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A render of LG’s V30 phone reveals a slide-out secondary display

LG is reportedly planning to release its premium V30 smartphone in September, and it’s thought that it’ll have an OLED screen instead of an LCD one. According to notable leaker Evan Blass, the original concept for the phone could also feature a slide-out secondary display. Blass released a series of renders , cautioning that the images are older mock-ups, and it’s not clear if the phone is actually going to feature the secondary display as ...
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New bug allows websites to crash Windows 7 or Windows 8 PCs

It’s been a bad month for Windows 7 users. The widespread WannaCry ransomware hit mostly Windows 7 machines , and now a new bug has been discovered that will slow down and crash Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs. Ars Technica reports that the bug allows a malicious website to try and load an image file with the “$MFT” name in the directory path. Windows uses “$MFT” for special metadata files that are used by NTFS file system, and Windows 7 and Wi...
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AT&T CEO muses about 20-minute mobile versions of Game of Thrones

TV series are shaped by the format of TV network programming — half-hour or one-hour blocks, with or without space for commercial breaks, depending on the network. But more and more people are watching them on mobile phones and tablets, while TV companies are becoming more and more closely intertwined with mobile carriers. So what does the marriage of TV and smartphone look like? AT&T’s CEO Randall Stephenson offered some hints in a spe...
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Watch two NASA astronauts spacewalk for ISS repair mission

Two astronauts will conduct a contingency spacewalk this morning to carry out maintenance work on the International Space Station (ISS). Astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer will begin the spacewalk at 8AM ET on Tuesday, according to NASA . NASA will begin streaming the event at 6:30AM ET on its website . Whitson and Fischer are tasked with replacing a data relay box that failed on Saturday. The box is one of two units on the ISS that ...
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A journalist’s account was suspended after he posted allegations of corruption to Facebook

In May, journalist Matthew Caruana Galizia published a series of posts to Facebook , alleging that that Malta’s Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, had engaged in corrupt practices. Days later, Galizia found himself locked out of his account, while several of the posts were deleted. Galizia is part of the team that broke the Panama Papers story last year, and his reporting comes weeks before the country is scheduled to hold an election in June. ...
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Apple may face backlash in China over demanding App Store cut on tips

Chinese app makers are reportedly upset with Apple after it issued a new policy that recognizes tips as in-app purchases, according to The Wall Street Journal . This means small donations made from inside popular social networks in China will soon be made eligible for Apple’s 30 percent revenue cut. Unlike in the US and other Western markets, in-app tipping is a more common display of gratitude in China toward writers, developers, and other...
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Chromebooks will get new Android O features before phones do

The Chromebook Pro was meant to be a grand coming-out party for Android apps running on Chrome OS. The Samsung device would show Google’s ability to not just dominate the education space with web apps, but remove the “native app” issue for anybody that was holding out. But the feature has been stuck in a buggy beta for months and the device itself was delayed . Not great. We fully expected an update this year at Google I/O, and now we have ...
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There’s a good reason Shazam started forgetting song titles in April

In April 2017, people using the music-recognition app Shazam might have noticed the app behaving a little oddly. Usually the mobile app identifies songs by comparing sound input to the sound records in an online database . But last month, users in the UK saw the app experiencing a little hiccup as it tried to spit out song names, Adweek reports . It was as if Shazam just couldn’t remember. Shazam’s strange behavior wasn’t a glitch. It was p...
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Google I/O 2017: what to expect from the big developer conference

Google I/O begins on May 17th, 2017 at 10AM PT / 1PM ET with CEO Sundar Pichai taking the stage for the keynote. Held at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA, there will be one main keynote, a developer keynote that same day, then events running throughout the rest of the week. Under Pichai, Google has developed a new cadence for its product announcements. It's not quite as rigidly predictable as Apple’s, but it's getting there. ...
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Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Black Panther & the Crew comic has been cancelled

After just two issues, Marvel is cancelling Black Panther & The Crew, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates’ latest series following Black Panther and some of Marvel’s better known black characters. Coates tells The Verge that the cancellation is due to poor sales, and the series will end after six issues. However, the story currently being told will have the chance to end. Black Panther & the Crew launched last month, and follows Black Panther, ...
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Merger talks between T-Mobile and Sprint are back on

T-Mobile US and Sprint have revived discussions of a potential merger between the two mobile carriers, according to Bloomberg . After their first attempt at a deal fell apart under the Obama administration and Tom Wheeler’s FCC, the two sides have been unable to hold talks for an extended period of time because of the recent spectrum auction, which T-Mobile dominated . But the quiet period concluded on April 27th, leaving Deutsche Telekom a...
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Why are some of sci-fi’s beloved female leads deadly, beautiful, and hopelessly naive?

