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Atlas 5 Rocket Launches $400 Million NASA Satellite Into Space

A new communications hub has been successfully deployed in space today thanks to the United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket. "TDRS is a critical national asset have because of its importance to the space station and all of our science missions, primarily the Hubble Space Telescope and Earth science missions that use TDRS," said Tim Dunn, NASA's TDRS-M launch director. Spaceflight Now reports: With its main engine running at full throttle, th...
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The definitive ranking of 'Game of Thrones' characters most likely to die in episode 6

Warning: Contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7, episode 5, but has NO INFORMATION RELATED TO THE EPISODE 6 LEAK (these are honest predictions from someone who has no idea what's going to happen, I promise). I'm talking, of course, about Jon Snow's White Walker-hunters/The Magnificent Seven/loose-end characters who desperately need some kind of quick resolution to tie up their storylines. They've been given what is quite possibly th...
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How to shoot the Aug. 21 solar eclipse on an iPhone

On August 21, for the first time since 1918, a total solar eclipse will trace a coast-to-coast path across the U.S. Here's some tips on how to capture it with your iPhone. First, some absolute basics. Though lot of states will see a partial eclipse, only parts of 14 will see it in totality — Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. NASA's 2...
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Bacon Macaroni Salad

This creamy pasta salad is like eating a BLT in a bowl. Chock-full of crispy crumbled bacon, chopped tomato, celery and green onion, it's draped in a tangy mayonnaise and vinegar dressing. A real crowd pleaser! —Norene Wright, Manilla, Indiana Original link
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These solar glass blocks would make great skylights for your solar roof

If you’re going to be decking your roof out with solar tiles , there’s a possibility that you may forgo what might be the best placement of a skylight in favor of more solar cell square footage. Luckily solar glass is fast becoming an option, and these clever glass blocks are the best option I’ve seen yet. Other solar glass options generally harvest in the infrared range, since if you captured the full spectrum — well, that wouldn’t be a wi...
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Apple and Comcast reportedly in talks for movie rentals right after theater debuts

As more people find creature comforts in watching movies from home with services like Netflix and Hulu, movie studios could soon skip the wait and release new flicks to streaming shortly after they hit theaters — for a price. Distributors like Apple and Comcast — in conjunction with studios like Warner Bros. and the Comcast-owned Universal Pictures — are reportedly in talks with movie theaters to negotiate releasing brand-new films just wee...
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U.S. formally launches probe of China's intellectual property practices

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday formally launched an investigation into China's alleged theft of U.S. intellectual property, a widely expected move following a call from President Donald Trump earlier this week to determine whether a probe was needed. The probe is the administration's first direct measure against Chinese trade practices, which the White House and U.S. business groups say are bruising American industry. "A...
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Gadget Lab Podcast: Essential Wants to Get Into Your Pocket—and Your Smart Home

A new Android phone hits the market in a couple of weeks. Normally that’s unexciting news—Android phones are basically always raining from the sky. But this is the Essential phone, the first consumer product from the company co-founded by Andy Rubin, the man largely responsible for the Android operating system. So yeah, Essential’s debut hardware is a big deal. David Pierce has been covering Essential for months, and he tells us what to wat...
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The Essential phone that’s not that essential

Perhaps one of the most poorly named products in recent memory, the new Essential phone arrives just in time to make us wonder why it even exists. Using a “modular” design, the idea is to add pieces like a 360-degree camera or maybe some sort of connected home gadget to the smartphone, which runs a stock version of Android. It also uses a slick black enclosure, something that might make you think of a recent Blackberry model. And, the scree...
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You Can Play A Free 8-Bit Tie-In Game To Stephen King's It Movie

Stephen King's It movie launches on September 8. To pass the time before you can be terrified by Pennywise the clown all over again (played by Bill Skarsgård in this remake), you can now play a free 8-bit game to get you in the mood. Just announced today, It: Enter The Sewer is a free web game that allows you to explore Pennywise's sewers, equipped with eerie music and Pennywise's sinister laugh. You control Georgie's paper hat boat, attemp...
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IoT Mains Controller. Part 9 : IoT, Home Automation

Preamble To successfully compile this source code you will need the following extra libraries; PubSubClient.h Bounce2.h Code Overview The software makes use of the state-machine as shown in pic 1 above (full copy of source given below). There are 5 main states as follows; INIT This initialisation state is the first state entered after power up. NOCONFIG This state is entered if after power up an invalid or missing secvals.txt file is detect...
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Travis Kalanick blasted Benchmark for ambushing him with a lawsuit

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is not taking Benchmark’s “ public” and “personal attack” lying down. In a court filing , Kalanick is again seeking to move Benchmark’s lawsuit to arbitration , which is usually binding. Kalanick calls Benchmark’s claims — that he defrauded the firm into signing amendments to the board’s voting agreements — fabrications. He further accuses the firm of ambushing him with pressure to resign while he was grievin...
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Best Buy's 50-Hour 'Black-Friday like' sale returns tonight - CNET

