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Hackers find “official,” usable PSP emulator hidden in PS4’s PaRappa
Sometimes it seems that Sony itself is a PS4 hacker's best friend. In January, we wrote about how hackers were taking advantage of the system's built-in PlayStation Classics emulator to get arbitrary PS2 games running on unlocked hardware. Now, it seems a PSP emulator buried in a "remastered" PS4 release could provide a new way to get upscaled versions of…

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The Trump administration just forced smartphone maker ZTE to shut down
One of the leading Chinese smartphone makers, ZTE, is shutting down global operations in the face of crippling sanctions levied by the US government. ZTE is China's number-two smartphone maker, and as recently as last year it was the number-four smartphone vendor in the US. "The major operating activities of the Company have ceased," ZTE wrote (PDF) in a Wednesday…

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California approves measure to require solar on new homes after 2020
On Wednesday, the California Energy Commission approved a set of standards that will require most new homes built in the state after 2020 to include solar panels on their roofs. The standards (PDF) apply only to single-family homes and certain low-rise condos, townhomes, and apartments. Exceptions are made for homes with roofs that would receive excessive shade during the daytime…

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Valve will soon let you stream Steam games to phones and tablets
Users will be able to turn their phones and tablets into portable PC monitors for playing Steam games around the house later this month. That's when Valve has announced it will be launching its new Steam Link app for iOS and Android, officially bringing Steam's long-established in-home streaming feature to mobile devices for the first time (though there have been…

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Google’s Android TV dongle is real, but it won’t end up in stores
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—That Android TV dongle that showed up at the FCC last month is real, but it's not for normal consumers. Google had a Chinese OEM build Android TV into a pretty awesome Chromecast form factor, but it's only going to be used as a developer device—sales to general consumers aren't going to happen.

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Laser-powered cell phone transmitters could be in your future
The problem with scientific papers is that they hide about half of the interesting stuff. Recently, a group of scientists set out to directly measure a property of a laser, something that goes by the exciting-sounding name of "spatial hole burning." In the process, though, they discovered how to turn a laser into a very high-speed microwave device, a discovery…

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Large clinical trials change experts’ minds on prostate cancer screening
Prostate cancer screening is now something to consider for men aged 55 to 69, according to the federal panel tasked with making recommendations for such preventative care options. In a finalized recommendation released Tuesday, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) revealed that it has officially warmed to the screening—ever so slightly.

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Senate will vote to kill or keep net neutrality rules by June 12
Senate Democrats today filed a long-promised petition to prevent the repeal of net neutrality rules in a move that will force a vote of the full Senate by a deadline of June 12. The Senate will have to vote on a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval, which would nullify the Federal Communications Commission's December 2017 vote to repeal…

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PS4 expands its sales lead, now 71% of “two-console” market with Xbox One
New statements from Electronic Arts suggest that Sony's PlayStation 4 has sold 2.5 times as many consoles as Microsoft's Xbox One through the end of 2017, with Sony now controlling over 70 percent of the "two-console" market worldwide. As Variety noticed this morning, the numbers can be derived from a recent EA investor conference call, where CEO Andrew Wilson mentions…