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Elon Musk’s Mission to Mars: Your SpaceX briefing

Elon Musk’s Mission to Mars: Your SpaceX briefing

You’ve probably seen pictures and the headlines, which probably leave you with a bunch of questions. What is SpaceX? Are they competing with NASA? Is the stuff about Mars actually happening? Elon Musk’s ambitious and ongoing space exploration project has been attracting plenty of attention and excitement. Even more so in recent months, as SpaceX's commercial space flights made significant progress in 2019.

So here is your SpaceX crash course, definitely no pun intended.

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Mobile trends to look forward to in 2020

Mobile trends to look forward to in 2020

Another year, another line up of smartphone trends to look forward to. This year brought us mechanized selfie cameras, in-display fingerprint scanners, variations of the notch and triple cameras. The headphone jack also breathed its final breath as mainstream phones like Samsung Galaxy took them off their main devices.

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Why we should be worried about Deepfakes and what is being done to fight it

Why we should be worried about Deepfakes and what is being done to fight it

The year is 1969. President Richard Nixon read a speech about Apollo 11 astronauts being stranded on the moon. “The men who went to the moon to explore in peace, will stay on the moon and rest in peace,” he said. That didn’t happen. In truth, the world watched as the crew of Apollo 11 successfully landed, then returned to Earth. But a recently surfaced deepfake video of former President Nixon in this fictional scenario seemed to suggest otherwise. The computer-generated video of Nixon was created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Centre for Advanced Virtuality.

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As PlayStation turns 25: What was your favorite game on PS1?

As PlayStation turns 25: What was your favorite game on PS1?

Today is a big day for the PlayStation brand, because today marks the 25th anniversary of Sony's entrance into the world of gaming. On December 3rd, 1994, Sony launched the first PlayStation in Japan. Those of us here in the US and our friends over in Europe would have to wait another 10 months to get our hands on the PlayStation, but going from its Japanese launch date, the PlayStation turns 25 years old today.

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Looking back into Stadia’s launch, issues, and what to look forward to

Looking back into Stadia’s launch, issues, and what to look forward to

Stadia's launch hasn't been what Google had hoped for. Anticipated as a Netflix for gaming, Google’s answer to consoles and Steam was supposed to shake the industry make gamers think twice about that PlayStation 5 in a year or two. But instead, lukewarm reviews and performance issues are turning gamers away. Worse still, its poor entry is casting a shadow of doubt over the promise of game streaming, which could hinder its chances of ever winning gamers in the near future.

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Four things EA is doing right with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Four things EA is doing right with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order launched this week and what a relief it was. The Electronic Arts and Respawn project released to thunderous acclaim and was the Star Wars video game many had hoped for all along. EA has had a terrible track record with its Star Wars titles since Disney signed a 10-year video game licensing deal in 2013.

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Will EA learn anything from the success of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order?

Will EA learn anything from the success of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order?

I’ve been a gamer for many years, just as EA has been a games publisher for many years. Lately, the two of us haven’t really seen eye-to-eye. By looking around the internet, I get the feeling that’s true for a lot of folks, who all complain about EA’s overbearing commitment to live service games and the pursuit of profits over anything else. Still, many of EA’s games seem to sell really well, particularly its various sports games, which all appear at least somewhat insulated from the outrage surrounding loot boxes and microtransactions in games that cost $60 up front.

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A tale of two Nintendos

A tale of two Nintendos

Over the course of this generation, Nintendo has gone from having a disaster of a console on its hands with the Wii U to enjoying the feeling of hitting it big with the Switch. I enjoy the Switch immensely, as it’s my most-used gaming platform beyond my PC. I play my Switch for some amount of time nearly every day, even if it’s just for 10 or 15 minutes in bed at the end of the day. I think there are a number of Switch games that are among the best of the generation and I’m excited to see where the console goes from here.

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Linux phones need to succeed and it isn’t just about privacy

Linux phones need to succeed and it isn’t just about privacy

Android and iOS may be the mobile platforms today but there have always been attempts to push other horses into the race. Most of them used the Linux kernel just like Android but a few were more direct efforts to bring some of the Linux desktop stack to mobile in one form or another. Thanks to changes in the industry, particularly in electronic components and production, there has been a steady rise of such attempts to create true Linux and truly open source phones, with Purism's Librem 5 and PINE64's PinePhone leading the way. These are primarily targeted at a small hobbyist market and at users that value privacy and security above all else. But while those are valid and desirable goals, it's actually important that these Linux phones become more mainstream in order to cultivate a healthier and better mobile market in general.

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Surface Duo and Surface Neo need these 4 things to truly take off

Surface Duo and Surface Neo need these 4 things to truly take off

Foldable phones are a hot topic in the mobile market but they are still far from something that most consumers will be able to use, let alone afford. It will be quite a while before flexible screens become reliable and durable enough to meet the standards of those who can afford them. In the meantime, a different breed of foldable phones, those with dual screens, is sparking up some interest, especially with Microsoft's long-awaited Courier, or Surface Duo rather. That admittedly eccentric and niche phone runs the risk of becoming a spectacular dud unless Microsoft takes the time to learn from LG's dual screen foray.

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You can’t do real work on Android, at least not all of it

You can’t do real work on Android, at least not all of it

While not an Apple hater, I personally prefer more open or at least less restrictive platforms and devices. That primarily translates to Linux and open source software on the desktop and Android on mobile. But if there's one thing I have always been jealous of Apple's mobile ecosystem is how it has grown to enable more complex uses and workflows, especially on iPads. It's no longer so ridiculous or so rare to find people who are proud to proclaim that they do their work or even live solely on an iPad, specifically an iPad Pro. Unfortunately, the same can't be said of Android.

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Why is Instagram hiding likes?

Why is Instagram hiding likes?

Instagram may have just changed the game they started. The photo-sharing platform started hiding likes that are usually shown under posts of random users. It doesn't affect every user for now, it's part of their ongoing tests to make Instagram a safer place on the internet, but this could soon become the standard for Instagram.

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