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American Technology News for 24 Mar 2017

Minecraft players, beware fakeMalicious apps disguised as Minecraft mods bombard users with ads or direct them to scam sites.        
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Red IPhones & An Appearance ByApple has embarked on a new charm offensive in China. But how much success can Apple really expect to enjoy in a country where local rivals such as Huawei and Oppo have managed to elbow the iPhone... aside with their cheaper but high-quality alternative, remains to be seen.
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Apple Says WikiLeaks CIAIn response to a series of CIA documents leaked this morning that outline exploits the government used to gain access to Macs and iOS devices, Apple gave a statement to TechCrunch claiming that the... documents are old and that the vulnerabilities outlined in the leak have long since been patched. Apple says the iPhone vulnerability only affected the iPhone 3G and was fixed in 2009, while all Mac vulnerabilities were fixed in Macs launched after 2013. We have preliminarily assessed the Wikileaks disclosures from this morning. Based on our initial analysis, the alleged iPhone vulnerability affected iPhone 3G only and was fixed in 2009 when iPhone 3GS was released. Additionally, our preliminary assessment shows the alleged Mac vulnerabilities were previously fixed in all Macs launched after...
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Researchers grow a versatileFriedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen Nürnberg (FAU) researchers have come a step closer to their goal of providing large diamond foils for practical applications. In a test reactor, they have... succeeded in producing the world's largest diamond foil with a diameter of 28 centimetres. Diamond foils can be used as ultimate wear protection in industrial applications and for research into thermoelectric power generation - an emerging market.
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Tesla Model 3 is 'just aThe Tesla Model 3 is not a product iteration along the lines of successive iPhones, Elon Musk clarified on Twitter on Friday. Instead, it’s a “smaller model affordable versions of Model S” with... less range, less power and fewer features, according to the Tesla CEO. The Model S is still going to be the leader in terms of it technological capabilities – so think more iPhone…
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T-Mobile will now block scamYou may start receiving fewer scam and spam calls starting April 5 if you're a T-Mobile customer. T-Mobile is making it harder for spammers, scammers and other malevolents from getting customers to... raise their phones to their ears. The company is rolling out a behind-the-scenes update called Scam ID that will automatically block calls it deems to be malicious, based on "an advanced global database of tens of thousands of known scammer numbers." The database is kept up-to-date in near real-time by analyzing every call that comes into the network with behavioral heuristics and intelligent scam pattern detection. When a match is found, the T-Mobile network tags the incoming call and warns the customer that it's likely from a scammer. Because of the way T-Mobile's network manages voice...
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Spacewalking astronauts prepSpacewalking astronauts are prepping the International Space Station for a new parking spot
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Long-delayed Russian moduleThe Multi-Purpose Laboratory Module, also known as Nauka, was originally set to be added to the ISS in 2007. SpaceNews.com
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Samsung releasing Note 7Samsung has been mostly successful in getting those with a defective Galaxy Note 7 to turn their phones in, but as always, there are a certain amount of stragglers who are still using theirs. Samsung... has tried a few things to get these consumers to hand in their phones, from offering trade-in credits to limiting the amount the phone’s battery …
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GameStop closing 150 stores asThis year, GameStop says it will open 65 new Technology Brand stores and 35 Collectibles stores, and will close between 2% to 3% of its GameStop stores, which amounts to at least 150 stores....        
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Airspace rights still unclearWhere exactly you're entitled to fly your drone in the US without fear of it being blasted out of the sky continues to be a legal gray area, after a judge dismissed another case brought against... self-proclaimed "drone slayer" William Merideth. The Ken...
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Hey, Alexa: Siri's not so bad after all!

USA Today - 24 Mar 2017 15:34
Hey, Alexa: Siri's not so badWith Alexa on the iPhone, Siri suddenly shines        
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Inventing a new kind of matter

Phys.org - 24 Mar 2017 11:44
Inventing a new kind of matterImagine a liquid that could move on its own. No need for human effort or the pull of gravity. You could put it in a container flat on a table, not touch it in any way, and it would still flow.
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Amazon has more budget phonesThe Prime Exclusive Phones program gets two more devices: The Moto G5 Plus and the Alcatel A30.
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Amazon Prime Exclusive PhonesLast summer, Amazon launched what it calls 'Prime Exclusive Phones,' which are subsidized Android handsets offered to Prime members at a discount...and with advertisements on the lock screen. If you... don't mind having to glance at ads whenever you turn your phone on, the deal is a decent way to get a decent handset for less than the typical sticker …
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Play Games, Earn Razer Gear -Have you ever wished you could get paid for playing games without having to go the "Pro Gamer" route? Razer's new incentive does exactly that and allows you to earn zSilver just for playing your... favorite games.
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Moto G5 Plus is now availableAmazon may have given up on the Fire phone, but the company's line of low-cost "Prime Exclusive" ad-subsidized smartphones is getting a refresh today. The program launched last year with a respectable... lineup of discounted, unlocked handsets that have...
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(Emory Health Sciences) Researchers have found that specific patterns of activity on brain scans may help clinicians identify whether psychotherapy or antidepressant medication is more likely to help... individual patients recover from depression.
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'Virtual batteries' could leadCoordinating smart appliances and electric cars may help balance supply and demand in the power grid.
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Can the CIA hack your iPhone?The CIA has put quite a bit effort into figuring out ways to hack Apple devices.That's the takeaway from the latest batch of documents dumped by WikiLeaks.  The so-called "Dark Matter"documents,... published Thursday, detail methods allegedly used by the CIA to infect MacBooks and some older iPhones with malware that allowed the agency to remotely spy on device owners. SEE ALSO: Wikileaks' CIA dump contained WAY more bad memes than you would think As usual, WikiLeaks released a fairly alarming-sounding statement accompanying the documents. But before you freak out about the security of your own Apple products, it's important to understand exactly what they say.
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One of our planet's few exposed lava lakes is changing, and artificial intelligence is helping NASA understand how....
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Astronomers have uncovered a supermassive black hole that has been propelled out of the center of a distant galaxy by what could be the awesome power of gravitational waves....
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Giant, hyper-detailed MoonIt takes just about 27 days for the Moon we all know and love to make its way around the Earth, but it's going to take far longer for a giant model of the Moon to do the same. Museum of the Moon is an... art exhibit that provides visitors with an up-close-and-personal look at our planet's only natural satellite, and it's currently traveling between festivals and universities so that everyone can experience its awesomeness. Created by artist Luke Jerram, Museum of the Moon is described as "a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition." In practical terms, it's a huge model of the Moon measuring 30 feet in diameter, with every square inch of its sphere covered in ultra high-resolution NASA imagery of the lunar landscape. At 1:500,000 scale, each centimeter of the manmade...
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Hackers try to extort Apple bySomeone claiming to be a group of hackers called themselves the "Turkish Crime Family" has apparently been trying to extort money from Apple. As Motherboard reported a few days ago, the group claims... to have login details for hundreds of millions of A...
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Scientist solves mostSome household items have remained exactly the same for so long that you never really imagine that they could be improved upon, even if they have some pretty obvious flaws. Wine bottles fall perfectly... into that category. Sure, they're not perfect, but they're so simple and have gone without significant improvement or changes for so long that there's little chance they'll ever evolve, right? Not so fast. An extremely bright gentleman by the name of Daniel Perlman set his sights on improving the wine bottle, and seems to have succeeded wildly by inventing a wine bottle that doesn't drip when pouring. Perlman, an inventor and patent holder who also happens to be a biophysicist at Brandeis University, studied how wine hugs the edge of bottle spouts after being poured. It typically results in...
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