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Scientists can turn regular seawater into hydrogen fuel

A team of scientists at Stanford have figured out a way to make hydrogen fuel out of saltwater. The discovery could open up the world's oceans as a potential source of energy. Researchers view electrolysis, or the act of splitting water into hydrogen…
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Interested in becoming a full stack JavaScript developer? We’re running a deal on an e-degree bundle that will help get you started with everything you need to know, and it’s cheaper than ever right now. This bundle includes 11 courses, covering HTML and CSS for beginners, different JavaScript frameworks, utilizing Java and mobile, and more. […]

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Stanford institute aims to improve humanity through AI

Stanford is joining the rush to create AI research hubs, albeit with a slight twist. The university is opening the Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI for short) with the goal of drawing input from across the university and acr…
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Tesla drops mid-range Model 3 battery option

Now that the $ 35,000 Model 3 is here, Tesla appears ready to streamline its options. The automaker has removed the Mid Range battery option from its Model 3 configuration tool, leaving a gap between the Standard Range and Standard Range Plus models…
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Track down Carmen Sandiego using Google Earth

If you are a fan of the Carmen Sandiego program on Netflix and love solving puzzles, then this could be the game you’ve been waiting for. Google has introduced The Crown Jewels Caper which is the first in a series of Carmen Sandiego games using Google Earth as the framework. The aim of the game […]

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FCC clears path for terahertz wireless data

Never mind the possibilities opened up by millimeter wave 5G and other many-gigahertz technologies — the FCC is already thinking about the next generation beyond that. The Commission has voted unanimously in favor of creating a category of experime…
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[Download] Grab the wallpapers from the Samsung Galaxy Fold here

Samsung unveiled its Galaxy Fold smartphone during the Galaxy S10 Unpacked event on February 20th sporting a $ 1,980 price tag and a May 3rd launch date. If you found the Galaxy Fold’s wallpapers to be alluring, you are in luck because you can download them after the break in their full resolution. Thanks to the […]

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[TA Deals] Name your price for the Python Master Class bundle

Ready to master Python? We’re offering a master class bundle on learning the ins and outs of one of the most popular programming languages in the world, including starting as a beginner and delving into things like machine learning, web development, and data analysis. All in all this bundle includes 10 courses, and you can […]

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GBoard update featuring UI improvements and clipboard available

After some details were found in an APK teardown last month, the update bringing significant UI tweaks and the new clipboard manager is rolling out to beta testers. Google originally announced GBoard‘s forthcoming clipboard support months ago, and hidden functionality was found in the 7.7 release, and in the 8.0 beta. Finally though, the fully […]

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Owning a Call of Duty eSports franchise could cost $25 million

Activision Blizzard is apparently making headway with the launch of the city-based Call of Duty League it announced in February. According to ESPN, an esports executive from the company has already been meeting with prospective buyers — namely profe…
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[Deal] Get your relaxation on with Mynt’s Foot and Shiatsu Massagers and save $68.59!

As we head into the weekend it’s probably a good idea to turn our thoughts to how we can get rid of the aches and pains that have built up. If your shoulders are stiff with tension or your feet are sore from wearing work shoes, then perhaps Mynt’s combo deal where you can pick […]

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[Deal] Check out these killer deals on Anker’s charging accessories

Keeping your devices (and car) charged up and ready to go can be a chore, but it’s easy to do when you have the right tools for the job. Saving the day is Anker with its extensive range of charging accessories that will do the trick. Need to charge your Galaxy S10 wirelessly? Check. Jump […]

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Facebook’s redesigned app gets a dedicated gaming hub

Facebook announced today that it is introducing a dedicated "Facebook Gaming" tab to help gamers find the content they're looking for on the platform. The tab will be available in the main navigation bar in Facebook's app. The feature is getting a sl…
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Google puts hardware division on hold, some projects cancelled

“Road-map cutbacks” have been cited as the instigator for Google slashing their future laptops/tablets and pushing their hardware employees to other projects ‘temporarily’. Google has made many attempts at building their own hardware; from long-forgotten netbooks to their line of ‘Nexus‘ phones and oddities like the ‘Nexus Q‘, to their current line of ‘Pixel‘ chromebooks, […]

