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Slate Magazine
Apple's HomePod Better Be Good
Slate Magazine
Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing, announces the Apple HomePod in San Jose, California, on June 5. Stephen Lam/Reuters. Apple's HomePod smart speaker finally has a launch date. After missing its original December debut, Apple ...

Space.com
Spacewalking Astronauts Shrug Off Glitch During Repair Job on Space Station
Space.com
During a spacewalk at the International Space Station on Jan. 23, NASA astronauts Scott Tingle (bottom) and Mark Vande Hei replaced a degraded latching end effector, or "hand" at one end of the Canadarm2 robotic arm. Credit: NASA TV. Two NASA ...

The Verge
It's official: no one is going to win the Google Lunar X Prize competition
The Verge
No one is going to win the X Prize Foundation's competition to send a spacecraft to the Moon, the foundation announced today. Only five finalists remained in the Google-sponsored Lunar X Prize competition, and in order to win any grand prize money, the ...

TechCrunch
Facebook acquires biometric ID verification startup Confirm.io
TechCrunch
Facebook has confirmed to TechCrunch that it's acquired… Confirm.io. The startup offered an API that let other companies quickly verify someone's government-issued identification card, like a driver's license, was authentic. The Boston-based startup ...

The Verge
Audiobooks are now available in Google Play for Android, iOS, and Google Home speakers
The Verge
Google has announced that it's now selling audiobooks on the Google Play Store, filling out its offerings of movies, music, TV, and ebooks. The new titles are available on Android, iOS, and the web. They're also available via the Google Assistant, the ...

PCMag
Man Bites Into iPhone Battery Causing it to Explode
PCMag
If you're ever worried your smartphone battery is a fake, here's a tip: don't bite into it. A man in China has learned this lesson the hard way. He chewed into an iPhone battery only to watch it explode. Video footage of the incident has been ...

Ars Technica
Hands-on: DJI's new Mavic Air is a beefed-up Spark with 4K video
Ars Technica
NEW YORK—DJI on Tuesday announced the latest entry in its popular line of consumer drones: the Mavic Air. The Chinese firm, which is estimated to hold around 70 percent of the consumer drone market, showcased the new device at an event in New York ...

GameSpot
PS4 Experiencing Issues As PSN Is Partially Down
GameSpot
If you're having trouble on PS4 right now, including playing games, it's not just you. PlayStation Network is suffering from issues right now, Sony has confirmed, although there's no word yet on how soon they will be resolved. [Update: PSN's status ...

Space.com
The Best Places to See the Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse of Jan. 31
Space.com
Skywatchers in Alaska, the Hawaiian islands and the western part of North America will have the best view of the rare "Super Blue Blood Moon" in the early morning of Jan. 31. This spectacular lunar event features the second full moon of the month, also ...

CBS News
1.7-billion-year-old chunk of North America found stuck to Australia
CBS News
Geologists matching rocks from opposite sides of the globe have found that part of Australia was once attached to North America 1.7 billion years ago. Researchers from Curtin University in Australia examined rocks from the Georgetown region of northern ...

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