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Vice President Pence says US astronauts will return to Moon by 2024

United States Vice President Mike Pence has announced the administration‘s new, highly ambitious goal of returning astronauts to the lunar surface by 2024. The new deadline is four years earlier than the previous Moon touchdown timeline, with Pence referring to the original goal as just not good enough. The statements were made at the 5th meeting of the National Space Continue reading

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Uber brings its Ride Pass plan to another 20 major markets

Popular ride-sharing service Uber has expanded its Ride Pass into 20 more cities, the company has announced, improving the experience for many more customers who rely on the service. With Ride Pass, riders can lock in lower prices to transform Uber into a more consistent option for daily rides to work, the gym, or wherever life takes them. Uber introduced Continue reading

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Fortnite Respawn Vans may arrive this week: Here‘s what they sound like

All signs point toward the upcoming launch of Respawn Vans in hit battle royale game Fortnite, and a new leak reveals what they will sound like. The existence of a Respawn Van item first surfaced from code discovered in a past game update; Epic itself leaked the item during a Fortnite tournament soon after. It‘s possible the Respawn Vans will Continue reading

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UPS launches drone delivery service for transporting medical samples

Delivery company UPS has teamed up with Matternet to launch drone-based medical sample deliveries in North Carolina, the companies have announced. The new unmanned drone delivery service involves the WakeMed flagship hospital and campus located in Raleigh, where drones will join existing courier cars in transporting medical specimens and samples. This marks the first time in the US that unmanned Continue reading

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PlayStation Plus subscribers get exclusive free Fortnite Carbon skin

Sony has a special treat for PlayStation Plus subscribers right now: a free Fortnite skin and back bling called Carbon.‘ The offer is exclusive to PlayStation Plus, the company‘s subscription plan for PS4 owners who want to play multiplayer games online. This isn‘t the first time PlayStation 4 console owners have been offered a free skin, but it won‘t be Continue reading

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Earth Day with Pokemon GO: A chat with Niantic about Civic & Social Impact

In 2019, Niantic‘s got another Earth Day campaign planned. In a manner similar to 2018, Niantic and masses of gamers - Pokemon GO and Ingress included - will head out and clean up the planet. In 68 events and with countless NGOs taking part in the celebration, 6.5 tons of garbage were collected - and presumably put into landfills, mostly Continue reading

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Mitsubishi reveals autonomous firefighting water cannon robot

Engineers with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have taken the wraps off two newly developed creations: Water Cannon Robot and Hose Extension Robot. The two machines are designed to play an active role in helping extinguish fires that may be too hazardous for human firefighters, including fires that may form at chemical plants. The company conducted an open demonstration of the technology Continue reading

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Xbox Games with Gold April lineup includes the good Star Wars: Battlefront 2

Microsoft has revealed the four games on tap for Xbox Live Games with Gold in April, and it seems the company is continuing its Star Wars kick. April will be the third month in a row where Microsoft has included a classic Star Wars game through Games with Gold, with Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy and Star Wars: Republic Continue reading

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Gmail dynamic messages start rolling out to boost email usefulness

Today, Google is rolling out an update to Gmail that‘s centered around making our emails more dynamic and interactive. The static emails of the past are gone - at least on desktop - and in their place are messages that can automatically update with new information. As a result, users should see more instances where they can take action within Continue reading

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This VR tool lets users see through the eyes of real-life ‘gremlins‘

Researchers have developed a new virtual reality experience that enables users to see the world the way it may look to a tiny gremlin-like critter called a tarsier. Though the name may not be familiar to many people, some will know the creature by its bug-eyed appearance, and it‘s those same eyes you can see through yourself if you have Continue reading

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Sony halting retailer PS4 game code sales next month

If you‘re the type of PlayStation 4 owner who likes to buy download codes for digital games from retailers instead of buying them directly from the PlayStation Store, then you should probably enjoy it while it lasts. Sony confirmed today that it will no longer offer download codes through its retail partners, meaning that you‘ll have no choice but to Continue reading

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If this is the Galaxy Note 10, consider me sold

This morning we‘re analyzing a set of images created to depict the Samsung Galaxy Note 10. This device won‘t be out until later this year, but it‘s never too early to start hypothesizing and planning for the next big handset - especially when there are leaks over which we can pour. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is the next-in-line smartphone Continue reading

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There‘s a new Lord of the Rings game coming, and it focuses on Gollum

