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Flu virus can be spread by simply breathing: study

Flu virus can be spread by simply breathing: study

Being around a random sneeze or cough during flu season is enough to strike paranoia into one's heart, but it turns out it takes far less to potentially infect you. Researchers with the University of Maryland and other institutions are behind a newly published study that details how easily the influenza virus can be transmitted. Sneezing and coughing can spread the virus, of course, but so can simply breathing.

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Twitter starts notifying users who followed Russian propaganda accounts

Twitter starts notifying users who followed Russian propaganda accounts

Following Facebook's publication of a tool that shows users whether they followed Russia-linked pages comes an update from Twitter: it is emailing users who followed a Russia-linked page on its platform. Twitter revealed its plans in an update on the topic, where it details its progress and what it is doing moving forward. Among its users, 677,775 people located in the United States either liked, followed, or retweeted Russia-linked accounts.

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GoPro Fusion Android support arrives for 10 compatible phone models

GoPro Fusion Android support arrives for 10 compatible phone models

Last year, action camera maker GoPro introduced a 360-degree 5.2K camera called Fusion, a model that resembles the company's HERO models but with notably different functionality. The GoPro Fusion has launched in the months since its introduction, enjoying fairly solid user ratings and reviews while helping GoPro edge away from its business troubles. Thanks to a new app update, Fusion just got a little more appealing.

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LG folding phone patent shows handset transform into tablet

LG folding phone patent shows handset transform into tablet

A patent filed by LG shows a folding phone concept in which the handset forms a tablet when unfolded. According to the patent's details, this model -- should it ever be put into production -- wouldn't feature two separate displays like the ZTE Axon M, but rather a single flexible display that can be folded in half. The result is a smartphone that functions as a tablet.

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Verizon Go Unlimited will soon include service in Mexico and Canada

Verizon Go Unlimited will soon include service in Mexico and Canada

Back in August, Verizon diced up its Unlimited plan and with that came multiple varieties of "unlimited," one of them being Verizon Go Unlimited. That plan clocks in at $75/month versus Beyond Unlimited's $85/month price, though with restrictions, such as "dvd-quality" video streaming versus actual HD quality over mobile. Now the company is adding a new feature to its cheaper plan, and travelers will be pleased.

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Samsung Cloud will delete third-party app backups next month

Samsung Cloud will delete third-party app backups next month

Samsung is changing its Samsung Cloud service's backup policy, the company has announced in an email sent to users, a change that will affect app backups. According to the email, Samsung Cloud will stop supporting third-party app data backups soon, at which point Samsung will purge the data it has already backed up from these apps. Users only have a couple weeks to arrange an alternative.

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Twitter Bookmarks feature appears in beta on Android

Twitter Bookmarks feature appears in beta on Android

Back in October, Twitter announced plans to add a feature that allows its users to save tweets for later. The feature was referred to as "Save For Later," but its in-app name will actually be "Bookmarks." With Bookmarks, a user can privately save specific tweets, a feature the company says has been a frequent request from users.

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Apple, Samsung face antitrust probe in Italy over planned obsolescence claims

Apple, Samsung face antitrust probe in Italy over planned obsolescence claims

Apple's confirmation that it slows older iPhones with aging lithium-ion batteries kicked off a round of severe criticism around the world, with many tossing around accusations of planned obsolescence, among other things. Following that is a new probe opened by Italy's antitrust authority involving both Apple and Samsung. According to the organization, user complaints spurred the probe.

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Canary Package Detection security camera mode sends delivery alerts

Canary Package Detection security camera mode sends delivery alerts

Canary has unveiled some new features heading to its security cameras, these joining the Person Detection feature it announced back in December. The new features include one called Package Detection, which is exactly what it sounds like: the ability to detect when a package has been left on your doorstep, firing off an alert so you can get to the parcel before thieves do.

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Rescue drone saves two boys from drowning in Australia

Rescue drone saves two boys from drowning in Australia

In what is said to be a historic moment for the technology, a rescue drone fitted with an inflatable device was used to save two teen boys from potentially drowning. The rescue took place in Australia during a training session involving the drone, which is named the Little Ripper UAV. According to local reports, one lifeguard was operating the drone when some individuals spotted the two boys struggling to swim in turbulent waters.

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Intel RealSense D415, D435 depth cameras launch with D4 vision processor

Intel RealSense D415, D435 depth cameras launch with D4 vision processor

Intel has started shipping its D415 and D435 RealSense cameras, both part of its RealSense D400 Depth Cameras product lineup. Both cameras are powered via USB and are sold ready-to-use, being ideal for educators and makers, according to Intel, though they're suitable for a number of projects including prototype development. Both cameras are supported by Intel's RealSense SDK 2.0.

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NASA and DOE test compact nuclear Mars power system for future missions

NASA and DOE test compact nuclear Mars power system for future missions

The US Department of Energy and NASA have teamed up to test a compact nuclear power system that may one day sustain human energy needs on Mars. The system is being tested in the Nevada desert, where initial tests have proven successful. According to US officials, a full-power test will be performed in March under the NASA Kilopower project.

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