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Massive Windows 10 Update HasMicrosoft's biggest Windows 10 update yet has a dark side...
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Coinbase To IRS On Efforts ToAs the legal maneuverings over the rights of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to gain access to Coinbase customer accounts, continue, Brian Armstrong, Co-Founder and CEO at Coinbase, took to the... publishing platform, Medium, to explain his side of the story.
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SpaceX captures stunning shotThis magnificent photograph celebrates the seventh landing of a reusable rocket.
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Idiot Tasked With MaintainingIn December, Rick Perry enthusiastically accepted the nomination to be Donald Trump's secretary of energy--unfortunately for both Perry and the American people, he had no idea what the fuck he was... signing up for. According to a New York Times report, Perry originally believed the job was being "a global ambassador for...
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The anti-trust lawsuit thatQualcomm is in trouble. For most, those words probably mean next to nothing, but if you know much about the technology within your smartphone, it means a great deal. Qualcomm builds many of the key... components of the world's smartphones — specifically, the modems and often the processors, too. It's also the dominant vendor in both categories. To smartphone users, the difference between a phone that uses a chip or modem from Qualcomm and some other brand is often measured in seconds — how long it takes to launch an app or call up a webpage, for instance. To the industry, it's measured in billions of dollars — the reward for making deals to get your technology into the hands of millions of people. And in the future, the difference could play a role in the 5G race. 
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Tesla Model S owner getsIn a bizarre story that gently reminds us that too much technology can sometimes be a bad thing, a Tesla Model S owner named Ryan Negri recently found himself stranded in the Nevada desert after... deciding to leave his key fob at home. In its place, Negri brought along his trusty iPhone which can just as easily start the car via Tesla's Keyless Driving feature. In a story originally posted to Instagram, Negri explains that he simply wanted to take his Model S out for a little spin around Red Rock Canyon and take a few scenic photos with his wife and two dogs. However, once Negri exited the car a few miles into the excursion, he quickly discovered that he was unable to restart it with his iPhone because he had no cellular service. "I forgot when you get out of the drivers seat, you have to...
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Google Pixel cracking audio isGoogle might have an angry mob at its doorsteps if this latest revelation about the Google Pixel will be confirmed to be the final word about the smartphone. Already riddled by bugs or hardware... issues, the first "made by Google" smartphone might end up looking like a rushed disaster, though to a lesser extent than the Galaxy Note 7. That's …
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Mark Zuckerberg will testifyMark Zuckerberg is heading to a Dallas court to testify in an ongoing lawsuit filed against Oculus, the VR company Facebook purchased for $2.3 billion. ZeniMax, the parent company of Doom developer id... Software, claims that Oculus CTO John Carmack too...
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Samsung leader faces arrest in South Korea

Engadget - 16 Jan 2017 07:42
Samsung leader faces arrest inSamsung's past several months have been pretty lousy, but they're about to get much, much worse. South Korean prosecutors have announced that they're seeking a warrant to arrest Samsung Vice Chairman... Lee Jae-yong (aka Jay Y. Lee), the electronics gia...
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3 guys happen to catch SpaceXSpaceX successfully launched — and landed! — its Falcon 9 rocket on Saturday, it's first launch since another one of its rockets exploded last fall.  Luckily for us, some adventurous guys caught... the whole thing on camera from nearly two miles up in the air.  SEE ALSO: SpaceX's Saturday rocket launch is a big freaking deal As the rocket, carrying 10 communications satellites for the company Iridium, lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a trio of flight enthusiasts were flying their own small airplane at around 8,500 feet, outside of the no-fly zone but still close enough for a terrific view of the launch, including the below video from Van Espahbodi of Starburst Accelerator.
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I Watched Neil deGrasse TysonLast week, the American Museum of Natural History in New York and famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson held a press event to announce the museum's new Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education,... and Innovation.
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Ricardo Hill allegedly operated Coin.mx which exchanged millions of dollars into bitcoin to support the hack scheme.
