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Supermarket chain hilariously mocks Amazon

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Jurassic World’s real legacy: the inflatable T-rex costume

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Facebook's Safety Check in Bangkok falsely triggered by fake news

Facebook got fooled by its own algorithm. Today, the social network falsely activated its Safety Check feature after a flood of fake news suggested that there was an explosion in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Police seek Amazon Echo data in murder case

Amazon declined to give police any of the information that the Echo logged on its servers, but it did hand over Bates' account details and purchases. Police say they were able to pull data off of the speaker, but it's unclear what info they were able to access. Due to the so-called always on nature of the connected device, the authorities are after any audio the speaker may have picked up that night. Sure, the Echo is activated by certain words, but it's not uncommon for the IoT gadget to be alerted to listen by accident.

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Panasonic will spend $256 million on Tesla solar panel factory in Buffalo, NY

Tesla noted this morning that Panasonic’s solar cell technology would also be used to create the solar roof tiles that Tesla showed off in October . A Tesla spokesperson told Ars that the solar tiles are still on track to start rolling off the line by mid-summer 2017, and the company expects to produce both solar roof tiles as well as more traditional solar panels at the Buffalo factory. Tesla wrote that it intends to produce a full gigawatt's worth of solar tile modules by 2019.

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Carrie Fisher has died at the age of 60

Astronomers believe more than 90 percent of the matter in the universe is stuff we can’t see — dark matter. The woman we have to thank for this discovery died yesterday at the age of 88. Her name was Vera Rubin. Why didn’t Rubin win the Nobel...

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RIP Carrie Fisher, Who Was So Much More Than Just Our Princess

Confirmation of the actress and writer’s passing came from a statement issued by spokesman Simon Halls, on behalf of Billie Lourd, Fisher’s daughter. Via People , it read, “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning. She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”

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Carve Out a Niche at Work to Avoid Letting Your Contributions Go Unnoticed

Letting your work speak for itself is a great way to cultivate humility, but it’s going to make it easier for your boss to overlook you. If you want your contributions at work to be appreciated, carve out a niche that you’re known for.

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What's the best tech gift you ever got for the holidays? - TechRepublic

Whether it's your childhood Atari or last weekend's drone, what is your favorite tech gift you ever got for the holidays? Tell us and we'll publish the best responses. We may even contact you for more info if you have an exceptional story.

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Bloomberg Technology on Twitter

China's hardline approach to cybersecurity includes the use of its military http://bloom.bg/2iCcjEo  pic.twitter.com/I3VoJFI0Ty

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Carrie Fisher, true global royalty, dies at 60

In 2013, after a bizarre incident during a cruise ship performance, Fisher had to be hospitalized, but there was no sweeping it under the rug, not for a princess of Alderaan. She handled the potentially embarrassing event with that same blunt, get-out-of-the-way, I'll-rescue-myself honesty that had endeared her to millions. She spoke honestly about what it was like to be bipolar and how writing and speaking about the illness was a way of surviving it. That sort of honestly impacted many, including my CNET colleague Bonnie Burton .

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Smart gadgets need security. Startups, that's your cue

The emphasis on the internet of things won't be limited to the slew of companies on the expo floor -- including Ring (video doorbells), Blink (home security cameras) and Petcube (cameras for Fido and Tabby) -- but will also encompass the variety of conference sessions on topics ranging from IoT business models to overviews of what the "domestic digital future" might look like.

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Who Gets to Party With the Alt-Right?

If nothing else, Trump’s supporters are good at fighting. With their candidate’s inauguration celebration less than a month away they’re starting to turn on one another over a problem more familiar to high school students: who’s cool enough to be invited to the party.

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San Antonio lines up $8 million in 2017 smart city projects

“We didn’t want another smart city plan that was just going to sit on the shelf,” said San Antonio Chief Innovation Officer Jose De La Cruz. “We wanted to ensure there was going to be action behind it and so aligning it with our planning efforts looking into the future made the most sense. The construct of those plans really came from the community input we received.”

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Dear tech companies: Stop shipping unfinished shit

For their own sake, these companies need to slow down and build better products, but we also need to reward the ones that do. We need to stop throwing our money at ideas, and only spend it on finished products with excellent reviews and solid customer support. We need to be willing to pay extra for a finished, quality product instead of jumping on an early bird deal.

