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“You’re going to flip”: Motorola teases the new Razr in November event invitation

The Motorola Razr V3—the classic phone that started this hype train moving. [credit:Remy Overkempe / Flickr ] Motorola and parent company Lenovo have invited press outlets to a product unveiling event on November 13 in Los Angeles that has enthusiasts speculating about the potential imminent announcement of a new Razr phone. As reported by CNET, …

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What Microsoft and Sony’s streaming partnership means for gaming’s future

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty / Hanna-Barbera) In a rare move, console rivals Microsoft and Sony announced a major collaboration on Thursday to join forces on a potentially huge new gaming sector: the cloud. The companies announced today that they have entered into a “memorandum of understanding” to “explore joint development of future cloud …

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Weather and technical issues forced multiple launch scrubs Tuesday, but…

Enlarge / SpaceX held its Falcon 9 launch with 7 minutes, 1 second left in the countdown. (credit: SpaceX webcast) Tuesday had the potential to be a pretty amazing day of rocket launches, with SpaceX, Arianespace, and United Launch Alliance all on the pad for their final orbital missions of 2019. Blue Origin, too, said …

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How computers got shockingly good at recognizing images

Enlarge (credit: Aurich / Getty) Right now, I can open up Google Photos, type “beach,” and see my photos from various beaches I’ve visited over the last decade. I never went through my photos and labeled them; instead, Google identifies beaches based on the contents of the photos themselves. This seemingly mundane feature is based …

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Google isn’t the company that we should have handed the Web over to

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images) With Microsoft’s decision to end development of its own Web rendering engine and switch to Chromium, control over the Web has functionally been ceded to Google. That’s a worrying turn of events, given the company’s past behavior. Chrome itself has about 72 percent of the desktop-browser market share. …

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Massive scale of Russian election trolling revealed in draft Senate report

Enlarge / A report commissioned by the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, based on data provided to the committee by social media platforms, provides a look at just how large and ambitious the Internet Research Agency’s campaign to shape the US Presidential election was. (credit: Chesnot/Getty Images) A report prepared for the Senate Select …

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FCC forces California to drop plan for government fees on text messages

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Tom Werner) California telecom regulators have abandoned a plan to impose government fees on text-messaging services, saying that a recent Federal Communications Commission vote has limited its authority over text messaging. The FCC last week voted to classify text-messaging as an information service, rather than a telecommunications service. “Information service” …

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Conservation of energy used to parallelize quantum key distribution

Enlarge (credit: Taki Steve / Flickr) It has been a while since I wrote about quantum key distribution. Once a technology is commercially available, my interest starts to fade. But commercial availability in this case hasn’t meant widespread use. Quantum key distribution has ended up a niche market because creating shared keys with it for …

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