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Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung Galaxy S9 Review

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If you’re looking for a new Android phone, go look at the Samsung Galaxy S9. It’s about as good as Android handsets get. If you’re an iPhone person thinking that Apple has let you down recently and you’re thinking of switching to an Android phone, go look at the S9. If you take lots of pictures in low light (in restaurants, bars, clubs, etc.), yep, you guessed it, go look at the S9. If you have been dreaming about a phone that delivers super-slow-motion video, again, go look at the S9.

Gun Sale Background Checks: Blockchain Can Help

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This past week, the NRA and advocates for gun safety and common sense gun laws found common ground: background checks. According to both sides, gun purchasers should be subjected to rigorous background checks. This is an excellent starting point for a constructive and productive dialogue.

America: Divided We Stand, Together We Fall

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We must find a path to a safer world. So, I went in search of a reasonable starting point with you, the people I believe to be the smartest in the world. Well-educated, well-informed, gainfully employed, interested in technology and the future. Each of you is brilliant and interesting and in possession of hard-earned wisdom. What I found were dozens and dozens of cohesive groups all destined to be dead right.

Starman

An Open Letter to Elon Musk

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From liftoff to the synchronous booster landing, the “rocket” part of the Space X Falcon Heavy mission demonstrated that space is now available to people (as opposed to countries). Thank you. I have been waiting for this moment since I was a kid.

Blockchain

What Is Blockchain?

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Blockchain, the underlying technology that powers bitcoin, is one of the buzzwords of the past year. Practically everyone is talking about blockchain, and for good reason. Distributed ledgers, the term of art for blockchain’s underlying technology, offer an exciting new way to transact business without a central authority. Here’s a nontechnical, simplified description of the component parts.

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