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Drones set a Guinness World Record at the Winter Olympics

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More than 1,200 drones lit up the sky at the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics. 

That’s a Guinness World Record for the most unmanned drones flown simultaneously, beating the previous record of 500 in Germany in 2016. Both records involved Intel’s Shooting Star drones. 

The 1,218-drone light show in South Korea was pre-recorded. Still, 300 of them made a live appearance at the opening ceremony, forming the shape of the Olympic rings.

Drones fly to make the Olympic rings.

Drones fly to make the Olympic rings.

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Intel’s drones—which each weigh a little more than half a pound—have flown above crowds in Singapore, at the Super Bowl last weekend in the shape of the American flag, and at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles last year in the shape of the Wonder Woman logo. They’ll pop up throughout the Winter Olympics during medal ceremonies. Read more…

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TAG Heuer's newest luxury smartwatch lets you customize your $1,600 wrist candy

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The TAG Heuer Connected was possibly the most luxurious, expensive smartwatch to launch on the Android Wear platform — so the iconic Swiss watchmaker decided to up the ante for its Android Wear 2.0 release. 

TAG Heuer just unveiled its latest wearable, the Connected Modular 45. The watchmaker teamed up with Intel, its partner from the previous model, to create the latest fusion of Swiss craftsmanship and Silicon Valley tech. 

The watch’s name gives its most distinctive feature away right off the bat: it’s a modular device, and TAG Heuer says it will offer hundreds of options for personalization, including the choice to swap out the smart module for a more traditional mechanical watch or the luxe Heuer 02T Tourbillon Chronograph if you’re feeling extremely fancy and don’t actually want a smartwatch at all.    Read more…

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U.S. spies are withholding intelligence from Donald Trump, who has none

Capping off Donald J. Trump’s No Good Very Bad Horrible Day today, the Wall Street Journal reports that senior U.S. intelligence officials are deliberately withholding sensitive information from the President because they don’t trust him. Today’s report cites sources inside the White House, and underscores the deep mistrust between career spies and the imploding kakistocracy.

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Intel inexplicably makes jobs announcement in round room with very nice curtains

Oval Office replica Intel’s latest press conference was its most well-appointed yet. The chipmaker’s CEO Brian Krzanich announced his company’s newest initiative in a tasteful if traditional space with lavish gold curtains and a stately desk. The room, with notably rounded corners, was nearly 3,000 miles away from the company’s headquarters and many of its manufacturing sites. In lieu of PR… Read More

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