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Bill Gates shares photo of his coronavirus vaccine, says 'I feel great'

Bill Gates shares photo of his coronavirus vaccine, says 'I feel great'

The Microsoft co-founder and longtime vaccine advocate thanked those who helped get the shots into arms.For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the .co-founder funds medical research and vaccine programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and has about his belief in the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine. On Friday, it was his turn to get one. Gates tweeted a photo of himself -- eyeglasses off, sleeve rolled up -- receiving the first of his two . He thanked those who helped develop and distribute the vaccine and noted that he's feeling...

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Drones and digital models make infrastructure inspections safer and more accurate

Drones and digital models make infrastructure inspections safer and more accurate

Aerial imaging, combined with machine learning and predictive analysis, makes it possible to predict needed structural repairs.Why put a person in a dangerous situation when a robot can do it for them? In recent years, have moved from being a rarity in infrastructure inspections to becoming common. Dams, bridges and other systems need regular checkups to guarantee there are no dangerous cracks or other damage. Traditionally, these operations require professionals rappelling down. If you provide them with drones, these inspections become safer, more accurate and more affordable, which means...

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NASA lends 3.9-billion-year-old moon rock to the Biden White House

NASA lends 3.9-billion-year-old moon rock to the Biden White House

Astronauts chipped the 3.9-billion-year-old rock off of a lunar boulder back in 1972.There's a new decoration in President Joe Biden's Oval Office. Although really, it's a very old decoration. At the request of the new administration, from its Lunar Sample Laboratory Facility at Johnson Space Center in Houston. The moon rock went on display in the Oval Office on , Jan. 20.From the lab to your inbox. Get the latest science stories from CNET every week.The loan is "in symbolic recognition of earlier generations' ambitions and accomplishments, and support for America's current Moon to Mars...

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Microsoft patent details tech that could turn dead people into AI chatbots

Microsoft patent details tech that could turn dead people into AI chatbots

It's Black Mirror come to life.An chatbot that lets you interact with dead loved ones sounds like something straight out of science fiction. But if technology in a patent granted to comes to fruition, interacting with a chatty 3D digital version of the deceased could one day become de rigueur. The , titled "Creating a conversational chatbot of a specific chatbot of a specific person," details a system that would access images, voice data, social media posts, electronic messages and the like to "create or modify a special index in the theme of the specific person's personality." In some...

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SpaceX Starship SN9 test fires ahead of next high-altitude flight

SpaceX Starship SN9 test fires ahead of next high-altitude flight

SN9 is on deck to boldly follow in the footsteps of SN8, which bravely sacrificed itself in the name of iteration.The latest SpaceX Starship prototype has some fresh Raptor engines and continues getting prepped for another test firing before a high-altitude test flight. , which is identified by the serial number SN9, underwent a series of three static test fires on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Afterward, two of its three engines required slight repairs and would be switched out. That took place over the weekend and next up will be the test-firing of the newly refreshed SN9.The latest airspace...

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PayPal shuts down fundraising for Texas real estate agent charged in Capitol riot

PayPal shuts down fundraising for Texas real estate agent charged in Capitol riot

Jenna Ryan is raising money to cover legal costs and "other losses" brought on by her arrest. But she can't collect funds via PayPal anymore.Texas real estate agent Jenna Ryan can't accept donations on PayPal anymore, the payment processing giant said Thursday. PayPal closed her account after she made a plea online for funds to help pay for her legal costs and other losses stemming from charges filed against her for participating in the US Capitol riots on Jan. 6.Raising legal defense funds is allowed on PayPal, but the company said Ryan was fundraising for additional purposes, which...

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Lyft test program offers drivers more rides in exchange for 10% pay cut

Lyft test program offers drivers more rides in exchange for 10% pay cut

Lyft calls its feature "priority mode." Drivers call it "poverty mode."In late September, Earla Phillips got what she described as an irritating email from Lyft. The ride-hailing company was reaching out to drivers, like her, to notify them about a new feature called "priority mode.""Turn on priority mode to earn more," the email boasted. When drivers opted in, it said they'd get a handful of "priority" hours per week in which they'd get more rides than drivers who weren't using the feature.But there's a catch. In priority mode, drivers must agree to a 10% pay cut."I knew that this just was...

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Galaxy S21 Ultra's camera comes with 100x zoom. Here's what its photos look like

Galaxy S21 Ultra's camera comes with 100x zoom. Here's what its photos look like

Crisp, vibrant shots and a great zoom. The S21 Ultra is a superb camera phone.represents the pinnacle of what the company can offer in a phone, with its powerful processor, massive vibrant screen and connectivity. But it's the camera setup I'm particularly interested in, and it's here that the S21 Ultra pushes the boat out. There are four lenses on the back: a standard , an ultrawide lens, a 3x optical zoom and a 10x optical zoom. Together with the huge 108-megapixel resolution of the main camera, the phone can achieve a huge 30x zoom. TL;DR: It's that zoom that is the hero here. While...

