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NASA’s Jeanette Epps won’t be joining the space station as its first African-American crew member this year

NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps was on track to become the first African-American crew member on the International Space Station this year, but the space agency announced today that she has been pulled from her mission for unspecified reasons. She was supposed to launch as part of Expedition 56/67 in June 2018. Instead, NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor will be taking Epps’ place. Like Epps, Auñón-Chancellor was one of the 14 astronaut ca...
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Bitcoin drops 50 percent from its peak value as it falls below $10,000

Bitcoin drops 50 percent from its peak value as it falls below $10,000 - The Verge more-arrownoyes By Thuy Ong Jan 17, 2018, 9:35am EST Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images Bitcoin dropped below $10,000 today, and it’s now worth just over half of its peak value. The cryptocurrency opened at $11,348, according to CoinDesk, and dropped over $1,600 to hit a low of $9,685, though it’s since recovered slightly and is currently trading at $9,702. Other ...
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Forget the backlash — we need #MeToo now more than ever

My initial reaction to the #MeToo movement , the social media continuation of the sexual misconduct backlash that toppled prominent men like Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein, was surprise. I wasn’t shocked to learn that sexual harassment and assault are so widespread — this has been my daily reality for as long as I can remember — I just didn’t realize that anyone besides the victimized actually cared. Very little in my observations of our...
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Fox has renewed Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos for a second season

In 2014, Fox rebooted Carl Sagan’s classic documentary series, Cosmos: A Personal Journey, with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson as host. Four years later, Fox and National Geographic have announced they will be bringing the series back for a second season, titled Possible Worlds. The networks made the announcement today during the Television Critics Association winter press tour, and deGrasse Tyson and producer Seth McFarland confirmed t...
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Hulu is making a Catch-22 miniseries with George Clooney

Hulu is doubling down on the dystopian adaptation business. With the streaming service’s The Handmaid’s Tale continuing to rack up award wins , Hulu is adding another adaptation of a literary classic to its library: Joseph Heller’s novel Catch-22, which George Clooney will co-write, direct, produce, and star in. First published in 1961, Catch-22 recounts the story of a US B-52 bombardier named Capt. John Yossarian, who is caught in a frustr...
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Marvel is finally giving Black Widow her own movie

One of the longest-running fan complaints in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been the studio’s reluctance to give Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow her own standalone film, but now it looks like the studio is finally serious about making the project happen. Variety reports that the studio has hired screenwriter Jac Schaeffer to write a script for the as-of-yet untitled film. The project is reportedly still in the development stages without...
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Vuzix Blade AR glasses are the next-gen Google Glass we’ve all been waiting for

Vuzix, a Rochester, New York-based display provider, has been trying to resurrect the promise of Google Glass for years now , but this year’s iteration finally feels ready. The company’s new product, called the Vuzix Blade , was unveiled at CES this week in Las Vegas. It’s a pair of augmented reality smart glasses that float a screen in the upper right corner of your vision. But unlike previous iterations, in which the technology protruded ...
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Nvidia adds Uber and VW to its roster of self-driving tech customers

Nvidia’s big push into the world of autonomous vehicles has attracted a vast amount of customers for what is still early stage technology — over 320, by the company’s count. This week at CES the company announced that it’s finally making Xavier, an AI chip made for self-driving vehicles that Nvidia announced in 2016, available to customers. And the company’s also adding a few marquee names to its list of self-driving technology customers, i...
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New trailers: Slender Man, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and more

For lack of better judgement, I decided to watch Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals a couple months ago. The movie just looked so tense and downright gorgeous that I was willing to ignore the fact that I turned off Ford’s first movie halfway through. I should have done the same with this one. I don’t like to be dismissive of movies in this weird little intro space here since I never write more than a few short paragraphs, but Nocturnal Animals is...
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LG’s first 4K projector can beam a 150-inch picture onto your wall

LG isn’t waiting until CES to reveal one of its high-end living room gadgets for 2018: it’s a 4K HDR projector. LG claims the new UHD projector is roughly half the size of competing 4K options on the market, many of which are “heavy, expensive, and difficult to install” according to the company. The HU80KA, by contrast, is being pitched as an “affordable yet premium device” that can output a 150-inch picture in any room of your house. That ...
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CES 2018: what to expect from the year’s biggest tech show