The sale starts Friday, August 18th at 11PM ET. Best Buy Black Friday is only supposed to come once a year, but that hasn't stopped retailers from creating Black Friday-like sales multiple times a year. The latest one? Best Buy's 50-Hour sale , which starts at 11 p.m. EST tonight (August 18) and runs through the weekend. Last year's 50-Hour sale was in honor of the retailer's 50th birthday. I personally think Best Buy should have gone with ...
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Y Combinator-backed VIDA turns artwork into fashion, accessories and more

VIDA , an e-commerce startup that allows artists to upload their designs to be printed on real-world materials – like fabric, leather, metal and more – which are then sold as unique products, has grown its community of artists to over 100,000 members since its launch a few years ago. The company is now participating in startup accelerator Y Combinator, following its recent collaborations with big names, including Cher , Steve Madden, Warner...
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Two Bollywood Film Producers Get Court To Block Tons Of Sites In India, Including Archive.org

How many innocents would you accept being caught up in an action designed to nab criminals? How many good people is it acceptable to throw into jail alongside the truly bad actors? Most people would agree that any action that penalizes the innocent in order to punish the guilty is a bad course, with only truly minimal amounts of collateral damage being acceptable. Now let's port that over to internet sites and ask how many innocent websites...
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Google Updates: Fabby Instant Infinity Dinklage Clue

Google Updates: What you missed, what you didn't and FREE STUFF SO A COUPLE of new purchases from Google this week. First there's AIMatter, who make selfie app Fabby and Senosis who specialise in health tech that uses just your existing phone. Google's needless Hangouts replacement Allo has been given a web interface . It's rubbish. Oh, and it looks like the Pixel 2 is going to have a Snapdragon 835 chip, 6GB of storage and the same squeezy...
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This Week in Open Source News: Dronecode's Lorenz Meier Receives MIT Accolades, Docker Valuation Hits $1.3B & More

The sky's the limit for The Linux Foundation's Dronecode project, whose innovator Lorenz Meier made MIT's prestigious "Innovators Under 35" list. Original link
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AMD slammed over 'misleading' Radeon RX Vega pricing

AMD slammed over 'misleading' Radeon RX Vega pricing AMD has been criticised for misleading consumers over the price of its  Radeon RX Vega graphics cards after one of retailer said that the prices quoted at launch were little more than an "introductory offer" and has already cranked up its prices. At launch last week, AMD suggested that Radeon RX Vega air-cooled cards - broadly speaking, intended to take on Nvidia's GTX 1080 - would be ava...
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Now you can post videos directly to Reddit, no third-party service required

reader comments 0 Reddit announced a big, and likely welcome, change coming to its site: native video uploads. After testing the feature out in about 200 communities, native video hosting will now roll out for all Reddit communities, giving every user the ability to upload and share videos on Reddit without the use of a third-party service. Until now, users had to upload videos to another site and then post the video's link to Reddit in ord...
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Chakra Linux: Its Own Beast, Its Own Beauty

There are so many Linux distributions available—so many, in fact, that it can become a bit of a challenge to find the one right for you. After you’ve looked at them enough, it seems the variations tend to blur together, such that one flavor of Linux is only a slight shift away from another. Perhaps your distribution of choice may have a sweet-looking desktop, but it might be the standard Ubuntu underneath. Or, maybe you’ve found that a dist...
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Essential Phone review

Even though it was announced less than three months ago at the Code Conference , there's already enough mythology surrounding the Essential Phone to fill a book. It comes from a brand new billion-dollar startup led by the person who helped create Android itself, Andy Rubin. That origin binds it up with the history of all smartphones in a way that doesn't usually apply to your run-of-the-mill device. The phone was also delayed a bit, a sign ...
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Blowing the Whistle on Bad Attribution

LinuxSecurity.com: The New York Times this week published a fascinating story about a young programmer in Ukraine who'd turned himself in to the local police. The Times says the man did so after one of his software tools was identified by the U.S. government as part of the arsenal used by Russian hackers suspected of hacking into the Democratic National Committee (DNC) last year. It's a good read, as long as you can ignore that the premise ...
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Integrating Security into DevOps Takes Care

It makes sense to involve IT security with DevOps, but the integration isn't as easy as it sounds. DevOps is quickly evolving from the experimental phase to becoming the standard approach to application development and delivery. It breaks down the barriers between developers and IT operations, speeding up development projects. However, that speed can also create significant security risks if the IT security team is not brought into the proc...
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Free FLAC to MP3 Converter 1.0

Free FLAC to MP3 Converter is a lightweight and unobtrusive app that converts FLAC files to the MP3 format. MP3 is more compatible with a variety of applications and devices, whilst FLAC formatted files give you a different standard in terms of audio quality. This is a completely basic app that will help convert all your FLAC files . When dealing with compatibility in devices, the MP3 format is much more accepted. F...
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TeamSpeak Server 3.0.13.8 (64-bit)

Title: TeamSpeak Server 3.0.13.8 (64-bit) Filename: teamspeak3-server_win64-3.0.13.8.zip File size: 6.17MB (6,474,574 bytes) Requirements: Windows XP 64-bit / Vista 64-bit / Windows 7 64-bit / Windows 8 64-bit / Windows 10 / Windows 10 64-bit Languages: Multiple languages License: Non-Commercial Free...
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