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Turning the Nintendo Switch into Android’s best gaming hardware
The Nintendo Switch is, basically, a game console made out of smartphone parts. The quad-core Nvidia Tegra X1 ARM SoC would be right at home in a smartphone or tablet, along with the 4GB of RAM, a 720p touchscreen, and a 4310mAh battery. Really, the only things that make the Switch a game console are the sweet slide-on controllers and…

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A look at the Windows 10 exploit Google Zero disclosed this week
On Tuesday, Tavis Ormandy of Google's Project Zero released an exploit kit called ctftool which uses and abuses Microsoft's Text Services Framework in ways that can effectively get anyone root—er, system that is—on any unpatched Windows 10 system they're able to log into. The patches for this vulnerability—along with several other serious issues—went out in this week's Patch Tuesday update.

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Amazon unveils first batch of casting for The Wheel of Time adaptation
Amazon has announced its first round of casting for , the long-awaited TV adaptation of the late Robert Jordan's bestselling 14-book series of epic fantasy novels. Within that genre, Jordan's series is as popular as George R.R. Martin's .The last book in the series was published after Jordan died and written from Jordan's notes by bestselling author Brandon Sanderson.

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Archaeologists discovered an invaluable cache of ritual artifacts at Pompeii
Crystals, amber, amethyst, phallic amulets, glass beads, figurines, and a miniature human skull were among the many artifacts archaeologists uncovered from an excavation site at Pompeii recently. The objects were probably left behind by someone fleeing the famous volcanic eruption in 79 AD—possibly even a sorceress. The various objects will be displayed at the Palastra Grande in Pompeii later this…

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British Airways testing VR headsets for first-class passengers this year
Plane travel can be a hassle at best and a panic-inducing experience at worst. But passengers who get anxious around takeoff may have a new option to calm those nerves. British Airways announced that it is testing out virtual reality headsets for the rest of this year on flights between London’s Heathrow and New York City’s John F.

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Woman accused of Capital One hack had stolen data from 30 companies, authorities say
In a petition filed on August 13 in federal court in Seattle, the Justice Department asserted that Paige Thompson—the former Amazon employee accused of stealing data from Capital One credit card applications—had done far more, including "major cyber intrusions that resulted in the theft of massive amounts of data from what now appears to be more than 30 victim companies.

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Jupiter may have had a head-on collision with a massive protoplanet
Planet-forming disks start out as a mix of dust and gas, but the gas doesn't stick around for long. As the star at their center ignites, the radiation it emits starts driving off the gas, eventually leaving a disk with nothing but dust behind. That creates a narrow window for the formation of gas giants, which have to grow big…

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Evacuation of village near explosion of nuclear cruise-missile engine called off
In the wake of an apparent explosion of the nuclear-powered engine of an experimental cruise missile, the Russian government has reportedly evacuated residents of a nearby village. According to local media, residents of Nyonoska, the site of a Russian missile testing facility, were told to evacuate and that a "special" passenger train would move residents to a safe distance during…

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Kylo Ren makes a cameo in trailer for Star Wars Resistance season two
It's safe to say that , which drops right before Christmas, is the most hotly anticipated film release of the year. In the meantime, hardcore fans can sate their hunger for all things Star Wars with season two of . And it looks like the animated series will be coming to an early end.