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New Jersey swatting victims tricked into escalating situation

New Jersey swatting victims tricked into escalating situation

Swatting is a "prank" that involves calling in a threat or something of that nature to a local police department, with the goal being to get SWAT teams and law enforcement deployed. Such a prank happened recently in New Jersey, but on a larger scale than we typically see, and with a plot twist: the prankster called the unwitting victims and tricked them into escalating the situation. Fortunately they realized that something was wrong before doing anything drastic and that lead to the situation being resolved without anyone getting harmed.

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Gmail unified inbox puts all your mail in one place

Gmail unified inbox puts all your mail in one place

There's an update to Gmail this week that will allow you - on your mobile device - to push all your email into one, single inbox. This is not the "Inbox" app, nor is it a destruction of the separate email boxes like Social, Promotions, and Updates. Instead, it's a central place where you can get email from all of your different accounts, be they all Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, or whatever you happen to be using. All in one, single Inbox, that'll forever overflow for the rest of time.

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Fear the Walking Dead: watch the first trailer

Fear the Walking Dead: watch the first trailer

If you watched The Walking Dead's season 5 finale last night (fret not, there are no spoilers here), you were among the first round of people to see the series sequel's very first trailer. It aired halfway through the episode, and during its brief time lent a glimpse into the zombie virus's origins...and in doing so, it suggested that we might finally learn more about how the outbreak took place. The sequel, as we've previously noted, is called Fear the Walking Dead, and it'll be making its debut this summer, bringing us closer to having year-round Walking Dead entertainment.

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Mercury’s dark surface may be alien in origin

Mercury’s dark surface may be alien in origin

A paper has been published this week which suggests that the surface of the planet Mercury may be comprised of cometary carbon. This means that carbon has littered the surface of Mercury, all of it from comets hurtling through space. In comparing Mercury to our own Earth-circling moon, the group responsible for this study suggest that 50 times as many carbon-rich micrometeorites impact the dark planet as do our own nearby space body. This has resulted, says the study, in approximately 3–6 wt% carbon at Mercury’s surface.

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Google Drive now backs up photos, videos automatically

Google Drive now backs up photos, videos automatically

Many of us have photos and video spread all over the web and across devices. Depending on how you’ve got your cloud storage set up, it’s not likely you've got all your media in one centralized location. Today, Google is taking steps to solve that for us. In Drive, you’ll soon see a new “Google Photos” menu option, which brings all your photo and video storage to a more convenient location. This move was rumored earlier this month, though it’s not exactly what sources claimed Google may end up doing.

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Toyota, Lexus to launch low-cost automated braking

Toyota, Lexus to launch low-cost automated braking

Toyota and Lexus have announced plans to roll out low-cost automated braking systems, with the goal being to introduce the advanced safety-centric technology to the mass market without being cost prohibitive. Both auto makers will be kicking this off by introducing new models at the New York Auto Show in the near future that includes such technology, as well as other integrated safety packages. Costs won't be revealed for those particular models (the RAV4 Hybrid and 4th-generation Lexus RX) until their debut, but the finer details on Lexus and Toyota's planned braking packages have been given, including a rollout timeline: by the end of 2017.

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Flipboard now lets you share magazines privately

Flipboard now lets you share magazines privately

Flipboard, which launched as a gorgeous eReader project many years ago, is quietly morphing itself to suit a variety of needs. While you can still flip through channels as needed, magazine curation remains at the forefront of their offshoot offerings. With Flipboard’s magazine creation tools, you can make your own ‘fanzine’ encompassing whatever topic(s) you like. Today, Flipboard is adding a tool the their magazine repertoire, and is allowing users to create “Private Group Magazines” for use with a closed circuit of readers and contributors.

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iPad PRO dummy: multiple port irony

iPad PRO dummy: multiple port irony

Could it be that, just weeks after releasing the 2015 "MacBook", Apple would release an iPad that brings MORE power to their tablet lineup? With the MacBook, the user gets fewer ports than with the MacBook Pro and fewer ports than the MacBook Air. With the iPad Pro, tipped this week for the umpteenth time over the last few months, we see more ports than in previous iPads. This version, it would seem, comes with two USB-C ports instead of one lightning port.

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PlayStation’s Spotify team up: 3rd party app dominance

PlayStation’s Spotify team up: 3rd party app dominance

In the gaming universe, things are changing. While we'll likely never reach a point where it'll be the manufacturers of hardware or the developers of software that take full control of the console ecosystem, today you can mark one up for the latter. Instead of working with their own Music Unlimited system, Sony has decided to team up with Spotify - to great effect. Today Sony not only ends their Music Unlimited system completely across all PlayStation hardware, it begins 30 days of free use of Spotify. Sony is so confident in this team-up, they're tossing out the old and giving the new away for free.

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata priced up (and it’s good news)

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata priced up (and it’s good news)

Mazda's 2016 MX-5 Miata was already shaping up to be the return to form Miata owners were hoping for, and the confirmed pricing for the fun-focused droptop suggests Mazda has ticked the right box there, too. The diminutive two-seater was revealed back in September 2014, eschewing the increasingly chunky design language of it predecessors in favor of something more curvaceous. Set to hit forecourts in the US this summer, the Miata will kick off at $24,915 for the Sport model, a figure which gets you at least one interesting feature.

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