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    Minecraft can help teach kids how to code

    (CBS News) – First “Star Wars,” now “Minecraft.” Microsoft and, a nonprofit that aims to expose students to computer science, have unveiled a Minecraft coding tutorial for kids and educators. This is part of the third annual global Hour of Code campaign, which runs from December 7 through 13. Earlier this month, Disney released a similar tutorial using characters from the “Star Wars” films. This new Minecraft lesson teaches basic coding skills using the characters Steve and Alex […]

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    “Bad guys are not very nice,” Young son shares fears with father after recent attacks in France

    PARIS, France – A father and his young son were visiting a memorial in France at the scene of the Bataclan attacks. A reporter with Le Petit Journal caught up with them and asked the boy some complicated questions: “Do you understand what happened? Do you understand why those people did that?” His response: “Yes, because they’re really really mean.”

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    Steering problems prompt Kia recall

    (CBS News) –  Kia is recalling more than 256,000 Soul compact SUVs in the U.S. because the steering could fail. The recall covers certain Souls from the 2014 through 2016 model years. Kia says in documents filed with the government that the adhesive that holds steering gear parts together may not be strong enough and the parts can separate. That can cause loss of steering, increasing the risk of a crash. Kia found the problem after getting warranty reports from […]

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    Lunar maps let you explore the moon like never before

    A new pair of lunar maps lets you explore the moon without bothering to get off Earth first. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recently posted online two moon maps — a photo mosaic and a topographic map — that were constructed using images and data captured by NASA’s long-running Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft. The new maps are an improvement over the old 1979 Lunar Chart, featuring high-resolution images that cover the entire surface of the moon, USGS officials […]

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    Information on boarding pass barcodes poses personal security risk

    (CBS News) – You probably don’t realize it, but the data stored within the barcode at the bottom of your airline boarding pass can hold personal information that could be valuable to hackers, identity thieves or even stalkers. In a post on his blog, computer security expert Brian Krebs suggested that you might want to shred your old boarding passes – and definitely resist posting pictures of them to social media, no matter how jealous it’ll make your coworkers. Krebs […]

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    Experian: Info on 15 million T-Mobile customers, applicants hacked

    (CBS News/AP) – Hackers have stolen personal information belonging to about 15 million T-Mobile (TMUS) wireless customers, including Social Security numbers, home addresses, birthdates and other personal information. The hackers got the information from credit reporting agency Experian, which T-Mobile uses to check the credit of its customers. Experian said T-Mobile customers who applied for wireless service between Sept. 1, 2013 and Sept. 16, 2015 may have had their information stolen. T-Mobile told CBS News those affected may include people […]

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    “No one could survive”: The Queen Mary II abandons search for crewmember

    LONDON (CBS) – The Queen Mary 2 has abandoned the search for a crewmember who went overboard off the coast of Newfoundland. The Cunard cruise line said Sunday that the ship and the Canadian Coast Guard had conducted an extensive search after the crewmember was reported missing Saturday morning. The Queen Mary 2 retraced its course in hopes of finding the missing person but the search was abandoned after experts determined no one could have survived that long in the chilly […]

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    Smash hit “Empire” is getting a spin-off

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (CBS)  — Lee Daniels says there will be a spin-off of his smash hit “Empire.” “Without question,” the series’ co-creator and executive producer said to a panel of TV critics Thursday. “There’s so much ripe story that we’ve talked about already, about Cookie’s family, what makes her her. That in itself is fascinating to me.” Executive producer Brian Grazer told The Associated Press the agenda before a spin-off can happen is to “never get corny. Completely stay […]

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    Researchers find link between coffee habits and memory

    (CBS) – A study of more than 1,400 Italian seniors finds links between patterns of coffee consumption and their risk for “mild cognitive impairment” — declines in memory and thinking that are often a precursor to dementia. The study could only point to associations, not cause-and-effect, the investigators said. But prior research has suggested that caffeine might impact neurological health. In the study, a team led by Dr. Vincenzo Solfrizzi of the University of Bari Aldo Moro, looked at the […]

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    Hawking, Musk: “Starting a military A.I. arms race is a bad idea”

    (CBS News) – The latest warning from renowned physicist Stephen Hawking and tech entrepreneur Elon Musk about the dangers of artificial intelligence targets its potential on the battlefield. In an open letter from the Future of Life Institute (FLI), a research institute focused on mitigating possible threats “from the development of human-level artificial intelligence,” Musk and Hawking, among many others, paint the gruesome image of a world in which we allow artificial intelligence systems to kill without human intervention. Musk […]

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    Carcass of rare whale breed washes ashore

    PLYMOUTH, Mass. (CBS)  – The carcass of a rare breed of whale washed ashore a Massachusetts beach this week, New England Aquarium officials said. A 17-foot toothed whale, which is rarely seen in the area, washed ashore Jones Beach in Plymouth on Friday, reports CBS Boston. The female whale, which weighs nearly one ton, has dark skin and a long slender snout. It is likely a member of the beaked whale family, which there are several species of in the […]

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    Apple wants to serve up ads for only what you can afford

    (CBS News) – Apple was awarded a patent Thursday for a system allowing it to deliver mobile ads to customers based on the amount of money the company thinks you have in your bank account, CBS San Francisco reports. Apple’s new technology is designed to “target groups of users sharing a common profile which may be selected to increase the likelihood of the users responding to the advertisements and purchasing the advertised goods and services,” the patent application read. “An […]


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