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LA Wildfire

Los Angeles is currently battling several wildfires right now, and drivers have captured apocalyptic footage of their destruction. The La Tuna fire started Friday in Burbank, on the northern edge of Los Angeles, and has burned more than 7,000 acres. Firefighters in Southern California began battling a new wildfire yesterday that engulfed an area near the Getty Center and the Skirball Cultural Center. The smoke can even be seen from space, as the International Space Station shared photos of the fires on Twitter Wednesday. Continue reading for more footage and information.

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New Tesla Roadster




Elon Musk officially unveiled the new 2020 Tesla Roadster, and it's a doozy. While power numbers have not yet been released, the supercar is claimed to do 0-60mph in a mere 1.9-seconds, 0-100mph in 4.2-seconds, and the 1/4 mile in just 8.9-seconds, making it the fastest production car yet. It will come equipped with a 200kwh battery pack, good for a 630-mile range when fully charged, which means you'll be able to drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco, and back, without recharging. For those wondering, it's a 2 by 2 four-seater, and slated for release in 2020, priced from $200,000, with the first 1,000 sold being Founder's Series models at $250,000 each. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of nine pointless tech gadgets.

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iPhone X Thieves

Photo credit: CNET

Three thieves in hoodies driving a white Dodge van broke into a UPS truck Wednesday while it was delivering to a San Francisco Apple Store. It was carrying 313 of the new 64GB iPhone X devices, and the theft happened between 11:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. PST. The total value of the stolen merchandise was estimated to be more than $370,000, but according to some reports, Apple will be able to deactivate these handsets via their IMEI number. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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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

Photo credit: The Verge

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

Photo credit: Martin Hajek

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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