FISA court: FBI use of NSA’s electronic surveillance data was illegal

A US court ruled that some of the FBI’s electronic surveillance activities violated the constitutional privacy rights of Americans.

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Cocaine is driving deforestation, climate change, and migration

The cocaine trade, and efforts to stop it, are causing $214.6 million in damage every year, new research released today shows. Drug-related deforestation is also driving people out of the region, and making climate change worse.

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Photoshop and Lightroom users should wait before updating to macOS Catalina

Adobe is recommending that Photoshop and Lightroom Classic users hold off on updating their computers to macOS Catalina, Apple’s latest desktop operating system software, until all the “known compatibility issues” have been resolved.

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Windows 10 preview brings Android phone calls to your PC

Windows 10’s Your Phone calling support is finally here, provided you’re willing to live life on the edge. Microsoft has released a Windows 10 Insider Preview for Fast ring testers that adds the ability to take and start calls from your PC. You’ll need a handset running at least Android 7.

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Duolingo’s ABC app will teach kids how to read and write

Duolingo will release a new app in the coming months with a new audience in mind: children as young as four. It will be called Duolingo ABC, and the company told Wired UK that it will initially focus on teaching kids to read and write in their native tongue.

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Fat Bear Week’s bears survived a historically hot summer

Despite the online excitement about Katmai National Park’s fat bears this year, the critters struggled harder than usual to plump up. The heat hit an important bear food source — salmon — hard, and that makes the bears’ future uncertain.

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Google forces Android phone makers to offer digital wellbeing tools

All recent and upcoming Android devices will have digital wellbeing tools. According to Google’s GMS agreement seen by XDA Developers and 9to5Google, the tech giant now requires devices that run its platform to have a digital wellbeing solution, including parental controls.

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Five Foot Lens and 3.2 Gigapixel Camera Produced for Night Sky Photos

Last month, engineers packaged up the largest optical lens ever created, before shipping it 17 hours from Tuscon, Arizona to the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in central California. The lens is five feet in diameter and four inches thick; it required a truck to transport it.

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Roomba update tells your robovacs to steer clear of trouble spots

iRobot’s Roomba vacuums just got an update that improves their cleaning prowess by telling them what not to do. Roomba i/s and Braava jet M6 models now have Keep Out Zones that outline specific areas they’re not allowed to visit.

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Siri can now play Spotify tracks on iOS 13

With Spotify’s latest release for iOS 13, you can finally ask Siri to play albums, songs and playlists, confirming a rumor that the two companies were working together. To use it, you simply install the update and ask Siri to play a track “with Spotify.

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Amazon announces its first-ever Kindle for kids

If you want to get your kids to read more instead of watching TV, Amazon hasn’t forgotten about you or your kid. Alongside the Fire HD 10 Kids Edition tablet the company announced today, Amazon took the wraps off the Kindle Kids Edition, its first-ever e-reader aimed at children.

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Apple’s macOS Catalina update is a big problem for DJs who relied on iTunes

Apple’s latest desktop operating system update, macOS Catalina, will mark the official end of iTunes after nearly two decades. But that transition is proving to be complicated for a certain subset of Mac users who’ve relied on the software to help manage their jobs: DJs.

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