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Mr. Robot season 2 teaser reveals July 13 premiere date

Mr. Robot season 2 teaser reveals July 13 premiere date

USA surprised Mr. Robot fans with a teaser trailer a few days ago, and today it dropped another surprise: the second season's premiere date. On July 13, fans will get the second season of USA's growing hit Mr. Robot and all the teased anarchy it may bring with it. Still not enough to get you excited? USA also released an exclusive teaser for the new season with a tad more footage from this summer’s episodes.

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Study suggests monkeys crossed the ocean 21 million years ago

Study suggests monkeys crossed the ocean 21 million years ago

The discovery of seven small fossilized teeth led to a surprising revelation: 21 million or so years ago, Panamacebus transitus monkeys crossed 100 miles or more of ocean to travel from South America to North America, doing so at a time when the two weren’t connected together by land. The fossilized teeth were found during excavations at the Panama Canal, and pose bigger questions than they answer.

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PlayStation Network will soon offer two-factor authentication

PlayStation Network will soon offer two-factor authentication

Sony will be increasing security for PlayStation owners, confirming that two-factor authentication is being added to the PlayStation Network. The move has long been anticipated, and helps keep gamers’ personal data safe by requiring them to authenticate any log-in attempts. When the new security feature will go live isn’t clear, though a spokesperson has said that Sony will be providing more details in the future.

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Facebook Messenger group voice calling starts global rollout

Facebook Messenger group voice calling starts global rollout

Facebook is rolling out group calling in Messenger across the globe, the company has announced. The feature allows a group of individuals, whether friends, colleagues, or others, to all participate in the same call, expanding the app’s usefulness for individuals and businesses alike. Those with the latest version of Messenger should see the feature rolling their way within the next day or so.

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Volkwagen may buy back nearly 500k emissions-cheating US diesels

Volkwagen may buy back nearly 500k emissions-cheating US diesels

Volkswagen and the United States have reached a deal, according to sources, and that deal involves an offer on VW’s part to buy back nearly half a million diesel cars that feature emissions-cheating features. Say the sources, Volkswagen will testify in front of a federal judge tomorrow that it will buy back nearly 500,000 of its 2.0-liter diesel cars as part of its amends for violating U.S. emissions rules.

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Comcast Xfinity TV will soon be watchable via Roku, Samsung smart TVs

Comcast Xfinity TV will soon be watchable via Roku, Samsung smart TVs

Starting this year, Comcast’s Xfinity TV subscribers will be able to watch their cable subscription’s content through a channel on their Roku player, sidestepping the need for Xfinity’s set-top box. The option will roll out some time later this year, and will be available through the Xfinity TV Partner app, an app that has been made — in this case — for Roku’s own set-top boxes and smart TVs.

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San Francisco is first big US city to require solar panels on new buildings

San Francisco is first big US city to require solar panels on new buildings

San Francisco has become the first major city in the United States that will require solar panels to be included on newly constructed buildings. The legislation comes from Supervisor Scott Wiener, and it was just recently passed without opposition by the Board of Supervisors, Wiener announced this week. Under the legislation, new buildings will need to put their roof space to good use by installing solar panels, helping ease the city’s energy burden while being better for the environment.

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Google Keep update brings new Chrome extension, hashtags

Google Keep update brings new Chrome extension, hashtags

Google Keep received an update today, one that gives users “a few new ways” to use the note-keeping service, according to Google. First among the changes is a new Google Keep extension for Chrome, enabling users to save a website — or parts of it — in Keep with the click of an icon. The same extension is also available on Chrome for Android, offering the same functionality.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 ‘Eclipse’ expansion pack arrives for PS4

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 ‘Eclipse’ expansion pack arrives for PS4

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 players on the PlayStation 4 can grab the “Eclipse” expansion pack of as of today, while gamers on the Xbox One and PC will have to wait another month or so for their turns. This DLC map pack brings with it four new multiplayer maps that, in one case, bring back a map classic. As well, Eclipse also ushers in the arrival of “Zetsubou No Shima,” the latest installment for Black Ops 3 Zombies.

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Ancient Egyptian amulet found by 12-year-old in Jerusalem

Ancient Egyptian amulet found by 12-year-old in Jerusalem

A 12-year-old Israeli girl named Neshama Spielman recently discovered a rare Egyptian amulet that is about 3,200 years old. The amulet is said to have the name of a pharaoh on it, and it was found by Spielman while sifting through dirt as part of the Temple Mount Sifting Project. In a statement today, the Ir David Foundation announced the results of an analysis of the amulet, saying it features the name of Pharaoh Thutmose III.

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Nokia OZO camera adds live virtual reality broadcasting

Nokia OZO camera adds live virtual reality broadcasting

The Nokia OZO camera has been updated with some new features, chief among them being the addition of livestreaming in VR. This move means the camera can be used to record and broadcast VR footage for live events, with those at home watching using a 360-degree video viewer or their VR headset. As well, the camera now features 3D stitching, and a VR player SDK. The camera just recently started shipping to buyers.

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Vibrant Corning Gorilla Glass paves way for bright multi-color logos

Vibrant Corning Gorilla Glass paves way for bright multi-color logos

Corning, maker of Gorilla Glass, has announced the availability of a new technology that will enable manufacturers to display bright, multi-color logos on their devices. Called Vibrant Corning Gorilla Glass, this new product is as durable as the maker’s other glasses, but can be printed with high-resolution and photo-quality images using an unspecified proprietary process. As well as logos, this could be used to print high-quality, detailed designs on the backs of phones, tablets, and more.

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