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Global Gadget News for 13 Aug 2019

Fortnite update v10.10We’re only hours away from the Fortnite version 10.10 game update’s release time…or, at least we were until Epic discovered a bug at the very last minute. The company has been forced to delay... game update v10.10 so that it has enough time to fix this bug. That means the overpowered mech suit tweak will be delayed slightly, as will …
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Measles outbreak cases in theOn Monday, the World Health Organization published an update on the measles outbreaks occurring around the world. A number of countries have been hit by the disease, the worst instances being in... Ukraine, Madagascar, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is also battling an Ebola outbreak. In addition, WHO reports that measles cases in the United States are …
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Robotic neck brace helps ALSEngineers at Columbia University have created a special robotic neck brace that is designed to give ALS patients back their range of motion. The brace is designed to hold the person’s head and... actively support them through their range of motion. The team says that the neck brace would bring an improved quality of life for the patients and help …
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Sci-Fi Looking Robotic NeckAmyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gherig's disease, is a neurodegenerative condition that affects muscle strength and control, eventually leaving patients unable to even hold... their own heads up. To improve their quality of life, researchers and engineers at Columbia University have created a...
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Preliminary Data Shows Two NewTwo new clinical treatments for the infamous Ebola virus may result in it becoming a "preventable and treatable" disease, the BBC reported on Monday, with a study of four drugs finding that two... treatments called REGN-EB3 and mAb114 were effective in limiting mortality from the disease.
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Google's settlement over faulty Pixel microphones has largely cleared the gauntlet, and it's now time to make a claim -- though how much you'll get depends on how well you qualify. The tech giant is... offering up to $20 to any US resident who bought a...
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Amazon has never revealed how products receive its iconic black "Amazon's Choice" label, which gets them top billing on the ecommerce platform. US senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Richard Blumenthal... (D-CT) sent a letter today to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos...
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Sennheiser reveals its firstSennheiser has unveiled its new IE 80S BT, the company’s first Bluetooth earbuds designed specifically for audiophiles. The product was unveiled today at the Hong Kong High End Audio Visual Show... where Sennheiser said its new offering produces a ‘breathtaking’ soundstage alongside the promise of high accuracy and support for high-resolution audio formats. The Sennheiser IE 80S BT earbuds feature …
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Your drugs can work better:There’s ample evidence to suggest that taking medications at the same time of day each day increases efficacy, a study published this month in Science suggests. Researchers have poured over fifty... years of clinical trials that considered and evaluated time-of-day administration of drugs. Over 100 clinical trials, 70 distinct drugs or combinations or medical procedures across 15 different therapeutic areas …
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Amazon's Face Recognition TechFacial recognition systems are still far from accurate, and yet government agencies continue to push for its deployment. To illustrate the existing flaws of the tech, the ACLU conducted another test... of Amazon's Rekognition software, which inaccurately identified one in five California lawmakers as matches to a mugshot...
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The 10 Best Deals of August 13, 2019

Gizmodo - 13 Aug 2019 23:40
The 10 Best Deals of AugustWe see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today.
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NASA reveals four best BennuNASA plans to take a sample from the asteroid Bennu next year, but it must choose the best spot for the mission before it instructs its spacecraft to descend. In an announcement this week, NASA... revealed the final four candidate sites it has selected for this sample mission, each of which has been named and will be studied over the …
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IMDb Will Let TransgenderFollowing criticism, IMDb has decided to allow transgender film professionals to remove their birth names in credits--in some circumstances. As it now stands, the website will allow users to remove a... person's birth name if that person no longer voluntarily goes by it, and it's not widely known to the public.
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Apex Legends fans have two weeks to take part in new challenges, including venturing out to King's Canyon on their own. The Iron Collection Crown event and temporary Solos mode has gone live, with... this trial run set to end on August 27th.
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Why So Many Ships Are Red On The Bottom

Gizmodo - 13 Aug 2019 22:45
Why So Many Ships Are Red OnShips being red below their waterline goes way back to when even the largest vessels were made of wood. You wouldn't want sea worms eating your hull, would you?
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Amazon Rekognition Can NowMost people familiar with face-scanning software suite Amazon Rekognition, its place in the surveillance state, and its questionable efficacy are apt to fear what the consequences of such a technology... might be when deployed against civilians. As the company was delighted to point out, fear is also also the most recent...
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Apex Legends solo mode nowAs teased last week, solo mode has come to Apex Legends at long last. Ever since launch, all of the game’s playlists have only supported three-man teams – an oddity in the battle royale genre,... where games typically give players the choice of playing solo, in pairs with one other person, or in four-man squads. Apex Legends’ focus on three-man …
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Audible pens major originalWhile Amazon, Netflix, and other companies are busy creating original video content, Amazon-owned audiobook company Audible has penned a new multi-year deal with Skybound Entertainment, the... entertainment company responsible for The Walking Dead comics. Under this new deal, Skybound Entertainment will create several original audio works for Audible, all of them destined to be exclusive to Amazon’s platform. Audible has …
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Facebook Did the SneakyFacebook has paid hundreds of contractors around the world to transcribe some of its users Messenger messages, according to a new Bloomberg report. The social network stopped doing the transcriptions... a week ago, following public outrage after journalists revealed that Amazon, Google, and Apple employed similar teams...
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A Chlamydia Vaccine ShowsA vaccine for the most commonly reported sexually transmitted infection in the U.S.--the bacterial disease chlamydia--is now a substantial step closer to reality. On Monday, researchers reported that... two of their vaccine candidates were found to be safe in a phase 1 clinical trial of 35 women. Though the trial wasn't...
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Legion's Heady Series FinaleDespite Legion's visual flair and the quartet of powerful telepathic mutants the show began focusing on as it entered its endgame territory, its season finale was a relatively quiet, contemplative... reflection on the emotional experiences that define people.
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In a bid to kick start sales of its I-Pace luxury electric vehicle (EV), Jaguar has set its sights at an unlikely target: current Tesla owners. The automaker confirmed to Engadget that it's offering a... select group of Tesla owners $3,000 off the price...
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Facebook Dark Mode for AndroidSo you’re all excited about getting Dark Mode for every app in your phone, right? Today we got to see the first major change for Facebook, the Android version of the app for the social network.... Meanwhile Facebook’s continuing to deal with the fallout from the biggest-fine-ever for a tech company levied by the FTC. FUN FACT: After news of …
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Please enjoy this guide to the best TVs and streamers to use in a dorm room, just one part of our larger 2019 back-to-school guide. In addition to top picks in 11 categories -- everything from laptops... to smartphones to gaming and dorm gear -- we went...
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Add Facebook to the list of tech firms who've halted their audio transcriptions over privacy concerns. The company confirmed to Bloomberg that contractors had been transcribing Messenger voice chats... to determine if AI had correctly interpreted the m...
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