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Study finds high blood pressure associated with Alzheimer’s disease

Study finds high blood pressure associated with Alzheimer’s disease

A newly published study has linked high blood pressure to brain diseases, including Alzheimer's. Researchers specifically point to blood pressure later in life, finding that patients with higher systolic blood pressure had a greater risk of brain lesions. The study followed 1288 older individuals until their death, at which point their brains were studied.

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Xperia XA2 Plus mid-range phone packs Sony Hi-Res audio

Xperia XA2 Plus mid-range phone packs Sony Hi-Res audio

Sony has taken the wraps off its new Xperia XA2 Plus, a smartphone packing the company's Hi-Res audio technology, as well as an 18:9 display, 4K camera, and more. The company hawks the XA2 Plus as an "entertainment-focused" handset, one that falls within the mid-tier Xperia range. This marks the first time Sony has offered Hi-Res audio in its "super mid-range" Xperia lineup, the company says.

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Minecraft Aquatic Phase 2 update arrives on almost all platforms

Minecraft Aquatic Phase 2 update arrives on almost all platforms

The second phase of the Minecraft Aquatic update is rolling out to nearly all platforms. The update began rolling out yesterday, bringing various new features, changes, and improvements that build upon the first phase released in May. The Aquatic updates bring a massive change to the game, adding underworld elements, new in-game items, underwater zombies called "The Drowned," and much more.

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Starbucks 2020 single-use straw ban targets plastic waste

Starbucks 2020 single-use straw ban targets plastic waste

Starbucks has announced plans to phase out single-use straws, helping address the issue of plastic waste impacting the environment. The ban won't take place until 2020, after which point Starbucks stores will switch to a type of plastic lid that has a built-in spout. The new straw-less lids are recyclable and will contribute to the elimination of more than a billion plastic straws annually.

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Slack updates search with expanded view and intelligent filtering

Slack updates search with expanded view and intelligent filtering

Slack has been updated with new search filters to simplify the searching process, helping users find what they're looking with less time needed. Among other things, the update adds a new expanded search view, which helps users shift through the results to find specifically what they need. The search filters are presented within that expanded view, including channels and users.

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NVIDIA AI scrubs noise and watermarks from digital images

NVIDIA AI scrubs noise and watermarks from digital images

NVIDIA researchers are back with yet another digital image technology that pushes the limits of traditional image manipulation. Unlike Adobe's recently disclosed project, which involved a neural network trained to spot digitally altered images, NVIDIA's newest creation can scrub digital sensor noise and watermarks from digital images. Thanks to the artificial intelligence powering it, the feature is far more effective than existing denoising tools.

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Netflix adds smart download management for offline content

Netflix adds smart download management for offline content

Netflix has revealed smarter downloads on Android, an update to its offline downloads feature that enables the app to manage content on its own. The old offline download experience isn't going anywhere, but rather Netflix is adding a second downloading option -- smart downloads -- that ensure the user's favorite content is always available offline without using up excess phone or tablet storage.

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Tesla ends Model 3 reservations, opens to orders in US and Canada

Tesla ends Model 3 reservations, opens to orders in US and Canada

Tesla has stopped taking new Model 3 reservations for new customers in North America, opening orders to anyone who wants to purchase a unit. Until now, customers were required to pay $1,000 as a deposit to reserve their spot in the Model 3 production line. That has changed for new buyers -- you can no longer make a reservation if you don't already have one. Orders can be placed through Tesla's website.

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Dubai plans world’s biggest vertical farm with 130,000sqft facility

Dubai plans world’s biggest vertical farm with 130,000sqft facility

Dubai plans to build the world's largest vertical farm, a growing method that reduces water usage, among other things. These vertical farms have cropped up in various cities, primarily in repurposed old warehouses and industrial buildings, enabling communities to grow their own local produce. Soon, Dubai will be home to a 130,000sqft facility that grows thousands of pounds of leafy goods.

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Mercedes-Benz eCitaro electric buses are designed for cities of the future

Mercedes-Benz eCitaro electric buses are designed for cities of the future

Daimler is working on an electric version of its Citaro bus, the upcoming Mercedes-Benz eCitaro. This all-electric model will power cities of the future, enabling them to provide emission-free public transportation that is completely silent. The first orders for eCitaro have already been placed and the initial units will be delivered to customers later this year.

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PUBG Mobile beta version brings new features to Android

PUBG Mobile beta version brings new features to Android

Tencent, the company behind the mobile version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, has launched a beta version on the game on the Google Play Store. Unlike many beta apps, which require the user to get an invitation or sign up for beta access, this new app can be downloaded by anyone at any time. There are a couple catches, such as not being able to use your regular PUBG account, but in return you get access to the latest features and changes.

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2-in-1 “Wand” Chromebook with backlit detachable keyboard leaks

2-in-1 “Wand” Chromebook with backlit detachable keyboard leaks

Code found in Chrome OS reveals the existence of a new detachable Chromebook product codenamed "Wand." According to the report revealing the code, "Wand" is a battery-powered detachable keyboard, one that could potentially bring a backlight to solve existing 2-in-1 Chromebook complaints. The powered keyboard may also be used to provide ultra-long battery life.

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