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Samsung Pay adds Discover support: here’s how to add your card

Samsung Pay adds Discover support: here’s how to add your card

Samsung Pay, the Korean company's mobile payment system, has finally added support for Discover credit cards, filling a big gap that left out some users. Samsung quietly added the support to its Android app, enabling anyone with a Discover card to add it to their digital wallet. Not familiar with Samsung Pay? We've got all the details on how to add your card.

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Deep-sea mining may cause ‘irrevocable’ biodiversity loss

Deep-sea mining may cause ‘irrevocable’ biodiversity loss

A letter from experts newly published in Nature Geoscience warns that deep-sea mining missions may cause biodiversity loss that is 'irrevocable.' The loss of biodiversity in these regions is 'unavoidable,' according to the letter, and is something that must be taken into account when such missions take place. The effects of how the environment will respond to deep-sea mining is still a 'tremendous uncertainty,' according to one expert, underscoring the need for mining practices to include protection measures.

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Alexa update turns your Echo devices into intercoms

Alexa update turns your Echo devices into intercoms

Amazon is making Alexa a bit more sophisticated with new support for hands-free intercom functionality, enabling the various Echo devices to be used as an intercom system throughout your home. The support is available on the Echo, the smaller Echo Dot, and the display-based Echo Show, but you have to do a couple things first to get the feature up and running on your own devices.

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Samsung ‘SmartCam’ 1080p home security camera surfaces online

Samsung ‘SmartCam’ 1080p home security camera surfaces online

It appears Samsung is gearing up to launch a new consumer-tier security camera, one designed for use in and around one's home. The camera has appeared on Best Buy's website with the name 'SmartCam,' though the Korean company hasn't officially announced the product at this time. The listing shows the camera as featuring a 1080p resolution with WiFi support. The launch date isn't known, though.

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Lyft is trying to speed up rides by suggesting better pick-up locations

Lyft is trying to speed up rides by suggesting better pick-up locations

The Lyft app will soon get an update that tries to make rides overall faster by suggesting better pick-up locations for riders...even if that means you may have to do a bit of walking to get there. The update will arrive in both the iOS and Android apps, and will be optional -- if you're set on wanting picked up at a specific location, you'll still be able to choose it when ordering a ride.

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Avis partners with Waymo to support self-driving car fleet

Avis partners with Waymo to support self-driving car fleet

Avis Budget Group has announced a new partnership with Alphabet's Waymo, saying that it will maintain and support the latter company's self-driving car fleet. The maintenance/support offered under this partnership will take place at Avis's various rental locations, enabling Waymo to keep its vehicles maintained and ready for use in many locations. The Alphabet company is creating a 600-vehicle fleet, among other things, for riders to utilize.

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Scientists say another Earth-like planet may be hiding in our solar system

Scientists say another Earth-like planet may be hiding in our solar system

As if the so-called 'Planet 9' wasn't interesting enough, researchers with the University of Arizona have detailed a newly discovered 'planetary mass object' that could prove to be a Planet 10. This object is said to be in the fringes of our own solar system, and all signs point toward it being a yet-undiscovered planet. If it is, researchers estimate that its mass lies somewhere between that of Earth and Mars. As well, this possible planet is said to be much closer than Planet 9.

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Titanfall 2 DLC arrives June 27 with two new maps and more

Titanfall 2 DLC arrives June 27 with two new maps and more

EA has announced plans for the next Titanfall 2 DLC, saying it will arrive on June 27 with a bunch of new features, not the least of which are two new maps called 'War Games' and 'Traffic.' If that's not enough to get you excited, the upcoming DLC will also bring a third weapon slot for pilots, a free agents mode, a new execution, and much more. The name of this new DLC? "The War Games."

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YouTube TV will soon launch in these ten new markets

YouTube TV will soon launch in these ten new markets

YouTube's relatively new live television service YouTube TV launched in a limited number of markets, and while it still isn't available for everyone, Google says it'll soon be available in ten new markets. It hasn't actually launched in all of these markets yet, so you'll still need to sign up on the service's website where you'll find out whether your zip code is in the coverage area.

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You can now ask Google to delete medical records from search: here’s how

You can now ask Google to delete medical records from search: here’s how

Personal medical records showing up in search results is a big problem, and now Google is addressing it. The Internet giant will start pulling these records from results when someone asks them to, helping individuals maintain privacy in a world where hackers are increasingly breaching medical facilities' networks. This marks a change in policy for the company, which recently updated its policy page to reflect the new removal category.

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This new type of poppy seed won’t make you fail drug tests

This new type of poppy seed won’t make you fail drug tests

From a Seinfeld episode to real-life drama, poppy seeds have been a source of comedy, angst, and compromised jobs. Consuming too many of the seeds on your morning bagel can cause you to test positive for heroin, and depending on the nature of your job, that could be cause for immediate dismissal. The issue is a serious one, and as a result one company has created a new variety of poppy seeds, ones that have low levels of morphine.

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NASA CHESS mission will probe ’empty’ deep space

NASA CHESS mission will probe ’empty’ deep space

NASA plans to probe the seemingly empty space that lies between stars via its new CHESS mission, helping researchers understand the earliest parts of a star's slow formation. CHESS, in this case, is short for Colorado High-resolution Echelle Stellar Spectrograph, a special payload that will be sent into space on the suborbital sounding rocket called Black Brant IX. The launch will take place next week.

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