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Astronomers hope to watch this bizarre 'hot Jupiter' get destroyed - CNET

cnet - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 01:15
Scientists have spied a gas giant planet orbiting so close to its star it might be consumed in the next decade.
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Microsoft will bring its Defender antivirus software to iOS and Android

BGR - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 01:04

As often as we write about malware-ridden apps and exploitable vulnerabilities in iOS and Android, it's painfully clear that Apple and Google aren't perfect when it comes to protecting the users of their mobile platforms. Enter: Microsoft. On Thursday, the company announced it will bring its Defender antivirus software to iOS and Android, with plans to preview its mobile security solutions at the RSA Conference next week.

Microsoft abandoned its own attempts at capturing a segment of the smartphone market when it killed off Windows 10 Mobile in 2017, but as CNBC notes, it has still been a major player in the space, releasing its popular Office software on iOS and Android, as well as bringing Minecraft to mobile devices in 2014.

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Microsoft will bring its Defender antivirus software to iOS and Android originally appeared on BGR.com on Thu, 20 Feb 2020 at 19:04:36 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Fill in your Wi-Fi dead zones for $32 with this dual band range extender - CNET

cnet - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 00:44
The Rock Space Wi-Fi Range Extender sets up quickly and is now 30% off.
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Scientists solve mystery of space bacteria on the ISS

BGR - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 00:33

When you're living in a remote, isolated environment, things like bacteria and viruses can wreak havoc in a very short period of time. The International Space Station definitely qualifies as being remote and isolated, so when a pair of bacteria species were detected in a water dispenser onboard the space station, scientists wanted to know how big of a risk they may pose.

The bacteria that were detected in the water system are similar to those known to cause infections, but only in rare cases. The fear, of course, was that the bacteria may have changed or mutated into strains that were more difficult to deal with, thereby posing a serious threat to the crew. As a new paper published in PLOS ONE explains, that's not the case.

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Scientists solve mystery of space bacteria on the ISS originally appeared on BGR.com on Thu, 20 Feb 2020 at 18:33:08 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Bloomberg debate video would violate Twitter’s deepfake policy, but not Facebook’s

The verge - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 00:04
Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images

As platforms prepare for the upcoming 2020 election season, Twitter and Facebook are divided on whether a video posted by the Mike Bloomberg presidential campaign would violate their policies on manipulated media.

On Thursday, Bloomberg’s 2020 presidential campaign posted a video to Twitter that was edited to make it appear as though there was a long, embarrassing silence from Bloomberg’s Democratic opponents after he mentioned that he was the only candidate to have ever started a business during Wednesday night’s debate. Candidates like Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg are shown searching for the words to respond to Bloomberg’s challenge.

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Pokemon Home hits 1.3M downloads in first week - CNET

cnet - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 00:04
An estimated $1.8 million has also been made through the app.
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This rumor about cheaper AirPods Pro won’t go away

BGR - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 00:02

I must admit, I thought Apple's AirPods looked strange and even a little silly when they first came on to the scene a few years ago, an early opinion shared by at least one of my colleagues here. It was an opinion, I should add, exclusively focused on their appearance, and how weird I initially felt with them hanging out of my ear like some sleek white piece of jewelry. Their performance, of course, is another matter entirely and has helped turn Apple's now-ubiquitous wireless earphones into its most successful product launched during the last few years. Everyone in the industry is copying Apple, and even Samsung has finally given the audio port the old heave-ho, having just launched the Galaxy S20 that of course doesn't have one.

Not only has Apple continued to improve the AirPods and eventually started offering customers the more expensive Pro option. But now, it seems, Apple may be planning to launch yet another AirPods variant soon -- that is, if an anonymously sourced report from a publication with a mixed track record is to be believed.

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This rumor about cheaper AirPods Pro won’t go away originally appeared on BGR.com on Thu, 20 Feb 2020 at 18:02:59 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Twitch is making it easier to understand League of Legends matches

The verge - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 23:55
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Twitch debuted a new extension for the League of Legends community this week, allowing viewers to keep track of streamers by displaying details on their overall performance in matches and how they use their favorite champions. League of Legends is famously complicated to watch (and play), and this tool could help to make the gameplay clearer to new audiences.

If a League of Legends streamer installs the tracker, it will give viewers an interactive panel displaying the match’s scoreboard, the in-game artifacts they equip for their champions, and gameplay statistics such as how many kills or assists the streamer, their teammates, and members of the opposing team had during the match. In addition, the new extension also includes a match...

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Russia is meddling in 2020 campaign to help Trump, intelligence officials say

The verge - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 23:49
Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Russia is already interfering in the 2020 campaign to help President Donald Trump toward reelection, according to a briefing given to the bipartisan House Intelligence Committee last week. The briefing, as reported in paired articles from The Washington Post and The New York Times, suggests many of the same tactics used in 2016 could be employed in the months to come, including troll campaigns and targeted hacking attempts.

