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Amazon Expands Air Cargo Fleet With 15 More Planes, Will Have 70 Planes By 2021  

Amazon announced this morning the expansion of its own air delivery network, Amazon Air. "The retailer says it's leasing an additional 15 Boeing 737-800 cargo aircraft from partner GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS)," reports TechCrunch. "These will join the five Boeing 737-800's already leased from GECAS, announced earlier this year. The aircraft will fly out of more than 20 U.S. air gateways in the Amazon Air network." From the report: In addition, Amazon says it will open more air facilitie

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2019-06-19 10:00:00

Two Potentially Life-Friendly Planets Found Orbiting a Nearby Star  

A tiny, old star just 12 light-years away might host two temperate, rocky planets, astronomers announced today. If they're confirmed, both of the newly spotted worlds are nearly identical to Earth in mass, and both planets are in orbits that could allow liquid water to trickle and puddle on their surfaces. National Geographic reports: Scientists estimate that the stellar host, known as Teegarden's star, is at least eight billion years old, or nearly twice the sun's age. That means any planets or

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2019-06-19 07:00:00

Defying expectations, Boeing wins interest for 737 Max at Paris Air Show - CNET  

The Max family is still grounded following two deadly crashes, but the parent of British Airways says it'll consider buying 200 737 aircraft

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2019-06-19 03:57:52

San Francisco is getting closer to an e-cigarette ban to protect kids, but it may hurt adult smokers who use vaping to quit  

San Francisco is getting closer to banning the sale of e-cigarettes in the city in a bid to prevent minors from accessing them—but the new legislation may also hurt adult smokers who are trying to quit cigarettes. The city's Board of Supervisors today voted unanimously to approve two proposals: legislation that would ban the sale or […]

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2019-06-19 03:49:58

Twitter will remove precise location tagging in tweets, citing lack of use  

Update: An earlier version of this post said Twitter is removing location tagging in tweets. In fact, it is only removing the ability to share precise location details like latitude and longitude. In an announcement today from its support account, Twitter said it is removing the option to tag precise locations in tweets. The feature […]

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2019-06-19 03:45:36

Still in stealth mode, Duffel raises $21.5m in Series A from Benchmark for its travel platform  

Ten months ago London startup Duffel hinted that it would be "a new way to book travel online, aiming at the booking experience ‘end to end'", and announced a healthy $4.7M funding round, but not much else. Today it goes further, announcing a $21.5m in Series A funding from US VC giant Benchmark, which also […]

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2019-06-19 03:36:47

Ireland To Ban New Petrol, Diesel Vehicles By 2030  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: The Irish government plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030, as part of a major strategy to protect the environment. The aim is to ensure that all new cars and vans on Irish roads in 11 years' time are electric vehicles. The proposed legislation was among 180 measures in the government's Climate Action Plan, published on Monday. The document also includes a target to implement an EU-wide ban on non-recyclable plastic by 2

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2019-06-19 03:30:00

Astronomers just observed two galaxies merging, 13 billion years ago - CNET  

It's thought to be the earliest known example of merging galaxies yet discovered.

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2019-06-19 03:28:25

Microsoft's first data center regions in the Middle East are now generally available  

Microsoft today announced that is first data center regions in the Middle East are now online. The data centers are located in Abu Dhabi and Dubai and will offer local access to the usual suite of services, including Azure’s cloud computing services and Office 365. Support for Dynamics 365 and Microsoft’s Power Platform will arrive […]

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2019-06-19 03:26:23

Meero raises $230 million for its on-demand photo platform  

Chances are you always look at photos before you order food in your favorite food delivery app, or before you book a hotel room. French startup Meero wants to make the web and mobile apps look beautiful by helping businesses get good photos. And the company just raised a $230 million funding round. Eurazeo, Prime […]

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2019-06-19 03:07:37

New Stranger Things clothing line turned my fashion sense Upside Down - CNET  

The Netflix hit inspired an H&M collection from another dimension, so naturally I got a romper covered with Demogorgons.

