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SpaceX reporting tiny explosion in Dragon ISS launch [UPDATED with statement]

SpaceX reporting tiny explosion in Dragon ISS launch [UPDATED with statement]

This morning we're hearing official word from SpaceX that their Dragon capsule launch to the International Space Station didn't go as perfect as it seemed in the live feed. What you're about to see is a bit of an explosion, some debris flying from the craft, and a burst of fire. Of course as the fire is surrounded by lots of fire from the rockets surrounding it, it'll be just a bit difficult to detect - good thing the video is in slow motion and you'll see it all in all of its glorious detail.

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Present-day smartphones have fewer toxic chemicals, study finds

Present-day smartphones have fewer toxic chemicals, study finds

Most of us (hopefully) know that our smartphones aren't just snazzy glass, aluminum, and plastic, and that there are actually some hazardous materials lurking on the inside. The components of most smartphones are made using nasty stuff like PVC, mercury, tin, flame retardants, and lead, and though those chemicals and metals don't pose much of threat to you while they're all locked up inside your device, they could potentially contaminate the air and water if smartphones aren't disposed of properly.

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Wicked Lasers kills iPhone 5 with lasers and a flashlight

Wicked Lasers kills iPhone 5 with lasers and a flashlight

Every time a new gadget launches with lots of pomp and fanfare, there is always someone out there that buys one just to break it. Geeks are good tearing stuff up and over the years it's become a bit of an art form to come up with the craziest way to destroy the cool gadgets most of us lust after. We have seen gadgets ground up in blenders and smashed up in just about any way imaginable.

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Fisker retorts to Consumer Reports amid new $100m equity round

Fisker retorts to Consumer Reports amid new $100m equity round

Electric car manufacturer Fisker has hit back at Consumer Reports criticisms, which described the Karma as "plagued with flaws," and simultaneously announced a new round of private equity funding. The firm - now more than $100m better off, thanks to investment from unnamed benefactors - was quick to cite the list of accolades and successes the Karma has achieved so far, taking issue with all but a couple of Consumer Reports' problems with the slinky sedan.

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Samsung’s latest Facebook marketing campaign overrun by Apple fans

Samsung’s latest Facebook marketing campaign overrun by Apple fans

Social networks can be a great tool for getting word of a new product out to your fans quickly, but as we've seen time and time again, using social networks as a marketing tool has a way of backfiring at the worst times. The latest example of this is Samsung, which thought it would be a good idea to ask the question, "If you could only take one electronic device on to a deserted island, what would it be?" on its Facebook page. The company posted an image of the Galaxy S III in a deserted island-like setting, obviously hoping that the majority of commenters would lean in that direction, or at least claim they would prefer to be stranded with a Samsung device.

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New Trojan ‘Shamoon’ leaves PCs unbootable

New Trojan ‘Shamoon’ leaves PCs unbootable

We're getting news of a particularly nasty Trojan targeting Windows-based PC today, which anti-virus companies have dubbed "Shamoon." Like most malware, Shamoon exists to steal data from computers connected to the Internet, but what it does afterward is quite evil. In an effort to cover its tracks, it begins deleting files, including the Master Boot Record. This, naturally, leaves the PC unbootable, and can cause some major headaches. The malware itself is a 900KB file that uses many encrypted resources, as you can see below.

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Fisker investigates second Karma auto fire

Fisker investigates second Karma auto fire

This week the folks behind the Fisker Karma electric car have begun investigating the second auto fire since the launch of the next-generation vehicle. The incident occurred on Saturday in Woodside California for yet-unknown reasons, but Fisker has made it clear that they know it was neither "the lithium-ion battery pack, new technology components nor unique exhaust routing." No injuries were recorded and no deaths occurred, and the statement from Fisker lends a small amount of information to the case as it stands now.

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Researchers develop Gauss detection tools

Researchers develop Gauss detection tools

Kaspersky Labs discovered a new computer virus recently dubbed Gauss that targeted banking systems and financial information. According to Kaspersky Labs, the virus has infected over 2,500 computers, primarily located in Lebanon, and targets specific banks and financial institutions such as BlomBank and Credit Libanais. Now, web-based tools have been released that allows anyone to check if they’ve been infected by Gauss.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 9, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 9, 2012

Welcome to Thursday folks, just one more work day before arriving at the weekend. Today we had next to nothing about the Apple vs. Samsung trial, except for the news that a similar South Korean trial has been frozen for fear of it becoming too similar to the one being held here in the US. The lack of Apple vs. Samsung news leaves room for far more interesting things, however, like space! The Curiosity rover sent back a color panoramic shot of the surface of Mars along with its first full resolution image, and it's a pretty awesome sight. Sadly, it wasn't all exciting news for NASA today, as the Morpheus moon lander failed during a flight test and exploded into flames. Luckily no one was hurt, but this is still a pretty big setback for the folks at NASA.

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