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Water inside carbon nanotubes turns solid at boiling temperatures, MIT researchers discover

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 11:00 -0500

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It’s common knowledge that water freezes at zero degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit) and boils at 100 degrees Celsius (212 degrees Fahrenheit) in normal conditions. When confined within a carbon nanotube, however, all bets are off.

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Weekend Open Forum: How often do you replace your smartphone?

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 18:45 -0500

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Your mobile computing experience is largely dictated by the sheer power of the hardware inside your smartphone. For those that have adopted the mobile-first lifestyle, having an up-to-date device is imperative seeing as you can’t simply swap out the CPU or add more RAM like you can with a PC. ...

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Chrome 55 now available: loads HTML5 over Flash by default, drastically reduces RAM usage

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 17:45 -0500

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Google over the past year or so has been slowly pushing Flash out the back door in favor of HTML5, a far superior technology that improves security, reduces power consumption and leads to faster load times. With Chrome 55 having just advanced to the stable channel for Windows, Mac and...

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Realtek HD Audio Codec drivers updated to version 2.80

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 17:15 -0500

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It's been over a year since Realtek updated its HD Audio Codec drivers and considering these audio chips are very popular on desktop and laptop OEM systems we felt compelled to give them a mention. Release notes don't offer much details on what's new though you can expect better compatibility across...

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UK standards body says 99% of fake Apple chargers sold are unsafe

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 16:30 -0500

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Apple recently sued US-based firm Mobile Star LLC for trademark infringement, alleging that it has been selling counterfeit goods using Apple logos and product images in its Amazon listings. While the company is looking to protect its brand name, it also argues that buying one of these fakes means you...

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Microsoft reveals '12 Days of Deals' holiday sale

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 15:30 -0500

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday may have passed but for millions of consumers, there’s still plenty of shopping to do. If you happen to have a techie still on your list (or are simply scouting for a great deal for yourself), Microsoft’s 12 Days of Deals promotion may be worth...

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Take a virtual tour of a tiny White House using augmented reality and a dollar bill

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 14:30 -0500

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Pokémon Go showed just how popular augmented reality can be. The game became a worldwide sensation over the summer, leading to numerous stories about marauding players trampling neighbourhoods. Now, an unlikely entity has joined the AR party: The White House.

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Future Moto Mods could include 5G modem, baby monitor and e-ink display

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 13:30 -0500

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Motorola recently held a small press event at its Chicago headquarters to unveil two new Moto Mods, accessories that snap onto the back of Moto Z phones using magnets.

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Plex Cloud adds support for Google Drive, Dropbox and OneDrive

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 12:30 -0500

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Plex has traditionally required a dedicated, always-on PC or NAS to run its server component while a player app on a separate device handles the front end. In an effort to make the service more accessible to mainstream users, Plex Cloud launched as a beta program back in September, giving...

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Woman sentenced to year in jail for using fake Facebook profile to frame her ex

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 11:45 -0500

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Pretending to be someone else by creating a fake Facebook account is never a good idea, especially if you plan to use it for nefarious purposes. Just ask Stephani Renae Lawson, who was sentenced to one year behind bars on Wednesday for using a fake profile to frame her ex-boyfriend.

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Twitter acquihires itself a new VP of Product

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 11:00 -0500

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Twitter recently announced the acquisition of Yes Inc., a small startup from the Bay Area led by Keith Coleman who will now serve as Twitter’s VP of Product. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Motorola has no plans for Moto 360 smartwatch successor

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 10:00 -0500

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To the disappointment of many Android Wear fans, Motorola has revealed that there are no plans to release a successor to the Moto 360 in the near future. This news confirms that Motorola will not be releasing a new smartwatch in time for the launch of Android Wear 2.0 early next year.

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Facebook is expanding the use of its offensive content-detecting AI to cover Live streams

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 09:15 -0500

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Mark Zuckerberg will no doubt be pleased that his social media behemoth is closing in on 2 billion monthly active users, but policing all that content isn’t easy. To help identify the offensive material and fake news that appears on the site, the company is increasingly turning to artificial intelligence....

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It's PC vs Xbox One in Gears of War 4 this weekend

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 08:15 -0500

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PC gamers will get their chance to show console gamers how it's done when Gears of War 4 trials cross-platform competitive multiplayer this weekend. While Gears of War 4 already supported cross-platform co-op, this special event is the first time PC gamers will be able to fight against those playing on...

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Oculus' Touch controllers will be compatible with these 53 titles on launch day

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 07:30 -0500

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Next week will be a big one for pioneering virtual reality firm Oculus VR as its Touch motion controllers finally arrive. At launch, Oculus Rift owners will have a collection of 53 Touch-compatible titles to choose from.