In a few days, we’ll all descend into Las Vegas for another year of the Consumer Electronics Show, an annual gathering of the latest gadgets, toys, car tech, and more. The Verge and Circuit Breaker are back to bring you all the latest from Vegas, with our teams on the ground this Friday and bringing you coverage all week long. So what can you expect to see at the show? Every year brings larger television sets with higher resolutions than ev...
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‘Raw water’ is the latest pseudo-scientific craze that could make you sick

High-profile Bay Area denizens are skipping tap water in favor of drinking unfiltered, untreated, and expensive “raw” water that comes straight out of the ground, Nellie Bowles reports for The New York Times . Proponents claim that raw water’s health benefits include naturally occurring minerals and microbes. But the reality for any inadequately treated water from the tap or a spring is that those minerals can sometimes include arsenic , an...
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The Verge 2017 tech report card: Headphones

My best way to look back on 2017 in the world of headphones is to consider the things I wasn’t able to say a year ago. The best portable headphones today are wireless. That wasn’t true last year — at least not in my Beoplay H6 -loving judgment — however Bowers & Wilkins’ PX have shot to the top of the charts with an exquisitely tuned sound, handsome looks, and solid battery life. The noise-cancelling PX are a transformational pair of he...
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Call of Duty player’s swatting prank results in deadly police shooting of Kansas man

A feud between two Call of Duty players, who argued after an online wagered match reportedly worth just $1.50 , led to the death of a 28-year-old Kansas man, who was shot and killed by police after a fraudulent SWAT team call sent a small army of police officers to the man’s private home. The news was first reported by local newspaper The Wichita Eagle , which cites numerous now-deleted tweets in which Call of Duty players take responsibili...
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LG now has smart speakers for Alexa or Google Assistant

LG is teasing a new LG ThinQ Speaker with built-in support for Google Assistant ahead of the big CES show in January. LG worked with Google on the so-called “premium” speaker that the company is positioning as a voice-activated interface for LG’s smart home appliances. The speaker can control countless devices from many manufacturers including LG’s own ThinQ smart home products ; a lineup that includes smart lamps, door locks, thermostats, ...
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A photographer shot an awesome time-lapse of SpaceX’s recent rocket launch

Last Friday, SpaceX launched its 18th and final mission of 2017, sending a Falcon 9 rocket out of Vandenberg Air Force Base and into the California sky. The white tail of the rocket was an unusual sight, leaving many in Southern California who did not know a rocket launch was occurring confused, with some even speculating it was a UFO. Now, a spectacular 40-second time-lapse of the Falcon 9 has been posted by photographer Jesse Watson. Wats...
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Live trivia app HQ is coming to Android

Android users will soon be able to take part in HQ’s live trivia contests. Created by Vine co-founders Rus Yusupov and Colin Kroll, the iOS has become incredibly popular since it launched on iOS, and Android users can now pre-register to download the app on the Google Play store . HQ is a live trivia game played through an iOS app. Users can tune in twice a day at 3PM and 9PM ET to answer questions for the chance to win cash prizes — prizes...
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You can now check to see if you follow Russian propaganda on Facebook and Instagram

Last month, Facebook announced that it would create a tool for users to see if they follow pages and accounts that were linked to Russian-backed groups. That tool is now live , and you can see for yourself if any of the pages you liked were created by the Internet Research Agency. You can find the tool in Facebook’s Help Center , and it will show you a list of the various pages that you follow that are linked to the Kremlin-backed group, as...
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Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is stepping down as Alphabet’s executive chairman

Alphabet has announced that former Google CEO Eric Schmidt will be stepping down from his role as Alphabet’s executive chairman. Schmidt will be transitioning to a new position as a technical advisor at the company as he continues to serve on Alphabet’s board. Schmidt has served in senior roles at Google since 2001, when he was first brought on by Larry Page and Sergey Brin as the search giant’s chief executive. He stepped down from the rol...
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This gene therapy stopped mice from going deaf — and could save some humans’ hearing too

Scientists have successfully tweaked the DNA of mice with a specific genetic mutation to prevent them from going completely deaf. If the gene-editing technique is proven safe, it could one day be used to treat the same type of hearing loss in people. Researchers injected the gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 inside the ears of live mice with a deafness-causing genetic mutation. The molecular scissors were able to precisely cut the disease-causi...
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US declares North Korea the culprit behind devastating WannaCry ransomware attack