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Google shutters its Spotlight Stories VR studio after six years

Google's Spotlight Stories is no more. The VR studio's executive producer, Karen Dufilho, has sent out an email to announce that the division is shutting down. Stories started as a partnership between Google and Motorola as a way to create 360-degree…
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[Infographic] Samsung shows off what it considers to be the best features of the Galaxy S10

It’s fair to say that Samsung threw in the proverbial kitchen sink with its Galaxy S10 range of handsets where features are concerned in order to better compete with the likes of Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro. Wireless PowerShare, a punch-hole design on its Infinity-O AMOLED display, an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint reader are well-known additions, but […]

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Apple Music is on Amazon Fire TV

Apple Music users in the US can now listen to their tracks on Amazon Fire TVs (or sticks). The news comes only months after Apple Music became available on Echo devices stateside. Apple's streaming service is also expected to come to Echo users in th…
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Foldable Motorola Razr specs leak, including Snapdragon 710 CPU

Motorola will be the next unexpected entrant into the folding smartphone market, but all rumors point towards the Razr reviving an old phone brand in a trendy form factor. Some specs have leaked for the folding Motorola Razr, too, giving us a better look at what to expect later this year. Above you can see […]

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GBoard receiving offline voice typing on Pixels

Google‘s latest update to their ‘GBoard‘ digital keyboard has enabled on-device processing of speech-to-text writing, but only on their own Pixel devices. Google initially released its updated and rebranded ‘GBoard’ digital keyboard for iOS in May 2016, and curiously for the company’s own Android OS seven months later in December 2016. GBoard was Google’s answer […]

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A closer look at Vivo’s all-glass, port-free concept 5G phone

Picture this: you're holding two glossy all-glass concept phones for a photo, then one slips off and shatters another unit on the table. The room goes quiet. Everyone looks on in awe. You are left red-faced not because you broke a phone, but because…
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‘Doom: Annihilation’ trailer teases a pretty bland movie

After the critical and commercial flop of the original Doom movie in 2005, many fans of the early-90s' first-person shooter game agreed the Doom universe was probably best left as that: a game. But if Hollywood is good for anything, it's bleeding a o…
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Walmart is stepping into the tablet game with a kid-friendly Onn Tablet

Android tablets aren’t in a great place, especially at the high end, but there’s still room for specialty devices, aside from the offerings from Samsung and Huawei. Walmart is looking to get in on that action, at least according to an FCC filing of a store-brand kid-friendly tablet. This tablet will be launched under Walmart’s […]

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The Morning After: Tesla will raise prices, but keep some of its stores

We've got the biggest stories from SXSW over the weekend, as well as news on more suspicious cryptocurrency dealings (to paraphrase, it was an elaborate pyramid scheme), and you've told us what you really thought about the Pixel 3.
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[TA Deals] Save 38% on an unlocked LG V30+ with 128GB of storage

It’s not often that we get to offer hardware discounts through Talk Android Deals, but right now we’re running a deal on an unlocked LG V30+. If you’re looking for a slightly older flagship with a discount, this is the way to go. There’s still a ton of high-end hardware here, including a Snapdragon 835, […]

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Google shows how it could make a cloud-savvy game controller

If Google ever makes hardware to go along with its rumored game streaming service, you might have an idea as to how it will work. Yanko Design has spotted a recently published Google patent application for an internet-connected game controller that…
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Series will give Snap’s founding story the ‘Social Network’ treatment

Quibi, an upcoming mobile-first video streaming service, will create a series based on Snap's founding. Film executive Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman — HP Enterprise's former CEO and current Quibi chief — have announced their plans for Quibi an…
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Google Assistant is now able to book a table for you in 43 states

Google Assistant picked up the ability to make phone calls for reservations and appointments after Google showed off their Duplex technology last year, and it’s been a pretty successful new feature so far. Google has been fine-tuning it, and now it’s available on Pixel phones for users in the 43 states where Google Assistant can […]

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Best cases for the Samsung Galaxy S10e

