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iOS 11 is finally available today for your iPhone and iPad, and among the many new features included in the update is Apple’s ARKit framework allowing developers to more easily create augmented reality apps and experiences. Here are some of the best ones you’ll want to try out after updating.Read more...

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Apple teased us with the next version of iOS in June, revealing a bunch of new features at WWDC that wouldn’t be ready until today—unless of course you love the thrill of a potentially buggy public beta, which has been available since the end of June. But if you like to play it safe, or if you simply never bothered…Read more...

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Klingons are one of the most iconic Star Trek alien races. In 51 years they’ve evolved from deceptive villains to honorable allies—and now, with the arrival of Star Trek: Discovery this week, they’re becoming spiritual warriors once again, at odds with our heroes. Here’s everything you need to know about the past,…Read more...

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You may have never wondered what’s in the DNA of a football fan, but the Baltimore Ravens planned to find out. As part of a bizarre game-day promotion on Sunday, the Ravens partnered with consumer genetic testing company Orig3n to give away free DNA test kits to 55,000 fans as they entered the stadium. But the plan…Read more...

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Let’s say you’re some sort of weird dickhead who wants to hurt people by setting off a homemade explosive, but you don’t exactly know what ingredients you’ll need in order to instill a feeling of lifelong terror in the people you don’t kill outright. Amazon—the place where you buy bulk toilet paper and bed risers—has…Read more...

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Fidget spinners and fidget boxes are old news. The infinity cube is the new gadget to keep your hands busy. It’s sort of like a Rubik’s cube that collapses into a flat rectangle and can be folded in an infinite number of combinations. Like its predecessors, it’s small enough to fidget away in one hand and continue…Read more...

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An Amazon server containing roughly a gigabyte’s worth of credentials and configuration files belonging to behemoth media conglomerate Viacom were discovered online and unsecured, according to UpGuard, a California-based “cyber resiliency” firm. A security researcher working for the company discovered the server…Read more...

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Among the many new features and updates iOS 11 will bring to your iPhone and iPad, there’s one that some users might not actually want. Apple is finally neutering older 32-bit apps, which means that some of your favorite games or productivity tools simply won’t load with iOS 11 installed.Read more...

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In a highly unusual hacking case, an entire school district in Montana shut down for three days following a data breach of student and faculty records. Investigators say that parents received “extremely graphic threats via text messages” and that hackers sent the school board a ransom note demanding bitcoin payments…Read more...

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This year, the FBI appears to for the first time have overlooked a reporting obligation established by the US Attorney General’s office, and in doing so, the bureau appears to have greatly lowballed the total number of times it authorized confidential informants to engage in criminal activity last year.Read more...

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In the spring, you might find fragmented blue eggshells sitting on the sidewalk, a sign that baby robins hatched somewhere up above. Taking the same walk 66 million years ago, you may have found a giant version of those same blue eggs. Except a much larger, sillier-looking dinosaur was probably sitting nearby.Read more...

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It’s a hostile world out there and your personal data is constantly being targeted from a whole host of angles. While you can’t control the shoddy security practices of major corporations, you can minimize the risk of your private information getting into the wrong hands. Just as you do regular maintenance on your…Read more...

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A mere two weeks after Hurricane Irma barrelled through the Caribbean, there’s yet another Category 5 hurricane that’s wreaking havoc in the region. After inflicting “widespread devastation” to the island of Dominica last night, Hurricane Maria is now making a beeline towards the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.Read more...

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On Monday, a team of scientists in Australia announced an exciting breakthrough: For the first time, researchers were able to turn light into sound on a microchip. But—as crazy-sounding new physics applications tend to be—it’s probably going to be a long time before you see one of these chips on a computer you can…Read more...

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Android smartphones with edge-to-edge screens, like the Samsung S8 or the Essential phone, have found elegant ways to deal with the devices’ forward-facing cameras and sensors. But if you’re an Android user who’d rather have a garish notch up top like the iPhone X, a new app called XOutOf10 will add a screen-blocking…Read more...

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It’s like clockwork: every month or so, you’ll be scrolling through your Facebook feed and stumble across a video about a new ring or underwear, color-changing straws or color-changing nail polish, or “smart stickers” that claim to help prevent sexual assault. There’s the inevitable swarm of uncritical media coverage …Read more...

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There’s some very weird rumors about Supreme Leader Snoke’s appearance in The Last Jedi. Loki’s plans in Thor: Ragnarok are revealed. Josh Brolin smashes a mirror for Deadpool 2. Plus, new images from Once Upon a Time’s return, Star Trek: Discovery episode titles, and new footage from Kingsman: The Golden Circle.…Read more...

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It was bound to happen. Amazon storms into the voice-controlled gadget game, just like the tablet game, and eventually, a Fire tablet becomes an Echo. That just happened. Amazon’s new Fire HD 10 tablet is also a hands-free Echo. It’s mostly a tablet, but that Echo bit is interesting.Read more...

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The “Your Fitbit Ionic is running low on battery” notification arrived on my phone and in my inbox at the same time around one yesterday afternoon, suggesting I take a moment to charge my smartwatch. Instead, I went to a couple of meetings, took the train home, went for a brisk walk with the dog, and made dinner.…Read more...

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At least two civilians have been injured in a bombing incident during Russia’s war games on Monday. Videos of the incident have been posted to YouTube and appear to show two helicopters firing at a civilian viewing area. Russian media report that the incident is being investigated by the military.Read more...

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Ask someone what their dream house is, and you’ll get a lot of different answers. Perhaps a rustic ranch house out on the plains. Maybe a New York or San Francisco brownstone. It could even be that perfect little cottage with the nice rose garden, or a remote farm in Lincolnshire, where Mrs. Buckley lives (every July,…Read more...

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CNN has learned US authorities wiretapped Paul Manafort, the spin artist for dictators who worked a tumultuous four-and-a-half month term as Donald Trump’s campaign manager in 2016.Read more...

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Equifax, the credit reporting agency which recently lost said credit information on up to 143 million people to hackers, experienced another security breach months before it has already disclosed—and this news broke on the same day it was reported senior Equifax executives are being investigated for selling off stock…Read more...

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On Monday, Uber apologized after Uber Bangalore sent out a “totally inappropriate” promotional message for “Wife Appreciation Day,” offering users a discount on UberEATS in order to “let your wife take a day off from the kitchen.”Read more...

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A fight over the future of video streaming has been brewing for years—and it finally came to a head today, with a major electronic privacy organization bowing out of the consortium that sets standards for the web.Read more...

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