Study suggests vapers are 1.3 times more likely to develop lung disease

As debate continues around how e-cigarettes should be legislated, vaping companies promote their products as less health-damaging than smoking regular cigarettes. However, a new three-year study from UC San Francisco shows that vaping is associated w…

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Senators ask credit agencies why they don't report FBI data requests

Tech companies have long disclosed the number of national security letters (NSLs) they get from authorities, but the credit reporting agencies that often dictate your financial future have been silent — and Congress wants answers. Senators Elizabet…

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'Red Dead Redemption 2' photo and story modes come to PS4

This weekend’s Red Dead Redemption 2 update isn’t just about running a moonshine business — it’s also about bringing more parity between PC and console players. PS4 players now have access to the Photo Mode and Story Mode features that premiered fi…

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TiVo's iPhone app finally streams shows using cellular data

Believe it or not, TiVo has required that iOS users stream recordings on WiFi for the past seven years. Yes, despite the rise of fast and (theoretically) unlimited mobile data, you couldn’t catch up on shows during your commute. Reason has prevaile…

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House panel asks Apple, Google if app makers must reveal foreign ties

The US is growing increasingly suspicious of foreign-made apps. House national security subcommittee chairman Rep. Stephen Lynch has sent letters to Apple and Google asking whether or not they require app developers to disclose “potential overseas a…

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'Fortnite' adds lightsabers following Star Wars event

If you wanted to attend Fortnite’s Star Wars event but missed out, you’re probably experiencing a twinge of regret right now. The event included an expected Rise of Skywalker clip and a virtual appearance by director J.J. Abrams, but it also gave p…

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New Orleans declares state of emergency following cyberattack

New Orleans is the latest city to fall victim to a cyberattack, although it appears to have fared better than some of its peers. The city both declared a state of emergency and shut down most of its computers after detecting suspicious activity, inc…

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Recommended Reading: The science fiction of William Gibson


How William Gibson keeps his science fiction real
Joshua Rothman,
The New Yorker

While a lot of sci-fi is obsessed with the distant future, one of the best authors of the genre takes a different approach. The New Yorker explains how William Gibson…

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Google Maps satellite images cover 98 percent of the world's population

Google makes its mapping products more informative and immersive with the use of imagery, and now the tech giant is giving us a deeper look into its map-making process. The tech giant says it has captured over 10 million miles of images for Street Vi…

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Vudu now allows you to cancel rentals within 30 minutes of watching

Vudu’s latest feature could help prevent feelings of regret after watching a movie you didn’t quite enjoy. The Walmart-owned media company has launched “Rental Redo,” which allows you to switch a movie you rented for another one, so long as you stop…

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The $1,399 Pixelbook Go with 4K display is now available

When Google announced the Pixelbook Go, it promised a top-of-the-line model with 4K display for those willing to pay over a grand for one. Well, those who’ve been holding off on buying until it becomes available can now get it — or ask for it — in…

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US cancels plans for new penalty tariffs on Chinese-made products

This morning the president tweeted that “We have agreed to a very large Phase One Deal with China……..The Penalty Tariffs set for December 15th will not be charged because of the fact that we made the deal.” The 15 percent tariffs that would have…

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Tesla Cybertruck will likely get medium-duty truck classification like Ford Super Duty and others

By Joel Stocksdale

While the Ford F-150 has been the claimed target for the Tesla Cybertruck, it looks like the government may classify it like even larger and more capable pickups. As first reported by Automotive News, the electric car company sent…

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Roland's Alexa-powered keyboard is available for $500

It took nearly an entire year, but Roland’s voice-savvy GO:PIANO keyboard is now available. Spend $500 (and enable a Roland skill) and you can use Alexa to choose sounds, turn on the metronome and control numerous other settings while you play — yo…

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Citizen has a fancier alternative to Amazon's Alexa wall clock

If you find Amazon’s Echo Wall Clock a tad too drab but still like the idea of a connected timepiece on your wall, Citizen might have what you’re looking for. The company has introduced a Smart Clock thatcan accept Alexa commands through other devic…

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