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Firefox browser for iOS is almost ready for testing
Sat, 23 May 2015 21:05:00 -0400

It's been a long time coming, but Firefox for iOS is nearly here... in a manner of speaking. Mozilla has revealed that it's about to conduct a "limited" beta test of the web browser, and has already posted source code for early testers. The organizat...

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CIA shuts down program using spy satellites to track climate change
Sat, 23 May 2015 19:02:00 -0400

For most of the past two decades, a handful of climate change scientists have had the CIA's MEDEA (Measurement of Earth Data for Environmental Analysis) program as an ace in the hole: they could draw on classified info from spy satellites and subs to...

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DOJ lays down some privacy rules for feds flying drones
Sat, 23 May 2015 16:57:00 -0400

The Justice Department promises to keep a closer eye on how its agencies are using drones from now on -- after all, they can be useful in nabbing suspects, but they can also be used as a tool to abuse power. In its new five-page policy guidance, the ...

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Daimler and Qualcomm team up on connected car tech
Sat, 23 May 2015 14:56:00 -0400

Car companies aren't usually good at wireless tech, and wireless companies aren't great with cars -- if you want to make wireless-savvy vehicles, you'll probably need some teamwork. Accordingly, Daimler and Qualcomm have forged a partnership that sho...

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Skully debuts AR helmet app while navigating delays
Sat, 23 May 2015 13:00:00 -0400

Skully CEO Marcus Weller stood in front of an crowd of customers that shelled out $1,500 to be one of the first recipients of the company's helmet with a heads up display and rear-facing camera to answer their questions. A few weeks ago Weller sent t...

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Virtual reality's roller coaster ride to the mainstream
Sat, 23 May 2015 11:00:00 -0400

In the early '90s, four odd-looking arcade games appeared at a rented-out store in my local mall. For about seven dollars, anyone could stop in and play three minutes of a new virtual reality game called Dactyl Nightmare. I paid up, put on the massiv...

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Recommended Reading: Why do we hate CGI so much?
Sat, 23 May 2015 09:30:00 -0400

Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read. Why VFX Is Being Vilified...

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1. Chris Pratt goes on Facebook to apologize in advance for 'Jurassic World' press tour
Knowing that he might very well spout nonsense as hundreds of journalists ask him inane questions, the actor gives advance warning.








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2. NSA's collection of phone-call data could be cut off for a time
As a key deadline approaches, the US Senate votes against extending a controversial National Security Agency program -- but votes down a bill designed to reform it.








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3. 'Mario Kart: Fury Road' is the Mad Max mashup that needed to happen most
Whether you're teaming up with Bowser or running from postapocalyptic psycho guitarists, the worlds of Mario and Mad Max blend easier than you might guess.








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4. Up your kitchen's cool with these 8 French door fridges
See what this popular fridge style has to offer with eight models of a wide range of sizes, features and prices.








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