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Samsung’s Galaxy S20 is official, with bigger screens, higher prices

The Galaxy S20s, with their new back-camera arrangements. [credit:Samsung ] It’s officially Samsung launch day, so let’s meet the company’s flagship smartphone for 2020: the Galaxy S20. This phone is the followup to the Galaxy S10, and no, you’re not missing anything—the Galaxy S line counted from 1 to 10 over the last 10 years …

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William Gerstenmaier joins SpaceX, and that’s a really big deal

Enlarge / William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, speaks in 2013. (credit: NASA) SpaceX has confirmed that NASA’s former chief of human spaceflight, William Gerstenmaier, has joined the company as a consultant as it prepares to launch astronauts for the first time. This is a consequential hire for SpaceX—it is difficult to …

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’90s nostalgia: Dancing Baby does the cha-cha once more in new HD rendering

The Dancing Baby became one of the first viral videos in the mid to late 1990s. Internet denizens of a certain age will recall with fondness the 3D animated Dancing Baby (aka “Baby Cha-Cha” and “the Oogachacka Baby”) that went viral in 1996. Sure, the rendering was crude by today’s standards and—it must be said—a …

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AI isn’t just coming to the world of dating—it’s already here

Enlarge / “It looks like you’re trying to hook up. Would you like help?” (credit: Aurich) Shane Mac, CEO and co-founder of the conversational AI company Assist, had a problem. After spending most of his time and energy on keeping his young company running and funded, dealing with the semi-rote work of writing to strangers …

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Goodbye, Sprint: US judge approves T-Mobile’s purchase of competitor

Enlarge / A T-Mobile store in Times Square in New York City. (credit: Getty Images | picture alliance) T-Mobile’s $26 billion acquisition of Sprint is basically a done deal, as a federal judge today ruled that the merger can go forward. T-Mobile said in response that “the companies are now taking final steps to complete …

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For decades, US and Germany owned Swiss crypto company used by 120 countries

Enlarge / Boris Hagelin’s mechanical crypto gear, like the CX-52 first introduced in 1952, gave US intelligence fits. So they cut deals with Hagelin and eventually bought the company. (credit: Rama , Wikimedia Commons, Cc-by-sa-2.0-fr) Crypto AG, a Swiss cryptographic communications gear company that got its big break building code-making gear for the US Army …

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Logitech debuts $169 StreamCam: A streamer-focused, USB-C webcam

The new $169 Logitech StreamCam. [credit:Logitech ] Today, creating videos for platforms like YouTube and Twitch has few barriers to entry but many barriers to success. Logitech is hoping it can make things easier for aspiring online creators and streamers with its new StreamCam, a 1080p webcam with features like autofocus and built-in image stabilization …

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New “red team as a service” platform aims to automate hacking tests for company networks

Enlarge / Randori’s Attack platform aims to automate the “red team” adversarial security role so that more companies can afford to constantly check their security. (credit: CSA Images via Getty Images) Attack simulation and “red teaming as a service” have become a hot area of development over the past few years as companies continue to …

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