Now that you’ve bought your brand new Samsung Galaxy S10e with its punch-hole Infinity-O display, wireless charging, and OneUI software overlay, you’ll be wanting to protect the all-glass design from harm’s way by wrapping it on a case. We’ve done the legwork for you and scoured the internet to find the best protection you can […]

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UK lords call for central ‘Digital Authority’ to help regulate internet

The UK govenment's demand for stricter regulation of internet companies is only growing louder. A report from a House of Lords committee has called for the creation of a central "Digital Authority" that would watch over all the efforts to regulate t…
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YouTube Premium teams up with Samsung Galaxy S10 to offer users 4 months free

YouTube is giving Samsung Galaxy S10 customers a reason to celebrate by giving the gift of YouTube Premium! Starting today, users can enjoy four months of free, uninterrupted, ad-free access to YouTube, and our new music streaming service, YouTube Music.

With this new offer, users can bring the best of YouTube Premium and Galaxy S10 together for an incredible viewing and listening experience:

Seamless, ad-free streaming

The world’s first HDR10+ certified Dynamic AMOLED screen on Galaxy S10 devices means YouTube videos—including YouTube Originals—look crisper and fuller than ever. And now, you can watch ad-free.

Background play

Keep in your flow, even with your phone in your pocket. With YouTube Premium, you can keep videos playing when the screen is off.

Next-gen downloading

YouTube Premium means you can download videos for when you’re on the go. And by connecting with Galaxy S10’s next-generation Wi-Fi 6 support, downloading is as fast as it’s ever been.

YouTube Music

A new music streaming app, made by YouTube. Enjoy millions of official songs, albums, live performances, music videos, and more—ad-free, offline and in the background with YouTube Premium.

Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Tab S5e devices will also come with a 4-month offer once available for purchase. And all other Samsung Galaxy device owners who activate a device between February 20, 2019 – February 29, 2020 will be able to try YouTube Premium for 2 months free*. Both 4- and 2-month offers are available globally where Samsung Galaxy devices and YouTube Premium are available**.

Ready to redeem your offer with a qualifying device? Click here.

*Standard eligibility applies: Offer only available to customers who are not current YouTube Premium, YouTube Music Premium or Google Play Music subscribers, have not been YouTube Premium, YouTube Music Premium, YouTube Red, or Google Play Music subscribers, nor participated in a YouTube Premium, YouTube Music Premium, Google Play Music, or YouTube Red trial before. At the end of the trial period, users will be automatically charged the standard subscription price unless cancelled before the end of the trial. Offer must be redeemed by March 31, 2020.

**Offer available to participants in the United States, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada (excluding Quebec), Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.

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I bled for ‘Game of Thrones’ for the right and wrong reasons

How could HBO outdo its massive Westworld role-playing experience from last year's SXSW? By asking Game of Thrones fans to prove their devotion by drawing blood. Bleed for the Throne, the network's massive blood drive in partnership with the Red Cros…
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International Women’s Day at YouTube

Here at YouTube, we love celebrating the diverse group of talented creators that make our platform so unique. And in honor of International Women’s Day, we asked a few of our most dynamic female creators to share with us how they started on their YouTube journeys, and to fill us in on what they’ve learned along the way.

A little about each of them:

Flavia Calina started off as a Brazilian beauty vlogger, but then made a more personal shift by sharing her struggles with fertility. Now a mother of two with a third on the way, she offers up parenting tips and tricks to her channel’s 6.4 million subscribers.

Nikita Dragun is an American makeup and beauty guru who made her transgender transformation into an honest, unfiltered series on her 2+ million subscriber channel.

Yammy is a top global gaming creator based out of England who aims to make gaming fun for all audiences. She’s nearing 2 million subscribers on her channel.

Komal Pandey is an Indian lifestyle creator with a quickly growing subscriber base of over 690k users…who swears she’ll never judge a girl who has nothing to wear out of a closet full of clothes.

And I Get Dressed is an up-and-coming style U.S. channel run by fashion expert and proponent of “inspired inclusive style,” Kellie Brown.

Tell us about starting up your own YouTube channel. What was your motivation and what did you feel like your voice could bring to the world?

