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Uber will now charge to have drivers return forgotten items

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 21:15 -0500

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No matter how careful you are with your electronics and other personal belongings, at some point you have probably forgotten something in your car or at home. Now, you might want to be a little more careful about leaving your precious belongings in an Uber vehicle.

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Fan-made Half Life film The Freeman Chronicles receives second episode

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:30 -0500

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Chariotdrive just released its second Half Life short film in a series it calls The Freeman Chronicles. The film is simply titled Episode 2: Part 1 (below) and picks up on the day following the events in Episode 1 (above), with Freeman, security guard Evan Walsh, and Dr. Tim Reynolds...

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Apple discontinues iPod nano and shuffle, increases storage on iPod touch

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:45 -0500

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The iPod nano and iPod shuffle now meet the same fate as the iPod classic. Both legacy iPod models have been removed from Apple's website as of today. A spokesperson from Apple has confirmed that both the nano and shuffle will no longer be available for purchase.

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AMD Ryzen Threadripper gets delidded, unexpected dies uncovered

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:45 -0500

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AMD plans to begin shipping its Ryzen Threadripper processors and motherboards early next month. Engineering samples are already in the wild and fortunately for us, one recently fell into the lap of Roman Hartung (better known in the enthusiast community as Der8auer).

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HTC, Qualcomm launching an all-in-one Vive headset just for China

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:30 -0500

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HTC has teamed up with Qualcomm on a standalone VR headset for the Chinese market. The headset appears to be cosmetically identical to the one which HTC is bringing to the U.S. with Google, and they are both powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. That said, they will differ...

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Three new characters with their own adventures will be available in Wolfenstein 2's Season Pass

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:45 -0500

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Bethesda announced today that it would be releasing four downloadable content packages for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. The DLCs come bundled in the Freedom Chronicles Season Pass. However, one will be included for free on launch day for those who pre-ordered the game. Otherwise, it will be available after...

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Twitter's monthly active user growth flatlined in the second quarter

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:15 -0500

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Twitter’s share value is taking an absolute beating today on news that user growth flatlined during the second quarter.

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AMD puts Wraith Max cooler up for sale

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:30 -0500

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AMD has announced that its top of the line stock air cooling solution will be available from retailers. The air cooler features a 92mm Cooler Master fan with RGB LED ring over a large aluminum heatsink comprised of 50 fins and four copper heat pipes, good for up to a...

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Microsoft's extended bug bounty program now pays up to $250,000

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:45 -0500

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Google and Apple may offer white hat hackers and researchers up to $200,000 for reporting vulnerabilities in their respective systems, but Microsoft has them beat when it comes to the highest payout. The Redmond company’s new Windows Bounty Program offers a maximum reward of up to $250,000 for those who...

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Google to declutter streaming ecosystem by combining YouTube Red and Google Play Music

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:00 -0500

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Google’s unnecessarily complicated streaming ecosystem will eventually become a bit more streamlined according to YouTube’s Global Head of Music, Lyor Cohen.

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Android versions are named after dessert foods. They're also released...

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:45 -0500

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Version 1.0 of Android was released in September 2008 under the codename Alpha and perhaps unsurprisingly, v1.1 was titled Beta.

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Major cryptocurrency exchange site BTC-e.com down and accused of money laundering

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:00 -0500

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After going offline for unscheduled maintenance just days ago, a man linked to operating crypto currency exchange site BTC-e.com, 38-year-old Alexander Vinnik, was arrested in Greece and is being charged with 17 counts of money laundering in addition to two counts of engaging in unlawful monetary transactions.

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Samsung reports record-breaking Q2 operating profit

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:30 -0500

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Samsung has had an eventful year marred by corruption scandals in South Korea and exploding phones around the world. But that hasn’t stopped the company from posting a record-breaking quarter in terms of profits, helped by a memory chip boom and a solid comeback from the Note 7 fiasco with...

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New renders suggest the Pixel 2 won't feature a headphone jack

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:00 -0500

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Rumors that Google might “do an Apple” by removing the headphone jack in the upcoming Pixel 2 handsets have been around for a while. Now, a new set of unofficial CAD renders have been released that support this theory.

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Jeff Bezos unseats Bill Gates as world's richest man

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:30 -0500

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Thanks to a 1.8% rise in Amazon's stock price, Jeff Bezos has surpassed Bill Gates as being the highest valued individual on the planet. A $25 rise since this morning has pushed the Amazon CEO's net worth to a staggering $91 billion compared to Gates' $90.7 billion fortune.

