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Dropbox irks Mac users with annoying Dock icon, offers clueless support
This is a story I never had any intention of writing. Dropbox updated its file-sync application for Mac last month, and the new version contains an annoyance that I would like to eliminate. I figured this wouldn't be difficult, let alone newsworthy: I'd contact Dropbox, explain the problem, and find out if there's any way for me to change the…

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Tech firms “can and must” put backdoors in encryption, AG Barr says
US Attorney General William Barr today launched a new front in the feds' ongoing fight against consumer encryption, railing against the common security practice and lamenting the "victims" in its wake. "The deployment of warrant-proof encryption is already imposing huge costs on society," Barr claimed in remarks at a cybersecurity conference held at Fordham University Tuesday morning.

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When it comes to moral decisions, testosterone doesn’t seem to do much
The Trolley Problem is a staple of ethics courses and has even made its way into prime-time television. It's a problem because it forces people to decide between two options that are both considered highly ethical: not choosing to kill someone, and minimizing the total number of deaths. It even has real world correlates, like whether it's better to shoot…

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We’ve got our first peek at S4 of The Expanse and an airdate: December 13
Amazon Prime has released the first teaser for the upcoming fourth season of the beloved science fiction series, is based on a series of novels by James S.A. Corey (the pen name for writing team Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck), exploring interplanetary tensions that are breaking out all over a solar system long since colonized by humans—mostly between Earthers, Martians,…

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Dropbox support reps don’t seem to know how Dropbox for Mac works
This is a story I never had any intention of writing. Dropbox updated its file-sync application for Mac last month, and the new version contains an annoyance that I would like to eliminate. I figured this wouldn't be difficult, let alone newsworthy: I'd contact Dropbox, explain the problem, and find out if there's any way for me to change the…

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Dealmaster: Get a TCL 55-inch 4K Roku TV for a new low of $380
Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share. Today's list is led by new lows on TCL's 5-Series Roku TVs—the 55-inch model is down to $380, while the 49-inch set is down to $300. These two sets have gone for about $20 more for the past couple of months, but this is as cheap as…

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2019’s “Board Game of the Year” goes to Just One
Of the many “board game of the year” awards handed out each year, the most prestigious is unquestionably the "Spiel des Jahres" prize. Judged by a panel of German critics, the long-running award earns the winner a boost in profile, increased sales, and the hushed awe of the entire board game community.

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Satellites play chase to measure gravity, achieve picometer accuracy
The spinoffs from gravitational wave detectors are not just new scientific discoveries. The technology also has other uses. A good example of this is the gravity-measuring mission, GRACE Follow On, which was launched last year. The first reports on its laser rangefinder's performance have been released, and it makes for impressive reading.

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Apple closes in on $1 billion deal to buy Intel’s modem business: report
Apple is in the final stages of negotiations to buy the bulk of Intel's modem chip business, The Wall Street Journal reports. The Journal says the deal, valued at $1 billion or more, could be finalized in the next week. The deal would involve the transfer of talent as well as modem-related patents.