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SpaceX has successfully launched and landed the second Falcon 9 rocket in roughly 48 hours — giving SpaceX two wins in its “weekend doubleheader.” The nearly back-to-back launches are a show of strength for the company that has said it intends to up the pace of its launches. The rocket took off today from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base at 4:25 PM ET, and launched 10 satellites for the communications company Iridium. It’s the company’s ninth launch of 2017, and, six months in, are the most completed by SpaceX in a single year. The rocket’s 230-foot-tall first stage, which houses nine engines, then touched down on the drone ship called “Just Read the Instructions” floating in the Pacific Ocean. Musk warned earlier... Continue reading…

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“But as I said before, these were intrepid galactic explorers. They were people who had been doing a job and suddenly found themselves in a terrible situation.” These lines sum up the general attitude of Martha Wells’ novella, All Systems Red. It’s a snarky adventure set in the depths of space, told through the eyes of a security robot that’s taken to calling itself Murderbot. While it’s short, this book packs a nice punch, and nicely sets up a great playground for countless other adventures. Our protagonist got its name after killing a bunch of company employees on another planet a couple of years ago, but while it has a bit of a bloodstained history, this isn’t Hal from 2001: A Space Odyssey. It’s a dour security bot that likes to... Continue reading…

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Michael Bay’s Transformers movies have a certain familiarity. The Autobots and Decepticons — the long-standing rivals in this toy-ad-turned-mega-franchise about transforming alien robots — beat the crap out of each other, endangering Earth in the process. A human hero (usually a man, with the assistance of a very beautiful woman) saves the world. Optimus Prime waxes poetic about how Earth is the new Transformers home, and how it’s a pretty rad place to be. Fin. (Light spoilers ahead for the end of Transformers: The Last Knight. Seriously, I mean light.) So it’s not terribly surprising that, if you’ve seen any of the last four movies, you can guess how number five, Transformers: The Last Knight, will draw to a close: with a flowery,... Continue reading…

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch later today carrying a new batch of satellites into orbit for communications company Iridium. After takeoff, SpaceX will try to land the Falcon 9’s first stage — the 14-story high core of the rocket that contains the main engines and most of the fuel — on an autonomous drone ship in the Pacific Ocean. If successful, it’ll be the 13th time SpaceX has successfully landed one of these rocket stages, and the eighth time it’s performed the feat at sea. This is the second launch SpaceX is attempting in one weekend — the quickest turnaround ever. (Launches are weeks or months apart, usually.) On Friday, SpaceX sent a Bulgarian communications satellite into space from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida,... Continue reading…

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2017 is shaping up to be a big year for Sonic. Later this year, we will see the launch of two new games starring the iconic Sega character, including both the old-school Sonic Mania, and the more modern (and 3D!) Sonic Forces. With all of this going on, you may well be in the mood for a Sonic fix right now. Well, there’s good news: this week, video game music collective Overclocked Remix released a fantastic celebration of the series’s long musical history. Called Speeding Towards Adventures: 25 Years of Sonic the Hedgehog, the new album features 23 classic Sonic tracks, remixed and reimagined by 30 different artists. As with all of the many OC Remix projects — which include everything from a jazz-inspired Chrono Trigger album to a... Continue reading…

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Discover card shoppers can finally use their credit card with Samsung Pay on their phones, two years after the credit card company announced that the card would come to the system. A customer service representative for Discover confirmed that customers can now add their cards to Samsung Pay. Samsung unveiled its mobile payment system in 2015, and Discover announced at the time that support for the card would come in early 2016. However, that functionality was delayed until now, prompting some complaints from users. Like Android Pay, Apple Pay, or Google Wallet, Samsung Pay use Near Field Communications to securely transmit the card information to a retailer. However, not all retailers have activated their NFC systems, which can leave... Continue reading…

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The British Parliament has been hit by a “sustained and determined” cyberattack attack, according to The Telegraph, which has left lawmakers unable to remotely access their e-mail. Authorities discovered unusual activity on the computer networks this morning, and have moved to take steps to protect them, which appears to include preventing access outside of the Palace of Westminster. In an e-mail to Members of Parliament, parliamentary authorities say that they have “confirmed that hackers were carrying out a sustained and determined attack on all parliamentary user accounts in an attempt to identify weak passwords.” Earlier this week, account information for “tens of thousands of government officials,” were discovered online on... Continue reading…

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The big difference between Preacher the television show and Preacher the comic is that on the television show, the protagonist doesn't walk with God. Admittedly, that isn’t the only change. The television series, which launched in 2016, kept the characters and some of the conceptual elements from Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s comics series, but everything else in the first season is swapped around. The second season, which launches on AMC on Sunday, June 25th, is the point where it becomes clear that the setting isn’t what distinguishes the television show from its source material. The real dividing line is preacher Jesse Custer. Broadly speaking, the 1990s Vertigo comic Preacher was a road trip adventure. The first season of AMC's... Continue reading…

