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“More likely than not” a COVID-19 vaccine is possible, Fauci tells Senate

Enlarge / Dr. Anthony Fauci testifying from home to an extremely sparsely populated Senate chamber during a May 12 hearing on how safely to reopen US schools and businesses. (credit: Win McNamee | Getty Images) Months after schools and businesses nationwide shut down to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and most of America started hunkering …

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Google Play Music dies this year, YT Music library imports begin today

Enlarge / Please don’t hurt our music collections, Google. (credit: Google Play Music) It has been two years since Google put Google Play Music on death row, and today Google finally announced the major step that will let it kill Google Music: YouTube Music library imports. People who were using Google Play Music as an …

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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 will be remastered for a second time in Sept 2020

Tony Hawk is back. Again. [credit: Activision ] Imagine it: the skating, levels, mechanics, and pro skaters that you fell in love with from the first two Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater games on PlayStation 1 are coming back in remastered, higher-definition format. It’s probably easy to imagine, because Activision already did this at the tail …

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Apple’s AirPods Pro are down to their lowest price yet on Amazon

Enlarge (credit: Ars Technica) Today’s Dealmaster is headlined by a modest yet notable discount on Apple’s AirPods Pro, which are currently down to $228 on Amazon. You’ll see the full discount at checkout. While we’ve seen the AirPods Pro go for a couple dollars less at other retailers, this is the lowest they’ve been on …

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Hamilton is coming to Disney+ a year early—just in time for Fourth of July

Hamilton won 11 Tony awards in 2016, as well as the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Now a “live capture” film version is coming to Disney+.’> Enlarge / The Broadway production of Hamilton won 11 Tony awards in 2016, as well as the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Now a “live capture” film version is …

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Bitcoin’s “halving” is bad for miners, good for everyone else

Enlarge (credit: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images) The bitcoin network underwent a significant change on Monday as the number of new bitcoins produced in each block fell by half. This is according to a schedule established by bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto almost 12 years ago. Previously, each block in the blockchain came with 12.5 new bitcoins worth …

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Thunderspy: What it is, why it’s not scary, and what to do about it

Enlarge (credit: Haotian0905) There’s a new attack that uses off-the-shelf equipment to take full control of a PC—even when locked—if a hacker gets just a few minutes alone with it. The vector is a familiar one, the Thunderbolt ultrafast interface that connects graphics cards, storage systems, and other peripherals to millions of computers. The hack, …

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Large chunks of a Chinese rocket missed New York City by about 15 minutes

Enlarge / A Long March 5B rocket lifts off from the Wenchang launch site on China’s southern Hainan Island on May 5, 2020. (credit: STR/AFP via Getty Images) A week ago, China launched the newest version of its largest rocket, the Long March 5B, from its southernmost spaceport. The launch proceeded normally and represented another success …

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Apple battles Ableton Live with new Logic Pro X 10.5 features

Logic Pro X 10.5. [credit:Apple ] Today, Apple announced Logic Pro X 10.5, a major update to its popular digital audio workstation (DAW) for macOS. Key new features include a pro version of Live Loops, a new drum-machine-like tool (Step Sequencer) for making drum beats and other sounds, and some significant updates to the Sampler tool. …

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