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Apple search crawler activity could signal a Google competitor, or a bid to make Siri a one-stop-shop | TechCrunch

Encouraged by the spate of antitrust activity brewing in both the Justice Department and on Capitol Hill, Apple may be developing a search competitor to Google, according to a report in the Financial Times. That would be a move ripe with irony as the push

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Jack Dorsey: Iranian Leader’s Tweets Questioning Holocaust Not ‘Misinformation’ Under Twitter Rules

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended his company’s decision to label some of President Donald Trump’s tweets as “misinformation” while refusing to take

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg calls on Congress to reform Section 230

Mark Zuckerberg will ask Congress to reform Section 230, the law that shields tech companies like his from liability for what users post on platforms.

Science & Technology | Israeli Innovation

Israeli Bio-Defense Lab To Begin Clinical Trial For COVID-19 Vaccine

The Israel Institute for Biological Research will begin a 3-phase clinical trial with human participants for its vaccine candidate, Brilife.

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How to enable automatic spam call blocking on iPhone

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Spam calls are a menace in any country. Don’t you hate it someone calls you to offer a car loan when you don’t even o

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iPhone 12 vs. Pro and Pro Max: The features that might convince you to go Pro

Do you really need an iPhone 12 "Pro" model or is the regular iPhone 12 enough?

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How to Change 5G Settings on iPhone 12 to Save Data and Battery - MacRumors

Apple's iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are the first iPhones to be released with 5G connectivity, and there are several new settings related to 5G that you...

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What did NASA discover on the Moon, and what is it so excited to tell us?

NASA has something very exciting to tell us about the Moon, so it's holding a conference call on Monday, October 26th. The discovery was made using NASA's flying observatory SOPHIA. Audio of the call will be streamed live on NASA's website for everyone to

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Twitter and White House deny claims that researcher hacked Trump’s account

Security researcher and ethical hacker Victor Gevers claims he breached Trump’s Twitter feed by guessing his password. Twitter and the White House denied the report.

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Facebook Poised to Face Antitrust Suit With FTC Decision Near - Bloomberg

U.S. antitrust officials are nearing a final decision on bringing a lawsuit against Facebook Inc. that accuses the social-media giant of using its dominance to harm competition, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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Dinosaur Asteroid Hit Worst Case Place

We all know the story: 66 million years ago, a giant asteroid crashed into Earth, killing off three-quarters of all species, including most of the dinosaurs. Researchers suspect that the impact caused the extinction by kicking up a cloud of dust and tiny

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This Harvard Professor And His Students Have Raised $14 Million To Make AI Too Smart To Be Fooled By Hackers

Robust Intelligence is leaving stealth with a $14 million funding round led by Sequoia and a plan to become the firewall for the AI age.

Science & Technology | Israeli Innovation

Israeli company announces identification of COVID-19 indicators in breath test 

NextGen says it's moving closer to developing a reliable test that would be faster and cheaper than the PCR tests currently in use

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New images show NASA spacecraft's historic landing and sample collection on asteroid

New images taken by the OSIRIS-REx mission show the historic first touchdown of a NASA spacecraft on the near-Earth asteroid Bennu. The spacecraft collected a sample that will be returned to Earth in 2023.

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Microsoft researchers develop assistive eye-tracking AI that works on any device

In a preprint paper, Microsoft researchers detail an eye-tracking system that works on virtually any device with high accuracy.

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9 Things Nobody Told You About The iPhone 12

Nine little nuggets of iPhone 12 info you won't have seen before.

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A NASA spacecraft is poised to snag the largest sample of rocks from an asteroid ever

On October 19th, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will attempt to grab a large sample of rocks from an asteroid named Bennu, with the goal of returning the material back to Earth in 2023.

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This dongle can upgrade you to wireless CarPlay for cheap | AppleInsider

Wireless CarPlay is still scarce, but there is a way for existing CarPlay users to break free of wires inexpensively, and we've been testing it for months now.

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Hey, Siri, pick a movie! How AI can impact our decision-making

Have you used Assistant, Siri or Alexa to make a decisions? Researchers have looked into how AI messages are persuading us and what's behind the choices.

