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Month: November 2018

Automakers give the Chinese government access to location data of electric cars

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China’s government has spent the last few years pressuring automakers and citizens to adopt hybrid and electric vehicles to cut into the country’s pollution levels. But many of these so-called “new energy vehicles” have also been tracking the location of drivers, and a number of government officials and entities have had access to this data, […]

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Panasonic Announces Its First Thunderbolt 3 SSDs

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Panasonic has unveiled its first external SSDs featuring a Thunderbolt 3 interface. Panasonic’s Thunderbolt 3 Compact Lightweight Portable SSD enables the company to offer high-performance storage devices for its TB3-enabled PCs. However, it looks like the device was not originally designed by Panasonic. Panasonic’s Thunderbolt 3 Compact Lightweight Portable SSD will be available in 512 […]

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Google may shut down Hangouts for consumers in 2020

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The days of Google Hangouts for consumers may be coming to an end in 2020, according to a report from 9to5Google today. Hangouts has been suffering from an identity crisis since Google launched it as a replacement for Gchat in 2013, and it’s actually been losing features in recent years as the company stopped updating […]

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Ariana Grande’s ‘thank u, next’ music video had over 765,000 people watching live

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Music videos haven’t felt like a communal event since the heydays of MTV and TRL Live, but with the advent of live-streaming, the shared experience may be making a comeback. Today, Ariana Grande debuted the video for her relationship-themed single, “thank u, next,” and a lot of people got together on YouTube to watch it […]

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Death of a provocateur

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By now, anybody who lives a social media life has probably heard that Laura Loomer — the 25-year-old far-right provocateur and self-styled Patreon-supported “investigative journalist” — handcuffed herself to Twitter’s headquarters in New York City on Thursday evening, and, in her words, “threw away the key.” She was protesting Twitter, she said, because she believed […]

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5G is weeks away — and Tuesday marks its first real test

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Tech Summit in Maui starts Tuesday, and here’s what’s going on Continue reading…

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ASUS Lists ROG Strix XG32VQR Curved FreeSync 2 Display with RGB

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ASUS has quietly added its first AMD FreeSync 2-supporting monitor to its lineup. The ROG Strix XG32VQR is a large curved display boasting with a 144 Hz maximum refresh rate, the DisplayHDR 400 badge, and is capable of covering 94% of the the DCI-P3 color gamut. The LCD will be the sixth FreeSync 2 monitor […]

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Facebook is now streaming every episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly

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Facebook’s video-on-demand service Facebook Watch is getting a trio of familiar classics: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly. The social network is teaming up with 20th Century Fox to bring every episode of the shows to Facebook starting today. The shows aren’t exclusive to Facebook — you can purchase episodes from a variety of […]

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Salad Fingers is coming back, and I already want to barf

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Those of us who grew up online each have our internet albatross. For some, it’s goatse. For others, it’s those viral pre-YouTube jumpscare videos with a screaming face that flashes across the screen for a split second. Mine, regretfully, was Salad Fingers, the animated web series created by David Firth in 2004, about a disgusting, […]

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Bethesda permanently bans Fallout 76 players after homophobic in-game assault

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Fallout is a franchise defined by its lawlessness: in the wasteland, nothing can stop denizens from succumbing to their worst tendencies. Fallout 76 leans into the chaos by allowing fans to interact with one another, but recently, one group of fans took things too far. Fallout 76 supports up to 24 players per server, and […]

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