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Tuesday April 30, 2019. 06:05 PM
It's Team Human, led by Jon 'Oh, geez, this isn't going well' Snow... [credit: HBO ] Halfway through the last season of Game of Thrones, we put together an after-action analysis of the major military engagements driving the plot of the series in the season's two central...
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The Pixel 3 XL. [credit: Ron Amadeo ] Alphabet, Google's parent company, had its earnings call yesterday, and, while these calls are primarily about advertising click-through rates and traffic-acquisition costs, yesterday's call actually contained some information about...
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The new Garmin Forerunner 45 smartwatch. [credit: Garmin ] Garmin has been slowly updating its smartwatches and fitness trackers over the past few years, and 2019 appears to be the year of the Forerunner. Today, Garmin announced three new types of Forerunner...
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Enlarge / A fuel cell stack is displayed during the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. (credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images) On Monday, automotive parts supplier Bosch announced that it would be partnering ...
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Monday April 29, 2019. 11:12 PM
Every Minecraft player's worst nightmare. (credit: Kyle Orland) Blocky sandbox game Minecraft is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and Microsoft is planning to celebrate with a press event at the Mojang studio in Stockholm on May 17. But according to Variety, one...
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Enlarge (credit: Marco Verch / Flickr) A New York judge has ordered Bitfinex, a cryptocurrency exchange that shares a parent company with the 'stablecoin' Tether, to turn over a bunch of documents to New York Attorney General Letitia James. James announced the order in a...
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Doom 3 running on iOS via Tom Kidd's recent port. A lone coder has ported many of id Software's classic shooters to Apple's iOS and tvOS, though you'll have to do a bit of work to get them working on your iDevices. The porting story goes back to 2009, when id Software...
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Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Olena_T) SpaceX has received Federal Communications Commission approval to halve the orbital altitude of more than 1,500 planned broadband satellites in order to lower the risk of space debris and improve latency. SpaceX's satellite project,...
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Enlarge / In 2011, media representatives vie for the best positions for their camera tripods at Press Site 1 near Space Launch Complex 17B on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. (credit: NASA) 4pm ET Tuesday Update: In an email, a spokeswoman for NASA, Stephanie Martin, said...
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A beluga whale discovered off Norway's coast, wearing a harness that had an adapter for a GoPro camera, according to authorities. [credit: Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries ] Evidence suggests that the Russian Navy has been looking for new ways to leverage what amounts...
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Last Thursday Firefly Aerospace tested the second stage of its Alpha rocket. [credit: Edwards Media ] Last Thursday, on a green expanse at the edge of the Texas Hill Country, Firefly Aerospace prepared to test the second stage of its Alpha rocket. After years of...
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Enlarge (credit: Tire Rack) Of all the areas of automotive technology that have improved over the years, perhaps none is as significant—and as little understood by the public—as the advances in tire technology. After all, a vehicle's tires are its sole points of contact ...
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A few wild new Samsung TV designs. We're interested in the 'The Sero,' the two TVs in the bottom right. [credit: Samsung ] It's tough to stand out in the TV market, where everyone is shipping beautiful 4K panels in pretty much whatever size you want. Samsung is hoping to ...
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Enlarge / Ain't no battle like a Game of Thrones battle 'cause a Game of Thrones battle don't... my word. (credit: HBO) Warning: This post contains some mild spoilers for Game of Thrones overall and specific discussions of S7's Loot Train attack. Though VFX pros working on...
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Sunday April 28, 2019. 05:12 PM
Enlarge / The object of each Dig Dog stage is simple: dig through the level to find a bone. And watch out for enemies along the way. Update: The solid, unassuming Dig Dog is kind of an ideal 'Spelunky on the go' type of video game, and we enjoyed happening upon it first...
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Enlarge / The crew of the USS Orville stands ready for new adventures in season 2 of The Orville. (credit: Fox Broadcasting) Fox's sci-fi series The Orville closed out a terrific second season with an ambitious finale that showcased all the elements that make this such an...
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Enlarge (credit: Scazon / Flickr) The existence of what's colloquially known as 'bullshit'—a combination of lies, exaggerations, and inaccuracies that makes it hard to figure out what the truth is—is familiar to all of us. Most of us have come across an individual so...
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Enlarge / That's a lofty promise you got there, quantum key distribution company. (credit: Quantum XChange) When reviewing the WireGuard VPN last fall, one of the things that came up was WireGuard's support for an optional, additional PSK (Pre Shared Key) layer of...
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Enlarge (credit: NurPhoto/Getty Images) Around a year ago, André Tenreiro was called into a meeting between the chief technology officer of the phone carrier he worked for—one of the largest in Mozambique—and an executive of the country's largest bank. The latter had...
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Saturday April 27, 2019. 06:45 PM
An example of Crotalus atrox, aka western diamondback rattlesnake. (credit: Wikipedia) Sometime around 450 CE in the Chihuahuan Desert, one brave soul ate a whole rattlesnake raw. If you think that takes guts, imagine passing an 11mm (0.43 inch) fang afterward. The...
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