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AIM AOL Instant Messenger

AOL announced today that it is discontinuing its pioneering Instant Messenger chat platform after 20 years of service officially on December 15. The company is shutting down the service to focus "on building the next generation of iconic brands and life-changing products." Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.

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iPhone X

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Available with 64GB ($999) / 256GB ($1,149) of storage and in space grey / silver, the iPhone X features a 5.8-inch TrueTone OLED Super Retina display, stainless-steel side bands, an infrared, neural network-powered 3D facial recognition (Face ID), an A11 Bionic processor with neural engine and a 12MP dual camera system. Its glass back enables Qi-compatible wireless charging, and you can pick up an optional AirPower charging mat to charge the iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods simultaneously. Continue reading for another hands-on video, more pictures and information.

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Equifax Hack

Equifax, a provider of consumer credit scores, announced today that a hack exposed the personal details of potentially 143 million U.S. consumers between mid-May and July. Cyber criminals allegedly accessed details, including names, social security numbers, and, in some cases, driver's license numbers by exploiting a U.S. website application Plus, credit card numbers of around 209,000 U.S. consumers and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information of around 182,000 U.S. consumers were accessed. Continue reading for the news report and more information, including a link to check yourself.

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North Korea Hydrogen Bomb


North Korea conducted its most powerful nuclear test to date earlier today, and it's claimed to be an advanced hydrogen bomb for a long-range missile. This prompted the threat of a "massive" military response from the United States if it or its allies were threatened. As opposed to the relatively simple atomic bomb, the hydrogen bomb can be 1,000 times more powerful, because it uses fusion - or atomic nuclei coming together - to produce explosive energy, rather than fission. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.

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iPhone 8 Price

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A new report by The New York Times claims that the iPhone 8 will start at $999, which refutes previous rumors that pinned the upcoming smartphone's starting price at $1,200. The leak came from sources still under NDA, which means they can't speak publicly about the price due to restrictions, but they also confirm a bezel-less screen and facial recognition. A press event is scheduled for September 12th, but no official word yet from Apple. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.

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Space X Spacesuit

Elon Musk revealed today the first image of a person sitting in what looks like a spacecraft cabin, wearing a bright SpaceX spacesuit. These suits have already been tested in "double vacuum pressure," despite being "incredibly hard" to balance aesthetics and function, according to Musk. Manned test flights are scheduled for 2018, with flights to the station scheduled to take place in 2019. Continue reading for another video about SpaceX's plans for Mars and more information.

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NASA Earth-Like Planets

NASA scientists working with telescopes at the European Southern Observatory announced today that an entire system of Earth-like planets exists just 40-light-years away. Of these seven, three lie in the star's habitable "Goldilocks" zone, meaning that all may have entire oceans of liquid water, increasing the possibility of life. "The energy output from dwarf stars like TRAPPIST-1 is much weaker than that of our Sun. Planets would need to be in far closer orbits than we see in the Solar System if there is to be surface water. Fortunately, it seems that this kind of compact configuration is just what we see around TRAPPIST-1," said researcher Amaury Triaud. Continue reading for two more videos, including one explaining how long it would take for humans to get there.

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Metallic Hydrogen

Scientists have tried in vain to produce a metal from hydrogen for the past 80-years, a substance thought to be present on other planets. Metallic hydrogen could be used to make a rocket propellant four times more powerful than what's currently available. Two scientists, Ranga Dias and Isaac Silvera, at Harvard University claimed to have discovered this super substance. This was made possible by squeezing hydrogen between diamonds inside a cryostat, at a pressure even greater than that at the Earth's center. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Super Mario Run

Super Mario Run is basically split into three modes, the first being World Tour, which consists 24 levels - priced at $9.99 - each with increasing difficulty. Unlike previous games, Mario runs from left to right automatically, and by tapping the screen, you can make the character jump, spring off enemies, wall jump or spin in the air as he descends. Finishing World Tour may not be difficult, but similar to Super Mario 64, you'll have to go back to collect the five Challenge Coins. A boss in either an airship level or a castle level appears after every world to keep things interesting. Unfortunately, you'll have to always have a data connection or the game will pause. Continue reading for a hands-on video preview and more information.

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Giant Sinkhole Japan

A giant sinkhole opened up in the middle of a busy Japanese city on Tuesday, swallowing a five-lane street near the main railway station. The large hole, around 98-feet wide, exposed support columns of buildings nearby at a traffic intersection in the southern city of Fukuoka, prompting fears of further collapses. Television footage showed two separate holes steadily expanding as they sucked in asphalt and soil in front of the city's Hakata Station. Continue reading for two street-level videos, more pictures and additional information.

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