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Elephants look tiny from space, but scientists figured out how to count them

Elephants look tiny from space, but scientists figured out how to count them

The world's largest land animal is still hard to monitor in the wild, but satellites could make it easier.People like to talk about landmarks that can be "seen from space," from the to the . But what about something much smaller, like elephants? They can be spotted, too, with the help of satellites and an algorithm trained to look for them.A team led by researchers with the University of Oxford and the University of Bath in the UK developed a method for counting African elephants using , opening up a new way to monitor vulnerable and endangered animals.From the lab to your inbox. Get the...

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Tiger King Joe Exotic fails to nab Trump pardon

Tiger King Joe Exotic fails to nab Trump pardon

Joseph Maldonado-Passage, made famous by the hit Netflix series Tiger King, continues to serve a 22-year prison sentence.As President Donald Trump left the White House for the last time Wednesday morning, there was something he skipped: a pardon for Joe Exotic. CBS News reported that Joe Exotic, the Oklahoma zookeeper made famous by the wildly popular Netflix docuseries , had a  Tuesday outside the Texas prison where he's currently serving a 22-year sentence.Stay in the knowGet the latest tech stories with CNET Daily News every weekday.Exotic, whose legal name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage,...

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Crazy-looking Hyperion XP-1 fuel cell hypercar seen driving on public roads

Crazy-looking Hyperion XP-1 fuel cell hypercar seen driving on public roads

The company decided to take the XP-1 out for a spin in Las Vegas recently.Last summer, a Southern California-based company called Hyperion debuted . The company referred to the XP-1 concept as an "educational tool," but there's more to it than that, it would seem, because it took the XP-1 for a spin on the streets of Las Vegas, according to a report .Now, in case you forgot, the Hyperion XP-1 is a hydrogen fuel cell-powered car that claims a 1,000-mile range per tank of hydrogen, 1,500 horsepower, a 0-60 time of around 2.2 seconds and a top speed of 221 mph. Rather interestingly, Hyperion...

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Arnold Schwarzenegger links Capitol attack to Nazi Germany in powerful viral video

Arnold Schwarzenegger links Capitol attack to Nazi Germany in powerful viral video

In a vid that earned 33 million views in a day and drew a response from Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, the actor and former California governor draws on his own past in post-World War II Austria.Actor and former California governor tweeted an impassioned seven-minute video on Sunday, recalling his post-World War II childhood in Austria, and comparing the  with Kristallnacht. Kristallnacht, or the "Night of Broken Glass," was an attack on Jews and Jewish-owned businesses that occurred in in Nazi Germany in November 1938. "Wednesday was the 'day of broken glass' right here in the United...

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Parler vows to return after Amazon pulls hosting amid concerns over violent posts

Parler vows to return after Amazon pulls hosting amid concerns over violent posts

Tech companies, including Apple and Google, are distancing themselves from Parler in the wake of mob violence on Capitol Hill.CEO John Matze posted a message to the company's website over the weekend, promising the alternative would return after it went  when cut off hosting services."We will resolve any challenge before us and plan to welcome all of you back soon," Matze said in a note bearing the title Technical Difficulties. "We will not let civil discourse perish!"The conservative microblogging site was booted offline a week ago after Amazon Web Services cut its services, a move that...

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Imagining the future of CES

Imagining the future of CES

Commentary: How can I imagine a world where we can't see ahead more than a few hours? This year's virtual show already felt like science fiction.It's 3 p.m. where I am. Across two time zones, we're all gathering at once to talk about as I set up my video lights at home. The radiator's hissing. The kids are outside playing. Soon it'll be dinner, and then taking out recycling. Before that, I'm briefing with a company online about .This is now. This is what was called "." A year ago I was in Las Vegas, looking at weird tech like , having dinners in fancy restaurants in the desert. Now I've...

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Galaxy S21 is more like the iPhone 12 in some of the worst ways

Galaxy S21 is more like the iPhone 12 in some of the worst ways

CNET editors pick the products and services we write about. When you buy through our links, we may get a commission.Commentary: Samsung dropping a few features makes sense, but there would be real courage in keeping at least some of them.line has plenty going for it. The displays have been improved, the processor has gotten faster and the cameras have been upgraded to take sharper photos and videos. And at a , they are once again an enticing alternative to latest iPhones. But in seemingly taking a page out of Apple's playbook, Samsung is scaling back on a few things. There is once again no...

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After Twitter banned Trump, misinformation plummeted, says report

After Twitter banned Trump, misinformation plummeted, says report

In the week after Trump was muzzled, misinformation about election fraud tumbled by 73 percent, a researcher says.The week after banned President Donald Trump from its platform, online misinformation about election fraud fell by a whopping 73 percent, according to a Saturday by The Washington Post. Talk around election fraud dropped from 2.5 million mentions to 688,000 mentions across a selection of social media sites, the Post reported, citing data from researcher Zignal Labs. on Jan.8, two days after a mob of his supporters in a riot that left several people dead, including a Capitol...

