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BMW shows off the new M5 in Need for Speed Payback

The much-rumored (and thoroughly leaked) new BMW M5 finally got the official announcement treatment today. That debut didn’t happen at an auto show, or even a BMW event, though. Instead, BMW showed off the new performance sedan at a games conference. The M5 — which will be featured in Need …

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Joss Whedon fan site Whedonesque shuts down after 15 years

Whedonesque, a popular Joss Whedon fan site, is ending operations today, Entertainment Weekly reports. The decision comes one day after The Wrap published an essay by Whedon’s ex-wife Kai Cole accusing the director of several affairs and questioning his vocal commitment to feminism. Whedonesque founder Caroline van Oosten de Boer …

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Solar eclipse 2017: what you need to know

On August 21st, the great American eclipse will descend upon the United States, casting its shadow from coast to coast for the first time since 1918. It’s perhaps one of the biggest astronomical events of the decade. And we are here to help you prepare for it. Whether you’re traveling …

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Why You Can’t Download All the Streaming Media You Want

Your online life is an embarrassment of media riches. You can hear virtually every song ever recorded through Spotify, or jump onto YouTube and find a million covers and mashups. You can watch every show on cable from anywhere on the planet with an app like Sling, then open Netflix …

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Hacked replacement touchscreens could hijack your smartphone

A new study has found that when replacement touch screens are embedded with a malicious chip, they can be used to compromise your smartphone. Ars Technica reports that a new paper, published by the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, includes simulated attacks on two Android devices: a Huawei Nexus 6P …

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The HTC Vive just got a $200 price cut

HTC has cut the price of its Vive virtual reality headset by $200, bringing the system’s cost down to $599. The discount is meant to stimulate consumer interest in the system, and make it easier to afford accessories, including the Vive Tracker that went on sale earlier this year. It …

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