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Experts criticize West Virginia’s plan for smartphone voting
The state of West Virginia is planning to allow overseas voting via smartphone in the 2018 election, and election security experts aren't happy about it. "Mobile voting is a horrific idea," said Joe Hall, an election security expert at the Center for Democracy and Technology in an interview with CNN. The West Virginia project is being run by Voatz, a…

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Dealmaster: Get a 144Hz ViewSonic gaming monitor with FreeSync for $220
Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today's list is headlined by a deal on ViewSonic's 24-inch XG2402 gaming monitor, which is currently down to $220 at Amazon. That's as low as it's been for the general public; the monitor was discounted as part of Amazon's Prime Day event but usually…

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Verizon lied about 4G coverage—and it could hurt rural America, group says
Verizon "grossly overstated" its 4G LTE coverage in government filings, potentially preventing smaller carriers from obtaining funding needed to expand coverage in underserved rural areas, a trade group says. The Federal Communications Commission last year required Verizon and other carriers to file maps and data indicating their current 4G LTE coverage.

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Only a small percentage of users buy stuff through Alexa, report claims
Analysts have been aggressively optimistic in their predictions about the growth of consumer shopping via virtual assistants like Amazon's Alexa, but a new report claims that only a small fraction of Alexa device owners shop with voice commands. And most of those who do only try it once or stick to a limited range of products.

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Elon Musk sends Tesla stock soaring with tweet about possible buyout
Tesla's CEO roiled the stock market on Tuesday with a tweet suggesting that he might seek to take the company private at a price of $420—almost 20 percent above the company's then-current price of around $355: Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 7, 2018

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EU taking another look at phone chargers because they’re still not standardized
EU regulators are planning to investigate if there's a need for a legal mandate to force phone manufacturers to use standard chargers. Should they do so, proprietary chargers—including Apple's non-standard Lightning connector on its phones—could wind up being prohibited. For the better part of a decade, the EU has been pushing phone manufacturers to standardize the chargers they use in…

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Overcooked 2 puts some icing on the original’s delicious co-op cake
A couple of years ago, we declared the original "the new couch co-op champion" thanks to its elegant mix of a charming, simple-to-learn concept, clever level design, and chaotic multitasking gameplay. feels more like an expansion pack for that strong basic concept than a full-fledged sequel. Still, it adds a much-needed coat of polish and some important new features—including online…

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“___ Technica” is a clue in today’s NYT crossword
So there I was this morning, wearing my Star Trek "redshirt" bathrobe and Spider-Man slippers as I bent over my eggs and coffee, crossword puzzle splayed out on the breakfast table beside me, when I saw it. 67 across. Right between 66 across ("Muy ____!") and 68 across ("Holy Toledo!"). It read: "____ Technica, website for gadget news.

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To understand population growth, culture matters
Samir KC is on a mission to get people thinking differently about population growth. The basic idea of predicting future population size is so simple a child could do it. The reality of getting an accurate estimate is fiendishly complex, however, requiring intimate knowledge of how factors like education and migration will affect a given region.