Italian earthquake victims asked to disable WiFi passwords

imageEarly Wednesday a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck central Italy, killing at least 120 people and trapping countless others under debris. To help ease communications for search and recovery, multiple disaster relief institutions are urging locals to t…

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Revisit 2005 by playing ‘Call of Duty 2′ on your Xbox One

imageBack before Call of Duty went full-on Michael Bay, the series focused on historical conflicts ignored by the then unstoppable Medal of Honor series. Xbox 360 launch title Call of Duty 2 was the last game in the series from original developer Infinity…

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PSN’s first Humble Bundle gives you Capcom games at a discount

imageHumble Bundle is best-known for its PC game offers, but it's branching out in a big way. It's partnering with Capcom and Sony to launch PSN's first-ever Humble Bundle, the appropriately titled Humble Capcom PlayStation Bundle. Pay at least $ 1 and yo…

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You can buy Parrot’s fixed-wing Disco drone in September

imageParrot's beginner-friendly drone is finally ready to take to the skies, after we first saw a prototype at CES this year. The Disco eschews the more common quadcopter format for a fixed-wing system that makes taking off as easy as throwing the device…

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Amazon could launch an Echo-exclusive music service

imageBack in June, reports came out that Amazon plans to launch a $ 10-a-month standalone music service similar to Spotify, Apple Music and other subscription-based options out there. According to Recode, though, the tech titan is also gearing up to introd…

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Super-resilient ceramic could be the key to future spacecraft

imageVehicles like the Space Shuttle have used ceramic tiles to thwart heat during reentry, but it has its limits. It can only get so hot, which can force you to use different materials — and you can forget about using near an engine. Russia's Tomsk Stat…

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Lyft suspends its Bay Area carpooling service

imageLyft has learned a valuable lesson from one of its most recent ventures: the carpooling biz is tough to get into. The company is "pausing" the carpooling service it launched for the Bay Area just a few months ago, and according to Forbes, it's all be…

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Massachusetts will tax ridesharing services to compensate taxis

imageState and city governments have been trying to protect the taxi industry from ridesharing services for a while, but Massachusetts is taking an unusual route. Its governor recently enacted a law (the first known in the US) that will charge ridesharin…

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Finding compatible USB-C accessories is a crapshoot

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USB Type-C is mainstream now. HP and Apple put the new standard on their high-end laptops exclusively, while a number of others are using both USB 3.0 and USB-C. Samsung added USB Type-C to the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which ensu…

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Oracle funds a group trying to tarnish Google’s image

imageIt won't shock you to hear that Oracle is nursing a grudge after it lost its big copyright case against Google. It's pushing for a new trial, for one thing. However, the software giant is also trying to undermine its rival in roundabout ways. Orac…

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