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Hyperloop passenger pods hurtle along a test track in California contest

The ultra-fast Hyperloop transportation system will need passenger pods if it’s ever to become a thing, and teams of student engineers are hoping to create the capsules. A contest over the weekend brought together the best of the bunch.

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Qualcomm CEO slams Apple for ‘without merit’ lawsuits

Senior executives at Qualcomm slammed Apple on Wednesday for lawsuits filed in the last week alleging the smartphone chip-maker significantly overcharged it for licensing fees.

The spat saw cases filed last Friday in California and this week in Beijing and were top of mind when Qualcomm conducted an earnings call with analysts on Wednesday.

For 15 minutes, Qualcomm executives criticized Apple’s moves, calling the two lawsuits “without merit” and accused the iPhone-maker of trying to use them as a way to reduce the royalties the iPhone maker pays to Qualcomm. 

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25% off YETI Hopper 20 Portable Cooler – Deal Alert

The YETI Hopper 20 ice-for-days portable cooler and is tough as nails so it can be hauled anywhere you want to take it.  It features a DryHide Shell and nearly indestructible straps will stand up to an abundance of abuse in the field.  It’s HydroLok Zipper is completely leakproof, eliminating spills and locking in cold.  It can hold 18 cans, a limit of rainbow trout, or 20 pounds of ice.  The YETI Hopper 20 is currently selling at the discounted price of $ 225, a good deal considering its $ 299.95 list price. See this high-end portable cooler now on Amazon. 

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New $29 Pine64 takes on Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3

Raspberry Pi’s new Compute Module 3 has serious competition coming its way from the maker of the Pine64 board computer.

The new SOPINE A64 64-bit computing module is a smaller version of the popular $ 15 Pine64 computer.

It was announced the same week as the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3, which is a smaller version of the popular namesake board, was released.

At $ 29, the SOPINE A64 roughly matches the price of the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3, which ranges from $ 25 to $ 30. The new SOPINE will ship in February, according to the website.

The SOPINE A64 can’t operate as a standalone computer like the Pine64. It needs to be plugged in as a memory slot inside a computer.

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