Lord of the Rings fans have a new game to look forward to today, as Daedalic Entertainment has announced Lord of the Rings - Gollum. As the title indicates, the game will put players in the role of Gollum and explore his journey through Lord of the Rings narrative. Creating a game that centers around Gollum of all characters definitely Continue reading

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Yes, Scotty is the eldest and most ‘robust‘ Tyrannosaurus Rex yet found

The crown for most massive T. rex ever found was changed this week as Scotty was unveiled in Canada. This hunk of a hunter lived 66 million years ago in prehistoric Saskatchewan. The bones were first unearthed all the way back in the year 1991, which seems not that long ago compared to the time it was last above the Continue reading

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E-books vs paper books: Parent/toddler reading studies conclusions differ

We‘re going to talk about two contrasting studies here today centered on e-books, print books, parents, and toddlers. One study was published this week by Tiffany G. Munzer and colleagues who found toddlers interacted with parents more with print book reading than they did with e-books. Their study was done with 3 formats of book in a videotaped, laboratory-based, counterbalanced Continue reading

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PlayStation VR still selling well as Sony announces a big milestone

Sony‘s State of Play presentation featured a lot of news about the PlayStation VR, and now we know why. Sony has revealed new sales numbers for the PSVR, and it seems that the console-dependent headset is still chugging along quite well. With PlayStation VR sales progressing at a decent clip, it‘s no wonder Sony announced a bunch of new games Continue reading

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Huawei just announced a pair of ‘smart‘ glasses

Huawei wrapped up its P30 reveal event today with something of a surprise announcement, revealing that it‘s partnered with Gentle Monster to create a pair of smart glasses. Details are still relatively slim, but Huawei did briefly talk about the hardware that‘s built into its latest wearable. One thing is clear from Huawei‘s brief presentation: These probably weren‘t what you Continue reading

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ASUS comments on Live Update attack with checkup tools in tow

Today ASUS responded to reports of a recent attack on a set of ASUS notebook users by an APT-toting group through the company‘s Live Update server. Apparently the malicious entity in question targeted the servers ASUS uses to send out Live Update software updates. Once they‘d gotten past ASUS‘ security, they sent out malicious code through said system. The good Continue reading

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Huawei P30 Pro first look: 2019‘s quad-camera heavyweight

The Huawei P30 Pro and P30 have a lot to live up to. 2018‘s P20 Pro proved the Chinese phone-maker was a key player in the mobile space, with photographic talents that put rival devices from Apple, Samsung, and others to shame. Now, unveiled in Paris, France today, the new P30 Pro and P30 promise to take those halo features Continue reading

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NASA uses Hubble to track massive storms on Neptune

In 1989 the NASA spacecraft Voyager 2 streaked past Neptune on its way out of the solar system becoming the first spacecraft to visit the giant blue planet. Voyager 2 snapped pics of a couple of massive storms with the Earth-sized larger storm dubbed The Great Dark Spot and the smaller storm called Dark Spot 2. Half a decade later Continue reading

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Ferrari P80/C is an extreme interpretation of the sports prototype

Ferrari makes some incredible cars and as fast and exclusive as a normal Ferrari is, for some very wealthy buyers off the rack is never good enough. For these buyers, Ferrari will build one of a kind creations. The latest one-off from Ferrari is the P80/C, and it is hailed as the most extreme one of a kind Ferrari ever Continue reading

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All-Female space walk canceled due to spacesuit availability

Astronauts on the ISS often venture out into the vacuum of space to conduct various tasks. A series of spacewalks was set to happen that would see astronauts work outside the space station for multiple hours in a series of three walks. The first in the series was completed on March 22 by Nick Hague and Anne McClain. Initially, the Continue reading

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Magic Leap NBA app puts up multiple virtual screens in your room

Virtual and augmented reality are most often associated with games but that dismisses too easily the non-gaming applications of the technology. One of the most common is the ability to put up more screens than you can have room or budget for actual physical monitors. AR company Magic Leap has taken that idea and made it accessible to developers and Continue reading

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Galaxy Fold is coming to Europe

When Samsung puts out new and sometimes experimental phones, it usually doesn‘t make them available to all markets. Often, it limits the reach to Korea and the US. That leaves some to fend for themselves by buying through third-parties and retailers. Europeans need not be green with envy over Samsung‘s latest expensive prototype this time around as the company just Continue reading

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