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The Morning After: Thursday, October 19th 2017

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Richard Lawler
October 19th, 2017
'Real Steel' (2011) - DreamWorks
'Real Steel' (2011) - DreamWorks

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Are you ready for the WWE of giant robot fighting? Don't worry, we weren't either. Anyway, it's Thursday, which means it's time to make a plan for cleaning up dead satellites.

Chainsaws aren't against the rules, FYI.USA vs. Japan giant robot battle was a slow, brilliant mess

On Tuesday, Team USA's mechs scrapped it out with Japan's Kuratas in an abandoned steel mill for the world to watch. There could only be one victor, and it proved to be -- well, click here if you'd like to watch without a spoiler.

What's eating that Lexus?Take a peek at Apple's Project Titan self-driving setup

Voyage co-founder MacCallister Higgins tweeted a brief video of what is apparently one of Apple's self-driving test vehicles. The Lexus SUV sported a roof rack full of sensors and possibly more. What it lacks in looks, it may make up for in function, however, since a self-contained unit would be easier to remove during these early stages of testing.

Good news, bad news.Nintendo Switch update adds video capture and profile transfers

Before the Switch gets its big Mario platformer in a couple of weeks, Nintendo is pushing a software update that adds some notable new features. With the 4.0.0 update, it's capable of saving 30 seconds of video at the press of a button. Also, users can finally transfer profiles (including saved games) from one Switch to another; although it only supports complete profile moves, so there's no solution for backups (yet). Oh, and the Switch is now ready for pre-orders and pre-downloading from the eShop, so you can start playing Super Mario Odyssey right away when it launches.

It's in the cloud.Adobe remakes Lightroom CC as a hybrid app and 1TB cloud service

To be clear -- because Adobe's new naming system is pretty darn confusing -- Lightroom CC is both a storage app and a service. The new version for PC and Mac has a simplified interface with streamlined sliders, presets and quick-adjustment tools, and some of the features in the old version of Lightroom CC are missing.

Catch me if you can.Samsung leapfrogs Intel again with eight-nanometer chips

The smaller chips will be perfect for "mobile, cryptocurrency and network/server" applications.

It can power up to 20,000 homes.The world's first floating wind farm powers up in Scotland

The turbines of Hywind Scotland stand 253-meters tall in total (around 830 feet), with 78 meters (256 feet) of that bobbing beneath the surface, tethered to the seabed by chains weighing 1,200 tons. Within the next year or so, operators plan to install a huge 1MWh Batwind storage battery to better manage the site's output.

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