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Western Digital’s Black SSD is now focused on gaming, can come with a heatsink

The WD Black SN750 without a heatsink. [credit: Western Digital ] Western Digital has begun shipping the WD Black SN750, the latest in its popular Black line of performance-oriented, solid-state hard drives. The company is also pivoting the Black brand to be primarily focused on gamers; this is part of an ongoing trend that high-end …

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Withings Pulse HR review: A longer-lasting competitor to Fitbit’s Alta HR

Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino) Withings has returned as its own company after a short stint under Nokia, and it’s brought out some new fitness trackers to take on the top contenders. The $129 Withings Pulse HR looks and acts much like Fitbit’s Alta HR: its svelte, rectangular module tracks heart rate all day and night …

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How Buke and Gase built a huge indie rock career—and its own guitars, software

L-R: Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez perform as Buke and Gase in November 2018. Each holds one of the band’s titular, custom-built instruments: a baritone ukulele and a guitar-bass fusion. [credit: Sam Machkovech ] NEW YORK CITY—The band brings to the stage: two stringed instruments, neither of which look exactly like a bass or a …

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Hermit crabs evolved longer penises to keep their shells from being stolen

Coenobita compressus ambling along on a leisurely stroll.”> Enlarge / An adult male hermit crab of the species Coenobita compressus ambling along on a leisurely stroll. (credit: Mark Laidre) Hermit crabs protect their soft, curved abdomens from harm by scavenging seashells and turning them into portable homes. That poses a challenge when it comes time …

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Damning court docs show just how far Sacklers went to push OxyContin

Enlarge (credit: Getty | Bloomberg) With the opioid epidemic raging, you may at this point be familiar with Purdue Pharma. It makes the powerful painkiller OxyContin and has been widely blamed for igniting the current crisis. After debuting OxyContin in 1996, Purdue raked in billions using aggressive and deceptive sales tactics, including ratcheting up dosages …

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“Our worst fears have come true,” VW Group exec wrote to Audi exec

Enlarge / A sign for car service for Audi and VW is pictured on January 09, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (credit: Photo by Florian Gaertner/Photothek via Getty Images) On Thursday, a federal grand jury in Detroit, Michigan, indicted four Audi executives for playing a role in the diesel cheating scandals that rocked parent company Volkswagen …

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Verizon offers free robocall blocking, two years after AT&T and T-Mobile

Enlarge / A Verizon logo at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg) Verizon yesterday said it will make spam and robocall blocking features free for all wireless customers starting in March, about two years after AT&T and T-Mobile began offering free robocall blocking. “In March, we will be …

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Facebook may be hit with “record-setting fine” by FTC, report says

Enlarge (credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) According to a Friday report by The Washington Post, federal regulators have discussed imposing a “record-setting fine against Facebook” for violating the company’s 2011 consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission. The Post, which cited “three people familiar with the deliberations,” reported that the total amount is “expected to be …

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