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2019-06-19 03:07:36

Google will start attributing lyrics in its search results to their third-party providers  

Earlier this week, music lyrics repository Genius accused Google of lifting lyrics and posting them on its search platform. Genius told the Wall Street Journal that this caused its site traffic to drop. Google, which initially denied wrongdoing but later said it was investigating the issue, addressed the controversy in a blog post today. The […]

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2019-06-19 02:53:22

Dr. Seuss was inspired to write The Lorax by this tree. Now it's gone - CNET  

"But those trees! Those trees! Those Truffula Trees! All my life I'd been searching for trees such as these," the author wrote.

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2019-06-19 02:32:11

Blue Prism acquires UK's Thoughtonomy for up to $100M to expand its RPA platform with more AI  

Robotic process automation — which lets organizations shift repetitive back office tasks to machines to complete — has been a hot area of growth in the world of enterprise IT, and now one of the companies that’s making waves in the area has acquired a smaller startup to continue extending its capabilities. Blue Prism, which […]

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2019-06-19 02:25:10

Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg make top CEO list for the 7th year in a row - CNET  

See where your boss landed on Glassdoor's annual list.

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2019-06-19 02:09:43

Bernie Sanders Supports Video Game Workers Unions  

U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has taken to Twitter to announce his support for video game workers unions. "In his message, Sanders gives shout-outs to IATSE (the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) and Game Workers Unite, two organizations that have been working to help game creators organize," reports VentureBeat. "He also links to a June 11 Time story about the epidemic of worker burn out occurring in the industry." From the report: Video games make a

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2019-06-19 02:02:00

Hereditary director Ari Aster's Midsommar reviews are in: 'Terrorizing' - CNET  

What's that sound? Cries of fear. Echoing across the internet.

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2019-06-19 01:38:43

Secretive Magic Leap Says Ex-Engineer Copied Headset For China  

Magic Leap, a secretive U.S. startup that makes a $2,295 augmented-reality headset, filed a lawsuit Monday accusing one of its former engineers of stealing its technology to create his own AR device for China. Bloomberg reports: In a lawsuit filed Monday, Magic Leap alleges that Chi Xu, who left in 2016, exploited its confidential information to "quickly develop a prototype of lightweight, ergonomically designed, mixed reality glasses for use with smart phones and other devices that are striking

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2019-06-19 01:25:00

Berlin's Cherry Ventures raises new €175M fund to back early-stage startups across Europe  

Cherry Ventures, the Berlin-based investor that backs European companies predominantly at seed-stage, has raised a third fund. The new “Cherry Ventures III” has closed at €175 million and will continue to be focused on seed, although the firm has historically invested at pre-seed and Series A, too. It will remain fairly industry agnostic, backing promising […]

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2019-06-19 01:17:02

Facebook's Calibra Is a Secret Weapon For Monetizing Its New Cryptocurrency  

Earlier today, Facebook announced its cryptocurrency "Libra" and the nonprofit association that will oversee it. "But behind Facebook's ambitions to create a quasi-nation state ruled by mostly corporate interests is a secret weapon, one the company hopes it can use to create another platform used by billions of people -- and generate enormous new revenue streams along the way," reports The Verge. "It's called Calibra, and it's a new subsidiary of Facebook the company is launching to build financ

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2019-06-19 00:45:00

Engineers Boost Output of Solar Desalination System By 50 Percent  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Researchers in Rice's Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP) this week showed they could boost the efficiency of their solar-powered desalination system by more than 50% simply by adding inexpensive plastic lenses to concentrate sunlight into "hot spots." The results are available online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "The typical way to boost performance in solar-driven systems is to add solar concentrators and bring in mo

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2019-06-19 00:02:00

House Lawmakers Demand End To Warrantless Collection of Americans' Data  

Two House lawmakers are pushing an amendment that would effectively defund a massive data collection program run by the National Security Agency unless the government promises to not intentionally collect data of Americans. TechCrunch reports: The bipartisan amendment -- just 15 lines in length -- would compel the government to not knowingly collect communications -- like emails, messages and browsing data -- on Americans without a warrant. Reps. Justin Amash (R-MI, 3rd) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA, 1

