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Microsoft will adjust malware-like upgrade policy for Windows 10 following outcry

For most of the past year, Microsoft has largely refused to change controversial Windows 10 policies, no matter how unhappy a vocal minority of users were over the company’s new strategy. Telemetry tracking, mandatory updates that combine security and non-security ...

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SiriusXM founder and futurist Martine Rothblatt on creativity

DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA — Dr. Martine Rothblatt has a message for would-be creative types and entrepreneurs alike: Don’t give up. Specifically, don’t let anyone get in the way of your idea. And you can bet that lots of people will ...

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Bee-inspired robot uses static electricity to land anywhere

Robots come in all shapes and sizes these days from flexible pill-shaped robots you can swallow to humanoid robots that can walk like us. Harvard’s Microrobotics Laboratory has been working on a bee-inspired robot for a few years now, but ...

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NOAA scientists are exploring the Mariana Trench, and you can watch it live here

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in its various incarnations, has been delivering us valuable data about our world for over two centuries. It closely monitors the environment, provides surprisingly accurate weather forecasts, and does important scientific research to ...

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Supreme Court grants FBI decentralized warrants, power to hack suspects anywhere

The US Supreme Court has passed a proposed change to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, one of the main bodies of law that governs the powers and behavior of the FBI. Previously, Rule 41 stated that a ...

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The iTunes Music Store is 13 years old today, and iTunes is still a disaster

Over the past 16 years, Apple has built a reputation for creating high-quality products. The iPod, iPhone, iPad, and Macintosh are often criticized for being overpriced or poorly positioned for certain use cases. Gamers, in particular, get short shrift on ...

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Steam, Lionsgate announce new streaming video partnership for movies

For almost a decade, Steam has been the go-to source for downloadable PC games and content. The service has expanded a great deal since its earliest days as a Valve game distribution center, with thousands of titles, support for Mac ...

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Amazon refusing to sell certain video games, movies to non-Prime members

Amazon built its business on a simple premise: It was the place to go to buy all your stuff. Today, Amazon offers a wide range of products and services, including its own branded tablets, ebook readers, and video-on-demand solution — ...

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Rumor: Nvidia may have killed Maxwell production ahead of June Pascal launch

When Nvidia demoed Pascal at GDC 2016 last month, many readers were a bit unhappy that the company didn’t give more details on what its upcoming consumer cards would look like. The latest rumors are that Nvidia may have stopped ...

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Intel demos 3D XPoint, showcases Optane’s 2GB/s performance

Last year, Intel and Micron announced that they’d developed a new memory standard. This new memory, 3D XPoint (pronounced “crosspoint”) is a non-volatile memory that Intel is advertising as the first major memory breakthrough in 25 years. Early speculation was ...

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