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Two years later, I still miss the headphone port
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Two years ago, Apple killed the headphone port. I still haven’t forgiven them for it. When Apple announced that the iPhone 7 would have no headphone port, I was pretty immediately annoyed. I figured maybe I’d get over it in a few months. I didn’t. I figured if worse came to worse, I’d switch platforms. […]

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International Space Station celebrates 18th birthday in true style – by setting trash on fire
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Meanwhile, crew welcomes oldest woman astronaut aboard On Sunday, the International Space Station turned 18, a birthday many non-US teenagers around the world celebrate with a drunken binge and a colossal hangover. Instead, the station celebrated with a new arrival and by firing up an unusual birthday candle.…

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PlayStation Game-Streaming Service Comes To Samsung Smart TVs In 2015
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An anonymous reader writes Sony and Samsung are jointly launching the PlayStation Now game streaming service on select Samsung Smart TVs next year. The service will allow users to play PlayStation games without the need of a gaming console. From the article: “…Sony says some 200 PlayStation 3 games will be available to stream, and […]

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SciDev.Net Interviews Malaria Vaccine Initiative, Global …
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Net speaks to Ashley Birkett, director of the Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI), a project of the international non-profit organization Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), and B.T. Slingsby, chief executive officer …

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D-Wave Systems Raises $28.4 Million Round
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 Quantum computing technology company D-Wave Systems has raised a new $28.4 million round of funding, according to a new filing on the SEC’s site. Read More

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Phone maker settles charges it let partner collect customers’ text messages
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Enlarge (credit: BLU) Phone maker BLU is settling charges that it allowed a China-based partner to collect a mountain of customers’ personal data—including full content of text messages, real-time locations, telephone numbers, contacts, and installed apps—despite promises it would keep such details private. Under a settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission announced Monday, BLU […]

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Watch How Special Effects Made Game of Thrones' Season Finale an Explosive Masterpiece
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When I close my eyes at night, I can still hear that beautifully creepy score from Game of Thrones’ season finale, I can see the Great Sept of Baelor and the characters inside, and I can feel that chilly sense of doom. It’s funny how real those emotions are still, especially since so much of […]

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The Coast Guard's Arctic tool box
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There are fifty scientists aboard the USCG Cutter Healy doing a wide range of scientific tests, from mapping changes in sea ice to search and rescue missions to measuring chlorophyll blooms. The Healy is specially tricked out for science research …

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Spinal Fluid Changes In Space May Impair Astronauts' Vision, Study Finds
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A condition called visual impairment inter cranial pressure syndrome (VIIP) that has been impairing astronauts’ vision on the International Space Station is believed to be caused by a build up of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in their brains. The long-duration astronauts had significantly more CSF in their brains than the short-trip astronauts. Previously, NASA suspected that […]

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