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SpaceX successfully launches and lands a used rocket for the second time

SpaceX has successfully launched and landed a recycled Falcon 9 rocket for the second time. The rocket’s first stage — the 14-story-tall core that houses the fuel and the rocket’s main engines —...
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Snapchat’s newest feature is also its biggest privacy threat

Earlier this week, Snapchat introduced Snap Map, an opt-in function that allows you to share your location with your friends on a map. Snapchat’s introduction video to Snap Map, seen above, focuses...
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Mashable Tech 7 days

This $20 shower speaker could be what your bathroom's missing

Thanks to the XXL Shower Speaker by Neva Tech, upgrading your shower experience doesn't need to come at a high price.
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The Verge 7 days

Netflix’s interactive shows arrive to put you in charge of the story

Can ‘choose your own adventure’ work on TV?
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Mashable Tech 4 days

Chicago's new Apple store has a MacBook Air for a roof

The roof on the new flagship Apple store in downtown Chicago looks just like a MacBook Air.
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The Verge 5 days

Samsung releases another new smart flip phone in Korea, leaving me to cry

Yet again, Samsung is disappointing me by releasing a smart flip phone in its native Korea, leaving this flip phone fan empty-handed. The company announced its new Folder Flip 2 today, which looks...
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The Verge 4 days

Leaked photos of the Tesla Model 3 ignite an internet power struggle

Yesterday afternoon, popular gadget reviewer Marques Brownlee tweeted out a link to an article on a Tesla fan site of new leaked photos of the upcoming, hotly anticipated Model 3 electric car. "Yo...
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Google will stop scanning your Gmail messages to sell targeted ads

Google will stop its long-standing practice of scanning the contents of individual Gmail users for advertising purposes, according to a report from the Financial Times. The practice, something...
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The Verge 6 days

Are you forgetful? That's just your brain erasing useless memories

Most of us think "perfect" memory means never forgetting, but maybe forgetting actually helps us navigate a world that is random and ever-changing. So say two neuroscientists in a review published...
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The Verge 5 days

Facebook introduces profile picture protections to stop people from misusing images

Facebook is introducing new protections for profile pictures for users in India, in a bid to stop people from copying, sharing, or otherwise misusing their images. Users who elect to guard their...
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The Verge 7 days

Internal Apple presentation on how to handle leaks gets leaked

The Outline recently obtained an hour-long audio recording from an internal briefing at Apple titled "Stopping Leakers - Keeping Confidential at Apple." The presentation, held for about 100 people,...
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Mashable Tech 7 days

Don’t forget to tune into the OnePlus live launch (Paid Content)

This is gonna be big...
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The Verge 5 days

Tesla confirms it’s in talks to build a factory in China

Tesla has confirmed it’s in talks with the Chinese government to open a factory in the Shanghai region, as the company aims to fulfill a promise by its CEO Elon Musk to produce 500,000 cars a year...
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The Verge 4 days

Here come the US Space Corps

Star Trek has Starfleet, Star Wars has the Imperial Navy, and Halo has the United Nations Space Command. But for the moment, real-life Earthlings of the United States don’t have a cool sci-fi name...
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Mashable Tech 6 days

Freezing while your partner is sweating? This smart comforter has an answer.

Sleep tech company has an Indiegogo campaign to fund a dual climate-controlled comforter.
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The Verge 7 days

Lenovo shows off an absurd laptop concept with a flexible screen

Lenovo has some wild ideas to share. At an event in New York today, the company showed off its idea of the future of personal computing with an image of a bendable laptop with a flexible display; a...
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Mashable Tech 6 days

The new leaked iPhone 8 cases show off exactly what we hope to see

iPhone-accessory seller MobileFun and others have released images of cases for the upcoming iPhone 8, showing off what could be the phone's final design.
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Mashable Tech 7 days

Uber for pooping is here, and we can never go back

Charmin's latest promotion will let New Yorkers use their smartphones to instantly order a private bathroom.
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The Verge 4 days

Amazon’s vision for the future: delivery drone beehives in every city

Amazon’s drone delivery program stopped being a joke a while ago, but the company still has to overcome serious challenges to make the technology actually work. One of these is getting drones near...
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The Verge 5 days

Mark Zuckerberg just unveiled Facebook's new mission statement

When asked about his life’s work, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has traditionally fallen back on a somewhat nebulous answer: making "the world more open and connected." It was an...
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The Verge 6 days

NASA's Mars rover is really good at laser-blasting rocks without human input

For the last year, the Curiosity rover has been studying the surface of Mars with more independence than ever before, saving human time and energy. The partly autonomous exploration is also helping...
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The Verge 5 days

Google is launching a new line of cameras for 180-degree VR video

Google is launching a new, more limited cinematic VR format that it hopes will be almost as accessible as regular YouTube videos. It’s called VR180, a collaboration between YouTube and Google’s...
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The Verge 4 days

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is coming to PS4 next week

The enhanced version of Call of Duty 4 is now a standalone title — at least on PS4. Today Activision announced that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will be available on Sony’s console on...
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It’s so hot in Phoenix, planes are physically unable to fly

The extreme heat in Phoenix led to the cancellation of nearly 50 flights on Monday and Tuesday, according to the Arizona Republic. With temperatures soaring to a high of 120 degrees Fahrenheit,...
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The Verge 4 days

Germany wants to fine Facebook over hate speech, raising fears of censorship

Facebook, Twitter, and other web companies are facing increased pressure to remove hate speech, fake news, and other content in Europe, where lawmakers are considering new measures that critics say...
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The Verge 7 days

Amazon Prime Wardrobe will let you try on clothes before you buy them

Amazon is launching Prime Wardrobe, a new program that will let you try on clothes before you buy them. Once you select at least three Prime Wardrobe-eligible pieces from over a million clothing...
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Mashable Tech 5 days

