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Satellite operator SES aims to be the first company to launch a geostationary satellite on a used Falcon 9 orbital rocket booster.

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Every major global consumer technology event throws up its fair share of superlatives and IFA 2016, set to get underway in Germany on September 2, will be no exception as it's the venue where LG will officially unveil what it claims is the world's largest 21:9 aspect ratio ultra-widescreen monitor.

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Mark Zuckerberg's smart home system is based on voice and facial recognition. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg hopes to demonstrate the domestic artificial intelligence system installed in his home this September. Zuckerberg gave the update on his home AI system, the creation of which was a personal goal for 2016, during a Facebook Townhall Q&A held in Rome and broadcast online.

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Sonos is beginning to open up its popular line of home audio speakers to third-party subscription music apps — starting with the biggest one. Today at an event in New York City, Sonos revealed that users will soon be able to control its devices directly through Spotify both on desktop and mobile. In today's demonstration, Sonos speakers appeared in the Spotify Connect menu and could also be easily grouped by hopping back into the Sonos app.

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The NSA isn't all-powerful but it's pretty darn scary, says the director of a new thriller based on Edward Snowden's story.

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In a letter published yesterday, Senate minority leader Harry Reid writes to FBI Director James Comey to request that the bureau make a public investigation into the possibility that the Russian government will attempt to tamper with results of this year's US presidential election. "I have recently become concerned that the threat of the Russian government tampering in our presidential election is more extensive than widely known and may include the intent to falsify official election results," Reid writes in the letter, first reported by The New York Times. In his letter, Reid points to news reports this week that voter registration systems in Arizona and Illinois were targeted by hackers.

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FBI Director James Comey is again warning about the bureau's inability to access digital devices because of encryption. In a speech Tuesday, Comey said default encryption built into smartphones is "making ...

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With its new line of universal charging batteries, Mophie's not only serving up more charging solutions but more competitive pricing.

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Several months ago, Sonos revealed plans to bring voice control to its popular home audio speakers. Today at an event in New York City, the company shared more on its approach to letting users play music by speaking commands aloud instead of controlling everything by thumbing through the Sonos app. Beginning in 2017, anyone with an Alexa-enabled device — right now that's the Echo, Echo Tap, or Echo Dot — will be able to control Sonos speakers with voice commands.

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In the bizarre race to be the most futuristic and digital and above all teen-friendly pizza company, Domino’s has long been respected as the front-runner. Did you ever think you would see, in this lifetime, a pizza chain collaborate with a virtual pop star? Did you ever think you would see, in this lifetime, a pizza company volunteer to track your movements at all hours of the day and night so as to better deliver their pizza into your constantly roaming mouth? Well, now you have, thanks to the brilliant millennial marketing team at Domino’s pizza.

