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New electrolyte recipe keeps lithium-ion batteries from catching fire

Enlarge / Adding powdered silica to the electrolyte used in lithium-ion batteries keeps them from catching fire. Gabriel Veith Exploding lithium-ion batteries can wreak havoc on airline flights or in waste facilities after people toss their old electronics into the trash. Now, scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have come up with a new chemical […]

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Facebook violates Apple’s data-gathering rules, pulls VPN from App Store

Enlarge Getty Images | NurPhoto Facebook is the latest company to violate Apple’s new app guidelines surrounding data collection. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Facebook pulled Onavo Protect, a VPN app, from Apple’s App Store after the iPhone maker determined that Onavo violated its data-collection rules. Facebook purchased the Israeli company […]

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Parallels Desktop 14 is available now for Mac, and it includes Mojave support

Enlarge / Parallels Desktop 14 running Windows 10 in macOS High Sierra. Samuel Axon A new version of Mac-based virtualization software Parallels Desktop was released today. Parallels Desktop 14 offers disk space efficiency improvements, faster application-launch speeds, macOS Mojave support, expanded Touch Bar support, better OpenGL graphics performance, and several other improvements. Most people who […]

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After employee revolt, Google says it is “not close” to launching search in China

Google’s employees and Google’s management are clashing over ethical issues again. Just two months after Google’s “Project Maven” military drone project was seemingly resolved, Google’s employees are now up in arms over company plans to create censored products for China. The internal protests resulted in the issue being addressed at an all-hands meeting, and we […]

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Samsung’s Galaxy Home is a Bixby-powered smart speaker with legs

The Samsung Galaxy Home is Samsung’s long-rumored Bixby smart speaker. Samsung Samsung announced the device at its Galaxy Unpacked event on Thursday. YouTube/Screenshot It’s tulip-shaped with three legs. There’s a set of touch controls for playback on top. YouTube/Screenshot As well as a light-up AKG logo, as Samsung’s audio subsidiary tuned the sound of the […]