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Evernote 8.0 for iOS redesigned for speed and simplicity

Evernote 8.0 for iOS redesigned for speed and simplicity

Evernote has introduced an updated and redesigned version of its iOS app for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Evernote 8.0 features a new design that aims to provide both ‘speed and simplicity,’ says Evernote, while making it easy to get and then stay organized. Says the company, the entire Evernote experience has been reimagined from the ground up for the latest iOS iteration.

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China stops 85 coal power projects as part of Five Year Plan

China stops 85 coal power projects as part of Five Year Plan

China, in order to meet its stated Five Year Plan coal capacity goal, has stopped the development of 85 coal power projects across 13 different provinces. The news was recently announced by China’s National Energy Board’s Electricity Division, which says the projects would have totaled more than 100 million kilowatts of power. The notice says these projects were “ceased or postponed,” making it unclear whether any will be resumed in the future.

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NOOK Tablet 7″ pulled from shelves over faulty chargers

NOOK Tablet 7″ pulled from shelves over faulty chargers

Barnes and Noble can’t win, it seems. The company’s troubled ereader devices received a needed and surprising refresh with the NOOK Tablet 7, a 7-inch tablet with a $50 price tag unveiled just a few months ago. Unfortunately, news surfaced shortly after launch that the tablets had a malware issue. Now the company is pulling the product off shelves entirely, but for a different reason: it seems there’s an issue with the device chargers.

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BLAST military project can detect brain injury from explosions

BLAST military project can detect brain injury from explosions

The Office of Naval Research is funding a new project to develop BLAST, the Blast Load Assessment Sense and Test technology. This system, once created, will help identify potential traumatic brain injuries in soldiers and other military personnel who are within range of some kind of blast, potentially getting them necessary medical attention promptly. Such technology may help prevent serious brain injury resulting from multiple traumatic blast exposures.

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Alaskan salmon infected with Japanese tapeworm, CDC warns

Alaskan salmon infected with Japanese tapeworm, CDC warns

The Japanese broad tapeworm has been identified in Alaskan-caught salmon, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control, providing a good reason to think twice before eating any raw fish. The parasite, known as Diphyllobothrium nihonkaiense, has been cited as responsible for about 2,000 cases of known human infections, the vast majority of them in Japan, South Korea, and similar regions.

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AMC unveils James Cameron docuseries on the evolution of sci-fi

AMC unveils James Cameron docuseries on the evolution of sci-fi

The television network AMC has announced an upcoming documentary series (docuseries) from James Cameron that’ll explore the origins and evolution of science fiction. The series currently has the working title “Story of Science Fiction,” though there’s a good chance we’ll see that change by the time the show launches. Cameron, of course, is behind such notable works as Avatar, Aliens, The Terminator, and more.

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NASA mobile game lets you grow plants on the ISS

NASA mobile game lets you grow plants on the ISS

NASA quietly launched a mobile game last month that allows gamers to grow their own virtual plants aboard the International Space Station. Called “Space Science Investigations: Plant Growth,” the game takes players aboard the ISS, where they meet the crew, gather items, float around, and ultimately get their own mission: experimental plant growth.

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Airbus autonomous flying car prototype may enter testing this year

Airbus autonomous flying car prototype may enter testing this year

Traveling by car can be incredibly frustrating and time consuming in the world’s largest cities, a problem that’ll only get worse if suitable mass transportation options aren’t developed. While trains are one great option, the future may hold a better solution: autonomous (“self-piloting”) aircraft dubbed flying cars that transport groups of people via the air rather than the ground.

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Galaxy S8 S Health app tipped with doctor scheduling feature

Galaxy S8 S Health app tipped with doctor scheduling feature

The Samsung Galaxy S8 will include an updated S Health app that allows users to schedule doctor appointments directly within the app, according to sources. This will be one of multiple new features coming to the new health app, the others including integration with health-related services including WebMC and Amwell, video access to certified medical professionals, and more.

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Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, has died

Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, has died

NASA has revealed that retired astronaut Eugene “Gene” Cernan, the last many to walk on the moon, has passed away at the age of 82. Born in Chicago in 1934, Cernan went on to become one of 14 astronauts NASA selected in 1963. His career was long and varied, and included serving as a pilot for the Gemini IX mission, a backup pilot for Gemini 12, and a backup lunar module pilot for Apollo 7.

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Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 unveiled with 10x CPU performance

Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 unveiled with 10x CPU performance

Raspberry Pi has introduced the Compute Module 3, the latest generation of its Compute Module (CM) hardware. According to the company, the Compute Module 3 offers about ten times the CPU performance of the original Compute Module 1, as well as twice the RAM. The CM1 board, the original Compute Module, as released back in early 2014.

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Takata executives indicted by DoJ alongside $1 billion fine

Takata executives indicted by DoJ alongside $1 billion fine

Following recent news that an indictment and fine were nearly finalized, the U.S. Department of Justice has announced a $1 billion fine against Takata, the company behind faulty air bags. In addition to the fine, the Justice Department has indicted three company executives. Takata as a company will plead guilty to fraud. Though the news has just been publicized, the decision was made on December 7.

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