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Welcome to the post-apocalyptic National Parks

National parks in the US are already seeing the effects of climate change — glaciers are melting, whitebark pines are under attack by pests, and wildfires are eating away at acres of land across the US. What will happen to our treasured parks by 2050 if we don’t address climate change? That’s the question at the heart of an art ...

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Google ends support for popular browser benchmark because devs kept cheating it

Google is ending support for a widely used browser benchmark after determining that the test had actually become detrimental to web performance. The benchmark, called Octane, has been widely used since 2012 by developers trying to assess how well a browser runs JavaScript, a core component of the web. But as browsers got better and better at taking the test, ...

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Microsoft is fighting about browser battery life with Google again

Battery life is an inherently squishy topic. It’s hard to be precise when measuring, because there are so many variables at play. That said, battery life is hugely important, and it’s worth optimizing anything that can be optimized to get more hours and minutes out of our laptops. Specifically, browsers are huge RAM hogs that drain most of a laptop’s ...

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This glow-in-the-dark, waterproof AirPods case is great for nighttime deep sea diving and literally nothing else

A company called Catalyst is launching a bunch of AirPods cases today. They’re cases for cases called Catalyst Case for AirPods . Creative naming, I know, but at least you’ll never forget what they’re designed to do. The water and drop-proof cases are made of silicon and include an opening at the bottom for your Lightning cable. They come in ...

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Airbnb adds new security measures to prevent scammers from hijacking hosts

Airbnb today announced a new set of mandatory security measures , including multi-factor authentication, it’s implementing to prevent account takeovers. Now, for the first time, Airbnb will require both hosts and guests logging in from new devices to verify their identity with a second account, either via SMS or email. A vast majority of other social and communication apps use ...

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This 360-degree self-balancing scooter is a Segway for the impractical

First there was the Segway, which promised to revolutionize cities but mostly changed the life of mall cops and tour guides. Then the hoverboards arrived, which were great except for how sometimes they explode. And then there was nothing new for a little bit. “The inverted pendulum has been thoroughly mined for personal transportation innovations!” we sighed contentedly to ourselves. ...

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One of fantasy’s biggest authors comes to Star Wars

Before The Force Awakens hit theaters, Lucasfilm prepared fans with a steady drip of books and comics under the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens banner, telling some of the stories of events between Episodes VI and VII. During Star Wars Celebration Del Rey announced that it would be running a similar campaign to lead up to The Last ...

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Here’s the final design for Light’s insane 16-lens camera

The Light L16, a DSLR-quality device that crams 16 cameras into one body, is nearing its ship date and today we’re getting a look at some final production photos, via Petapixel . The 52-megapixel camera looks mostly similar to when we last saw it in 2015 , but it appears the lens moved around a bit to fit in the ...

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Contrary to reports, Carrie Fisher will not appear in Star Wars: Episode IX

After widespread reports last weekend that Carrie Fisher’s family gave Lucasfilm the go-ahead for the late actress to appear in 2019’s Episode IX, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has told ABC News that Fisher will not be part of the film. “Sadly, Carrie will not be in [Episode 9],’” Kennedy said, “But we will see a lot of Carrie in [The ...

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Microsoft has already patched the NSA's leaked Windows hacks

Microsoft says it has already patched the Windows exploits released by the Shadow Brokers group. The hacking tools, likely originating from the NSA, were released online yesterday , and Microsoft was able to test and confirm patches are already available for all currently supported versions of Windows. That does mean that older Windows XP or Windows Vista systems could still ...

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