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Report: FBI cracked shooter’s iPhone, will drop case against Apple [update]

Report: FBI cracked shooter’s iPhone, will drop case against Apple [update]

According to an unnamed government official, the FBI has successfully cracked the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone and will be dropping its legal case against Apple. News surfaced exactly one week ago that a third party had presented a possible method for bypassing the phone’s security. The legal case was put on hold while the agency tried it out, and now, says the source, the Department of Justice will soon withdraw its legal pursuit of Apple.

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Netflix library shrinks by 30% as company gambles on original content

Netflix library shrinks by 30% as company gambles on original content

Netflix is something of the golden child of streaming. The company that started off shipping DVDs to your door gained massive popularity when they started offering their streaming service. However, troubled times may be ahead for them.

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Oculus Rift Review round-up: so awesome, so new

Oculus Rift Review round-up: so awesome, so new

If you've tried an Oculus Rift in the past several years, you've experienced the most important bit of the final product: immersion. Today the first reviews of the final product are out, and they all agree: it's the magic that counts. As Kyle Orland of Ars Technica suggests, "Similar to the first the first iPhone, which launched nearly 10 years ago with a crappy camera and no app store, the Oculus Rift is as revolutionary as it is still limited."

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2016 New York Auto Show Highlights: Genesis, Lincoln, Mazda, Audi, More!

2016 New York Auto Show Highlights: Genesis, Lincoln, Mazda, Audi, More!

All the silk has all been officially slipped, the cars are under New York’s bright lights, and automakers from around the globe have turned out to take a last opportunity — at least for a few months — to showcase their most recent efforts on a grand stage. While New York springs to life with the thawing temperatures, inside Manhattan’s Javits Center has been a hive of activity, as well. Our team was on the ground and we’ve got all of the highlights of what went down during the press days, and if you can’t make it to New York, our extensive galleries, coverage, and videos are the next best thing, maybe even better.

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New bill targets prepaid ‘burner’ phones with ID requirement

New bill targets prepaid ‘burner’ phones with ID requirement

Burner phones are still as easily accessible as ever — you just head to your nearest convenience or big-box store, pick up a cheap prepaid phone and a phone card, and like magic you have a completely useable phone sans any identification records. It's a great thing if you're in a bind and in need of a last-minute phone, but not so great if you're law enforcement trying to hunt down potential criminals.

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Why does the iPhone SE exist?

Why does the iPhone SE exist?

This week Apple revealed a new smartphone that looks just like one of their old smartphones - why would they do such a thing? This is the iPhone SE, a device that uses the design of the iPhone 5 (or 5S, if you prefer) but bumps up its internal capabilities with the power of the iPhone 6S. The dimensions of this device are exactly the same as the iPhone 5s - the display is exactly the same, too - but it has a better processor and a better set of cameras. But why?

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In race to out-tech Tesla, Toyota’s Prius Prime misses the point

In race to out-tech Tesla, Toyota’s Prius Prime misses the point

If the Toyota Prius is the de-facto geekmobile of the green movement, then the new Prius Prime is the moon buggy it aspires to grow up to be. Intended as Toyota's showcase for just what sort of technology it can squeeze into a hybrid - only without pushing the price tag up to lavish Tesla Model S levels - the new car introduces a big dashboard touchscreen, head-up display, and wireless charging, among other things. All the same, when you push gadgetry and limit price, something has to give.

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Google Health may join (or battle) Apple’s HealthKit after all

Google Health may join (or battle) Apple’s HealthKit after all

A pair of trademarked healthcare-related images have appeared in the USPTO registered by Google this week. Both of these images suggest that the long-abandoned Google Health may make a resurgence, coming back now thanks (at least in part) due to Apple's efforts with HealthKit and CareKit. Now that Apple has all but convinced the tech-savvy of the positivity of monitoring their own health with their mobile devices, Google can join in (or return to, rather), this smarter, healthier future.

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How Audi’s 2017 R8 Spyder pairs soft top with hard performance

How Audi’s 2017 R8 Spyder pairs soft top with hard performance

When you're making the droptop version of your track-destroying supercar, do you tone things down for the open air crowd? To the relief of R8 fans everywhere, Audi opted to do no such thing with the 2017 Audi R8 Spyder, appearing for the first time at the New York International Auto Show ahead of its release later this year. I caught up with Filip Brabec, director of product management at Audi, as well as the chief engineers on the project to find out why this roofless R8 hasn't lost its edge in the process.

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We gave the Acura NSX a nose-job

We gave the Acura NSX a nose-job

The first 2017 Acura NSX hasn't even made it into an owner's garage, but is the supercar already due a facelift? That's the question we couldn't help but ask ourselves after seeing the Acura MDX break cover today at the North American International Auto Show, complete with the company's brand new - and far more charming - nose.

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BMW and Alpina tag-team on Bavarian bruisers at NYIAS

BMW and Alpina tag-team on Bavarian bruisers at NYIAS

You wait an age for a stupidly-powerful, ridiculously-luxurious, vast Bavarian sports sedan, and then two come along at the same time. Sharing the spotlight at the New York International Auto Show today are two takes on the same car: BMW's tech-blessed 7 Series. On the one hand there's Alpina's 2017 B7, an independent take on the high-end sedan.

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Let’s See: Live Motion Capture VR

Let’s See: Live Motion Capture VR

Now that we've got the first consumer-level VR headsets out in the wild, it's only a matter of time before we see full motion capture immersion. What I mean is when you see someone inside the virtual world, you'll see their whole body. Their face will reflect what's actually being shown on their actual head in real time. Their body will be represented by a reasonably reconstructed virtual version of their real form. All we need is faster internet and the world's best GPUs.

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