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Not that long ago we published a list of the Engadget crew's favorite game soundtracks. But, of course, we left some of your favorites out. Well, we listened. What you'll find below are a selection of soundtracks that y'all made impassioned pleas for in the comments and on Facebook and Twitter. The big takeaway? You gals and guys really like the music from Eastern-developed games like Chrono Trigger and Shadow of the Colossus. You'll find those along with other, perhaps more modern, examples as well.

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After battling with not only Uber, but also celebrities and New York Governor Cuomo, the De Blasio administration has shelved plans to cap Uber growth in New York City. At least until after it conducts a four month study on the effect of Uber on traffic according to the New York Times. The proposal would have limited the amount of new Uber and other car-for-hire services licenses granted in the city to one percent. To counter the proposal, Uber launched a fake "De Blasio" feature in its app that showed no vehicles available for hire and warned that this is what the app would be like if the City Council bill passed. It also bought commercial spots blasting the mayor and saying the bill would destroy 10,000 jobs. According to NYT sources, the agreement between Uber and the De Blasio administration includes the sharing of Uber data with the city.

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It's unlikely we'll get the real dirt on Apple Watch sales anytime soon, but that hasn't stopped analysts, journalists and basically anyone with a pulse from speculating about the wearable's potential success or failure. In the leadup to Apple's latest earnings report, we heard news of declining adoption rates from Fast Company and developer disinterest from The New York Times. Since everyone seems to be watching the Watch, we asked you to weigh in on the future of the wrist-worn category and you delivered. Brandon Côté envisioned a wearable future that mirrors Ender's Game while Carl Zetie suggested that it's a largely a product category without a problem to solve.

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The Soyuz TMA-17M rocket launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday, July 23, 2015 carrying Expedition 44 Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineer Kjell Lindgren of NASA, and Flight Engineer Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) into orbit to begin their five month mission on the International Space Station. (Photo Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

A Soyuz spacecraft carrying three astronauts -- Kjell Lindgren of NASA, Oleg Kononenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency and Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency -- launches out of Kazakhstan today at about 5PM ET, but you can watch Expedition 44 from wherever you are, right here. Soyuz departs for the International Space Station and the crew will remain there through December. NASA TV's coverage of today's launch begins at 4PM ET. Check it out below.

Update: The launch was successful, and the mission is on its way to the ISS, where it's expected to dock later tonight. NASA TV coverage will resume at 10PM ET, before the docking process and eventual hatch opening. If you missed the launch don't worry, we've embedded a clip of that after the break as well.

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A T-Mobile US Inc. Store Ahead Of Earnings Figures

What if the default texting app on your phone offered some of the same handy features as iMessage or Hangouts? Well, if you're a T-Mobile customer, you'll soon be privy to more tools. The Uncarrier announced its Advanced Messaging tech today, delivering options like near real-time chat, larger images and more. Like iMessage, BBM and the like, you'll be able to see when a message has been delivered, read and when the person you're chatting with is tapping out a response. Those larger images? The size limit is bumped to 10MB for photos and videos, giving you more space to futz with if needed.

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The universe, boiled down to a single diagram

Need proof that Neil deGrasse Tyson has a knack for explaining complex astrophysical concepts in simple terms? You don't have to spend the better part of an hour watching a Cosmos episode -- in fact, a short work break will do the trick. The famed astrophysicist has posted a video explaining the basic history of the universe within 8 minutes, ranging from the Big Bang to humanity itself. The clip notes that many things we take for granted (such as gravity and the prevalence of matter) were decided in the earliest moments of the universe, and that our Solar System largely exists thanks to giant stars ejecting heavy elements. That sounds like a lot to take in, but don't worry: this is quite accessible, and it's a good primer on the nature of... well, everything.

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During a recent campaign stop in South Carolina, billionaire presidential candidate and hairpiece aficionado Donald Trump decided to share Senator Lindsey Graham's personal cell phone number with the crowd (and all of televised America). This resulted in his phone being inundated by calls from across the country. So what's Senator Graham (R-SC) to do with a number that may as well be scrawled across every truck stop bathroom in the nation under "For a good time call"? Well, first, he got himself a new phone. Then he teamed up with Independent Journal Review, a news and politics forum, to give his trusty old flip-phone the send-off it deserved -- which apparently includes lots of fire, golf clubs, blenders, bokken and long falls.

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Dance music on Spotify

Beatport might be the first place you visit if you want to hear a DJ's latest single or remix, but it's no longer quite as exclusive as it used to be. The service has struck a deal to bring its music and video to Spotify, including tunes that were previously exclusives. Moreover, this isn't just a content dump -- Beatport parent SFX is promising that it'll have a "unique program" on Spotify, and that this represents the first real team-up between Spotify and another streaming music platform.

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Beneath that shiny exterior, the Xbox One is, basically, a glorified gaming PC in a slightly smaller frame. As such, wouldn't it be great if you could play RTS games on the machine with your keyboard and mouse? The hardware can already support the former, and if Microsoft's Phil Spencer is to be believed, the latter is coming in the near future. The executive was asked on Twitter if it'd be possible to stream games from a Windows machine to the Xbox -- in the opposite direction to how the company has set up its game streaming system. In response, he said that it'd require keyboard and mouse support for it to work, crucially adding "those aren't far away."

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A few years back, a pair of researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital made human cells glow by impregnating them with a molecule that's normally found in jellyfish called green fluorescent protein (GFP) and packing them into a resonant cavity that amplified the amount of light each cell produced. Now, according to a new study recently published in the journal Nano Letters, a team of scientists from the University of St Andrews have developed a means of making individual glowing cells also act as their own resonant cavities.

