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This DNA data storage study will make you reconsider the digital future

This DNA data storage study will make you reconsider the digital future

If you have data to archive, there are many current options available: HDDs, SSDs, CDs and DVDs to name a few. In the future, though, data storage may look considerably different, and instead involve the careful use of encoded DNA. Though the idea to use DNA for data storage isn't new, the technology is still in its infancy. A new study sheds light on what is currently possible, and details a couple of astounding breakthroughs, not the least of which is encoding a movie in DNA.

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How to mute Twitter notifications from accounts you don’t know

How to mute Twitter notifications from accounts you don’t know

Twitter, as part of its seemingly endless effort to combat the trolls on its platform, has introduced some new capabilities, namely the ability to mute users you don't know. This means, as one example, you won't get notifications if you're mentioned by accounts that you don't follow or by accounts that you don't follow. This convenient muting feature only works if you turn it on, though; that process is pretty simple.

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IoT device calls police during alleged domestic abuse incident

IoT device calls police during alleged domestic abuse incident

We've heard of thieves accidentally pocket-dialing the police during or right after a theft, and now another type of technology has arisen to foil would-be criminal situations. According to a recent report, an alleged abuser accidentally called the cops on himself during what police describe as a domestic altercation. How? By accidentally issuing the voice commands 'call the sheriffs.'

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There’s a major new STD superbug nobody is taking seriously

There’s a major new STD superbug nobody is taking seriously

The World Health Organization has warned of a new superbug version of gonorrhea, one that is drug-resistant and, in some cases, untreatable. Thus far there are reports of untreatable gonorrhea coming out of Japan, France, and Spain, and unfortunately some of the patients may be infecting others; one WHO medical officer reports that a patient infected with untreatable gonorrhea 'just disappeared,' failing to return for follow-ups.

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Samsung is on the rise, and iPhone 8 will only help it

Samsung is on the rise, and iPhone 8 will only help it

Samsung has reported record Q2 earnings and is preparing for Apple's iPhone to buoy it even further, putting the flaming Note 7 debacle resolutely behind it. Preliminary operating income for the South Korean company reached $12bn in the three months between April and June 2017, Samsung confirmed, comfortably outperforming market expectations. Meanwhile, its strong position in the supply chain of other device-makers signals the second half of the year will be just as impressive.

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Photobucket’s broken image embeds are a frustrating “free” service reminder

Photobucket’s broken image embeds are a frustrating “free” service reminder

Photobucket has provided internet users with yet another lesson about trusting free services, suddenly holding hotlinked images to ransom. The photo hosting company was one of the mainstays of the 00's, and though it had been overshadowed in more recent years, was still a go-to option for many for their image storage needs. That was primarily because though Photobucket might not be the first place you'd go to browse through a gallery of pictures, it did allow you to embed them onto other sites.

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Thousands of Microsoft jobs cut in cloud-first pivot

Thousands of Microsoft jobs cut in cloud-first pivot

Microsoft is axing as many as 3,000 jobs as it refocuses its business, with a new emphasis on selling lucrative cloud services prompting a sizable shakeup. The software giant announced its plans to reorient earlier this week, with rumors at the time suggesting that redundancies could be on the cards as well. However, Microsoft insisted that it would repurpose employees as much as possible into new roles.

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Ancient giant crocodile had long, serrated dino teeth

Ancient giant crocodile had long, serrated dino teeth

A gigantic creature called Razanandrongobe sakalavae is the subject of a new research paper, and in it we learn that this beast, which prowled the land 170 million years ago, resembled a crocodile while harboring teeth not unlike the kind possessed by a T-rex. The animal, which is called 'Razana' as a sort of nickname, is the giant ancestor of simple lizards and, during its time, it feasted on dinosaurs.

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US laptop ban lifted for flights from Istanbul and Dubai

US laptop ban lifted for flights from Istanbul and Dubai

The US government has lifted in-flight laptop bans for flights originating from Istanbul and Dubai, a follow-up to the recent ban removal for flights from Abu Dhabi. The ban removal follows recently announced enhanced security measures that, if enacted by airports, may result in their in-flight gadget bans being removed. All of this, of course, follows the US ban on certain large in-flight electronics that may be modified so that the batteries function as bombs. The UK implemented a very similar ban immediately following the US's ban.

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Study: you can tell if someone is rich or poor by looking at their face

Study: you can tell if someone is rich or poor by looking at their face

First impressions can tell you a lot about a person, and a new study says those first impressions include whether you're richer or poorer than average. The findings were made by researchers with the University of Toronto's Faculty of Arts and Science; they explain that the determination can be made simply by looking at someone's neutral face without any particular facial expression -- in fact, making an expression like smiling eliminates the ability to make this determination.

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Why the Internet is mad at CNN right now

Why the Internet is mad at CNN right now

This week there was a bit of a firestorm surrounding the posting of meme-like content on Donald Trump's Twitter feed. A Reddit user apparently created a GIF which showed Donald beating up a wrestler which had a CNN logo for a head, then took credit for it once it was Tweeted. The folks at CNN's KFile went to find the Reddit user and write a story about him - that's where things get messy.

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North Korea just claimed a huge, terrifying missile milestone

North Korea just claimed a huge, terrifying missile milestone

Experts are divided on whether North Korea has passed another worrying missile milestone, with the clandestine and controversial country claiming to have successfully tested its first ICBM. The Hwasong-14 missile test was confirmed on North Korean television today, July 4th, along with claims about the details of its flight. While the missile traveled further in altitude than it did in horizontal distance, it's the implications of that which have many concerned.

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