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Tech leaders call for Trump to reverse his ban on transgender service members

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:15 -0500

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Tech rivals have once again shown solidarity in their condemnation of Donald Trump. This time, it was the President’s announcement to ban transgender people from serving in the military that has led to the outcry.

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Realtek updates HD Audio Codec drivers

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:45 -0500

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Realtek audio chips are pretty popular and used on all kinds of motherboards. Unfortunately Realtek hardly ever includes a changelog, so we'll have to go with "latest, bug fixes, and possible performance improvements." Download them here.

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Actor's resume seemingly confirms Grand Theft Auto 6 is in development (Updated)

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:45 -0500

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Update: While GTA 6 is almost certainly in early production, it seems the resumes are fake. Tim Neff told PCGamesN: “That isn't my page, account or résumé. I don't even know that website. I worked on GTA 5 a long time ago and haven't done anything since. Sorry for the...

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AMD Ryzen 3 Review

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:00 -0500

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Although Ryzen 3 is just getting released, it feels like we already know everything about AMD's new R3 1200 and 1300X CPUs after running simulated benchmarks last week. Today we get to see how accurate those results were and how Ryzen 3 does at the $110 price point.

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The Asus Zephyrus packs a GTX 1080 in a laptop that's almost as thin as a MacBook Pro

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 07:00 -0500

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Featuring Nvidia's Max-Q, a Core i7-7700HQ, IPS G-Sync display and fast solid storage, the Asus Zephyrus GX501 is a beast, but not in the way you think. The Zephyrus is 18mm thick and weights 4.85 pounds, first reviews are now out.

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Facebook had another great quarter, beating expectations with revenue of $9.3 billion

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 06:15 -0500

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Will Facebook ever have a disappointing quarter? Even the social media giant itself has warned that it will eventually happen, but Q2 2017 was a positive one that beat analysts’ expectations. The company generated $9.32 billion in revenue, an increase of around 45 percent compared to the same period last...

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OnePlus 5 Review

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 00:30 -0500

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OnePlus has developed a serious fan following over the last couple of years, driven by their marketing and the highly attractive price of their flagship-quality products. The company is back at it in 2017 with the OnePlus 5, again attempting to dethrone the incumbent champions like Samsung with the best...

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Xiaomi is launching a $45 Amazon Echo alternative

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 21:15 -0500

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Smart speakers have quickly become a must-have household gadget for tech enthusiasts everywhere. Devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home are inexpensive and capable of far more than just music playback -- from a simple pizza order or requesting an Uber to full smart home control, when integrated with...

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Electronics larger than a cell phone must be screened individually, the TSA says

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:45 -0500

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) back in March imposed additional screening measures for electronic devices larger than a smartphone on flights originating from several Middle Eastern countries. Now, the requirements have found their way to the US.

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Overwatch pro players will be earning $50,000 per year

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:00 -0500

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Blizzard designed Overwatch with esports in mind, despite what some players may argue. The game has spawned teams competing in organized tournament play, but Blizzard envisions something more. It wants something akin to the NBA or NFL. At BlizzCon 2016, the company announced its plans of starting an organized Overwatch...

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Uber CEO short list said to include HP Enterprise chief Meg Whitman

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:15 -0500

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick stepped down from the helm of the ride-hailing platform just over a month ago amidst a smattering of controversies. Naturally, the search for a new chief is already under way and according to reports, could wrap up by early September.

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Which search engine was Google nearly sold to in the 90s?

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:00 -0500

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Yahoo, Excite, AltaVista or Lycos...

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Apple and Cochlear partner to make iPhone compatible hearing implant

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:15 -0500

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Apple has teamed up with Cochlear to create the first cochlear implant that will be natively compatible with iOS. The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor will be the smallest and lightest implant to date. It has already received FDA approval and will be ready to launch this year.

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Amazon planning massive career fair to hire 50,000 employees

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:30 -0500

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The ecommerce giant is looking to get even bigger by holding what it is calling the "nation's largest job fair" on August 2nd. In order to sustain and improve its vast fulfillment and distribution network, Amazon is aiming to employ up to 50,000 people in total.

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Google abandons instant search as mobile dominates

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:45 -0500

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Google has removed a key feature from its search engine in order to better accommodate mobile users. Marissa Mayer, then serving as vice president of search products and user experience, introduced Google Instant in 2010. The feature, which leaned on Google’s auto-complete technology, predicted what you were searching for and...

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