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On eve of PS5, Sony confirms it will skip E3 for second year in a row
On Monday, Sony Interactive Entertainment confirmed that it will, for the second year in a row, not attend the Electronic Entertainment Expo. The news came in a statement sent to Ars Technica by a SIE representative: After thorough evaluation, SIE has decided not to participate in E3 2020. We have great respect for the ESA as an organization, but we…

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CBS renews Star Trek: Picard for a second season
Further ReadingBoldly going where no palate has gone before: A Star Trek wine tastingThe announcement was made at the Television Critics Association (TCA), a recurring event at which television networks present their slate of programming to advertisers, the press, and partners. In a -themed panel at the event, the show's cast and showrunner talked about what viewers can expect from…

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Crew Dragon faces its last big test before human spaceflight on Saturday
Over the weekend, SpaceX performed a static fire test of the Falcon 9 rocket that will launch its Crew Dragon on a key test this coming Saturday. The company is aiming for the top of a four-hour launch window, which opens at 8am ET (13:00 UTC), to conduct its in-flight abort test.

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Tesla is now worth more than Ford and GM—combined
Less than a month after Tesla's stock first rose above $400, the company's shares have now soared past $500 per share. As I write this, one share of Tesla stock is worth $516, which means the company as a whole is worth more than $93 billion. The latest rally was sparked by a new report from Colin Rusch, an analyst…

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Never-before-seen virus in China outbreak kills one, spreads to Thailand
A never-before-seen virus that sparked an outbreak of viral pneumonia in the Chinese city of Wuhan has now killed one person and spread to Thailand via a sick traveler. On Saturday, January 11, officials in Wuhan reported that a 61-year-old man died January 9. Testing indicated he was carrying the virus, which researchers have confirmed is a novel strain of…

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Linus Torvalds says “Don’t use ZFS”—but doesn’t seem to understand it
Last Monday in the "Moderated Discussions" forum at realworldtech.com, Linus Torvalds—founding developer and current supreme maintainer of the Linux kernel—answered a user's question about a year-old kernel maintenance controversy that heavily impacted the ZFS on Linux project. After answering the user's actual question, Torvalds went on to make inaccurate and damaging claims about the ZFS filesystem itself.

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Guidemaster: Fitness trackers to consider before buying a smartwatch
Update: To help all the readers out there considering health-related New Years resolutions, we've been testing the latest and greatest fitness trackers in recent months in order to update our Fitness Tracker Guidemaster. We originally put together our list of favorites in January 2018, but below you'll find our recommendations updated to include the best devices you can get in…

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I broke Giant’s handheld scanner system by only buying two things
This is a silly story about the most stupid interaction I have had with a piece of technology that's supposed to make life easier, and it all starts at the grocery store. The closest supermarket to my house is a Giant (ironically, a medium-sized one). It's nearby, well-stocked, price-competitive, and generally well-run, so my family does most of our grocery…

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Higher minimum wages linked to reduced suicide rate
In the US, suicide is a major public health issue, with double-digit percentages of the preventable deaths for adults under 45. And, disconcertingly, the rates have been rising over recent decades. But recognizing this as a source of preventable deaths is very different from actually figuring out how to prevent them.