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EA at E3: BioWare confirms Anthem in Feb 2019, Madden returns to PC
The gameplay reveal focused largely on full jetpack control, which allows the game’s heroes (in suits called “Javelins”) to fly up, over, and all around giant worlds and combat arenas, along with bombastic, third-person combat against giant, handsomely rendered beasts. The reveal didn't include hard proof of BioWare's promises about story content in the game, however, particularly BioWare's onstage assurance…

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The Apple Watch will soon ditch its mechanical buttons, report says
published a report today citing "a source with direct knowledge" of Apple's plans for a future Apple Watch that will feature solid-state, touch-sensitive buttons instead of the clickable ones that are currently part of the device. This will apply to both the crown and the single traditional button that brings up a view of currently opened apps.

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How did hacker Adrian Lamo die? Medical examiner couldn’t figure it out
Forensic pathologists in Kansas who examined the body of the late Adrian Lamo, the hacker who famously turned in Chelsea Manning to military authorities back in 2010, have been unable to figure out what led to his death. In 2004, Lamo pleaded guilty to hacking , among other entities. He was sentenced to two years probation and six months house…

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Anheuser-Busch pulls millions from controversial NIH alcohol study
Beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev is pulling millions of dollars in funding from a controversial study overseen by the National Institutes of Health that aimed to assess the health effects of moderate alcohol consumption, according to a report by . The 10-year, $100 million study had faced mounting criticism and was recently halted over concerns about how large beverage makers, including…

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Hereditary is catnip for fans of slow-burn horror movies
Every summer, stowed between the latest sequel to and , Hollywood tries to sneak at least one interesting horror film into cineplexes. This week, we get , a brilliant (and rare) mid-summer take on the slow-burn horror genre. What, exactly, constitutes a slow-burn horror film? These employ the magic of cinema to turn everyday objects and activities into the most…

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Intel isn’t going to be launching a 28-core 5GHz processor this year after all
Earlier this week, Intel showed off a product coming in the fourth quarter of this year: an enthusiast-oriented 28-core processor running all cores at 5GHz. This combination of clock speed and core count would put it head and shoulders above any other processor on the market, so the demonstration was more than a little surprising.

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In a blow to e-voting critics, Brazil suspends use of all paper ballots
In a blow to electronic-voting critics, Brazil’s Supreme Court has suspended the use of all paper ballots in this year's elections. The ruling means that only electronic ballot boxes will be used, and there will be no voter-verified paper trail that officials can use to check the accuracy of results. In an 8-2 majority, justices on Wednesday sided with government…

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Facebook let select companies have “special access” to user data, per report
Facebook maintained secret deals with a handful of companies, allowing them to gain "special access to user records," long after it cut off most developers' access to such user data back in 2015, according to a new Friday report by the citing court documents it did not publish and other unnamed sources.

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Ecological “law” turns out to just be the result of us fishing
When studying populations of a flounder-like North Sea fish called plaice in the early 1900’s, a man named Heincke noticed that older, larger fish are found more deeply in the water than younger, smaller fish. The same phenomenon was subsequently found for other North Atlantic species like cod, haddock, pollock, and some species of flatfish; it was thus dubbed Heincke’s…