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  • newLitecoin, Bitcoin's Fourth-Biggest Rival, Is up Nearly 5,800 Percent This Year
    Litecoin, the fourth-largest cryptocurrency in the world by value, has hit a record high and rallied nearly 5,800 percent this year, beating rival bitcoin's rise. The price of litecoin reached an all-time high of $255.42 on Tuesday. Litecoin was trad…
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  • newApple Allegedly Throttles Older iPhones with Degraded Batteries
    There is speculation that Apple intentionally slows down older phones to retain a full day's charge if the battery has degraded over time. One tester claims: "Wear level was somewhere around 20% on my old battery. I did a Geekbench score, and found I…
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  • newPC Price Hikes? Intel Planning Steep Cuts to "Intel Inside" Program
    The "Intel Inside" program, a major source of funding aimed at helping OEMs and channel partners drive PC sales growth, is getting slashed by 40 to 60 percent. As a result, we may see potential PC price increases from OEMs to cutbacks in marketing fr…
    - 1 hour ago 12 Dec 17, 6:12pm -
  • newGoogle Has Launched Three New Photography Apps
    As part of its "appsperiments" program, Google is introducing three new photography applications: Storyboard (Android only), Selfissimo! (iOS and Android), and Scrubbies (iOS only). Storyboard lets you create comic book-like templates out of video cl…
    - 2 hours ago 12 Dec 17, 5:12pm -
  • newFrance to Ban Mobile Phones in Schools
    The French government is banning students from using mobile phones in the country's primary, junior, and middle schools. While children can bring their phones to school, they are not permitted to get them out at any time until they leave, even during…
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  • newThe Nintendo Switch Has Sold 10 Million Units Worldwide in 9 Months
    Nintendo is boasting that the Switch has sold 10 million units worldwide in the first nine months of release, helped by Black Friday promotions. The Nintendo Switch carries a list price of $300, so the sale of 10 million units translates into more th…
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  • newMicrosoft's Edge Browser Is in Serious Trouble
    According to analytics vendor Net Applications, Microsoft Edge is the primary browser of fewer than one in six Windows 10 users. That's a significant downgrading of Edge's user share statistics from the browser's portrayal before this month. Earlier…
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  • newRumor: The Next Battlefield Game Is Bad Company 3
    According to YouTuber AlmightyDaq, who had leaked Battlefield 1 months before it was even announced, DICE is bringing back Bad Company. The sequel is well regarded with its unrivalled destruction tech, smaller player counts with a focus on infantry g…
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  • newGet Grim Fandango Remastered Free in GOG's Winter Sale
    GOG's Winter Sale is now live, and to celebrate, the store has made Grim Fandango Remastered free-of-charge from now through December 14. Grab your complimentary copy of LucasArts' reworked classic that's set in the land of the dead.Discussio…
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  • newCS:GO Skins Are Introducing Children as Young as 11 to Gambling
    A UK Gambling Commission report is expected to show that half a million children and young people gamble "every week," and that children as young as 11 are introduced to gambling through unlicensed skin-betting sites. The items won, usually modified…
    - 3 hours ago 12 Dec 17, 4:12pm -

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  • newThese Creepy Mini-Brains May Finally Crack Deadly Brain Cancer
    Brain organoids look like something between a malformed human brain and a character from Monsters, Inc. But don’t be fooled by their grotesque appearance. Ever since their introduction three years ago, brain organoids—charmingly dubbed “mini-br…
    - 4 hours ago 12 Dec 17, 4:00pm -
  • Why Intelligent Optimism Is Crucial to Human Progress
    There is nothing to be gained from blind optimism. But an optimistic mindset can be grounded in rationality and evidence. It may be hard to believe, but we are living in the most exciting time in human history. Despite all of our ongoing global chall…
    - 1 day ago 11 Dec 17, 4:00pm -
  • History Suggests the Hyperloop Is an Uncertain Promise for Future Cities
    Proponents of Hyperloop have repeatedly suggested that their transportation technology will create new “mega-regions,” essentially reshaping the scope of cities. Multiple startups are now striving to defy critics and connect different dots on map…
    - 2 days ago 10 Dec 17, 4:00pm -
  • This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through December 9)
    ROBOTICS New Robots Can See Into Their Future Brett Israel | Berkeley News “Using this technology, called visual foresight, the robots can predict what their cameras will see if they perform a particular sequence of movements. These robotic imagin…
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  • Ultrafast 3D Printing Alternative Makes Complete 3D Objects in Seconds
    3D printing allows engineers to custom build intricate structures impossible with traditional manufacturing, but the layer-by-layer approach can be slow and limits the shapes that can be built. A new technique can now fabricate entire 3D shapes in se…
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  • Black Holes Are Simpler Than Forests and Science Has Its Limits
    Albert Einstein said that the “most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible.” He was right to be astonished. Human brains evolved to be adaptable, but our underlying neural architecture has barely changed since our…
    - 4 days ago 8 Dec 17, 4:00pm -
  • Why Humanoid Robots Are Still So Hard to Make Useful
    Picture a robot. In all likelihood, you just pictured a sleek metallic or chrome-white humanoid. Yet the vast majority of robots in the world around us are nothing like this; instead, they’re specialized for specific tasks. Our cultural conception…
    - 5 days ago 7 Dec 17, 4:00pm -
  • These Bacteria Use New DNA Bases to Make a Protein Not Found in Nature
    All of nature’s bewildering complexity can be reduced to a four letter code—DNA’s four bases: A, T, C, and G. But now scientists have shown the language at the heart of life is not set in stone by getting bacteria to build proteins that don’t…
    - 5 days ago 7 Dec 17, 3:00pm -
  • Neuroscience Could Bring Us Eternal Bliss, But Is That a Good Thing?
    What if the secret to eternal happiness is a brain implant? If you’re thinking that sounds like the premise of a Black Mirror episode, you’re not alone. Yet at the Society for Neuroscience annual conference earlier this month, two teams demonstra…
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  • Robotic Materials Will Distribute Intelligence All Over a Robot’s Body
    The classical view of a robot as a mechanical body with a central “brain” that controls its behavior could soon be on its way out. The authors of a recent article in Science Robotics argue that future robots will have intelligence distributed thr…
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