Gaming 

Fortnite map UPDATE – Vehicles next in Battle Royale? Epic Games talks ‘fun’ possibilities

Fortnite gamers have had an exciting week, with the Battle Royale map update arriving on PS4, Xbox One and PCs as part of the big V.2.2.0 patch. The Fortnite map update added eight new locations to Battle Royale and updated existing ones, adding more detail and variety to current areas. Patch V.2.2.0 brought with it the ‘Tilted Towers’ area, a highly anticipated city location that fans had been calling for. One other feature that Fortnite Battle Royale fans have had high on their wishlists is vehicles. Vehicles play a huge…

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Top Stories World 

Government shutdown deadline passes with no Senate deal

WASHINGTON — The federal government headed toward a shutdown late Friday night as a key vote appeared far short from having the support needed to pass and the midnight deadline came and went. The vote was held open for nearly an hour as Senate leaders sought to find a way out of the impasse that brought them to this moment. Senators milled around the floor as Washington waited for word of where Congress goes from here. Senate Democrats, demanding progress on the fate of those covered by the DACA program,…

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Science 

Virtual reality goes magnetic

The success of Pokémon GO made many people familiar with the concept of ‘augmented reality’: computer-generated perception blends into the real and virtual worlds. So far, these apps largely used optical methods for motion detection. Physicists have now developed an ultrathin electronic magnetic sensor that can be worn on skin. Just by interacting with magnetic fields, the device enables a touchless manipulation of virtual and physical objects.

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Technology 

SpaceX might fire up Falcon Heavy’s 27 engines Monday – CNET

SpaceX shows off the Falcon Heavy rocket on the launchpad. SpaceX The first demonstration launch of the new biggest rocket in the world could still be weeks away. But first, SpaceX is planning to test fire Falcon Heavy‘s 27 engines on launch pad 39-A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center as soon as Monday. SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has said Falcon Heavy, which is basically three Falcon 9 rockets strapped together and attached to a single upper stage, will be the most powerful rocket since the Saturn V beast that…

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Top Stories World 

Battle over legal marijuana: a monumental moment for states’ rights

West Hollywood is painted with rainbow flags. Known as “The Creative City,” this counterculture hub is set in rolling hills, thrumming with thrift stores, vegetarian restaurants, and, since Jan. 1, four dispensaries selling recreational cannabis. The most populous state in the union, with 39 million people, started allowing legal recreational pot sales three days before the Justice Department threatened to step up enforcement of federal prohibition.  As people waiting in a line outside West Hollywood’s MedMen brush off a rainstorm, Iain McDonald, an actor and Lyft driver from Australia, says he’s puzzled…

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Science 

Atlas V rocket launch live stream: How to watch online – What time is the launch TONIGHT?

What time is the Atlas V launch?  The rocket is due to blast off at 12.48am GMT (19:48 ET) from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral air force station in Florida.  The launch was due to take place yesterday but was abandoned due to technical difficulties.  The United Launch Alliance (ULA), who operate the Atlas rockets, tweeted last night: “Atlas V SBIRS GEO Flight 4 mission was scrubbed today due to a ground issue associated with the booster liquid oxygen system.” How to watch the Atlas V rocket launch…

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Top Stories World 

With forgiveness, a need for economic justice

In the 1990s South Africa preached reconciliation and forgiveness in its successful and largely peaceful transition out of apartheid. Today, Liberia, long torn by civil wars, has peacefully elected a new president, George Weah, who’ll take office Jan. 22. And Colombia, after a half-century of conflict, has made peace with rebels from FARC (the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), who have laid down their arms and begun an assimilation back into society. Some of these guerrilla fighters now are becoming politicians. South Africa never fell into a civil war, though…

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BREAKING: Major 6.6 magnitude earthquake rocks holiday hotspot amid fears of Big One

The epicentre of the quake, which struck at about 10am local time (4pm UK time), was 6.2 miles (10km) below the surface. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has not yet issued a tsunami warning for the West Coast of the US. The news comes amid heightened fears of California being rocked by a manitude 7.0 earthquake or greater, known as the ‘Big One’. California sits on top of the potentially catastrophic San Andreas Fault, one of the most seismically active regions in the world. The Southern California Earthquake…

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Sport 

Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho breaks silence and makes shock admission about Alexis Sanchez

Old Trafford officials have been working to complete a deal with Arsenal for the £35million-rated Chile forward, with midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan going the other way in part-exchange. Mourinho has made it clear that he wanted Sanchez in his plans for the trip to Turf Moor tomorrow but United had to have him registered by noon today in order for him to be able to play. That, it appears, has not happened. The hold up appears to be the fact Mkhitaryan, who United are using as bait in the deal, has…

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How To 

11 Chrome features you’ll wish you’d known all along – CNET

Juan Garzón/CNET Do you consider yourself a Chrome ninja? If not, these tips can help you navigate the web with deadly efficiency. Pin tabs I spend much of my day using Gmail and Google Drive, and with Chrome’s tab-pinning feature, I can keep those tabs parked to the left of all of my many open tabs. It’s a great way to keep the tabs you’re constantly visiting and revisiting within an arm’s reach. To pin a tab, just right-click it and select Pin Tab. It will move to the left…

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