• SpaceX successfully completes Crew Dragon launch escape test
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    SpaceX successfully completes Crew Dragon launch escape test

    SpaceX just completed a major milestone in its quest to carry humans to orbit. The private spaceflight firm has successfully conducted an in-flight test of Crew Dragon's launch escape system, with the capsule jettisoning itself from the Falcon 9 rocket and splashing down in the Atlantic soon afterward

  • SpaceX successfully completes key test of its Crew Dragon human spacecraft
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    SpaceX successfully completes key test of its Crew Dragon human spacecraft

    SpaceX completed a crucial test of a key safety system of its Crew Dragon spacecraft today. The test involved launching its Crew Dragon using a Falcon 9, though without any actual crew on board. The launch was then intentionally cut short, with the In-Flight Abort (IFA) system triggered to separate

  • Watch SpaceX launch its Crew Dragon astronaut spacecraft for a key safety test
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    Watch SpaceX launch its Crew Dragon astronaut spacecraft for a key safety test

    SpaceX is looking to launch its Crew Dragon spacecraft using a Falcon 9 rocket today, in a crucial test of the human-rated spacecraft's In-Flight Abort (IFA) system. This safety feature will separate the Crew Dragon from the Falcon 9 rocket early, propelling the spacecraft (and any astronauts who

  • Behringer clones more well-known synths from Moog and Roland

    Behringer clones more well-known synths from Moog and Roland

    Behringer isn't about to slow down in its effort to clone classic synths. The company has introduced two more not-so-subtle modernizations, headlined by the System 55 Modular Synthesizer (above). The Eurorack-friendly design includes more than 20 reproductions of modules from the legendary Moog

  • Apple TV+ documentary series will profile Oprah, Lin-Manuel and Big Bird
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    Apple TV+ documentary series will profile Oprah, Lin-Manuel and Big Bird

    Apple is leaning even further into documentaries than you might have expected. The company has unveiled plans for a Dear... Apple TV+ documentary series that, in an odd (if logical) twist, will use the "Dear Apple" ads as inspiration for the basic format. The show will profile "iconic

  • Instagram removes the IGTV button you weren't using
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    Instagram removes the IGTV button you weren't using

    Instagram's IGTV was supposed to usher in a new era for video in the social network, but that's not quite how it panned out. And now, the company is tempering its expectations. A Facebook spokesperson has confirmed to TechCrunch that Instagram is removing the IGTV icon at the top of its main

  • Lexus imagines space vehicles for humans on the Moon
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    Lexus imagines space vehicles for humans on the Moon

    If humanity ever ends up living on the Moon, what would the vehicles be like? According to Lexus, they'd be sleek, shiny and wouldn't look out of place in a sci-fi flick. The European Advanced Design Studio for Lexus and Toyota, the brand's parent company, has created seven lunar vehicle

  • Spotify may be in talks to buy culture outlet The Ringer
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    Spotify may be in talks to buy culture outlet The Ringer

    Spotify might be making one of its biggest moves yet in its bid to conquer the podcasting world. Wall Street Journal sources say the streaming company is in "early" talks to acquire The Ringer, the sports- and pop culture-oriented outlet founded by ex-ESPN personality Bill Simmons (above).

  • Boeing finds another software flaw that might delay 737 Max's return
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    Boeing finds another software flaw that might delay 737 Max's return

    Boeing is dealing with another 737 Max software flaw that could prevent the troubled aircraft from returning to the skies, but this time it's not a safety issue. The company has confirmed that it's fixing a flaw preventing the 737 Max's flight control computers from starting up and verifying

  • Week in Review: Forget cord cutting, here comes the stream slashing
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    Week in Review: Forget cord cutting, here comes the stream slashing

    Hey everyone, welcome back to Week in Review where I dive deep into a bit of news from the week or just share some thoughts and go over some of the more interesting stories of the week. "Cord cutting" might still be a major trend for those walking away from cable subscriptions in favor of

  • Law enforcement is using a facial recognition app with huge privacy issues
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    Law enforcement is using a facial recognition app with huge privacy issues

    You may have good reason to be worried that police use of facial recognition might erode your privacy -- many departments are already using software with serious privacy concerns. The New York Times has learned that over 600 law enforcement agencies in the US and Canada have signed up in the past year

  • Microsoft will fix an Internet Explorer security flaw under active attack
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    Microsoft will fix an Internet Explorer security flaw under active attack

    Mozilla isn't the only one grappling with a serious web browser security flaw. Microsoft has confirmed to TechCrunch that it will fix an Internet Explorer security exploit already being used for "limited targeted attacks." The vulnerability lets attackers corrupt memory used for the

  • Amazon may offer hand recognition payments to other stores
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    Amazon may offer hand recognition payments to other stores

    Amazon's rumored hand recognition payment tech might be useful beyond paying for produce at Whole Foods. Wall Street Journal sources say the company is developing hand-based checkout terminals that it would sell to "coffee shops, fast-food restaurants" and other stores that tend to have

  • Original Content podcast: Netflix goes to the Oscars
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    Original Content podcast: Netflix goes to the Oscars

    When this year's Academy Award nominations were announced on Monday, Netflix received 24 nominations — the most of any Hollywood studio. As a result, Darrell finally watched Martin Scorsese's three-and-a-half hour gangster epic — and he wasn't impressed by the results.

  • Startups Weekly: Plaid's $5.3B acquisition is a textbook Silicon Valley win
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    Startups Weekly: Plaid's $5.3B acquisition is a textbook Silicon Valley win

    Hi everyone, my name is Eric Eldon and I'm the new writer of the Startups Weekly newsletter. Some people tell us that TechCrunch doesn't cover startups like it used to. This newsletter will highlight the best startup coverage on TechCrunch and Extra Crunch to help fix that.

  • Ask Engadget: What tech can help me survive a trade show?
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    Ask Engadget: What tech can help me survive a trade show?

    This week's question asks about technology that can make a massive trade show a lot easier. Weigh in with your advice in the comments -- and feel free to send your own questions along to ask@engadget.com!I just worked my first CES, and it was a rough learning curve. There was a lot that I didn'

  • Hitting the Books: Hackers can convince your IoT devices to betray you
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    Hitting the Books: Hackers can convince your IoT devices to betray you

    Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we've done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and delivering an easily digestible nugget of their

  • Microsoft says it will fix an Internet Explorer security bug under active attack
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    Microsoft says it will fix an Internet Explorer security bug under active attack

    Microsoft has confirmed a security flaw affecting Internet Explorer is currently being used by hackers, but that it has no immediate plans to fix. Microsoft said all supported versions of Windows are affected by the flaw, including Windows 7, which after this week no longer receives security updates

  • Instagram drops IGTV button, but only 1% downloaded the app
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    Instagram drops IGTV button, but only 1% downloaded the app

    At most, 7 million of Instagram's 1 billion-plus users have downloaded its standalone IGTV app in the 18 months since launch. For reference, TikTok received 1.15 billion downloads in the same period since IGTV launched in June 2018. In just the US, TikTok received 80.5 million downloads compared

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    Noom Signs Up Dieters as Investors See New Wins for Weight Loss

    (Bloomberg) -- This New Year’s Day, 55,000 people signed up to lose weight with the smartphone app Noom. You’ve probably seen the ads -- it claims to have helped more than 350,000 get slimmer.Dieting, not to mention keeping weight off, is an iffy proposition, but Americans spend billions each year trying.Noom