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Scientists Create a Way For People With Amputations To Feel Their Prosthetics

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Prosthetic hands have gotten increasingly sophisticated. Many can recreate the complex shape and detail of joints and fingers, while powered

Samsung Will Begin Offering Same-Day Repairs On Galaxy Phones This Week

hyperclocker shares a report from BGR: Samsung announced on Wednesday that it is partnering with uBreakiFix to bring same-day, in-person phone repairs to Galaxy device owners across the United States.

All Disk Galaxies Rotate Once Every Billion Years

According to a new study published in The Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, astronomers discovered that all disk galaxies rotate about once every billion years, no matter their size

Reddit Is Bringing Promoted Posts To Its Mobile Apps

Reddit is reportedly launching native promoted posts for its mobile apps. "The company said in an email to advertisers that its apps are the most popular way its 330 million monthly active users

Microsoft Announces Breakthrough In Chinese-To-English Machine Translation

A team of Microsoft researchers announced on Wednesday they've created the first machine translation system that's capable of translating news articles from Chinese to English with the same accuracy

Wikipedia Had No Idea YouTube Was Going To Use It To Fact-Check Conspiracy Theories

Yesterday, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced that the company would drop a Wikipedia link beneath videos on highly contested topics. We have now learned that Wikipedia did not know about this move

Sri Lanka Accuses Facebook of Failing To Control Hate Speech That Contributed To Deadly Riots

The Sri Lankan government is accusing Facebook of failing to control rampant hate speech that it says contributed to anti-Muslim riots last week that left three people dead and the country under a

Former Equifax CIO Charged With Insider Trading

OffTheLip writes: Jun Ying, a former CIO with Equifax has been charged with insider trading by the US Department of Justice. From the linked article: Wednesday's announcement marks the first criminal

A Brief History of Stephen Hawking

New Scientist: The most recognisable scientist of our age, Hawking holds an iconic status. [...] He was routinely consulted for oracular pronouncements on everything from time travel and alien life to

Facebook Quietly Hid Webpages Bragging of Ability to Influence Elections

Sam Biddle, reporting for The Intercept: When Mark Zuckerberg was asked if Facebook had influenced the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, the founder and CEO dismissed the notion that the site

Google Opens Maps To Bring the Real World Into Games

Video games may soon look a lot more like the real world. If you've enjoyed the thrill of driving through GTA V and spying out Los Angeles landmarks, then that's a sentiment you're probably going to

Siri Team Didn't Learn About HomePod Until 2015, After Amazon Echo Debuted

The Information (paywalled) has published a lengthy report today covering the development of Siri. The article documents Siri's tumultuous changes in leadership and management over the last few years,

SEC Charges Theranos, CEO Elizabeth Holmes With 'Massive Fraud'

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: The SEC has charged Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes and Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani with fraud relating to the startup's fundraising activities. The company,

GNOME 3.28 'Chongqing' Linux Is Here

BrianFagioli writes: GNOME 3.28 is the latest version of GNOME 3, and is the result of 6 months' hard work by the GNOME community. It contains several major new features, as well as many smaller

Google Will Prioritize Stories for Paying News Subscribers

Google users who subscribe to newspapers will find articles from those publications appearing higher in their search results, part of the tech giant's efforts to help media companies find and retain

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ Launched

New submitter stikves writes: The Raspberry foundation has launched an incremental update to the Raspberry Pi 3 model B: Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ . In addition to slight increase (200MHz) in CPU speed,

Demand For Programmers Hits Full Boil as US Job Market Simmers

When the American job market heats up, demand for technology talent boils, an anonymous reader writes citing a Bloomberg report. From the story: Nationally, the unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in

Google Will Ban All Cryptocurrency-related Advertising

Google is cracking down on cryptocurrency-related advertising. From a report: The company is updating its financial services-related ad policies to ban any advertising about cryptocurrency-related

Extreme Winter Weather In the US Linked To a Warming Arctic

A new study shows how global climate change can have ripple effects at the local level. According to the research, extreme winter weather is two to four times more likely in the eastern U.S. when the

Google's New 'Plus Codes' Are An Open Source, Global Alternative To Street Addresses

Google has developed a "simple and consistent addressing system that works across India and globally." Called "Plus Codes," the location-based digital addressing system is designed for people with