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Scientists discover new type of photosynthesis in breakthrough study

Scientists discover new type of photosynthesis in breakthrough study

A new study out of Imperial College London describes the discovery of a new type of photosynthesis, one the institute says "changes our understanding of the basic mechanism" involved. Even better, researchers indicate this discovery could pave the way for engineered crops that are more efficient than existing options.

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Fortnite on Nintendo Switch and Xbox One X side-by-side comparison

Fortnite on Nintendo Switch and Xbox One X side-by-side comparison

Massively popular battle royale game Fortnite is now available on the Nintendo Switch, and some frustrating news for PS4 users aside, it's a pretty exciting arrival. The game brings the full Fortnite experience, including fort building, of course, but some have expressed concerns over the quality. Turns out, it's not so bad.

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Google Maps quick access buttons appear for some users

Google Maps quick access buttons appear for some users

Google Maps is the navigation app of choice for many people, but it's not always the easiest to navigate. Given that Maps is used for driving, you need to be able to access your primary destinations quickly, and that's where quick access buttons come in. These buttons are overlaid directly onto the home screen and pull up directions with a single tap.

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New North Korean malware warning issued by Homeland Security

New North Korean malware warning issued by Homeland Security

The US Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning over a new type of malware out of North Korea. The DHS worked with the FBI to unearth and reveal the existence of a malware variant it says is known as "TYPEFRAME." Analysts with the two government agencies analyzed a total of 11 samples of the trojan, including infected Windows files.

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Kiss Me First Netflix VR original drama full length trailer drops

Kiss Me First Netflix VR original drama full length trailer drops

Netflix is preparing to launch a new original drama television series called Kiss Me First, and it has released the first trailer for that show. This is the latest among several Netflix originals that center around futuristic technology, making it a suitable addition to the service's growing science fiction library.

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Comcast deactivates system that throttled heavy Internet users

Comcast deactivates system that throttled heavy Internet users

Back in 2008, Comcast deployed a "congestion management system" that throttled Xfinity Internet customers who used too much data. That system, despite its massive unpopularity, had been live for the past decade, the keywords here being "had been." The company revealed earlier this week that it has deactivated that throttling system.

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Turtle Beach Recon 200, Stealth 300 gaming headsets have amplified audio

Turtle Beach Recon 200, Stealth 300 gaming headsets have amplified audio

Gaming audio company Turtle Beach has introduced a pair of new gaming headsets: the Recon 200 and Stealth 300. The headsets were announced during E3, and the company wasn't shy about exploiting the battle royale genre's popularity to hawk the new models, saying they're "perfectly suited" for games like Fortnite. Both headsets are wired and feature amplified audio.

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Sleep excess, deprivation may both effect body weight: study

Sleep excess, deprivation may both effect body weight: study

A new study out of South Korea's Seoul National University College of Medicine has found weight implications associated with both excess sleep and a lack of sleep. The research, which was recently published in the BMC Public Health journal, evaluated 133,608 individuals aged from 40- to 69-years-old. Too much sleep may negatively effect cholesterol levels, as well.

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Firefly wireless earbuds: ultra-fast charging, ambient mode, and more

Firefly wireless earbuds: ultra-fast charging, ambient mode, and more

AirPods were arguably the flashpoint for the truly-wireless earbuds industry. The market has seen models launched by big and no-name companies alike, some with nearly perfect functionality, others that are barely usable. Now that these wire-free earbuds are more common and competition is stronger, we're seeing makers pack increasingly useful features into their own offerings. Firefly is no exception.

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Arcade Donkey Kong, Sky Skipper games coming to Nintendo Switch

Arcade Donkey Kong, Sky Skipper games coming to Nintendo Switch

A pair of classic games are heading to the Nintendo Switch: Sky Skipper and the original Donkey Kong. These two arcade games have never before been released (officially, at least) for home consoles, making the addition a rare treat for classic game aficionados. Nintendo announced the launch plans earlier today during an E3 event.

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WhatsApp Android Gingerbread and iOS 7 support ends in 2020

WhatsApp Android Gingerbread and iOS 7 support ends in 2020

WhatsApp has updated its mobile device support page with new details on when support will end for older Android and iOS handsets: February 1, 2020. On that date, the company plans to end support for the tiny sliver of smartphones still running Android Gingerbread, as well as older versions of iOS and the few iPhones still using them.

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Black hole spied ripping apart, then spewing, star that got too close

Black hole spied ripping apart, then spewing, star that got too close

A supermassive black hole with a mass 20 million times greater than our own Sun was recently spotted shredding a massive star that got too close. The event was directly observed forming and launching a jet of material, marking the very first time such an observation has happened. The star that fell victim to the supermassive black hole had more than twice the mass of our Sun.

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