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Outside of big brands like Apple and Samsung, there are only two companies that really define wearables: Pebble and Fitbit. Fitbit is the hugely successful fitness tracker brand that's been struggling to make a device that isn't just long-lasting and great at tracking steps, but as functional as an Apple Watch. Pebble is the smartwatch brand that's built such a device. According to a report from The Information, these two companies are about to join forces, with Engadget reporting that Fitbit will be buying Pebble for $US34 to 40 million ($45 to 50 million).

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Video: Seeing this drone fly through Venice Beach in Robert McIntosh's Fresh Squeeze in what looks like a perfectly planned flight is just lovely. The drone zips through a bicycle, seamlessly slips inside handrails, pops into holes and cuts through structures so seamlessly that it feels like the world is unfolding before you. It's especially nice because it's going in reverse, so you don't see what you're going to see next until you already see it. Uh, if that makes any sense.

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DJI recently announced its new Inspire 2 drone, which has two micro four-thirds cameras in a package squarely aimed at filmmakers and video creators. At the Inspire 2 launch, DJI said that it would accelerate to 80km in four seconds and had a top speed of 108km/h. It turns out, that's too fast.

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Google's AI might have beaten the world's best human at Go. It's probably also in the process of becoming the best Starcraft II player in the world.

But I take comfort in videos like this. Videos that remind me that we're a ways off from the Robot Revolution. They'll get us at some point, but today is not that day.

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Amazon is building a new version of its artificially intelligent Echo speaker with a screen, according to a Bloomberg report. The device is currently being worked on by the company's secretive Lab126 research team that was also responsible for some of Amazon's greatest flops and successes like the Fire Phone, Echo Dot and Fire tablet. It sounds weird and kind of unwieldy — but it might prove to be a great idea.

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Furby's were the hottest toy of the Christmas season back in 1996. Now, there's a new edition that updates the strange little creature with modern tech for modern kids. Nothing prepared me for what this thing would look like while it is being cut in half by a water jet.

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US retailers are a weird mob. Over the Thanksgiving weekend they run not one, but two huge shopping sales for ravenous bargain hunters - Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If you forgot to hit the online stores on the 25th, have no fear: many of the deals are still available and there's a stack more for Cyber Monday. Here are the best deals so far...