showcasing their updated model based on Daft Punk member Guy-Manuel’s headdress. The new helmet takes design elements from the band’s Discovery album and current…

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Closest Earth-Like Planet Found 4 Light Years Away

An international team of astronomers have recently found a rocky, Earth-like planet that orbits Proxima Centauri, our sun’s nearest neighbour. There are a few key differences between this planet, Proxima b, and Earth. For one, it’s one-twentieth the distance from its red dwarf star compared to the Earth’s distance from our sun, giving it a permanently orange sky. It also circles the star so quickly that a year only lasts 11 days. Even though its 4.22 light-years away, it’s the “closest potentially habitable planet ever…

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Students Design A Laser Device To Combat Geese Problem

Believe it or not, even in the hustle and bustle of the GTA, it’s not uncommon to see a flock of geese around this time of year. You’ve likely seen them yourself — either sitting together on a field, or even venturing out and attempting to cross the street. But in less urban areas, geese can have a much more menacing presence, and are capable of doing significant damage to people’s livelihoods. In more sprawling rural landscapes, geese can actually wreak havoc on crops and destroy…

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Apple Will Pay Researchers To Find Security Bugs

Despite how popular they remain, most of us who have an iPhone, iPad, or anything else from Apple have complained about the product at some point or another. It freezes! It loses my music! It needs to be charged too often! But now, it looks like finding a solution to these problems — amongst others — could be a lucrative enterprise. Apple recently announced that it plans to offer up to $200,000 in rewards to people who are able to locate critical security bugs in their product. Apple’s announcement…

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Amazon Patents Smart Noise-Cancelling Headphones That May Save Lives

When you’re listening to your tunes, you don’t want background noise to muddle up the listening experience. Cars, people, subways, and more all tend to creep into the melody of your favourite song when you have your headphones on, which is why noise-cancelling headphones have become so popular. Capable of blocking out all sounds that aren’t coming from your music-playing device, noise-cancelling headphones are arguably a must-have for any music-lover living in a city or noisy environment. But there is a catch the unadulterated playback noise-cancelling…

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Innovation in tech is all around us, and I don’t just mean the ubiquity of Pokemon Go. Virtual reality is evolving everyday, technology’s ability to help reduce crime is constantly increasing, and Hollywood is obsessed with incorporating futuristic science into films. Keep up with all these changes, and more, with a subscription to Texture by Next Issue. You’ll get 16 digital magazine titles that will pretty much make you an expert on all things tech. This month, the latest issue of CNET Magazine features an…

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For Wi-Fi, Scene Analysis and More, Turn to Canon Cameras

Sometimes, a great photo opportunity does not coincide with great lighting conditions. If you are trying to take a photo of a loved one at their graduation ceremony, capture a celebratory sky filled with fireworks, or snap a pic of a fleeting moment at a wedding, chances are that unfortunately, lighting will not always be on your side. But with Canon cameras, you won’t have to worry about bad lighting ruining a great photographic moment again. The Canon Rebel T6i is able to take quality images in different…

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European Plan Proposes To Tax Robots As People

We’ve seen them in movies and read about them in science fiction: robots living among us and independently completing tasks typically performed by humans. But now, it seems like Europe has gone one step further with integrating robots into human society. A draft plan proposes that the government starts classifying robots as “electronic persons” and requiring their human owners pay social security for them. The draft motion was created by the European parliament’s committee on legal affairs. The motion also stipulated that companies who opt for robotics instead…

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Bendable Phone Could Soon Reach Market

Before we entered the age of smartphones, we were constantly using flip phones, which we considered to be on the cutting edge of technology. Now, of course, we view the once-savvy flip phones as relics from a time long ago. But they do beg the question: in the future, what kind of technology is going to eventually upstage smartphones? Thanks to researchers at Queen’s University, it looks like we could be welcoming a new breed into the mix: a bendable phone. Queen’s University researchers have called their…

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Canadian Banks Now Accepting Apple Pay

When we last heard about Apple Pay, it seemed like a good idea in theory, but perhaps a bit impractical. In order for this idea to really take off, banks needed to get on board — or else the system could only be used in a limited number of places. But now, this could no longer be the case. All five major banks — Royal Bank, CIBC, TD, Bank of Montreal and Scotiabank — have agreed to allow their customers to use Apple Pay. If you…

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