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2019-06-18 23:20:00

Google Explains How It Licenses Song Lyrics For Search, Will Add Attribution  

Over the weekend, Google Search was caught allegedly copying song lyrics from In response, Google published a long explanation of how lyrics in Search work and said that they will add attribution to note which third-party service is supplying the lyrics. 9to5Google reports: When you look up a song in Search, Google often returns a YouTube video with the Knowledge Panel featuring lyrics, links to streaming services, and other artist/album/release/genre info. A query that explicitly as

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2019-06-18 22:40:00

YouTuber Simone Giertz Transformed a Tesla Model 3 Into a Pickup Truck  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Simone Giertz was tired of waiting for Elon Musk to unveil his new Tesla pickup truck, so she decided to make one herself. The popular YouTuber and self-described "queen of shitty robots" transformed a Model 3 into an honest-to-god pickup truck, which she dubs "Truckla" -- and naturally you can watch all the cutting and welding (and cursing) on her YouTube channel. There's even a fake truck commercial to go along with it. Giertz spent over a ye

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2019-06-18 22:03:00

Senator Rubio Targets Huawei Over Patents  

hackingbear writes: While intellectual property violation is a major accusation against China in the on-going US-China trade war, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio filed legislation on Monday that would prevent Huawei from seeking damages in U.S. patent courts, after the Chinese firm demanded that Verizon Communications pay $1 billion to license the rights to patented technology. Under the amendment -- seen by Reuters -- companies on certain U.S. government watch lists, which would include Huawei, would

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2019-06-18 21:25:00

Google Launches Chrome Extension For Flagging Bad URLs To the Safe Browsing Team  

Google today launched a new Chrome extension that will simplify the process of reporting a malicious site to the Google Safe Browsing team so that it can be analyzed, reviewed, and blacklisted in Chrome and other browsers that support the Safe Browsing API. From a report: Named the Suspicious Site Reporter, this extension adds an icon to the Google Chrome toolbar that when pressed, opens a popup window from where users can file an automatic report for the current site they're on, and which they

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2019-06-18 20:45:00

Careteam aims to unite patients and healthcare providers with a platform approach  

How best to untangle the Gordian knot that is navigating your own healthcare? It’s a tricky question, and one that seems to have become only more complicated as technology improves, in many regards — systems don’t necessarily speak to one another, and it’s still hard for an ordinary patient without specialist knowledge to make sense […]

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2019-06-18 20:35:04

An open letter to Google and Apple: Stop hindering Iranian entrepreneurs  

Take away my toolbox and ask me to be a carpenter. This is what Google and Apple are asking of Iran's budding entrepreneurship sector by barring access to essential platforms and software.

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2019-06-18 20:17:33

Facebook Token Runs Into Instant Political Opposition in Europe  

Hours after Facebook unveiled its cryptocurrency project today, European officials have called for scrutiny of the plan, raising concerns over whether the project was sufficiently regulated. From a report: French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said the digital currency known as Libra shouldn't be seen as a replacement for traditional currencies. "It is out of question" that Libra "become a sovereign currency," Le Maire said in an interview on Europe 1 radio. "It can't and it must not happen." L

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2019-06-18 20:05:00

Atlassian's co-CEO Scott Farquhar will join us at TC Sessions: Enterprise  

Few companies have changed the way developers work as profoundly as Atlassian. Its tools like Jira and Confluence are ubiquitous, and over the course of the last few years, the company has started to adapt many of them for wider enterprise usage outside of developer teams. To talk about Atlassian’s story from being a small […]

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2019-06-18 19:53:43

People familiar with Slack's upcoming public offering share what to expect  

Slack, the popular workplace messaging company, is expected to list on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday in the second major direct listing in the U.S. after Spotify introduced the concept to investors in April of last year. At this point, plenty of industry observers think it makes sound sense for Slack to embrace […]

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2019-06-18 19:50:24

Iceland's Data Centers Are Booming -- Here's Why That's a Problem  

The southwestern tip of Iceland is a barren volcanic peninsula called Reykjanesskagi. It's home to the twin towns of Keflavik and Njardvik, around 19,000 people, and the country's main airport. On the edge of the settlement is a complex of metal-clad buildings belonging to the IT company Advania, each structure roughly the size of an Olympic-size swimming pool. Less than three years ago there were three of them. By April 2018, there were eight. Today there are 10, and the foundations have been l

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2019-06-18 19:21:00

As smart TVs become the only option, your privacy choices fizzle out - CNET  

You can't buy a good, dumb TV anymore. That means more privacy and security concerns with what you're watching.

