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Historic Arecibo telescope collapses after multiple cable breaks

Historic Arecibo telescope collapses after multiple cable breaks

A complete collapse of the instrument platform of the Arecibo Observatory's 305m telescope collapsed last night. The collapse was confirmed this morning by the National Science Foundation in a series of official messages. The NSF is working with stakeholders to "assess the situation", and no injuries were reported. Per an NSF representative: "Our top priority is maintaining safety."

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CDC study warns COVID-19 cases in US may be close to 100 million

CDC study warns COVID-19 cases in US may be close to 100 million

Researchers with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have published a new study warning that actual COVID-19 case numbers in the United States may be drastically higher than reported. The potentially true number of cases was determined using a probabilistic multiplier model and existing data on infections.

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ZTE is still a security threat according to FCC decision

ZTE is still a security threat according to FCC decision

Some might presume that recent political changes in the US government might weaken the campaign against certain US companies but it is far too early to count those eggs. The current government still holds the power and, as far as the Trump administration is concerned, nothing has really changed. Huawei is still on its entity list and TikTok still risks getting banned next month. And according to a recent FCC order, ZTE remains a national security threat because of its potential to be used for state-sanctioned espionage.

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TikTok given another seven days to sell its US operations

TikTok given another seven days to sell its US operations

Almost like some of the smooth dance moves you can see on the social network, TikTok has again narrowly dodged what could be the fatal deadline that would end it, at least in the US. As the new November 27 deadline approaches, owner ByteDance was given another week to convince the US government not to ban it outright. That remains a quest of Herculean proportions as the Chinese company's multiple proposals have been repeatedly rejected already.

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Beyond Meat just revealed 2 slightly healthier plant-based burgers

Beyond Meat just revealed 2 slightly healthier plant-based burgers

Two new burgers appeared in a press release from the folks at Beyond Meat today. The two new versions of the Beyond Burger are expected to launch in the United States in "early 2021" as slightly more nutritional products than what's been offered before. Beyond Meat representatives suggested that these new burgers represented "a trifecta of taste, health, and sustainability."

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TikTok to continue operating in the US, at least for now

TikTok to continue operating in the US, at least for now

In the heat of the recent US elections, it almost seemed that the current Trump administration was too busy to remember the deadline it set for TikTok to divest or shut down its operations in the US. After months of uncertainty, TikTok has finally gotten a reprieve as the US Commerce Department announced it won't enforce the earlier order in light of a recent federal court ruling. The fight, however, isn't over yet and TikTok's fate in the US still hinges on what will happen in the country in the coming weeks.

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NASA explains how astronauts vote from space, shows off ISS voting booth

NASA explains how astronauts vote from space, shows off ISS voting booth

NASA has detailed how its astronauts vote in the US presidential election from space, showing off a picture of the 'voting booth' built on the International Space Station. The tricky part, of course, is securely transmitting the votes from the ISS to NASA, but the space agency has a special system in place that makes this possible.

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Pixel 5 and 4a 5G detailed for AT&T release

Pixel 5 and 4a 5G detailed for AT&T release

Today we're looking at what it'll meant to purchase a Google Pixel 5 or Google Pixel 4a 5G from AT&T. Both devices were revealed to be released in November of 2020, at which point they'll both have 5G connectivity - or 5G so far as AT&T provides it. The Google Pixel 5 will be available on November 6th both in-store and at AT&T online, while the Pixel 4a 5G will start pre-orders that same day.

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Huawei might be able to buy Samsung screens, Sony camera sensors

Huawei might be able to buy Samsung screens, Sony camera sensors

Huawei just recently announced its Mate 40 series and, perhaps to no one's surprise, it was already rated with high scores on DxOMark's photography and new display benchmarks. While its new flagships may be able to keep the company afloat for a while, there is still a lot of doubt whether it can survive for long if it can't get its hands on components its needs to make phones and networking equipment. It might soon be able to breathe just a little easier if tips about approved export licenses are true.

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US Army dogs get AR goggle prototype for safer scouting missions

US Army dogs get AR goggle prototype for safer scouting missions

The United States Army Research Laboratory's Research Office has provided funds under the Small Business Innovation Program to develop prototype AR goggles for dogs. The project aims to provide technology that makes for safer canine scouting missions by enabling human handlers to better communicate with their dogs remotely. Among other things, the goggles enable humans to see exactly what the dog is seeing.

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Congress calls out four Big Tech monopolies, Apple and Google respond

Congress calls out four Big Tech monopolies, Apple and Google respond

It's open season on Big Tech as the US political machinery kicks into high gear weeks ahead of the country's biggest elections yet. After nearly a year and a half of inquiries, the Democrat-led House Judiciary subcommittee released a 450-page conclusion on how four Big Tech companies indeed enjoy monopoly power and suggested sweeping changes that would change these companies forever. Unsurprisingly, these companies have denied any wrongdoing and both Apple and Google have already voiced their disapproval of the conclusions reached by Congress.

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Samsung phone update One UI 3.0 Android 11 public Beta released

Samsung phone update One UI 3.0 Android 11 public Beta released

Today Samsung released their next major update for the Galaxy phone ecosystem. This update is a public beta, which means it's good enough for testing by those that opt-in, but not quite perfected for the entire live line of devices. Today you'll find the Samsung One UI 3.0 Android 11 beta available for download so long as you're a part of the One UI public beta program.

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