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Sean Murray calls No Man’s Sky Beyond the game’s “2.0” version—we believe it

Enlarge / Want to strap into VR? It’s optional. Want to play with friends or strangers? It’s optional. Want to, er, milk the game’s bizarre creatures? That’s optional, too. But it’s all here, along with tons of other updated features, entirely for free, starting August 14. (credit: Hello Games) When I caught wind of a …

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Small satellites begin to offer unrivaled detail in radar images of Earth

A comparison between ICEYE’s SAR image, left, and visible image data from the European Space Agency’s Copernicus network, showing crude oil tank filling in Brisbane, Australia. [credit: ICEYE ] A Finnish company named ICEYE that is building a constellation of satellites to create synthetic images of the Earth’s surface says it has taken the first sub-1 …

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Rocket Report: Catching a falling fairing, Delta IV Heavy may stop in 2024

Enlarge / The mighty Delta IV Heavy rocket takes to the skies. (credit: Aurich Lawson/United Launch Alliance) Welcome to Edition 2.10 of the Rocket Report! We are stuffed with news this week, running over 2,000 words with lots of things coming out of the Small Satellite Conference in Utah this week. But there was also …

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Review: The Boys is the perfect therapy for chronic superhero fatigue

Superheroes incorporate and go very, very bad in The Boys on Amazon Prime. A ragtag gang of vigilantes takes on a powerful group of corrupt and venal superheroes in The Boys, Amazon’s adaptation of the comic books series of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. Ennis is also the creative mind behind Preacher, …

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Blogger says she got an injunction for a post published five days earlier

(credit: Chris Potter) The blogger behind a widely followed data-breach reporting service said an online counseling service has obtained an injunction barring her from publishing an article that went live five days earlier. The blogger says her article is also the subject of a criminal complaint. The August 1 post on DataBreaches.net reported that a …

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New IPCC report shows land use is part of solution to climate change

Enlarge / Forest being cleared for palm oil cultivation. (credit: CIFOR / Flickr) During the negotiations leading up to the 2015 Paris Agreement, nations agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But they also gave climate scientists some extra homework. In addition to the periodic IPCC reports assessing the latest in climate science, nations wanted some …

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Microsoft contractors hear phone sex and more while reviewing Cortana, Skype audio

Long-press the Action button to bring up Cortana. (credit: Valentina Palladino) Here we go again. It’s Microsoft’s turn in the spotlight thanks to a new report about the company’s practices for reviewing and improving its AI. With today’s news, nearly every company operating a major voice assistant has now been hit with revelations that employees …

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Uber’s no-good, terrible-rotten bad Q2 loses more than $5 billion

Enlarge / Headquarters of ride-sharing technology company Uber in the South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood of San Francisco on October 13, 2017. (credit: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images) Uber lost more than $5 billion dollars in the second quarter of the year. This is the latest in a long series of bad quarters for the ride-hailing company, …

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In strategy shift, Facebook seeks to pay millions to license news

Enlarge / Mark Zuckerberg. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Facebook has approached several prominent news organizations to license its content for a new news-oriented section of the Facebook site, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. Some outlets could get as much as $3 million per year. It’s a significant change in strategy for the social …

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Verizon: 5G speeds on low-spectrum bands will be more like “good 4G”

Enlarge / A Verizon booth at Mobile World Congress Americas in Los Angeles in September 2018. (credit: Verizon) 5G won’t be much different from 4G outside dense urban areas, a Verizon executive said yesterday. The massive hype around 5G has focused on speed improvements expected on millimeter-wave spectrum, which wasn’t previously used on mobile broadband …

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