Technology 

The 42 best holiday shopping deals right now: Dec. 17 update – CNET

Apple iPad for $250 ($80 off) Google Home for $80 ($50 off) Sony PlayStation 4 1TB with Star Wars Battlefront II: $250 ($50 off) Apple Watch Series 1 starting at $180 ($70 off) Beats Studio Wireless for $200 ($180 off) DJI Spark drone for $349 ($150 off) Up to $200 off the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus HP Omen gaming laptop for $850 ($250 off) Bose SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear Headphones for $70 ($60 off) Moto Z2 Play unlocked for $350 ($150 off) Motorola Z2 Force (T-Mobile) for $375 or…

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Gaming 

HR SH5HD WiFi FPV Drone w/ 1080p Camera for $48…or less + free s&h from China – CNET

RCMoment offers the HR SH5HD 2.4GHz 4-Channel WiFi FPV Quadcopter Drone with 1080p Camera in several colors (Black pictured) for $55.99. Coupon code “HRSH5HD” cuts it to $47.99. With free shipping, that’s the lowest price we could find by $5, excluding the below mention. It features a 1080p camera with FPV via WiFi, 6-axis gyro, headless mode, altitude hold, 1-key return, 2.4GHz remote control, and rechargeable LiPo battery with 8 to 10 minutes of flight time per charge. The remote control requires four AA batteries, not included. Note: This item…

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Science 

Bali volcano eruption update: Incredible drone footage looks INSIDE Mount Agung’s crater

The aerial video peers right into the crater of Mount Agung, which has been intermittently erupting and spewing out ash since late last month.  The drone footage of the volcano reveals a lava dome within the crater but there was no sign of the red glow which has occasionally been spotted over summit at night.  The unique perspective showed how magma has partly filled the crater and emphasised the sheer size of 3,000m strato-volcano on the popular tourist destination of Bali.   Magma Indonesia, which monitors volcanoes, said that the drone…

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Entertainment 

Rainbow Six Siege update: PS4 and Xbox One 1.42 patch LIVE with server upgrades

Ubisoft have now rolled out their latest Rainbow Six Siege update today, complete with new PS4, Xbox One and PC server upgrade. It’s been a long time coming, but today saw the development team launch patch 1.42, which increases the server tickrate to 60Hz on all platforms. It’s something that fans have been asking for and will now mean the gamestate can refresh 60 times-per-second. This should help with shooter registration on other players, although Ubisoft has also warned that the FPS issues currently hitting players on PC have not…

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Technology 

The 37 best holiday shopping deals right now: Dec. 14 update – CNET

DJI Spark drone for $349 ($150 off) UE Boom 2 for $80 ($120 off) Up to $370 off on select Surface products Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and Note 8 for $300 off (with activation) Samsung Gear IconX 2018 for $150 ($50 off) Sphero R2-D2 for $130 ($50 off) Google Home Mini for $30 ($20 off) Amazon Echo Dot (2nd generation) for $30 ($20 off) Echo (2nd generation) for $80 ($20 off) Amazon Echo Plus for $120 ($30 off) Amazon Tap for $80 ($50 off) Amazon Fire TV for $55 ($15…

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Top Stories World 

Brussels plough cash into plans for EU Army – but Germany warns it’s NOT ENOUGH

Keen to further integrate the bloc in the face of Russian and aggression and threats to pull out of NATO by Donald Trump, the EU’s military funding in 2016 rose by 2.6 per cent on the previous year.  Members of the Brussels club have also been encouraged to sign up to treaties which further integrate military cooperation across the bloc, with the aim of creating a EU Army by 2025.  But the EU’s largest economy, Germany – said to have spent 53 per cent more on equipment compared to 2016…

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Top Stories World 

5 ‘Star Wars’ technologies that won’t be make-believe much longer

As the latest installment of the “Star Wars” saga hits theaters this week, audiences will once again journey into a futuristic world of spaceships, humanoid robots, and laser weapons. But some of the make-believe technology seen in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and its predecessors is a lot closer to reality than you might think. Maybe that shouldn’t come as a surprise. “A lot of times science fiction inspires great science,” says Jeanne Cavelos, a former NASA astrophysicist and the author of “The Science of Star Wars.” Maybe faster-than-light-speed travel…

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Top Stories World 

5 ‘Star Wars’ technologies now moving from make-believe to reality

As the latest installment of the “Star Wars” saga hits theaters this week, audiences will once again journey into a futuristic world of spaceships, humanoid robots, and laser weapons. But some of the make-believe technology seen in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and its predecessors is a lot closer to reality than you might think. Maybe that shouldn’t come as a surprise. “A lot of times science fiction inspires great science,” says Jeanne Cavelos, a former NASA astrophysicist and the author of “The Science of Star Wars.” Maybe faster-than-light-speed travel…

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Top Stories World 

EU ARMY: Eurocrat hails ‘HISTORIC’ treaty – but calls for EVEN GREATER defence build up

EU Foreign Affairs chief Federica Mogherini praised member states for signing into the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) treaty – which will see the creation of a common European defence force. Ms Mogherini said: “I must confess in this moment I am divided between two different personal feeling. On the one hand, I think habemus papam – white smoke, ‘mission accomplished’– but no time to celebrate. “It’s true we made it, it’s historic, it’s big but at the same time, the real work is just about to begin. I’ve always been…

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