The US has declared North Korea the perpetrator of the widespread and financially devastating WannaCry ransomware cyberattack that rapidly spread across the globe in May, hitting hospitals, companies, and other critical institutions in countries around the world. The announcement came in the form of an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal authored by President Donald Trump’s Homeland Security Advisor, Thomas Bossert. News of the administration’...
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Let’s talk about Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s most divisive part: porgs

Porgs. When fans spotted the diminutive creatures of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in the first behind-the-scenes reel , they were immediately divided. Some fell utterly in love with them, creating fan art, buttons, and shirts right off the bat, while others dismissed them as a cheap marketing gimmick for the inevitable batch of toys that would hit stores. The creatures’ next appearance in the film’s second trailer showed off one squawking along...
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Senate looks to pass tax bill that preserves electric car credit

Threatened by House Republicans last month, the latest version of a bill with sweeping tax cuts preserves a massive federal credit for electric cars — and the bill looks to have the necessary votes to pass. By Friday afternoon, Republican senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) agreed to this version of the $1.5 billion Tax Cuts and Jobs Act . A bill passed in the House of Representatives last month would have killed the electric ...
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Apple’s Final Cut Pro now supports VR and HDR video editing

The new iMac Pro is available today, and right in time Apple has released a major update to one of its most important professional apps. Final Cut Pro 10.4 comes with support for 360 VR, HDR, and new color grading tools that may make it a more appealing option for videographers. 360-degree video can be edited in monoscopic and stereoscopic formats, depending on whether you’re intending it to be viewed on a flat screen or a VR headset. An up...
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Netflix is bringing The Punisher back for a second season

The first season of Netflix’s The Punisher arrived at an awkward time in America’s history with gun violence , but that isn’t stopping the streaming service from bringing it back for a second season. Netflix made the announcement today in a post on the show’s Facebook page, simply noting that “Season 2 is coming.” The Marvel series follows Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal), who takes the law into his own hands — along with a whole lot of guns. Al...
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An unofficial version of the MyEtherWallet app is #3 on Apple’s App Store

An unofficial app for the popular MyEtherWallet.com service is being sold for $4.99 in Apple’s iOS App Store, as spotted by TechCrunch . The week-old MyEtherWallet digital wallet app, which is misleadingly named at best, or a scam at worst, rose to the third most popular ranking in the paid finance category over the weekend, where it still resides at the time of publication. The app’s developer is listed as Nam Le, who has no relation to th...
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Jessica Jones’ second season gets its first teaser

When we last saw Jessica Jones in Netflix’s The Defenders , she escaped from the destruction of Midland Circle along with Luke Cage and Danny Rand, who all look to move on with their lives after stopping The Hand. Netflix debuted the first trailer for the next season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones, showing that while Jones is trying to move on, her past is catching up to her. In the teaser, we see that Jones is back to working as a private inves...
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This 13.3 inch e-reader costs $800 but doubles as a monitor

If you like your e-readers huge with a touchscreen and the ability to draw with a stylus, the new Onyx Boox Max 2 Professional is something designed for you. The device features a big 13.3-inch e-ink display (with a 2200 x 1650 resolution and 16-level greyscale) and Wacom digitizer that allows you to sketch or make notes on your documents. There's also an HDMI connection so you can use the device as a secondary monitor. The company claims t...
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You can now search for specific interests on OkCupid's mobile app

OkCupid's bringing one of its desktop features over to iOS this week. The company's Discovery feature, which allows users to search for specific interests, will roll out on Apple devices this week, with an Android launch sometime in the future. Users can type in more general topics like, "hiking," or more specific keywords, like "mom," to find momma's boys or something. The app will then surface people whose profiles contain that word. I pl...
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How to make Animoji karaoke

So you just spent $1,000 on an iPhone X. Once you’ve had your fill of that new screen, the notch, and Face ID, it’s time to master what’s truly the most important feature of Apple’s latest phone: Animoji. Sending a voice message to a friend is a lot more fun when an animated unicorn, robot, or poop emoji is doing the talking and mimicking your facial expressions. That part’s easy, but it didn’t take long for people to come up with another c...
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