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IIHS Finds Aluminum F-150 Extended Cab Doesn’t Fare Well in Crash Test

IIHS Finds Aluminum F-150 Extended Cab Doesn’t Fare Well in Crash Test

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety or IIHS is an organization that crash tests all sorts of vehicles to see how safe they are for passengers and drivers. Recently the IIHS tested a new extended cab Ford F-150, the first mass-produced aluminum bodied truck on the roads. Some have wondered how well the truck, made using copious amounts of aluminum, would fare in a serious accident compared to traditional steel-bodied trucks.

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Angry Birds 2 lands on Google Play today

Angry Birds 2 lands on Google Play today

If you have owned a smartphone in the last several years, odds are you have played Angry Birds or one of the spin off games in the franchise. Angry Birds is one of the most popular mobile games in the world and today gamers will have a new edition to the franchise to check out. Angry Birds 2 lands on Google Play today.

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Titanfall to get free-to-play version in Asia

Titanfall to get free-to-play version in Asia

Titanfall, the hit mech-based first-person shooter originally released for Xbox and PC last year, is probably the last title you'd expect to go free-to-play, but that's what's happening. But don't expect it to be showing up on your smartphone or tablet, where free-to-play games are a dime-a-dozen. Instead, Titanfall will be getting a special PC release just for the Asian market, where the free-to-play genre is huge, thanks to a partnership between the game's makers and Japan's Nexon.

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New exploit renders Android phones mute and useless

New exploit renders Android phones mute and useless

Another day, another critical Android vulnerability. This time, it might be slightly less serious than Stagefright but still enough to be worrisome. Popular security Trend Mirco came upon this vulnerability in Android's mediaserver component that, when given a malformed MKV media file, could render the device unresponsive and completely silent, practically locking out the user from his or her device. The one slight good news is that this exploit requires installing a malicious app or visiting a suspicious website, which, sadly, isn't that hard to get users to do.

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Former Top Gear hosts sign with Amazon for new show

Former Top Gear hosts sign with Amazon for new show

For those who've been missing the beloved former hosts of the BBC's Top Gear, fear not, as Amazon has just announced its signed Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond for a new car show exclusive to the streaming video service of Amazon Prime. Once Clarkson was fired from Top Gear earlier this year and his two co-hosts quit in unison, it became apparent almost immediately that they were looking to take their act somewhere else.

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Razer Serval Android gaming controller lands on Google Play store

Razer Serval Android gaming controller lands on Google Play store

One of the biggest challenges to playing some Android games on your mobile device is that on-screen controls or tilt controls often leave a lot to be desired. Thankfully, there are bunches of different gaming controllers that will connect to your Android device and allow you to use a controller for your favorite games. A new Bluetooth Android gaming controller has landed on the Google Play store from Razer called the Serval.

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MasterCard and Samsung extend partnership in Europe for Samsung Pay

MasterCard and Samsung extend partnership in Europe for Samsung Pay

Samsung and MasterCard have been working together on Samsung Pay for about a year now. Last year MasterCard announced that it would provide tokenization services for Samsung Pay. These tokenization services allow for secure transactions and a fast connection to banks in the US. Samsung and MasterCard have now announced that they have extended their partnership in Europe.

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Germany orders Facebook to let users choose fake names

Germany orders Facebook to let users choose fake names

Facebook's policy of forcing users to use their real names on the social network has been under fire for some time now from privacy advocates and those in the LGBT community who feel discriminated against. But now a privacy watchdog in Germany has said that is unacceptable in the country, and ordered Facebook to begin allowing users under pseudonyms. The Hamburg data protection authority ruled that the network's real name policy is in violation of Germany's privacy laws.

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ASU researchers show off first white laser

ASU researchers show off first white laser

Lasers have been around since the 60s and are used in many different applications today. Lasers come in several colors including red and green among others, but one color has eluded scientists until now. A group of researchers at Arizona State University have created the world's first white laser. The team has shown that semiconductor lasers are capable of emitting the full visible color spectrum required to produce a white light laser.

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