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Dubai police will soon zoom around the sky on hoverbikes

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Dubai's cops will soon take to the air. Image: AFP/Getty Images Dubai is aggressively turning itself into a "Future City," putting self-flying taxis in the skies and a facial recognition system in its airport. The Dubai police department's latest ride is now adding another sci-fi transportation staple: the hoverbike. The Dubai police, which already has luxury patrol cars, self-driving pursuit drones, and a robot officer, just announced it will soon have officers buzzing around on hoverbikes, which look like an early version of the speeder bikes used by the scout troopers on Endor in Return of the Jedi.  The force [...]

Robot cat tail is the strange answer to your end-of-day anxiety

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Qoobo may be the perfect cat.  It's soft, responsive, and will never scratch, dismiss, or leave you. It's also a robot. SEE ALSO: This super strong artificial muscle may bring us closer to lifelike robots Qoobo, which was unveiled this week by Yukai Engineering Co., Ltd. at the CEATAC trade show in Japan is only marginally a cat. Its wagging feline tail is attached to a 2-pound ball of fur. There's no purring face, no head or whiskers, no legs, feet, or claws. The name is a combination of the French word for "tail" and "robot." The plush toy rests [...]

The corkscrew elevator and other secrets of Steve Jobs Theater

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Steve Jobs Theater is empty. Hours earlier, the massive lobby, demo area (or foyer) space below, and theater were humming with Apple employees, media, analysts, and invited special guests, all jostling to touch the new iPhone X, iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and Apple Watch Series 3.  SEE ALSO: iPhone X: Hands on with Apple's stunning new device Now, I stood alone in the vast open space, itself inside Apple Park (Steve Jobs' version of Disney World), positioning myself dead center under the single-piece 155-foot metallic carbon fiber roof. I felt so small. Then I trotted back to the periphery. The [...]

An all-edge brownie pan to prove once and for all that edges are the best

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Image: Baker's Edge Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. It's time to stop giving so much attention to the pineapple on pizza controversy – the real issue is brownie edges vs. middles. If you're a person who cuts the rectangle of edge pieces out of the pan and leaves the rest to the plebeians, we understand you. Edges are chewier, crispier, and obviously better. SEE ALSO: Get the perfect slice of cake every time with this kitchen tool Baker’s Edge has come up with a brownie pan just for [...]

This blockchain startup already has the largest ICO ever and it’s still going strong

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Tezos has raised more than $206 million in four days, and the fundraiser goes on for eight and a half more days. Image: Tezos/Mashable Right now, Tezos a blockchain startup you've probably never heard of is raising money through an initial coin offering, or ICO. Tezos has raised $206 million in about four days, and the sale is scheduled to continue for eight and a half more days. At this rate, raising half a billion dollars is not unimaginable. SEE ALSO: The ICO is a revolutionary new way to get funded, and everyone wants in Unlike many other recent ICOs, [...]