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Sonos wasn’t the first company in the world to release a wireless speaker, but there’s little question that the company played a major role in popularizing the category. Thanks to the success Sonos  has had, every audio company imaginable has jumped head first into wireless speakers. While there’s no question whatsoever that Sonos remains one of the best in the business when it comes to wireless home audio solutions, one size never fits all. Some people want different designs, and others might not want to work within the confines of the services Sonos supports. Whatever the case, rest assured that there are plenty of other great options out there for people in search of a new wireless speaker. In this post, we’ll check out five Sonos alternatives that offer great designs and fantastic sound. DON’T MISS:  There are still two big problems with Apple’s iPhones, but the iPhone 7 will solve one of them Naim Mu-So Qb Wireless Music System Some like to save the best for last, but we decided to highlight our favorite pick at the top of this list. Meet the  Naim Mu-So Qb . Naim is a familiar brand to any audiophile, with a rich history of premium audio products. The Mu-So Qb is the latest addition to the company’s lineup, and it’s also one of our favorite. The speaker’s compact design measures less than 9 inches on any side and yet it delivers a powerful 300 Watts of sound that fill a room far more impressively than one might imagine. The Mu-So Qb has a lot going for it, but it shines brightest in two key areas. The first is design. A product’s appearance will always be a matter of opinion but for our money, this is one of the most sleek and sophisticated speakers we’ve ever seen. And the second is clarity. Even at high volumes, the Mu-So Qb is clear across the full audio spectrum. Naim’s Mu-So Qb supports high-resolution audio from supported apps (Spotify, TIDAL and "iRadio" Internet radio) just like Sonos speakers, or you can connect via AirPlay, Bluetooth or a physical cable to play music from any source. It also supports multi-room functionality so you can chain multiple Naim speakers together. It’s versatile, it’s gorgeous and it produces crystal clear high-quality sound, just like you would expect from a Naim speaker. Bose SoundTouch 10 Wireless Music System The Bose SoundTouch 10 speaker won’t turn heads like the Mu-So Qb and it doesn’t feature sound that’s quite as big, but it also costs just a small fraction of what Naim charges. In terms of bang for your buck, it doesn’t get much better than this wireless speaker. The SoundTouch 10 is the smallest speaker in the Bose SoundTouch lineup, but don’t let its diminutive stature fool you. Like all Bose speakers, this model offers high-quality audio you have to hear to believe. Bose’s SoundTouch 10 supports Bluetooth as well as integrated apps like Amazon Prime Music, Spotify and Pandora, which will deliver higher-quality sound as a result of direct support. Raumfeld One S Wireless Streaming Speaker Next up is the  Raumfeld One S , which is a compact speaker just like the Bose SoundTouch 10 and is priced just a touch higher at $249. For that price you get a speaker that fills a room a bit better than the Bose model, though, to our ear, the audio quality isn’t quite as rich. That’s not to say it doesn’t sound great — it’s just not quite on par with that great Bose sound you know and love. The Raumfeld One S projects sound much better though, so it all depends on what your priorities are. Do you want better range but slightly lower-quality sound, or better sound and slightly lower-quality range? The One S supports streaming from TuneIn, TIDAL, SoundCloud, Napster and Spotify Premium, though it doesn’t support Bluetooth. The company says support for additional services including Pandora, iHeart Radio, Google Play Music and more is coming soon. Definitive Technology W7 Wireless Speaker The Definitive Technology W7 wireless speaker is a good option for people who like the look of the Naim model we covered, but who can’t afford to cough up that kind of cash. This great model from Definitive Technology doesn’t support Bluetooth, just like Sonos speakers. Instead, it uses DTS Play-Fi wireless streaming technology to deliver high-quality sound that Bluetooth will never be able to match. The speaker itself packs a 4-inch woofer alongside four 1-inch aluminum dome tweeters that keep music loud and clean. Bass is powerful, mids are never muddy and highs shine at low volume or high volume. Supported services include Pandora, Sirius XM, Napster, Songza, Deezer, AM/FM, Internet radio, iTunes and more. Denon HEOS 5 Wireless Speaker Last but certainly not least, we have the  Denon HEOS 5 . This speaker looks great, it sounds great, and the price places it right in the middle of the pack. The HEOS 5 supports Bluetooth streaming as well as high-resolution audio from a wide range of services. Amazon Prime Music, Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, SoundCloud, TIDAL and Napster are all covered with this speaker. Inside the unique design sit four custom drivers, a passive radiator and four amplifiers. And speaking of that unique design, it features an integrated handle for portability but you can’t see it from the front, so it doesn’t ruin the look. This Denon speaker offers great sound as well as wonderful versatility. It’s definitely worth checking out.

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Europe's telecommunications regulator has published final guidelines on how the EU will implement net neutrality rules that were adopted last year, in what digital rights groups are hailing as a victory for the free and open internet. The guidelines, published Tuesday, clarify vaguely worded provisions that experts say could have been exploited by telecoms to favor certain internet services over others. The net neutrality rules adopted by the European Parliament last year aimed to strengthen net neutrality by requiring internet service providers (ISPs) to treat all web traffic equally, without favoring some services over others.

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As the niche category of electric skateboards has taken off, the ones from Boosted have consistently been the best. In that light, it’s almost a good thing that electric skateboards are stuck at or above the $1,000 price point, because no company has totally nailed the top-to-bottom experience quite yet. There’s a reason its funky shape and orange wheels have become synonymous with electric skateboards in general — a feat that shouldn’t go underappreciated considering the company got its start on Kickstarter.

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No Man’s Sky is an incredibly popular game about procedurally generated planets whose exploration, depending on your temperament, is either fascinating or tedious. Super Mario Bros. is a classic platforming game and a malleable template for endless homages, mashups, and commentaries. Fortunately, a small team of Australian developers released No Mario’s Sky late last night, after developing it over the course of 72 hours for the Ludum Dare game jam.

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It's based on a Chevrolet Colorado, but going off the teaser image, it's way cooler than an EV wrapped in a truck body.

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It wasn't safe to stay in Ukraine. Here's how one Silicon Valley startup found a new home for its employees.