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Facebook bans ads for gun accessories in run-up to inauguration

Facebook bans ads for gun accessories in run-up to inauguration

The move comes as the US braces for the possibility of more violence ahead of the Jan. 20 swearing in of President-elect Joe Biden.Facebook is temporarily prohibiting ads for military gear and gun accessories in the United States until after the , the company said Saturday."We are banning ads that promote weapon accessories and protective equipment in the US at least through January 22, out of an abundance of caution," the company said in an update to a Monday about the social network's preparations leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.Editors' top picksSubscribe to...

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In a post-truth world, we need Wikipedia more than ever

In a post-truth world, we need Wikipedia more than ever

Commentary: Wikipedia celebrated its 20th anniversary today. The free encyclopedia may not be exciting, but its neutral, volunteer-driven content is incredibly valuable.It's one of the simplest sites on the internet: black text on a white background, a few bandwidth-hogging graphics and a handful of small photos, if any at all. But that minimalism didn't stop it from winning .The site is , the free encyclopedia that celebrates . Its users don't flock to Wikipedia to watch viral videos, post photos of their kids or argue in the comments. Instead they come seeking dry and...

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Robocaller hit with $10 million fine by FCC

Robocaller hit with $10 million fine by FCC

The caller spoofed local caller IDs to leave racist and threatening messages, says the Federal Communications Commission.A to intentionally cause harm, the US Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday. The scam caller made thousands of robocalls using prerecorded racist, xenophobic and threatening messages, the FCC said. The calls were made to a victim's family, a local journalist, political candidates -- and even as an apparent attempt to sway a jury that was hearing a domestic terrorism case, said the agency. The caller ID spoofing made the calls look like they came from local...

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Galaxy S21 vs. iPhone 12 specs: Apple and Samsung's flagship phones compared

Galaxy S21 vs. iPhone 12 specs: Apple and Samsung's flagship phones compared

Samsung has slashed prices of its Galaxy S21 lineup, but will that give it an edge over the iPhone 12 family? Here's how the Galaxy S21 stacks up against the iPhone 12.trio of S21 are here -- and the lineup starts at a cool $200 less than its predecessor. The Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra, unveiled in a virtual Unpacked event on Thursday, are all available to preorder as of 8 a.m. PT Thursday, and will ship on Jan. 29.While the price cut is a welcome change, the smartphone industry is notoriously cut-throat, and (as always) you can bet the S21 will face stiff competition...

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Samsung Galaxy S21: The final rumors before today's Unpacked event

Samsung Galaxy S21: The final rumors before today's Unpacked event

Three new Samsung phones are coming soon.Update, Jan. 14: The is here. .Today is Samsung day and the Galaxy S21 will be unveiled soon. The  is happening at 7 a.m. PT (10 a.m. ET), following months of rumors and speculation.  on the last day of . The show detailed product specs and information on how the three S21 phones compare to each other and what will come in the box, as well as what appears to be a preorder offer for the or and . You can actually the S21 right now. Editors' top picksSubscribe to CNET Now for the day's most interesting reviews, news stories and videos.The company...

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Galaxy S21 through S21 Ultra, Galaxy Buds and SmartTag: Everything Samsung announced today

Galaxy S21 through S21 Ultra, Galaxy Buds and SmartTag: Everything Samsung announced today

On the last day of CES, Samsung shows off its Galaxy S21, S21 Ultra and S21 Plus, as well as its Galaxy Buds Pro, S-Pen and SmartTag tracker.We're at the tail end of and Samsung decided to launch its new flagship , comprised of the S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra, with an Unpacked event during the same busy week; they start at $800 (£769). The launch, which comes about a month earlier than usual, included the and .The new Galaxy S21 is all metal and has tougher glass for better durability, with a screen that supports adaptive refresh between 48 and 120Hz and improved blue light protection. And...

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Ubisoft is working on an open-world Star Wars game

Ubisoft is working on an open-world Star Wars game

Ubisoft-owned Massive Entertainment, the developer behind Tom Clancy's The Division, is working on a story-driven adventure, collaborating with Lucasfilm Games.Ubisoft on Wednesday revealed that it's diving into a new universe: Star Wars. The publisher is collaborating with Lucasfilm Games on a with an original story.The untitled game is being developed by Ubisoft-owned Massive Entertainment, the Swedish studio behind Tom Clancy's and , and it'll use the same Snowdrop game engine as that series. "This is a lore that we love, and we want to do it justice with a game and story that bring both...

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NASA says you're about to get a rare chance to spot elusive planet Uranus

NASA says you're about to get a rare chance to spot elusive planet Uranus

Uranus is usually faint, but the moon and Mars will help guide your eyes on Jan. 20., Uranus isn't known as one of the most glamorous planets, but it's an underappreciated gem. The ice giant has a lovely blue color and . While our eyes are often drawn to brighter planets like Mars and Jupiter in the night sky, Jan. 20 will give us a decent shot at spotting elusive Uranus.You'll need binoculars or a telescope to aid in your hunt for Uranus, but says Jan. 20 represents an "easy opportunity" to spot it. From the lab to your inbox. Get the latest science stories from CNET every week.includes an...

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