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Amazon's best holiday season shipped over 1 billion items

The retailer giant broke another holiday sales record thanks to its Echo devices and last-minute Christmas shoppers.

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Carrie Fisher, true American royalty, dies at 60

Actress known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars movies dies days after suffering a heart attack on an airplane.

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Dude Getting Hit in the Balls With Guillotined Spray Paint Is Strangely Poignant

Watching an unsuspecting victim get nailed in the nuts by a paint chopped in half by a guillotine is everything you could possibly want in a YouTube video—dramatics, destruction, pain, humor born out of sadness, the element of surprise.

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Can You Identify These Major Global Cities From Space?

When Benjamin Grant took his first Overview image, it was basically by accident. “I had started a space club at work,” said the former brand-strategy consultant, “and was giving weekly lectures on going to Mars and whatnot. For one of them, I wanted to focus on satellites—how they work and what’s out there.” That’s when he Googled an image of earth, only to discover the mysterious-looking crop circles of Earth, Tex.

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Rogue One animators on that character: ‘Realism had to trump likeness’

Rogue One, the recently released Star Wars prequel, has tons of ties to the original films in the form of returning characters. Some, such as Mon Mothma or General Dodonn, were simply replaced by lookalikes. Others — like the brief cameos from Bail Organa or C-3P0 — simply featured the original actors, or in the case of Red and Gold Leaders, used archival footage cut from A New Hope . But the digital appearances in the film by Peter Cushing's Grand Moff Tarken and Carrie Fisher's young Princess Leia through CGI re-creations have been a point of contention for fans in the discussion surrounding the film since its release.

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How to Dig Yourself Out from Your Leftover Holiday Clutter

Holiday stress doesn't end after the holidays: now it's time to take down the decorations, put away all your new toys, and get rid of the stuff you no longer need. If looking at your disaster of a house has got you stressed out, here's how to easily de-clutter after the holidays.

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Carrie Fisher Had Already Completed Her Work on Star Wars: Episode VIII

The sad reality of any celebrity passing is that we have to ask how their death will impact any ongoing work in the future. In the case of Carrie Fisher, that means the continuing Star Wars saga, Episodes VIII and IX.

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Pros and cons: Our quick verdict on the LeEco Le Pro3

The Le Pro3 is the first phone available in the US from LeEco -- a company already well-known in its native China for its mobile devices and TVs (among many other things). Similar to Motorola and OnePlus, LeEco is competing on price, with the Le Pro3 ringing in at just $400. And in many ways, the company succeeded in putting out a quality product: The device is well-constructed with fast performance and long battery life. Unfortunately, the phone falls short of greatness thanks to an unreliable camera and an unintuitive interface. The lack of both a headphone jack and microSD slot don't help either, though the Le Pro3 is hardly the only phone to suffer from those shortcomings. All things considered, then, it still offers good value for the money, but isn't the best device in its price class.

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A reading list for remembering Carrie Fisher, the writer

Shockaholic (2011): Fisher’s second memoir breaks down into a few long sections. One returns to her mental illness: She details with candid, self-effacing humor how electroshock therapy helped her with depression, but left her memory full of holes. (She cites that as the reason for writing another memoir — so she’d have a record of the things in her life she was bound to forget.) Other segments deal with her friendship with Michael Jackson — she saw herself as one of the few people iconic enough to relate to him comfortably — and her relationship with her father, whom she reconnected with late in life, and took care of until his death. Fisher tends to fall back on punny, irreverent humor as a defense against vulnerability, but she shows plenty of that vulnerability here as well.

23 Alexa: Who dunnit?

Alexa: Who dunnit? In what may be a first, police asked what an Amazon Echo heard in connection to a murder. Check out this story on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/2iBpamr

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The Seven Best Things You Can Do With an Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo offers our first serious glimpse into the future of an intelligent home. It’s not perfect, but whether you’re you’re thinking of getting an Echo, hear people talking about “Alexa,” or not sure what the one you have is capable of, here are some of the best things you can do with it.

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Child uses sleeping mom's fingerprints to buy Pokemon gifts

When you want to buy $250 worth of Pokemon presents, desperate times call for desperate measures.

