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Apple rehires top encryption pro Jon Callas as gov seeks data

Apple rehires top encryption pro Jon Callas as gov seeks data

Apple has rehired Jon Callas (again), the man who helped found Blackphone, Silent Circle, and PGP Corp. Callas previously designed an encryption system for Apple, having first worked for the company in the 90s, and later on from 2009 to 2011. Though Apple has confirmed that it rehired Callas in May, it has not revealed specifics about what he’ll be doing with the company, though it’ll no doubt be part of Apple’s efforts to further bolster its encryption.

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Netflix is bringing back BoJack Horseman on July 22

Netflix is bringing back BoJack Horseman on July 22

Netflix has a cartoon hit on its hands, and it goes by the name BoJack Horseman. The original series will be returning for a third season on July 22, the company has announced, marking yet another installment in the increasingly great show’s streaming life. The third season will follow BoJack as he 'tackles life's big questions," says Netflix, but that's all we know at this point.

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E Ink creates full color ultra-low-power electronic paper

E Ink creates full color ultra-low-power electronic paper

E Ink has announced its new Advanced Color Paper, the first electrophoretic (“electronic paper”) display able to produce full color sans the aid of a color filter array. Most people are familiar with monochromatic e-ink displays, the kind you find in ereaders like the Kindle. This newly developed display is similar in many ways, but provides a full color gamut (which includes the eight primary colors).

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Netflix will be the only home of Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar movies soon

Netflix will be the only home of Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar movies soon

Netflix recently announced the upcoming shows and movies we can expect to see on the service soon, and casually amongst it all, almost as if were a minor note, was a simple statement: ”From September onwards, Netflix will become the exclusive US pay TV home of the latest films from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar.” And just like that, Netflix has become the most important streaming service for many.

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Marvel Studios has cast its first big female supervillian: Cate Blanchett

Marvel Studios has cast its first big female supervillian: Cate Blanchett

Marvel Studios has announced that actress Cate Blanchett is on board to play ‘Hela,’ the studios’ first major female supervillian (as far as movies go, that is). She’ll be playing the character in Thor: Ragnarok, and will be joined by Jeff Goldblum who is playing “Grandmaster.” The announcement is a big deal for Marvel, as Blanchett will usher in the first instance of a Marvel movie featuring a woman as its primary villain.

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Israeli divers find ancient Roman treasure in shipwreck remains

Israeli divers find ancient Roman treasure in shipwreck remains

A team of Israeli divers have discovered a cache of ancient Roman treasure within the remains of a shipwreck, the nation has announced. A pair of divers made the discovery back in April, finding the remains of a shipwreck in an ancient Roman port, and further investigation by the Israel Antiquities Authority revealed a cache of ancient treasures…most of which is in surprisingly good shape considering how long it spent underwater.

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Tesla nabs Audi exec Peter Hochholdinger as production boss

Tesla nabs Audi exec Peter Hochholdinger as production boss

Tesla has hired long-running Audi executive Peter Hochholdinger as its new Vice President of Vehicle Production. In his role, Hochholdinger will be aiding the auto maker in achieving its-ever growing production goals, ensuring the company is able to deliver on its Model 3 promises while keeping up Model X and Model S production. Before Tesla, Hochholdinger spent 22 years at Audi, where he has roles in ‘the entire production chain,’ helming production for multiple Audi models and more.

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Google makes Parsey McParseface language tool open source

Google makes Parsey McParseface language tool open source

Google has released SyntaxNet, a natural-language neural network framework for helping machines understand natural language, as an open-source offering. Says Google, the open-sourced SyntaxNet include Parsey McParseface, a language parser trained to dissect English, and “all the code needed” for training SyntaxNet with one’s own data. According to Google, this is the most accurate parser in the world.

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Republic Wireless to offer seven phones worth caring about

Republic Wireless to offer seven phones worth caring about

Prepaid carriers add new phones fairly regularly, but they're rarely anything to write home about. Given that many people choosing prepaid carriers are concerned about cost, it isn't surprising the roster of available phones generally skew toward oddball models and low-cost options. Higher-end phones through prepaid options aren't unheard of, though, especially now that Republic Wireless has announced plans to add several top-tier handsets this summer.

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Hyperloop One will conduct a propulsion test in Vegas tomorrow

Hyperloop One will conduct a propulsion test in Vegas tomorrow

The company formally known as Hyperloop Technologies has announced a name change that brings it more in line with the company’s ‘singular leadership and incredible progress,’ it announced this evening. Henceforth, the company shall be known as Hyperloop One, and the name change comes just in time — the company will be conducting a propulsion open-air test in North Las Vegas tomorrow, marking the start of what it says will be a series of ‘full-scale tests’ as it tries to develop the Hyperloop transportation system.

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NASA: Kepler has discovered (at least) 1,284 new planets

NASA: Kepler has discovered (at least) 1,284 new planets

NASA has unleashed some big news today: out of thousands of potential new planets spotted by the Kepler space telescope, 1,284 of them have been verified as new planets, and that could just be the start of things. It all started with Kepler’s July 2015 catalog of potential planets — there were 4,302 of them in total. Following an analysis, NASA determined that 1,284 of them are probably planets (greater than 99-percent odds), and that another 1,327 potential planets may be added to the ‘verified planets’ list after additional analyses are wrapped up.

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Jibo the companion robot will start shipping in October

Jibo the companion robot will start shipping in October

Earlier this month, we heard that Jibo the companion robot had been delayed, and wouldn't be shipping out to backers this April as previously said. The company didn't know when it would start shipping, but said it would have more info by April 29. Today's the deadline, and the company has posted a video update, saying it will ship the robot to backers starting in October of this year.

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