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Global Gadget News for 17 Jul 2019

Google Exec Tells Senate ThatOn Tuesday, Google vice president of public policy Karan Bhatia told members of the Senate Judiciary that the company's Project Dragonfly--a search engine for the Chinese market that was widely... reported to involve huge concessions to state censors and protested by its own staff--has been "terminated" and employees...
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Sprint's security team is having a very, very lousy 2019. On top of the earlier Boost Mobile breach, the carrier has revealed that hackers obtained "unauthorized access" to an unspecified number of... Sprint accounts through Samsung's "add a line" webs...
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Social media, not video games,Researchers with CHU Sainte-Justine in Quebec have published a study shedding light on digital entertainment and how it may impact depression during one’s teenage years. The results, which were... recently published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, point toward social media and television as driving depression in teens, but the same outcome wasn’t observed in association with another popular digital activity. …
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Apple is planning to buy upApple already has original content in music and TV; are podcasts next?
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Hacker Breached SprintMany Sprint customers recently learned that their accounts were compromised through the Samsung website.
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Scientists Propose Pumping 74We've reached the "what if we just make it snow a lot to save Antarctic's ice sheets" phase of our time on Earth. Good job, everyone.
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Luigi's Mansion 3 just got theBack at E3 2019, Nintendo made a pretty big deal about Luigi’s Mansion 3. Given its 2019 release window, we expected Luigi’s Mansion 3 to be a big focus of the show, and it was exactly that. There... was only one problem: E3 came and went without Nintendo confirming an actual release date for the game, something we thought we’d …
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Breathtaking SimulationChoppy video taken by a camera next to Buzz Aldrin's window is the only visual record we have of the first Moon landing. Using archival data and new high-res images, a team from NASA has recreated the... Apollo 11 landing, showing Neil Armstrong's perspective for the very first time.
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Congressman to Facebook: YourFacebook's new digital currency, Libra, has the potential to be worse than the September 11th attacks. At least that's what Democratic Congressman Dril (sorry, Congressman Brad Sherman) of California... said today at a House Committee on Financial Services Hearing in Washington, D.C.
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The Flame-Throwing DroneThere was a time in our not-too-distant past when the idea of a personally piloted object that spits fire would seem totally batshit insane--in fact, it still seems batshit insane. But makeshift... flame-throwing drones have been around for a minute, and now, you can purchase one of your very own.
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Wyze Bulb Review: An $8 smartWyze, the company that skyrocketed to popularity by launching a $20 home security camera, is back with yet another product: connected light bulbs. These bulbs are integrated with the Wyze app but do... not require a separate hub; even better, they come with an $8 price tag, making them one of (if not the) cheapest connected bulbs on the market. …
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Wagon hate just killed VW'sVolkswagen is calling time on its US wagons, with the Golf Alltrack and Golf SportWagen both facing the axe by the end of the 2019 model year. As you might expect it’s SUVs that are to blame for the... decision, with VW conceding that drivers are voting with their wallets and it’s not in favor of the humble station wagon. …
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iPhone XR did best in Q2 whileIn the United States in the second quarter of the year 2019 it was the iPhone XR that did best in unit sales, followed soon thereafter by a couple other Apple devices. At the same time, both Apple and... Samsung unit sales have slid downward just a bit as two other brands saw relatively significant gains. Both big gainers sell …
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Here Are the Bad Things NASAFifty years ago this week, humankind landed on the Moon for the first time. It was one of the most impressive technological feats ever pulled off, filled with peril and uncertainty. Given that, it's... fair to wonder just what exactly NASA scientists were worried could have happened to the astronauts during and after...
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Data of Nearly Every Adult inSomeone stole the personal and financial information of millions of Bulgarian taxpayers--likely the majority of the adult population.
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Last fall, Apple finally updated the MacBook Air. In doing so, it made choosing the best entry-level Mac laptop far more complicated than necessary. The Air was directly pitted against the 12-inch... MacBook and the cheapest 13-inch MacBook Pro (s...
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These new Switch Joy-Con colorNintendo is having a pretty big day, first revealing an upcoming refresh of sorts for the Switch and now revealing that two new pairs of Joy-Cons are coming down the pipeline. Joy-Cons, of course, are... the standard controller for the Nintendo Switch, and they attach to the sides of the console when it’s being used in handheld mode. The Switch …
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This 1960s Comic Strip ClaimedNuclear weapons can wipe out an entire city in the blink of an eye, but what about all the good they can do? That was the pitch from this 1965 comic strip that extolled the virtues of nuclear bombs to... build everything from highways to a "second Panama canal."
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It's been 28 years since German consumer product maker Braun got out of the audio business, but any audiophile will still be able to recognize the company's classic LE range of speakers. Today, Braun... announced that Pure Audio will launch new speakers...
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The Privacy Paradox

TechPinions - 17 Jul 2019 17:40
This article is exclusively for subscribers to the Think.Tank.
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DJI Ronin-SC gimbal packedToday DJI introduced a new $440 gimbal that allows mirrorless camera users to take command of stabilization in videos of all sorts. This machine is simple-to-use, relatively small, and right on the... high end of all the pro points. DJI suggests on their site that “due to limited new product availability,” they’ll only sell two units to each prospective customer. …
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Look, nature is beautiful. It's fun. But it can also be unpredictable and dangerous. And while I highly encourage you to head in to the great outdoors as often as possible, you should only do so if... you're prepared for an emergency. Obviously you need...
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Peloton's autonomous trucksAutonomous cars may be a sexy, sci-fi vision of the future, but autonomous trucks could be far closer to reality – and a lot more beneficial. Peloton today is showing off its new Automated Following... system, a straightforward name for Level 4 autonomy that the company believes is far closer to public highways than others might have you think. You …
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Nintendo Pushes Out New SwitchJust last week, Nintendo finally announced the Switch Lite--a cheaper and more portable version of the classic Switch but without the original's TV docking support. However, it seems the Switch Lite... wasn't the only hardware upgrade Nintendo had planned, because now Nintendo has announced a new model for the standard...
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The U.S. Is Set to Roast ThisThe only thing worse than the hottest time of summer is a heat wave on top of the hottest time of summer. And lo and behold, that's exactly what the eastern U.S. is to deal with.
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