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Google's Chromecast is one of the most useful streaming dongles ever invented — but its functionality falls down as soon as your internet access is restricted or just not available at all. Getting a Chromecast working in a hotel room isn't easy, but it is possible. These are the tricks you can try.

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Unless you're an Olympic athlete (you aren't), the company table tennis table is just one of those fairly sterile, standard office perks. Like a SodaStream or chalkboard. There's no excitement. No danger. But Google's Asia HQ stepped it all the way up and delivered a table tennis table that triples as part game board, part artistic installation and part demented mulitasker's fevered wet dream.

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Video: Some people take their Nerf dart blasters very seriously. There are entire leagues dedicated to running around and blasting fellow players with foam darts — essentially a less painful version of paintball. But what darts are worth arming yourself with? Nerf expert Frank Cooper breaks it down in this exhaustively comprehensive comparison video.

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"Robots' autonomy raises the question of their nature in the light of the existing legal categories – of whether they should be regarded as natural persons, legal persons, animals or objects – or whether a new category should be created, with its own specific features and implications as regards the attribution of rights and duties"

This is from a report out of the European parliament, pushing for a set of laws ensuring the rights and responsibilities of robots and artificial intelligence. The laws, which are to voted on in February, could effectively grant human rights to robots.

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There's a reason nature uses eggs to protect offspring who develop outside their mothers. Domes are inherently strong and durable, so it also makes sense to build a drone with a similarly bulbous shape to help it survive crashes, collisions and other accidents when an amateur pilot is at the controls.

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If you followed the news out of CES closely you probably heard the word HDR tossed around a lot. This coming year we'll see TVs for under $700 with the feature, and fancy monitors for over $1300. But what does HDR even mean?

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Putting on makeup in bad lighting is crap. You can't get an accurate gauge on what you actually look like and whether it will work out in the wild. Fortunately, tech has come to the rescue.

Say hello Juno — the smart mirror that not only adjusts for lighting and selfies, but can be controlled with your phone.