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Open-Sourced Windows File Manager Gets New Life on Windows 10
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Microsoft has rummaged deep into its archive for its latest contribution to the open source community: Windows File Manager. Originally bundled with Windows in 1990, File Manager was a replacement for the command-line interface in MS-DOS. The program was used to search, open, copy and delete files until it was replaced by Windows Explorer, which […]

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Facebook Messenger gets more excited about your love life     – CNET
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Lovebirds get digital doo-dads like streamlined access to heart-eye emoji and priority placement on each others’ contacts lists.

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“Life, uh, finds a way”—Applying lessons from evolution to go to Mars
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Enlarge / Mars, the fourth rock from the Sun. (credit: NASA) As philosopher-mathematician Jeff Goldblum once said, “life, uh, finds a way.” To phrase that more scientifically, evolution has had billions of years of trial and error to produce species that are well adapted chemically and physically. Many human researchers want to imitate that adaptation, […]

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Batteries in New iPhones Could Have Shorter Life Spans
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There was some bad news for owners of the latest iPhone models on Monday. Batteries in the iPhone 8 and X may have shorter life spans than those in prior models. Typically, phone batteries begin losing their effectiveness after 500 recharges. Up to that point, they can hold up to 80 percent of their charge. […]

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Life Door listens for smoke alarms and shuts your bedroom door     – CNET
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This startup displayed the fire safety device at CES, which uses a ratcheting spring to close a door in case of fire.

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In 2017, the FCC made life easier for your internet provider     – CNET
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It’s a little less clear whether you and other consumers really benefited.

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Odds alien life exists boosted by oldest fossils on Earth     – CNET
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Microorganisms in an ancient rock show diverse life existed under harsh conditions on Earth like those seen on other worlds.

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NASA is gearing up a new rover for a mission to find evidence of life on Mars
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 NASA is gearing up for its next mission to Mars with a more tricked-out, updated version of the Curiosity Mars rover, the agency announced recently. New hardware for the Mars 2020 mission includes seven new instruments, new wheels, a new drill to capture rock cores and a caching system with a miniature robotic arm to […]

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Pixar uses VR to bring the Land of the Dead to life     – CNET
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“Coco VR,” the first virtual-reality experience from Pixar, sets you loose as a skeleton to play in the imaginary universe of its next film.

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