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Every summer, when the sun is hot and everyone is drowning in sweat, barbecue invitations go out. While these get-togethers create the perfect setting to catch up with old friends, befriend your neighbors, and meet new people, they also highlight how important it is to have all the best gear. That way you can impress everyone with how you've married 21st century technology with the time-honored tradition of cooking hot dogs and hamburgers in 95-degree weather. Whether you get stuck with grill duty this year, have to mix drinks, or keep running people's phones inside to charge them, a large dollop of technology can make summer party life a little bit easier — or at least more exciting. (Plus, if you aren't feeling talkative you can always... Continue reading…

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The first season of American Gods ended with a bang earlier this week, leaving us with a long wait until we get to see just what happens next for Shadow, Wednesday, and the others. However, like The Handmaid’s Tale, the show is based on a novel, and there’s a number of others about similar things: gods and magic. Here are eight stories that you should check out while you wait for the show to return. Image: William Morrow Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman The logical place to start with this sort of list is Neil Gaiman’s companion novel to American Gods, Anansi Boys. Charles Nancy learns that his father, Mr. Nancy (played by Orlando Jones in the Starz series), has died. Soon, he discovers that his father was the trickster... Continue reading…

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This week we already mentioned several big sales, including another T-Mobile BOGO deal for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Steam’s annual summer sale on popular (and sometimes not-so-popular) PC gaming titles. But we’ve also got some new deals to tell you about, the most noteworthy being eBay’s $125 discount on Samsung’s unlocked S8 and S8 plus, which is already only available at limited quantities. (So, you might want to act fast if you want one.) Also! A reminder that you have three more days to take advantage of Amazon’s deal on the Echo Show, ending June 28th. This week’s best deals Last call: Amazon Echo Show: Save $100 (use code SHOW2PACK) when you preorder two Amazon Echo Shows. There are still no reviews, so in the meantime, here are... Continue reading…

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The last two movies I saw were Magic Mike XXL and The Invitation. The former is a tale of male strippers, friendship, and the danceability of “Pony,” while the latter is a terrifying, suspense-driven look at a (fictional) Los Angeles cult. Where am I going with this? I have no idea, but Jake usually writes about the most recent movies he’s seen in this intro. I guess what these movies say about modern cinema is that there really are a lot of options if you ignore superhero movies. In that spirit, here are eight non-superhero trailers from the week below. Mutafukaz Mutafukaz is the feature-length companion to a French short and comic book series. It follows a teen pizza delivery boy, Angelino, around the streets of the fictional Dark... Continue reading…

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Headphones are an interesting slice of the technology market, where companies build products that are as much gadget as they are art. Design, style, and personal taste in sound quality and tuning are just as important as the more technical aspects of a pair of headphones. And there have never been more choices: from cheap, sweat-proof headphones for working out, to $300 pairs of cans for blocking out the sounds of your delayed commute, to $55,000 headphones that can probably re-create the voice of god with some accuracy. Despite this, I’ve proven through long years of history, that I’m definitely not responsible enough for “real” headphones. So instead, my go-to headphone of choice have been these: the HTC Stereo Headphones, Part Number... Continue reading…

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A portion of Microsoft’s Windows 10 source code has leaked online this week. Files related to Microsoft’s USB, storage, and Wi-Fi drivers in Windows 10 were posted to Beta Archive this week. Beta Archive is an enthusiast site that tracks Windows releases, and asks members to donate money or contribute something Windows-related after accessing a private FTP full of archived Windows builds. The leaked code was published to Beta Archive’s FTP, and is part of Microsoft's Shared Source Kit. “Our review confirms that these files are actually a portion of the source code from the Shared Source Initiative and is used by OEMs and partners,” reveals a Microsoft spokesperson in an email to The Verge. While The Register claims 32TB of data,... Continue reading…

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In a race to prevent future deadly pandemics, scientists are trying to pinpoint the animals and regions where the next Ebola or Zika might arise — before the viruses start harming people. But some experts argue that it makes more sense to look for new viruses in humans, not other animals. In fact, the next emerging infectious disease is probably already out there, making people sick. “Right now, we’re always on defense.” Animals host a massive number of viruses, and sometimes these viruses make the jump to humans. (These viruses are called zoonoses.) This happens pretty rarely, but when it does, it can wreak havoc: most pandemics in recent memory like HIV, pandemic influenza, and Zika were caused by viruses that started out in animals.... Continue reading…

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Earlier this week, Snapchat introduced Snap Map, an opt-in function that allows you to share your location with your friends on a map. Snapchat’s introduction video to Snap Map, seen above, focuses on sharing the location of posted Snaps to Our Story, which is public, and could be useful for, say, seeing a collection of Snaps posted from a particular event. But what Snapchat doesn’t tell you in the video, or in the app, is that if you aren’t careful, Snap Map will broadcast your exact location to anyone on your friends list every time you open the app. When you update Snapchat and get to the Snap Map walkthrough, as seen below, only three screens need to be clicked through to complete it. Though it mentions sharing your location, what... Continue reading…

