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Watch: That Time It Rained for Two Million Years

It rained for 2 million years

At the beginning of the Triassic Period, with the continents locked together from pole-to-pole in the supercontinent of Pangea, the world is hot, flat, and very, very dry. But then 234 million years ago, the climate suddenly changed for the wetter.

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Turns Out Amazon Alexa Really Is Listening To Your Private Conversations

Amazon Alexa

  by Kyle Perisic Since the rise of Amazon’s Alexa, tech junkies have speculated the device is secretly listening to private conversations. So-called tech experts often laughed at those claims, but it turns out the artificial intelligence device really does listen to people’s personal exchanges. A Portland, Ore., family discovered their Amazon Alexa recorded a private conversation and sent it to a Seattle ...

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Ultimate Drop Test Proves Which Smartphones are Toughest and Which Aren’t

Broken smartphone drop test Tom's Guide

Who makes the toughest smartphone? Tom’s Guide dropped 12 of the leading handsets as part of its first annual Drop Everything special report, and the Motorola Moto Z2 Force emerged as the world’s toughest phone. Thanks to its shatterproof display, it survived multiple drops on wood and concrete from 4 and 6 feet — as well as a plunge into a ...

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Google To Announce New Initiative Assisting Homeschoolers With Educational Services

  by Eric Lieberman Google is set to announce a new initiative Thursday in which its slate of services and products — known as G Suite, specifically G Suite Education — will be available for homeschools and their leaders for the first time ever. The software tools are valuable for fostering collaboration, productivity, and creativity in a system of education that is ...

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3 out of 5 Americans distrust social media

A new survey found that 3 out of 5 Americans distrust social media when it comes to protecting their privacy online. Despite increased use of social media platforms Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat and use of smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home, most Americans have little or no trust that these platforms, or current laws, will protect them, according to the ...

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U.S. Consumers Will Buy More Than 485 Million Connected Devices in 2021

A new report released at CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference says that U.S. consumers will purchase more than 485 million connected consumer devices in 2021, including smart home, connected health, mobile, and connected entertainment products. By 2022, sales will exceed 520 million units. The event takes place this week in San Francisco, starting today with the opening keynote address “The Impact of Artificial ...

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Microsoft Introduced the new Suface Hub 2 – Despite the stupid name, I want one .. or four

Microsoft announced its newest gadget last week and for the first time in … forever .. they’ve actually produced something original – the Surface Hub 2. The first Surface Hub was little more than a giant touchscreen monitor with a built-in computer. It did what it was supposed to, but it wasn’t portable, and certainly didn’t change the game. The Surface ...

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27% of U.S. Broadband Households Own at Least One Smart Speaker

A new report “Global Connected Living Outlook: Expanding IoT Momentum” reports 27% of U.S. broadband households reported owning at least one smart speaker. The research firm will host CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conferenceon May 22-24 in San Francisco to examine the impact of voice and AI innovations on consumer experiences in the smart home. “Smart speakers with personal assistants represent the early stages of innovations that ...

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New Facebook data breach shows why you should never reveal personal information on social media

Facebook, still reeling from the Cambridge Analytica personal data scandal, is facing scrutiny again as the intimate details of 3 million of its users were exposed in a data breach. The data came from a popular Facebook hosted personality app which stored answers to very personal questions in a database that was accessible to anyone on the internet. ‘This type ...

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NASA is sending a helicopter to Mars

NASA is sending something to Mars that no one before has, a helicopter. The Mars Helicopter will be included in the Mars 2020 Rover mission which was announced on May 11.   Once landed, the autonomous flying rover will undergo a 30-day test cycle to understand the viability of flying a heavier-than-air craft across the Martian terrain. “NASA has a ...

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SpaceX launches satellite atop first Block 5 Falcon 9 Rocket on second attempt

Falcon 9 FORMOSAT-5 8-24-17

update: The Block 5 Falcon 9 successfully launched and deployed the satellite on Friday afternoon. Both the Thursday aborted attempt and the Friday success videos are below. SpaceX was set to launch a satellite Thursday on the first flight of a block 5 Falcon 9 vehicle. Block 5 is the first iteration of the booster that is intended to be ...

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Elon Musk touts new tunnel under L.A. in video, promises free rides [video]

Elon Musk, CEO of The Boring Company, SpaceX and Tesla released a video late Thursday night showing the first tunnel that his “boring” company has completed underneath Los Angeles. “First Boring Company tunnel under LA almost done! Pending final regulatory approvals, we will be offering free rides to the public in a few months,” Musk said in the description next ...

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Google’s CEO announces robot assistants that can do everything for you

Google announced several exciting technologies that they’re working on and expect to release in coming weeks during the I/O’18 conference Tuesday. CEO Sundar Pichai delivered the keynote address Tuesday during which he talked about their artificial intelligence, voice technology, image enhancement, chip technology improvements and more. Wait until you see the part on Google ‘Duplex’ where the google assistant will ...

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What is NASA’s InSight Mars Mission? [Launch Video and Info]

InSight, the first planetary mission to take off from the West Coast, launched at 4:05 a.m. PDT (7:05 a.m. EDT) from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. The rocket is on its way, carrying NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) to begin its ...

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Twitter Advises All Users To Change Their Passwords After Discovering Bug

Twitter logo

  by Eric Lieberman Twitter announced Thursday that a recently discovered “bug” left account passwords “unmasked” and thus vulnerable. The social media company is now advising users of the social media platform to change their passwords “out of an abundance of caution.” “I’d emphasize that this is related to our internal systems only, is not a breach and our investigation has shown ...

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