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Here's the electric car Mercedes is building to take on Tesla

The German automaker in September unveiled its electric SUV concept at the Paris Motor Show that will serve as the basis for a production car coming in 2019. Mercedes isn't the only automaker looking to tap into electric SUVs; Volkswagen and Jaguar are also releasing their own SUVs by 2020.

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Apple Activated Two Devices For Every Samsung Device Sold This Holiday Season

The report from the firm states that Apple saw 44% device activations followed by Samsung at 21%. Other OEMs like Huawei, LG, and Amazon were in low single digits at 3% and 2%. Surprisingly, Google was nowhere to be found in Flurry’s list despite spending millions on the marketing campaign behind its new Pixel handsets. HTC, once a key smartphone player, was also nowhere to be found in the list, with Chinese OEMs like Oppo and Xiaomi surprisingly making it to the list despite having little to no official presence in the US market.

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Use Different Earbud Caps to Remember Which Bud Goes In Which Ear

Your music was carefully designed to be played over separate left and right channels. Do your music justice by putting your earbuds in the correct ear. To avoid mixing them up, use different earbud caps to remember which is which.

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U.S. accuses Chinese citizens of hacking law firms, insider trading

NEW YORK Three Chinese citizens have been criminally charged in the United States with trading on confidential corporate information obtained by hacking into networks and servers of law firms working on mergers, U.S. prosecutors said on Tuesday.

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6 big data trends to watch in 2017 - TechRepublic

In 1984, hamburger chain Wendy's rolled out a "Where's the beef?" commercial that focused on the amount of meat customers were actually getting on their sandwiches. Many CIOs and big data project leaders will be encountering their own "Where's the beef?" moments as they get called in by CEOs, board members, and other chief stakeholders to demonstrate how big data and analytics projects that the company faithfully invested in are now delivering tangible value to the end business. If tech leaders are only able to show projects that were successful in terms of IT execution, without significant returns on investment for the end business, they could find themselves in the line of fire.

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China to set standards for self-driving cars by 2018

The government and SAE-China will discuss standards with the automotive industry and experts in the field, before pushing an exact standard nationwide. All automotive companies will be forced to follow the standard in China, meaning General Motors and Ford may need to personalize cars for the Chinese market, if North American standards differ.

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Samsung's 2016 went up in smoke

In early 1995, Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee gave out cell phones as gifts to celebrate the new year, and for one reason or another they didn't work. Lee was incensed. The phones' failure to function properly not only reflected poorly on him personally but also highlighted the slow progress of Lee's plan to make Samsung synonymous with quality around the world. Two years prior, Lee -- fed up with Samsung's cheap, often slipshod work -- bellowed at his senior managers to "change everything except your wife and children." If Samsung was to achieve its potential, it had to change, and it wasn't happening fast enough.

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Game on! The best board games of 2016

Captain Sonar is exactly as tense and crazy as it sounds (though it does offer a turn-based variant for lower player counts or when learning the game). Success depends on the captain charting a course that tracks the other sub while also avoiding the "wrong" kinds of damage. It requires a radio operator who can plot the opposing team's relative course and eventually plot it accurately onto a map. And it demands weapons and engineering expertise so that, when the opposing sub has been located, weapons are both charged and able to fire.

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Carrie Fisher, beloved as the iconic Princess Leia, has died

The daughter of two stars of the 1950s — actress Debbie Reynolds and songwriter Eddie Fisher — Fisher drew on her unique childhood in her portrayal of Princess Leia. Her mother went through a number of highly publicized divorces, and her father struggled with substance abuse issues. Fisher herself struggled with bipolar disorder and drug abuse, problems about which she was extremely open in her later years.

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Apple publishes its first AI research paper

The paper tackles the problem of teaching AI to recognize objects using simulated images, which are easier to use than photos (since you don't need a human to tag items) but poor for adapting to real-world situations. The trick, Apple says, is to use the increasingly popular technique of pitting neural networks against each other : one network trains itself to improve the realism of simulated images (in this case, using photo examples) until they're good enough to fool a rival "discriminator" network. Ideally, this pre-training would save massive amounts of time and account for hard-to-predict situations that don't always turn up in photos.

