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ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Power shovels and a bulldozer have destroyed a huge mound of 2 million illegally copied CDs and DVDs outside Algeria's Culture Ministry, as part of a government pledge to crack down on long-rampant digital piracy.

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There's no evidence that the TSA has ever actually prevented a terrorist attack. In fact the head of the TSA was just forced to step down on Tuesday after an investigation conducted by Homeland Security revealed that 95% of weapons and explosives went undetected as they passed through airport security check points. Ineffective though it may be, everyone can still recognize the importance of airport security. Of course, that doesn't make it any less painful to endure, especially when you're running late for your flight and you arrive at a security line that stretches as far as the eye can see. The good news is that progress is being made that could speed up the security screening process in the future, while also making air travel far more secure. HUGE LEAK:  This is probably our first look at a real iPhone 7 Researchers from MIT’s Research Laboratory of Electronics and Princeton University have developed a new quantum cascade laser the size of a computer chip. The laser is part of an innovative terahertz spectroscopy system that takes just 100 microseconds to identify an object's spectroscopic signature, allowing the system to identify dangerous devices such as explosives in a fraction of a second. While terahertz spectroscopy is very effective, existing solutions require a heavy radiation source and can take anywhere between 15 and 30 minutes to analyze an object and identify its spectroscopic signature. Terahertz spectroscopy uses electromagnetic radiation bands found in between microwaves and infrared light, and it is able to "fingerprint" a wide range of materials such as chemicals used in explosives. The technology's accuracy would make it ideal for airport security and several other applications, but current technological limitations represent a large barrier to adoption. MIT's advancements could completely eliminate those road blocks. “With this work, we answer the question, ‘What is the real application of quantum-cascade laser frequency combs?’” lead researcher Yang Yang  told MIT News . “Terahertz is such a unique region that spectroscopy is probably the best application. And QCL-based frequency combs are a great candidate for spectroscopy.” The group's paper was published recently in the journal Optica .

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The Galaxy line has offered an organic light emitting diode (OLED) screen for several years, which offers richer colors, better black levels and consumes less power than a traditional LCD. According to a new report, Apple is finally jumping on the bandwagon with an OLED phone of its own, but it doesn't look like it will make it into this fall's iPhone 7.

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Everyone's talking about the "personalization" of deep learning and technology like chatbots, but when are we going to benefit from it?

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MasterCard announced Tuesday the launch of a new app for SoftBank Robotics' humanoid robot Pepper, which will enable Pepper to join the team at Pizza Hut Asia. Pepper, who is designed to interact with humans, will be able to help customers who have a MasterCard MasterPass account, offering customized suggestions, special offers, order-taking and assistance in paying. Vipul Chawla, Managing Director of Pizza Hut Restaurants Asia, expressed his delight at the news saying, "We are excited to welcome Pepper to the Pizza Hut family.

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The year is 2033 and a weird virus that was once trapped beneath the ice is now infecting and killing half of the world (not even virtual reality can escape global warming). Monda Museo, a corporation with a real purpose that is a bit of a mystery, has picked you to use a time machine and go back to the year 155 million BCE.

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Dubai has opened what it said was the world's first functioning 3D-printed office building, part of a drive by the Gulf's main tourism and business hub to develop technology that cuts costs and saves time. This one used a special mixture of cement, a Dubai government statement said, and reliability tests were done in Britain and China. The arc-shaped office, built in 17 days and costing about $140,000, will be the temporary headquarters of Dubai Future Foundation - the company behind the project - is in the center of the city, near the Dubai International Financial Center.

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What a time to be a live stream enthusiast and a drone hobbyist. Facebook and DJI are reportedly making good on their promise to let drone owners stream aerial footage to the social media platform. Engadget reported that DJI updated its iOS Go app yesterday, making the feature available to owners of the Phantom or Inspire. The update doesn't appear to be live, however. The story mentions that an Android release should follow the iOS release, but until then, the drones can already stream on Periscope and YouTube.

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John Carpenter, director of the original 1978 Halloween, will return to the horror franchise once again to executive produce the movie's 10th sequel, Entertainment Weekly reports. This is Carpenter's first involvement with the series since 1983's Halloween III, which Carpenter produced alongside his Halloween co-creator Debra Hill. "Thirty-eight years after the original Halloween I’m going to help to try to make the tenth sequel the scariest of them all," Carpenter said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly.

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Google fully complies with French law and is cooperating with French authorities, a spokesman said on Tuesday in response to an ongoing raid at the group's Paris headquarters. "We are cooperating with the authorities to answer their questions," said Al Verney, a spokesman for Google in Europe, in an email. "We comply fully with French law." French investigators raided Google's Paris headquarters as part of a probe into tax evasion and money laundering, the financial prosecutor's office said on Tuesday.

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The hugely successful toys-to-life franchise Skylanders is taking its first foray into the hugely successful mobile card game genre currently dominated by titles like Hearthstone. Skylanders Battlecast will be available today for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. Battlecast takes the popular Hearthstone formula and adds a handful of classic RPG-like elements.

