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Mission control has lost contact with the ESA’s ExoMars lander

As it would seem, the Great Galactic Ghoul is still hungry, and the ESA’s ExoMars Schiaparelli lander might have been its next meal. Just moments before the lander was to touchdown on Martian soil, mission control lost contact with it, ...

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Microsoft refuses to repair defective Surface Pro 3 batteries at previously promised price

When Microsoft launched the Surface Pro 3, it was fairly proud of the hardware. That hardware was generally well-received, with reviewers praising the way the platform continued to evolve over time. Back then, Surface VP Panos Pinay did a Reddit ...

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New York City police now issued smartphones featuring… Windows Phone?

New York City has begun equipping its police officers with smartphones for tracking 911 calls and remotely accessing databases of criminal activity. In and of itself, this isn’t terribly surprising. Smartphones excel at these type of functions, and the NYPD ...

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Comcast rolls out 1TB cap, hit with $2.3 million FCC fine for unauthorized equipment charges

If you’re a Comcast customer, chances are you’re now operating under an effective 1TB data cap. This new plan, dubbed the Xfinity Terabyte Internet Data Usage Plan, restricts users to 1TB a month of combined upload and download across 38 ...

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US government formally blames Russia for political hacks of the DNC

The US Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Election Security have issued a joint statement today formally accusing Russia of attacking the Democratic National Committee and leaking some 20,000 emails to the ...

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Replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 catches fire on airplane

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 was supposed to be a cutting-edge halo device with an aggressive set of new features. Samsung’s original plan was to launch the device before Apple could field the iPhone 7, then reap the rewards of positive ...

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Installing the Windows 10 Anniversary Update may reset your ad preferences, other settings

Microsoft has taken a great deal of flak over the last 14 months for the various decisions it made when rolling out Windows 10. From increasingly pushy upgrade offers, and default program resets to ongoing problems with the Windows Store ...

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FCC aims to improve phone emergency alerts after recent bombings

Wireless subscribers in the US have been seeing occasional emergency alert notifications in recent years. These messages can make the public aware of imminent danger from natural disasters or terrorist attacks, or simply help law enforcement find a missing child. ...

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NASA’s big announcement was worth the wait: confirmed cryovolcanoes on Europa

After much anticipation, NASA held a press conference on Monday to detail new findings from images of Jupiter’s moon Europa. The agency was clear from the beginning that its announcement would not be signs of life — but, as it ...

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No one’s playing No Man’s Sky, as developer remains silent and players flee the franchise

When No Man’s Sky launched in August, it was already clear that the game would primarily appeal to a niche audience. The title’s lead designer and head of developer Hello Games, Sean Murray, has been blasted for promising the game ...

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