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Apple Music TV is a new take on the 24-hour music video channel

If you miss the halcyon days of MTV in its prime, check out Apple Music TV, a free, 24-hour a day curated music video livestream with premieres and exclusives.

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Duplex, Google’s conversational AI, has updated 3M+ business listings since pandemic – TechCrunch

Google today offered an update on the status of Duplex, its AI technology that uses natural conversations to get things done — like making restaurant reservations, booking appointments or updating a Google Business listing, for example. When the pan

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How to Leverage Trending Hashtags Properly in Business

Chasing trends isn't a great strategy for most businesses, but you should still watch for social media trends. When properly leveraged, they can have a huge impact on your bottom line.

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The Amazing Ways Duolingo Is Using Artificial Intelligence To Deliver Free Language Learning

When it's time to learn a new language, Duolingo offers a fun, interactive learning experience through its cross-platform app that's powered by artificial intelligence (AI).

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Twitter’s massive outage may be over, company says ‘no evidence’ of hack - The Verge

Twitter has been experiencing an outage that began in the early evening on Thursday, with some users reporting problems sending tweets and refreshing their timelines starting shortly after 5:30PM ET. Just after 7PM ET, tweets began to cross our timelines,

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Witness The Very Last Scream of Light From a Star Devoured by a Black Hole

From the heart of a galaxy 215 million light-years away, a brilliant flash of light flared into the void of space - the last scream of light from a dying star as it veered too close and was pulled apart by a supermassive black hole.

Science & Technology | The Environment

Trump Signs Order Creating One Trillion Trees Interagency Council

President Trump signed an Executive Order to establish a council for the One Trillion Trees Initiative, a plan aiming to plant a trillion trees by 2030.

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Looking to buy a new iPhone 12? Here are 6 questions to ask before you pre-order one

Power, speed, camera, video and finally, which model are the key questions to ask. We look to help you answer them.

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Zoom finally rolls out end-to-end encryption, but you have to enable it

Zoom made good on a promise to beef up the security of its video-conference calls. Here's how to enable end-to-end encryption.

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The HomePod Mini fail: How Apple got almost everything wrong

If Apple wants me to replace all of my speakers, it needs to offer a complete entertainment system package, not just a connected speaker for listening to music. Apple TV, where are you?

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iPhone 12 vs. iPhone 11: Everything Apple changed and who should upgrade

Here's how the iPhone 12 compares with the iPhone 11 -- and whether you should upgrade.

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iPhone 12 Pro Max camera: Why this pro photographer is super excited - CNET

A longer zoom, a bigger image sensor and vastly improved night mode? Count me in.

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Here’s everything Apple announced at its “Hi, Speed” iPhone event today | TechCrunch

Just shy of one month after their last event, Apple was back today with another one. Everyone had a pretty good feeling this would be the one where they announced this year’s new iPhone… instead, Apple announced four new iPhones, plus a new HomePod for go

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The Surprising Link Between Star Wars' Stormtroopers and Apple's Earbuds

Apple’s sleek white earbuds look suspiciously similar to Star Wars' stormtrooper uniforms—and it’s not a coincidence.

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What to expect from Apple’s iPhone 12 event - The Verge

Apple’s "Hi, Speed" fall event kicks off Tuesday at 1PM ET. The company is widely expected to reveal its new iPhone 12 lineup of smartphones, but rumored products like AirTags, AirPods Studio, and a smaller HomePod could be shown as well.

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Amazon’s 5 best Apple deals ahead of tomorrow’s iPhone 12 event – BGR

After a delay of about a month, Apple will finally take the wraps off its new iPhone 12 series lineup on Tuesday. Amazon is hosting several big Apple sales ahead of tomorrow's event. Highlights include AirPods Pro for $199, AirPods 2 for $124.

Science & Technology | Israeli Innovation

Israeli Scientists: New Antibody Cocktail May Provide COVID-19 Immunity For Months

A team of Israeli researchers have isolated six antibodies that work in combination to target the coronavirus and neutralize it.

