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These custom AirPod Pros cost over $67k

These custom AirPod Pros cost over $67k

A pair of AirPod Pro earbuds were customized by the same folks who brought you several diamond-encrusted iPhones. They've suggested that the "Caviar AirPods Pro Gold Edition" is an extravagant package the likes of which only one person will ever own. They've suggested that the body of each of the AirPod Pro buds is "one-piece 750-content gold."

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These iPhone 11 Pro units include macabre bits

These iPhone 11 Pro units include macabre bits

The folks at Caviar Royal Gift created a set of new iPhones with pieces of two very different historical craft. Count this amongst the strange stories for which you've probably not come prepared today. One of the two new "limited edition" iPhone 11 Pro editions comes embedded with a piece of the Titanic. The other comes with a piece of the spacecraft in which Yuri Gagarin orbited our planet Earth.

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HTC Wildfire E to revive forgotten brand in Russia

HTC Wildfire E to revive forgotten brand in Russia

HTC is one of the embattled smartphone companies that just refuses to say "Uncle!". Year after year, it puts out smartphones that fail to reach sales targets. Despite rumors that it's winding down its mobile business or focusing on niche markets with its Exodus blockchain phone, the company keeps putting on a strong face. It might have found another way to get its phones around by partnering with local companies to produce or market HTC-branded phones like a never before heard Wildfire E in Russia.

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Huawei could use Russian Aurora OS based on Jolla’s Sailfish

Huawei could use Russian Aurora OS based on Jolla’s Sailfish

The clock is ticking for Huawei and in less than two months, it will officially be blocked from installing Google's software on future devices. Not unless Google and Huawei are able to convince the US government otherwise, of course. With the stakes that high, Huawei was repeatedly been reported to be preparing a Plan B operating system for its future phones. While the Ark OK that has been mentioned in the past may still be based on Android, a new report suggests that Huawei is also looking into using a Russian-made version of Jolla's Sailfish OS.

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Watch a US Navy warship swerve to avoid Russian destroyer crash

Watch a US Navy warship swerve to avoid Russian destroyer crash

The United States Navy has released two videos showing the 'unsafe maneuver' Russian Destroyer UDALOY I DD 572 made toward the USS Chancellorsville, a guided missile cruiser, while in the Philippine Sea. The incident took place at around 11:45AM on Friday, June 7, and involved the destroyer coming within approximately 50ft - 100ft of the USS Chancellorsville.

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Russian anti-drone patent details defense UAV with built-in shotgun

Russian anti-drone patent details defense UAV with built-in shotgun

While some countries experiment with eagles, drones that launch nets, and signal disruptors, Russia is taking a different approach to dealing with unwanted drones: shotguns. A state-owned Russian weapons company called Almaz-Antey was recently issued a patent for an unmanned aerial vehicle that features a stabilized shotgun for shooting down drones.

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See the 2nd-largest meteor explosion in modern history

See the 2nd-largest meteor explosion in modern history

This week a set of scientists discovered a meteor explosion that occurred in early December, 2018. The event was detected by other instruments soon after taking place, but now we've got our first visual evidence in fire red and orange. This explosive image comes from the Japanese Himawari-8 weather satellite, and was first reported globally on the 15th of March by Peter Brown at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.

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Soyuz MS-12 ISS Crew Launch live: Heading to first all-woman spacewalk

Soyuz MS-12 ISS Crew Launch live: Heading to first all-woman spacewalk

This morning preparations began for the launch of mission Soyuz MS-12, operator Roscosmos, headed for the International Space Station. This mission will be launched aboard a Soyuz FG rocket from Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome. The payload aboard this launch is a mixed Russia and USA International Space Station Expedition 59/60 crew.

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Russia wants to create its own ‘Sovereign Internet’ under new law

Russia wants to create its own ‘Sovereign Internet’ under new law

Russia has advised its citizens of an upcoming Internet disruption that will take down all traffic in anticipation of a draft law related to cybersecurity. The law would mandate the creation of a 'sovereign' Internet in what critics say may be a step toward Russia establishing its own 'Great Firewall.' The disruption will result from telecom companies conducting tests in anticipation of the new regulations.

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Cohen admits Trump’s early info on Russia-hacked DNC emails

Cohen admits Trump’s early info on Russia-hacked DNC emails

In a statement to Congress this morning, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen released many relatively shocking accusations about a sitting President of the United States. The bit that's most important to our part in this story is the tech angle - that of the hacking of emails before the election of our President. The part we're talking about today includes Cohen admitting that Trump was "a presidential candidate who knew that Roger Stone was talking with Julian Assange about a WikiLeaks drop of Democratic National Committee emails."

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Russia will send two space tourists to the ISS in late 2021

Russia will send two space tourists to the ISS in late 2021

Russia has revealed new plans to send a pair of space tourists to the International Space Station in late 2021. According to the nation's Roscosmos, the space agency has signed a contract with Space Adventures Inc., a private spaceflight company. The space tourists will be delivered to the Russian segment in the ISS using the Soyuz spacecraft.

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Apple stores Russian user data on Russian servers but no need to panic

Apple stores Russian user data on Russian servers but no need to panic

Doing business in multiple countries is very tricky business. You have to be mindful of each countries' laws, which, of course, vary from country to country. That's especially true when it comes to data storage and retention, and sometimes even the biggest companies have no choice but to comply. That's the situation Apple faced in Russia and a recent filing showed that it has conceded to the government's demands to store Russian users' data on servers hosted in Russia.

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