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Another blow to Blu-ray: Samsung will no longer make Blu-ray players for the US
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Samsung’s UBS-K8500, introduced in 2015, was positioned as the world’s first UltraHD, 4K Blu-ray player. [credit: Mark Walton ] If you didn’t notice any Blu-ray player announcements from Samsung at CES this year, there’s a reason for that: the company has told both Forbes and CNET that it is getting out of the Blu-ray player […]

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Hermit crabs evolved longer penises to keep their shells from being stolen
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Enlarge / An adult male hermit crab of the species Coenobita compressus ambling along on a leisurely stroll. (credit: Mark Laidre) Hermit crabs protect their soft, curved abdomens from harm by scavenging seashells and turning them into portable homes. That poses a challenge when it comes time to mate, since a rival can steal the […]

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The year social networks were no longer social
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The term “social network” has become a meaningless association of words. Pair those two words and it becomes a tech category, the equivalent of a single term to define a group of products. But are social networks even social anymore? If you have a feeling of tech fatigue when you open the Facebook app, you’re […]

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Zero Motorcycles' 2019 line-up boasts more power and longer range
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Zero Motorcycles has made a name for itself by producing electric bikes that appeal to motorcycle enthusiasts as well as alternative fuel fans. Its bikes have been a hit with thrill seekers and commuters alike, and its newly-announced 2019 line-up ma…

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1Password no longer automatically submits passwords on Macs
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Updates to 1Password mean that while you can run the application in dark mode to match your MacOS Mojave's nighttime setting the password manager will no longer automatically submit previously filled passwords. In 1Password 7.2, you will have to pres…

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update no longer deletes your data
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Enlarge / Your precious documents, after installing the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. (credit: shaorang) Microsoft has figured out why the Windows 10 October 2018 Update deleted data from some systems and produced a fixed version. The severity of the bug caused the company to cease distribution of the update last week; the fixed version […]

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Intel's Reworked Microcode Security Fix License No Longer Prohibits Benchmarking
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: Intel has backtracked on the license for its latest microcode update that mitigates security vulnerabilities in its processors — after the previous wording outlawed public benchmarking of the chips. The reason for Intel’s insistence on a vow of silence is that — even with the new […]

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Square sellers no longer need signatures for card payments
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Square Cash is continuing its crusade to make the business of parting with your hard-earned money a little less painful. It's just announced that it's cut down EMV transaction time on Square Reader for contactless and chip even further, to just two s…

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The 5,000% price hike that made Martin Shkreli infamous is no longer paying off
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Enlarge / NEW YORK – AUGUST 4: Shkreli was found guilty on three of the eight counts involving securities fraud and conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud. (credit: Getty | Drew Angerer) Martin Shkreli’s former pharmaceutical company lost more than $1 million in the first quarter of 2018 amid waning sales of the drug […]

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