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Samsung is launching three services to help personalize your TV experience

Countless consumer electronics are shown at CES every year, but TVs are undeniably one of the biggest stars of the show. Samsung is no stranger to this, as its TVs always manage to grab a substantial portion of the spotlight. There is no doubt the company will have a handful of new TVs this year as well, but that is only one part of the entertainment products it plans to debut, as the company announced it will be showing three new Smart TV services at the show, all of which aim to help personalize your viewing experience.

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She was a self-confessed bookworm as a child reading poetry and classical literature. Her high school education was disrupted by the lure of the stage when she appeared in the musical Irene alongside her mother, and she never graduated. She moved to London where she enrolled in the Central School of Speech and Drama before returning to the US and attending the Sarah Lawrence arts college near New York. Having managed to kick drugs and alcohol, she was rushed to hospital in 1985 after accidentally taking an overdose of sleeping pills and prescription drugs. The episode formed the basis for her first novel, the semi-autobiographical Postcards from the Edge, in which she satirised her own dependence on drugs and the sometimes difficult relationship she had with her mother. Three years later Fisher adapted it into a screenplay, and it was made into a film starring Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, and Dennis Quaid. Fisher -- who had bipolar disorder -- also wrote and frequently talked in public about her years of drug addiction and mental illness. Carrie Fisher's fame as an actress rested on just one role, but it was a role in one of the best known and most successful film franchises in cinema history.

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The Mysterious Virus That Could Cause Obesity

Some days later, Randy noticed a change in his appetite. He was constantly hungry. He felt drawn to food and thought about it all the time. He started eating in between meals and overeating when he finally sat down to dinner. Randy had always been a skinny kid, but in the course of the next year, he gained about 10 pounds. His parents thought it might be puberty, though it seemed a little early. His pudginess was also unusual given that everyone else in the family was thin. Randy was no stranger to discipline. He forced himself to eat less, switched to lower-calorie foods and exercised more. But by the time he was a teenager, he was bouncing between 30 and 40 pounds overweight. He says, “I gained all of this weight even though these were some of my most active years on the farm.”

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Consumers want to work out with -- not for -- their wearables

Most wearables come with some form of fitness and health tracking, some make it the primary reason to purchase the device. Fitbit, Jawbone, and Garmin have sold millions of devices to health conscious consumers, but after a few months, a good chunk of these devices can be found gathering dust in cupboards or on eBay for a fraction of the price.

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A top futurist predicts the largest internet company of 2030 will be an online school

Frey predicts that artificial intelligence will have the same trajectory in the education space. By 2030, DeepMind's ability to master "Breakout" could seem as quaint as dial-up modems do today, and what seemed like a massive library of online content in 2016 could look to future students like a skimpy collection that hardly does anything.

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The Verge 2016 tech report card: Snap

Another 12 months have flown by. As we look back at this year in tech, The Verge staff members are grading each major company and product category in the industry on how they fared in 2016.

42
So About That Physics-Defying NASA Thruster That Supposedly Works

The American team’s fairly simple experiment went as followed: they attached the engine to a weighted metal bar attached to a rotating axle, kind of like tethering it to a weathervane. The main EM drive shell connects to electronics including a radio frequency amplifier, tuned to a specific frequency, causing particles of light called photons to bounce around inside. The whole setup goes into a vacuum, and an optical sensor points right at the drive to see whether the darn thing has moved or not. If the pendulum on the optical sensor moves forward in a certain way when the scientists hit the switch, they’ve measured thrust. The experiment was well-executed, says Ray Sedwick, Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland. “They were very careful setting [it up] and minimizing error,” he told Gizmodo.

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Put This $1,200 Jurassic Park Velociraptor Head in Your Front Hall to Greet, Terrify Guests

It may not be scientifically accurate. It may be stupidly expensive. It may even only be available for preorder right now. But I can’t think of any way I’d rather greet my guests than with the face of the best characters the Jurassic Park franchise ever turned out. I want two, so people have to walk between them.

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RIP Carrie Fisher, Who Was So Much More Than Just Our Princess

Confirmation of the actress and writer’s passing came from a statement issued by spokesman Simon Halls, on behalf of Billie Lourd, Fisher’s daughter. Via People , it read, “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning. She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”

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After a Year of Recalls, Soylent Marches Forward With Two New Flavors

It’s been a year of recalls and “uncontrollable diarrhea” for Soylent and its fans. While such a big upset could theoretically inspire a startup to reevaluate and refine its existing products, Soylent continues to march forward—a recent listing on Amazon reveals two new flavors of the futuristic food just in time for the new year. Happy 2017!

