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Epic plans more exclusive Games Store announcements, storewide “Mega Sale”

Enlarge (credit: Epic) If you thought Epic was done adding to the growing pile of PC games exclusively available on its own Games Store, well… I’d like to know where you got that impression. In any case, you should think again, because Epic has announced it will “reveal brand-new material for several games, including some …

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Ajit Pai’s robocall plan lets carriers charge for new call-blocking tools

Enlarge (credit: ullstein bild | Getty Images) Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is calling on carriers to block robocalls by default without waiting for consumers to opt in to call-blocking services. But he hasn’t proposed making this a requirement and is leaving it up to carriers to decide whether to charge for such services. …

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The dark side of technology is back in first Black Mirror S5 trailer

An impressive ensemble cast will appear in three new episodes for Netflix series Black Mirror season 5. The first trailer for the highly anticipated fifth season of the Netflix sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror is finally here, and it looks to be as edgy, darkly satiric, and thought-provoking as ever. (Mildest of spoilers for prior …

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Mass grave in Poland embodies the violent beginning of the Bronze Age

Enlarge / This is the Late Neolithic mass grave at Koszyce, Poland. (credit: Image courtesy of Piotr Wodarczak) Sometime between 2880 and 2776 BCE, 15 family members were hastily buried together in a single pit, their shattered skulls telling a story of violent death. Yet someone interred the dead with the pottery, tools, and ornaments …

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SpaceX plans to A/B test its Starship rocketship builds

Enlarge / The Starship test vehicle, currently under assembly in South Texas, may look similar to this illustration when finished. (credit: Elon Musk/Twitter) On Tuesday, photos began to emerge online of a new, Starship-like vehicle being built in an industrial park near Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Later, SpaceX founder Elon Musk confirmed that the …

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The radio-navigation planes use to land safely is insecure and can be hacked

Enlarge / A plane in the researchers’ demonstration attack as spoofed ILS signals induce a pilot to land to the right of the runway. (credit: Sathaye et al.) Just about every aircraft that has flown over the past 50 years—whether a single-engine Cessna or a 600-seat jumbo jet—relies on radios to safely land at airports. …

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5G likely to mess with weather forecasts, but FCC auctions spectrum anyway

Enlarge / A weather satellite in orbit. (credit: Getty Images | Erik Simonsen) A US Navy memo warns that 5G mobile networks are likely to interfere with weather satellites, and senators are urging the Federal Communications Commission to avoid issuing new spectrum licenses to wireless carriers until changes are made to prevent harms to weather …

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Microsoft warns wormable Windows bug could lead to another WannaCry

(credit: Pixabay) Microsoft is warning that the Internet could see another exploit with the magnitude of the WannaCry attack that shut down computers all over the world two years ago unless people patch a high-severity vulnerability. The software maker took the unusual step of backporting the just-released patch for Windows 2003 and XP, which haven’t …

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