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Tech Q&A: Android Oreo, transferring VHS tapes, comparing prescription prices and more

File photo: A 3D printed Android logo is seen in front of a displayed cyber code in this illustration taken March 22, 2016. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic) Preserving old photos Q: I have a bunch of old photos from my mother’s estate. What’s the easiest way to scan them? A: Mounds of old photos are still gathered in shoeboxes, and if we don’t digitize them soon, we risk losing those images. There are plenty of services that can scan the images for…

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The copay assumes the 99% treat healthcare like spiteful buffet gorgers / Boing Boing

The basis for the health-insurance copay is that the 99% need to be disincentivized from “abusing” their health-care and going to the doctor for frivolous ailments (if this was really a thing, we’d have sliding-scale copays that charged rich people astounding sums to see the doctor, to ensure that everyone’s incentives were properly aligned). The reality is that copays are a way to disincentivize people — especially poor people — from getting necessary treatment, a way to shift the cost…

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Why Facebook Users Should Download Messenger Lite Instead of Messenger

Statistically speaking, there’s a pretty good chance you’re one of the 1.2 billion people who use Facebook Messenger at least once a month. Anecdotally, there’s a decent chance you harbor deep resentments toward its sluggishness, its bloat, and its liberally borrowed Snapchat features. Friends, there’s a better way. It’s called Messenger Lite. You may have heard of Messenger Lite already, and if you live outside of the US, UK, Canada, or Ireland, you may already be using it. Facebook first…

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Slime time in Southern California as sea slugs rebound

It’s slime time on Southern California beaches. But that’s a good thing. Black sea hares — the largest of the sea slug species — appear to be showing up on Orange County beaches in greater numbers, the Orange County Register reported (http://bit.ly/2z4HBZB). The slimy, shiny black mollusks have been spotted from as far north as Redondo Beach to San Clemente and Corona del Mar. They feed offshore but have shown up in tide pools and wedged between rocks. Ali Huerta,…

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Tesla can help fix Puerto Rico’s ruined electrical grid

CLOSE Tesla founder Elon Musk believes he can rebuild Puerto Rico’s power grid. Buzz60 San Isidro, Puerto Rico resident Mirian Medina stands on her property on Oct. 5, 2017, about two weeks after Hurricane Maria swept through the island. Residents in her section of the town remain without grid power or running water.(Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Billionaire innovator Elon Musk is pledging to meet with Puerto Rico’s governor to discuss how he could help rebuild the island’s ruined electrical grid…

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Microsoft Edge arrives on Android and iOS for Windows Insiders

Hello stomach – didn’t you used to be called Arrow Launcher? MICROSOFT’S chest-burster strategy has accelerated as it brings its lonely browser Edge to Android and iOS users, alongside a relaunched, er, Launcher launch. A preview of Microsoft Launcher, based on the Arrow Launcher it bought in 2015 has arrived. Its main purpose is to give a continuation between your PC and Android experience (ie encourage lock-in) and works in a similar way to Apple’s ‘handoff’ feature. It allows you…

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Oh Wow: Man Demonstrates And Discusses At Length The Way People Used To Walk In Medieval Times

This is a video of German historical reenactor Roland Warzecha demonstrating and discussing at length (it’s a seven minute video) the gait of of people who lived during medieval times (presumably discovered via recently unearthed video tapes in a castle dungeon). Apparently because their shoes were so thin (little more than a “leather sock”), everyone walked on the balls of their feet first (as opposed to heel first) so they could sense what they were about to step on without…

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Russian propaganda may have been shared hundreds of millions of times, new research says

REUTERS/Dado Ruvic Facebook has said ads bought by Russian operatives reached 10 million of its users. But does that include everyone reached by the information operation? Couldn’t the Russians also have created simple — and free — Facebook posts and hoped they went viral? And if so, how many times were these messages seen by Facebook’s massive user base? The answers to those questions, which social media analyst Jonathan Albright studied for a research document he posted online Thursday, are:…

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Agents of SHIELD’s Season Five Space Story Is Still a Mystery

After ending a spectacular season four—which included Ghost Rider, Life Model Decoys, and the Framework—Agents of SHIELD will be back for a two-hour premiere on December 1. At the Agents of SHIELD panel at New York Comic Con, the cast was on hand to share the first 20 minutes of the beginning of season five, and the bloopers from season four. Before we get to spoilers, here are the hilarious bloopers: The twenty minutes we were treated to provided only more questions, and…

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Faraday Future FF91 – the concept car you can actually buy (CES 2017)

Lately, Faraday Future has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Suppliers were suing it for unpaid bills and the production factory due to be built in Nevada had run into problems. There was no sign of any concern at CES 2017, where Faraday Future unveiled the FF91. It’s a vast car that looks conceptual but is actually a production model that the manufacturer assures us will be in full production by 2018. Best Buy electric cars –…

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