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Verizon launches new 2GB prepaid plan

Verizon launches new 2GB prepaid plan

We’ve seen some shakeups in the wireless service market, with three of the biggest carriers rolling out new/modified unlimited plans in a sort of battle-for-the-consumer. Now Verizon has just announced a new offering for its prepaid customers: a 2GB prepaid plan priced at $40/month. That 2GB allotment is for high-speed data, after which point the speeds are throttled down to a paltry 128kbps.

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Bacterial DNA reveals salmonella may have wiped out the Aztecs

Bacterial DNA reveals salmonella may have wiped out the Aztecs

A couple of new studies reveal that salmonella may have been the cause of mass devastation to the Aztec civilization, at least according to the DNA of bacterium pulled from burial locations in Mexico. The nation’s native inhabitants were hit with a severe pestilence of some sort, one powerful enough to have wiped out as much as 80-percent of the population. The exact cause of that devastation has been a source of mystery.

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New AT&T Unlimited plan arrives tomorrow for postpaid customers

New AT&T Unlimited plan arrives tomorrow for postpaid customers

AT&T has announced that it will launch a new Unlimited plan starting tomorrow, offering it to all postpaid business and consumer customers. The news comes only a few days after Verizon brought back its unlimited plan, one that promises to give subscribers unlimited access to the carrier’s 4G LTE network. T-Mobile was quick to respond to the Verizon plan by upgrading its own ONE plan, and now four days later this appears to be AT&T’s response.

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Late Bronze Age sword and golden spear found in Scotland

Late Bronze Age sword and golden spear found in Scotland

A sword and spear dating back to the late Bronze Age have been discovered in Scotland, where they were unearthed by construction workers during a project. Both items are made of bronze, while the spearhead in particular is also adorned in gold. Joining the metal items is a pin and scabbard for the sword. According to GUARD Archaeology, this is an ‘exceptional group’ that greatly contributes to archaeological findings in the nation.

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Land snail species named after Dungeons & Dragons character ‘Shar’

Land snail species named after Dungeons & Dragons character ‘Shar’

Shar, the Mistress of the Night, has a namesake: a small newly discovered land snail found in a cave in Brazil. Researchers have dubbed the small critter Gastrocopta sharae, with those who made the discovery explaining, “It’s a fitting name for a tiny snail that lives hidden in the dark recesses of a cavern … Usually biologists tend to honor Greek and Roman deities when naming species, but the goddess Shar has a more colorful background.”

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Sony EXTRA BASS Wireless Speakers hit shelves next month

Sony EXTRA BASS Wireless Speakers hit shelves next month

Sony has finally revealed the pricing and availability info for its previously unveiled EXTRA BASS Wireless Speakers, as well as some EXTRA BASS Wireless Headphones. The company took the wraps off its new speaker last month during CES 2017, giving us a look at the features but without the pertinent availability details. As it turns out, both the headphones and the speakers will be hitting shelves in March.

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The ‘Met’ Museum of Art adds 375k images to the public domain

The ‘Met’ Museum of Art adds 375k images to the public domain

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has once again made a massive batch of images public domain, marking its latest release since the 400,000 images it made available back in 2014. This time around, the Met has made more than 375,000 images available under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, doing so under the new Open Access policy. The images are all public domain artwork in the Met’s collection.

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AT&T International Day Pass gives unlimited text and calls for a single day

AT&T International Day Pass gives unlimited text and calls for a single day

As of this upcoming Friday, AT&T will offer its subscribers an ‘International Day Pass’ that offers unlimited text and talking in more than 100 countries. The pass will last for the duration of 24 hours, with the idea being that you can pay for an entire day abroad rather than stressing over the exact number of minutes and texts you use (and subsequently pay for).

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House of Cards Season 5 release date revealed

House of Cards Season 5 release date revealed

Netflix had some good news last year — House of Cards was coming back for a fifth season — and then some bad news: that season’s launch was delayed and no firm release date was provided. We initially expected to see Season 5 drop in the first quarter of this year, but Netflix revealed a couple days ago that fans will have to wait until some time between April and June before they get the next season. That has now been clarified with a hard launch date.

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Twitter exceeded its diversity hiring goals in 2016

Twitter exceeded its diversity hiring goals in 2016

Twitter has previously stated goal related to improving company diversity, and its latest report about the matter indicates it made great strides toward that goal last year, including exceeding its workforce hiring goals in many categories. Though the company didn’t hire as many women into technical roles as it had hoped to, it did increase the overall number of women and underrepresented minorities it employed in 2016, among (many) other things.

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News Republic app gets new ‘Made for Samsung’ version

News Republic app gets new ‘Made for Samsung’ version

If you primarily consume news through your phone, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of News Republic, and perhaps even use it. News Republic is a news aggregating app that sources news of all sorts from publications across the web, making them available alongside certain features and tools. The company behind the product, Cheetah Mobile, has announced an extra special something for Samsung device owners: a ‘Made for Samsung’ version of the news app.

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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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