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Month: October 2018

How a fan fiction for Cixin Liu’s Three-Body Problem became an official novel

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Since the publication of The Three-Body Problem, the first installment of Cixin Liu’s epic science fiction trilogy about making contact with an alien civilization, the series has gone on to earn the Chinese author enormous acclaim and legions of fans worldwide — including President Barack Obama. Next year, Tor Books will publish a new novel […]

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Oppo is the latest company to get caught cheating on benchmark tests

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Last month, Huawei was caught cheating on benchmark tests for several of its phones, including the P20 and P20 Pro. But it wasn’t the only phone company that was trying to game the system: two of Oppo’s devices, including its flagship Find X, have been delisted from 3DMark’s benchmark leaderboard for the same reason. The […]

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Facebook hires former UK deputy prime minister Nick Clegg to run global affairs

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As the threat of data privacy regulation looms across the world, Facebook has hired former UK deputy prime minister Nick Clegg as its global affairs and communications team head, according to the Financial Times. Clegg, 51, will be headed off to Silicon Valley in January to succeed Elliot Schrage, who announced his departure from the […]

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The Intel 9th Gen Review: Core i9-9900K, Core i7-9700K and Core i5-9600K Tested

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Intel’s newest line of desktop processors bring with them a number of changes designed to sway favor with performance enthusiasts. These new parts bring Intel’s consumer processors up to eight cores, with higher frequencies, better thermal connectivity, and extra hardware security updates for Spectre and Meltdown. The only catch is that you’re going to need […]

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Google app suite costs as much as $40 per phone under new EU Android deal

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Android manufacturers will have to pay Google a surprisingly high cost in Europe in order to include Google’s Play Store and other mobile apps on their devices, according to documents obtained by The Verge. A confidential fee schedule shows costs as high as $40 per device to install the “Google Mobile Services” suite of apps, […]

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The companies behind Affinity and Procreate aren’t worried about Photoshop on the iPad

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Adobe announced its plans to bring a full Photoshop app to the iPad this week, and the news was received with mixed reactions. While some people are looking forward to having a more robust version of Photoshop on their Apple tablets, others were unmoved by the news, having already adopted other editing tools for the […]

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Elon Musk’s Teslaquila is actually a good idea

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“Teslaquila” started as part of an April Fools’ Day joke — a troll holiday celebrated only by amateurs and engineers. (Amateurs usually aren’t funny and engineers have a very specific sense of humor. But as engineer humor goes, “There are many chapters of bankruptcy and, as critics so rightly pointed out, Tesla has them *all*,” […]

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Apple Watch embraces USB-C with new charging cable

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Continuing its move towards embracing USB Type-C, Apple has released a charging cable for the Apple Watch that uses the new connectivity standard, via Apple Insider. Using the new charger means you’ll be able to charge Apple’s wearable by plugging it into a modern MacBook, or any other laptop that’s made the switch to the […]

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Oppo O-Free review: the $100 AirPods for Android

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There are a lot of wireless earbuds on the market at this point, but none have quite matched the experience of Apple’s AirPods yet. The combination of well-designed case, excellent battery life, and seamless software (with iOS, at least) makes them the wireless earbuds to beat. Almost every competitor has aimed to take on the […]

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Botnets adapt in wake of Twitter crackdown

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Twitter botnets are having to adapt their behavior in the wake of the platform’s crackdown. NBC News reports that on Thursday the platform suspended hundreds of accounts acting in a network to tweet messages of support for Saudi Arabia in the wake of the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Experts quoted in the report said […]

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