A woman in a vegetative state suddenly gave birth. Her alleged assault is a #MeToo wake-up call.

A woman in a vegetative state suddenly gave birth. Her alleged assault is a #MeToo wake-up call.

Patients at nursing homes and long-term care facilities are particularly at risk of being victims of abuse or sexual violence. A woman who had been in a coma for more than a decade gave birth at a private nursing facility in Arizona last week, in a case that highlights a vulnerable population that advocates say have received far less attention in the #MeToo era: people with disabilities and in long-term care. The patient, whose age…

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In the race to turn podcasts into TV shows, the podcasts are winning

In the race to turn podcasts into TV shows, the podcasts are winning

Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg never meant for a Homecoming TV show to happen. When they created Homecoming, the podcast from Gimlet Media, their only intent was to make a great fictional podcast, to tell an inventive story in the burgeoning audio fiction medium. And, to their credit, they did. Homecoming was a hit among critics — such as they are in the podcast world — and fans. Horowitz and Bloomberg also, inadvertently, made something…

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Taking the smarts out of smart TVs would make them more expensive

Taking the smarts out of smart TVs would make them more expensive

CES is always a show about the future of TVs, and this year is particularly interesting. Not only are 4K HDR TVs better and cheaper than ever, but the software side of things is opening up in unprecedented ways. Not only are Google Assistant and Alexa control everywhere, but Apple’s embracing the TV industry for the first time: Vizio and LG TVs will support AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, while Samsung TVs will get an iTunes…

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Facebook took down many CBD business pages. Now it says that was a mistake.

Facebook took down many CBD business pages. Now it says that was a mistake.

Facebook was categorizing CBD and hemp businesses as “prescription pharmaceuticals.” A few weeks ago, Hannah Smith, a 23-year-old Fort Collins, Colorado, resident who works at her family’s CBD products company, Joy Organics, got a call from her mom, asking why their Facebook page wasn’t working. Her mother assumed the password had been changed, or that someone had switched admin permissions. When Smith tried logging on herself, she found that Facebook had unpublished the Joy Organics…

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Samsung’s latest flagship laptop brings the premium feel back

Samsung’s latest flagship laptop brings the premium feel back

Samsung’s last few entries into its flagship Notebook 9 lineup have all been plagued by a similar problem: they looked and felt really, really cheap. The computers were fine, even great, with top-tier specs and performance, but recent models like last year’s Notebook 9 Pen felt and looked more like a $400 Chromebook than a $1,400 professional PC. At CES 2019, Samsung is trying to change that with the new Notebook 9 Pro, which actually…

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To build the wall, Trump is sacrificing airport security during the government shutdown

To build the wall, Trump is sacrificing airport security during the government shutdown

Hundreds of TSA agents have called in sick, meaning airport security may have to loosen their standards. The partial government shutdown is dragging on over the $5 billion President Donald Trump wants for his wall along the US-Mexico border, a political crisis that may be weakening security at a much more common point of entry for immigrants: airports. According to CNN, hundreds of Transportation Security Administration officers who were expected to work have called in…

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NASA’s new planet-hunting spacecraft TESS has found its third distant world

NASA’s new planet-hunting spacecraft TESS has found its third distant world

NASA’s newest planet-hunting spacecraft has already spied and confirmed a third world outside our Solar System — just three months into the vehicle’s science operations. This newly discovered planet, or exoplanet, is relatively close by, orbiting a small star just 53 light-years away. And that means we may be able to study this world more extensively, to figure out what its atmosphere might hold. The discoverer of these worlds is NASA’s TESS satellite — a…

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HTC announces a wireless, PC-powered VR headset called the Vive Cosmos

HTC announces a wireless, PC-powered VR headset called the Vive Cosmos

HTC has announced a new virtual reality headset called the Vive Cosmos. Based on a very brief appearance during the company’s CES presentation, the Cosmos is HTC’s bid at a relatively mainstream VR headset. It doesn’t require external sensors and uses fully tracked motion controllers, and it’s being pitched as a convenient device with “absolute comfort” and “easy setup,” intended for either home or mobile use. But we don’t know how much it costs, what…

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Samsung’s new fridge will ping your phone if you leave the door open

Samsung’s new fridge will ping your phone if you leave the door open

Samsung’s latest smart fridge is more proactive than what you might be used to. The company says it will troubleshoot issues and notify you via the SmartThings app. The new Samsung Family Hub 4.0 refrigerator will give you a smoother interface to use that builds on previous generations’ app improvements. You can still head to the grocery store and check if your fridge has milk, just like before. But now, the fridge can also let…

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