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The Game Awards: winners, trailers, and news from the event

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 06:15 -0500

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The Game Awards 2016 took place last night, and, much like the recent Golden Joystick ceremony, the event was dominated by Overwatch. The multiplayer shooter was the winner in four different categories, including the coveted Game of the Year.

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Are Smart TVs ever as good as dedicated streaming players?

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 01:15 -0500

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As streaming media sources have become increasingly popular, so have devices that bring Netflix and more to our television screens. Now our TVs, Blu-ray players, and game consoles can all stream online video. With so many options, is it worth buying a Roku or other dedicated streaming player? ...

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38 percent of all Steam games were released in 2016

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 19:45 -0500

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According to the latest analysis from Steam Spy, more than a third of all games currently listed on Steam were released this year. And this is without considering there's still just under a month of game releases to go in 2016.

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iHeartRadio rolls out two subscription tiers featuring on-demand music

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 18:45 -0500

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iHeartRadio on Thursday launched beta versions of two new premium (paid) subscription offerings to further help differentiate it from the sea of me-too streaming providers.

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Geohot's startup Comma.ai open sources its self-driving software

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:45 -0500

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George Hotz became well-known for being the first to come up with an iPhone jailbreak and reverse-engineering the PlayStation 3 gaming console — which led to a widely publicized legal battle with Sony. Capitalizing on his fame, he turned his attention to more ambitious endeavors, building his own aftermarket device...

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Google Play reveals top apps, games and media of 2016

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 16:45 -0500

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The holidays are rapidly approaching and before you know it, we’ll be rolling the calendar over to 2017. As the year comes to a close, it’s important to take a moment and reflect on the events that shaped 2016 which is exactly what Google did on Thursday.

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Amazon Prime Video gets HBO and Cinemax add-ons

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 15:45 -0500

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Amazon is continuing its push into online streaming video with the addition of two new Channel add-ons for Prime video members: HBO and Cinemax. The HBO package is $14.99 per month for unlimited streaming access to its TV shows and full movie library, which is the same price as an...

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Microsoft's Surface Dial isn't quite as easy to repair as the Surface Studio, teardown reveals

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 14:45 -0500

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Microsoft’s Surface Studio was one of the worst kept secrets in technology in the latter half of 2016 (and also the recent victim of an iFixit teardown). The optional Surface Dial accessory, however, took virtually everyone by surprise (in a good way).

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Rovio spin-off company Hatch is bringing mobile game streaming to Android

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 13:45 -0500

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Services such as PlayStation Now and Gamefly already let you rent and play games over the internet. Now, a similar system is being brought to the mobile platform, thanks to a company that’s been spun off from Angry Birds creator Rovio.

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Apple's plan to catch up with Google Maps: Data-collecting drones

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 12:45 -0500

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Apple is stepping up its efforts to close the gap between its own mapping app and Google’s. According to Bloomberg, the company is assembling a team of robotics and data-collection experts that will use drones to capture and update map information faster than its existing fleet of camera-and-sensor equipped minivans....

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Nokia-branded, Android-powered smartphones set to arrive in 2017

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 12:00 -0500

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Before Google, Apple, Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony, Huawei and a host of other modern-day handset makers rose to prominence, Nokia ruled the roost. From the late ‘90s through the early 2000s, mobile phones like the Nokia 5110 and Nokia 3310 were ubiquitous (remember Snake?).

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Pebble brand likely to be phased out as Fitbit closes in on $40 million acquisition

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:45 -0500

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Bad news for fans of Pebble smartwatches: the company is reportedly being acquired by fitness wearable maker Fitbit in a deal that will likely see the demise of the Pebble brand.

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Master AI fundamentals with this Deep Learning training bundle

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:15 -0500

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The Advanced Guide to Deep Learning will show you the tools and concepts that are powering the next generation of AI, and it’s on sale for $42.

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Twitter says it will ban Donald Trump if he violates the site's rules

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 09:30 -0500

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After Twitter had brought down the banhammer on a number of high-profile accounts associated with “alt-right” movements earlier this week, the question was raised whether it would ever remove its most famous "controversial" Tweeter: Donald Trump. When asked if it really would ban the President-elect, the microblogging site said that...

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Reddit CEO formally apologizes for editing posts, reveals site is cracking down on toxic users

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:30 -0500

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One week after confessing to surreptitiously editing certain posts on the site that targeted him, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman has formally apologized for his actions and promised to take a more aggressive stance against trolls and poorly behaving communities.

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