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Senate votes to extend NSA’s warrantless surveillance program

Last week, the US House of Representatives voted to renew Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a law that lets the National Security Agency monitor communications of non-US citizens living outside of the US. Today, the Senate has...

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 14:00

First human CRISPR study in the US could begin soon

In mid-2016, A federal panel had greenlit the University of Pennsylvania to pursue the first trials using CRISPR gene-editing in the US. It seems the institution has quietly gotten the ball rolling and could theoretically start the study at any time:...

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 14:21

'Science Fair' shows the challenges teens face in Intel's competition

Intel's science fairs are pressure cookers: imagine pitting some of the world's brightest students against each other while they're already grappling with teenage anxiety. And now, there's a documentary that illustrates just how rough it can be. Muck...

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 14:42

Xfinity Mobile now works with your unlocked iPhone

Until now, Comcast's Xfinity Mobile service has meant buying one of its locked devices. But what if you already have a phone and want to switch? You now have that choice... if you're firmly in Apple's camp. Xfinity Mobile has enabled an in-store B...

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 15:10

Oculus Story Studio alum return with a new cinematic VR company

Last year, Oculus shut down its award-winning Story Studio, which was dedicated to creating bold new cinematic VR experiences. Rather than drifting apart, though, members of the team stuck together, and today they're announcing their new outfit, Fabl...

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 15:31

Microsoft AI can draw objects based on detailed text descriptions

Google may have taught an AI how to doodle, but drawing something more complex is tough for a computer. Imagine asking a computer to draw a "yellow bird with black wings and a short beak;" it sounds a little tricky. Researchers at Microsoft, though,...

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 15:52

Lebanese hackers stole a ton of data then left it on an open server

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and mobile security company Lookout released a report today detailing a major hacking campaign -- dubbed Dark Caracal -- that's believed to have originated from Lebanon's General Directorate of General Security (GDG...

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 16:13

Oculus Start aims to lessen the burden on aspiring VR developers

Virtual reality is still a relatively new format, and as such there's a huge need for compelling content to drive adoption. As such, Oculus today is announcing its new developer-focused program called Start. Oculus Start a free program that's meant t...

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 16:30

Wirecutter's best deals: It's a good day for fitness and outdoors gear

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read their continuously updated list...

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 17:01

NASA tests small nuclear reactor that could power a habitat on Mars

Everyone from Elon Musk to Donald Trump wants to send a manned mission to Mars in the not too distant future, but there are quite a few problems that need to be solved before we can achieve that goal. A major one is the issue of energy. Long-term sta...

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 17:18

Facebook and YouTube are removing 'Tide Pod Challenge' videos

In the year 2018, nobody expected human society would need an intervention to stop people from eating (drinking?) laundry detergent.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 17:39

The best Google Chrome extensions 2018: enjoy a better online experience

Chrome is a fabulous browser – fast, well designed and packed with essential features – but that's just the start. Chrome's real strength is in the huge library of add-ons that give it endless new functions and abilities.

In fact, the Chrome Web Store is packed with so many extensions that it's hard to know which will really make a difference to your everyday browsing.

That's why we've put together this list of 10 of the best Chrome extensions around. These are the ones we've installed in our own browsers. Give them a try and transform your online experience.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 12:33

The best cheap motherboard prices in January 2018

For years, motherboards have been a barrier between gamers and power users looking to build their own PCs. And, for years, the reality has been far less complicated than the common perception. 

The truth is, it isn’t that tough to comprehend the differences between motherboard brands, chipsets and functionality. Better yet, as the best motherboard deals would suggest, they aren’t nearly as pricey as you might expect, given their stately jurisdiction. 

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 14:45

Spotify's latest feature tells you even more about music, podcasts and audio books

Competition in the world of music streaming is heating up. In what looks like an effort to get a leg up on competitors such as Apple, Spotify is expanding its offerings to include "visual podcasts" as part of a new format called "Spotlight."

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 15:17

7 ways blockchain will change the legal industry forever

Blockchain technology has received quite a bit of attention over the last year, with the potential to be a transformative force across multiple diverse industries.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 16:00

The coolest PC components to look forward to in 2018

If 2018 is going to be anything like 2017, this year is going to be packed with new PC components. But, aside from Ryzen 2 and Nvidia Volta, there are plenty of smaller parts that are going to make computing in 2018 even better.

From new motherboards to RGB fans, we’ve rounded up a little bit of everything for PC builders to look forward to this year – first seen at CES 2018.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 16:28

Amazon to focus on blockbusters in a bid to get more Prime Video users

Amazon Studios so far has focused on bringing a little culture to the world of exclusive video streaming.

In addition to its original content, Amazon has made a name for itself in purchasing acclaimed art-house projects that nabbed accolades at venues such as the Sundance Film Festival in the hopes of luring viewers to Prime Video with them.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 17:11

Nokia's big smartphone comeback story may continue at MWC 2018 next month

Nokia looks to be plotting big phone announcements for MWC 2018 next month, right alongside the rumored Samsung Galaxy S9 and Huawei P11.

The resurrected smartphone brand, run by HMD Global, has been "super busy" planning for the Barcelona mobile conference, according to a cryptic tweet by Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 17:13

Wells Fargo Customers Should Check Their Bank Accounts

Wells Fargo’s online bill payment system experienced a “glitch” Wednesday night, causing some payments to be processed twice, the company said. The problem was reportedly fixed by Thursday morning.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 11:45

How to Make Truly Great Vegetable Stock

Vegetarian and vegan cooking should celebrate vegetables rather than forcing them into a meat-shaped box. I’ll take “oh damn, I didn’t know I liked eggplant” over “this is surprisingly tasty, but I’d rather eat real bacon” any day of the week.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 12:30

Use This Travel Time Map to Pick Your Next Hotel

When you go on a trip, you usually want to stay somewhere central, with easy access to a few local destinations: a conference center, a few restaurants, a fun neighborhood. You can’t just eyeball a map. Travel times depend on more than just distance; they rely on street layout, highways, and public transit. You could…

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 13:00

How to Stop Instagram From Telling Everyone You’re Online

Android/iOS: Your favorite social network for pretending you have a perfect life is now ready to let everyone know when you’re online and lurking. Instagram is adding an activity status indicator to the people in your Direct Messages list, letting you know when they’re on and ignoring that last funny video you sent.…

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 14:00

Help! Wrenching On Cars Is Wrecking My Wardrobe

What do you do if you’ve destroyed a set of clothes while working on your vehicle? You Ask a Clean Person to reach into her bag of laundry tricks and tell you about all the grease-stain removal products she’s got listed in her mental rolodex.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 14:10

I Need An Affordable Adventure Vehicle To Travel Cross Country! What Car Should I Buy?

Nicholas has wised up and decided to get the heck out of NYC. He wants to take a cross-country road trip with his girlfriend, see the sights, make new friends and find a new place to live. But he needs the right car to make the journey, what should he buy?

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 11:55

You Can Fry Onions (and Garlic and Shallots) in the Microwave

A fried allium is the perfect finishing touch. Whether on top of a medium-rare steak, and creamy potato soup, or a gooey bowl of macaroni and cheese (or like, a salad or something), fried onions, leeks, garlic, and the like provide crispy texture and salty, umami-rich, slightly pungent flavor. In short, they are…

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Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 15:00

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