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If You’re Not A Superfan, ‘Hellboy’ Is Hell, Boy
Hellboy is back and he’s got a dirty mouth and a man bun. The third film in the comic adaptation franchise has a new director, a new writer and a new look — led by a swashbuckling hellion who uses expletives and wears one of the most ridiculed hair s
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Brain Zaps Boost Memory In People Over 60, Study Finds
Zapping the brains of people over 60 with a mild electrical current improved a form of memory enough that they performed like people in their 20s, a new study found. Someday, people might visit clinics to boost that ability, which declines both in no
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Video Evidence: Masters Works To Catch Every Shot On Camera
Staid and tradition-driven Augusta National is suddenly on the cutting edge of technology. The club that hosts the Masters isn’t particularly known for its embrace of the new. The club agonizes over the slightest change to its course layout. Etiquett
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Spacewalking Astronauts Tackle Battery, Cable Work
Spacewalking astronauts completed battery and cable work outside the International Space Station on Monday despite communication trouble that sometimes made it hard for them to hear. During the spacewalk, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques report
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EU Says BMW, Daimler, VW Colluded To Limit Emissions Tech
European Union authorities said that German automakers BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen colluded to limit the development of emissions-cleaning technology in cars. The finding adds to the car industry’s woes after Volkswagen in 2015 admitted to cheating o
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China Says Trade Talks With Us ‘Moving Forward’
China said that trade talks with the U.S. are “moving forward” after nine rounds of consultations aimed at ending a standoff that has shaken the world economic outlook. The latest discussions had achieved “new substantial progress,” Foreign Ministry
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New Zealand Official Calls Facebook ‘Morally Bankrupt’
New Zealand’s official privacy watchdog described Facebook as “morally bankrupt” and suggested his country follow neighboring Australia’s lead by making laws that could jail executives over streamed violence such as the Christchurch mosque shootings.
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Russia Moves To Expand State Control Of Internet
Russian lawmakers approved Thursday a bill that would expand government control over the internet and whose opponents fear heralds a new era of widespread censorship. The bill would install equipment to route Russian internet traffic through servers
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737 Max The Questions Behind Automated Systems
Admittedly, this isn’t the most positive topic, but Boeing’s recent troubles have introduced us to a technologically focused conundrum that we may keep running into for the next few years. Two horrific commercial plane crashes in the space of just si
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Big Tech Feels The Heat As Us Moves To Protect Consumer Data
Momentum is gaining in Washington for a privacy law that could sharply rein in the ability of the largest technology companies to collect and make money off people’s personal data. A national law, the first of its kind in the U.S., could allow people
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Apple Arcade: Next-generation Gaming
With Apple pulling back the curtain on its new gaming subscription service, Apple Arcade, we take a closer look at the Cupertino firm’s plans to revolutionize the industry and delve deeper into the wider gaming landscape at a time when innovation is
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House Passes Bill To Restore ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules
The House has passed bill Wednesday to restore Obama-era “net neutrality” rules, but the legislation faces slim odds of making it through the Republican-controlled Senate. The Save the Internet Act passed the Democrat-controlled House 232-190 Wednesd
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Real Or Artificial? Tech Titans Declare AI Ethics Concerns
The biggest tech companies want you to know that they’re taking special care to ensure that their use of artificial intelligence to sift through mountains of data, analyze faces or build virtual assistants doesn’t spill over to the dark side. But the
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Game Of Thrones: Why Sansa Could Win It All
Where most “Game of Thrones” fans were horrified by the beheading of the beloved Ned Stark and blamed it on a ruthless king, Columbia University business professor Bruce Craven saw a lesson in failed leadership. The northerner Stark was simply too pr
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A Challenging Exploration Of Humanity In ‘High Life’
French filmmaker Claire Denis, one of the great living directors, has not lost her edge as she’s coasted into her 70s. Her latest film, “High Life,” which debuted last fall at the Toronto International Film Festival and is now making it to theaters,
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Scientists Reveal First Image Ever Made Of A Black Hole
Scientists on Wednesday revealed the first image ever made of a black hole, depicting a fiery orange and black ring of gravity-twisted light swirling around the edge of the abyss. The picture, assembled from data gathered by eight radio telescopes ar
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Yahoo To Pay $117.5m In Latest Settlement Of Massive Breach
Nearly 200 million people who had sensitive information snatched from their Yahoo accounts will receive two years of free credit-monitoring services and other potential restitution in a legal settlement valued at $117.5 million. The deal revises an e
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Geocomm Helps Dispatchers Track Emergency Calls From Schools
If Uber and Facebook can pinpoint the precise location of an individual, why can’t 911? That’s the question John Brosowsky, vice president of innovation at GeoComm, and his team at the St. Cloud-based geographic information system business are workin
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Amazon’s Growing Ties To Oil Industry Irks Some Employees
Amazon is getting cozy with the oil industry — and some employees aren’t happy about it. The online shopping giant, which already works with BP and Shell, has been trying to woo more oil and gas companies to use its technology to help them find drill
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Univision Unloads Gizmodo, The Onion To Private Equity Firm
Univision has sold tech site Gizmodo, satirical-news hub The Onion and other English-language sites to the private equity firm Great Hill Partners. Terms were not disclosed. The Spanish-language broadcaster bought much of what was then known as Gawke
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Live Online TV, Once A Bargain, Is Getting More Expensive
If you signed up to stream live TV in hopes of saving money over traditional cable, you may be in for a rude surprise. Live online-TV providers like YouTube TV, DirecTV Now and Hulu with Live TV lured users with digital “skinny bundles” that were che
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Vaccine Wars: Social Media Battle Outbreak Of Bogus Claims
Like health officials facing outbreaks of disease, internet companies are trying to contain vaccine-related misinformation they have long helped spread. So far, their efforts at quarantine are falling short. Searches of Facebook, Pinterest and Instag
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South Dakota Middle School Teaches Students With Video Games
When eighth-grader Alyssa Lingen started her information and communications technology class this year at Patrick Henry Middle School, the art student was repulsed by anything related to computer science, she said. But the minute she saw the little e
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How Sweet The Sound Is In Aretha Doc ‘Amazing Grace’
After many dangers, toils and snares, the long-lost Aretha Franklin concert film “Amazing Grace” has finally seen the light, and good Lord is it good. Filmed over two sessions in January 1972 at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in the Watts s
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‘Dumbo’ Remake Takes Flight On Its Own Charms
The original “Dumbo” was released in the summer of 1941 while Germany was spreading across Europe and war was breaking out in the Pacific. Crafted as a simpler Disney fable after the more extravagant “Fantasia” disappointed at the box office, “Dumbo”
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No AI In Humor: R2-d2 Walks Into A Bar, Doesn’t Get The Joke
A robot walks into a bar. It goes CLANG. Alexa and Siri can tell jokes mined from a humor database, but they don’t get them. Linguists and computer scientists say this is something to consider on April Fools’ Day: Humor is what makes humans special.
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Streaming To Subscriptions: Video Games Enter New Frontiers
The video game industry is entering new frontiers. In the past, you plunked down $60 at GameStop for a copy of Grand Theft Auto or Madden NFL and played it out — after which you could trade it in or let it gather dust. Now, you’ll increasingly have t
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