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Microsoft launches portal to report hate speech on its products

Microsoft launches portal to report hate speech on its products

Microsoft has launched a portal in which users can report hate speech located on one or more of several of its products, including OneDrive, Xbox Live, and more. Because it is possible that content could be removed erroneously, Microsoft has also launched a portal through which affected users can request that their disabled content be reinstated. This is merely a refinement of the company's existing content policies.

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Researchers develop insulin pill as alternative to injections

Researchers develop insulin pill as alternative to injections

Though efforts have been underway to develop a method of insulin delivery that doesn’t require an injection, no great success has been produced. That may change soon, as researchers with Niagara University have revealed a new project in which an insulin pill was developed. This insulin pill, contrary to the way such a pill would ordinarily work, bypasses the stomach's acid to be absorbed in the intestines instead, delivering insulin to the bloodstream.

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Amtrak unveils next-gen high-speed trains slated for 2021 launch

Amtrak unveils next-gen high-speed trains slated for 2021 launch

Amtrak has taken the wraps off its next-generation high-speed trains, saying it plans to launch them in 2021. The trains will be an upgrade to the Acela Express fleet in the Northeast Corridor (NEC), the same region where it will be upgrading infrastructure as part of a larger 'modernization' program. The step is a necessary one to keep the (often criticized) company relevant and useful.

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Nintendo’s new galaxy-themed 3DS XL has a truly ridiculous name

Nintendo’s new galaxy-themed 3DS XL has a truly ridiculous name

Nintendo, we need to have a talk. I thought that maybe you learned an important lesson about branding thanks to the failure that was the Wii U, but it's clear from this newest 3DS XL variant that you have not. You put Reggie on video to announce the "New Galaxy Style New Nintendo 3DS XL," today, and when the President of Nintendo of America has to say "new" so many times that he begins to doubt his script and stumble over his words, we've got a problem.

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Massachusetts is considering a time zone change

Massachusetts is considering a time zone change

The promise of summer’s end is everywhere you look: school has started, stores are stocking autumn products, and the days are noticeably becoming shorter. Soon enough, the days will be so short they will, for some people, be dark before dinner time. That prospect is upsetting, yes, and Massachusetts is tired of dealing with it. Per a newly signed bill, the state will conduct research into the idea of changing the state’s time zone.

Short daylight hours are dreaded by just about everyone, and they have a real effect on daily lives: some people develop depression during the darker days, physical activities suffers, and many people report being less productive during the height of winter darkness. For states with such dim winters, there’s also another issue to contend with: young populations fleeing to states where winter sunsets aren't so early in the day.

During the darkest point of winter, the sun starts to set shortly after 4PM in Boston, giving kids very little daylight to enjoy after school. The state may solve the issue, though, by leaving the eastern time zone in favor of the Atlantic one, and ditching the tiresome model of changing the clocks back and forth. Under such a model, the mornings would stay dark a little longer, but the evenings would stay bright longer, too.

The state has expressed concerns about college students fleeing for brighter states, but it hasn’t determined fully whether this mass flight is due to the short daylight hours during winter or something else. Still, the argument is being made that longer days, as well as the elimination of daylight saving time, will be better for the population’s overall health.

At the end of the day, though, Massachusetts is exploring this possible time zone change as part of a larger economic development plan, and so any changes will likely have to be found fruitful for the economy. The research will be ongoing for months, with the report of findings not being due until July 2017.

SOURCE: Bloomberg
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Snapchat ads could become more personalized later this year

Snapchat ads could become more personalized later this year

It would appear that Snapchat is looking to make its advertisements more targeted as we move further into the latter half of 2016. A new report from eMarketer (as reported by Business Insider) features Snapchat director of revenue operations Clement Xue, where he says that the company is looking at ways to implement behavioral targeting for advertisements sometime in Q3 of this year.

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Roku tipped with 5 new models inbound: HDR, 4K and more

Roku tipped with 5 new models inbound: HDR, 4K and more

It seems Roku is preparing to launch five new models in the near future, at least two of which will apparently include support for HDR video. The models have surfaced in various ways, including in FCC filings; while those filings have had many of their details redacted, other info has seemingly been made public via a pair of Canadian websites. Assuming one of the leaks is accurate, the official launch will happen on September 7.

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Pokemon GO Update brings the worst knockoff ever

Pokemon GO Update brings the worst knockoff ever

This week an app from "Rejected Games" has found its way into the hearts and minds of Pokemon GO users everywhere. Despite the numerous distorted similarities to Pokemon GO, this "game" is not going to help anyone become a better Pokeball tosser in Pokemon GO. Not even a little bit. This app goes by the name "Ball Practice for PoGO", and it's absolutely horrible. We've gone ahead and played it so that there be no need to play, ever again, for anyone else.

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Verizon rolls out LTE Advanced across the US

Verizon rolls out LTE Advanced across the US

T-Mobile isn't the only carrier with announcements to make today, as Verizon has rolled out increased LTE speeds across the United States. This new initiative is being called Verizon LTE Advanced (otherwise known as LTE-A), which is essentially just another phrase for carrier aggregation, and Verizon says it's now live in 461 locations from coast-to-coast.

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New mini-moon discovered orbiting Earth

New mini-moon discovered orbiting Earth

This isn't April fools day, and we're not pulling your leg - there is indeed a second rocky companion out in space orbiting Earth - besides our moon. This miniature-moon, as it's nicknamed, goes by the scientific name "2016 HO3". It's an asteroid, technically, but it's nearly unique in our known history of Earth and nearby objects. This quasi-satellite or near-Earth companion is "the best and most stable example to date" of such a space body. "One other asteroid -- 2003 YN107 -- followed a similar orbital pattern for a while over 10 years ago, but it has since departed our vicinity. This new asteroid is much more locked onto us," said Paul Chodas, manager of NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object (NEO) Studies at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

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Apple iPhone 7 September 7 event official

Apple iPhone 7 September 7 event official

With a mess of rumors surrounding the upcoming iPhone 7, we finally have one thing that's been confirmed: the long rumored September 7 Apple event is indeed a reality. It's here that Apple is expected to reveal the iPhone 7 at long last, after months of leaks and reports claiming all sorts of things about the anticipated device. Of course, when the iPhone 7 release will actually occur is anyone's guess, but we should be given an official launch date here as well.

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Eevee evolution Pokemon GO trick update and fix

Eevee evolution Pokemon GO trick update and fix

Pokemon GO has a big dilemma on its hands as the Eevee evolution trick stops working for one massive amount of users. What's going on? It's quite simple. We'll be running down the reasons why things have changed, and what will happen with Eevee in the near future - and through the year 2017 when the 2nd-Generation release of the game is made public. We'll begin with the evolution solution for those users that've never done it before.

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