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Communication failure sparks fears for important Japanese astronomy satellite

There could be trouble in orbit for Japan’s recently launched X-ray Astronomy Satellite, “Hitomi” (ASTRO-H). The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) lost touch with Hitomi on Saturday and the presence of debris in the vicinity put the health of the

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Facebook apologizes for sending Lahore explosion Safety Checks to users in other areas

 Facebook has apologized for accidentally sending Safety Check notifications for the Lahore, Pakistan suicide bombing to people in other areas, including the United States and United Kingdom. Users who got notified by SMS were especially alarmed and confused because the

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Dell reportedly near closing the sale of its IT services unit to Japan’s NTT Data

 Dell is reportedly finalizing the sale of its IT consulting unit to NTT Data for $3.5 billion. According to Reuters, the deal, which will help Dell’s pay down debt from its $67 billion acquisition of EMC Corp., may officially be

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Cartoons from the April 4, 2016, Issue

See the rest of the story at newyorker.com Related:Cover Story: Jaime Hernandez’s “Bun Voyage”This Week in Fiction: Kevin Canty on Faith and DesireComment from the April 4, 2016, Issue Go to Source

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Cover Story: Jaime Hernandez’s “Bun Voyage”

“I put both mustard and ketchup on my hot dogs,” Jaime Hernandez says of his image for the cover of this week’s Food and Travel issue, thus settling a debate that has raged around the office ever since his piece came in. “But the

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Twisting puts the brakes on light in a vacuum

The speed of light is a universal constant, but, according to scientists at the University of Ottawa, not that constant. A team of researchers led by assistant professor Ebrahim Karimi has discovered that twisted light traveling through a vacuum moves

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HTC Vive Pre preview: Five things it taught us about the consumer Vive

We have an HTC Vive Pre in house, and while we aren’t going to run a proper review of pre-consumer gear that’s meant for developers, the Vive Pre and consumer Vive are so close to being the same thing that

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The real cost of robotics

 Before we begin, I feel compelled to make an important disclosure: I love robots! Robots are cool. To me, robots are cooler than people, who are only cool occasionally. I especially love industrial robots: They help us “make” things. Now

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Review: The ProDrone BYRD

 The public’s taste in drones is growing more sophisticated. The industry is improving so quickly that major new features are released every year, if not every few months. If a company wants to sell to the increasingly savvy entry-level quadcopter

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The 50-year digital relationship

 I occasionally meet people who think the Internet is going to go away someday. Yes, some of its pieces do move around a bit. Bye, Friendster! Hello, Peach!* But its core benefit — your ability to find any information any

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DARPA’s latest grand challenge takes on the radio spectrum

One of the most hotly contested bits of real estate today is one you can’t see. As we move into an increasingly wireless-connected world, staking out a piece of the crowded electromagnetic spectrum becomes more important. DARPA is hoping to

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How to completely avoid upgrading to Windows 10… forever

Since the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft has — for want of a better way of putting it — pissed off a tremendous number of people for the way it has tried to force the latest version of the operating

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Cygnus cargo ship successfully docks with ISS

The Cygnus Orbital ATk Crs-6 mission has docked with the International Space Station (ISS). According to NASA, the unmanned cargo ship was successfully captured by US astronaut and Expedition 47 Commander Tim Kopra with the assistance of ESA astronaut and

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Bad Choices

Last Wednesday, the morning after isis suicide bombers in Brussels killed more than thirty people, Ted Cruz was on “Fox & Friends,” claiming that “the weakness and appeasement” of the Obama Administration had fuelled the growth of the Islamic State.

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Software security needs a new perspective

 Source code bugs have been a constant in the software industry since the dawn of computers — and have ever been a major source of attacks, exploits and security incidents. With virtually every aspect of our lives and daily business

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View, measure and convert DWG/DXF files with Autodesk DWG TrueView 2017

We’ve talked about simple DWG/DXF viewers before — de-caff,Mini CAD — but while they’re compact and easy to use, they won’t open everything: CAD formats are just too complex. If accuracy and reliability are key, then you might prefer Autodesk DWG TrueView

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Tech and policy can make Bill Gates’ ‘energy miracle’ a reality

 With icons like Leonardo DiCaprio and Bill Gates using their powerful brands and personal convictions to turn the world’s focus toward the crisis of climate change and the long-lever arm of energy efficiency, it’s time for policy makers and practitioners

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Garry Shandling’s Benevolent Spirit

Several years ago, I was about to fly from LAX to Hawaii’s Big Island. The flight attendant came over and asked me, “Mr. Shandling, would you care for water, juice, or champagne?” I laughed. In high school, kids used to

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Why every household is about to get a brand-new fridge

 Today’s retail economy is focused on acquisition and retention costs. Getting into people’s homes and turning them into long-term brand buyers is the goal, and appliance makers control an untapped resource — the Internet of Things — that can effectively

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Oculus founder Palmer Luckey hand-delivers first Rift VR headset to customer

 After months and years of anticipation, the first Oculus Rift virtual reality headset has been delivered into a customer’s hands. Ross Martin was the very first person to get a pre-order in for the Rift when they opened in early January.

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