Flavia Calina: I first started as a hobby, I wanted a creative outlet to share what I was learning on YouTube. [At the time] it was makeup. But once my audience grew a little, I knew I wanted to talk about my passion and really share my expertise on early childhood education and the importance of raising children with respect in a peaceful environment so we can build stronger individuals, families and communities.

Nikita Dragun: A lot of my first initial trans kind of education came from YouTube in terms of things that weren’t necessarily taught to me in my conservative Virginia school. But by doing so, I grew frustrated because I just didn’t see anyone like me talking about the things that I needed in terms of my trans identity.

When I first started making videos, I actually wasn’t as open about my trans identity. But the second I started being honest, in my very first I’m transgender video, that was the first real viral moment I had. And also too, it was the first time I ever said I’m transgender even to myself. I didn’t tell my parents, I didn’t tell one person in my life. Once I did that…it’s just crazy how much support I was getting from people all across the world from all different types of walks of life And so documenting like my surgeries, documenting my hormones, then just every little step in my transition, was obviously hard and revealing. But I knew a lot of people just didn’t know all these things that trans people kind of go through and it opened a lot of eyes.

Yammy: When I originally started my channel, I just started it to make friends. I wanted to be a part of the community. And specifically I wanted to find other females who played games, because back then it was quite hard to find other people with the same interests.

Komal Pandey: Youtube was always a far-fetched dream, but one morning I woke up and decided to just shoot a video and put it up…In a week I bagged 100k subscribers (almost 700k now in a year) and since then my channel has been my first and last love. I am the personal stylist every girl can have at one click and I TOTALLY have their back when they say “I have nothing to wear.”

Kellie of And I Get Dressed: I felt like a lot of the fashion people on YouTube, especially the plus-size fashion people, it’s more like they’re trying things on, different brands. But me having actual fashion industry experience, gives me a little bit of a different vibe. And it could be something cool that people will see that the fashion industry is not only for thin people. Fat people work in this industry. We’re successful in this industry. We are stylish and authoritative and the rest of the world, they’re listening and paying attention, you know?

Were there any female creators that you admired or found inspirational when you started—and why?

Yammy: There weren’t that many females in the gaming community, but there was a channel called iHasCupquake. And she was a huge inspiration to me because her friendly and bubbly persona was kind of—it reminded me when watching the videos of when I would sit on my brother’s bed and watch him play on the Mega Drive. It didn’t feel like I was watching a game. It kind of felt like I was with a friend. So she inspired me to kind of be the same when I was making my videos. Not be like just a tutorial channel, kind of just like a friendly video.

International Women’s Day is about celebrating and empowering women. From what you’ve experienced, how does YouTube help further these causes?

Flavia Calina: YouTube is an amazing platform to give women a voice. All of us women have a place to talk about sensitive issues such as maternity, loss, infertility, struggles, resilience, strength. We all learn from each other’s experiences and can apply to our own lives and our own community.

Women creators are also businesswomen now, thanks to YouTube, and I feel we are given the same opportunity as everyone else on the platform.

Yammy: So now one of the top gaming channels in the world is run by ItsFunneh, who’s a female, and I never thought I’d see the day…but because YouTube is such a worldwide platform, there are so many other people like me who wanted to be a part of the community and found her channel. I just think that’s amazing.

Komal Pandey: Like the name YouTube suggests, it’s just YOU and your camera. You’re one video away from voicing your opinion with the highest degree of freedom and that’s a powerful weapon to have. Nothing is more empowering than being on a platform that allows you to use your voice as your weapon.

Kellie of And I Get Dressed: And when it comes to inspiration, there’s no greater thing than like some girl who’s six, or some woman who’s 60, who are able to turn on a camera, create content, be diligent, and then live the kind of life you want to live because the platform enables you to be an entrepreneur in the greatest sense of the word.

What has been most rewarding for you as a creator?

Flavia Calina: For me, it’s to really have a place and a voice to share my experiences and advocate for children for such a large audience. We have an amazing opportunity and responsibility with our community and I’m able to push myself everyday to bring better days not only for my own children but for the children around the world. Another rewarding part of being a creator on YouTube is to be able to do everything from my own home and still be present with my children. YouTube has changed my family tree, my legacy, and I take it very seriously.

