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Largest known prime number discovered by GIMPS project

Largest known prime number discovered by GIMPS project

The Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search, more commonly referred to as GIMPS (not to be mistaken with the image editing software), has announced the discovery of the largest known prime number. That number is a huge 2^77,232,917-1, which contains 23,249,425 digits. To more easily refer to it, the number is also being called M77232917. Dozens of hours have gone into verifying the number.

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TuneIn Premium unlimited audiobook plan will end next month

TuneIn Premium unlimited audiobook plan will end next month

If Audible's fairly pricey monthly credit system is too expensive for your tastes, TuneIn's premium unlimited audiobook subscription is no doubt appealing. Unfortunately, it also appears the plan may not be sustainable -- the company has quietly announced that it will get rid of the offering next month. TuneIn hasn't given its customers a reason for getting rid of the service, saying only that you have until January 15 to enjoy it.

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Plexamp is Plex’s gorgeous replacement for Winamp

Plexamp is Plex’s gorgeous replacement for Winamp

Plex, the company behind the personal media server software by the same name, has announced the launch of Plexamp, its own replacement for the beloved, basically defunct Winamp player. Plexamp is the first result of another new Plex announcement: Plex Labs, a new "ethos," the company explains, that will bring exposure to community projects among other things. Plexamp, for its part, is a gorgeous audio player for macOS and Windows.

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The Punisher season 2 is official, but doesn’t have a release date yet

The Punisher season 2 is official, but doesn’t have a release date yet

Netflix will be bringing The Punisher back for a second season, the company has announced. The first season was a hit for the company, as many had expected, adding to its growing number of show based on Marvel characters. The character was first introduced to Netflix viewers via the company's original Daredevil series, helping kick off what has become a solid genre for the streaming platform.

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Cartoon Network arrives on Roku with full episodes and early premieres

Cartoon Network arrives on Roku with full episodes and early premieres

Roku offers 'channels' in the form of apps, and those apps point users to a specific service like Netflix. Cartoon Network is the latest network to launch its own app for the Roku platform, and frankly it is about time. The popular network's content can now be viewed on Roku set-top boxes, streaming sticks, and smart TVs, the company has announced.

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Hilton rewards points can now be used to buy stuff on Amazon

Hilton rewards points can now be used to buy stuff on Amazon

Hilton has announced that its rewards members can now use the points they get from stays at hotel properties to buy stuff on Amazon. This is made possible under the newly announced Shop with Points at Amazon option, giving customers a different way to redeem their Hilton Honors points. The new redemption option is available to all Hilton Honors members.

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Apple TV 4K revealed: release date, features

Apple TV 4K revealed: release date, features

At its event this afternoon, Apple has just taken the wraps off its new Apple TV, a model that sports many of the features we've heard rumored in past weeks. Chief among them all is 4K support, making the set-top-box more competitive with some of the biggest competing products from Roku and others. That's just a taste of what the Apple TV 4K update brings, though.

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Amazon Prime benefits will soon arrive within Whole Foods stores

Amazon Prime benefits will soon arrive within Whole Foods stores

Following the FTC's approval of the deal, Amazon has announced the upcoming closure of its Whole Foods Market acquisition, which will take place this upcoming Monday. Once the closure happens, Amazon will kick off a round of changes that will blend the two worlds -- that is, Amazon and Whole Foods -- into a more unified product. Namely, Whole Foods Market will soon have Amazon Prime integrated in their point-of-sale systems, enabling Prime customers to get in-store benefits and discounts.

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FDA embraces vaping in surprise move against big tobacco

FDA embraces vaping in surprise move against big tobacco

After years of worry and doomsday conspiracy theories, the Federal & Drug Administration has just tossed a curveball into the tobacco industry, announcing plans to help support e-cigarettes and other 'innovations' that are less harmful than traditional cigarettes. The move aims to reduce the number of deaths and preventable diseases that arise from smoking tobacco, as well as curbing the use of cigarettes among teens.

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NASA Parker Solar Probe sun mission named in honor of Eugene Parker

NASA Parker Solar Probe sun mission named in honor of Eugene Parker

As promised, NASA has made an announcement related to its sun investigation mission, the now-formerly named Solar Probe Plus. The space agency, it turns out, has decided to change the mission's name to Parker Solar Probe in honor of astrophysicist Eugene Parker who published a study in 1958 detailing a phenomenon that is now known as solar wind. "This is the first time NASA has named a spacecraft for a living individual," Science Mission Directorate associate administration Thomas Zurbuchen explained.

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Tesla brings in new HR leader following mistreatment allegations

Tesla brings in new HR leader following mistreatment allegations

Tesla is in the midst of heavy criticism following allegations from workers and others over working conditions. A report surfaced recently via The Guardian claiming poor Tesla factory worker conditions resulting in one hundred ambulance visits over the last three years. While these allegations continue to roll in, Tesla has announced the appointment of a new HR leader, not stating the reasons for its former HR chief's departure.

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Arrested Development season 5 is officially inbound for Netflix

Arrested Development season 5 is officially inbound for Netflix

After numerous rumors dating back to the summer of 2013, we finally, finally have confirmation: a fifth season of Arrested Development will be made for Netflix, giving fans the follow-up to Netflix's early 2013 fourth season premiere. We've known for the better part of four years now that Netflix was interested in keeping the show around for a fifth season, something that had been confirmed by Imagine Entertainment's CEO Brian Grazer, but plans were never made official.

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