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2019-06-18 19:17:37

Google Pledges $1 Billion To Tackle Bay Area Housing Crisis  

Google pledged $1 billion over the next 10 years to try to address an affordable housing crisis California's Bay Area. From a report: The tech giant will re-purpose $750 million of its own land for residential use, allowing the development of at least 15,000 new homes, Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai said in a blog post on Tuesday. Another $250 million will go to incentives for developers to build at least 5,000 affordable housing units. The success of Google and other Silicon Valley techn

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2019-06-18 18:41:00

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe adds a usable second row - Roadshow  

It'll be available in both I6 and V8 flavors, and it'll be out before the end of the year.

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2019-06-18 18:28:42

Boaty McBoatface Makes Significant Climate Change Discovery on First Mission  

The British research submarine Boaty McBoatface has made an impressive debut in the scientific arena, discovering a significant link between Antarctic winds and rising sea temperatures on its maiden outing. From a report: The unmanned submarine, whose moniker won a landslide victory in a public poll to name a $300 million British polar research ship, undertook its inaugural mission in April 2017. The task saw McBoatface travel 180 kilometers (112 miles) through mountainous underwater valleys in

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2019-06-18 18:00:00

VidAngel ordered to pay $62.4M for copyright infringement  

The VidAngel story seemingly ended in late 2017 when it declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy. But the bad news wasn't over for the streaming service, which promised to edit all of the dirty bits out of other people's films. This week a federal jury in California ordered the Provo, Utah-based startup to pay $62.4 million to […]

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2019-06-18 17:44:09

City of Berlin Backs Plan To Freeze Rents For Five Years  

The Berlin Senate on Tuesday approved a five-year rent freeze designed to tame soaring housing costs in the German capital, bowing to pressure from residents angry that their city has become unaffordable. From a report: Once described as "poor but sexy," Berlin's housing costs have doubled over the last decade as employees lured by the strong job market move into the city. The sharp rent hikes have led some residents to ponder radical solutions, including pushing for the seizure of housing stock

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2019-06-18 17:20:00

Tesla is turning its showrooms into arcades  

Tesla might not engage in traditional advertising. That doesn’t mean the automaker isn’t keen on getting new customers and retaining the ones it already has. Most of Tesla’s methods have focused on leveraging its existing customer base to attract new buyers. And that strategy has continued. This time, the company is turning its showrooms into […]

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2019-06-18 17:12:29

Woman Knocked Down While on Phone Wins Payout From Cyclist  

A woman who was knocked unconscious by a cyclist will be awarded compensation, despite a judge finding she had stepped into the road while looking at her phone. From a report: Robert Hazeldean, a garden designer , who was also knocked out by the collision, will pay thousands in damages and court fees to Gemma Brushett, who works for a finance firm in the City of London and runs yoga retreats. Hazeldean was returning from work in July 2015 when he crashed into Brushett as she crossed a busy junct

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2019-06-18 16:40:00

Anti-Spam Service Truecaller Adds Free Voice Calling Feature  

An anonymous reader shares a report: Truecaller, an app best known for helping users screen calls from strangers and spammers, is adding yet another feature to its service as it bolsters its super app status. The Stockholm-based firm said today that its app can now be used to place free VoIP-powered voice calls. The company told TechCrunch on Tuesday that it has started to roll out the free voice calling feature to its Android users. It expects the rollout to reach all Android users in the comin

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2019-06-18 16:00:00

Google announces $1B, 10-year plan to add thousands of homes to Bay Area  

The housing crisis in the Bay Area, particularly in San Francisco, is a complex and controversial topic with no one-size-fits-all solution — but a check for a billion dollars is about as close as you're going to get, and Google has just announced it's writing one.