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The migraines started when I was 12. The migraines went away when I was 16 or so — until eight months ago, when they returned stronger and more frequent, almost every other day. Anyone who suffers from migraines — about 36 million Americans do — can tell you how discouraging they are.

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When you put a case on your phone, you usually give up the ability to add on more accessories — be it a new camera lens, a card reader, or extra storage. It's unveiling a new iPhone case today called the Universe, which protects a phone and allows its owner to clip on up to two accessories at the same time. There are no electronics involved, so accessories have to plug into the iPhone's Lightning port or use Bluetooth if they need to connect.

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Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) announced today that it will be using a new type of sensor-embedded carbon fiber to make its capsules, capable of transporting passengers through a nearly airless tube at speeds up to 760 mph, safer than ever. The company is calling this new material "Vibranium," which may sound familiar to anyone with a passing knowledge of Marvel Comics and its wildly popular Cinematic Universe. Or around the same time the first Hyperloop is expected to be in operation.

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While the bulk of Apple's laptop updates in recent years have been relatively incremental in nature, Tim Cook and co. have plans to really shake things up in 2016. According to a new research report from reputed analyst Mink Chi-Kuo, Apple later this year is planning to release what may prove to be its biggest MacBook Pro update in history. DON'T MISS:  This is probably our first look at a real iPhone 7 According to Kuo's latest note to investors, originally published via MacRumors , Apple later this year plans to introduce a completely revamped MacBook Pro outfitted with a Touch ID sensor along with an OLED display panel located above the keyboard. The OLED display will purportedly be implemented as a replacement for the traditional function keys. Without question, it will be interesting to see how and where Apple implements Touch ID on the new MacBook Pro, especially in light of rumors that the iPhone 7s may incorporate an edge to edge display with an embedded home button and Touch ID sensor. As far as other notable features are concerned, Apple's 2016 MacBook Pro is slated to feature a thinner and lighter design, hardly a surprise given what Apple managed to do with its MacBook Line. Taken together, Kuo -- who we should point out has a stellar track record with respect to Apple rumors -- articulates that Apple's upcoming notebook refresh will mark the company's "the most significant update ever." Kuo's note reads in part: While long overlooked, the MacBook line is the brightest spot for Apple’s 2016 rollouts. This is particularly true of the two new MacBook Pro models, to be introduced in 4Q16, as they will have a thinner and lighter form factor, Touch ID, use OLED display touch bar (to replace physical function keys, located above the keyboard) and adopt USB- C / Thunderbolt 3. Coupled with Intel's speedy and more energy-efficient Skylake processors, Apple's notebook lineup will be particularly compelling this upcoming holiday season. Notably, the new MacBook Pros will likely feature the same type of 'butterfly keyboard' Apple originally introduced on its 2015 MacBook. This is particularly noteworthy because not everyone is fond of Apple's new keyboard design. With respect to screen size, Kuo doesn't expect to see any major changes to the MacBook Pro . In other words, the revamped MacBook Pro models will likely come in the same 13-inch and 15-inch form factors available today. But the MacBook Pro is just one part of Apple's multi-pronged notebook strategy. Kuo adds that Apple later this year is also planning to introduce a new 13-inch MacBook that will effectively take the place of Apple's current MacBook Air. In turn, the 11-inch MacBook Air will be positioned as an entry-level device with the MacBook and MacBook Pro serving as mid-level and premium notebook options, respectively. While initial rumblings from the rumor mill suggested a comprehensive notebook refresh sometime in July, it now appears that we'll have to wait until Q4 before Apple's new notebook hit store shelves.

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Google's headquarters in Paris were raided by French tax officials and law enforcement on Tuesday morning as part of an investigation over alleged tax fraud. The news was first reported by French outlet Le Parisien and then later confirmed to Reuters by sources who claim the raid began at 5:00AM local time. READ MORE:  This is probably our first look at a real iPhone 7 In an update to the story, added shortly after the report was published, a French prosecutor explains that the raid "a ims to verify whether Google Ireland has failed in fiscal obligations in France." Google's current tax structure allows it to pay taxes in Ireland even when sales appear to be coming from the UK. As Reuters notes, France isn't the only country with significant concerns about the way Google conducts its business. Britain has also complained about Google's penchant for having its tax base in countries where it can pay lower corporate taxes. The financial prosecutor's office also mentioned allegations of money laundering in a statement to the press, but there aren't many details to work with at the moment.

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PARIS (AP) — An Associated Press reporter has seen police officers at Google's headquarters in Paris following reports of a massive tax raid targeting the search engine-and-email company.

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If there's one thing I took away from my time, it's this: the goal is to turn Ara into a real business inside Google. Ara is going to be the first ever phone that Google is making itself (it has already made laptops and a tablet, among other things). Yes, we've seen Google kill off hardware before, but this is a high-profile launch from a newly independent division.

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