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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 explosion likely caused by breached helium system

SpaceX’s recent Falcon 9 explosion seems to have been caused by a breach in the “cryogenic helium system” of the vehicle’s upper oxygen tank, according to an update from the company. However, SpaceX says the accident is not connected to last year’s Falcon 9 explosion, in which a rocket disintegrated en route …

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Uber now requires drivers to take selfies for added security

Uber announced today that it’ll require drivers to snap selfies before signing on to the platform and accepting ride requests. The new feature, called Real-Time ID Check, is described as a way to prevent fraud and protects drivers’ accounts from being compromised, but some critics say it’s an acknowledgement by …

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Apple is summer, Google is fall

The summer ended with Apple releasing new hardware and software. Now that fall has finally arrived, we await the next big tech event… from Google. This week on Vergecast, Nilay, Paul, Ashley, and Dieter float between these two rituals with reviews and rumors about both companies. Throw in a bit …

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Do desktop PC speakers really need Bluetooth?

The 2.1 desktop speaker system is almost an institution in the computer world. You take two smaller satellite speakers by your monitor, one subwoofer to the side, and a mess of wires connecting everything together into a 3.5mm jack to plug into your computer. But technology always moves forward, so …

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I went a week without a headphone jack, and it was not good

Apple’s iPhone 7 is the first device in its smartphone line to not have a headphone jack. Source: JP Mangalindan/Yahoo Finance “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” the old saying goes. That’s what a good number of people are saying in the wake of the iPhone 7 announcement. Indeed, …

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