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Surface dives in Microsoft’s FY17 Q3

Surface dives in Microsoft’s FY17 Q3

Microsoft may have had a strong FY17 Q3, but dramatically lower sales of its Surface PCs in the quarter suggest it needs new models sooner rather than later. The software giant credited the value of the cloud for its $22.1bn GAAP revenue results, with net income of $4.8bn GAAP. However, today's announcement also included some bad news from Microsoft's hardware division.

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USPS ‘Total Solar Eclipse’ Forever Stamp arrives in June

USPS ‘Total Solar Eclipse’ Forever Stamp arrives in June

As we've previously reported, this upcoming August will offer a rare total solar eclipse that stretches a path from the western coast to the eastern coast of the United States. This will be the first time such an eclipse stretches across the entire nation since the last event in 1918. Overall, people in a total of 14 states will be able to witness the event. Ahead of that, though, comes a new US Postal Service Forever Stamp to mark the event.

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DARPA project will use tech to speed up human learning

DARPA project will use tech to speed up human learning

It has long been the stuff of science fiction -- the dream of enabling rapid human learning via microchips, machine-to-brain cables, or some other type of technology. DARPA, as with many of its mad science projects, is looking into making that dream a reality. The defense research agency has announced a total of eight different projects being run by seven different institutions as part of a larger DARPA-funded research program on this topic that will coordinate the efforts of these institutions. If the teams are successful, humans will be closer than ever to tech-based rapid human learning.

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Google Search update puts the heat on fake news

Google Search update puts the heat on fake news

Facebook and social media may be largely blamed from the rampant rise of fake news over the Internet, but search engines, like Google Search, are just as culpable. After all, they are the vehicle on which these misleading content ride on to get to our web browsers. Google has definitely felt the pressure in these past months from fake news as well as inappropriate search results. Although it did take some time, Google is now making public the big changes it is making to its Search system to ensure that questionable content don't get through. At least not much.

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Lyrid Meteor Shower starts tonight: how and where to watch

Lyrid Meteor Shower starts tonight: how and where to watch

The second notable meteor shower of 2017 is kicking off tonight, and it'll be your best chance of seeing the celestial event. The Lyrid Meteor Shower will be happening on both April 22 and 23, but if you can't catch it tonight, tomorrow's viewing will be less notable, so take note. NASA says viewers will be able to watch the meteor shower by finding the the Summer Triangle in the sky, where about 18 meteors will pass every hour.

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Study: LSD causes a higher state of consciousness (sort of)

Study: LSD causes a higher state of consciousness (sort of)

Psychedelics -- those who have tried them have a hard time describing what they're like, and those who haven't tried them have no idea what they're missing. Or something like that. Proponents have long described a type of higher consciousness that accompanies drugs like LSD and magic mushrooms, and now a new study have found evidence that this is true. Volunteers who took psychedelics were discovered to experience a higher state of consciousness...but not in the way you're probably thinking.

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U.S. Navy bans e-cigarettes from all of its ships and aircraft

U.S. Navy bans e-cigarettes from all of its ships and aircraft

We've seen enough incidents involving e-cigarette batteries to know they can be dangerous. The issues tend to revolve around either poorly constructed 'vaping' devices or users improperly storing the batteries and shorting them out via loose change and key rings. While we've seen these incidents happen at home, in courtrooms, and at convenience stores, the U.S. Navy has seen them elsewhere: on its own ships, where the vaping devices are now banned.

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What is the MOAB GBU-43/B “Mother Of All Bombs”?

What is the MOAB GBU-43/B “Mother Of All Bombs”?

Nicknamed the "Mother of All Bombs", the MOAB GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb was the most destructive non-nuclear weapon designed (when it was first designed). The first use of this bomb on the battlefield was earlier today, April 13th, 2017, in the Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. This bomb has a blast radius of more than a mile, and was originally designed to replace a bomb made for Vietnam War troops to create helicopter landing spaces in wooded areas.

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The Pink Moon rises tonight: all the details for seeing it yourself

The Pink Moon rises tonight: all the details for seeing it yourself

Later on tonight -- or in the early morning hours, depending on your location -- the night sky will be illuminated by the first full moon of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, the Pink Moon. If you're hoping to see a Pepto-pink moon tonight, don't get your hopes up -- the name refers to a type of flower that typically blooms this time of year, not the color of the moon itself. Still, stargazers and astro-enthusiasts will have a prime opportunity to get some nice shots of the moon in the coming hours.

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‘Most important’ exoplanet GJ 1132b found to have an atmosphere

‘Most important’ exoplanet GJ 1132b found to have an atmosphere

A couple years ago, researchers discovered what they called the 'most important planet found outside [our] solar system,' the exoplanet named GJ 1132b. This planet is about 16-percent larger than our own, and it is located about 39 light-years away. While this planet is itself far too hot to sustain life, researchers had said that if GJ 1132b has an atmosphere, that'll be a monumental discovery indicating other -- potentially cooler -- planets nearby may likewise have an atmosphere. That makes this latest discovery all the more exciting: GJ 1132b does, indeed, have an atmosphere.

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Dropbox’s new online interface is faster and easier to use

Dropbox’s new online interface is faster and easier to use

Dropbox has introduced a new online interface that makes its service both easier and faster to use, according to the company. Those who access their cloud-stored data via the Dropbox.com domain will find a cleaner, neater design that makes files and Paper easier to access, as well as prominently placed actions like viewing a document's version history or adding a comment to something. The new interface began rolling out yesterday.

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Netflix abandons star rating system, replaces it with thumbs

Netflix abandons star rating system, replaces it with thumbs

Last month we learned that Netflix was planning to get rid of its star rating system and replace it with a simplified, less detailed rating system: thumbs up and thumbs down. That system is now rolling out, with users seeing the thumb ratings instead of the stars that have long dotted the platform. At the heart of the problem, according to Netflix, was a misunderstanding of what the stars meant, and so it is making things more clear.

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