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4 Israeli Universities Named Among 50 Top Producers Of Entrepreneurs

Tel Aviv, Technion, Hebrew U and BGU among universities churning out a high number of entrepreneurs behind VC-backed firms, in new report by PitchBook.

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Israeli Scientist's New Alzheimer's Treatment To Head For Clinical Trial

If the Alzheimer's treatment is successful, it could be a game-changer for the disorder, modifying its course and preventing its progression.

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Apple iOS 14 Has 25 Great Secret Features

Apple iOS 14 is a massive upgrade for your iPhone, full of great secret features you need to know about...

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New Apple Leak Reveals iPhone 12 Release Shock

Apple's iPhone 12 range is launching with eye-catching prices you are going to love...

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Apple extends deadline for developers to update their apps with WKWebView API - 9to5Mac

Apple today shared some news with app developers, this time focused on those who still have an app using the old UIWebView API. The company extended the adoption deadline of the new WKWebView API, and it also announced some improvements to the subscriptio

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Why Doesn't the Earth Have a Bunch of Mini Moons? | WIRED

To answer this question, let's take a look at something called the Three-Body Problem.

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If iOS 14 is causing battery drain, you might need to wipe your iPhone

The latest updates to iOS 14 and watchOS 7 are causing a wide range of issues, including missing fitness data, health apps that refuse to open, inaccurate reports of stored data, and increased battery drain on iPhones and Apple Watches. The fix is to rese

Science & Technology | Israeli Innovation

What Do 2,000-Year-Old Ancient Judean Dates Taste Like? Israeli Scientists Found Out

Israeli scientists harvested ancient dates at Kibbutz Ketura, after 15 years of patience, hope, and ground-breaking agriculture techniques.

Science & Technology | Social Media

Facebook rebuts 'The Social Dilemma,' popular Netflix documentary

Facebook argues that the documentary-drama that quickly gained popularity for its critical look of tech platforms "buries the substance in sensationalism." 

Science & Technology | The Ocean & The Environment

New Killer Whale Could Be the Largest Unknown Animal Left on the Planet

Found in some of the most inhospitable latitudes on Earth, it's no wonder these mysterious creatures remained undescribed by science for so long.

Science & Technology | Social Media

Facebook Groups to gain suite of new tools for managing discussions, surfacing public content

Facebook is introducing a suite of new features for Facebook Groups, the private social networking product now used by over 1.8 billion people every month. At the company’s digitally hosted Facebook Communities Summit today, Facebook detailed a set of upc

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The 7 biggest announcements from Google’s Pixel 5 event - The Verge

Google just wrapped up its hardware event where it debuted the Pixel 5, the Pixel 4A 5G, a new Chromecast with the Google TV interface, and the Nest Audio speaker. Here are all of the big moments you might have missed.

Science & Technology | Israeli Innovation

Israel: In first, wearable device predicts epileptic seizures one hour ahead

Researchers develop prototype whose machine-learning algorithms generate warning of an upcoming seizure up to an hour prior to onset.

Science & Technology | Science & Space

Here’s how astronauts vote from space

NASA has a system in place so that astronauts who are in space can still cast their votes in elections. The process is relatively straightforward, with a unique ballot sent electronically that only the voter can access.

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LinkedIn open-sources GDMix, a framework for training AI personalization models | VentureBeat

LinkedIn recently open-sourced GDMix, a framework for training the sort of AI personalization models used in search engines and ecommerce websites.

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AI Weekly: Amazon went wide with Alexa; now it’s going deep | VentureBeat

After putting Alexa everywhere it could, Amazon is focusing its efforts on going deep, with new Alexa capabilities, a new edge chip, and surveillance gear.

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Scientists May Have Found a Material for Building on Mars | WIRED

Using simple chemistry, the organic polymer chitin can be transformed into a viable substance for creating tools and habitats on the Red Planet.

