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Iron Man VR preview makes me want to put on nerdy headgear again
AUSTIN, Texas—In some ways, I am the worst candidate among the Ars Technica gaming braintrust to demo the world premiere of , a video game slated to launch on PlayStation VR by the end of this year. I have never used a PSVR, let alone VR headset between the pricey HTC Vive and the build-it-yourself Nintendo Labo VR.

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Unexpected security feature in Microsoft Edge could allow for file theft
A researcher has uncovered strange and unexpected behavior in Windows 10 that allows remote attackers to steal data stored on hard drives when a user opens a malicious file downloaded with the Edge browser. The threat partially surfaced last week when a different researcher, John Page, reported what he called a flaw in Internet Explorer.

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Rocket Report: A new Delta 2, Blue Origin inks with NASA, a fiery Falcon Heavy
Welcome to Edition 1.45 of the Rocket Report! This week, half of our stories concern the biggest rockets on the planet, from Blue Origin engine tests at Marshall Space Flight Center to NASA's efforts to accelerate development of the Space Launch System. As always, we welcome reader submissions, and if you don't want to miss an issue, please subscribe using…

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Microsoft buys Express Logic, adds a third operating system to its IoT range
Not content with having a Windows-based Internet of Things platform (Windows 10 IoT) and a Linux-based Internet of Things platform (Azure Sphere), Microsoft has added a third option. The company has announced that it has bought Express Logic and its ThreadX real-time operating system for an undisclosed sum. Real-time operating systems (RTOSes) differ from more conventional platforms in their predictability.

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In new gaffe, Facebook improperly collects email contacts for 1.5 million
Facebook's privacy gaffes keep coming. On Wednesday, the social media company said it collected the stored email address lists of as many as 1.5 million users without permission. On Thursday, the company said the number of Instagram users affected by a previously reported password storage error was in the "millions," not the "tens of thousands" as previously estimated.

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Facebook is working on an AI voice assistant similar to Alexa, Google Assistant
Facebook is working on developing an AI voice assistant similar in functionality to Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri, according to a report from CNBC and a later statement from a Facebook representative. The CNBC report, which cites "several people familiar with the matter," says the project has been ongoing since early 2018 in the company's offices in Redmond, Washington.

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Dealmaster: A number of big-name video games are discounted today
Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share, and a number of high-profile video games all happen to be discounted at the same time today. Further ReadingI played 11 games in 11 years, and made them all worth itYou can see the full selection of deals below, but a good chunk of what we've found…

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Idris Elba steals the show as “Black Superman” in Hobbs and Shaw trailer
Universal Pictures dropped a second trailer for the studio's forthcoming , the first spinoff of its wildly popular franchise. It looks like it will be the perfect summer popcorn movie, with ludicrous over-the-top action, Idris Elba stealing every scene as a cocky super-soldier, and the lovable, wisecracking duo of Hobbs and Shaw putting aside their differences yet again to save…

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Ajit Pai proposes blocking China-owned telecom from US phone market
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has proposed denying China Mobile USA's application to offer telecom services in the US, saying the Chinese government-owned company poses a security risk. The FCC is scheduled to vote on an order to deny the application at its open meeting on May 9, and Pai yesterday announced his opposition to China Mobile entering the…