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Chinese Chang‘e 5 mission launches to the moon

Early Tuesday morning at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in South China‘s Hainan province, the China National Space Administration successfully launched its Chang‘e 5 mission to the moon. The mission is intended to bring back samples of lunar material from the moon for the first time in 44 years. Chang‘e 5 launched atop a Long March 5 heavy-lift carrier rocket, Continue reading

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M1 MacBook Pro with 8GB, 16GB RAM show surprising benchmark results

Apple‘s M1 Silicon has definitely been hogging the computing news spotlight these past weeks, most of them comparing its performance with Intel‘s chips. Not all M1 Macs are the same, of course, and not just counting the difference between an M1 MacBook Air and an M1 MacBook Pro. Even the MacBook Pro (Late 2020) offers two slightly different models with Continue reading

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Intel boasts battery performance superiority over AMD in Intel tests

Intel has taken quite a beating this year, from AMD‘s unwavering onslaught to the damning benchmarks of the Apple Silicon M1. The launch of its 11th-gen Tiger Lake processors for laptops has seemingly been pushed to the sidelines as a consequence and it is looking for ways to get back into the spotlight. What better way to do that than Continue reading

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Microsoft Edge improved copy and paste will cause headaches

Despite the many innovations in the computing industry, a few things have remained the same throughout the decades. Keyboard layouts haven‘t really changed much, PC mice have at least left and right buttons, and copy and paste works as you might expect, even if it leads to embarrassing mistakes due to human error. The Microsoft Edge web browser is changing Continue reading

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HomePod mini owners report random Internet connectivity problems

Apple was terribly late to the smart speaker party and even when the HomePod finally landed, it was initially a disappointment when it came to Siri‘s usefulness and control of smart home appliances. It definitely got better over time but its competitors have moved on to bigger and smaller smart speakers. At long last, Apple finally bit back with the Continue reading

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iPad Pro could switch to OLED screens in late 2021

The tablet market has seen consistently positive figures, mostly in thanks to Apple and the iPad Pro‘s rapid development pace. The company‘s prosumer tablet seems to undergo big changes every iteration, even when those changes aren‘t exactly visible to the naked eye. Case in point will be the iPad Pros coming next year which have already been rumored to be Continue reading

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Spotify hackers exposed themselves to hacking, stolen data left open

Hollywood has given us a lot of preconceived notions of hackers to the point that most will imagine them as anti-social geniuses working in dark corners of their room while they traverse the dark sectors of the Web. In truth, not all hackers may be sophisticated and sometimes it just requires some basic knowledge and a lot of patience to Continue reading

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Motorola early 2021 flagship might be a 2019 holdover

The Motorola that we have today seems to be but a shadow of its former self, even the Motorola that was briefly under Google. Aside from the foldable new Razr, the company rarely makes notable phones these days, preferring to flood the entry-level and mid-range market with a dizzying number of similar-sounding phones. It does still try to make high-end Continue reading

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Xiaomi POCO M3 to take on OnePlus Nord N100 in Europe

Once upon a time, Xiaomi spun off a new brand that tried to one-up OnePlus at its own game. To some extent, it succeeded in offering premium or mid-tier specs at a cheaper price but that came at the cost of less premium materials. POCO, previously also known as Pocophone, seems to have taken a backseat recently, especially after it Continue reading

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Facebook Drives launches in US to help users collect for those in need

Facebook has introduced its new Season of Giving campaign, which will include the company matching eligible donations made through the platform on Giving Tuesday. Users can create their own fundraisers on their page, plus Instagram is introducing new fundraising tools. The company is looking to the future, as well, teasing that it will start testing additional ways for users to Continue reading

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OPPO Rollable phone concept won‘t be available any time soon

Manufacturers reveal concept designs and working prototypes for a variety of reasons. It could be for bragging rights, being established as a pioneer, or proof that the company can indeed make such a product. Not all of these concepts get turned into actual commercial products but some of them surprisingly do. Unfortunately for those hoping OPPO would be the first Continue reading

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Amazon Music teams with Lil Nas X for special holiday concert series

Amazon Music has teamed up with Lil Nas X to host an upcoming holiday concert series that will include live performances by a variety of artists, including the Foo Fighters and Miley Cirus. The company has teased the upcoming series with a new promo video showing off Lil Nas X as Santa, but you‘ll have to wait for December to Continue reading

