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The Twin Jet Nebula in action

Nebulae tend to be stunning by their very nature, but the Twin Jet Nebula might just take the cake. The Hubble Space Telescope team has captured an updated image of the dying binary star system (the last shot was from 1997), and its namesake twin jets of ejecting gas are unfurling like the iridescent wings of a butterfly. The seemingly magical effect stems from the stars' unusual interaction with each other -- while only one star is ejecting its outer layers, the other (an already-shrunken white dwarf) is pulling those layers in opposite directions. You won't have to worry about this light show disappearing any time soon, by the way. The nebula only got started around 1,200 years ago, so it's going to be visible for many, many years to come.

[Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA]

Samsung Unpacked Phone Launch

Samsung has opened the public beta of its new phone-based Pay service ahead of its official launch late next month. Beta participants will need to have a Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, Note 5, or S6 Edge+ (unrooted, mind you) as well as a credit or debit card from US Bank (Visa) or Bank of America (Visa or MasterCard). Additionally, they'll need cellular service from AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, or US Cellular. Verizon subscribers are SOL as the company is still "evaluating" Samsung's system. There's no word yet on when or if Verizon will actually participate.

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Ask any photographer: good composition is essential to capturing a great image. Ask that same photographer the most frustrating thing about Instagram, and they'll probably say "aspect ratio." Since its launch, every image or video uploaded to the service has been restricted to a limited square format, but today that changes. As of right now, you can upload landscape and portrait videos and photos to Instagram.

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Evernote Food has been around since 2011, but it looks like its days are numbered. In a blog post today, Evernote announced that the service's apps for iOS and Android, which allowed people to share recipes and book restaurant reservations, will no longer be supported as of September 30th. While users can keep accessing Food if they've already downloaded the applications, the company did say certain features within them soon won't work anymore -- including syncing with Evernote. Naturally, this also means the apps are going to stop getting updates, so be sure to mentally prepare yourself if you happened to be a fan of Evernote's Food.

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Google officially responded to charges levelled by the European Commission that it unfairly favored its own products over its competition and abused its market dominance to crowd out potential rivals. The EC began poking around back in 2010 so this isn't the first time that Google has had to publicly defended its position. "Economic data spanning more than a decade, an array of documents and statements from complainants all confirm that product search is robustly competitive," Kent Walker, Google's general counsel, wrote in the Google Europe blog.

It's that time of year again. Apple's next iPhone event will take place on September 9th at 10AM PT, live at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. This is expected to be the unveiling of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, which are reported to have animated wallpapers, 4K video capabilities, upgraded 12-megapixel cameras and front-facing flash, among other new features. We may even see something about force-touch iPhones. The event invite is light on details, as usual, but features the tease, "Hey Siri, give us a hint." So, of course, we asked Siri and have posted its responses below.

Yet another feature that's been on Android for years might be finally making its way to the iPhone: animated wallpapers! Specifically, Apple is reportedly planning to bring over the elegant "Motion" Apple Watch faces to the iPhone 6S, according to 9to5Mac. So far, those Apple Watch screens include things like swimming jellyfish, blooming flowers and fluttering butterflies that pop up when you check the time. For the iPhone 6S, sources say Apple is working on animated screens featuring koi fish swimming around a pond and moving smoke. The big difference between Apple's approach and what we've seen on Android so far: It sounds like it's focusing on just animating lock screens. That should add for a cool effect when you wake up your phone, but without eating up battery life like a moving wallpaper on your home screen.

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When kids are young, most parents have some kind of monitoring device at home to keep tabs on the tots when they're in another room. Whether they're audio-only or combo audio/video contraptions, baby monitors are extremely common. In addition, though, there's a slew of other devices that can help parents keep track of wayward munchkins whether they're in the house, at the park or at a crowded outdoor event. From GPS watches to clothing with embedded tracking devices, read on for a look at these new ways to keep an eye on your offspring.

Let's face it: audio and video that automatically plays on a web page is pretty annoying. To help remedy the headache, a new feature in Google Chrome's Dev Channel won't play those items on tabs that you're not looking at. If you click a link for the latest Hunger Games trailer and bounce back to your inbox while it loads, you won't have to struggle to find the mute switch on the preceding ad. The content will still preload (if the developer opts to), but it won't play until that particular tab is in the foreground. That should ease the panic of finding the sound or catching a glimpse of an item you'd really rather not see soon enough -- in Chrome at least. Features in the Dev Channel often find their way into the stable release of the browser (eventually). While there's no guarantee this will make the cut, we're crossing our fingers.

Screenshots come in handy when offering feedback and comments on any number of things. To lend a hand with that process, Microsoft has a new app for Windows that's up to the task. The software is called Snip, and in addition to capturing parts of your screen to share among your friends and colleagues, the app also lets you mark up the snaps. With both voice notes and stylus scribbles, Snip gives you two options for getting that point across. When you're done, you can paste the image into another app (they're copied to the clipboard by default), distribute it as a web link or save it to your device as a video (MP4). When you lend your voice to the captures, the app automatically turns them into videos. And yes, they can be embedded on the web should the need arise. If you're looking to give it a go, the app is available in beta form now from the source link below.

