We got to look inside Google's NYC pop-up store before it opens to the public

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Google’s New York City pop-up store is conveniently located near Mashable headquarters, so we walked over to get a peek (and share it with you!) before it opens to the public on Thursday, Oct. 19.

The store will be open through Dec. 31, with the daily hours of 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. It’s located in the Flatiron District of Manhattan at 110 5th Avenue. Like its sister pop-up site in Los Angeles, it will be filled with Google’s latest hardware collection, including the Pixel 2 phone, Google Home Mini, and Google Home Max. 

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Boss of Facebook's secretive hardware lab out after 18 months

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Facebook’s secretive Building 8 hardware lab is losing its boss.

Regina Dugan, who left Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group to lead Building 8, announced that she will be leaving the social network at the beginning of 2018 to “focus on building and leading a new endeavor.”

The former DARPA chief didn’t say what she would be doing post-Facebook, but said the move was a “difficult decision” for her. At Building 8, which she joined in 2016, she lead some of Facebook’s most experimental hardware efforts, including its “brain computer interface project.” Read more…

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WhatsApp's new feature lets you track your friends in real-time

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WhatsApp will now let you track your friend’s location.

The app is getting a new “live location” sharing feature that allows users to share their location in real-time with the friends they’re chatting with.

Previously, the app had a location-sharing feature, but it only allowed users to share a static spot on a map. Now, when users opt-in to live location, the friends they’re chatting with can see their exact location updated on a map as they move.

The feature, which you can opt-in to from any chat, allows others to view your exact location for one, three, or eight hours at a time. Read more…

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Adorable smart alarm clocks are the latest trend in kid tech

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Parenting is pretty much synonymous with sleep deprivation. Just when you finally get them to sleep through the night, your kid starts waking up at the crack of dawn ready to play. 

Sleep hygiene needs to be learned, and many companies are using the magic of technology to help parents instill healthy sleep habits in their children. The smart alarm clock Mella, currently being funded on Kickstarter, is one such device. Read more…

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This portable solar cooker has already destroyed its Kickstarter goal

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Over the course of the last few years, GoSun has introduced a new wave of outdoor eating by harnessing solar power to let you cook. This eco-friendly cooking device is getting an upgrade by way of the GoSun Go, an ultra portable solar-powered cooker that’s currently seeking funding via Kickstarter.

The solar-powered cooker is reportedly lightweight and compact, making it great for camping trips and picnics. Just like its predecessor, it uses the sun to steam, bake, roast, and cook just about anything you need in its specially-designed tube in about 30 minutes. We’re told it’s always cool to the touch, even when it’s preparing your food, so you can apparently handle the GoSun Go without burning yourself. Read more…

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