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Poacher Who Killed a Rare Gorilla Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison


A Silverback male mountain gorilla sits in the dense jungle of Uganda’s Bwindi National Park

A Silverback male mountain gorilla sits in the dense jungle of Uganda’s Bwindi National Park
Photo: Stuart Price (Getty Images)

In Uganda, a man was just sentenced to prison for 11 years after he confessed to killing a rare silverback gorilla last month in a landmark decision for wildlife.

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Felix Byamukama, a poacher from the town of Kisoro, pleaded guilty to stabbing the gorilla to death in a national park, reversing his earlier claim that he’d killed the animal in self-defense after it attacked him. It’s the first time someone in Uganda has been issued a jail sentence for poaching endangered species.

Rangers found the mutilated body of the gorilla, who was called Rafiki after the Swahili word for friend, in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in early June,...

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Microsoft will shut down the Cortana iOS and Android apps in 2021

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We already knew Cortana’s days as a consumer-facing digital assistant were numbered after Microsoft said earlier this year it would remove the AI from its Android launcher app. But the company has now detailed additional cuts that users are likely to feel more keenly.

The changes won’t happen all at once. To start, Microsoft will end support for third-party Cortana skills on September 7th, 2020. In early 2021, Microsoft then plans to discontinue the Cortana apps on iOS and Android, as well as remove the current Cortana functionality the first-generation Surface Headphones feature. Sometime in early 2021, Harman Kardon Invoke speakers will lose access to the digital assistant as well. 

Microsoft’s plan for Invoke speakers is likely t...

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Tampa teen arrested for masterminding massive Twitter hack

A 17-year-old boy from Florida has been arrested for being the alleged “mastermind” behind the massive Twitter hack that targeted high profile accounts with a Bitcoin scam, according to prosecutors.

Graham Clark of Tampa Bay faces 30 felony charges in connection with the Bitcoin scam, according to Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew H. Warren. The charges include counts of organized, communications fraud, and use of personal information.

The Bitcoin scheme gained access to dozens of top profiles like those of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Elon Musk and more, and reaped over $100,000 in stolen Bitcoin. Prosecutors also noted it would be difficult to recover the stolen funds, which mainly targeted “everyday Americans.”

“These crimes were perpetrated using the names of famou...

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How Sperm ‘Swim’ May Be Nothing But an Optical Illusion


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An international group of scientists say their latest research will upturn one of the earliest scientific discoveries ever made about human sperm. In a new paper out Friday, they seem to show that sperm cells don’t propel themselves by simply flicking their tails back and forth, as is commonly believed. Rather, sperm perform a complex routine of three-dimensional rolling and spinning motions that only make them look like they’re lashing their tails when viewed through a typical microscope.

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In 1677, Anton Van Leeuwenhoek took his recently invented compound microscope out for a spin and looked at his own semen (which he collected from his wife after sex)...

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The best deals we found this week: MacBook Air, TCL Roku TVs and more

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This week is a good time to grab a new Apple laptop. Both Amazon and B&H Photo have the latest MacBook Air for $100 off, and those that need more power can grab the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro at Amazon for $200 off. You also still have some time to buy the standard AirPods for just $129, and Best Buy has some of TCL’s newest Roku TVs for hundreds of dollars off. Here are the best deals from this week that you can still buy today.

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Apple’s latest MacBook Air remains on sale starting at $899, which is $100 off its normal price...

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Sega president Kenji Matsubara abruptly resigns

Sega president Kenji Matsubara has abruptly resigned from the company.

Matsubara tendered his resignation on Friday, citing “personal reasons,” Sega parent company Sega Sammy said in an abbreviated statement. The company said the resignation is effective immediately and hasn’t announced who will replace the developer’s top executive.

It’s unclear what may have precipitated Matsubara’s resignation, but it doesn’t appear to have been planned. In April, he seemed to be fully involved in Sega’s operations and was given chief publishing officer duties in addition to his president role. He also served as a Sega Sammy board director — another role he’s vacating on Friday.

Sega Sammy did not immediately respond to Digital Trends’ request for comment on Matsubara’s departure...

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Leaked Galaxy Z Fold 2 Renders Depict Some Major Upgrades for Samsung’s Second-Gen Foldable Phone


Here are leaked images of the Galaxy Z Fold 2 sent to MySmartPrice from a “trusted” source.

Here are leaked images of the Galaxy Z Fold 2 sent to MySmartPrice from a “trusted” source.
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Despite its flaws, I thought the Galaxy Fold was so innovative it was worthy of being named the most important phone of 2019. But now, some new leaked renders of Samsung’s next-gen foldable have appeared depicting a phone featuring some major upgrades that address many of its predecessor’s shortcomings.

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In advance of the Galaxy Z Fold 2’s expected official announcement next week at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event on August 5, MySmartPrice has published a number of high-res product renders that have given us the clearest look yet at Samsung’s next foldable phone...

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My latest lockdown workout is VR boxing

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Gyms have been closed for a long time. Workout classes canceled, snacks consumed. General physical movement, constrained. I’ve, unsurprisingly, put on some weight since March, struggling to find the right kind of workout that I can do on my own steam, in my own apartment. Destroying most of my excuses, one of those workouts was delivered to my door: BoxVR, alongside an Oculus Quest kit. 

VR workouts have been around for a few years, but with lighter and wireless hardware finally here, the case for them has strengthened. BoxVR was at the vanguard, launching over three years ago. It’s now available across most VR platforms including Steam, PlayStation Store and the Oculus Store,...

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AirPods Pro, Powerbeats Pro in the discount bin — save up to $50

For Apple fans who refuse to part ways with their music anywhere they go, the AirPods Pro and Powerbeats Pro are perfect for you. These true wireless earbuds pair seamlessly with any iOS device and offer superb sound quality and a slew of awesome features. Right now, they’re both on sale at Amazon and Verizon from only $200. Better act fast though as discounts on Apple products typically don’t last long.

Powerbeats Pro — $200, was $250

The Powerbeats Pro true wireless earphones have a lot going for them, starting with a thin and unobtrusive design that’s perfect for working out. With an IPX4 rating, they are protected against sweat and the occasional splash of water. Their secure and comfortable fit is courtesy of ear hooks and four pairs of detachable ear tips in varying sizes...

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Mandy Patinkin Has Deleted About 28,000 Emails, So Far


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Actor Mandy Patinkin announced in a video posted to Twitter Friday morning that he had deleted “about 28,000” of his wife Kathryn Grody’s unread emails. At the time of the recording, some 10,000 unread emails remained, according to Grody, who said she tasked the 67-year-old thespian and musician with conducting the purge.

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“Dad is clearing out 38,000 unread emails from my computer. And I don’t want him to finish until the end of this trip because it’s an activity that keeps him very happy and very occupied,” Grody, 73, said, addressing the cameraman, who is presumed to be one of the couple’s two adult sons. “He doesn’t know that I do that on purpose.”

When Patinkin revealed his progress, Grody ...

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