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Engadget Daily: Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, transparent solar panels and more!

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by Andy Bowen 2014-08-20 19:22:00

Today, we take the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook for a spin, round up a few of our favorite phones, learn about transparent solar panels, and more! Read on for Engadget's news highlights from the last 24 hours. ...

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These beautiful objects symbolize human contact using cold, hidden machinery

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by Sean Buckley 2014-08-20 20:03:00

Ask anyone who's tried maintaining a long-distance relationship: it's hard, and video chats, text messages and phone calls don't always satisfy our emotional needs. A lot of human relations are indirect, subtle actions of body language or behavior...

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Parties for Secret users get you spilling the beans in real life

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by Jon Fingas 2014-08-20 18:47:00

Part of the allure of Secret's app is supposed to be the anonymity; you can confess your innermost thoughts without facing any accusing fingers. However, people are now using Secret as a launching pad for parties where the very point is to confide in...

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What if your Netflix queue was just a big, virtual room?

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by Timothy J. Seppala 2014-08-20 18:07:00

Sure, we know Oculus VR chief technology officer John Carmack's likes watching movies on the Rift headset from bed when he's sick, but what if you'd rather catch up on Orange is the New Black instead? A recent hackathon at Netflix produced something...

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China's 'bullet screens' combine movies and your snarky texts

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by Chris Velazco 2014-08-20 17:33:00

Movie theater texters here in the US are (rightfully!) viewed as the lowest of the low, but certain spots in China look far more kindly on those cinematic simpletons. Why? Because some of their hastily composed missives actually become part of the...

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Google sees over 1 million daily takedown requests for pirate links

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by Edgar Alvarez 2014-08-20 16:33:00

While sites like The Pirate Bay are busy improving the experience for the torrent-loving crowd, Google's facing the task of processing an extreme amount of removal request for pirate links. According to a recent transparency report on the matter,...

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The Big Picture: NASA's electric plane achieves vertical takeoff

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by Andy Bowen 2014-08-20 17:04:00

While EVs like the Tesla Model S and Renovo Coupe gain steam here on the ground, engineers at NASA's Langley Research Center are taking electric propulsion technology to new heights. What you see above is the GL-10 -- AKA Greased Lightning. This...

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Watch two fish duke it out in 'Street Fighter' on a live internet stream

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by Jon Fingas 2014-08-20 15:33:00

The bar has been raised for fish-controlled video games. Not content with the solo action of Fish Plays Pokemon, Andrew Hill has launched FishPlayStreetFighter, a Twitch stream that lets you watch two fish (Aquarius and Robert the Bruce) square off...

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NFL wants artists to pay to play the Super Bowl Halftime Show

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by Billy Steele 2014-08-20 14:41:00

Being selected to play the Super Bowl Halftime Show is a huge deal -- there's no doubt about that. But this year, the NFL is asking potential acts for the 2015 installment to fork over a share of their post-game tour profits. According to The Wall...

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MLB hopes to ease blackouts on streaming local games

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by Billy Steele 2014-08-20 16:03:00

With MLB.tv, Major League Baseball's subscription-based streaming option, your local team's home games are blacked out due to TV and/or cable deals. That could change as early as next season though, as Bob Bowman, the league's head of Advanced Media,...

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