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Qantas announced its half-yearly earnings today, and it's doing quite well. What matters for you and I, though, is the fact that it's announced new premium economy seats for its 787 Dreamliner — the plane that'll be flying some of the longest routes in the world, including a nonstop Perth to London leg.

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Today, the Associated Press captured a photo of French President Francois Hollande shaking hands with Leenby, a Cybedroid robot. Hollande, like so many politicians around the world, has been captured on film shaking hands with many robots over the years. And I used to think this was simply a way to appease our future robot overlords. But I have a new theory: Robots don't like the West's new nationalists.

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When you're buying your lunch today, you might want to take a moment and spend a little more. Gizmodo's Lunch Time Deals posts point out any particularly good bargains for Aussie bargain hunters around the 'net. Today, JB Hi-Fi has an email coupon for $800 off the Yuneec Typhoon Q500 drone, a 4K-recording monster with a great-looking handheld controller.

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Sonos is getting ready to expand its home theatre lineup, according to multiple leaks that surfaced in the past few days. Photos of a new Sonos product called the "PlayBase" speaker have been featured in a B&H Listing, several tweets and a FCC listing. Base speakers of this kind — which sit directly under a TV — have typically received poor reviews from audio fans, but Sonos' proprietary sound-tuning software could give this thing hope.

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In March of 2014, Sony announced it would stop supporting its impressive line of AIBO robot dogs, leaving many owners heartbroken. Countless toy companies have tried to create similarly capable robot pets since AIBO's demise, but they have all been a disappointment — until now. Despite being a Star Wars toy, Spin Master's new life-size BB-8 might just be the zero-maintenance pet you've always wanted.

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With the release of Spectacles, its first piece of hardware, Snapchat also announced that it was renaming its corporation Snap Inc. — a move that would position them as a broader tech enterprise. After months of restricting supply to IRL pop-ups, Snap will now sell the video-recording sunglasses online in the US.