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Monday January 7, 2019. 04:20 PM
SpaceX SpaceX is about a month away from launching its first commercial crew mission, the company's founder, Elon Musk, tweeted this weekend. This will be a demonstration flight, without humans on board. Officially, NASA had been holding to a January 17 launch date, but...
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Enlarge (credit: Garmin) Another first is coming to Garmin smartwatches: LTE connectivity. Garmin announced at CES today that it has partnered with Verizon to bring cellular connectivity to its Vivoactive 3 Music smartwatch. The already powerful wearable will get the...
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Enlarge / Some of the many things that can run the Google Assistant. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) kicks off this week, and the show promises to be a voice command battleground. Before Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa start duking it out on the show floor, Google...
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Valentina Palladino If Huawei's Matebook X Pro was its answer to Apple's MacBook Pro, the new Matebook 13 is the company's answer to the MacBook Air. At CES, Huawei introduced a new series into its laptop line, and its flagship is a 13-inch Ultrabook that borrows just as...
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Enlarge (credit: KitchenAid) It's CES week, and we have a new Google-powered smart display to talk about. A big feature of these smart displays is a visual and audio walkthrough of cooking recipes, and with Google's platform open to third parties, it only makes sense that...
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Enlarge (credit: Withings) Withings has had a tumultuous couple of years. The company was bought by Nokia only to be re-acquired by its original owner Éric Carreel last May. While it sells smart scales, thermometers, and other health electronics, the French company has an ...
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Sunday January 6, 2019. 06:00 PM
HP HP saved a lot of updates to its Omen gaming family for CES 2019. Namely, the Omen Obelisk desktop—the pre-built machine that's designed to tempt those who prefer to build their own gaming PCs—will be much more powerful in 2019 thanks to new processors, graphics, and ...
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Valentina Palladino HP is the latest manufacturer to make an elite Chromebook with more power than most users probably need. The new HP Chromebook x360 14 G1 debuted ahead of the start of CES today. It's a premium Chromebook designed for commercial customers, and,...
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20th Century Fox announced the next project, or possible projects, in the Alien universe on Saturday by way of a vague and tantalizing social-media post. This next Alien universe release, slated for a '2019' launch, includes a 'read, watch, play' promise, suggesting a...
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Enlarge / There is some evidence that quantum effects might play a role in the process of photosynthesis. (credit: Mikel Bilbao/VW Pic/Getty Images) In 1944, quantum physicist Erwin Schroedinger wrote a short book called What Is Life: The Physical Aspect of the Living...
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Saturday January 5, 2019. 04:15 PM
Warning: Mild spoilers ahead. (credit: Tor Publishing) If you're looking for a grittier, dream-edging-on-nightmare version of a world created by C.S. Lewis or J.K. Rowling, author Seanan McGuire has you covered. McGuire explores worlds that are simultaneously fascinating...
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Enlarge / No one wants to celebrate a company going away, though these organizations certainly seem to be on a tenuous track. (credit: Picture Post / Getty Images) It’s come to this again: 2018 has passed, making the dumpster fire that was 2017 look a bit more like the...
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Enlarge / A simulation of galaxies forming in the early Universe. By chance, some of them experience a history that's similar to the Milky Way's. (credit: The EAGLE Project) If our knowledge of galaxy structures was limited to the Milky Way, we'd get a lot of things wrong....
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Friday January 4, 2019. 10:43 PM
The latest Insider build of Windows 10, 18309, expands the use of a thing that Microsoft has recently introduced: passwordless Microsoft accounts. It's now possible to create a Microsoft account that uses a one-time code delivered over SMS as its primary authenticator,...
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Enlarge / The hospital in Enköping, Sweden, is pictured on January 4, 2019, as it has received a case of suspected Ebola, according to health care officials. The patient was first admitted to hospital in Enköping after being treated now in Uppsala University Hospital. The...
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Unreal PT Roughly a year after Konami released P.T., a free 'Silent Hills teaser' experience for the PlayStation 4, the Japanese game publisher removed its listing. Ever since, the only way to play through this eerie, atmospheric horror vignette has been to find a PS4 that...
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Enlarge (credit: Endai Huedl/Getty Images) Just before the holidays, the peer-to-peer car sharing platform Turo launched an interesting new tool. It's called the carculator, and it's aimed at helping Turo's 'hosts' find out just how much they're able to make by renting out...
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Enlarge / A birds-eye view of London from the south looking north (1572), one of the maps used to create an interactive map of murders in medieval London. (credit: Braun & Hogenberg/Public Domain) In July of 1316, a priest with a hankering for fresh apples sneaked into a...
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Enlarge / A screenshot of the Twitter account of '_0rbit' before its suspension. Over the last week of December, files with personal data of hundreds of German politicians, bloggers, and celebrities was posted via links from the account. Over the past week, someone using...
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Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Stockcam) The IBM-owned Weather Channel app has been transmitting its users' precise geolocation data to advertisers and other third parties despite telling users that their location data was needed only for providing local weather data,...
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