Scientists are forever keen to get tiny robots working inside our bodies, despite pop culture warning us against the idea. Researchers from UC San Diego have joined the fray with a new idea: "microfish" robots that could one day "swim" through your bloodstream and cleanse toxins. The team devised a 3D-printing method called "microscale continuous optical printing," that let them create hundreds of fish-shaped bots thinner than a hair in just a few seconds. The printer is capable of creating custom shapes and adding nanoparticles that perform different functions, thanks to millions of micromirrors that project UV light onto photosensitive materials.

Samsung's pen-toting Galaxy Note series has never been for everyone, and still isn't, but the latest iteration, the Note 5, might just be refined enough to change a few minds. Though the fifth-generation version has a large 5.7-inch, QHD screen, it's actually the smallest Note to date and, not surprisingly, the most comfortable to hold. Under the hood, it brings enough software tweaks that the S Pen feels less like a gimmick than it used to. Even if you never use the pen, though, you'll enjoy the excellent camera, fast performance, brilliant screen and long battery life. Hopefully, you can see why we scored it 91 out of 100, though for some folks, the lack of expandable storage and a 128GB storage option will be dealbreakers. That's the gist of the abridged mini review video we have for you today, but if you have time, head on over to our full review for a much deeper dive.


With 175 million unique listeners each month, SoundCloud has established itself as a major player in the streaming space. Despite its size, the company has faced an uphill battle to convert its huge community into customers who are willing to pay for "unprecedented access to the world's largest community of music & audio creators." SoundCloud has struck deals with some major labels and independent artists, but in the UK, the Performing Rights Society for Music (PRS) has decided to take legal action against the music sharing service for allegedly not paying artists the royalties they deserve.

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture is a post-apocalyptic game with a difference. Instead of a nuclear wasteland, you're tasked with exploring an idyllic, but empty town in the middle of the English countryside. There's little dialogue, but the sweeping soundtrack sets a wonderfully melancholic tone. Composed by the game's director Jessica Curry, these original tracks are excellent examples of modern classical music. And clearly they've resonated with people -- earlier this month, the soundtrack placed eighth in the UK's "Official Classical Artist Albums Chart." Curry and the rest of her studio, The Chinese Room, were delighted. That is, until it disappeared from the chart the following week.

It's a rare, satisfying feeling when a community rallies together to ask a company to bring back a discontinued product and it actually works. Today is one of those days: Dell announced at PAX that it's bringing back the Alienware 18 -- the most powerful portable gaming machine the company's ever made. The revived 18-inch rig is being touted as a 'special edition' and will pack in a 4th Generation Intel i7 processor, up to 32GB of RAM, a 1TB HDD (with an optional 512GB SSD) dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M or 980M graphics, depending on the configuration. Too big? Too much? No worries --- Alienware is refreshing its 13-, 15- and 17-inch laptops, too.

Today on In Case You Missed It, Volkswagen releases a new commercial for its Golf R that changes depending on what sound effects the viewer makes. We also take a look at a bionic knee from "Monster" Mike Schultz designed for Moto-crossing lower-leg amputees. The Mythbusters find out if Walter White's machine gun trap could actually work (hint: omfg, does it ever) and a Parakeet learns to speak droid because Star Wars just won't go away.

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Amazon Unveils Its First Smartphone

An Amazon exec revealed last year that the company's continuing to develop more Fire phones despite the first one's failure to sell. According to The Wall Street Journal, though, that might not happen anytime soon: Amazon's shelving future phone plans, among other projects, and has even laid off a number of engineers from its secret Silicon Valley hardware development center, Lab126. That's the same facility responsible for the Fire tablets, TV and phone, the Dash button and the well-reviewed Echo speaker/voice-activated assistant. Lab126 was formed back in 2007 -- named as such to represent the first (A) and the 26th (Z) letters in the alphabet and, hence, the company's logo -- to develop Kindle e-readers. Unfortunately, the Fire phone's failure to sell (which led to a $170 million loss) forced the company to merge, stop or scale back many of the its (rather interesting) projects, in addition to cutting jobs.

Since Lenovo bought Motorola, there's been a lot of speculation as to what it will do with its existing mobile division. The company has now provided more details, saying it will run all of its smartphone operations under the Motorola umbrella and eventually shutter Lenovo Mobile. "Effective immediately, Rick Osterloh, formerly president, Motorola, will be the leader of the combined global smartphone business unit," the company told NDTV Gadgets in a statement. Lenovo Mobile employees will join Motorola, and as reported earlier, Motorola will take over all design chores.

NASA is pushing the state-of-the-art for 3D additive printing and wants to bring US industry along with it. It recently tested a rocket engine's crucial turbopump unit that was built almost entirely of 3D printed parts (see the video below). Marshall Space Center design lead Mart Calvert said that NASA and its private partners are "making big advances in the additive manufacturing arena with this work. Several companies have indicated that the parts for this fuel pump were the most complex they have ever made with 3D printing."

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It's no secret that Ashley Madison has fake female profiles to engage users -- heck, it's even noted in the ToS that the website "is geared to provide you with amusement and entertainment." When its user data was leaked to the public, though, people got a chance to see just how many women there are on the website exactly, and how many of them are definitely fake. Gizmodo editor-in-chief Annalee Newitz took a closer look at the data dump in an effort to determine the site's female population and found that barely any of the 5.5 million profiles marked as "female" actually used the website.