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US regulators aim to keep the ban on in-flight phone calls

In 2013, the FCC considered relaxing rules from the 1990s that banned voice calls from planes. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has set in motion a move to roll back the FCC's earlier proposal to start allowing in-flight voice calls. Trade groups representing pilots and flight attendants criticized the proposal. Many consumers can already use Wi-Fi services onboard aircraft for these purposes.

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Militants flee after foiled Philippine resort kidnap raid: Army

Troops in the Philippines have killed a senior commander of an IS-linked terror group blamed for beheading a German hostage and two Canadians. Ano said troops took the picture of Askali after his death and that captured Abu Sayyaf militants identified the young militant leader.

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Project Scorpio will be the first console to support AMD's FreeSync technology

Scorpio has been customized on the silicon level, but the robust software pipeline is the yin to the console hardware's yang; the system ensures that games don't waste any power and only use the resources they need. This leaves the PS4 Pro in the air, with its dominance of having exclusive titles, playable on the powerful console. Of course, none of this guarantees anything about the final console's design, and it could be that Microsoft has something entirely different planned for Project ...

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Tillerson, top diplomats hold urgent meeting on Syria crisis

Syrian and Russian airstrikes have continued in the rebel-held areas of Idlib, regardless of the worldwide backlash against the attack in Khan Sheikhun. Even on Syria, the positions appeared to be hardening. Trump has made no public statement on Syriat since last week's missile attack and there have been no press briefings at the Pentagon.

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Burger King's Whopper get negative Wikipedia edits in ad gag

A suggestion: move your Google Home far, far away from the TV. Both the Google Home speakers and those cell phones that have the Google app's voice-activated function active are constantly listening for the phrase "OK Google". Interestingly, it looks like Burger King edited that entry to get it to include the Whopper's ingredient list. If you'd like to get your Google Home in on the advertising fun, you can either watch the ad above, or catch the ad playing starting tonight on MTV, Bravo, ...

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AMD Ryzen 5 1500X and 1600X review

That said, AMD still lags behind in frequency when the 7600K operates at 3.8GHz at any given moment and 4.2GHz when push comes to shove. However, AMD has really nailed its performance/price ratio. But after a month of optimizations plus new drivers and BIOS updates, Ryzen 5 seems to have bypassed those same growing pains. The Ryzen 5 1600X carries a 95W TDP rating and doesn't come with a stock cooler.