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Amazon’s AWS continues to lead its performance highlights

Amazon’s web services AWS continue to be the highlight of the company’s balance sheet, once again showing the kind of growth Amazon is looking for in a new business for the second quarter — especially one that has dramatically better margins than its core retail business. Despite...

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Google revamps local events search to include personalized suggestions

Last May, Google launched a new events feature designed to help web searchers more easily find things to do nearby, while also challenging Facebook’s dominance in the local events space. Today, Google is updating event search with personalized event suggestions, and well as a new design that...

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Virgin Galactic’s third supersonic test flight hits Mach 2.4 and 170,000 feet

Virgin Galactic is celebrating the third successful supersonic test flight of VSS Unity, the passenger spacecraft it intends to make available for space tourism in the near future. This flight took the craft higher and faster than ever, stressing the system and providing useful data for the rocket...

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Extras for bringing the fun at summer festivals

Makula Dunbar Contributor Makula Dunbar is a writer with Wirecutter. More posts by this contributor The best Amazon Prime Day deals you can still grab Summer road trip tech essentials and extras Editor’s note: This post was done in part...

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New Spectre attack enables secrets to be leaked over a network

Enlarge (credit: Pete) When the Spectre and Meltdown attacks were disclosed earlier this year, the initial exploits required an attacker to be able to run code of their choosing on a victim system. This made browsers vulnerable, as suitably crafted JavaScript could be used to perform Spectre att...

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Shipping company’s networks in the Americas crippled by ransomware attack

(credit: COSCO) COSCO’s computer networks in the Americas remained completely severed from the Internet on Thursday, almost 48 hours after the Chinese shipping giant reported it was hit by a ransomware attack. In a statement published Thursday, COSCO officials said the failures affected net...

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Neanderthals used stone hand axes to strike a light

Enlarge / Neanderthals used stone hand axes, or bifaces, like these, along with chunks of pyrite, to light fires. (credit: Johnbod via Wikimedia Commons) We know Neanderthals used fire because we have burned animal bones from several archaeological sites along with evidence that Neanderthals coll...

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Burglar wakes up couple to ask to use their Wi-Fi network

Enlarge (credit: Brian Turner) A 60-something couple in Palo Alto got an unpleasant surprise on Sunday when they woke up in the middle of the night to find a masked intruder in their bedroom. He said he wanted to use the couple's Wi-Fi network. The burglar didn't get the Wi-Fi password he was loo...

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Virgin’s Unity spaceship sets a new altitude record of 52 kilometers

Virgin Galactic Virgin Galactic has been saying for some time that it will reach outer space this year, and on Thursday it came the closest it has ever gotten. During the third powered flight of the VSS Unity veh...

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Best webcams 2018: the top webcams for your PC

Even if the best laptops and all-in-one computers sport built-in HD webcams in 2018, most traditional desktop PCs don’t have the same luxury. Luckily, you can pick up the best webcams for a similar, or in many cases better, experience than their laptop brethren can offer. So, what is the...


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