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HTC U11 128GB preorders start in the US tonight (plus deals!)

HTC U11 128GB preorders start in the US tonight (plus deals!)

The HTC U11 has some fervent fans, but not everyone with their eye on the model has picked one up yet. If you're counted among those people, HTC has some good news: you'll be able to preorder the 128GB version of the U11 in the United States starting tomorrow. Not interested? The company is also hoping to bring in some new customers by dangling a few sweet summer deals.

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MetroPCS gets T-Mobile’s scam IDing and blocking tech

MetroPCS gets T-Mobile’s scam IDing and blocking tech

If you have a phone on T-Mobile's network, you have access to a technology that automatically identifies and, if you wish, blocks incoming calls from scammers. The technology is baked into T-Mobile's network, and it'll soon be available to anyone using MetroPCS devices. The technology has been live since this past April, and it has thus far identified and/or blocked scam calls for more than 243 million users, according to the company.

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Dying Light will get 10 free DLCs over the next 12 months

Dying Light will get 10 free DLCs over the next 12 months

Techland's beloved zombie game Dying Light came out in January 2015, but much like the zombies it contains, the game's still not dead. Techland has announced plans to release 10 free DLCs for the title over the next year, something spurred by the huge player base that is still enjoying the title. According to TechLand, 700k people played the game every week upon release, and today there are still 500k of them playing weekly.

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One percent of TV static originates from the Big Bang

One percent of TV static originates from the Big Bang

Unless you're still using an old television, it has probably been years since you've last seen television static. The snowy mess was an annoyance; for the user, it meant the coaxial cable needed adjusted or the TV antenna needed leaves cleaned off. As it turns out, that static contained something pretty astonishing: a sliver of residue from the creation of the universe.

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New James Bond movie gets a release date

New James Bond movie gets a release date

A couple years have passed since a new James Bond movie last graced theaters, but that'll be changing soon. It was just announced that the next installment in the James Bond franchise will be arriving in theaters on November 8, 2019...if you're located in the US. The rest of the world will be getting the theatrical premiere earlier, as is the tradition with these films.

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Lenovo Miix 320 Review: a tiny $200 Windows 2-in-1 Laptop

Lenovo Miix 320 Review: a tiny $200 Windows 2-in-1 Laptop

People love cheap, usable notebooks. Rewind a decade or so and 'netbooks' were just becoming a hot item. Things like the Sony Vaio P existed. Consumers gobbled them up, and though the market as a whole eventually moved on from the ultra-tiny laptop trend, the fact remains that a portable, inexpensive laptop is almost always a desirable option to have. Thus enters Lenovo's new budget-friendly 2-in-1 Miix 320 convertible laptop.

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Razer Destiny 2 peripherals collection is made for PC gamers

Razer Destiny 2 peripherals collection is made for PC gamers

Razer has taken the wraps off a new line of PC gaming peripherals, all of them branded with Destiny 2 imagery. The collection is comprised of a keyboard, mousepad, and headphones, all of them designed specifically for gamers; the game itself, of course, doesn't arrive for a couple months, and so it's no surprise the peripherals aren't available yet, either. Fortunately, we do have the details.

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Game of Thrones pirates beware: HBO is watching you

Game of Thrones pirates beware: HBO is watching you

One of the most popular television shows is also one of the most pirated television shows: Game of Thrones. The series has been marred by piracy in various ways throughout its life, not the least of which was the major leak that resulted in a handful of episodes hitting torrents networks before airing on HBO. Now that the seventh and final season is underway, HBO is in overdrive trying to protect its property, and it has its sights set on pirates.

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Ancient human ‘ghost’ species revealed by saliva protein

Ancient human ‘ghost’ species revealed by saliva protein

A simple salivary protein has revealed a so-called 'ghost' species of ancient humans, a new study reveals, hinting at the existence of an archaic species that swapped genetic material with human ancestors. It is well known that ancient hominin species contributed to the rise of modern humans, not the least of which is the Neanderthals and lesser known Denisovans. Such rendezvous took place in Europe and Asia, but it seems similar encounters may have happened in ancient Africa, too.

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Chrome OS lock screen apps hinted by notes feature

Chrome OS lock screen apps hinted by notes feature

It seems a new feature is inbound for Chromebooks, and it'll involve being able to take notes from the lock screen. The feature was spotted recently in the Chromium repository, and it indicates the feature will be arriving soon as a new tool for the laptop's primary account holder. The feature itself, though, is part of a larger effort that brings apps to the lock screen.

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Apple sued by State Farm over iPhone 4S fire: battery blamed

Apple sued by State Farm over iPhone 4S fire: battery blamed

State Farm, a major insurance company, has sued Apple over a house fire allegedly caused by a defective iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4S contained the original battery, according to the lawsuit, which names both State Farm and Wisconsin resident Xai Thao as plaintiffs, when it experienced a 'significant and localized heating event' that set fire to Thao's house.

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Phobos makes surprise appearance in Hubble Mars photo

Phobos makes surprise appearance in Hubble Mars photo

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope recently captured a time lapse of Phobos, a tiny rock-like moon, orbiting around Mars. The resulting composite image of the 13 total exposures shows what appears to be a bright dot of light near Mars...it looks something like a spec of dust that reflected light back at a camera. That 'speck of dust,' though, is a great look at one of the Red Planet's two small moons.

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