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New feature in iOS 11 quickly and temporarily disables Touch ID

Enlarge (credit: Andrew Cunningham) Apple is slated to release iOS 11 to all users this fall, but with the public beta available for anyone to try, some previously unannounced features have been discovered. According to a report from The Verge, a feature in the updated operating system allows users to easily change settings so your fingers can’t…

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Yes, it really has taken NASA 11 years to develop a parachute

Enlarge / A test model of the Orion spacecraft, with its parachutes, is tested in Arizona. (credit: NASA) Last week, NASA’s acting chief technologist, Douglas Terrier, visited one of NASA’s main contractors in the Houston area, Jacobs. Along with a handful of media members, he spent about an hour touring the company’s engineering development facility,…

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We may have caught supernova debris slamming into neighboring stars

Enlarge / When the smaller star finally explodes, its companion will obviously get hit by the debris. (credit: Fermilab) Supernovae are some of the most energetic events in the Universe, sending massive shock waves out into the interstellar medium. And there’s every reason to think those shock waves run into things before they’ve had much…

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FDA slams more homeopaths for playing fast and loose with toxic chemicals

Enlarge / Contains belladonna, aka deadly nightshade. (credit: Homeolab ) The Food and Drug Administration sent a sharp letter this month to a Canadian-based homeopathic pharmaceutical manufacturer named Homeolab USA. The letter warned of “significant violations” the agency found during a recent inspection and poor quality control of the company’s infant teething products that contain…

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Internet turns on white supremacists and neo-Nazis with doxing, phishing

Enlarge / Neo Nazis, Alt-Right, and White Supremacists encircle counter protestors at the base of a statue of Thomas Jefferson after marching through the University of Virginia campus with torches in Charlottesville, Va., USA on August 11, 2017. Photos of marchers are being used to identify and shame them on social media. (credit: Zach D…

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Google Home gets free phone calls in the US and Canada

Enlarge / Google Home. (credit: Ron Amadeo) At I/O 2017, Google promised  that Google Home would get the ability to make phone calls. Today, the feature is rolling out to users in the US and Canada. Google Home users can call businesses listed in Google Maps or people in Google Contacts with a simple “OK Google, call [whoever].”…

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Nokia 8: An all-aluminum flagship with same-day Android security updates

Mark Walton SPECS AT A GLANCE: NOKIA 8 SCREEN 5.3-inch 2560×1440 IPS OS Android 7.1.1 CPU Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, up to 2.45GHz RAM 4GB GPU Adreno 540 STORAGE 64GB (expandable with microSD card) NETWORKING 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS, NFC BANDS GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 WCDMA: 1, 2, 5, 8 TDS-CDMA: 34, 39 LTE:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28,…

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The origin of complex life on Earth just got a little less mysterious

Enlarge / About 650 million years ago, the Sturtian ice age turned our planet into Snowball Earth. When the planet warmed again, it was plunged into a hothouse phase that unleashed phosphates, oxygen, and other elements necessary to build multicellular life. (credit: NASA) Life on Earth goes back at least two billion years, but it…