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Paul Ryan moves to replace election security official

The White House and House Speaker Paul Ryan are looking to replace a federal official whos been working to protect election systems from possible Russian cyber attacks. According to Reuters, Matthew Masterson, who holds a seat picked by the House Sp...

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‘A Normal Lost Phone‘ arrives on Nintendo Switch March 1st

A Normal Lost Phone is the kind of indie game that seizes a tricky niche (mobile gaming) and leans into the form factor for a unique experience -- a Gone Home or Life Is Strange that takes place entirely within a mock phone interface. The game will l...

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Robinhood‘s commission-free cryptocurrency trading is live

The zero-fee stock trading app, Robinhood, announced its plan to enable users to buy and sell Bitcoin and Ethereum last month. Now the company is making good on its promises. Starting today, Robinhood is rolling out access to trade the two cryptocurr...

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Sling TV offers League Pass to expand its NBA streaming options

A day after Sling TV revealed that it counts 2.2 million subscribers, the over-the-top internet service announced that its added new add-on options to watch NBA games. Users can access NBA League Pass today to watch out-of-market games, and in the c...

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23 attorneys general refile challenge to FCC net neutrality repeal

The FCCs order to overturn net neutrality protections was officially published in the Federal Register today and soon thereafter, the attorneys general of 22 states and Washington DC filed a lawsuit challenging the FCCs order. The coalition filed a...

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Amazon inks deal with Televisa for Spanish-language shows

Amazon may be producing more and more of its own shows, but its also playing catch-up trying to follow industry trends in the fantasy and sci-fi genres. To shore up its dearth of Spanish-language content, the company just signed a deal with Televisa...

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Blizzard will host a tournament for the 15-year-old ‘Warcraft III‘

Out of nowhere, Blizzard introduced a public test realm (PTR) last fall for its 15-year-old game Warcraft III. PC fans of its current best-sellers like Overwatch play on PTRs to try out new features before theyre released to everyone, so creating on...

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‘Alto‘s Odyssey‘ took three years to make, and that‘s all right

Its been three years since Snowman, a tiny independent studio based in Toronto, launched Altos Adventure on iOS devices. Back then, Snowman was three people -- Ryan Cash, Harry Nesbitt and Jordan Rosenberg -- and Altos Adventure was their first re...

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UPS is adding to its fleet of electric delivery trucks

UPS announced today that it will soon deploy 50 electric delivery trucks designed by Workhorse Group Inc. that will cost about the same as traditional, conventionally fueled trucks. Theyll have a between-charge range of around 100 miles, will be zer...

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Businesses tap Google‘s RCS for more useful text messages

Google has supported Rich Communication Services (RCS) for a while now, hoping to bring features like group chat, high-res photo sharing and read receipts to all Android users. The company made a big push to expand RCS support on Android last year, a...

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MWC 2018: What to expect from the world‘s biggest phone show

Team Engadget is en route to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress, and while the show officially starts on Monday, youll start to see some of this years key news and announcements as soon as this weekend. We dont want you going into things blind, t...

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FCC hopes opening up communication airwaves will boost innovation

Today, the FCC voted to move forward with a proposal to open up communications spectrum beyond 95 GHz. In a statement, it said that spectrum above this range has been thought to be at the edge of whats usable, but now it wants to provide different l...

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Puerto Rico‘s Arecibo Observatory saved from uncertain fate

Arecibo Observatory, which is the second-largest radio telescope in the world, is under new management. A group led by the University of Central Florida will take over the operations of the telescope from the National Science Foundation, which was co...

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Netflix will stream the terrible-looking ‘ReBoot‘ reboot

By the mid-90s, Saturday morning cartoons were a blur of occasionally brilliant animated comedy and a ton of trash made to sell toys. One rose above the rest for sheer novelty: ReBoot was one of the first shows anywhere to be completely computer-gene...

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Airbnb rolls out luxury rentals and new benefits for users

Airbnb is once again shaking up how its customers find and book accommodations. At a press conference in San Franciscos Masonic Auditorium on Thursday, the company unveiled a slew of new reservation and website features including new property types,...

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Flying with a VR headset isn‘t as dorky as it sounds

As a somewhat regular flyer, I had always been intrigued by the concept of wearing a head-mounted display for some immersive in-flight entertainment. However, I never really found the cinema part of existing personal cinema headsets pervasive at...

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Google faces lawsuit for firing critic of anti-diversity memo

Google fired James Damore last year, in part, because of a leaked memo alleging that the company culture unfairly targeted white males and political conservatives. Now Google is being sued by a former employee who claims he was targeted for speaking...

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Lighthouse‘s AI-powered security camera is now shipping

Lighthouses intelligent 3D security camera was supposed to ship in September, but now its finally available for purchase. The camera is priced at 299. At checkout, you can choose either a 10/month AI service plan (with a 90-day free trial) or a l...

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Discord signs eSports pros to use its chat app

Discord has become something of a gaming chat-app phenomenon lately, partnering with Spotify for in-chat soundtracks, adding video chat and screensharing and bringing verified official game channels to its service. Now the company plans to expand int...

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Amazon may open up to six more automated stores this year

Amazon may have opened its automated convenience store a year late, but it looks like its been a pretty big success. Recode learned that the company plans on opening six more of its Amazon Go stores in 2018. Its not clear where these stores will be...

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China‘s Xinjiang surveillance is the dystopian future nobody wants

In July 2009, deadly riots broke out in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, China. Nearly 200 people died, the majority ethnic Han Chinese, and thousands of Chinese troops were brought in to quell the riots. An information battle soon followed, as mobil...

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SpaceX successfully launches Falcon 9 carrying internet satellites

SpaceX successfully launched another Falcon 9 rocket today carrying Spains radar imaging Paz satellite as well as two of its own satellites, Microsat-2a and -2b. The two experimental satellites will be used to test SpaceXs plan to deliver internet...

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Samsung resumes Android O update for Galaxy S8

Well, that didnt take long. After pausing the Android Oreo rollout on Galaxy S8s over a reboot glitch, Samsung has restarted the process in Europe. As SamMobile reports, its an altogether different firmware version. The rollout has resumed in Germa...

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Disney‘s lawsuit against Redbox may have backfired

Disneys attempt to prevent Redbox from buying its discs for rental and resale may have blown up in the House of Mouses face. The Hollywood Reporter describes how District Court Judge Dean Pregerson sided with Redbox to shoot down a Disney-mandated...

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