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Here is the first official Ready Player One trailer

Here is the first official Ready Player One trailer Ready Player One, the Ernest Cline book sensation that was, in part, the inspiration for Oculus VR, has been turned into a movie ready to hit the big screen in March. And today, we’ve gotten the first official trailer for the movie. There are some very mild spoiler alerts ahead, so if you’re hyper sensitive you can click this link to watch the trailer without reading on. Ready Player One tells the story of Wade Watts, a teenager living in 2045…

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MakeX announces the first 3D-printing backpack

MakeX announces the first 3D-printing backpack In the year 2020, when the Earth is overrun by aliens, it will be mandated by the Galactic Council of Extraterrestrial Life that all children must walk around with 3D-printing backpacks. Why not get a head start with the MakeX Migo backpack that lets you care your ultra small 3D printer anywhere you need to go? This wild, see-through backpack is designed to hold a Migo 3D Printer (the thing MakeX is actually trying to sell). The backpack fits the Migo perfectly and offers…

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Internet pioneers plead with Congress to preserve net neutrality

Internet pioneers plead with Congress to preserve net neutrality As the FCC vote to undo net neutrality requirements looms, some of technology’s greatest minds have come together to issue a plea to congressional leadership to save the internet as we know it. Even though millions of letters from the general public were ignored, in a last ditch effort to preserve net neutrality, 21 high profile technologists have penned an open letter to the FCC. Addressed to Marsha Senators Roger Wicker and Brian Shatz, along with members of Congress Marsha Blackburn…

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HBO and Netflix top the list of Golden Globes nominations

HBO and Netflix top the list of Golden Globes nominations The Golden Globe nominations are out, and once again HBO and Netflix have come out on top as the most-nominated networks. HBO is down by two from last year’s total of 14, but still leads with 12 nods for series including “Big Little Lies,” “The Wizard of Lies,” “Game of Thrones,” and the “The Young Pope.” Meanwhile, Netflix is having a banner year – it scored 9 nominations, the most ever. That’s a big jump over last year for Netflix,…

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Apple will confirm the Shazam acquisition today; Snap and Spotify also expressed interest

Apple will confirm the Shazam acquisition today; Snap and Spotify also expressed interest After we broke the story last week that Apple was acquiring London-based music and image recognition service Shazam, Apple will be confirming the news today, we have heard. It is purchasing the startup — one of earliest players in the world of mobile music — as part of its bigger ambitions in the music business. We’ve heard that the news should be out some time between 8am and 9am Pacific. Apple is not disclosing the price but…

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‘Oumuamua, an interstellar space oddity, is Breakthrough Listen’s next challenge

‘Oumuamua, an interstellar space oddity, is Breakthrough Listen’s next challenge Right now, an interstellar object dubbed ‘Oumuamua is hurtling through space on its way out of our solar system. I say ‘interstellar object’ because there is a shadow of a doubt about whether or not this object was formed naturally. Moreover, it’s the first object to fly through our solar system that is believed to have originated in another star system. Its shape, about 800 meters long and only 80 wide, is another head-scratcher for astronomers, who are perplexed by…

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Microsoft releases quantum computing development kit preview

Microsoft releases quantum computing development kit preview At the Microsoft Ignite Conference in September, Microsoft let it be known it was going to be a player in the future of quantum computing, and today the company took another step toward that goal when it released a preview of its quantum computing development kit. The kit includes all of the pieces a developer needs to get started including a Q# language and compiler, a Q# library, a local quantum computing simulator, a quantum trace simulator and a Visual Studio extension. This…

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Google’s premium Home Max smart speaker goes on sale

Google’s premium Home Max smart speaker goes on sale Looks like Google’a premium smart speaker has hit the market just in time for the holidays. The Home Max is now available through a handful of online retailers, including Best Buy. The big box retailer says it will be able to deliver the Assistant enabled smart speaker as early as tomorrow, if you choose expedited shipping. The product was announced back in October, at the Pixel 2 event in San Francisco, along side the far cheaper Home Mini. The Echo Dot…

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Some HP laptops are hiding a deactivated keylogger

Some HP laptops are hiding a deactivated keylogger Researcher Michael Myng found a deactivated keylogger in a piece of software found on over 460 HP laptop models. A full list of affected laptops is here. The keylogger is deactivated by default but could represent a privacy concern if an attacker has physical access to the computer. “Some time ago someone asked me if I can figure out how to control HP’s laptop keyboard backlight,” wrote Myng. “I asked for the keyboard driver SynTP.sys, opened it in IDA, and after some…

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The NFL and Verizon’s new streaming deal will bring games to all mobile carriers

The NFL and Verizon’s new streaming deal will bring games to all mobile carriers Verizon will no longer be the exclusive U.S. mobile carrier for watching NFL games on smartphones and tablets. According to an announcement this morning, the company – and TechCrunch’s parent, by way of Oath – says that it has closed a new deal with the National Football League that will allow it to stream live games to fans regardless of mobile network. The deal includes in-market and national games, including national pre-season, regular season, playoff games,…

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