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There’s a new Minecraft game coming, and it’s played entirely in augmented reality
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You’ll be able to build structures and worlds on your table with friends… [credit: Microsoft ] Microsoft may believe it has made augmented reality’s killer app: the just-announced Minecraft Earth for iOS and Android. AR on mobile devices may carry tremendous potential, but it’s easy enough to argue that the mainstream value proposition hasn’t arrived yet. Pokémon Go […]

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Google’s Live Transcribe will now show when dogs are barking     – CNET
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The app for the hearing impaired will also transcribe the sounds of applause, laughter, music, whistling, door-knocks and passing cars.

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Galaxy S10 5G's 1Gbps Verizon data speeds restore my faith in 5G     – CNET
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Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network still faces challenges, but strong real-world tests put Samsung and Big Red on the right track.

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Hackers Abuse ASUS Cloud Service To Install Backdoor On Users' PCs
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: ASUS’ update mechanism has once again been abused to install malware that backdoors PCs, researchers from Eset reported earlier this week. The researchers, who continue to investigate the incident, said they believe the attacks are the result of router-level man-in-the-middle attacks that exploit insecure HTTP connections […]

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SpaceX to make its second attempt to launch 60 Starlink satellites
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Enlarge / The begrimed Falcon 9 booster is back at the launch pad with its Starlink satellite payload. (credit: SpaceX) Even though time remained in its launch window Wednesday night, SpaceX scrubbed an attempt to launch its first batch of Starlink satellites. The upper-level winds were just not cooperating, so the company stood down the […]

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These firms promise high-tech ransomware solutions—but typically just pay hackers
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Enlarge / Cryptolocker was one of the ransomware pioneers, bringing together file encryption and bitcoin payment. (credit: Christiaan Colen / Flickr) This story was originally published by ProPublica. It appears here under a Creative Commons license. From 2015 to 2018, a strain of ransomware known as SamSam paralyzed computer networks across North America and the […]

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First results from New Horizons’ time in the Kuiper Belt
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Enlarge / When Ultima met Thule. A view of the two-lobed body, showing the bright neck and the large Maryland crater. (credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University APL/Southwest Research Institute.) For many at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, January 1 this year didn’t mean a New Year’s celebration. Instead, it meant the first arrival of data […]

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OnePlus 7 Pro review: The best Android phone value of 2019     – CNET
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Forget the iPhone XR and Galaxy S10E — the OnePlus 7 Pro has a pop-up camera and it’s the best phone you can get for the money.

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SCOTUS Greenlights Apple App Store Antitrust Lawsuit
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The U.S. Supreme Court has given thumbs up for a class action antitrust lawsuit to proceed against Apple for alleged monopolistic practices at its App Store. In the case, Apple Inc. v. Pepper et al., the consumer plaintiffs maintain the company has monopolized the retail market for the sale of apps, and that it used […]

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