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Huawei's Watch 2 costs $550 more with a Porsche Design logo

So what does that extra dose of cash get you? Apart from a snazzy ad with a less-than-enthusiastic looking Lionel Messi (below), you get red accents on the buttons, a hybrid strap with red stripes, and the Porsche Design logo. There's also a different metal bezel with the logo and what looks like a speedometer readout instead of minutes and seconds, because cars, I guess. Suffice to say, buyers of this model are probably looking for the Por...
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Work starts on a massive underground neutrino experiment

Neutrinos are notoriously difficult to understand , but work is underway to know them a little better. Researchers have officially broken ground on the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility, the home to the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment. When it's finished 10 years from now, the South Dakota project will be the largest-ever US experiment built to study the subatomic particle -- teams will remove 870,000 tons of rock to create...
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Recommended Reading: Instagram's influence on restaurants

Recommended Reading: Instagram's influence on restaurants Latest in Gear Recommended Reading: Instagram's influence on restaurants 11m ago View The Morning After: Weekend Edition 4h ago View Strava's new Premium perks will insure your phone while you ride 7h ago View Google Play Music tweak adds a sidebar full of shortcuts 14h ago View Image credit: Getty Images The best long-form writing on technology and more on the web. Getty Images In t...
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Starting August 5th, all MLS games will have video review

After a few years of planning and testing , Major League Soccer is ready to roll out video review in all of its games. For each game, including the playoffs and MLS cup, there will be a fifth referee on the crew with access to all available broadcast replays. That person's job is to alert the head referee to "clear and obvious errors or serious missed incidents" in four specific situations: Goals, penalty kicks, red cards and mistaken ident...
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The best computers for students

What would a back-to-school guide be without a healthy dose of computer recs? Other than a small dorm TV, perhaps, it's the single most expensive investment you're likely to make as you begin college -- and if you're graduating or pursuing an advanced degree, it's possible you've been waiting patiently for a reason to upgrade. As you can imagine, our guide includes a slew of laptops and convertibles (eight, to be exact), along with a detach...
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‘Windjammers’ brings 16-bit frisbee duelling to PS4 and PS Vita

Windjammers is like if Pong was updated for the early 90s into a 1v1 flying disk tournament infused with special attacks and neon-drenched Miami tones. That description probably doesn't ring a bell, as the game barely made it beyond arcade machines to Neo Geo consoles. It only emerged from obscurity in 2010 with a three-year stint on the Japanese Wii Virtual Console, after which its rights holders yanked it from the digital marketplace. But...
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Ashley Madison will pay $11.2 million to data breach victims

According to Reuters, the data breach cost Ruby Corp over a quarter of its revenue. It had to spend a lot of money to boost security and privacy in an effort to win over new users, and now to settle lawsuits the breach caused. In addition to the $11.2 million it has to pay people who were affected by the breach, the company also settled charges from the FTC and 13 states for $1.6 million last year. Those who were affected by the security br...
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Google will nudge SMS two-factor users to try its way instead

It's easier to understand than an SMS, sent over a secured connection and isn't as susceptible to phishing. Also, it avoids the problem of someone taking advantage of phone company customer service to hijack your phone number and intercept SMS verification, which has happened in some cases . On the downside, it requires a data connection. As a result, starting next week, SMS two-step verification users on Google will see an invitation to tr...
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Xbox Live update makes co-op live streams a reality

Previously, Xbox owners had to choose from pre-defined images for their player photo Gamerpics. With the new update, you can upload any digital image from your console, Windows 10 PC, or mobile phone to use as your on-screen avatar or club profile and background image. Nelson urges you to "keep it clean," though, as everyone can see what you upload. Xbox's Mixer (née Beam ) is the platform's game streaming system. With the new update, you c...
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Logitech to snap up console headset-maker Astro for $85 million

Logitech says that purchasing Astro will accelerate its long-term goal of growing its gaming business, and it expects to start feeling the acquisition's effects in fiscal year 2018. Astro will be part of Logitech G, the company's gaming division, once the purchase is complete. Ujesh Desai, the division's VP and General Manager, explained why the purchase is a perfect fit for Logitech in a statement: "ASTRO is the leading player for premium ...
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In astronomy, women of color face the most discrimination

The study, published in the Journal of Geophysical Research, surveyed nearly 500 astronomers and planetary scientists between 2011 and 2015. 40 percent of women of color reported feeling unsafe in the workplace due to their gender or sex, while 28 percent of women of color felt unsafe due to their ethnicity. 18 percent of them skipped professional events due to a "hostile climate," with 12 percent of white women reporting the same. The stud...
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Algorithm spots abnormal heart rhythms with doctor-like accuracy

See, an ECG doesn't always show the presence of arrhythmia, so doctors sometimes order patients to wear a wearable ECG device to monitor their heartbeat for two weeks. The researchers took advantage of that practice to create their algorithm. They used the massive dataset provided by heartbeat monitor company iRhythm to train a deep neural network for seven months until it's capable of detecting 14 types of arrhythmia by looking at ECGs. To...
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ESPN's X Games will stream live in VR on Samsung headsets

