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Texas starts using 3D-printers to create dentures for prisoners

Texas starts using 3D-printers to create dentures for prisoners

Inmates in Texas prisons will soon have a new way to get prosthetic teeth: through a dedicated denture clinic that uses 3D-printing technology to produce dentures. The new plan will be implemented by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in spring 2019, hopefully speeding up production and helping more inmates get the prostheses they need.

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Super Micro hack audit finds no Chinese spy chips

Super Micro hack audit finds no Chinese spy chips

Super Micro has released an independent testing report finding no signs of malicious hardware in its computer parts, after a widely-circulated report claimed servers using the hardware had been compromised by Chinese spies. The claims have been vocally challenged by Amazon, Apple, and more, while independent security researchers have also been critical of the accusations.

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Google Assistant gets personalized audio news briefings

Google Assistant gets personalized audio news briefings

Google has partnered with major news organizations to bring its users personalized audio news coverage via Assistant, the company has announced. The new functionality enables Assistant to generate and play audio playlists of news stories from more than a dozen news sources, including Washington Post, CNBC, and more.

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Facebook expands local news with government alerts test

Facebook expands local news with government alerts test

Facebook plans to make it easier for its users to access local news from their communities and cities. This content will be presented under the new "Today In" section on Facebook, where users can find local news potentially supplemented by news from surrounding regions. As well, Facebook says it will be testing government alerts targeted at specific communities.

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Apple will host thousands of free coding sessions at its stores next month

Apple will host thousands of free coding sessions at its stores next month

Apple will be hosting free coding classes at its retail stores, the company has announced, offering them for a total of two weeks during the month of December. Thousands of "Hour of Code" sessions will be held, giving students the opportunity to learn coding skills. This will be the sixth year Apple has hosted daily Hour of Code sessions.

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Nissan chairman arrested and the fallout could be huge

Nissan chairman arrested and the fallout could be huge

Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn has been arrested, after the automaker found years of financial reporting improprieties following a whistleblower report. Ghosn is accused of underplaying his compensation in Tokyo Stock Exchange securities reports, in addition to using company assets for personal use.

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Japan isn’t taking cybersecurity seriously

Japan isn’t taking cybersecurity seriously

Japan is famous for a lot of things, from sakura blossoms in Spring to its unique cuisine to, of course, anime and manga. There is also this perception of the country being a technological superpower, especially in the fields of manufacturing, robotics, and computing. Those perceptions, however, may have been based partly on fantasy and romanticized fiction as the country is slowly proving itself to be lagging behind its peers, especially in the computing industry where cybersecurity has not only become an important topic, it has sometimes become a matter of life or death for both businesses and governments.

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Supervolcano Campi Flegrei activity hints at future major eruption

Supervolcano Campi Flegrei activity hints at future major eruption

A large, active supervolcano near Naples, Italy, may be transitioning into a pre-eruption state, according to a new study. Called Campi Flegrei, this supervolcano has a colorful history, having produced a super-colossal eruption about 40,000 years ago. The location's most recent eruption was in 1538, though it was far less substantial in size. A new study has found that the supervolcano may be once again accumulating magma.

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Frozen Super-Earth discovered orbiting nearby Barnard’s star

Frozen Super-Earth discovered orbiting nearby Barnard’s star

Astronomers have announced the discovery of a frozen Super-Earth orbiting Barnard's star, a single star closest to the Sun. According to the study, which included a handful of researchers with the Carnegie Institution for Science, the Super-Earth has a mass that is at least 3.2 times greater than our own planet; the orbit around its star lasts only 233 days and its surface temperature is estimated to be a frigid -150 degrees Celsius.

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Juul ends flavored e-cig pod retail sales to reduce teen use

Juul ends flavored e-cig pod retail sales to reduce teen use

Following increased scrutiny, vape company Juul has announced that it will end flavored e-cigarette pod sales to retail companies. The move aims to decrease underage access to vaping products, though these flavors aren't going entirely away: they'll still be available through the company's website, but age verification will be required for purchases.

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These terrifying NASA photos show the California Camp Fire raging

These terrifying NASA photos show the California Camp Fire raging

NASA has released shocking photos of the California Camp Fire, showing the spread of the record-breaking blaze from space. Already named the state's most destructive fire in recorded history, although the Camp Fire only began on November 8, it has already spread to a whopping 125,000 acres in size.

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Google outage blamed on misdirected traffic through Russia, China

Google outage blamed on misdirected traffic through Russia, China

Google’s Internet services and API are one of the most used in the world to the point that prolonged unavailability of those services could cripple businesses and users alike. So when some users reported that they were unable to reach parts of Google’s services, it’s not surprising that some were on the verge of panic. Google has reported that it has resolved those issues and is conducting an internal investigation on what happened. But considering what happened involved Internet traffic being routed through unintended networks in other countries, it might be a bit too early to celebrate.

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