Stories for Jul. 22, 2014
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Video curation startup Frequency added Chromecast support to its Android app this week, making it possible for Frequency users to cast any of the app’s curated channels of online video sources to the TV screen. Frequency’s app offers more than 4000 channels from sources including popular YouTube creators as well as media outlets like CNN, the York Times and BBC News. The company has also struck partnerships with TV manufacturers, and most recently launched a SDK for pay TV operators.

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is now equipped with landing legs, which could eventually allow it to be reusable–a crucial step toward lowering the cost of carrying cargo to space. The space startup released a video today taken from the surface of the rocket as it passed through the planet’s atmosphere and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. “The water impact caused loss of hull integrity, but we received all the necessary data to achieve a successful landing on a future flight,” a blog post states. “At this point, we are highly confident of being able to land successfully on a floating launch pad or back at the launch site and refly the rocket with no required refurbishment.”

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My $1,449 Chromebook Pixel just got a little more useful and so did the $299 Acer Chromebook C720P. The latest Stable channel software update adds support for pinch-to-zoom in Chrome OS. That means any touchscreen Chromebook now has the feature. Previously, pinch-to-zoom was available on developer and beta channels, but the user had to enable the feature in a hidden setting. Now, it’s on by default and makes the overall browsing experience a little better. This function, along with the recent addition of handwriting recognition could make for a nice Chrome OS tablet, particularly if it came with a docking keyboard, no?

Stories for Jul. 21, 2014
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Tesla robots, courtesy of Tesla.

Tesla factory robots, courtesy of Tesla.

Electric car maker Tesla Motors has temporarily idled production at its factory in Fremont, California, reports the San Jose Mercury News. It will use the almost two week downtime to increase production of its Model S sedan car, and to make way for manufacturing of its upcoming Model X, crossover SUV, minivan. Tesla plans to deliver 35,000 Model S cars this year, with a goal of 1,000 per week and the first Model X cars will  be delivered in early 2015. Production will resume on August 4.

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