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New Windows 10 build silences Cortana, brings passwordless accounts

The latest Insider build of Windows 10, 18309, expands the use of a thing that Microsoft has recently introduced: passwordless Microsoft accounts. It’s now possible to create a Microsoft account that uses a one-time code delivered over SMS as its primary authenticator, rather than a conventional password. In the new Windows 10 build, these passwordless …

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After puking blood and sparking global freakout, man tests negative for Ebola

Enlarge / The hospital in Enköping, Sweden, is pictured on January 4, 2019, as it has received a case of suspected Ebola, according to health care officials. The patient was first admitted to hospital in Enköping after being treated now in Uppsala University Hospital. The emergency room in Enköping was closed, and staff who came …

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Hobbyists resurrect Kojima’s “lost” game P.T. as a free PC download

Unreal PT Roughly a year after Konami released P.T., a free “Silent Hills teaser” experience for the PlayStation 4, the Japanese game publisher removed its listing. Ever since, the only way to play through this eerie, atmospheric horror vignette has been to find a PS4 that had already downloaded the demo. That changed on Friday …

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“Carculator” tells you how much money you can make renting out your car

Enlarge (credit: Endai Huedl/Getty Images) Just before the holidays, the peer-to-peer car sharing platform Turo launched an interesting new tool. It’s called the carculator, and it’s aimed at helping Turo’s “hosts” find out just how much they’re able to make by renting out their vehicles. It’s extremely simple to use: you just enter the make …

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Lose yourself in this highly addictive “murder map” of medieval London

Enlarge / A birds-eye view of London from the south looking north (1572), one of the maps used to create an interactive map of murders in medieval London. (credit: Braun & Hogenberg/Public Domain) In July of 1316, a priest with a hankering for fresh apples sneaked into a walled garden in the Cripplegate area of …

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Lawsuit: Weather Channel illegally shared user location data with advertisers

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Stockcam) The IBM-owned Weather Channel app has been transmitting its users’ precise geolocation data to advertisers and other third parties despite telling users that their location data was needed only for providing local weather data, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday by California government officials. When asking users for permission …

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“Security researcher” dumps files of German chancellor, legislators, bloggers

Enlarge / A screenshot of the Twitter account of “_0rbit” before its suspension. Over the last week of December, files with personal data of hundreds of German politicians, bloggers, and celebrities was posted via links from the account. Over the past week, someone using the Twitter handle “_0rbit” and claiming to be a “security researcher” …

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Supersonic passenger jet firm raises $100 million, aims for 2019 test flights

Boom Supersonic Founded in 2014, Colorado-based Boom Supersonic says it has been making steady technical development toward the return of supersonic civilian travel. Now it has some considerable resources, as well. On Friday, the company announced that it has raised $100 million in Series B financing, bringing its total funding to more than $141 million. “This new …

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