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War changes: Fallout 76 is series’ first in a decade to skip Steam
Bethesda has become the latest video game publisher to begin pulling a major game series from rivals' download services. The publisher's latest announcement about the online RPG included hints to a first for a 3D Fallout game: it won't be sold via Steam. Our suspicions were raised by the game's beta FAQ, which went live on Monday and included many…

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Microsoft adding support for Movies Anywhere, giving away free X-Men movie
Microsoft's Movies & TV app for Windows 10 and Xbox now supports the Movies Anywhere service. And for a limited time, if you add your Microsoft account to the Movies Anywhere app, you'll get a free film. Movies Anywhere, originally launched by Disney in 2014, brings together movies you've bought from a wide range of content providers, including Amazon Video,…

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Fallout 76’s PC version will skip Steam, requires Bethesda.net launcher
Bethesda has become the latest video game publisher to begin pulling a major game series from rivals' download services. The publisher's latest announcement about the online RPG included hints to a first for a 3D Fallout game: it won't be sold via Steam. Our suspicions were raised by the game's beta FAQ, which went live on Monday and included many…

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Creating goosebumps at will may be more interesting than it sounds
Imagine taking a popsicle stick and scraping it over your lower teeth. The feel of the wood's texture might give you a case of the squirms, but for Susan Wilson, it’s a gateway to an unusual ability: thinking about it gives her goosebumps, on demand. Eating popsicles as a young child, she says, “There was a little bit that always…

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Just what’s happened to our neighborhood’s most violent star, η Carinae?
During the 1840s, an apparently unremarkable star began to brighten. Over the course of roughly a decade, it became one of the brightest stars visible from Earth. Often, brightening like that means a supernova has destroyed the star, but η Carinae (or Eta Carinae) was still there when it was all over, and it underwent a number of smaller events…

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What is milk? Answer muddled after almond milk mixes with cow milk
Almonds surely don’t lactate—but keeping various milk products straight may not be a breeze. HP Hood LLC is voluntarily recalling more than 145,000 half-gallon cartons of its Vanilla Almond Breeze almond milk after a batch was tainted with cow’s milk. “Employee error” was to blame for spoiling the non-dairy drink, according to the company, which announced the recall late last…

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SpaceX organizes inaugural conference to plan landings on Mars
No one can deny that SpaceX founder Elon Musk has thought a lot about how to transport humans safely to Mars with his Big Falcon Rocket. But when it comes to Musk's highly ambitious plans to settle Mars in the coming decades, some critics say Musk hasn't paid enough attention to what people will do once they get there.

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ISPs’ listed speeds drop up to 41% after UK requires accurate advertising
Most broadband providers in the UK "have been forced to cut the headline speeds they advertise when selling deals" because of new UK rules requiring accurate speed claims, according to a consumer advocacy group. "Eleven major suppliers have had to cut the advertised speed of some of their deals, with the cheapest deals dropping by 41 percent," the group wrote…

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Second-generation Threadripper goes on sale: $1,799 for 32 cores
Announced back in June, AMD's second-generation Threadripper processors are now available for preorder. The top-end part, the Threadripper 2990WX, is a 32-core, 64-thread processor with a total of 64MB of level 3 cache, running at a base clock of 3.0GHz, boosting as high as 4.2GHz. It ships on August 13 and is selling for $1,799.