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2019-06-18 15:46:40

Amazon's Ring May Be Branching Out Beyond Outdoor Cameras  

The Amazon panopticon may soon be getting a few new eyes. From a report: In February 2018, Amazon paid $1 billion to acquire Ring, the connected-camera doorbell company whose founder was once rejected on Shark Tank. Since then, Ring has been integrated with other Amazon services, allowing live feeds from its devices on Amazon Echo Shows and leading to new products such smart floodlights. Ring has also helped Amazon to flesh out its rather creepy Key service, where users with Ring doorbells (and

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2019-06-18 15:20:00

2020 Porsche 718 Spyder rocks a manual soft top - Roadshow  

It's also loaded up with plenty of Porsche performance parts.

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2019-06-18 15:04:11

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 promises powerful performance - Roadshow  

With 414 horsepower on tap from its 4.0-liter flat-six engine, it should hustle like no other.

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2019-06-18 15:02:59

SafeAI raises $5M to develop and deploy autonomy for mining and construction vehicles  

Startup SafeAI, powered by a founding talent team with experience across Apple, Ford and Caterpillar, is emerging from stealth today with a $5 million funding announcement. The company’s focus is on autonomous vehicle technology, designed and built specifically for heavy equipment used in the mining and construction industries. Out the gate, SafeAI is working with […]

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2019-06-18 14:48:57

Google Calendar is Down  

Multiple users are reporting this hour that they are unable to use Google Calendar service. Many attempting to visit the site say they are being welcomed with a "Error 404 and Not Found" error. The app is facing the issue, too. Google's status page does not show any anomaly with the service. Update 14:40 GMT: Google has acknowledged the issue. In a statement, it said, "We're investigating reports of an issue with Google Calendar. We will provide more information shortly. The affected users a

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2019-06-18 14:30:00

Google is investigating claims it steals lyrics from Genius - CNET  

Google will end its partner agreements if it finds third parties are scraping the web for lyrics.

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2019-06-18 14:18:25

Focals by North Review: The future is (almost) here  

The concept of an IRL heads-up display has been a part of science fiction since basically the beginning. Big players have tried their hand at it with less than stellar results — most notably Google with Glass, and more recently Intel’s Vaunt. But North may have cracked the nut on smart glasses with Focals. They […]

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2019-06-18 13:48:10

Google Calendar is down, it's not just you  

Snow day. All meetings are canceled until further notice. Google Calendar has been hit with what appear to be some pretty widespread issues. The company has confirmed service interruptions via its G Suite Status Dashboard, noting, “We’re investigating reports of an issue with Google Calendar. We will provide more information shortly. The affected users are […]

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2019-06-18 13:24:01

Probably Genetic helps families identify genetic conditions early with AI and DNA tests  

Probably Genetic hopes to provide families of children on the autism spectrum with more complete diagnoses.

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2019-06-18 13:22:59

Microsoft patent app could see the Surface Pen double as an earbud - CNET  

The company has envisioned a flexible stylus with input buttons for controlling audio and digital presentations.

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2019-06-18 13:08:49

Youper, a chatbot that helps users navigate their emotions, raises $3 million in seed funding  

Youper, a mental health app with a chatbot it calls an “emotional health assistant,” has raised $3 million in seed funding from Goodwater Capital. The funds will be used to accelerate development of Youper’s artificial intelligence-based capabilities and grow its user base. Based in San Francisco, Youper was co-founded in 2016 by Dr. Jose Hamilton. […]

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2019-06-18 13:03:22

Siemens Gamesa Unveils World First Electrothermal Energy Storage System  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CleanTechnica: Spanish renewable energy giant and offshore wind energy leader Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy last week inaugurated operations of its electrothermal energy storage system which can store up to 130 megawatt-hours of electricity for a week in volcanic rock. The newly-opened electric thermal energy storage system is billed by Siemens Gamesa as "The Future Energy Solution" and as costing "significantly" less than classic energy storage solutio

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2019-06-18 13:00:00

Apple Watch's own built-in apps can be deleted in watchOS 6  

Good news for Apple Watch owners who don’t want to clutter up their Watch with unused apps. With the release of the new watchOS 6 operating system later this year, Apple will allow Apple Watch device owners to remove many more of the built-in, first-party apps from their smartwatch — including previously unremovable apps like […]

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2019-06-18 12:55:56

Here come the dark mode browsers -- and websites - CNET  

This is a dark web you can get behind -- once developers embrace the ability to bypass glaring white websites.