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Apple is (temporarily) waiving its App Store fee for Facebook’s online events

Last month, Facebook introduced support for paid online events — and because many of the businesses offering those events have struggled during the coronavirus pandemic, the company also said it would not collect fees for the next year. At the same time,

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Apple Watch Series 6 review – TechCrunch

When it comes to smartwatches, it’s Apple against the world. It’s not that there aren’t plenty of other products to choose from — it’s more that the company has just utterly dominated the space to such a point that any other device is relegated

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Scientists found a way to detect coronavirus infections in 10 seconds – BGR

Coronavirus testing is done using PCR tests that analyze the contents of a nasal swab, making screening campaigns cumbersome in certain situations. Researchers have found a way to improve the time it takes to detect COVID-19 patients: Dogs trained to snif

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Apple Buys Startup That Creates Radio-Like Stations for Podcasts

Apple Inc. acquired a startup that makes listening to podcasts more like tuning into radio stations, seeking to improve its service amid growing competition from Spotify Technology SA.

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Twitter to start testing voice DMs - The Verge

After rolling out audio tweets for iOS in June, Twitter is now experimenting with the idea of letting people share voice recordings through direct messaging.

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The Best Hidden Features of iOS 14

A new OS for your iPhone is here, and with it comes a slew of under-the-hood tweaks and tricks for power users, from better ways to organize your chats to accessibility features that are useful for everyone.

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Install iOS 14, iPadOS 14 on your iPhone and iPad now. Everything to know and do - CNET

Apple's latest updates bring a new home screen experience, enhanced privacy features and more. Here's how you can download and install them right now.

Science & Technology | Israeli Innovation

Israel: Vital-sign scanning offers a way to travel, dine out again

Binah’s AI-powered software scans skin to read vital signs identified by epidemiologists as being associated with a likelihood of Covid-19 infection.

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Scientists find possible sign of life on Venus

Astronomers have found phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus, possibly indicating life.

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In Clouds on Venus, New Potential for Microbial Life

Astronomers have detected a chemical in Venus’ atmosphere that signifies life on Earth. Could it mean the same on Venus?

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Walmart to start using autonomous drones for 1-hour delivery

Walmart will launch a medical delivery drone service in Arkansas in 2021 with drone company Zipline.

Science & Technology | Israeli Innovation

Israel: Early Results For COVID-19 Trial With Antibody Drug Show 90% Improvement Rate

The trial involves 12 hospitalized but non-ventilated COVID-19 patients with pneumonia; 11 of them have been discharged, Kamada says.

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9 Israeli Organizations Win EU Grants To Tackle COVID-19 Pandemic

The Israeli universities and companies will take part in a number of Horizon 2020 projects to address the pandemic and develop responses.

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An Air Force One that flies at five times the speed of sound?

US aviation start-ups Exosonic and Hermeus have been awarded contracts to develop supersonic and hypersonic planes that could be used as Air Force One

Science & Technology | Social Media

Facebook and Instagram testing new feature to cross-post stories to both apps

Instagram and Facebook are testing a new feature that would further deepen the integration between the two platforms. As reported by The Verge, Facebook is testing the ability to bring Instagram stories directly to Facebook stories. The report explains th

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Epic confident in its lawsuit against Apple, asks courts to "restrain" Apple from adverse action

In the latest development between Epic Games and Apple, Epic is once again petitioning the courts to allow Fortnite to return to the iOS App Store. Epic has previously sought a similar injunction, but so far, the courts have only…

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Apple Loop: Disappointing iPhone 12 Leaks, iPad SE Surprise, Goodbye MacBook Pro

This week’s Apple headlines; some disappointing iPhone 12 leaks, the ‘slow’ 5G iPhone, saying goodbye to the classic MacBook Pro, Apple’s iPad strategy, the return of the iPod Music Quiz, and more...

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These students figured out their tests were graded by AI — and the easy way to cheat

Schools across the US are using Edgenuity, an online learning platform that offers virtual classes for students. Some classes involve short-answer questions that are graded by an AI — and some students have figured out how to game it.

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Bacteria could have traveled from Mars to Earth, changing what we know about how life formed, study says | Fox News

A newly published study notes that a type of bacteria was able to survive in space outside the International Space Station, opening up the possibility that life could have traveled from Mars.

