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Astronomers discover Earth-like planet orbiting nearest star Proxima Centauri

Astronomers from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) have announced the discovery of a new exoplanet, or a planet orbiting another star besides our own. What’s the big deal? Scientists have found thousands of those already, after all. But this time ...

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Authorities using cutting-edge voice recognition to profile fugitives

When I was in the second grade, a “frenemy” dared me to dial 911 from a payphone while on a school outing. Minutes later, a police officer arrived at the public park, disbanded all of us from play, and treated the class ...

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Uber, Volvo hook up to create next-generation autonomous cars

Volvo and Uber today joined forces to work on developing the “next generation of autonomous driving cars … up to and including fully autonomous driverless cars.” The companies will start with the same base Volvo car platform, do joint work, and ...

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Apple’s Tim Cook declares augmented reality a ‘core technology’ for the company

Over the last few years, Microsoft has staked out an interest and position in augmented reality (AR) as opposed to virtual reality (VR). As the name implies, “augmented” reality is about showing the user additional information or cues over and ...

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Dallas police don’t want to release bomb robot data, claim information is ’embarrassing’

When the Dallas police used a bomb robot to kill a suspect who had shot and killed five police officers and wounding nine others, it set a controversial precedent that raised questions about the procedures and practices the police had ...

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Facebook will begin embedding ads as content to bypass ad blockers

The battle between ad blockers and content engines has raged for years, with no end in sight — but Facebook’s decision to throw its own weight against ad blocking could have significant impacts on both the service and online journalism. ...

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New climate modeling shows Venus may have once been habitable

It’s hard to imagine a less-hospitable location in the solar system than the surface of Venus. Humans can’t survive without spacesuits and life support systems anywhere besides Earth, but Mars, the Moon, and Europa present challenges we could probably meet ...

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Google cuts Chrome power consumption, but Microsoft still thinks you should use Edge

Over the past few months, Microsoft has taken potshots at Google for high power consumption under Chrome. As we’ve discussed, there’s truth to the company’s statements. Independent tests have regularly demonstrated that Chrome uses more power than Microsoft Edge, Internet ...

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Windows 10’s free upgrade expires very soon and you really ought to download it

As of this writing, Windows 10’s free upgrade period ends in just a few hours — and with that time ticking away, I’d formally recommend taking advantage of it with the above link. That might seem surprising, given our own ...

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Availability check: Can you buy the latest Polaris and Pascal GPUs from AMD and Nvidia?

For the past two months, AMD and Nvidia have been launching new GPU families and pushing fresh hardware into market. While this makes for interesting reviews, it’s not worth much if consumers can’t actually buy the hardware they’re reading about. ...

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