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Nintendo's focus at its Switch event last week was on the hybrid portable/home console's lineup of games, with next to no information on the operating system or other functionality. Now, via some... answers provided in response to questions asked by Kotaku, the company has revealed a little more information -- but stayed quiet on a lot. Here are a few things we've learned: The Switch won't support any video-streaming apps like Netflix or Hulu at launch. "All of our efforts have gone toward making the Nintendo Switch system an amazing dedicated video game platform," the company says, although this functionality is "being considered for a future update." The Switch doesn't work with any Wii or Wii U controllers right now, but "support for...
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Donald Trump Reportedly ForcedWhile rising to our nation's highest office is an unparalleled honor, becoming President also involves many personal sacrifices. This week, Donald Trump may have made his first, reportedly "trad[ing]... in" the Android phone widely believed to be his primary tweeting device for a Secret Service-approved smartphone.
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Security researcher finds theA distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack can take down a site, a server, or various parts of the internet. Attackers send to the target incredible amounts of junk traffic which bring their target... down, making it impossible for real users to access that online service. One such attack happened back in mid-October last year, and it took out a large number of sites -- the entire internet some would say -- including Twitter, Spotify, Reddit, PayPal, and others. Researchers found a Mirai botnet to be responsible for the entire thing, and now a renown security researcher thinks he has uncovered one of the creators of the Mirai botnet. Brian Krebs, who often writes about online security and data breaches over at his own site Krebs On Security, was attacked with the help of Mirai in September...
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Scientists built an AI that isComputers can already hold a massive amount of instantly-retrievable data in a manner that puts most humans to shame, but getting them to actually display intelligence is an entirely different... challenge. A team of researchers from Northwestern University just made a huge stride towards that goal with a computational model that actually outperforms the average American adult in a standard intelligence test. As PhysOrg reports, the witty computer system utilizes an AI platform called CogSketch that gives it the power to solve visual problems just by looking at them, which is something that has traditionally held back many examples of artificial intelligence. Being able to visually understand, interpret, and then use that data to come to a solution brings the computer system closer to the...
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7 ways Redditors made thisTo get away from all the political posts, I decided to venture over to Reddit's Photoshop Battles to see what they had to offer. I was not disappointed.
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Six cosmic catastrophes thatIf you ask yourself what the biggest threat to human existence is you'd probably think of nuclear war, global warming or a large-scale pandemic disease. But assuming we can overcome such challenges,... are we really safe?
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How Mark Shuttleworth becameIn an inside look at the Ubuntu founder and space pioneer, TechRepublic shows what Mark Shuttleworth has learned about innovation, cybersecurity, the future of tech, and planet Earth.
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Drug Maker Who Jacked Up CostYou can lead a drug company to public shame, but you can't make it feel remorse.
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Korean military used videoSouth Korea proudly showed off footage of its top-of-the-line Kai KF-X fighter jet in 2015; the culmination of over 14 years of work. Unfortunately, a year and a bit later, Korea Times discovered that... footage used to show off the fighter's impressive...
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2016 is the new hottest yearNASA announced on Wednesday that in 2016, Earth experienced the hottest surface temperatures in modern history. Separate, independent analysis at NOAA provided the same conclusion. This makes the... third year in a row that Earth experienced record high temperatures. These record years are part of a concerning long-term trend of increasing global temperatures. In fact, 16 of the 17 warmest years…
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80% of IoT apps not tested forA new report from the Ponemon Institute, IBM, and Arxan claims that just 20% of IoT apps and 29% of mobile apps are actually tested for vulnerabilities, raising security concerns.
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Google could bring its budgetLow-cost phones with software updates directly from Google. Google launched the Android One platform in India in 2014, tying up with third-party vendors to offer $100 phones with clean Android and the... promise of quick updates. According to The Information, Google is looking to bring Android One phones to the U.S. "before the middle of the year." The phones will be priced between $200 to $300, and will receive software updates and security patches directly from Google for "two years from sale date." The report also mentions that Google is planning a major ad campaign for the Android One platform, which will likely be similar to what we've seen the company do for the Pixel. There's no mention of a manufacturer yet, but it looks like Google is picking LG for the first device. Google largely...
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Japanese Toilet Makers AgreeOn Tuesday, the Japan Restroom Industry Association announced that it had developed a new set of control panel illustrations for multifunctional "super toilets," standardizing the symbols for the... benefit of foreign visitors.
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