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Google becomes first foreign internet company to go live in Cuba

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 22:44
After former President Obama reopened America's diplomatic relations with Cuba, businesses started looking for opportunities to make inroads to the island nation. Google was one of these, with Obama himself announcing it would come to help set up WiF...
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2018 FIFA World Cup will be the first with instant replay

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 21:18
Soccer (or, to the rest of the world, football) traditionalists have shunned video replay for years, claiming it would alter the sanctity of referees' calls. But well-documented flubbed calls like those that erroneously eliminated England and Mexico...
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Microsoft wasn't hammered by surveillance requests in 2016

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 20:37
A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft released its Transparency Report revealing that it had received "1,000 to 1,499 surveillance requests for foreign intelligence purposes (known as FISA) from January to June 2016." There's only one problem though -- it...
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Google experiment promises clean nighttime shots from your phone

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 19:06
Many modern smartphones can take decent photos when the sun goes down, but their noisy, washed out images still don't hold a candle to the shots from a high-end DSLR. Google researcher Florian Kainz might have a way of closing that gap at least some...
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Watch David Hasselhoff in an AI-scripted short film

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 18:11
Robots are slowly taking more and more jobs -- and soon, they'll come for the writers (gulp). That's the pitch behind director Oscar Sharp and AI researcher Ross Goodwin's short film It's No Game, in which an artificial intelligence swoops in during...
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Air Force enlists hackers to hunt bugs in its site

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 17:15
Bug bounties have been a staple among startups and online businesses since the days of Netscape Navigator but the federal government has been slow to adopt the beneficial code hunts. However, a year after the DoD's first such program, Hack The Pentag...
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FCC Chairman outlines his plan to gut net neutrality

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 17:03
The future of net neutrality has been uncertain since the November election of Donald Trump. His FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, has made it clear he intends to scale back some of the regulations surrounding ISPs, but details have been scarce. Now we have an...
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Google Trips is now more helpful for anyone afraid to fly

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 16:32
Last year, Google released Trips, an app for iOS and Android that helps you keep track of your itinerary while traveling. It automatically collects information from your Gmail inbox, organizes it and makes it available offline. It even offers suggest...
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You're not too old to play with Hot Wheels in 'Forza Horizon 3'

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 16:12
The second Forza Horizon 3 expansion is coming out soon and it's bringing a big dose of childhood nostalgia along with it. Hot Wheels and their iconic bright orange tracks arrive on May 9th as part of the Forza Horizon 3 Expansion Pass or as standalo...
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Samsung's auto-reply app fights distracted driving

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 15:51
Let's be honest: too many of us are using our phones while driving. It's a problem and it's dangerous, but we do it anyway. Samsung knows this and has come up with a new app cleverly named In-Traffic Reply to help. The app, currently in beta, aims to...
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Facebook's live video problem is only getting worse

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 15:43
Facebook's struggle with livestreams of terrible crimes is still very real, and appears to be worsening. Local media report that a young Thai man used Facebook Live to broadcast a murder-suicide where he hung his baby daughter before taking his own l...
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Spotify's latest move shows it's trying to get royalties right

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 15:08
Spotify has struggled with unpaid royalties recently, though it's promised to fix things to help support frustrated artists. The company recently limited its free streaming option to build trust with music creators. In addition, Spotify just acquired...
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'Danger Zone' turns the best part of 'Burnout' into a full game

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 14:24
It's been nine long years since we had a proper Burnout game. But when Paradise launched back in 2008 it didn't come with the franchise's trademark Crash Mode, the arcadey feature that tasked players with hurtling themselves through an intersection t...
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SOBRO: The smart coffee table for cold beers and chill tunes

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 14:03
Coffee tables aren't the most glamorous piece of furniture. If you're anything like me, they inevitably become a repository for loose stuff like keys and remotes. Storebound's SOBRO smart table aims to be a lot more useful. It's not just nice to look...
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A Fitbit Flex 2 reportedly exploded on woman's arm

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 13:47
Dina Mitchell was reading a book on Tuesday in her Wisconsin home when the Fitbit Flex 2 on her wrist exploded, causing second-degree burns, she told ABC News. Mitchell reportedly tore the device off of her arm as it was still on fire, and doctors ha...
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Police will scan every fan's face at the Champions League final

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 13:26
If you're headed to the UEFA Champions League final in Cardiff on June 3rd, you might just be part of a massive experiment in security -- and a privacy uproar. South Wales Police are conducting a face recognition trial that could scan every one of th...
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Google turns 'Hamilton' hype into a VR history lesson

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:55
We're all a bit more versed in American history these days, thanks in great part to playwright and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda and his award-winning hip-hop-infused musical, Hamilton. The Hamilton Education Program will bring 5,000 disadvantaged stud...
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Reddit plans to make big changes to how the site looks

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:32
Reddit's default design is a throwback to simpler times on the internet. However, moderators on the site's numerous subreddits put a bunch of work into making sure their communities stand out from each other by employing CSS (cascading style sheets)...
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'Call of Duty: WWII' will take you back to Omaha Beach November 3rd

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:16
Call of Duty: WWII will launch November 3rd on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. As you might expect, the game takes place largely in Europe between 1944 and 1945, ultimately pushing toward Germany after fighting through Nazi reinforcements on Normandy...
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'The Protectors' shows how VR can help save African elephants

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:00
At first, the elephant looks like it's asleep. But then you notice it has stumps where there should be feet. Its tusks have been sawed off. And there are countless maggots crawling along a gaping hole in its face. It's a horrifying image as I describ...
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