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Bloomberg Technology on Twitter

When you tweet with a location, Twitter stores that location. You can switch location on/off before each Tweet and always have the option to delete your location history. Learn more

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You won't be able to upgrade the Nintendo Switch's battery

Well, probably. Technically, the FCC reviewed a production prototype designed to be equivalent to a mass-produced model, but it's possible that Nintendo could tweak the final product to include a removable battery. We wouldn't count on it though: the Switch's tablet-like design doesn't leave a lot of room for user serviceability -- and it probably doesn't have the extra room to accommodate a larger battery than it ships with. Either way, this news isn't much of a surprise, but it is nice to learn something new about the Switch ahead of Nintendo's upcoming preview tour. Want to dig for more news? Check out the official FCC filing at the source link below.

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How to Recycle During the Holidays

Also, be sure to fold your wrapping paper before recycling—don’t crumple it up into a ball. It helps if you have a bag ready to collect all of your folded wrapping paper before you start opening gifts. And if you can’t recycle it, shred it and use it as packing material when you send out gifts next year.

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AP Entertainment on Twitter

BREAKING: #StarWars actress #CarrieFisher has died at age 60, daughter's publicist says pic.twitter.com/4X4I3rWh0P

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11 ways to get more from your user data

It’s not enough to just collect data — you have to know how to use it. You should know what to collect, and what to do with that information once you have it in order to improve the bottom line of your business.

51 Here are the 6 major trends that changed the world of IoT in 2016
52 Stock pros: Own these stocks in 2017
53 Open Channel: What Should Happen Next With the X-Men Movies?
54 These Bees Look Like Ants Because Nature Is Freaky and Amazing
55 Get Free Starbucks Beverages From Now Until the New Year
56 Public-Key Encryption in PHP | Hacker News
57 Offers | The Next Web
58 It Turns Out That the Hardest Quest of All Is the One to Kill a Fly
59 Price.com raises $2 million to hunt for low prices on ecommerce sites
60 Friends Don't Lie, These Stranger Things Posters Are Great
61 Amazon's best holiday season shipped over 1 billion items
62 Bloomberg Technology on Twitter
63 2016’s top programming trends
64 Forbes Welcome
65 Rent The Runway, the 'Netflix for dresses,' just raised another $60 million and claimed profitability for the first time
66 Transform Leftover Panettone Into Tasty French Toast
67 Flurry: 44% of devices activated during Christmas week were from Apple, 21% from Samsung, and 3% from Huawei
68 Carrie Fisher was a bold advocate for people with mental illness
69 The HTC Vive has been discounted in the post-Christmas sales
70 Korean Air has given flight attendants the green light to use tasers on unruly passengers
71 CES 2017: What wearables can we expect at this year's big event?
72 Valencell, STMicroelectronics launch biometric wearables devkit
73 Apple beats Samsung to top holiday phone activations
74 A 60 fps, 4K action camera could be coming in 2017 from Yi Technology
75 The War Over the World's Darkest Pigment Got Even More Ridiculous
76 Samsung's Galaxy S8 reportedly uses AI across all its apps
77 Carrie Fisher, beloved as the iconic Princess Leia, has died
78 Uber Will Not Apply For Autonomous Car Permit In California
79 Is there a cash-back option for that store? The Cash Back Button tells you
80 Skip That Trip to Hong Kong and Watch This POV Video of Disney's Iron Man Experience Ride
81 The Science Stories We’ll Be Watching in 2017
82 The Woman Who Convinced Us That Dark Matter Existed Was Never Awarded a Nobel Prize
83 Critical PHPMailer Flaw leaves Millions of Websites Vulnerable to Remote Exploit
84 Disney classics going to Hulu in exclusive deal
85 Princess no more: How some fans prefer to remember Carrie Fisher
86 Here are the 10 most pirated TV shows in 2016
87 Lucasfilm Finally Addresses Rogue One's Biggest Controversy
88 AMD’s Ryzen benchmarks get leaked and they’re jaw-dropping