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2019-06-18 12:50:24

Renault's updated Zoe has a little more of everything - Roadshow  

Whether you're after looks, range, power, or tech, there's more to enjoy in the new Zoe.

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2019-06-18 12:22:57

E3 has ended, but you can still get this amazing Xbox Game Pass deal - CNET  

If you follow these steps, you can turn a 1-Month $1 Xbox Game Pass Ultimate deal into up to 36 months of Xbox Game Pass for free.

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2019-06-18 11:52:44

OnePlus 7 Pro camera update: OxygenOS 9.5.7 improves color contrast and more - CNET  

The latest software update to the OnePlus 7 Pro camera improves one of the key complaints against the phone.

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2019-06-18 11:32:10

For pen testing firm IOActive, security is cultural not transactional  

IOActive may not be a household name but you almost certainly know its work. The Seattle-headquartered company has been behind some of the most breathtaking hacks in the past decade. Its researchers have broken into in-flight airplanes from the ground and reverse engineered an ATM to spit out gobs of cash. One of the company’s […]

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2019-06-18 11:26:35

YouTube's new AR Beauty Try-On lets viewers virtually try on makeup while watching video reviews  

Makeup tutorials and reviews are some of the most popular content on YouTube, as they help people learn about new products as well as how to apply them. YouTube is now kicking that experience up a notch with the introduction of a new AR feature for virtual makeup try-on right from the YouTube app. Called […]

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2019-06-18 11:15:39

Orbit Fab becomes first startup to supply water to ISS, paving the way for satellite refueling  

Not even two years into its existence, orbital fuel supply startup Orbit Fab has chalked up a big win — successfully supplying the International Space Station with water, a first for any private company. It’s a big deal, because providing water to the ISS involved a multi-day refueling process, done in microgravity, using processes and […]

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2019-06-18 11:10:20

Adam Sandler's Murder Mystery is Netflix's biggest weekend film ever - CNET  

The Sandler- and Jennifer Aniston-starring comedy has been a big success, Netflix tells us.

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2019-06-18 11:04:41

LG V50 5G goes on sale at Verizon on June 20 - CNET  

Here comes another phone ready for fast speeds, that is, if you're in Chicago or Minneapolis.

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2019-06-18 10:42:10

Simone Giertz's converted Tesla Model 3 pickup truck is wonderful  

YouTuber Simone Giertz, celebrated DIY inventor, roboticist and general maker of cool stuff, decided not to wait for Tesla’s forthcoming pickup truck. Instead, she bought a Tesla Model 3 direct from the company new and then used elbow grease, ingenuity, some help from friends and power tools to turn it into a two-seater with a […]

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2019-06-18 10:32:26

Fresh off a $2.65B valuation, Plaid co-founder William Hockey is leaving  

"This conclusion was neither a rash nor a recent decision," Hockey explains.

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2019-06-18 10:26:44

A Game of Thrones spin-off prequel has just started filming, claim reports - CNET  

But HBO states it has "not confirmed production".

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2019-06-18 10:18:04

Carmen Sandiego's final Google Earth caper: Keys to the Kremlin - CNET  

Pack your coat, gumshoe. You're headed to Russia.

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2019-06-18 10:16:04

Stock up on batteries with 25% off AmazonBasics alkalines - CNET  

The discount applies to lithium and hearing-aid batteries as well. Plus: Improve your Roku or Fire TV remote for $20.

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2019-06-18 10:15:46

This $99 AirPower knockoff is available for order now  

There are a number of key differences between Apple's AirPower and lookalike knockoff, AirUnleashed. The most pertinent one, however, is that one of the two is actually available for purchase. Apple gave up the AirPower ghost back in March, after having gone silent on the product for some time, citing an inability to "achieve [its] […]

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2019-06-18 10:11:30

Dr. Seuss was inspired to write The Lorax by this tree. Now it's gone - CNET  

"But those trees! Those trees! Those Truffula Trees! All my life I'd been searching for trees such as these," the author wrote.

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2019-06-18 10:08:08

Amazon Prime Day 2019: Where to find the best deals on smart home gadgets - CNET  

Everything you need to know to snag big savings on Amazon Echo smart speakers and connected doorbells, smart lights and other connected tech.