Wisconsinites can now (legally) get 20 pounds of cheese and beer delivered by robot

Thank you, Starship Technologies' delivery bots.
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The Verge 6 days

Sega launches free retro game collection for iPhone and Android

Sega is bringing some of its best retro games to your smartphone. Today the company announced a new service called Sega Forever, which is essentially a lineup of classic games from the company that...
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Mashable Tech 6 days

Facebook has a rainbow Pride reaction, but not everyone gets to use it

Facebook unveiled a rainbow reaction for Pride, but users in countries with anti-LGBTQ regimes aren't seeing it.
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The Verge 4 days

Instagram tests favorites, a major rethinking of private sharing

Instagram has begun testing a way to share posts with a more limited group of friends. Called favorites, the feature attempts to improve on earlier social network friend lists, encouraging users to...
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Mashable Tech 4 days

Sick of censoring content, China bans livestreaming altogether

Weibo, iFeng and ACFUN are the victims.
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The Verge 5 days

A guide for buying one of Microsoft’s excellent Surface computers

Microsoft now has a variety of Surface devices that are designed to replace your laptop. There’s the Surface Book with a removable display, the Surface Pro with a kickstand, and now the new Surface...
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Help wanted: Americans don't need more degrees, they need training | VentureBeat | Heartland Tech | by Sylvain Kalache, Holberton School

America has more than 6 million vacant jobs, yet the country is “facing a serious skills gap,” Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta recently said. And last week his boss, President Donald Trump, said he wants to close this gap by directing $100 million of federal money into apprenticeship programs. Apprenticeships in the U.S. are generally known for training workers for blue collar jobs like plumbers or electricians, but with a little tweak, they could be the path to lucrative, white collar tech jobs across the country. Not just in coastal cities, but also in the Midwest, South, and across the Great Plains.
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The Verge 5 days

Oskar Fischinger’s musical animations come to life in Google Doodle sequencer

Today’s Google Doodle honors what would have been the 117th birthday of German-American abstract artist Oskar Fischinger. Fischinger’s musical animations were deemed "degenerate art" in Hitler’s...
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Inside the Hawaiian seed bank figuring out how to store the rarest seeds on Earth

‘We’re losing species right in front of our eyes’
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The Verge 5 days

President Trump is being sued for deleting official emails because we have learned nothing

After what felt like years of hammering Hillary Clinton for failing to adhere to federal email transparency policies, you might think politicians would take pains not to make the same mistake. But...
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Chicago’s new Apple store has a giant MacBook for a roof

Construction is underway at the new Apple store in downtown Chicago, and today, as reported by DNA Chicago, a new design element was added — a giant Apple logo. A construction crew added the logo...
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Watch SpaceX launch and land a recycled Falcon 9 rocket this afternoon

This afternoon, SpaceX is set to launch a used Falcon 9 rocket for the second time ever. The rocket will take off from SpaceX’s launchpad in Cape Canaveral, Florida, and it’s sending a...
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Mashable Tech 5 days

This app will tell you which of your photos are actually good enough to post

EyeEm Selects uses AI technology to choose which photos you should post.
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The Verge 6 days

Virgin Mobile goes iPhone-exclusive, offering first year of unlimited service for $1

Virgin Mobile USA announced today that it will offer an iPhone-exclusive cellular plan that offers unlimited data, text, and calls for $50 a month. The partnership with Apple marks Virgin as the...
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LG’s latest ridiculous OLED screen is transparent, flexible, and taller than Tom Cruise

How’s this for an incredibly specific record: LG announced today that it’s created the world’s first flexible, transparent 77-inch OLED display. That’s one huge display. Taller, in fact, than Tom...
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The Verge 4 days

FCC grants OneWeb approval to launch over 700 satellites for ‘space internet’

FCC chairman Ajit Pai has released a statement announcing that the commission has granted OneWeb approval for US market access to launch a network of internet-beaming satellites into orbit. OneWeb,...
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The Verge 4 days

Google begins removing personal medical records from search results

Google has removed private medical records from its search results, Bloomberg reports, after quietly changing its policy on content removal. On Thursday, the company’s search policy was amended to...
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The Verge 4 days

Old-school MST3K is returning for a six-day Twitch marathon

2017 has been a big revival year for Mystery Science Theater 3000. The show got its start in the late 1980s, moved to Comedy Central for half the 1990s, and closed out the decade on the Sci Fi...
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The Verge 4 days

The hunt for offshore oil is killing tiny sea creatures that are key for healthy oceans

A widely used method to find oil and gas for offshore drilling can kill tiny sea creatures that are key for feeding many marine animals like shellfish, fish, and even whales. And the impacts on...
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The Verge 4 days

Scientists are racing to predict where the next pandemic will start

In a race to prevent future deadly pandemics, scientists are trying to pinpoint the animals and regions where the next Ebola or Zika might arise — before the viruses start harming people. But some...
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The Verge 7 days

Killer whales are stalking boats and stealing their fish

Pods of killer whales are stalking the boats of Alaska fishermen and stealing their halibut catches, leaving the men with no fish and thousands of gallons of fuel wasted trying to flee. It’s not...
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Mashable Tech 6 days

Remember Google Glass? It just got its first update in 3 years. Seriously.

Google Glass is getting the X23 update, the first update in almost 3 years, which brings support for Bluetooth keyboards.
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The Verge 4 days

Local businesses can now feature content directly in Google search results

Last year, Google opened up a program called "Posts on Google," which let big companies and celebrities feature content in a carousel in search results. And today, Google is opening that up to...
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Test riding the (2017) VanMoof Electrified S

A week-long love affair with a $3,000 electric bike
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