ESPN's X Games are just the latest event to be broadcast in VR, live or otherwise. The NCAA streamed several rounds of March Madness, while in May, The PGA Tour streamed a single hole of The Players Championship and Fox Sports aired the Championship League final. Not all big events have fully implemented the tech, as this year's Superbowl was screened in a "VR suite" where viewers could watch the 2D broadcast in a 3D virtual lounge. But Sam...
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Russian exoskeleton suit turns soldiers into Stormtroopers

While they haven't detailed what the heads-up display would be used for, the combat armor's powered exoskeleton helps the wearer carry heavy loads, bearing some of the brunt to lower the soldiers' fatigue. While its designers have clearly spent a lot of time playing video games, we've already seen that Russia's not alone in its bid to create an army of Master Chiefs . Now, taking that idea one step further, a U.S program called Tactical Lig...
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Valve is taking control of the competitive ‘Dota 2’ scene

While the shift signals a much more inclusive approach to official tournaments -- creating something of a global league akin to many traditional sports -- the third parties running them will have to abide by Volvo's rules to join the party, and thus relinquish some control to the company. For starters, there will be two calibers of events. "Minors" must have a minimum prize pool of $150,000, and "Majors" at least $500,000 -- Valve will bles...
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The Morning After: Monday, July 3rd 2017

But only in South Korea. Samsung's resurrected Galaxy Note 7 launches on July 7th If you've missed the Galaxy Note 7 since it was discontinued over chronic battery fires, you now have a second chance at ownership... if you're willing to book a flight to Seoul. Samsung has confirmed recent rumors and its own teaser by announcing a refurbished version of the Note 7, the Galaxy Note Fan Edition, that will launch in South Korea on (appropriatel...
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Volvo’s self-driving cars are thrown off by kangaroos

The vehicles' detection system has been exposed to large animals before -- it came across moose while being tested in Sweden and it can respond to deer, elk and caribou. But kangaroos move much differently than other animals and their hopping is throwing off the system. "When it's in the air it actually looks like it's further away, then it lands and it looks closer," Volvo Australia's technical manager David Pickett told the ABC . Kangaroo...
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Ford realizes it should have an AI and robotics team

It's no secret that Ford has been lagging when it comes to the 'futuristic' tech that its rivals are already on top of. It's still three years away from releasing a long-range electric car (GM already has the Bolt on the market) and only launched its self-driving focused ' mobility ' subsidiary little over a year ago. Meanwhile, Volkswagen has recently announced its cars will be 'talking' to each other within as little as two years, while T...
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Elon Musk's 'Godot' machine cuts its first LA tunnel segment

No longer waiting for Godot. It has begun boring and just completed the first segment of tunnel in LA. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 28, 2017 Location is important: Back in February, The Boring Company was safely and legally cutting test tunnels in the SpaceX parking lot, but anything beyond the borders of the organization's land would require getting permission from the city. The founder tweeted that he'd had "promising conversations " with...
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'Tinder for friends' uses AI to block flirty messages

Using an AI method known as natural language processing , the 'flirt detector' has been trained on millions of creepy messages and pick-up lines circulating the internet, including a huge number submitted to Reddit (of course). It also responds to the behavioral activity of the user: who they message, how often, whether it's a copy/paste job or if they've bothered to think of something original, and so on. All of this combines into what Pat...
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Mohu's latest indoor antenna has a 65-mile range

Mohu's Leaf antennas are super thin, multi-directional indoor versions that you can use to pick up free over-the-air TV channels. The company announced earlier this year that it's also launching a wireless version of its indoor antenna soon. Mohu began producing the thin Leaf antenna line in 2011 and they claim to have saved customers more than $300 million in cable fees. Mohu's antennas don't require an additional subscription service and ...
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Hackers target UK parliament email accounts

According to Bloomberg, the Parliament along with the UK's National Cyber Security Centre are investigating an attack that started on Friday evening. To reduce the chances of being breached, remote access to email accounts has been disabled. In a statement, a parliament spokesperson said it was investigating "unauthorised attempts to access accounts of parliamentary networks users." Parliament members took to Twitter to report on the remova...
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IBM-powered DNA sequencing could find bacteria in raw milk

To be able to build those tools, they first need to be intimately familiar with the substance and the microorganisms that tend to contaminate it. They'll sequence and analyze the DNA and RNA of dairy samples from Cornell's farm, as well as of all the microorganisms in environments milk tends to make contact with, including the cows themselves, from the moment it's pumped. Their tests will characterize what's "normal" for raw milk, so the to...
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Instagram gives social media influencers the benefit of the doubt

Julie Zerbo, editor-in-chief of legal site The Fashion Law, says that a large number of influencers who received an FTC warning letter are still violating its advertising guidelines . This includes people such as Emily Ratajkowski , the model-actress who just happened to be revealed as a OnePlus brand ambassador earlier today, during the company's launch of its latest smartphone, the OnePlus 5 . Zerbo, who has been covering the lack of ad d...
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Tech Hunters: Refreshing Casio’s classic calculator watch

Thanks to the rise of Fitbits, Apple Watches and other smart trackers, wearables are the new frontier of fashion, often mixing cutting-edge technology with the latest designer trends. However, they aren't a new idea: companies like Casio have been doing the same since the 1980s. Cast your mind back and try to remember the digital Casio watches of yesteryear. Chances are you'll land on the Casio C-80, the original "calculator watch." Billed ...
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