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Twitter just announced its second annual Twitter Flight developer conference set for October 21st in San Francisco. Like every other conference of this nature, the event is meant to reach out to devs and get them up to speed on the company's developer-focused products. Unlike other tech firms, this year's shindig will be Twitter's first big event with a yet-to-be-named CEO and/or Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey taking the stage to share the social network's news. The event will focus on the company's mobile platform Fabric, its APIs for third parties and Gnip its enterprise platform. Of course with new(ish) leadership there's also the chance that the company will use the opportunity to announce more consumer-facing products and changes to Twitter itself.

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Sony Xperia Z3

If you've ever wished that Sony would ditch its custom Android interface in favor of Google's 'pure' experience... well, you'll want to book an impromptu Scandinavian vacation. Sony is launching a 500-person Swedish trial of Concept for Android, a "stripped back" take on Android 5.1 for the Xperia Z3 that looks and feels like the stock Google interface while including Sony's more popular apps and features. If you're fortunate to be part of this test run, you'll both improve the software itself and shape Sony's overall strategy -- it's moving toward development based on "real user input" that will hopefully lead to more meaningful upgrades. And don't despair if you don't get in right now. The company is promising trials for more areas and more devices if this catches on, so you may still get a sneak peek at Sony's Android plans.

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What it's like to use Samsung's Tizen-based 4K TV (in a non-4K world)

It's not easy getting a massive 65-inch TV inside a Brooklyn apartment. But, oh, is it worth the trouble. In this case, I'm talking about the Samsung JU6500, a 4K (3,840 x 2,160) smart TV powered by the company's newly minted, homegrown Tizen OS. Unless you were dead-set on Android TV, the set comes with most everything you would want in 2015: support for Ultra High-Definition media, access to entertainment apps and an actually reasonable price point. Although it's listed at $2,800, you can get one for around $2,100 from retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg, Adorama and Samsung's own site. Unfortunately for the company, its JU6500 seems expensive compared to Vizio's cheap 4K series -- which makes the buying decision harder for people who want a UHD TV.

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This week, we kick things off with the poll results from last week's episode. You guys had some strong feelings about kids and cursing!

Next, my friend and Sword & Laser co-host Tom Merritt (of Daily Tech News Show) weighs in on a question about the anti-technology generation. Will our future spawn reject technology fully, or embrace it even more completely?

And hey, if you feel like you're a little too plugged-in, I share my tips for logging off. Just make sure you watch this video before you do! Send your questions to me veronica@engadget.com or on Twitter using the hashtag #DearVeronica. See you next week!

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Unlocked phone shootout: Meet the Huawei P8 Lite and Oppo R7

It used to be, not too long ago, that buying an unlocked smartphone online from some unfamiliar Chinese OEM was a sure-fire recipe for frustration. The thing is, the bar for no-contract phones has gotten so high within the past two years or so that you could easily ditch the common flagships down at your local carrier store and live the unlocked life with a great device you've never even heard of. To test that wallet-friendly hypothesis, I took a pair of unlocked Chinese smartphones that either are or soon will be available stateside. Say hello to the $250 Huawei P8 Lite and the $400 Oppo R7.

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Bitcoin surrounded by various world coins

One of the reasons that Silk Road was so popular and dangerous was because it enabled people who would have otherwise never dealt drugs to become Scarface-like kingpins. That's the tale of Michael Duch, an IT consultant who has wound up being sentenced to two and a half years in prison for dealing heroin. Duch agreed to testify against the site's founder, Russ "Dread Pirate Roberts" Ulbricht in exchange for a lower sentence, and told the court how easy it was to make anything up to $70,000 a month from home.

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By Cat DiStasio

Some cars have removable rooftops; some computers turn into tablets; and some houses can transform into entirely different structures at the press of a button, the flip of a switch or the wave of a hand. From expanding apartments that maximize tiny footprints to robotic homes that double in size, read on for six unique dwellings that can change shape, size and function at a moment's notice.

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To help ease the burden of email, Google created Inbox, and now Microsoft is looking to lend a hand, too. With Send, you can keep it brief for those times when "in-and-out email" is all that's needed. It's less about organization and more like an IM-like option for your inbox. The app provides the short convos that text or IMs usually afford, but allows access to your email contacts and stores all of the threads in Outlook for later reference. In other words, you can quickly send a "meet me downstairs" to a colleague without having to make a phone call or send an email with a subject line, etc. There's also a Quick Reply tool with some pre-entered responses to save you even more time -- things like "on my way" or "I'll get back to you."

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Second Sight's Argus II bionic eye has already helped hundreds of patients around the globe with a rare disease called retinitis pigmentosa (RP) to see again. And yes, that includes several Americans who've gotten the system after it was approved by the FDA in 2013. Now, doctors at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital have proven that it also works on another kind of degenerative eye disease: age-related macular degeneration (AMD). They've recently attached an implant onto the retina of Ray Flynn, an 80-year-old retiree who had lost his central vision due to the condition. Unlike retinitis pigmentosa, which could occur in anyone regardless of age, macular degeneration is one of the most common causes of blindness in adults 30-years-old and above. Also, AMD takes away a person's central vision, while those with RP usually lose their peripheral sight instead.

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Most companies seek out the latest displays for high-tech billboards, but Forever 21 has decided to take a different route for this particular Instagram project. For the past year-and-a-half, the folks at connected hardware maker Breakfast New York have been building a "Thread Screen" for the company. It's called that, because well, it's literally a screen made of 6,400 mechanical spools of multicolored threaded fabric. Those spools have five-and-a-half feet of fabric each, divided into 36 colors that transition every inch-and-a-half. They move like a conveyor belt, stopping at the right hue based on what picture they're displaying -- an infrared even scans the finished product to make sure each spool is displaying the correct color.

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