The day after the briefing was given, President Trump abruptly replaced his acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, in what the Post describes as a direct response to the briefing. The Post is less clear on the contents of the briefing, but the Times reports from five different sources that the...

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T-Mobile and Sprint finalize new terms for megamerger - CNET

cnet - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 23:47
The companies say the deal could close as early as April 1.
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200 million 5G phones are expected in 2020, analysts say - CNET

cnet - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 23:43
But the coronavirus could limit production and shipments.
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PS5 was going to be the hottest topic at GDC, but Sony just canceled

BGR - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 23:31

Earlier this year, Sony confirmed that it would be skipping E3 for the second year in a row. This came as a surprise, as E3 2020 seems like the perfect venue to showcase a ton of next-gen video games to a massive audience, but the expectation was that Sony would host its own reveal event in February instead. Now that February is almost over, not only have we heard nothing from Sony about an event, but now the company is pulling out of every major video game conference slated to take place this spring over concerns about the coronavirus outbreak.

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  3. Why spend $1,000 on a Galaxy S20 when this unlocked Android phone with 3-day battery life is only $219?

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PS5 was going to be the hottest topic at GDC, but Sony just canceled originally appeared on BGR.com on Thu, 20 Feb 2020 at 17:31:01 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Buy a phone from Sam's Club, get a $300 gift card - CNET

cnet - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 23:17
Get free money when you buy a select phone and activate it with AT&T, Verizon or Sprint.
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Apex EV concept will gamify the track experience with augmented reality - Roadshow

cnet - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 23:02
Set for a Geneva Motor Show debut, the Apex AP-0 will ensure track instruction comes with a futuristic twist.
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Galaxy S20 in an exciting new color option might be launching soon

BGR - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 23:00

Samsung and its partners will open Galaxy S20 preorders around the world on Friday, and many people will hurry to take advantage of the various deals that will be available during preorders. All Galaxy S20 models will be more expensive than we expected, as Samsung decided against making a more affordable version of the handset, one that could compete directly against the $699 iPhone 11.

We've already told you that skipping the Galaxy S20 preorder phase and waiting a few months might be a better idea, as Android handsets don't retain their value like the iPhone, and better deals are always readily available down the road. Then, a few days ago, we learned of a Galaxy S20 version that Samsung hasn't announced yet -- a red model that looks truly stunning. At the time, we thought the red option was still a few months from launching, but it turns out that the red S20's launch is actually much closer than we thought.

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Galaxy S20 in an exciting new color option might be launching soon originally appeared on BGR.com on Thu, 20 Feb 2020 at 17:00:58 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Twitter tests labeling 'harmfully misleading' tweets by politicians - CNET

cnet - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 22:36
A leaked demo shows bright orange labels beneath the tweets.
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Millions of people have downloaded shady Android apps that Google just banned

BGR - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 22:35

Google's enforcement actions against shady Android apps and developers come at such a regular pace these days that it's starting to be hard to keep track of all the bans and violators. There's just so many -- and today, Google added to the pile, with a major crackdown that includes kicking almost 600 apps out of the Play Store. Google hasn't as of the time of this writing identified which specific apps were part of this enforcement, which seems largely to have focused on ad fraud, though Per Bjorke, Google’s senior product manager for ad traffic quality, has said the apps were mostly games and utilities.

Unfortunately, this action comes after the apps had collectively garnered more than 4.5 billion installs.

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Millions of people have downloaded shady Android apps that Google just banned originally appeared on BGR.com on Thu, 20 Feb 2020 at 16:35:39 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Twitter’s upcoming manipulated media policy may include labels for ‘harmfully misleading’ tweets

The verge - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 22:29
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

A leaked Twitter demo showed that the platform is considering labeling tweets from politicians and other public figures if the tweets have lies or misinformation in them, NBC News reports. “Harmfully misleading” tweets would have red or orange labels applied, and include corrected information from fact-checkers, journalists, and other users in “one possible iteration” of a Wikipedia-like anti-misinformation effort Twitter plans to unveil March 5th, according to NBC News.

The project is in the very early stages at Twitter, but a Twitter spokesperson says in an email to The Verge that the labeling system is a “design mockup for one option that would involve community feedback. Misinformation is a critical issue and we will be testing many...

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Maserati MC20 will carry on MC12's racing legacy - Roadshow

cnet - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 22:21
We've known this sports car was coming, but now it has a proper name.
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This is how Microsoft designed its new colorful Windows 10 icons

The verge - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 22:18
The new Windows 10 icons.

Microsoft has started rolling out new colorful app icons in Windows 10 today that overhaul the look and feel of the operating system. Changes to many of the built-in Windows 10 app icons have started rolling out today, but more are coming in the months ahead. It’s part of what the company describes as a “multi-year effort across Microsoft’s design teams to redesign our icons.”

Windows has always suffered from a variety of different icons that are sometimes decades old, and Microsoft originally embarked on an effort to try to simplify some of these in Windows 10 when it first debuted nearly five years ago. Microsoft picked monochrome icons that were simplified but were designed for colorful Live Tiles that never really caught on with app...

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