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PlayStation 4 Sales Surpass 70.6 Million Units Worldwide

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Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) today announced new sales milestones for PlayStation®4 (PS4™) computer entertainment systems, PlayStation®VR (PS VR) virtual reality systems, and PS4 and PS VR games – all expected to be high on many consumer’s Christmas lists. PS4 has cumulatively sold through more than 70.6M units to consumers worldwide as of December 3, 2017*1. More than 617.8 million copies*2 of PS4 games have been sold ...

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Smartphone Addiction Creates Brain Imbalance

Researchers have found an imbalance in the brain chemistry of young people addicted to smartphones and the internet, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). According to a recent Pew Research Center study, 46 percent of Americans say they could not live without their smartphones. While this sentiment is clearly hyperbole, ...

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Having trouble sleeping? A.I. might have the answer

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A British health insurer turned to artificial intelligence for a solution after a poll showed that a majority of respondents struggled to get a good nights rest. An RSPH poll of 2,000 adults revealed that 54% felt increased stress due to lack of sleep, and over the course of a week, people lose a full night’s sleep. To help people ...

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NOAA’s JPSS-1 finally launches

ULA Delta II with JPSS-1 weather sat

NASA launched a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket with NOAA’s JPSS-1 satellite early Saturday morning after three previous launch attempts had been scrubbed. “Launching JPSS-1 underscores NOAA’s commitment to putting the best possible satellites into orbit, giving our forecasters — and the public — greater confidence in weather forecasts up to seven days in advance, including the potential for ...

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Killer robots? Not yet, but imagine trying to get away from these [video]

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Futurists and technology leaders have warned that robots with artificial intelligence will take over most human jobs in coming years. Others have warned that once the robots no longer have a need for humans, they may see them as little more than pets or pests, neither sounding particularly pleasant. Boston Dynamics is at the forefront of building intelligent robots with ...

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Postponed: SpaceX to launch super secret ‘Zuma’ payload

SpaceX Falcon 9 Echostar 105 SES-11

Update 11/17/17: The launch will be rescheduled for some future date.  Update 11/16/17: SpaceX has scrubbed Thursday night’s launch while they review the results of a fairing test. There are backup launch windows Friday at 8 p.m. EST and Saturday at 1 p.m. EST but a go decision has not yet been made for either window. Update 11/17/17: The mission ...

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MacBook Pro and Lenovo Get Highest Ratings for Laptops

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It’s not too soon to be thinking about holiday purchases, and if you want to buy the best laptop that is out there, go for the Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. That is the advice from RESCUECOM president David Milman, whose company repairs tens of thousands of computers annually. The Touch Bar, available exclusively on the MacBook Pro, offers a revolutionary way ...

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NASA can’t get it up – JPSS-1 Scrubbed for 3rd Time

NASA Delta II rocket

VANDENBURG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif – The JPSS-1 satellite launch that had been rescheduled for 4:47 a.m. EST Wednesday morning has been scrubbed – again. The United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket loaded with NOAA’s JPSS-1 weather satellite was originally set to launch on November 10 but was cancelled due to a faulty battery. A second attempt to put the ...

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SpaceX releases promo showing off its McGregor, TX facility – and it rocks!

SpaceX promo McGregor Texas facility

SpaceX released Monday a video showing off its testing facility in McGregor, Texas and without a doubt, Musk’s rocket company knows how to rock. One commenter put it succinctly: If NASA made this video. It would be 45 minutes long, filled with long, montone speeches and long explanations. SpaceX? Nah! ROCK N’ ROLL AND ROCKETS! Footage of the small, large ...

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Watch: Google’s Waymo car service to hit the streets with no one in the driver’s seat

Watch Googles Waymo car service to hit the street with no one in the drivers seat

Google’s self-driving cars have featured a human in the driver’s seat in case something went wrong – but that’s in the past. Waymo, which started as the Google self-driving car project in 2009, is ready for the next phase. Starting now, Waymo’s fully self-driving vehicles — the most advanced self-driving vehicles on the road today — are test-driving on public ...

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Watch: SpaceX Launches Koreasat-5A on Falcon 9 Rocket

Falcon 9 launch Koreasat-5A SpaceX

SpaceX launched Koreasat-5A from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida on Monday, October 30 at 3:34 p.m. EDT, or 19:34 UTC. Koreasat is a communications satellite operated by KT-Sat, South Koreas sole satellite provider. It contains 36 Ku-band transceivers and will provide coverage for southeast Asia and the Middle-East.The satellite was deployed into a geostationary orbit approximately ...

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Jeff Bezos now richest person in the world

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Three months ago in July,  Jeff Bezos was for a brief moment the world’s richest person. This time, Amazon’s CEO and founder may hold onto that title for a while longer. On Friday, Amazon stock shot up an extraordinary 13 percent, an incredible amount for such a well-known company, after Amazon easily outpaced its third-quarter earnings expectations. Via Cnn Money: Bezos owned nearly 80 million ...

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I’m not ready for ‘Amazon Key’ – are you?

Amazon Key delivery

Perhaps I’m old-fashioned, but I’m not ready to let strangers open the front door of my house especially when I’m not there and that’s exactly what Amazon Key is hoping to get us to do. Like many Americans, I am an Amazon Prime member. Our family uses the service to watch movies and get super fast delivery for free, if ...

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Bad Rabbit Ransomware Taking Over Computers Worldwide

Cybersecurity experts issued warnings Wednesday that a new ransomware attack, Bad Rabbit, is infecting computers around the world. Bad Rabbit poses as a phony Adobe Flash Player installer to infect the computer. It then encrypts the contents of the infected computer making the data and programs useless and demands the owner pay a ransom in Bitcoin – an untraceable cyber ...

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