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“Scary” reality: Meds tainted with germs, glass, carcinogens, mystery particles

Enlarge / What else is in there? (credit: Getty | Bloomberg) An investigation by Kaiser Health News into thousands of recent drug recalls reveals a frightening record of medicines in the US being tainted with dangerous bacteria, mold, glass shards, rubber bits, cancer-causing chemicals, mysterious powders, and worrying metal particles. There were also cases of medications …

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TIL: Firefox has a little-known feature to spare your blushes on the new-tab page

Enlarge / That “Top Sites” section should never contain anything too embarrassing. For many of us, our browsers’ new-tab pages are something of a liability. Whichever browser you use, they all follow a fairly similar style: a bunch of boxes linking to the sites that we use and visit regularly. This is great when your …

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The next Alien project will be a mixed-media experience in 2019 [Updated]

40 years ago, the Nostromo disappeared… In 2019, Amanda Ripley will uncover the secrets it left behind — no matter what. #AmandaRipley #ReadPlayWatch #January pic.twitter.com/N5XybNB1Tj — Alien (@AlienAnthology) January 5, 2019 20th Century Fox announced the next project, or possible projects, in the Alien universe on Saturday by way of a vague and tantalizing social-media …

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Two new teasers for adapted series Hannah lack fairy tale feel of original

Amazon Prime’s Hannah teaser. Not everyone was a fan of Director Joe Wright’s 2011 film Hannah, with its strange mix of revenge thriller and dark coming-of-age fairy tale. But it’s one of my recent favorites for precisely those elements, driven by an exquisitely unsettling performance by Saoirse Ronan in the titular role. Now Amazon Prime is …

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Frontier letting its phone network fall apart, state investigation finds

Enlarge / A Frontier Communications service van. (credit: Mike Mozart) Frontier Communications has failed to properly maintain its telecom network in Minnesota, leading to “frequent and lengthy” phone and Internet outages, an investigation by the Minnesota Commerce Department found. Despite that, Frontier has failed to provide refunds or bill credits to customers affected by outages …

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AT&T decides 4G is now “5G,” starts issuing icon-changing software updates

Enlarge / AT&T’s 5G comes with an asterisk. There’s a new cellular network technology on the way, and the whole industry is banding together to upgrade from 4G LTE to 5G mmWave. The 5G upgrade will require new modem technologies, lots of new chips to pack into devices, and the need for new and more …

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New Samsung Smart TVs will soon have iTunes built in, support AirPlay 2

Enlarge (credit: Samsung) Two of tech’s biggest rivals are working together: Apple and Samsung partnered to make it easier for people to watch iTunes content. In an announcement coming out of CES 2019, the companies stated that 2018 and 2019 Samsung Smart TVs will gain the ability to play iTunes movies and TV shows this …

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Archaeologists discover first known temple to “flayed god” Xipe Totec

Enlarge / This skinned skull, carved from volcanic stone, once covered the burial pit for the skins of human sacrifices to Xipe Totec. (credit: Melitón Tapia, INAH) Xipe Totec is a god of agricultural renewal. Worshipped with human sacrifice, his priests wore the victims’ skins as ceremonial attire. Statues and carvings of Xipe Totec have turned …

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These 12 FreeSync monitors will soon be compatible with Nvidia’s G-Sync

Enlarge / An Nvidia graphic that depicts what G-Sync technology is like, I guess… In addition to the entirely expected news about the upcoming RTX 2060, Nvidia CES presentation this weekend included a surprise about its G-Sync display standard. That screen-tear and input-lag-smoothing technology will soon work with select monitors designed for VESA’s competing DisplayPort …

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Samsung sticks Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU inside new Odyssey gaming notebook

Samsung Samsung is making news at CES 2019—but not for an obvious reason. The Korean manufacturer announced its first new gaming laptop in quite some time: the Samsung Notebook Odyssey. While Samsung has made gaming devices with the Odyssey name, this new notebook appears to compete with similarly powerful and portable gaming PCs from the …

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