Nikita Dragun: I think it’s so inspiring to see people who may or may not necessarily be trans or who have no affiliation to gender questioning or gender identity—who are cisgender females—they get inspired by my story because ultimately it’s a story about trying to be the best version of yourself. I think everyone goes through this obstacle, right? But for me, three years ago, it was like night and day from now until then. So for people to see me struggle, to see me questioning my identity, to see me financially unstable and going through college and not having all the answers…and still fighting to be who I wanted to be.

Yammy: I’ve had a lot of comments saying because of your videos, you’ve inspired me to open up a channel and they’re all from younger girls. And that really makes me happy that I’ve been able to inspire people just like iHasCupquake inspired me. The fact that I was inspired by her, and now I’m inspiring people, and then maybe they’ll become a YouTuber and they’ll inspire other females. It’s kind of like this generational passing on of it’s okay to be a female gamer.

Komal Pandey: My audience, for sure. YouTube is the only platform that helps you build a very very very loyal subscriber base. They will love you, protect you, critique you. And they will fight for you with the trolls too!

What has been most challenging about being a female creator?

Flavia Calina: The work-life balance. I’m so passionate about what I do that I find it hard to balance being a wife, mother, daughter, friend, businesswoman, all at the same time.

Nikita Dragun: What was so crazy when I took on this journey was that, you know, for 18 years of my life I was obviously considered a male. I didn’t face certain things that women obviously face. When the switch happened, it just became so much more apparent that it was about so many other things than just who I am as a person. It became about what I’m wearing and how I looked and you know, my overall aura…If I wasn’t happy or if I was too confident and I was too stuck up and into myself and it was just so many more comments.

Yammy: So definitely people do judge your appearance a lot more. But also there’s another aspect to it, which is because we are female, we tend to only attract a female audience. My audience is 80% female whereas a male gamer would attract both the female audience and the male audience. It’s kind of challenging that way. I feel like it’s a lot harder to grow if you’re a female cause you kind of aiming at other females.

Kellie of And I Get Dressed: The main challenge for me is sort of being pigeonholed because if you’re a guy, you can be anything. You know, you can be chubby, you can be classically handsome, you can be funny, you can be smart, and people will give you a chance. They won’t have an expectation of you based on your appearance. And with women, it’s totally different. Especially being a plus-sized woman, I can be talking about like the best hotels, and just from looking at me people might say, “Oh, she’s just going to do a plus size haul, so I don’t need to watch that.”

What advice do you have for other women thinking of starting their own channel?

Flavia Calina: Don’t compare yourself to others. You are unique, you have a special talent that no other woman has. Share your voice, your passion and be consistent about it.

Nikita Dragun: You know, everyone can be someone but no one can be you. And obviously, you have to be very strong. You know, lots of comments good and bad, but I just tried to focus my energy on the good and honestly, if I survived high school, I can survive your comments.

Yammy: I would say just do it. Just be yourself. It doesn’t matter what you look like, just make videos and go for it. There’s nothing to stop you anymore.

Is there anything YouTube can do as a company to encourage female creators more?

Nikita Dragun: I think just supporting the creators and really letting everyone flourish and highlighting unique stories is the way to go. Because obviously the more diverse the better. And I think YouTube is already on the right track with that. But you know, any way that they can help and continue to flourish that I think it will only grow and help everyone.

These responses have been edited and condensed.

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By now you’re probably like the rest of us and you’re getting spammed with robocalls multiple times throughout the day. It’s pretty rare that I don’t get at least one per day, but on average I’d bet that number is closer to half a dozen or so. As frustrating as it is, there’s a solution […]

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Meizu’s CEO admits its port-free Zero smartphone will never reach port

Sometimes a story that is too good to be true is simply that; in this case its the port-free Zero phone from Meizu that promised to be the world’s first ‘holeless smartphone’ with wireless charging, a display that acts like a speaker (like the LG G8), and an in-display fingerprint sensor. Sadly, the Zero’s crowdfunding […]

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The first­ Spanish­-language esports channel launches in the US

