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The Morning After: Thursday, July 27th 2017

"I'll be gone. In a day or two."
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Hey, good morning! Looking good, in that line-drawn, '80s way.

There's now a phone with a miniature screen for your selfie shots, and A-Ha is back in fashion. Oh, and we've got a Boring elevator.


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Waze finally works on Android Auto

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Kaspersky launches its free antivirus software worldwide

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No new cables needed.
USB 3.2 doubles your connection speeds with the same port

The next generation of USB will effectively double the current USB 3.1 spec by adding an extra lane. As such, it will allow for two lanes of 5 Gbps for USB 3.0, yielding 10 Gbps, or two lanes of 10 Gbps for 20 Gbps with USB 3.1. As a bonus, the "superspeed" USB-C cable you're currently using already has the capability for it built in.


The other part of that high-speed tunnel.
Watch Elon Musk's Boring elevator hide a car underground

Total Batcave moment.


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Say cheese. To yourself.

Meizu Pro 7 has a tiny selfie screen on its backside

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