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Almost every character in the FX comedy, including Jimmy’s girlfriend Gretchen (Aya Cash) and Gretchen’s spoiled best friend Lindsey (Kether Donohue), is defined by their problems. In recent years, there’s been a proliferation of unlikeable characters on television. This New Unlikeable character is one that emerged in its most current form on HBO’s Girls, a show about a group of friends who were unlikeable in a way that was more difficult to articulate than the broader sociopathy of, say Seinfeld.

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Google discontinued its latest Pixel Chromebook this past month after letting it sell out on the Google Store and at Best Buy stores. The company confirmed to VentureBeat that it had no plans to restock the Chromebook, which was released in February 2015, and was its only laptop. With sales of the Pixel ending, Google is effectively no longer making laptops, although we're sure the hardware team will be back.

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Users of Apple's iPhones are generally among the most satisfied smartphone users in the world. Study after study has shown high satisfaction rates and low defection rates among iPhone owners, who point to sleek smartphone designs, reliable software, a smooth user experience and best-in-class customer service as reasons for sticking with the iPhone. Of course, nothing is perfect and users also have some serious complaints about Apple's smartphone lineup. Two pain points in particular always seem to rise to the top of the pile, but a new leak reinforces the notion that Apple plans to address one of them with this year's new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. DON'T MISS:  Official specs for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus might have just leaked Ask just about any iPhone user what his or her two biggest complaints are and you'll consistently hear the same two issues. One is battery life, which is often iPhone owners' biggest beef. Apple keeps making its iPhones thinner and thinner, but meanwhile just about every iPhone user on the planet will insist that he or she would gladly take an iPhone that's a bit thicker if it meant better battery life. Of course, you know as well as we do that Apple isn't going to start making thicker iPhones anytime soon. Design is one of Apple's top priorities, so battery technology will need to improve before iPhones offer substantially better performance in this key area. A close second to the battery life qualm is storage capacity. Every iPhone user knows the pain of that dreaded "not enough storage" error when one tries to capture a new photo or video on a phone that's already stuffed to the gills. There is absolutely no chance that Apple will add microSD support to its iPhones anytime soon since that would cause its iPhone ASPs to take a massive hit. But a new leak reinforces earlier claims that Apple will finally address the storage capacity issue this year. According to a series of tweets posted by Twitter user The Malignant , this year's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will offer users at every tier twice as much storage space. The leak, which comes from an unnamed source and was reportedly taken from an official price sheet at a Chinese electronics wholesaler, says that Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will come in three sizes: 32GB, 128GB and 256GB. Apple's current iPhone lineup starts at 16GB and then jumps to 64GB for the mid-range models before topping out at 128GB. Many iPhone users don't want to spend the extra cash on pricier iPhones, so they're stuck with just 16GB of storage space. As we all know, that space disappears rather quickly. Just yesterday, Apple sent out media invitations to its big iPhone 7 unveiling on September 7th. The new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are expected to be made available for preorder two short days later on September 9th, before going on sale on Friday, September 16th.

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SES — an international satellite operator based in Luxembourg — will be the first company to launch cargo to space on a reused SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. "Having been the first commercial satellite operator to launch with SpaceX back in 2013, we are excited to once again be the first customer to launch on SpaceX's first ever mission using a flight-proven rocket," Martin Halliwell, chief technology officer at SES, said in a statement.

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Do you think Machete is scary? Not as scary as your astronomical cable bill, says Sling TV in a new ad campaign that debuts today.

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An intrepid fan boldly faces her past by rewatching "The Final Frontier." Does it deserve its reputation at the bottom of the Star Trek movie pile?

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It’s been a rough few days for Facebook’s Trending Topics. The company announced on Friday that it’s made the news list more automated by removing article descriptions and leaning more heavily on algorithms to produce it. The company also reportedly fired as many as 18 editorial contractors responsible for writing descriptions and ensuring the accuracy of the sources it uses. Now we’re watching the immediate — and disastrous — effects unfold.First, there were the hilarious mix-ups. Yesterday a video of a dog reacting to seeing its owner for the first time in two years went viral. ...

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If you are walking around Mountain View, California and stumble across a car that beeps at you like R2-D2, it’s probably thanks to Carol Reiley. "My interest in robotics lies in where technology intersects with humanity," says Reiley, who left Stanford University’s artificial intelligence lab to found Drive.ai. Autonomous car development has mostly focused on the technology of self-driving cars.

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New self-driving car company Drive.ai not only programs cars to recognize pedestrians and avoid them, it also gives cars the ability to emote their intentions.

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