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Apple’s rack-mountable Mac Pro is now available
Apple has begun selling the rack-mounted variant of its Mac Pro desktop computer. The tower version launched about a month ago, but the rack version is currently showing ship dates ranging from January 23 to February 13, depending on the buyer's chosen specifications. Starting at $6,499 (or $500 more than the tower version), the rack-mounted Mac Pro is identical in…

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Galaxy S20 Ultra to come with a whopping 16GB of RAM
After the recent leak of live pictures of Samsung's next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S20, more details have started to trickle in about the upcoming device. First, a recap: the Galaxy S20 is the follow-up to last year's Galaxy S10. Samsung's naming scheme is apparently changing, and a "Galaxy S11" is not a product that will be happening.

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Amazon asks court to block US/Microsoft contract because of Trump interference
Amazon is seeking a court order that would prevent Microsoft from doing work for the US Department of Defense under a contract that Amazon says was awarded improperly. As previously reported, Amazon sued the Trump administration in the US Court of Federal Claims, claiming that Microsoft's Azure cloud service won the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract because of "improper…

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The 2020 Toyota Prius Prime plug-in proves competent and calming
This might be a dreadful admission to make, but until late December, I'd never driven a Toyota Prius. It's not that we've ignored the hybrid in our coverage, it's just that it's always been someone other than me driving it. To rectify that error, I spent a week with a 2020 Prius Prime Limited, the $33,500* range-topping plug-in version of…

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Modeling what would happen to the UK if the Gulf Stream shuts down
While we track climate change as a gradual rise in temperatures, most of its effects are going to be anything but gradual: an increased risk of extreme temperatures and storms, extended droughts, expanded fire seasons, and so on. There's also the risk of pushing the climate past some tipping points, which can change the state of entire areas of the…

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How Google researchers used neural networks to make weather forecasts
A research team at Google has developed a deep neural network that can make fast, detailed rainfall forecasts. The researchers say their results are a dramatic improvement over previous techniques in two key ways. One is speed. Google says that leading weather forecasting models today take one to three hours to run, making them useless if you want a weather…

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Anti-vaxxers celebrate victory in NJ as pro-vaccine bill falls apart
Amid raucous protest from hundreds of anti-vaccination advocates, state lawmakers in New Jersey have abandoned legislation to ban vaccination exemptions based on religious beliefs. Further ReadingFrenzied anti-vaxxers deter NJ lawmakers from voting on religious exemptionsThe bill, S2173, collapsed in the state Senate Monday as lawmakers realized it was a single vote shy of passage, according to The New York Times.

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Unable to unlock gunman’s iPhones, the FBI (once again) asks for Apple’s help (updated)
Update: Attorney General William Barr ratcheted up the standoff when, according to the , he declared the shooting an act of terrorism. Barr issued an extraordinarily high-profile call for Apple to provide access to the gunman's two iPhones. He also said that to date Apple has provided no “substantive assistance” in doing so.

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Exploit that gives remote access affects ~200 million cable modems
Hundreds of millions of cable modems are vulnerable to critical takeover attacks by hackers halfway around the world, researchers said. The attacks work by luring vulnerable users to websites that serve malicious JavaScript code that's surreptitiously hosted on the site or hidden inside of malicious ads, researchers from Denmark-based security firm Lyrebirds said in a report and accompanying website.