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If you've heard of Knightscope's security robots, it was probably due to their high-profile failures: one would-be Robocop failed to detect a staircase and killed itself by driving into a water fountain, another ran over a toddler's foot in a shopping mall. On Wednesday, Knightscope announced two new robots were joining the force: the K1 and the K5 buggy.

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It's like clockwork: every month or so, you'll be scrolling through your Facebook feed and stumble across a video about a new ring or underwear, colour-changing straws or colour-changing nail polish, or "smart stickers" that claim to help prevent sexual assault. There's the inevitable swarm of uncritical media coverage that garners hundreds of thousands of views in a few days. But after a fleeting moment in the news cycle, the stories -- and ostensibly, the products themselves -- disappear.

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Even though Google's big October 4 event is still a couple of weeks out, it seems we've just gotten a really good look at the four most important devices we expect the company to announce there. The leaks come courtesy of Droid Life, and include info and prices on a new, smaller version of the Google Home smart speaker, a new premium two-in-one Chromebook, and both the big and small versions of the Pixel 2.

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Australian scientists have developed an artificial intelligence-driven technology that could make it easier to prevent blindness in the 1.7 million Australians with diabetes.

Patients usually wait up to six weeks for a specialist to screen them for diabetic eye disease. But with this new CSIRO-developed eye-screening technology, patients can be screened by their regular doctor instead, then referred to a specialist for treatment if needed.

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If you're going to invest hundreds of dollars on a television set then you want to make sure you're setting the best picture possible, but far too many of us don't take the time to correctly configure the display we're staring at. Here's how to get your money's worth from your TV tech and the on-screen settings you need to know about.

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Suddenly, drones. In the last couple of years, that's exactly what it feels like. One day, no drones, the next day, your mate has a tiny one that can fly for four minutes indoors for the express purpose of tormenting cats and toddlers. So, yes, it's become a bit more important to conduct research on the damage a drone can do if it hits you in the head, something more likely to occur as the space around your face becomes increasingly more cluttered with autonomous, floating gadgets.