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2019-06-18 10:05:58

New iOS feature prompts you to cancel subscriptions when uninstalling apps  

There are operating system updates that feel tacked on or otherwise not particularly useful. Then there are those that genuinely alter the way you interact with a device. This new addition by way of iOS 13's second beta falls firmly into the latter, prompting users to cancel a subscription upon uninstalling from an app. Spotted […]

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2019-06-18 10:03:04

Scientists Use Sound To See Around Corners  

sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: Spies may soon have another tool to carry out their shadowy missions: a new device that uses sound to "see" around corners. Previously, researchers developed gadgets that bounced light waves around corners to catch reflections and see things out of the line of sight. To see whether they could do something similar with sound, another group of scientists built a hardware prototype -- a vertical pole adorned with off-the-shelf microphones and smal

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2019-06-18 10:00:00

Aston Martin Valhalla is a much cooler name for the AM-RB 003 'baby Valkyrie' - Roadshow  

Best of all, you don't have to die in a Viking battle to get one.

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2019-06-18 09:53:18

Dr. Mario is in (on iOS and Android) July 10  

After years of heel dragging, Nintendo finally opened itself up to the smartphone world in late-2016. The gaming giant hasn't exactly opened the floodgates in the intervening years, but Fire Emblem Heroes, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Dragalia Lost have filled the void in some form or other. There's something to be said for the […]

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2019-06-18 09:49:08

Google now lets you flag deceptive sites with a new Chrome extension  

Google today launched a new Chrome extension that allows you to flag suspicious sites for inclusion in the company’s Safe Browsing index, which is used by Chrome and a number of third-party browsers. In addition, Google is also launching a new warning in Chrome that puts up a roadblock before you visit a site that […]

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2019-06-18 09:39:56

LG V50 ThinQ review: Too expensive and too soon for 5G - CNET  

The LG V50 is one of the first phones with 5G. But it's worth holding off at this point.

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2019-06-18 09:20:18

Amazon's Twitch acquired social networking platform Bebo for under $25M to bolster its esports efforts  

While Facebook makes a bold move into cryptocurrency to capitalise on its multi-billion user base, a social network that was once a credible competitor to it has quietly been snapped up by a subsidiary of Amazon. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Bebo, one of the earlier platforms to let people share thoughts and media […]

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2019-06-18 09:19:32

China has over 100 more supercomputers than the US, Top500 says - CNET  

But the two most powerful supercomputers are in the US.

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2019-06-18 09:18:14

Facebook Announces Libra Cryptocurrency  

Facebook has finally revealed the details of its cryptocurrency Libra. From a blog post: Today we're sharing plans for Calibra, a newly formed Facebook subsidiary whose goal is to provide financial services that will let people access and participate in the Libra network. The first product Calibra will introduce is a digital wallet for Libra, a new global currency powered by blockchain technology. The wallet will be available in Messenger, WhatsApp and as a standalone app -- and we expect to lau

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2019-06-18 09:14:00

Amazon Prime Air gets more planes to boost one-day shipping to you - CNET  

The online retailer's fleet will now grow to 70 planes.

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2019-06-18 09:01:02

US lawmaker wants Facebook to halt its Libra cryptocurrency project - CNET  

Lawmakers still have a lot of questions about Facebook's cryptocurrency plans.

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2019-06-18 08:43:28

Watch soap bubbles freeze up like nature's snow globes - CNET  

It might be worth a frigid shower sometime to see these amazing works of fluid dynamics as art.

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2019-06-18 08:41:33

Cruise is sharing its data visualization tool with robotics geeks everywhere  

Cruise is sharing a software platform with roboticists that was initially created to give its own engineers a better understanding of the petabytes of data generated every month from its fleet of autonomous vehicles. The platform is a data visualization tool called Webviz, a web-based application aimed at anyone working in robotics, a field that […]

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2019-06-18 08:35:53

Verified Expert Growth Marketing Agency: NoGood  

NoGood CEO Mostafa Elbermawy describes how they evaluate a client's growth challenges by quoting Zen teacher Hunryu Suzuki: "In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities; in the expert's mind there are only a few." Rather than deferring to in-house playbooks, NoGood adopts an open mind combined with a methodical, data-driven approach to find untapped […]

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2019-06-18 08:29:46

Volvo Group and Nvidia team up to produce an AI platform for autonomous trucks - Roadshow  

The work will rely on Nvidia's Drive family of computing solutions.

