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Is Elon Musk Now Selling $600 Flamethrowers?

  by Chris White Tech guru Elon Musk promised last December that his newest company would develop a flamethrower, and now it looks like this might be one promise he’ll follow through on. Reddit users on several Musk-related subreddits noticed earlier this month that the URL “boringcompany.com/flamethrower” began redirecting to a page with singular password box. One user managed to guess the original ...

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Report: Twitter COO Resigns

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  by Eric Lieberman Twitter COO Anthony Noto is resigning from his post at the social media company and heading to the helm of a growing personal finance company. After a career on Wall Street, Noto joined Twitter as CFO in 2014, then took over as head of operations in 2016, according to Bloomberg, which was the first to report the move. ...

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Latest victim of the #SchumerShutdown : SpaceX

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket

Private space launch company SpaceX is the latest victim of the Democrat-led government shutdown. Elon Musk’s rocket company had planned to launch the Falcon Heavy rocket by the end of January and had rescheduled a test for today in preparation for the launch, but the furlough of government workers has caused the test to be canceled. “This shutdown impacts SpaceX’s ...

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Facebook Admits Social Media May Be Bad For Democracy

  by Eric Lieberman A top Facebook executive admitted Monday that the social media platform may have a harmful effect on democracy, an apparently dire concern of the company. There have been many moments in the past where it appeared like social media helped cultivate democratic principles and institutions, however, more recent events changed Facebook’s perception. “From the Arab Spring ...

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy Engine Test Delayed – Update: Tuesday?

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket

Update: Tuesday’s static fire test was canceled, but more wet dress rehearsals, where the rocket is loaded with fuel but the engines are not lit, are expected. The static fire test was rescheduled to Wednesday, then Thursday then Friday when it was pushed off to Saturday due to a rescheduled ULA rocket launch. The government shutdown canceled Monday’s test. The ...

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Amazon Narrows Its Second Headquarters Search To 20 Cities

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  by Eric Lieberman Amazon has whittled down its search for a city to be home of its next massive headquarters, known as HQ2. “Amazon reviewed 238 proposals from across the U.S., Canada and Mexico to host HQ2,” a press release published Thursday reads. Now, there are only “20 metropolitan areas” still in consideration: – Atlanta, GA – Austin, TX – Boston, MA – Chicago, IL ...

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Watch: Twitter ‘direct messages’ aren’t as private as you thought

Internet Privacy

Twitter employees admitted to shadow banning Conservative viewpoints in a video that aired last week and this week they let it be known that nothing posted on Twitter, even direct messages (DM’s), is private. “Everything you send is stored on my [Twitter’s] server… So all your sex messages and you, like, d*ck pics are on my server now,” Twitter Direct ...

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Watch: Ultra Gaming on a $200 PC with GeForce NOW

High end gaming on a cheap laptop

Overclock Media’s Austin Evans takes another look at NVIDIA’s streaming technology that allows slower, older desktops and laptops to play games otherwise only possible on high-end machines. Austin demonstrates the difference by playing several modern video games on budget laptops using their internal graphics chips then by using the GeForce cloud service – the results are amazing. Evans had previously ...

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Watch: SpaceX to Launch secret ‘Zuma’ mission tonight

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SpaceX is targeting launch of the Zuma spacecraft from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The two-hour primary launch window opens at 8:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, January 7, or 1:00 UTC on Monday, January 8. A backup two-hour launch window opens at 8:00 p.m. EST on Monday, January 8, or 1:00 UTC on ...

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HP Recalls Batteries for Notebook Computers Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

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HP has announced a recall on Lithium-ion batteries for HP notebook computers and mobile workstations warning customers that the batteries can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards. The technology company is offering to replace affected batteries and told to visit www.HP.com/go/batteryprogram2018 to see if their battery is included in the recall and for instructions on how to enable “Battery Safety Mode” if their ...

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How to manage your time more effectively (according to machines)

Human beings and computers alike share the challenge of how to get as much done as possible in a limited time. Over the last fifty or so years, computer scientists have learned a lot of good strategies for managing time effectively — and they have a lot of experience with what can go wrong. Brian Christian explains how machines balance responsiveness ...

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Loyalty or Lock-In? Most Smart Speaker Users Won’t Budge From Amazon or Google

More than two-thirds of current owners of Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers are planning to buy another smart speaker within the next six months, according to the latest research from Strategy Analytics. The report, Smart Speaker User Survey: Brand Awareness and Ownership, also found that 75% of Amazon smart speaker owners would choose another Amazon speaker, and 69% of ...

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FTC warns of tech support imposter scams [video]

Tech support imposter scam

Callers impersonate legitimate technical support companies to fool computer users into handing over their personal information or sending money and the Federal Trade Commission has some helpful tips to keep Americans safe. You get a call from someone who says he’s a computer technician. He might say he’s from a well-known company like Microsoft, or maybe your internet service provider. He ...

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