Telemundo Deportes has launched the first ever Spanish-language esports streaming channel in the US, showing just how big professional gaming competitions have become these past years. The programming division in charge of NBCUniversal's Spanish-lang…
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Huawei P30 Pro expected to feature a 10x super zoom camera

Huawei is looking to make 2019 a year full of crazy innovations, and they’ve already started on the right foot with the folding Mate X. The P30 Pro will be one of their next devices, and it’s expected to pack in a ton of camera features that will stand out from an incredibly crowded smartphone […]

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Amazon is shutting down its US pop-up stores

Amazon is re-thinking its physical retail strategy, and will reportedly start another chain of grocery stores later this year alongside Whole Foods. But not all of its concepts will stand the test of time — the company closing down its 87 retail pop…
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Las Vegas taps Elon Musk’s Boring Company for transport project

Your next visit to Las Vegas might include a peek at the possible future of transportation. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has recommended choosing Elon Musk's The Boring Company to develop an underground tunnel loop that would use a…
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Meizu says its port-free Zero phone was a failed marketing stunt

You may recall that a little over a month ago, Meizu launched a crowdfunding campaign for its futuristic "Zero" port-free smartphone, but at $ 1,299 a piece (plus that single $ 2,999 "Exclusive Pioneering Unit"), it comes as no surprise that the overly…
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Nissan Leaf is the first electric car to top 400,000 sales

Nissan just reached an important milestone in electric car history — though it likely won't be alone for long. The Leaf has become the first EV to top 400,000 sales, crossing that mark slightly over eight years since its December 2010 debut. Deman…
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Oppo F11 Pro is official, includes a pop-up camera

Oppo has officially announced the F11 Pro with a huge focus on the cameras on both sides of the device. It’s one of the few newer devices to sport a pop-up camera mechanism, while the rear camera system packs in a massive 48-megapixel shooter. That pop-up camera on the front allows Oppo to cram as […]

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[Download] Take Samsung’s newest flagship for a spin with the Galaxy S10 Experience app

So, you watched the Unpacked event on February 20th where Samsung launched its new range of Galaxy S10 flagships but you are still undecided whether to splash the cash or stick with your current smartphone. Samsung has taken some of the guesswork out of the equation by launching the Galaxy S10 Experience App that will […]

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US could soon end mass phone surveillance program exposed by Snowden

The US government might put an end to the controversial NSA phone surveillance program Edward Snowden exposed by the end of 2019. Republican congressional national security adviser Luke Murry revealed during a Lawfare podcast that Congress might not…
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[TA Deals] Take 50% off the Scout Max 10,000mAh portable charger

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House Democrats will introduce bill to reinstate net neutrality rules

Now that the Democrats have the majority in the US House of Representatives, net neutrality is back on the table. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has revealed that Democrats will introduce a bill to restore Obama-era net neutrality rules on March 6th. T…
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Google discloses ‘high severity’ Mac security flaw ahead of patch

Google's Project Zero security disclosure program is once again proving to be a double-edged sword. The company has detailed a "high severity" macOS kernel flaw that lets people modify a user-mounted file system image without the virtual management…
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After Math: Now let’s just wait a Momo

The only thing more popular on the internet than racism is a good hoax. The more batshit, the better. Every wacky conspiracy imaginable, from vaccines causing autism to the world being flat, can be found on the interwebs. But even more popular are th…
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Microsoft Excel adds photo-to-spreadsheet feature with latest update

Microsoft Excel for Android has been updated with a nifty new feature that was originally teased at a conference last year. If you’re in a rush and need to turn a photo or image into a spreadsheet that you can actually edit, this is now your go-to app. The update uses image recognition and AI […]

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Facebook reportedly took three years to tackle fake news in one country

Facebook is quick to tout its efforts to thwart misinformation campaigns in major European countries and the US, but its approach in other countries might not be quite so enthusiastic. Developers in Moldova told BuzzFeed News that they'd been asking…
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Sony officially discontinues the PlayStation Vita

You knew the PlayStation Vita wasn't long for this world, and now it's official: Sony has discontinued the last two Vita models. The move marks the last step of a long, gradual phase-out that included a halt on first-party games in 2015, the discont…
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