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NASA nuclear power system test in Nevada desert was a success

In January, it was announced that NASA had teamed up with the US Department of Energy to test a nuclear power system called the Kilopower project. The test was set to be conducted in the Nevada desert, where researchers would fire up the system after having previously tested its individual components. That brings us to last month when officials from … Continue reading

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Baltimore’s 911 dispatch system was hacked last weekend

Baltimore's 911 dispatch system was hacked over the weekend and authorities temporarily shut it down. The mayor's office confirmed to The Baltimore Sun that the system was digitally infiltrated early Saturday morning, but provided no other details wh...

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Samsung’s SmartThings hub is down for North American users

Samsung launched its SmartThings automation Hub back in late 2015. Wirecutter called it the best smart hub the following year, and the company has added more features to the system, like the ability to control it with Gear smartwatches. Unfortunately...

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‘Final Fantasy’ celebrates 30 years of not being very final

On December 18, 1987, developer Square released its first Final Fantasy title to the Nintendo Entertainment System/Famicon console.

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Autonomous helicopter completes Marine resupply simulation

Drones have become a part of the modern battlefield, but what about autonomous full-size aircraft? Aurora Flight Sciences just successfully demonstrated its self-flying setup, the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS), enabling an older heli...

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Steam’s curator update tackles shady review key requests

Steam's curator program will be getting a makeover this fall as Valve takes steps to make the system more effective for both gamers and developers. Under the banner "Curator Connect", players will now see their favorite curators' recommendations show...

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Nintendo Switch update adds video capture and profile transfers

Nintendo's convertible Switch console has a new software update available, and owners will likely want to grab version 4.0.0 of its OS right away. Finally, Switch owners can transfer their saved games and user profiles to another system and in "selec...

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You may soon unlock smartphone via heart sensing biometric scanner

We are all used to biometrics for security on our computers and other items today. Typically this is either a facial, retinal, or fingerprint scan that unlocks the computer and logs us into whatever we want to use. Scientists at the University of Buffalo have invented a new type of biometrics in the form of a system that sans the … Continue reading

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NASA pushes first launch of its Mars rocket to 2019

The Space Launch System (SLS), the heavy rocket NASA plans to send humans to Mars with, won't get its first launch until 2019. Tech problems have delayed the project years later than Congress' originally estimated it would debut, but space agency off...

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When the ‘S’ in HTTPS also stands for shady

Just when we learned the importance of HTTPS in address bars, spammers and malicious hackers have figured out how to game the system. Let's Encrypt is an automated service that lets people turn their old unencrypted URLs into safely encrypted HTTPS...

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