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SpaceX has successfully launched and landed a recycled Falcon 9 rocket for the second time. The rocket’s first stage — the 14-story-tall core that houses the fuel and the rocket’s main engines — touched down on one of the company’s autonomous drone ships in the Atlantic Ocean shortly after taking off from a launchpad at nearby Cape Canaveral, Florida. It’s the 12th time SpaceX has successfully landed one of these rocket stages, and the seventh time it’s performed the feat at sea. This particular rocket previously flew in January, when it was used to put 10 satellites into orbit for communications company Iridium. The rocket then landed on a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean. SpaceX retrieved the rocket and spent the next few months... Continue reading…

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Last year, Google opened up a program called “Posts on Google,” which let big companies and celebrities feature content in a carousel in search results. And today, Google is opening that up to local businesses, allowing them to directly inject things like daily specials, events, products, and more to results for when customers search for the business, as noted by TechCrunch. The new posts show up below the company card in search results, where information like the location, phone number, web address, and hours of the company are already aggregated. The Posts feature is available starting today for verified companies using Google My Business. Opening up Posts on Google for all businesses, regardless of size, should help make more... Continue reading…

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HTC today released a video of some new features coming to Edge Sense, the headlining, squeeze-your-phone-to-do-something feature of its U11 smartphone. The examples shown include Google Maps (which automatically zooms in when you squeeze), Google Photos (same thing), Calendar (change to a different view with a squeeze), and the ability to end calls by — you guessed it — squeezing the phone. I don’t know about you, but my response to every single one of these new functions was “okay, but why wouldn’t I just do this the regular way?” I can understand the convenience part if you’re stuck using the U11 with a single hand, but so far the best thing about Edge Sense is using it as a shortcut button for your favorite apps. Or to turn on the... Continue reading…

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Google will stop its long-standing practice of scanning the contents of individual Gmail users for advertising purposes, according to a report from the Financial Times. The practice, something Google has done nearly since the launch of its email service, allows the company to digest the contents of email messages and use them to deliver targeted ads within Gmail itself. Google is trying to convince more businesses to use its cloud services Users are allowed to opt out, and Google also reserves the practice only for personal Gmail users and not those of corporate accounts. However, the practice has made it difficult for Google to find and retain corporate clients for its cloud services business, according to Diane Greene, Google’s cloud... Continue reading…

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The enhanced version of Call of Duty 4 is now a standalone title — at least on PS4. Today Activision announced that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will be available on Sony’s console on June 27th for $39.99. The game — which features the same story campaign and multiplayer maps as the 2007 original, but with updated visuals — was previously available bundled with special editions of last year’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. As of now, however, there’s no word on when the remastered version will be available to purchase on either PC or Xbox One. The publisher says that there will be “other platforms to follow” the PS4 launch. The next major Call of Duty game, meanwhile, takes the series back to World War II, and will be... Continue reading…

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A widely used method to find oil and gas for offshore drilling can kill tiny sea creatures that are key for feeding many marine animals like shellfish, fish, and even whales. And the impacts on these tiny, drifting creatures — called zooplankton — are seen in an area much larger than previously thought. The study, published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, adds to the body of evidence that the loud noises produced during oil and gas exploration can disrupt marine life — including whales that use sound to communicate and look for food. It also comes just a few months after President Donald Trump has signed an executive order looking to expand offshore gas and oil drilling in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans. louder than a... Continue reading…

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2017 has been a big revival year for Mystery Science Theater 3000. The show got its start in the late 1980s, moved to Comedy Central for half the 1990s, and closed out the decade on the Sci Fi Channel before its 1999 cancellation. But this year, it returned with a new series on Netflix. And for fans who miss the retro spin of the show — an odd tale of a janitor held hostage by mad scientists and forced to watch bad movies — Twitch is airing a marathon of “classic” episodes. The 38-episode run kicks off on June 26th at 11AM PT on Shout! Factory TV’s channel, and wraps on July 3rd. Twitch hasn’t said which episodes it will air, though it’ll draw from the Comedy Central and Sci Fi era spanning 1989 to 1997. Lately, Twitch has been... Continue reading…

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Yesterday afternoon, popular gadget reviewer Marques Brownlee tweeted out a link to an article on a Tesla fan site of new leaked photos of the upcoming, hotly anticipated Model 3 electric car. “Yo Tesla Model 3 looks better and better in every leaked photo,” Brownlee tweeted. “Gotta love the incremental updates.” Tesla Model 3 Exterior and Interior (while super charging) But the next day, Brownlee woke up to find that his tweet had been removed and replaced with this message: “This tweet from @MKBHD has been withheld in response to a report from the copyright holder.” In an email to The Verge, Brownlee said that the photographer, You You Xue, requested the removal of Brownlee’s tweet on the grounds of copyright infringement. Brownlee... Continue reading…

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FCC chairman Ajit Pai has released a statement announcing that the commission has granted OneWeb approval for US market access to launch a network of internet-beaming satellites into orbit. OneWeb, which is backed in part by Richard Branson, has been working on providing broadband internet via satellite since 2000, when it acquired the satellite spectrum formerly owned by SkyBridge. OneWeb plans to launch a constellation of 720 low-Earth orbit satellites using non-geostationary satellite orbit (NGSO) technology in order to provide global, high-speed broadband. The company’s goal has far-reaching implications, and would provide internet to rural and hard-to-reach areas that currently have little access to internet connectivity.... Continue reading…

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