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Japanese Billionaire SpaceX Moon

Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese billionaire and online fashion tycoon, was announced as the first man set to fly aboard a monster SpaceX rocket around the Moon as early as 2023, and he plans to bring six to eight artists along with him. Maezawa, 42, will be the first lunar traveler since the astronauts of the US Apollo 17 mission in 1972. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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A Real Hobbit House

Lord of the Rings fanatic Jim Costigan has always wanted his very own Hobbit House, and couldn't wait any longer, so he took things into his own hands. A New York construction supervisor by day, he spent over 6-years building the energy-efficient living space, complete with a curved shape, green roof, thermal bridge-free construction that provides a tightly insulated shell, as well as triple-pane thermal windows and a heat recovery ventilator. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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Nike Mag Sculpture

Photo credit: Filfury

Phill Robson, better known as "Filfury" on Instagram, is a designer specializes in transforming Nike Basketball, Adidas and Reebok sneakers into works of art. These one-of-a-kind 3D sculptures depict animals, insects, or just random objects that showcase the various textures of his favorite sneakers, like the Nike Mag wolf head above. Continue reading for more.

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Lucid Motors Investment

The Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund (PIF) announced today that it will invest more than $1-billion in Lucid Motors, enabling the Silicon Valley-based company to achieve the commercial launch of its Lucid Air electric vehicle in 2020. "By investing in the rapidly expanding electric vehicle market, PIF is gaining exposure to long-term growth opportunities, supporting innovation and technological development and driving revenue and sectoral diversification for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," said a PIF representative. Continue reading for a video of the incredible Lucid Air and more information.

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Sabrent Universal Docking Station

Sabrent's Universal Docking Station for tablets, laptops, smartphones and more is great for the home or office, and it's being offered for just $44.99 shipped, today only, originally $149.99. Now with one simple USB cord, you can have access to up to two Full-HD displays (HDMI and DVI-I) for mirroring/extending your desktop to external monitors, as well as Gigabit Ethernet network data, microphone, speakers, external hard drive, optical disk drive, printers, USB keyboard, mouse and many other USB devices. Product page. Continue reading for another hands-on video, more pictures and information.

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iPhone Xs Photos

Photo credit: Austin Mann via Peta Pixel

Travel photographer Austin Mann managed to get his hands on the iPhone Xs a few days before the units arrive at the Apple Store, and decided to take it on a trip to Zanzibar to see just how good the new camera system is. Just to recap, both the iPhone Xs and Xs Max sport 12MP dual rear cameras and a 7MP TrueDepth front camera capable of shooting 4K video as well as Smart HDR photos. Continue reading for more photo samples.

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Polaris RZR XP 4 Turbo S

What happens when you cross a full-sized expedition vehicle and cross it with a dune buggy or ATV? You get the 2019 Polaris RZR XP 4 Turbo S ATV. This all-terrain vehicle comes equipped with 15" aluminum wheels wrapped in beefy 32" tires for extreme grip, and control just about anywhere. Hitting some bumpy roads? Its 16" of ground clearance maintains a stable low center of gravity, while "Internal Bypass FOX shocks" and a "Dynamix Active Suspension" keep things stable. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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SpaceX BFR Moon

SpaceX announced last week that it has signed the first private moon traveler, and it won't be using the company's Falcon Heavy rocket and Dragon crew capsule. That's right, Elon Musk's goal is to still fly around the moon, but using an even bigger rocket still in development, called the BFR, that has its own dedicated passenger ship. The flight may be a few years off, but one person has a guaranteed ticket around the moon once things do to take off. Continue reading for two more videos, a picture and additional information.

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Google Maps Apple CarPlay

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Finally, Google Maps and Waze are coming to Apple CarPlay with the iOS 12 update. Both apps are currently in beta testing Continue reading for a video showing how to install Google Maps now on Apple CarPlay. Since they're already live on Android Auto, the developers should have no problems optimizing the navigation software for an in-car display. Google Maps uses Google's own mapping data, while Waze adds warnings about accidents or nearby police. Continue reading for a video showing how to install Google Maps now on Apple CarPlay, another picture and additional information.

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Samsung T5 Portable SSD

Samsung's T5 Portable 500GB SSD is fastest in its class and easily slips into your pocket, all for $99.99 shipped, today only, originally $164.99. With Samsung V-NAND flash memory and a USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface, the T5 provides transfer speeds of up to 540 MB/s, that's up to 4.9x faster than external HDDs**. Transfers and backups of large-sized data including 4K videos and high-resolution photos will be much faster. Product page. Continue reading for another hands-on video and more information.

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