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2019-06-18 08:29:29

The Apple Watch is still on sale starting at $199 at Amazon and Walmart - CNET  

These 'Father's Day deals' on Apple Watch Series 3 and Series 4 are still available.

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2019-06-18 08:24:01

House lawmakers demand end to warrantless collection of Americans' data  

Two House lawmakers are pushing an amendment that would effectively defund a massive data collection program run by the National Security Agency unless the government promises to not intentionally collect data of Americans. The bipartisan amendment — just 15 lines in length — would compel the government to not knowingly collect communications — like emails, […]

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2019-06-18 07:50:12

How Facebook's Libra is similar in concept and motivation to Kik's Kin cryptocurrency  

Facebook unveiled its Libra cryptocurrency initiative today, which is part of an alternative financial system (including new subsidiary and wallet Calibra) it aims to build alongside industry and academic partners including Mastercard, PayPal, Visa, Uber, Andreessen Horowitz and Creative Destruction Lab. Facebook’s plans for Libra sound ambitious, risky and novel — but a predecessor exists […]

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2019-06-18 07:41:01

MongoDB gets a data lake, new security features and more  

MongoDB is hosting its developer conference today and unsurprisingly, the company has quite a few announcements to make. Some are straightforward, like the launch of MongoDB 4.2 with some important new security features, while others, like the launch of the company’s Atlas Data Lake, point the company beyond its core database product. “Our new offerings […]

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2019-06-18 07:36:30

Google Calendar is down and we're hopelessly lost - CNET  

Some users are getting 404 messages instead of meeting and event information.

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2019-06-18 07:34:06

Security firm Cellebrite says it can unlock any iPhone - CNET  

Apple seemingly can't stop law enforcement from getting into its phones.

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2019-06-18 07:26:35

Why Many Businesses Are Not Ready For AI  

Pillars of Readiness By now, the story is well told on how artificial intelligence is changing businesses, all the way down to…

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2019-06-18 07:06:02

Mysterious Clouds On Mars Formed By 'Meteoric Smoke,' Study Says  

Scientists have discovered that some clouds on Mars are created from the debris of meteors that burn up in the planet's atmosphere. "This 'meteoric smoke,' described in a paper published Monday in Nature Geoscience, stimulates cloud formation at altitudes between 30 and 60 kilometers," reports Motherboard. From the report: "Until now, meteoric smoke has been neglected in general circulation model studies of the formation of Martian water ice clouds," said the study's authors, who were led by Vic

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2019-06-18 07:00:00

Microsoft PowerPoint gets an AI presentation coach  

Love it or hate it, Microsoft’s PowerPoint is a ubiquitous tool in the corporate world. Over the course of the last few years, Microsoft started to bring some of its AI smarts to PowerPoint to help you design good-looking slides. Today, it’s launching a number of updates and new features that make this even easier. […]

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2019-06-18 06:45:33

See how fast you're driving with Google Maps. Here's how - CNET  

The Google Maps speedometer feature is still being rolled out to its users.

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2019-06-18 06:43:08

4 days left to score the best price on Disrupt SF 2019  

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to bring you an important message: You have just four days left to buy your pass to Disrupt San Francisco 2019 before the super early-bird price expires on June 21 at 11:59 p.m. (PT). There's a pass priced for every budget (even yours), and you can spread your payments […]

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2019-06-18 06:33:32

Apple launches a Beddit beta program focused on improving its app  

Apple is launching a new beta program for Beddit, the sleep tracking company it acquired just over two years ago after selling Beddit products in Apple Stores for years. According to the beta program’s website, users who enroll will get early access to new versions of the Bedit app ahead of the general public. They’ll […]

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2019-06-18 06:21:16

Ring's 'peephole' video doorbell camera for apartments is now available - CNET  

The $199 Ring Door View Cam video doorbell ships out to customers today.

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2019-06-18 06:01:35

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