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How to Create HTML Email and Send it with the Mac Mail App

In this Rocket Yard tutorial, we show you several ways to design an HTML email, then let you in on the secret of how to send those emails from the Mac Mail app.

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Apple Accidentally Approved Malware to Run on MacOS | WIRED

The ubiquitous Shlayer adware has picked up a new trick, slipping past Cupertino's “notarization” defenses for the first time.

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iOS 14: Facebook’s Apple Nightmare Keeps Getting Worse

Soon-to-launch iOS 14 is a momentous leap for iPhone privacy, but this week Facebook confirmed its Apple nightmare was even worse than previously thought.

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NASA Satellite Launched In 1964 Is About To Fall Back To Earth

A satellite NASA launched 56 years ago to study Earth’s magnetosphere is set to make a fiery homecoming on Saturday when the Orbiting Geophysics Observatory 1 (OGO-1) re-enters our atmosphere.

Science & Technology | Social Media

Facebook tests linking your FB account to your news subscriptions | TechCrunch

Facebook is testing a new feature that could help news publishers create a better experience for paying subscribers on the social network. The idea is that when Facebook identifies a subscriber from one of its publisher partners, that subscriber will be i

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Analysts: iPhone 12 will ship without accessories, could be more expensive than iPhone 11

A new report from analysts at TrendForce this week corroborates reports that the iPhone 12 will ship without accessories such as wired EarPods and a power brick. The report also aims to pinpoint Apple’s pricing plans for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro se

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Medical Examiner: George Floyd May Have Had a ‘Fatal Level’ of Fentanyl When He Died

The medical examiner's office in Hennepin County, Minnesota, said George Floyd may have had a "fatal level" of ...

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50 new planets, including one as big as Neptune, are identified using A.I.

Researchers used a machine learning algorithm to confirm 50 new "exoplanets," a first for artificial intelligence in astronomy.

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NASA watches as weird 'dent' in Earth's magnetic field splits in two

NASA is tracking a strange dent in Earth's magnetic field called the South Atlantic Anomaly, which can expose spacecraft to higher levels of damaging radiation.

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SpaceX launched and landed a Falcon 9 rocket on a record-breaking sixth flight - The Verge

On August 18th, SpaceX will attempt to launch a Falcon 9 rocket on its sixth mission to space, breaking the company’s record for reflights of a single booster. The rocket is launching 58 of SpaceX’s internet-beaming Starlink satellites and three hitchhiki

Science & Technology | Cool Stuff

Breakthrough extends quantum state stability by 10,000 times

Scientists in Chicago have developed a way to keep quantum states operating for longer periods of time -- a breakthrough that could accelerate the development of quantum communication, computing and sensing.

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Instagram will make suspicious accounts verify their identities | Engadget

Instagram is taking new steps to root out bots and other accounts trying to manipulate its platform.

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The race to building a fully functional quantum stack | TechCrunch

As we approach the age of quantum computing, it is no longer a question of ‘if,’ but rather one of ‘when’ this technology finally matures and ‘who’ will lead this emerging industry.

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Google is turning Android Phones into seismometers

Google is launching a handful of new Android features today that don’t really have a lot in common but that are all interesting in their own right. There are updates to Android Auto and Android’s emergency location service, new accessibility features than

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Dwarf planet closest to Earth is geologically alive

The tiny, frigid world Ceres amazes with evidence of recent ice volcanoes fed by the remnants of an ancient underground sea.

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Virtual Disneyland? Someone is remaking rides in Dreams on PSVR | VentureBeat

Dreams’ PSVR support is resulting in re-creations of Disneyland rides like Space Mountain and Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye.

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Could a Janky, Jury-Rigged Air Purifier Help Fight Covid-19? | WIRED

Indoor-air experts think: Sure, maybe. Why the hell not? We convinced the CEO of an air filter company to give it a try.

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Facebook reportedly removed strikes from conservative pages after executive intervened - The Verge

Facebook reportedly cleared misinformation "strikes" against posts by conservative sites including Breitbart after independent fact-checkers discovered misinformation.