Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


Supreme Court says laws can’t ban people from social media

Supreme Court says laws can’t ban people from social media

The Supreme Court has ruled that groups of people cannot be hit with blanket social media bans, doing so in response to a North Carolina law prohibiting sex offenders from using any websites that minors may also use. The entire matter started when one North Carolina resident reportedly ran afoul of the law by posting a Facebook status. In its analysis of the issue, the Supreme Court judges found that wholesale social media bans applied to certain groups is a First Amendment violation.

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‘Watchmen’ may be HBO’s next hit series

‘Watchmen’ may be HBO’s next hit series

HBO has no shortage of hits in its history, and one day an episodic Watchmen adaption may be among them. The company entertained the development of its own Watchmen series a couple years ago, and now it is reportedly back with new plans, ones that are entirely independent of its previous Watchmen ambitions. The network is said to be in talks with Damon Lindelof who is known for his work on The Leftovers, Lost and more.

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Airbus ‘Racer’ helicopter concept has wings and 250MPH cruise speed

Airbus ‘Racer’ helicopter concept has wings and 250MPH cruise speed

Airbus has introduced a new helicopter concept that adds a pair of futuristic wings, enabling it to travel at fast speeds while also providing excellent efficiency and cost. The company calls this new helicopter 'Racer' and says it features an aerodynamic configuration capable of cruise speeds up to 400kmh / 250mph. The concept design was showcased as part of the Clean Sky 2 European research program yesterday, with Airbus explaining that its concept offers the best mixture of sustainability, speed, cost-efficiency, and performance.

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Ketamine study finds how controversial drug stops depression

Ketamine study finds how controversial drug stops depression

Ketamine, a drug with its fair share of recreational users, is also a controversial hit when it comes to treating severe depression. The drug is finding increased use in some clinics as a way to deal with treatment-resistant depression, giving patients a possible solution to the damaging condition. Ketamine itself isn't without its own side-effects, though, and that has led some to investigate how its anti-depressant qualities come about, potentially opening the door for new treatments with less side effects.

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Gear VR may soon identify you based on your head and face shape

Gear VR may soon identify you based on your head and face shape

Imagine putting on a virtual reality headset, only for it to personally recognize you, no interaction necessary. Such functionality may be making its way to Samsung's Gear VR headset, at least according to a patent that recently surfaced. This new patent details a means by which the Gear VR headset could know who is wearing it by analyzing the pressure points on the surfaces in contact with the wearer's face and head.

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NASA’s Mars telescope spied Curiosity rover on planet’s rocky surface

NASA’s Mars telescope spied Curiosity rover on planet’s rocky surface

A new NASA photo shows a small blue dot in the middle of a bumpy, rocky brown landscape. That landscape, the space agency says, is Mars, and the small blue dot? That's the Mars Curiosity rover as seen by NASA's own Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The photo was taken last month by the space agency's super powerful Mars telescope, which only takes photos a handful of times a year. The capturing of Curiosity, it seems, was a happy coincidence.

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Unicode 10 arrives with bitcoin, hijab, Colbert emoji and more

Unicode 10 arrives with bitcoin, hijab, Colbert emoji and more

Unicode Standard version 10.0 has been unveiled by the Unicode Consortium, which says emoji fans can expect to find such notable things as the 'Colbert' emoji face, a bitcoin character, and more. There are a total of 56 new emoji characters, as well as four new scripts that bring the total number of scripts to 139. Unicode 10 is also bringing with it support for some of the 'lesser-used languages and unique written requirements worldwide.'

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Star Wars Han Solo movie loses directors over ‘creative differences’

Star Wars Han Solo movie loses directors over ‘creative differences’

Lucasfilm has reported a disturbance in the force, saying it has lost untitled Han Solo movie directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller over unspecified 'creative differences.' Though the movie will still be launching next year when planned, the company says that it was unable to reconcile its creative vision with that of the directors, forcing the company to seek a last-minute 'directorial change.'

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AMD Epyc datacenter processors unveiled: the start of ‘a new era’

AMD Epyc datacenter processors unveiled: the start of ‘a new era’

AMD has introduced its new AMD Epic 7000 series of datacenter processors, saying they come with up to 32 high-performance Zen cores alongside a bunch of other notable features and bragging points, not the least of which is setting multiple new performance records. The new lineup features AMD Epyc processors ranging from the 8-core / 16-thread 7251 to the 32-core / 64-thread 7601.

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Microsoft and Accenture team to give legal ID to undocumented individuals

Microsoft and Accenture team to give legal ID to undocumented individuals

Microsoft has teamed up with Accenture to provide legal digital identification to more than a billion people throughout the world who do not have any official documentation. During the second ID2020 summit in New York yesterday, both companies showed off a prototype version of this digital ID network, helping further the UN's plan to get legal ID in place for everyone around the globe.

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ProtonMail’s VPN arrives for everyone as a free service

ProtonMail’s VPN arrives for everyone as a free service

Security-minded company ProtonMail has announced that its VPN service 'ProtonVPN' is now out of beta and available to everyone. Even better, particularly for those who are unable to pay, is that ProtonVPN is free. According to the company, its VPN service improves upon the competing products available on the market, utilizing things like a Secure Core architecture to help protect users from attacks, as well as 'seamless integration with' Tor.

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Android Market support will end soon on Android 2.1 and older

Android Market support will end soon on Android 2.1 and older

If you're one of the few people still clinging to an ancient Android device, it is officially time to upgrade. Google has announced that it is going to drop support for the Android Market on Android version 2.1 and older, finally bringing an end to the app store you probably haven't thought about in years. The end of support will take place on June 30, giving you a tad over a week to find something new.

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