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Everything We'll Be Watching for During the Emmys

For years the Emmys were the place that Modern Family went to pick up something pretty for the mantle. But that’s all changing thanks to the likes of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. Now streaming services compete—and win—right alongside their big network counterparts. With more players in the game, television studios are starting to pony up for really creative shows to grab attention. All of this has lead to a lot of amazing TV. In anticipation ...
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Electric Concept Cars from the Frankfurt Motor Show Reveal the Auto Industry's Future

Ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz bossman Dieter Zetsche said the automaker will offer an electric version of every car it makes by 2022. The Concept EQA previews the inevitable compact SUV that will carry a battery and the three-pointed star. The four-seater comes packed with touch screens, can recharge its 60-kWh battery wirelessly, and offers a range of nearly 250 miles. If Jaguar’s i-Pace doesn’t look much like a concept,...
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Boeing Tests a Lidar Laser System for Turbulence Detection

Early next year, a Boeing 777 will take off from the company’s airfield near Seattle with a laser shooting out of its nose. It may sound like a novel (and grisly) way to avoid bird strikes , but this isn’t that kind of laser. Rather, it’s part of a new system that Boeing hopes could spot brutal turbulence that can damage aircraft and toss passengers around the cabin—and give crews enough time to hunker down before the going gets tough. Whil...
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With Designer Bacteria, Crops Could One Day Fertilize Themselves

For the last 100 years, ever since German chemists Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch figured out how to pluck fertilizer out of thin air with brute-force chemistry, farmers have relied on an imperfect product to make their plants grow: fertilizer. Production of the stuff burns through 3 percent of the world’s natural gas annually, releases tons of carbon into the atmosphere, and runs off into rivers and streams and aquifers. Relying on fossil fuel...
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Apple Watch Series 3 Debuts with Cellular Coverage

You look at your phone too much. It's too distracting, you'd rather be able to be present and in the world, but you still need to be connected. That’s what makes the initial theory behind the Apple Watch so compelling: It’s a device on your wrist that can do everything in a pinch, but mostly exists to look nice and only alert you when you really need to be alerted. It's the gadget everyone could use. Over the last couple of years, though, f...
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The Mystery of Verrit Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

Hey, everyone. First off, please click this link in order to see a real seal cuddling with a cute plushy seal. Adorable, right? Yes, it is. Enjoy that, because everything else that happened online last week is pretty grim. Don't blame us. We just work here . Friends, hold your collective breath and jump in: This past seven days on the internet have been doozies, and it's possible there's a bunch of stuff you need to catch up on before movin...
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Security News This Week: Germany's Election Software Is Dangerously Hackable

Another week, another revelation of a massive breach with potentially far-reaching consequences. Well, two of those this week, actually. First, Symantec revealed that hackers—probably based in Russia, although the security firm didn't go so far as to name names—had hacked more than 20 power companies in North America and Europe , and in a handful of cases, had direct access to their control systems. And then Equifax confessed it had been th...
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Hack Brief: Patch Your Android Phone To Block An Evil ‘Toast’ Attack

Modern smartphones take pains to “sandbox” apps, keeping them carefully segregated so that no mischievous program can meddle in another app’s sensitive business. But security researchers have found an unexpected feature of Android that can surreptitiously grant an app the permission to not merely reach outside its sandbox but fully redraw the phone’s screen while another part of the operating system is running, tricking users into tapping o...
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Facebook Ties More Than 5,000 Political Ads to Bogus Russian Accounts

Amid ongoing concern over the role of disinformation in the 2016 election, Facebook said Wednesday it found that more than 5,000 ads, costing more than $150,000, had been placed on its network between June 2015 and May 2017 from "inauthentic accounts" and Pages, likely from Russia. The ads didn't directly mention the election or the candidates, according to a blog post by Facebook's chief security officer Alex Stamos, but focused on "amplif...
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Google's New Street View Cameras Will Help Algorithms Index The Real World

Steve Silverman helped build cameras for two NASA rovers that went to Mars. In the less exotic landscape of a Google parking lot, he looks up fondly at his latest creation, bolted onto the roof of a Hyundai hatchback. The gawky assemblage almost doubles the car’s height: four white legs holding up a vertical black stalk sporting eight cameras. “We thought about covering it up, but we’re kind of nerds,” Silverman says. “We’re proud of it.” S...
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