The Blisk browser is a web developer's dream come true

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With so many different devices and screen sizes people browse the web on, web developers need to make sure their websites will work on every platform and react properly to different screen resolutions. Now there’s a developer-focused browser that makes that process a lot easier.

Blisk is a free web browser seen by The Next Web that isn’t made for the typical Internet surfer. It comes with a bunch of features that caters to web developers who want to test their projects without jumping between multiple devices and browsers at once.

The Blisk browser comes with emulators for different devices, so when testing code, developers can easily see how it works on mobile screens, tablet screens and on their computer.  Read more…

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Hyundai is building an 'Iron Man' suit

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Inside Iron Man’s suit is just a man. Sure, a man with a tiny arc reactor in his chest, but otherwise just a flesh-and-blood person who’s made super strong and virtually indestructible thanks to a mechanized suit of gold-titanium alloy.

If one guy can build such a suit, surely an entire car company can do it, too, at least that’s Hyundai’s perspective.

The company posted a series of photos and some scant information about a wearable robot it’s building on its blog on Wednesday.

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The Hyundai exoskeleton has considerable lifting power

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Google's own 'Android VR' headset will rumble with Samsung's Gear VR

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Google will reportedly unveil its much-rumored virtual reality headset at its I/O developer conference next week.

The headset, dubbed “Android VR” will supposedly be a self-contained device, according to Peter Rojas, founder of Gizmodo and Engadget, and now entrepreneur-in-residence at Betaworks.

As a self-contained VR headset, Android VR won’t need a smartphone to power it (like headsets like the Samsung Gear VR) or a powerful PC (Oculus Rift and HTC Vive).

According to Rojas, Android VR will supposedly offer a better VR experience than the Gear VR, but not quite as advanced as the Oculus Rift or Vive. Read more…

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Google to pay Arizona folks $20 an hour to 'drive' its self-driving cars

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From the “best job ever” department: Google is paying Arizona drivers 20 bucks an hour to test a self-driving car. 

According to the job listing, the drivers (or self-driving vehicle operators, as Google calls it) need to have a clean driving record, no criminal history, a BS or a BA degree and the ability to type at least 40 words per minute. 

The job involves driving 6-8 hours a day in a two person team, five days a week while monitoring the car’s systems with “constant focus” and filling up daily reports. 

“(Test drivers) give our engineers feedback about how our cars are driving and interacting with others on the road, and can take control of the vehicle if needed,” Brian Torcellini, head of operations for Google’s Self-Driving Car testing program, told The Arizona Republic. Read more…

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Google creates 13 emoji to represent working women

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Spend any time tapping out emoji and you’ve probably noticed that women are confined to three principal roles: bride, princess and dancer. 

While these are lovely things to be, the limited selection grows tiresome quickly, especially in contrast to emojis that show men as a police officer, cyclist and weight lifter. 

The disparity was recently the subject of a new Always advertising campaign and a New York Times op-ed. Inspired by the controversy, four Google employees have suggested a plan to rectify the imbalance. A proposal released by the company this week suggests adding 13 new female emoji to “better reflect the pivotal roles women play in the world.”  Read more…

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Apple won't end music downloads in 2 years, but it will someday

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Apple, which recently launched a music streaming service, will continue to offer music downloads — an industry it helped legitimize — for a long time. The question now is how long is long?

A report surfaced on Wednesday saying plans to terminate iTunes music downloads in two years is “actively being considered and gaining favor” within the company. However, Apple representative Tom Neumayr denied the report to Mashable and other publications.

While the two-year timeline is very unlikely, music industry analyst Mark Mulligan predicts it will happen.  Read more…

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