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Battlefield 1 open beta arrives August 31

Battlefield 1 open beta arrives August 31

The Battlefield 1 open beta will launch on August 31 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC gamers, EA and studio DICE have announced. The open beta will present gamers with Sinai Desert, a new map, as well as the Rush and Conquest modes. Anyone who signs up before August 21 as a Battlefield Insider will also have the possibility of getting early access to the beta. As well, players will get an early look at the open beta gameplay on August 16 via a scheduled broadcast on Twitch.

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Bananas may go extinct soon, but DNA sequencing will (likely) prevent it

Bananas may go extinct soon, but DNA sequencing will (likely) prevent it

A fungus that has been threatening banana crops for many years could bring the fruit to the point of extinction within the next ten years. That is, if researchers don't find a way to combat the fungus in a way that it can't adapt to overcome, which is the subject of a newly published study in PLOS. Most commonly referred to by the disease it causes -- black leaf streak disease -- the fungus Pseudocercospora fijiensis is the most harrowing pathogen in the banana industry, but thanks to recent work decoding its genome, there may be a way to stop it.

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Gmail’s new security warnings make your email safer

Gmail’s new security warnings make your email safer

Google has made its email service a bit safer thanks to the inclusion of a pair of new security warnings. Gmail users will see these security warnings both on the Web and in Gmail for Android, with one warning showing up as a question mark and the other being a big, bold red “Warning” notice. The security warnings are being rolled out as part of a rapid release, which is scheduled to happen in two weeks; the actual rollout will only take a couple days, though, so you should see both arrive in your inbox fairly soon.

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ESA is planning a Mars vehicle landing for this October

ESA is planning a Mars vehicle landing for this October

This upcoming October, the Schiaparelli module launched back in March of this year on the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), will land on Mars. The European Space Agency is leading this mission, and will use it to demonstrate its own controlled (and hopefully successful) landing of a vehicle on the Mars’ surface. This mission will help refine future ESA missions to the Red Planet, and will also return a limited but still significant set of scientific data.

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PlayStation Now tipped for PC launch later this month

PlayStation Now tipped for PC launch later this month

Sony has a game subscription service called PlayStation Now that allows PlayStation owners to play a bunch of games streamed over the Internet. According to a new source that has cropped up, the company is planning to launch that game subscription service for PCs later this month, giving computer gamers the same massive roster of games for, presumably, the same $19.99/month price that PlayStation owners pay.

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Pokemon GO players get their own lobby in NY mall

Pokemon GO players get their own lobby in NY mall

Some restaurants and cities have created special places for Pokemon GO players. Dusseldorf, for example, has designated traffic officials to redirect traffic when a lot of Pokemon GO players are congregated on a specific bridge. Now one New York mall, Colonie Center, has done something similar, only with its lobby. The mall, which is located in Albany, has embraced its designation as a PokeGym and has turned its lobby into an area for Pokemon GO players.

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Lyft turned down an acquisition offer from General Motors

Lyft turned down an acquisition offer from General Motors

General Motors recently told Lyft that it is interested in acquiring the ridesharing company. Though Lyft at least briefly considered it — and went on to look into other potential acquirers, as well — it ultimately turned GM away. This is according to a pair of sources who cropped up recently; while they don’t know how much General Motors was looking to pay, it is worth pointing out that GM has already invested heavily in Lyft, having shelled out $500 million to get a 9-percent stake in the company several months ago.

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Deep Space Industries ‘Prospector-1’ will evaluate an asteroid for mining

Deep Space Industries ‘Prospector-1’ will evaluate an asteroid for mining

Deep Space Industries has announced plans to send its Prospector-1 spacecraft to a near-Earth asteroid in the next handful of years, doing so to evaluate the asteroid for potential mining missions. The company hopes to one day mine materials from such celestial objects, something that will one day be a major part of the so-called space economy. The Prospector-1 will be building upon the company’s upcoming Prospector-X mission, a low-Earth orbit project for testing technologies that may be used in future space missions.

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Fireside Audiobox pulses fire to the beat of your music

Fireside Audiobox pulses fire to the beat of your music

Mixing together the primitive and modern is a new Bluetooth speaker that pulses flames to the beat of whatever music you’re playing. Called Fireside Audiobox, the speaker is battery-powered and uses propane to fuel the flames; combined together, you get all the functionality of a portable wire-free speaker coupled with the classic beautify of an open flame. It's like lighting candles and playing music, only better.

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What’s up with the ‘deep blue’ iPhone 7 rumors?

What’s up with the ‘deep blue’ iPhone 7 rumors?

We saw an iPhone 7 rumor resurrected today: that there's a 'deep blue' iPhone 7 color in the pipeline. Rumors about this fabled blue phone surfaced earlier this year, and again resurfaced today on a Czech website that posted high-resolution photos of a gold-colored iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus dummy unit. According to the website, the source of its photos, an online retailer called Topp Ten, claims there is a deep blue version of Apple's upcoming handset, though it didn't supply any photos of the supposed model.

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T-Mobile gives subscribers unlimited 4G LTE at Paralympic Games

T-Mobile gives subscribers unlimited 4G LTE at Paralympic Games

T-Mobile has been passing out high-speed data like candy, and its latest announcement is no exception. The Uncarrier has announced that all of its Simple Choice postpaid subscribers will be getting unlimited 4G LTE high-speed mobile data at no extra cost at the Paralympic Games next month. According to the carrier, all calls made from Brazil, where the games are held, to the U.S. will be free. Texts are free to send and receive globally.

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CVS Pay officially unveiled, dashing Apple Pay rumors

CVS Pay officially unveiled, dashing Apple Pay rumors

We've known for a few weeks now that CVS Pharmacy has been working on making mobile payments available in its stores, and all signs pointed toward those mobile payments involving Apple Pay. While CVS had confirmed in a roundabout way that it was looking into mobile payments, it didn't specify platforms one way or the other. Now, it turns out via an official announcement, CVS wasn't planning to launch Apple Pay: it was developing its own mobile payments platform called CVS Pay.

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