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Toyota Prius SUV rumored in the pipeline

Toyota Prius SUV rumored in the pipeline

Toyota and Mazda’s collaboration may result in a Prius SUV option, at least if rumors prove to be true. Word has it the Prius SUV will (probably) end up being a version of the C-HR concept that goes into production, which means it will have more of a crossover look to it — though, of course, the design could be changed from what we saw at last year’s Paris Motor Show. Sources say Toyota is considering Mazda’s 1.5 liter SkyActiv diesel engine for the offering.

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Librem 13 laptop focuses on privacy with PureOS

Librem 13 laptop focuses on privacy with PureOS

Purism found success with its Librem 15 laptop last year, a machine hawked at those concerned with privacy more so than a brand name or a popular OS; it runs an operating system based on Linux called PureOS, which is both free and open source. The laptop has been rehashed as a smaller version which is called the Librem 13. As with the bigger version, Purism is seeking funding for the new version via crowdfunding. So far it has hit nearly a fifth of its goal.

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Icefin robot could be how NASA explores Europa’s icy oceans

Icefin robot could be how NASA explores Europa’s icy oceans

Georgia Tech has a new robotic vehicle called Icefin, and it is designed to explore the depths of the ocean in icy regions. Previously Icefin was used to explore beneath the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica, and in the future it could have a mission that extends beyond Earth. The technology could be key to getting a look at the ocean that (likely) lies beneath the icy shell of Europa, one of Jupiter's moons. NASA has been working on plans to explore the frozen moon.

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OPM hack tipped in link to Anthem breach

OPM hack tipped in link to Anthem breach

The recent OPM hack that resulted in personal data on millions of federal workers being nabbed has been linked to the Anthem breach that happened earlier this year, at least according to sources who claim to have knowledge of the matter. The OPM breach hackers, which have been pegged as originating from China, is said to have been caused by hackers who have a different mission than the Chinese military hackers allegedly behind cyberattacks on US companies and organizations.

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What you need to know about the free Windows 10 confusion

What you need to know about the free Windows 10 confusion

This weekend brought a bit of confusion about Windows 10 and who is getting the free upgrade. If you counted yourself among those confused, you're not alone. This Monday the folks at Microsoft have come back with a clarification, clearing up the muddled information and (hopefully) making it all more understandable for those looking to take the Windows 10 plunge. Chief among them is that, says Gabe Aul, you'll have to decide whether you want to keep being a Windows Insider.

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Uber on firearms: don’t bring a gun in the car

Uber on firearms: don’t bring a gun in the car

One of the more vocal concerns about Uber is whether the rides are safe, and incidents like the alleged hammer attack don't do anything to alleviate that paranoia. Uber has officially stated its policy on firearms in Uber vehicles, and the answer is short and clear: don't bring them with you, regardless of whether you are a driver or a passenger. This is a new policy, one that reverse a past policy in light of growing concerns about firearms and incidents related to them.

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Comcast must reveal online troll’s identity, court rules

Comcast must reveal online troll’s identity, court rules

The comment sections of websites are usually a good place to go if you are looking for vitriol and filth, and often a commenter’s misplaced rage or unwarranted insults are passed on anonymously, the real person behind the words never having to face up to them. Every so often, though, we hear a story about trolls being hit with real-world ramifications, and such is the case with one anonymous Internet poster at the center of a recent Illinois Supreme Court ruling.

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Four things to know about the Lenovo C40 AiO PC

Four things to know about the Lenovo C40 AiO PC

Lenovo has another all-in-one PC available, and this one is targeted at the every-person. The PC user who needs to do a little bit of everything and nothing too demanding: homework, research, a business report or two. We recently reviewed it, but maybe you haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. Be sure to check it out to find out everything the system has to offer, but in the meantime we’ve picked out the most pertinent details, the things you likely want to know and don’t have the patience to hunt down for yourself. Read on for all four.

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Confirmed Takata airbag death highlights importance of repairs

Confirmed Takata airbag death highlights importance of repairs

The Takata airbag issue is still ongoing, and unfortunately Honda has confirmed an eight death caused by the faulty components. The crash took place back in September in Los Angeles, and the auto maker has been investigating since. The vehicle involved was a 2001 Honda Civic rental driven by Jewel Brangman when the crash took place. According to the NHTSA, a faulty Takata airbag was "likely" the cause of the fatality. All but one of the eight fatal crashes that have happened in Honda vehicles happened in the United States.

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Cuba is about to expand its Internet accessibility

Cuba is about to expand its Internet accessibility

More widespread Internet in Cuba looked likely to happen back in December, and it arrived a short while later, but only in a very limited fashion. Half a year later, though, and things are changing again: the insular nation is about to expand the region that has Internet access by rolling out 36 WiFi hotspots in various places. In addition, the cost to get online is going to decrease, which is one of the biggest barriers currently. With the current prohibitive pricing, few can afford to get online in the nation.

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