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Apple Park complete, Jony Ive retakes direct design control

Apple Park complete, Jony Ive retakes direct design control

Jony Ive, Apple's legendary designer, is reclaiming direct management of the Cupertino firm's product design teams. The decision comes after Ive stepped back from direct control over Apple's various designers in order to focus on a somewhat larger project, the "spaceship" Apple Park campus.

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San Francisco bans delivery robots from public sidewalks

San Francisco bans delivery robots from public sidewalks

San Francisco has banned sidewalk delivery robots, squashing a delivery method that is still in its infancy. Not many of these robots exist, but some companies, such as Domino's, are testing them in various regions. The decision to ban these bots from operating on public sidewalks was made unanimously by the city's Board of Supervisors.

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Cinemark Movie Club takes on MoviePass, includes snacks discount

Cinemark Movie Club takes on MoviePass, includes snacks discount

Cinemark has unveiled Movie Club, a monthly subscription aimed at people who love seeing movies in the theater. Movie Club appears to be Cinemark's own alternative to MoviePass, offering customers a flat rate for movie tickets and discounts on snacks. Cinemark's offering undercuts MoviePass a tiny bit, though the two services aren't exactly twins. One service may be better for you than the other depending on your habits, but neither clearly stands out as the better choice.

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Secret 18th century message found in Jesus statue’s hollow rump

Secret 18th century message found in Jesus statue’s hollow rump

Experts were recently surprised to discover a secret 18th century message located in the hollowed butt of a wooden Jesus statue. The statue, which was undergoing restoration after being removed from a church in Sotillo de la Ribera, Spain, contained a removable piece over its backside. Upon removing it, the conservators discovered a document that is described as a time capsule; it seems it was hidden so that it wouldn't be found for hundreds of years.

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FDA warns biohackers over DIY gene therapy

FDA warns biohackers over DIY gene therapy

Biohackers were on the receiving end of an FDA warning this week, one that advised DIYers that publicly available gene therapy kits are illegal. Gene therapy is the process of using genetic material for manipulating or in some way modifying the expression of a gene. Brave -- or foolish, perhaps -- biohackers have taken to self-administering their own gene therapies, and the FDA isn't happy about it.

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Microsoft unveils huge new Redmond campus with 18 new buildings

Microsoft unveils huge new Redmond campus with 18 new buildings

Microsoft has unveiled its campus of the future, showing off renders for what will one day be its new location in Redmond, Washington. The company describes this as a multi-year project, explaining that it will renovate 6.7 million square feet of work space at its Redmond campus, as well as adding 18 new buildings, a $150 million transportation infrastructure, and much more.

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Supermoon 2017: here’s how to watch the December 3 event

Supermoon 2017: here’s how to watch the December 3 event

This December 3, stargazers will be greeted with a special treat: the 2017 supermoon. The celestial event will be visible for anyone who is located somewhere without dense cloud cover, marking the final notable moon appearance of the year. The supermoon gets its name from the fact that the lunar orbit will be very close to Earth when the full moon takes place.

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Earthworms can reproduce in Mars-like environment

Earthworms can reproduce in Mars-like environment

Earthworms are capable of reproducing in a Mars-like environment, according to a new study, a crucial discovery that aids research into growing crops on Mars. The discovery was made when biologist Wieger Wamelink found a pair of young worms in a simulated Mars soil sample from NASA; only adult worms had been placed in the soil, indicating they had successfully reproduced in the sample.

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White House may ban staffers from using personal phones at work

White House may ban staffers from using personal phones at work

The White House is considering a ban on personal mobile phone usage, a move that will prevent staffers from using their own handsets during work. The ban, should it happen, would be a cybersecurity move, according to officials, who claim it doesn't have anything to do with leaks to media organizations. The idea is that a staff member's own smartphone probably isn't as secure as one issued by the government.

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METI space messages invite aliens to communicate with Earth

METI space messages invite aliens to communicate with Earth

Researchers have undertaken a controversial plan to get aliens to contact humans: sending an invitation out into space. The efforts come from METI, which stands for Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence, and it involved sending messages toward a star system located about 12 light-years from our own. Assuming the messages are received and a reply is sent, we should get it about 25 years from now.

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YouTube tweak will help filter bizarre videos from Kids app

YouTube tweak will help filter bizarre videos from Kids app

YouTube has increasingly faced criticism for a large library of bizarre videos collectively dubbed the 'ElsaGate' collection. These videos feature keyword-stuffed titles that seem to be aimed at luring in as many clicks as possible, and many of these involve the fictional character Elsa, as well as Spiderman and other superhero characters. Many of the videos have been criticized for containing disturbing, sometimes violent or inappropriate content that is targeted at the platform's youngest viewers.

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Logitech is getting roasted for blindsiding angry users

Logitech is getting roasted for blindsiding angry users

Logitech finds itself facing a user revolt, with the news that it's unexpectedly killing off the Harmony Link in just a few months time. Owners of the box, which promised to replace up to eight remote controls for AV equipment like TVs, Blu-ray players, and more, were informed today that, as of March 2018, their system would stop working. Unsurprisingly, they're not particularly pleased with Logitech right now.

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