Tron: Legacy’s Quorra and The Fifth Element’s Leeloo have a few things in common, despite their films being separated by 13 years. Both serve as supporting roles to fairly generic heroes; both are fierce and capable in combat; both have haircuts that would make the average person look incredibly stupid; and both are inexplicably wide-eyed about the world. Jonathan McIntosh, who goes by Pop Culture Detective on YouTube, published...
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Emails leaked in ‘massive hacking attack’ on French presidential campaign

An anonymous group has posted nine gigabytes of emails and other data, purportedly taken from the campaign of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron. In a statement to the BBC , the Macron campaign said it had been the victim of a “massive hacking attack” and confirmed that some of the documents were taken from campaign officials, although it claimed other portions of the archive may be fabricated. The attack is conspicuously similar...
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Twitter’s TV video app is now available on Roku

Twitter is trying to build a credible living room video platform, and it’s hard to get there without checking Roku off on your list of supported devices. Today the company is doing that with a new app available from Roku’s store , and you don’t need a Twitter account to stream live video. Twitter’s TV-based video app is already available on Apple TV, Xbox One, and Amazon’s Fire TV devices. The Roku app serves up Twitter’s mix of live video ...
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NSA collected 151 million phone records in 2016, despite surveillance law changes

In 2016, the National Security Agency collected more than 151 million records about Americans’ phone calls, despite Congress passing a law the previous year — the USA Freedom Act — intended to curb bulk surveillance. These records are comprised of metadata about calls (which includes time, duration, and the numbers of both recipient and caller) and their collection was revealed in an annual transparency report , published on Tuesday by the ...
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A gamer found a way to use his Nintendo Switch for VR

Nintendo has been noncommittal when it comes to virtual reality , even though it filed a patent late last year that could turn its Switch console into a VR device. A YouTube blogger decided to take matters into his own hands, and found a way to demonstrate the potential the Switch holds for VR. In his video, Nintendrew explained that he wanted to see how VR would look on the device. He took his Switch and slotted it into a Durovis Dive 7 he...
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Yik Yak, once valued at $400 million, shuts down and sells off engineers for $1 million

Yik Yak, an anonymous messaging app for college students, announced today that it would finally be shutting down. The app first launched back in 2014 as a way to discretely communicate with others nearby, and it took off quickly for its gossip-centric role in American universities. Along the way, the team scooped up $73.5 million in venture capital funding. With today’s closure and an accompanying SEC filing issued last week , we’ve learned...
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A sequel to R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet may be coming to Apple Music

In today’s edition of creepy men getting their projects potentially funded by multi-billion-dollar companies, Apple is considering putting the sequel to R. Kelly’s rap opera “Trapped in the Closet” on Apple Music, according to a new report from Bloomberg . The first five chapters of the series premiered on R. Kelly’s seventh album TP.3 Reloaded in 2005, and grew over the next seven years to encompass 33 chapters of the most ridiculous story...
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Stop calling them flying cars

“Uber unveils plan to demo flying cars by 2020,” the CNN headline blares. “No longer a dream: Silicon Valley takes on the flying car,” the New York Times says . Even an esteemed publication like The Atlantic couldn’t resist: “When cars fly,” a recent headline ponders. Even we did it — albeit in quotes . Stop. Stop it right now. We need to stop calling these things “flying cars.” There is no such thing as flying cars. And I say this as someo...
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LSD microdoses make people feel sharper, and scientists want to know how

May didn’t notice much with the first dose of LSD. She felt good, and she got a lot accomplished, and that was all. It was the day after that things really clicked. She felt even better, and she got a lot more accomplished. She repeated this pattern for a month — one 10-microgram dose of LSD every fourth day — as per the regimen recommended by psychologist and microdosing research pioneer James Fadiman’s protocol, made mainstream-famous by ...
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Deadpool 2 will hit theaters in June 2018

Deadpool 2 will officially be a summer blockbuster. The Hollywood Reporter reports that 20th Century Fox has scheduled the David Leitch film for June 1st, 2018. It’s also announced release dates for two other X-Men universe films: New Mutants will hit theaters on April 13th, while X-Men: Dark Phoenix is slated for November 2nd. While Fox was one of the early studios to recognize the potential in an extended superhero franchise, it’s since b...
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Samsung will use Google Play Music as the default music app on its devices

Samsung is giving Google Play Music a big push. Today, coinciding with the retail launch of the Galaxy S8, both companies announced that Google’s music app will become the preferred music player on Samsung mobile devices. The partnership kicks off immediately with the S8. But it technically began a year ago; Play Music was also the default music playback app on the Galaxy S7 , a result of Samsung trying to cut down on duplicate apps that cl...
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Apple will stop relying on mining for minerals ‘one day’

Apple is taking steps to end its reliance on mining for the materials that it uses in its devices, becoming the first big tech company to commit to using only recycled metals, rare earths, and other minerals. The company outlined its aim to stop digging up new resources in its latest Environmental Responsibility Report (PDF), released today. In the document, Apple says that it plans to “one day” move to a closed-loop manufacturing system (i...
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Facial recognition is coming to US airports, fast-tracked by Trump

Soon, it may be hard for visa holders to board an international flight without submitting to a facial geometry scan. The TSA began testing facial recognition systems at Dulles Airport in 2015 , then expanded the tests to New York’s JFK Airport last year. Face-reading check-in kiosks will be appearing at Ottawa International Airport this spring, and British Airways is rolling out a similar system at London’s Heathrow Airport , comparing face...
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This color-shifting lizard's skin morphs just as Alan Turing predicted

There’s a particular type of lizard that changes the color of its spots as it ages — and researchers have just discovered the mathematical rules that govern this peculiar metamorphosis. Meet the ocellated lizard , a 30-to-35 inch reptile that lives Europe. These lizards are born with unimpressive brown and white polka dots. But as they grow, they develop this beautiful, labyrinthine green and black pattern across their bodies. We don’t know...
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