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Sometimes, television commercials are great. Funny, thoughtful, iconic - they can be an entertainment medium all on their own.

But there reaches a point where hearing the eleventy billionth funeral insurance plan sales pitch of the day starts to get on your nerves. That's where Mutr comes in.

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Juicero, the startup that brought us $US399 cold press juice machines that work as good as your bare hands, shut down earlier this month. While his company was being squeezed dry, founder Doug Evans reportedly posted a video of himself vanishing into a sandstorm at Burning Man. And now, a few weeks later, Evans has apparently emerged to embrace a new overpriced beverage: raw water.

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Earlier today, it was reported that the Australian Defence Force grounded its fleet of DJI drones — after the US Army did the same thing last month — on security fears. Around 40 drones were taken out of active service in early August on concerns of "user vulnerabilities", and were out of action for a fortnight while an investigation took place. The popular drone manufacturer has released a statement saying that it makes drones for peaceful purposes, not military customers, and that the company has "no way of knowing who they are or what they do with them".

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When it comes to smart speakers, Amazon's Alexa is already out to a big lead. But with refreshed Home speakers coming from Google not to mention Apple, Sonos, and others soon to be joining the fray with their own sound systems featuring built-in digital assistants, Amazon has no time to rest on its laurels. To help bring the power of Alexa to places where a regular Echo might not be able to go, Amazon is reportedly getting ready to make an Alexa-powered pair of smart glasses.

Shared from Lifehacker

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eBay, that most venerable website full of deals and savings, is turning 18 today! Happy birthday eBay! Of course, with birthdays come celebrations and eBay is throwing a huge party tonight, online, where everything will be 18% off!

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If you've heard of Knightscope's security robots, it was probably due to their high-profile failures: one would-be Robocop failed to detect a staircase and killed itself by driving into a water fountain, another ran over a toddler's foot in a shopping mall. On Wednesday, Knightscope announced two new robots were joining the force: the K1 and the K5 buggy.

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It's like clockwork: every month or so, you'll be scrolling through your Facebook feed and stumble across a video about a new ring or underwear, colour-changing straws or colour-changing nail polish, or "smart stickers" that claim to help prevent sexual assault. There's the inevitable swarm of uncritical media coverage that garners hundreds of thousands of views in a few days. But after a fleeting moment in the news cycle, the stories — and ostensibly, the products themselves — disappear.

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Even though Google's big October 4 event is still a couple of weeks out, it seems we've just gotten a really good look at the four most important devices we expect the company to announce there. The leaks come courtesy of Droid Life, and include info and prices on a new, smaller version of the Google Home smart speaker, a new premium two-in-one Chromebook, and both the big and small versions of the Pixel 2.

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Australian scientists have developed an artificial intelligence-driven technology that could make it easier to prevent blindness in the 1.7 million Australians with diabetes.

Patients usually wait up to six weeks for a specialist to screen them for diabetic eye disease. But with this new CSIRO-developed eye-screening technology, patients can be screened by their regular doctor instead, then referred to a specialist for treatment if needed.