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Vintage NES game Super Mario Bros 3 fetches an insane amount at auction

Every once in a while, we catch wind of classic video game auctions that wind up fetching seriously impressive sums of money. Today, we‘re hearing about one that is perhaps more impressive than any other video game auction that came before it: a sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. 3 that sold for a whopping 156,000 at auction over the Continue reading

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The Roku Channel gets AMC+ as its latest premium option

Roku, the top streaming platform in the United States, has added another premium video option, enabling users to access the AMC+ platform. The channel addition arrives on Roku devices, including set-top boxes, sticks, and smart TVs, as consumers continue to abandon traditional pay-TV services in favor of streaming. AMC+ is a subscription from AMC that bundles content from multiple networks/services, Continue reading

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Sony PS5 restock news keeps getting worse

According to Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan, everything is sold. Ryan spoke of the Sony PlayStation 5, the company‘s latest gaming console, and the state of affairs the company and the public are now in. Ryan suggested that of all the things he learned this year, he said he wouldn‘t plan on doing another big console launch in the Continue reading

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Psilocybin study offers hope for chronic migraine sufferers

Budding research into the potential use of psilocybin, a psychedelic, to treat migraine disorders has returned positive results. The new study from Yale School of Medicine is the first of its kind to investigate this potential use for psilocybin using a double-blind placebo-controlled cross-over study. The results, though preliminary, are promising. While the past several years have seen interest in Continue reading

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This free Echo Buds update makes Alexa your workout buddy

Amazon today is starting to roll out a new update for Echo Buds that will allow users to have Alexa track their workouts. While those who are serious about fitness may want to stick to dedicated fitness trackers, it seems that the functionality rolling out to Echo Buds today covers the essentials, giving users basic statistics about their workout via Continue reading

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Nintendo Switch games sale for Black Friday our best picks

The folks running the Nintendo games store just publicized a so-called Cyber Deals sale in said store. Today we‘re going to run down the games that jump out at us, letting you know what‘s worth buying, and what‘s better skipped. The price cuts you‘re looking at here are mostly good if you‘ve been waiting for a price cut that‘s good Continue reading

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Comcast is about to slap more Internet customers with 1.2TB data cap

Comcast plans to expand its Internet data cap to customers in states that were previously excluded. The service provider has already implemented the data cap across the majority of states it operates in, but many customers in a dozen states were still given unlimited access to data without extra charges. This change will kick off in January. In 2016, Comcast Continue reading

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Rivian EV configurator opens to all R1S and R1T Launch Edition sold out

Rivian has thrown open access to its online configurator, meaning you no longer need to have a reservation for the R1T or R1S in order to customize your perfect electric truck. Set to begin manufacturing and deliveries next year, the two EVs share the same platform - the R1T having a pickup body, while the R1S is a full-size SUV Continue reading

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Study clears up shark ‘sword‘ battle mystery

A shark washed ashore this year in Libya, on the Mediterranean coast. It was April, and a group of citizen scientists captured photos and video of the creature as it appeared DOA at the edge of the water. The shark was a bigeye thresher (Alopias superciliosus), and it had (what appeared to be) a sword embedded in its back. NOTE: Continue reading

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Snapchat Spotlight tries paying users to steal TikTok influencers

It looks like Snapchat is finally rolling out its answer to TikTok. Today, Snapchat rolled out a new feature called Spotlight, which will be a dedicated space centered around highlighting the most entertaining snaps created by the Snapchat community. In order to get people using Spotlight, Snapchat is even putting up some cold hard cash that can be claimed by Continue reading

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Waze is testing Apple CarPlay split view support

Apple CarPlay‘s multiscreen dashboard is one of the biggest recent improvements to the iPhone‘s in-car interface, bringing third-party navigation apps to the home screen, but only if those apps actively support it. Now, one of the most conspicuous absences, Waze, looks to finally be getting onboard. Waze has been available through CarPlay for some time now, giving another alternative to Continue reading

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Facebook Messenger bug let attacker listen through your phone

A Facebook Messenger bug discovered earlier this year was revealed this week by a security researcher. This bug worked with the Facebook Messenger call system, taking advantage of a loophole that let an attacker make a phone call and auto-answer said call on the receiver‘s end. With this bug, an attacker could effectively listen to you through your phone without Continue reading

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